So an Affiliate Program Disapproved You. Why it Happened And What to do Next.

After starting a thread on common problems people run into within online marketing, one of the more common ones which surprised me was the amount of people who were worried about getting disapproved by an affiliate program they registered for. 

Many of them were so distraught over this that they even considered quitting the entire affiliate marketing business altogether. But with those who I personally saw write those questions and ask my thoughts on it, I shared with them some advice that I would like to relay here as well because the truth is, that getting disapproved happens often and it’s not a big deal at all.

“Worst case” scenario, even if every single affiliate program on this planet disapproves you, there’s still a way to make money online without it. So let’s dive into this whole thing can show you that it’s really not a problem:

Why do affiliate programs or networks disapprove people?

Generally, the most common reason is the lack of a website. If people don’t show that they have a website to an affiliate company they’re applying for, it technically adds more risk for the company to “hire” the person in that it would require they add a new person to their database and monitor their progress, but without a website, there’s a good chance the person registering will probably not do anything positive for the company, so they disapprove the application.

Now if a person who registers has a website and still doesn’t get approved, my hunch is that that their website either doesn’t have enough traffic or content to show that it’s legitimate or the company that’s deciding on if you’ll work for them or not sees that you promote other programs and doesn’t want there to be competition with the affiliate promoting other, outside programs. In other words, they want to be exclusive with you.

Real life cases where these scenarios happen. The first one is Adsense.

I have noticed that most people who have websites and still get disapproved, have it happen from Google Adsense. Although it is not a traditional affiliate program, it is one of the ones you can apply to your site and make money through without buying into the program. 

Yet if you’re someone who didn’t get the nod from them and I always hear complaints from people about that, don’t worry. Your goal is to simply add more content to your site to make it grow and look more legitimate, as a real source of information where if Adsense people looked through it, they would see that this is a site that is high quality and worthy of our ads to be placed on them.

Next are programs that require some personal information from you. Lack of providing enough may be grounds for rejection:

Nearly every single legitimate affiliate program will require personal information from, including Adsense. Some will go as far as having you share your tax ID such as Amazon Associates and those things are normal to get so if your application didn’t go through, a possibility as to why is that you didn’t provide enough of the information they asked for.

But there is a filter that many programs use to really know if you’re worthwhile for them or not and that is they’ll ask you to provide them with your website information, particularly, information about traffic and how much of it you get.

If you tell them that your website is new and not getting traffic or you tell them you don’t know how to measure it, they may take that as a sign that you’re not experienced enough to make a traffic generating site. If that is the case, you may want to follow these strategies to get your site more hits, then re-apply.

Generally a website that has traffic and an experienced blogger/owner behind it enough grounds for that site to get approved by just about any affiliate program out there.

Now what do you do if you don’t get into the affiliate program you wanted…

People tend to treat an application and a rejection to an affiliate program almost as though they applied to a job and didn’t get it. 

This is simply not the case. What I tell everyone, always about these situations is that while you ARE applying to potentially earn money for your site, a rejection of that application does not mean you will not succeed and/or your site sucks.

In fact, here’s 4 things you need to know about this whole “rejection to an affiliate program” thing:

1) There are hundreds and thousands of actual affiliate programs you can register with. 

Just because one didn’t accept you doesn’t mean that another won’t offer the same terms/commissions and possibly a better one. And even if it doesn’t, you can always…

2) Get easier approvals and good commission rates from the following affiliate programs:

I tend to shy away from smaller, less mainstream affiliate programs. They tend to have a harder system for me to understand, sometimes their affiliate links don’t work, there’s bugs in the system, ect…

I tend to trust and stick to truly big programs that usually have an easy time letting you in:

But wait Vitaliy, that’s only 3 programs…

Yes, but you know what? With the exception of Wealthy Affiliate (the one through which I earn the most for my business), the other 2 programs offer access to 100,000’s of products you can sell. That’s 1 affiliate program which is a gateway for you to promote just about anything you can imagine. 

So if you get that access to just one and it has all the products you’ll ever need to promote, with a trusted system behind it, why worry about registering for others?

3) And this is big: Do not discount that your site, your business is an asset itself.

One thing I have begun telling people is not to discount the value their website has. That their website itself, with traffic has leverage, potential and VALUE. 

Just because an affiliate program didn’t appreciate you enough to let you join them, doesn’t mean your site can’t make money any other way. If like I said, the “worst case” scenario happens and every single one of the many thousand programs do not approve you, you can always make money through the site other ways and here’s several and some of them can make you far more than an affiliate program can make you.

