Is it OK for Merchants to Compete with Their Affiliates?

by Shawn Collins
Q: I own a niche website that generates affiliate income. About 70% comes from a service-based business. I have had a great relationship with the owner of the company and they have really treated me well over the past 3 years that we have worked together. I recently discovered that the company created a content-rich website very similar to my own.Read the full article

Is it OK for Merchants to Compete with Their Affiliates?

Affiliate marketer Shawn Collins of http://affiliatetip.com answers the question, is it OK for merchants to compete with their affiliates? Q: I own a niche website that generates affiliate income. About 70% comes from a service-based business. I have had a great relationship with the owner of the company and they have really treated me well over the past 3 years that we have worked together. I recently discovered that the company created a content-rich website very similar to my own. What do you think of merchants competing with their affiliates in this way? A: Besides the fact that I think it sucks, I think it's a total violation, because they have the intel about your stats, and what works and what doesn't. I think you ought to bring it up with them and say, "what's going on here, because this is very uncool." And if they are part of an affiliate network, you should go up the ladder there, and let them know that you feel like this company has totally betrayed your trust, and has potentially stolen your intellectual property. I'd really push it, because I think this is pretty messed up, and if I were you, I would be furious about it. Unfortunately, this does happen, but the only way to put a stop to it is to fight it. Good luck. Got an affiliate marketing question? Ask it at http://www.askshawncollins.com/