Rhys asks – ‘I’ve been running a site with a few affiliates on it, I have enjoyed a healthy relationship with said affiliates, and likewise they’ve commented to me on a number of occasions that I have generated business for them from my site. Recently my site has experienced a huge upturn in visitors, and the amount of money I’m getting from the affiliates – which previously covered my hosting bills – is no longer covering it.
I am wondering if it is reasonable to ask at the end of the current agreement to ask for more money. If so, how would you go about asking them?’
Interesting conundrum Rhys.
I’m a little curious about why the increase in traffic hasn’t brought about an increase in affiliate sales? I suspect it’s the source of that traffic – for example I find Digg traffic doesn’t’ generally convert well for ad or affiliate program performance and loyal readers tend to become blind to them also.
Whatever the reason – you’ve got an interesting problem on your hands but I think you could have already stumbled on the answer.
Talk to your affiliates and see what they can do for you.