I referred my wife, a teacher and a scientist in Biotechnology to Tradepub.com through my affiliate link in start of Dec., 2008. Her application for subscription to BioTechniques was rejected with a message stating three reasons:
* You selected a response to one or more questions which may not meet the publisher's qualification criteria.
* The publication selected is not available in the country you reside in.
* Publications are only free to working professionals. Not students.
The second and third reason were not valid at all in her case as the offer was valid in India (Asia) plus she didn't select Student. In such case, only first reason should have sent to her.
Anyway, after rejection, she got mail from Tradepub advising her to check the subscription to the same magazine BioTechniques and others like Pharmaceutical Manufacturing but now without my affiliate link. She filled the form again with the same details hoping that I will get credit.
On 20/01/2009, my wife subscription was approved by the same magazine – BioTechniques, and she got an email from BioTechniques that she has been successfully subscribed (She got her login and password).
After this, I checked my RevResponse account reports and didn't find any credit for this till 21/01/2009 and I am sure that I will never get it now.
My queries are:
- If her first application to BioTechniques subscription through my affiliate link was rejected then why she got email for the same and similar magazines but now without my referral link.
It seems that this is the tactic to avoid giving the commission to the Affiliate, right?
According to me, I must always be given credit for a customer whose details came in Tradepub database due to my efforts. Am I right or I didn't read the policies?
I really found it shocking as I was used to just give prospective lead to the Tradepub for FREE and rejection was done knowingly without any reason so that the same customer can be contacted directly without affiliate link later. Tradepub was not knowing that the customer sent for the magazine subscription was known to me and I was tracking it.
I did this purposefully to assure myself that the payments are done genuinely. I did this as a test and after completion of it, depending on the results, I was to start devoting more time in RevResponse promotion.
Some more data relevant to this incident is:
My RevResponse affiliate link: http://pctipstricks.tradepub.com
My wife's email address used for BioTechniques subscription: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email sent after first rejection advising her to check the BioTechniques subscription was from: Announcements@Tradepubs.nl00.net
Links sent to her for the second time after first rejection of the form filled through my affiliate link (Notice - All the given below links are non affiliate links - direct links of Tradepub):
Thanks that I started promoting with the person known to me and came to know this smart tactic to cheat Affiliate commission.
As far as I see, this type of smart technique must be being used for other affiliates too - Customers sent by them are purposefully rejected (because they will have to be paid by Tradepub) giving nonsense list of rejection with points. And then, after getting the name and email details etc., prospective customers are contacted directly without any affiliate link by Tradepub making money to them upon successful approval by the magazine Co., cutting chances of paying any affiliate commissions.
Some percentage of customers subscription approvals are done for the affiliates and payments too are done to show that RevResponse is paying to stop everyone from non-promotion.
I am really feeling very bad that RevResponse is using such low tactics to make money for themselves by directly corresponding with the leads that were passed to them by their affiliates. The whole idea according to me is to make money cutting the genuine affiliate commissions (how much is the volume? - RevResponse/Tradepub knows).
Any logical replies?
BTW - How much money did you made from this one lead? It might not be too much but if you multiply by the number of affiliates who are getting cheated like me, then it will be a good amount, Right?