|Tue Aug 14 2007 22:52:10|
Question from Reader: PayPal's Affiliate Program
By: Ina Steiner
While I'm familiar with eBay's affiliate program, I wasn't really aware that PayPal had an affiliate program, beyond the original referral program it had long ago (before eBay acquired the online payment service). But a reader asked about it, so I thought I would share the question - along with the answer from PayPal - here.
"Ina, I don’t know if this is something you’d write about, but do you know why eBay closed down their PayPal affiliate program?"
Answer from PayPal spokesperson (8/10/07):
"We've been testing a program with Commission Junction for the past few months. We didn't see a lot of demand for the program, so it didn't make business sense to continue it. However, we are committed to partner programs at PayPal. We still have our merchant referral bonus program, and we're investing in improving that functionality. I'll of course let you know when we have more to discuss there."
Out of curiosity, I dug up what must be the first article in AuctionBytes-Update about PayPal, from the February 20, 2000 issue (the eighth issue!). At that time, PayPal bragged it had 140,000 total users.