I am cooking an idea for an online job board product. I'm thinking of using affiliate program as the primary marketing vehicle.
I have no experience running an affiliate program (though I've participated as affiliate in other company's program in the past). What are the things I don't know that I don't know about affiliate marketing?
BTW, I can't afford to use Commission Junction or any other paid network. Promotion will have to be very grassroot.
I don't know what you don't know about affiliate marketing but in my honest opinion,
You should consider an affiliate as one of the important persons in your life. Provide him a good control panel to manage and see his sales statistics, provide him enough marketing material such as banners, promotional text etc.
Also be in close interaction with him or her when you know that the affiliate is not doing well even if he has good resources for marketing and growth.
You can also go for a 2-tier affiliate program which will make the deal more interesting for the person who is marketing it.
If you know all of the above then it is well and good. Best Luck :)
Just some thoughts of how I looked at it:
That's off the top of my head.
Best of luck,