Top 5 UK Affiliate Marketing Programs

There are a number of affiliate marketing programs available to use, all with different benefits and drawbacks. As a newcomer to the world of affiliate marketing, it can be very difficult to choose the platform that is right for you and your business. So with that in mind, I’ve been reviewing the different affiliate marketing platforms that I have worked with from both an advertiser and a publisher perspective.

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Google Trusted Stores (Now Certified Shops) Comes to the UK

Google officially announced on the 30th of October 2013 that its’ Trusted Stores program was being introduced to the UK under the name Google Certified Shops.

The Trusted Stores program was launched in USA start of 2012, and moved out of beta in July 2012.

By monitoring merchants Google assigns a score to participating retailers. Scores are based on accurate shipping and customer service. They will then display a badge on the retailers website which shows the retailers score in these areas.

Google Trusted Stores Badge

For shoppers the program allows them to identify stores that can deliver a great shopping experience, and any customer that agrees to participate in the program are eligible for a purchase protection of up to £1000.

By providing a shipment feed and a cancellation feed to Google they will monitor performance against a list of SLAs set in their merchant guidelines. As long as the retailer meet these SLAs a badge will be displayed their site, and also against ther Google Ads indicating that they are a Google Certified Shop.

As well as the feeds Google will also take customer details from the order confirmation page. When a customer places an order they will be asked if they wish to participate in the Google Trusted Stores program.

For merchants it can not only improve your conversion rate and order size, but it can also help improve your business practices.

Benefits of Google Certified Shops (Trusted Stores)

The obvious benefit of being part of the Trusted Stores program is the added trust benefit.

There are a number of case studies on companies in the USA who have participated in the program. Merchants in the states have seen an average of +4% in conversions but appears to be a larger increase for lesser known, smaller, online-only companies – Case Studies. Case StudyBeaucoup Case Study


The lucky partners who have gotten onto the the Beta for Certified Shops are: ‎ ‎

Certified Shops is completely free, and I’m sure Google will be making a big deal out of this over the coming months so expect it to appear in various places (Ads, Organics, Google Shopping – the possibilities go on!).

You can read the official launch post here on the Google UK Google+ page.

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Google Analytics Splits Mobile & Tablet Data

At last, finally, hoorah hurray Google Analytics has finally split Mobile and Tablet traffic into separate device types allowing for a much more segmented look at your data. Previously when you wanted to view mobile traffic on Google Analytics you could go into the Mobile > Overview section, and you’d be presented with the below data. Mobile visits were displayed a Yes/No option, and also included tablets.

Mobile vs Desktop Old

Now as I’m sure you know Mobile and Tablet are two very different beasts (so different in fact that Google has thrown tablets in with desktops for bidding in Google AdWords). Thankfully, as of Thursday last week, Google have now split the data out in this report to show the three different device types separately (see below).

Mobile vs Desktop NEW

This is an extremely welcome change as it makes life so much when trying to analyse different device types. With this update the advanced segments within Google Analytics have also been updated meaning you can easily segment your site’s traffic on different reports.

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