The date was December 21, 2012, the day when the world was touted to end. It did, for me!
That day Hostgator ran a special end of the world sale where it offered a discount of up to 75%. I wrote a post, promoted it so much that it showed up on the first page of Google, got 300 visits and around 50 clicks on my affiliate link but sadly made $0 in sales even though I had sold hosting.
So I think that Hostgator should rather go sell peanuts than have an affiliate program.
Below is a series of emails exchanged between me and my affiliate manager.
I believe that you are here to help me. I have very strong reasons to believe that at least one sale has occurred if not more.
The reason is that a particular chap Amirhossein Andohkosh
commented that he had purchased hosting with my link on the sale day. Now it could have been a false claim but then with his email id I traced his facebook account where he made a post that he had finally purchased hosting.
Why would one make a fake facebook status update on a page which doesn’t even have a lot of likes.
But what intrigued me was that even after several attempts of contacting hostgator and receiving assurances and reasons of servers being busy he was unable to receive a welcome e mail stating his c panel login details.
3 days have gone by. Me at 0 commissions and he at a loss to understand what the hell has gone wrong??
I don’t know for sure. I cannot give more info because I don’t have more info.
I am a distraught person today. I spent a whole 24 hours promoting the sale updating each time whenever the discount went from 25% TO 50% TO 75% TO BACK AGAIN AT 50%.
I did not sleep that day. I tweeted the post 56 times, expired all my 5000 justretweet credits in tweeting the offer. Like a madman I promoted my post on all facebook groups, commented on around 20 blogs, submitted the post to Digg delicious, blogengage and rss feeds.
Within a few hours of doing all that my site was on the first page fourth result for hostgator end of the world sale, 75% off, hostgator end sale, year end everything getting targeted traffic from Google-150 search engine visitors and 25 clicks on the same day and some more after the 75% offer expired.
But from these many days I have not seen a single commission or sale whether pending or active.
I have struggled a lot wanting to make a income online and if a person who has done all of this can’t make a penny with your affiliate system then please close shop and go sell peanuts!
There’s a person who I know who trusted in me who went ahead to start his dreams being unable to get his cpanel login details.
Don’t pay me a penny atleast give him the worth of cash that he spent.
More emails ME:
The client about whom i was talking registered a domain and hosting
with hostgator on 21st december AMIRHA.COM. But till now the c panel
login information has not been sent. Can i know why.
They sent me commissions
Is there anything wrong with your system. Do i have to personally go
and fetch the details of each and every domain to get my due sales.
Iam confident that this is not the only sale i generated
THEY: ( acting dumb)
> Thank you for contacting HostGator. I am unaware of any issues at this time
> concerning the tracking of sales within our system. This customer may have
> had cookies disabled within their web browser, which is the reason why the
> commission was not tracked correctly. As always, if you have any questions
> or concerns, going forward, please do not hesitate to contact HostGator.
> Thank you and I hope you have a great day.
> Your support of HostGator is greatly appreciated!
> Best regards,
Well with the post on sale, I had included lot of freebies, so I can understand no reason for which, the person specifically removed his cookies.
And then shit happened!
You are very good people. First i drive traffic to your link like a
fool you give me no sales commissions. Then with great difficulty i
prove to you that i’ve two sales and you call them duplicate paying me
nothing. Thank you and god bless…