Myngle Affiliate Program

As I am very busy building the walls of the E-Teachers Academy I am abit behind schedule with bringing you the news about the websites I observe.

So in the next couple of days I try to catch up a bit. Lets start with the new Myngle Affiliate Program.

After introducing the new Myngle Pro Courses they announced the launch of an Affiliate Program. Members of this program will receive 4,5% commission on every sale that will be generated by a lead over the affiliate link.

There was some confusion because Myngle mentioned two rates: 4,5% and 25%. The 4,5% refer to the whole sum of the purchase whereas the 25% refer to the 18% comission Myngle shares with its affiliates.

To make it more clear: student buys a package for 100 Euro. The affiliate gets 4,5% = 4,50 Euro.

Or to describe it the other way round: the affilitate gets 25% of Myngle’s earnings. Myngle earns 18% commission of 100 Euro = 18 Euro. 25% of 18 Euro = 4,50 Euro.

After you signed up you have the choice between text links and banners in different sizes.

Not bad but a teacher colleague pointed out something interesting: if they are taking live lessons with a teacher online why don’t they wear headsets on these pictures?

But besides there are also some very nice features included in this Affiliate Program:

1. You get commission as long as the student is buying lessons or packages on Myngle.
2. You even get commission for your own students if you brought them over an affiliate link to Myngle. This means that you could cut down your commission on Myngle to 13,5% (18% – 4,5%). Quite interesting!

So the idea has some potential and the commission they offer to their affiliates is really fair.

Myngle chose to set up this Affiliate Program on their own and not to offer it via reputated platforms like Commission Junction or Zanox. They bought a software on sale ($49 instead of $89). Well, that must not automatically be a bad thing but an affiliate program like this has a slight taste of malware. Especially when you read something like this in the Terms and Conditions:

(4)You acknowledge that, by participating in the Program and placing any of the Assets within your site, we may receive information from or about visitors to your site or communications between your site and those visitors. Your participation in the Program constitutes your specific and unconditional consent to and authorization for our access to, receipt, storage, use, and disclosure of any and all such information, consistent with the policies and procedures set forth in the Privacy Notice on the Myngle.com website.

What information? What communications? This does not sound like an affiliate code but more like spyware. So lets take it a step further: what information does the software company who made this product receive from Myngle without knowing?

And I simply don’t understand the reason for this. Of course Myngle had to pay some commission to those platforms but the benefits would be much higher for everybody involved. Global exposition to an interested and qualified group of potential affiliates for example. And for the teachers / webmasters who are interested in implementing this there would be detailed overviews of impressions, click through rates, earnings, etc – in one word – transparency!

Once again more questions than answers and a good idea that was done the “that’s sufficient” way. Like the library, the classroom, the group lessons, … you name it.

I myself am not sure that I will add a code like this on my websites, even if the commission is attractive. The Terms and Conditions are too daunting for me. If you are not afraid of this, the Myngle Affiliate Program has a good potential of bringing you a new revenue stream.

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  • China_Mike

    This is definitely an incentive for teachers on Myngle to set up their own web sites. Does Myngle have a policy on what kind of web sites can qualify for this program?

    • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

      Sure. Basically the same as for other affiliate programs: no explicit content, no violence, no gambling etc.

      You can read them here: http://affiliate.myngle.com/affiliate/termsofus

      It would definitely be an incentive if there were not those T&Cs. I don't even think that Myngle wrote them.

    • http://www.christophernutter.webs.com ChrisN

      While I can appreciate the value of the affiliate program for Myngle – anything that attracts visitors to the platform must be good – I don't see the incentive for TEACHERS to set up their own websites here.

      Why would a TEACHER go to the trouble of attracting students, only to pass them on to somebody else? This doesn't make sense to me.

      Surely such an affiliate program would be more interesting for NON-TEACHERS, students or education experts, for example, or indeed anyone who has a blog or a website and feels they would like to support this enterprise (and make a bit of money in the process).

      • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

        The benefits are:

        1. even if you lose a student on the platform to another teacher you would still get 4.5% commission of everything the student is and will be buying.
        2. if the student books lessons with you, you still get 4.5% commission. As mentioned in the post, that would lower your Myngle commission to 13.5% instead of 18%.

        This only works if the cookie is set correctly, e.g. cookies are activated on the student's computer. If not, you generate a free lead for Myngle, of course.

        You could use the affiliate code in your communication with your student so he signs up over the link and then books a lesson with you.

        But as you can see, I am concerned about the general function of the cookie. What is happening, which information will be stored, transmitted, etc?

        • http://www.christophernutter.webs.com ChrisN

          Hi Kirsten!

          You say “This only works if the cookie is set correctly, e.g. cookies are activated on the student's computer. If not, you generate a free lead for Myngle, of course.”

          Does this mean that for the owner of an external website to qualify for the commission the student would have to book directly after clicking on the link? If a customer “discovered” Myngle on an external website, followed that link, registered with Myngle, but returned later (directly) to Myngle to make a subsequent booking, perhaps having long-since cleared his cookies, would there be no commission?

          • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

            Well, all I can say: same problem as ever. No real information is given. That's why it is so suspicious.

            The only parts that cover the tracking process in the Terms and Conditions are point 3 and 4. And there you won't find how this tracking works. Is it a cookie with an extended lifetime? If yes, as soon as this cookie is deleted, you won't receive commission anymore.

            Maybe the accout of the student will get a marker when he signs up. This way you would receive your commission. but as this whole affiliate program is a (cheap) thrid party software, I don't think so.

            Normally, affiliate cookies have a certain lifetime. Some only a few days, some weeks, some until they are deleted.

            So in order to get a response, we should contact Astrid at Myngle.