By Stephanie Ciccarelli
November 24, 2006
We've received this question quite a bit, so now it's time to address it...
Does Voices.com have an affiliate program?
The answer to the question of "Does Voices.com have an affiliate program" is:
We are working on creating the ideal affiliate program for you and are anticipating that it will be ready in and around January of 2007 (or, even before then).
For those of you who may not be familiar with affiliate programs, an affiliate program is a program set up by a company to reward their customers (usually financially) by compensating them for referring other people to the company who turn into paying customers.
Now for the fun!
We could just throw up any old affiliate program, but we know that you deserve better.
That's why we're taking the time now to give you the opportunity to influence how the new affiliate program will work!
For instance, how often would you like to be paid?
Some affiliate programs cut a check (cheque) monthly while others insist that you reach a certain financial goal before you receive any rewards. Others let you choose the method of payment, giving you the choice of either a check or a direct deposit via PayPal.
I've also seen programs where instead of financial compensation, affiliates are paid with credits that they can apply to services provided by the company, similar to earning points toward a goal.
Those are a couple of options to consider and are well worth evaluating.
Affiliate programs, aside from all of the financial aspects, are really about referring someone you know (or a visitor at your website) to a service or product that you trust and feel comfortable referring them to.
In essence, being a part of a referral program means that you endorse or support the website, product or service you are directing your visitors to.
You may also take on the reputation of that company by affiliating yourself with it, intentionally or unintentionally.
When you look at it from that perspective, it makes a great deal of sense to be 100% sure that you want to be affiliated with a particular company or service.
Dictionary.Reference.com defines "Affiliate" in this way:
An affiliation means that you are brought into close association or connection with an entity, whether it's an affiliation between a research center and a university or an affiliation between you and a service provider.
An affiliate is also attached or united on terms of fellowship to an entity.
In other words, someone who recognizes the connection (or affiliation) between you and that entity has the distinct impression that you are fully aware of and support that entity which encourages them to join as well.
Lastly, as an affiliate, you associate yourself with an entity and are intimately united in action or interest with them.
How does this relate to affiliate programs where you are concerned as a voice actor?
If you agree to be an affiliate for a service that procures work, you are associating yourself with the quality, ethics, morals, and actions of that entity.
If you are in any way uncomfortable with people thinking that you are just like the company you are espousing, you may wish to reconsider being affiliated with a company that does not correlate with your personal morals and business ethics.
That's one aspect to consider.
Happily, should you find that you are in agreement with what the company stands for, its objectives, and means of conducting business, you are in good stead and serve as a qualified candidate to be an affiliate of that company.
Now that we understand what an affiliate is and what it means to be affiliated with someone or something, we can move on to what you would like to see in a program with Voices.com.
In the past, we have created ways for you to recommend Voices.com that have been very successful.
Now, we'd like to do something similar that recognizes and rewards you for doing what you've done so readily before.
We're ready to hear your feedback and look forward to making this the best affiliate program available to voice actors online.
Please leave a comment or send me an email with your ideas :)