A very troubling trend seems to be starting within the online poker affiliate world. Affiliate programs are starting to close affiliate accounts due to inactivity and or not generating enough real money players for a given time frame.
This is essentially nothing more than a money grab as many small time affiliates that have an account closed will most likely not care to remove the affiliate links. If that link generates just one real money player over the course of a year the affiliate program got the player for free.
A thread was started on PokerAffiliateListings.com when the email from Carbon Poker started to show up in a few affiliates email accounts.
MJ on PokerAffiliateListings had the following to say with regards to receiving an email that his Carbon Poker affiliate account was going to be closed:
I’m curious Atil, is the motivation behind this preventing under the table rakeback or what? It seems to me that if you are still planning to pay these closed accounts earnings, then the account needs to remain open for transparency, why would you deny your brand the opportunity for some random affiliate to send a whale over? I’m confused. What does it cost you to leave the accounts open?
MJ does raise some rather good points as the affiliate programs are all digital and automated making them essentially maintenance free for the operator.
Affiliates should defiantly take notice and stay away from programs who are going down this route as the affiliate programs will always try to nickle and dime to gain a little extra at the expense of hard working affiliates.
Affiliate Lounge Affiliate Program (Betsafe, Betsson & Nordicbet)
Affiliate account to shut down – 30 days notice
We are writing to notify you that your account has been inactive for the past 6 months (has not generated a minimum level of activity / new depositing players).
Under rule 7.9 of our terms and conditions the Company reserves the right to set limits for a minimum level of activity on Affiliate’s accounts and to terminate any agreement not reaching the limit.
Consequently our Affiliate Agreement is now being terminated. Your October and remaining unpaid commission will be paid out early November and your account will be permanently shut down on November 1st, 2013. You will not be eligible to earn or receive commissions after the effective termination date.
Carbon Poker Affiliate Program
We are writing this email to inform you that your ChipSplit account kbrkal has not generated any new player sign ups in the last 60 days or more. Due to the inactivity in this account, as per our Terms and Conditions (sec. 6.3 c.), we have decided to terminate this partnership.
If you haven’t already done so we are asking you to remove any and all ChipSplit listed brands and marketing material. Your ChipSplit account will remain accessible for you to log in and view past results.
6.3 Termination By Us. We may terminate this Agreement, with or without cause, upon five (5) days written notice to you. Further, we may terminate this Agreement immediately, without notice, in the following events:
c. The total number of new Players introduced by you in a sixty (60) day period is less than 1.
If you feel this email has reach you in error and or you would like to continue to work with our program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank you for your efforts and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
The ChipSplit Team