A fellow domain investor pointed out a few weeks ago that there was a change in the Godaddy affiliate program at Commission Juction regarding their aftermarket domain program. It looked as if they no longer paying out for their aftermarket domains because it now said ZERO as the percentage paid. Sure enough, I noticed CJ sales at Godaddy of $3650 and my commission is a hefty $0 dollars.
Evidently Godaddy wants everyone to go their THEIR affiliate program but the links work very differently and are only good for that particular auction. Secondly, I like the live stats at CJ and Godaddy’s doesn’t have any results until 24 hours lately. Finally, I get incredible service from every department at Godaddy except for one, the affiliate program. It took over 2 weeks just to get that aftermarket code. I had to send countless emails. I have friends that it took a month. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all affiliate programs that help me make money but I am sure going to miss Commission Junction’s.
So now I lose Namejet and Commission Junction’s affiliate programs from my Daily List. It’s a loss of thousands of dollars per month despite sending perfectly targeted traffic to both of them and proven to help them sell names that wouldn’t have sold without the mention. As I’ve said before, I do the list because I scan it for hours a day anyway so why not share. And I can still use Godaddy’s direct affiliate which is better than nothing. It’s just a reminder that when you set up a business and it’s completely based on the sales of their products, you are completely at their mercy. They can pull the plug at any time. Another reason to diversify your income and sales.