Let me tell you a story. This is a story of an affiliate marketer (me) who signed up for the Pretty Link Pro affiliate program. This was many months ago (nearly a year) and their sign-up process did not send me the verification email. I contacted their support and notified them that I did not have access. They set me up with a couple days, and emailed me the login.
The problem with their email was that they provided me access to the Pretty Link Pro service, when I have not purchased it yet. There was no formal talk about getting a free license, and the ethical thing for me to do was to let them know that they accidentally set me up with premium access on a product I did not yet upgrade to.
I am not one to just assume I can get free access to a product, but I do have a problem with how this played out when I let the cat out of the bag. I received a reply letting me know that my premium access was removed (or fixed, as they said).
Here is what should have happened:
- They should have realized an opportunity for positive press, and a rave review by allowing me premium access for free because I did the right thing in the first place. That story would have helped their sales a LOT.
- They should have realized that I was an affiliate marketer who teaches bloggers (their target market) how to make money blogging.
They did neither of these things. This was not enough to make me stop using Pretty Link at all. As a matter of fact, I continued to use it for a very long time, and still do. It did however, prevent me from reviewing their product in a passionate manner.
Enter an opportunity:
Less than a month ago, I was approached by MaxBlogPress to write a review about their product. They were kind enough to provide me with a free copy of Ninja Affiliate (as per my review requirements) so that I can test it out. I did not charge them my $500 paid review fee because these types of products are something I really love due to their functionality.
The difference between Ninja Affiliate and Pretty Link is that Ninja Affiliate owners saw an opportunity and jumped on it. Here I am raving about their product now that I have had a chance to use it. They have had killer support, and their product is 100% compatible with Hostgator.
The functionality of the two:
Both programs essentially do the same thing. They create shortened affiliate urls using your domain name. That’s pretty much the extent of the Pretty Link free version’s functionality. Both paid plugins offer extended features such as affiliate link cloaking, automatic keyword linking, and other cool things.
I have not yet found any bugs in the Ninja Affiliate software, but I have found some bugs with Pretty Link. At one point, you could add Pretty Links from the dashboard without issue, but when adding on the Pretty Link options page, it would not authorize access for some reason. This happened a few times, and it may have been the host I was with at the time. Who knows. But there was an issue that ticked me off at one time. That was when I linked to my friend Alex Whalley’s website and the link ended up being bad after I already sent out a newsletter. It wouldn’t allow me to fix the link because it claimed it was taken.
Both Pretty Link Pro, and Ninja Affiliate have excellent functionality that every affiliate marketer needs. In this case, Ninja Affiliate gets my majority vote simply because their company is smart enough to see an opportunity rather than itching for a quick one-time sale. Pretty Link decided to remove my Pro access because they wanted me to pay for the upgrade when they could have easily turned it into a multiple sale situation instead.
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