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Old 05-15-2000, 08:25 AM   #1
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Cool AskJeeves lowered to 2 cents

Ask Jeeves are lowering their rate to two cents a click. Not worth it in my opinion. They are also discontinuing the Direct Hit programme. What concerns me is that in their email it seems to say they will only being paying out to people with a balance of over $25. If you have less does that mean you get nothing????

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Old 05-15-2000, 09:30 AM   #2
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Things like this have a tendency to irritate me. An affiliate program with a nice payout (hey, the .03 wasn't too bad for a good search box like ask jeeves) changes it's rates after you've already had it integrated into your site. Your users are used to it.. and you make OK money with it. *poof* .. that money gets cut to 66%.

And.. yes, i'm pretty sure with the Direct Hit program ending, if you don't have $25, you don't get paid. I think i'm losing a lousy $17. It's not much, but enough to make one irritated.

It just seems like this has been a regular occurance with affiliate programs lately.

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Old 05-15-2000, 01:56 PM   #3
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...another one bites the dust! I don't do anything for 2 cents. Does AltaVista pay 3 cents?

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Old 05-15-2000, 03:42 PM   #4
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altavista, goto, lycos, infospace, and google pay 3cents per search (pretty sure)..
Then there's searchtraffic for 5cents. BTW- does anyone know how searchtraffic makes money?? most searches are just 3cents'd to Goto unless someone buys a term, right? Do they have a deal with goto?

I never really liked ask jeaves anyways.... http://geekvillage.com/ubb/wink.gif

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Old 05-15-2000, 09:37 PM   #5
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so their discontinuing a program and if u haven't earned a certian amount ($25) their just gonna keep ur money? http://geekvillage.com/ubb/eek.gif

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Old 05-16-2000, 08:30 AM   #6
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fairhousing - with the Direct Hit affiliate program, yes... that's exactly what they are doing (per their letter).

I suppose for now I'll leave our ask jeeves boxes up, even though they've reduced the payout. It's highly annoying, and I'd rather not support them after something like this.. BUT.. the box is on a page by itself, and that page is the second most popular on my site. Some income is better than none.

It's still really disappointing. This (both the discontinuing and rate lowering) has happened to me now with three BeFree affiliate programs. I think i've only lost a grand total of $100.. but it's still annoying.

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