It appears that OneNetworkDirect, a small software network, is completely closed to NY Affiliates. I was shocked to read Kevin Webster’s post on Abestweb – OneNetworkDirect. It seems that he was trying to sign up and NY is missing from their drop down menu. Having met some of their representatives earlier in the year, I was so shocked I had to go see for myself. It is true, NY affiliates cannot even apply and to make matters worse, it is not even worthy of a significant mention on their website. Their website should clearly indicate that OneNetworkDirect does not accept NY affiliates, instead there is just a sentence buried on a page about an achiever’s program. Many thanks to Kevin, 72kilowatts, for uncovering this.
Back in August 2008, while at Affiliate Summit East, I met a couple of their representatives at a booth. We exchanged business cards and I even received several copies of software as they were interested in getting featured on at least one of my websites. Since I was a speaker on the NY tax issue at Affiliate Summit I had a badge that indicated my website, NYAffiliateVoice, my business cards indicated NYAffiliateVoice and one of the first questions I asked was about the status of NY Affiliates. We clearly spoke about the NY tax issue and I was assured there were no issues; I even jotted notes down.
I have emailed OneNetworkDirect requesting clarification on their policies regarding NY Affiliates. I also believe that NY Affiliates deserve at least an indication and an explanation of their status on the OneNetworkDirect website. In my email I also indicate my surprise that a network would decide to refuse a specific group of affiliates rather than leaving that up to the individual merchants. I will let you know what I learn about their decision to exclude NY affiliates from their network.
Although I am still awaiting a response from them, I felt it was important to share the knowledge that an entire network is closed to NY affiliates so that others can make informed decisions. Merchants, not networks should decide who to allow into their program.
This post is in stark contrast to my most recent posts that spoke about some of the more positive aspects of our industry. The fact is, each day we can find both positive and negative; it is only by addressing all issues that we can truly move the industry forward.