I haven’t discussed Commission Monster in any in-depth way yet as I had not seen many New Zealand affiliate programs using this more Australian based network.
Late last week I came across an NZ shopping affiliate sign-up (stoffels.co.nz) which is using the Commission Monster network as its program so I figured it was time to become familiar with the network.
Commission Monster is part of the Viva9 Group (viva9.com) which includes Commission Monster, Monster Mall, Rewards Palace, Wildkard and Postclick. All groups appear targeted mainly at the Australian online publising market. Lead by Shane Murray (former CEO of BMCMedia Ltd) with Peter Brighton heading up Commission Monster itself, the group has quite a powerful level of experience in building publishing networks online.
They have some heavy weight brands in the online industry that they show as their clients including; InterFlora, Virgin Money, Wizard Home Loans, Nestle, HSBC and AOL.COM.AU.
The network is very slick from the front-end and appears to be quite up-front with who they are working with and what else they are up to online.
I started to apply by going to the Publishers section and came across something I haven’t seen in an affiliate application before. The first piece of information they require is your email address and the following statement follows;
Please note: Commission Monster requires you to use an email address affiliated with the website you have nominated in this application e.g. www.flowers.com = firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot do this, please place the words ‘Powered by Your Full Name’ at the bottom of your home page or another page you nominate in the space provided below.
This is quite surprising. I understand that the network would want only publishers who have spent the time and effort to register their own URL and have an email address attached to it however that’s not the only reason people may not standardly use an email address which is attached to their URL. Many people now use webmail systems like Gmail and others to bring in all of their email (this may increase now that Gmail have launched IMAP capabilities) and do not have an email address setup on the site they are looking to promote.
It’s quite understandable that they have done this but it definitely must reduce the amount of legitimate publishers who decide to sign-up to the network. I use the email address affiliate[at]nzbase.com for this website and do not have an email address setup under “@affiliateprograms.co.nz” for no particular reason other than I didn’t really need yet another set of email domains.
I’ll register with this standard email address and see what happens 🙂
If you’re interested you can Sign Up to Commission Monster.