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14 Comments

  1. Chad

    This is what I needed to read today because I was turned down by an affiliate through CJ earlier today. I didn’t let it bother me because I am still promoting their product through Amazon Associates but it did have me asking questions to myself of why.
    After reading your article it made sense as to why because my website is new and doesn’t have much traffic at this time.
    I do have a question for you. Can I reapply with that company after I get more visitors and my website has been online longer?

    Chad

    • Vitaliy

      I think so Chad, it wouldn’t make sense for affiliates who get disapproved to forever be “banned” from doing it again, it would hurt CJ in the long run.

  2. KhanyaKea93

    Hi Vitaliy

    I have personally applied for the all those affiliate programs and I was approved without experiencing any problems.

    My site at this time wasn’t even getting ranked in google, and it was an amazon associates account.

    What could have caused them to highly regard my site even though it was not ranking?

    I like ClickBank, because it’s like an open source affiliate network, it never disqualifies any of their affiliate, neither does it disapprove any affiliates.

    I never experienced this problem, but great info, should I run into a similar problem…I’ll know what to do!

    -COOL 😉

    • Vitaliy

      To be honest, I don’t know Khanya. I have also been approved on every program I’ve signed up with, and in some cases, I never even provided an active site.

  3. Leody

    Nice read, I used to have a blog and I believe the traffic wasn’t really that great. I tried to applied google ad sense in hopes that as the site goes my traffic will grow and I can earn some money from Adsense. However I kept on getting rejected by them and I had no idea why.

    Your article gave me new insights and I realize I need to establish something of quality to able to earn some income. Thanks for the article. Keep on writing and all the best!

  4. Ishan Iyer

    I actually didn’t know that affiliate programs rejected people! You are definitely right, some affiliate programs want to see that you have some base like a website off of which to promote them, otherwise its a risk for them.

    If you are an actual user of the product though, is it still possible to get rejected from an affiliate program?

    Thanks for the insightful article 🙂

    • Vitaliy

      I actually think if you purchased the product, that, this for some affiliate programs is already the only thing you need to prove. MLM programs do this when they force people to buy their business packages and while I don’t agree with that, certainly buying the product can help make your case that you’d like to promote it.

  5. Richard

    Your post on affiliate programs was refreshing to read. I applied to so many and felt frustrated that no one responded to my application.
    You make very good points and I will be following some of your tips on how to increase traffic. I thought was doing all the right things but obviously not. I think to be successful one has to follow those who are and duplicate it

  6. isaac

    Hi Vitaliy. Great article you have here. But I would suggest for those starting out to understand that Amazon ( and also Ebay if I renter correctly) will deactivate any accounts without any sale for the first 6 months.

    Speaking from experience when I first started out, I changed my niche a couple of times and didn’t make any sale until the fifth month.

    So for any of your starting out and reading this, please take more time to think about your niche and things you want to market. Once you get a feasible plan, then apply for the associate program. Cheers:)

    • Vitaliy

      Great point Isaac! When I registered with Amazon Associates, I don’t recall them having that 6 month rule, but now that it appears to be the case, people should definitely develop their site first to make it more traffic friendly, and thus more sales friendly when they register.

  7. Steven

    Hi, thank you for your article. I can definitely agree with you that reapplying after getting more content into your website will help. I was rejected by Google before and later found out that they look for a site with content and also at least the Privacy Policy and About Me pages.

    One thing i would like to know though, is whether Amazon or Google will cancel your affiliate membership if you don’t send enough traffic their way?

    Appreciate if you can share your thoughts with me on this…

    • Vitaliy

      I have heard that Amazon Associates has a 6 month “trial” period where you need to make a sale, although when I signed up with them, I didn’t make sales for the company for a long time and my account has always been active.

      As for Google (Adsense), no I don’t think so, once an account is approved, you should be fine to send traffic there and/or if you take a break, come back and re-send traffic again.

  8. Chris Towers

    I find that a lot of people get turned down by affiliate programs and Adsense is because they are too hasty.

    New online developers are eager to see the money rolling in and sometimes they cut corners to try and make this happen faster.

    One of the biggest problems is trying to get the thumbs up from an affiliate program when your site does not have customers.

    Why would they approve you when your shop door is still closed? Get your customers first, then apply…

    My thoughts anyway 🙂

    Thanks

    Chris

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