At least once a week I get an email from someone asking me if I know what network a merchant or offer is on. Sometimes it is because I am running the offer or working with the merchant. More often it is because I am seen as the keeper of all secret affiliate marketing information.
I always answer the question but my real secret is that I use various cheats to get the answer. I used to go into every network and search by keyword but I got smarter because sometimes finding the information is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Today I’m going to share my cheats with you!
Three Ways To Find an Offer or Affiliate Link
1. Check the merchant footer: This is the easiest route and the one I try first when someone sends me a merchant link. I just click the link and look for something about the affiliate program in the footer. More than half the time I find it.
These tend to be your most affiliate-friendly merchants and those pages often tell you not only where the program is but who manages it and other information about the program.
So what about the other half the time when the merchant doesn’t give the information away directly on their site? 2. The FMTC Merchant Hub: This has become my second stop. You used to have to have a free FMTC account to access it (which you probably should anyway to try some of their features!), but they just recently made it public. Simply navigate to the Merchant Hub and you can search 20 affiliate networks at once to see where a particular program is. You’ll probably actually be shocked when you see just how many merchants there are!
Here’s a great example of one I get questions about all the time. Is there a Victoria’s Secret Affiliate Program?
Yes, Victoria’s Secret does have an affiliate program on CJ. That doesn’t mean that you can necessarily even find it in the network:
It may be a private or a hidden program. But at least now you have an accurate answer and can move forward with whatever steps you can take to get into the program.
3. Trace the link. This is the trickiest of all of my cheats and one that is especially helpful if you are looking for an offer that is not on one of the major networks. You may not even be sure if it is an affiliate link or rather some kind of paid placement a blogger has. You see a link like this on either a reward site or in a blog:
You right click on it and see that I am redirecting this RewardTV link through Sunshine Rewards, so that doesn’t help you. You pop it into Redirect Detective and get this:
You can see that after it leaves Sunshine Rewards it goes through a domain called “BigCatTracks.com” before it gets to the final destination. You can even see the affiliate tracking in the BigCatTracks link. A little more research will tell you that this offer is being run by the Panthera Network. That last step can be a bit tricky if they are using a domain that is not similar to their actual name. But you can usually still figure it out.
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Did you find this post helpful? Am I missing any other great ways to find programs?