I am affiliate of one unnamed program that is a bit confusing for me. The software in question is sold worldwide, however you get affiliate sales for purchases made in USA only. This troubles me a lot, as the product is good and I use it myself.
The question is what difference it makes where electronic goods are sold to? I see couple of possible answers, none of them too good:
- Trying to compete in single market only or trying to conquer specific market. But each additional sale is good and useful to the company. And yes, you are getting them despite I will not get money from them.
- Internationalized support. It is good to be concerned about the users, but how this is related to the sales? Yes, it is common to have different commissions for visitors from different countries. I am ok with that too. Or are visitors from UK less valuable than ones from USA?
- Saving money by paying for part of the traffic. Enough said.
Oh, and if you wonder if I know that someone had paid… My friend made a purchase apparently, as he believes in the product as well. Interesting enough, it is not notified that this program for USA only in their account at CJ.
Should I stop recommending that product as well? Well, I am strong believer at recommending only products that I believe in, no matter how bad their marketing is. So, for now I will not stop recommendations.
However I think that in long term they will lose market and trust of people that promote their tool, as the web is global. One should care about one, centralized affiliate center for all their affiliates no matter where sales will come from.