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.