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Successful Affiliate Marketing for Merchants by Shawn Collins, Frank Fiore

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Third-Party Solution Providers

Third-party affiliate solution providers come in two types. The easy to set-up and initial low-cost provider, and the more expensive and sophisticated higher-cost provider that supplies a range of services (see Table 9.2).

Table 9.2. The Big Four Services Compared
 Commission JunctionDynamic TradeBe FreeLinkShare
Set up$1,295, plus $500 in escrow$5000$5000$5000
Renewal Fee$0$0$0$1000
Commission20%Negotiated2%–3%2%–3%
Minimum Commission$250$0$2000 month$2000 month
Software InstallationNONOYESYES
Free CheckYESYESNONO
WritingPrivateNONOYESYES
Label Option    
Time to Implement1–2 days2 weeks2–4 weeks2–3 days
Contract Length12 months12 months, can be cancelled with 30 day notice12 months12 months
Exclusivity AgreementNONOYESYES ...

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