Sunday, October 31, 2004

Affiliate Programs October 2004 --

Because I disabled the Maryland Wired site in the midst of the October 2004 reporting period -- the click throughs and impressions were zero'd out for that site. In my last Affiliate Report I reported the following:
The odd thing about some of the numbers -- Maryland Wired received impressions for a merchant that I never used on the site -- one of the travel sites. I don't know how that could have been mis-reported.
Since Maryland Wired will no longer be published after December 1, 2004 and because of the above error, I removed all affiliate programs and the shopping page, see announcement post --> Legal Notes 10.25.04.

Therefore this report only provides information for Wired Pages and the QiSoftware domain sites. No sales, 9 impressions and 4 click throughs. The majority of the impressions received after the 26th of the month [October 2004].

Impressions: Number of times, in the date range selected, that your links for this merchant have appeared in visitors' browsers.

Click Throughs: Number of times, in the date range selected, that site visitors clicked on your links and were taken to the merchant's site.

April 1, 2004 - June 1, 2004
[First 2 month reporting period - All merchants]
88 impressions
98 click throughs

April 1, 2004 - November 1, 2004 [I ran a daily report for Oct. 31, 04]
[Since becoming an affiliate - All merchants]:
179 impressions
134 click throughs

Between June 1, 2004 and today (5 months) my affiliates links have only been clicked 36 times and return visitors (impressions) have occurred 91 times. I really had a lot of curiosity the first 2 months, however never any sales. The 36 click throughs over the 5 month period also include the test clicks that I issued to ensure everything was working correctly. These totals are for all the merchants with whom I have agreements -- which is about 3% of the total links found on my sites.

I provide this information because I get a lot of traffic from unique site visitors. Internet self reporting suggests there are problems with affiliate programs however all I can submit into evidence to substantiate that claim are the odd statistics I am provided meshed against my website statistics. Just one sale would be clear evidence, but as I have stated all along, it is more the lack of curiosity from site visitors that is really the red flag. And I have a lot of visitors.

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