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Microsoft Starting Affiliate Network


I talk about Microsoft products here daily, and occasionally I link to them on so that if a reader chooses to buy them, I can get a small commission on the sale. Now, Microsoft is offering its own affiliate program, the Microsoft Affiliate Network, for websites to use to get some extra cash when they mention Microsoft products. Signing up is easy, just head here, and it’s fast (I signed up half a day ago, and I’m already accepted).

Currently, the program only has referrals for Windows Live OneCare, but the account rep I spoke to assured me that more will be added shortly. You get $1.50 for every user who signs up for a free trial of OneCare, and can link to it with an image or text. Here are examples of the images (these are live affiliate ad images, so don’t click them unless you want to install OneCare now):

One thing I absolutly love: The ads are just GIF images with a standard HTML link. That means they’ll work anywhere, even forums and emails, and on mobile phones, and certainly they’ll work in my blog posts, something Google AdSense referral ads don’t. Google uses SCRIPT tags, very annoying, and Microsoft has gone a simpler, and thus more compatible route.

There are also six text links. These consist of blocks of regular text with the referral link included, as well as an invisible image acting as a tracking bug (for ad statistics). I’m not a big fan of the text, especially since at least one of them is gramattically incorrect, and I hope you are allowed to edit it, at least in small ways, without breaking program policies.


  • Help get peace of mind knowing that everything is managed for you with Windows Live OneCare—virus and spyware scanning, firewalls, tune-ups, file backups, the whole nine yards. And it’s all delivered to you in a smooth, hassle-free package. Download the 90 day free trial
  • Help keep your PC trouble-free with Windows Live OneCare
  • Try Windows Live OneCare free for 90 days to see how easy caring for your computer can be. Download the free trial.
  • Get continuous protection for your PC with Windows Live OneCare Download the free trial.
  • Download Windows Live OneCare, the new comprehensive, automatic, and self-updating PC care service that helps protect and maintain your PC.
  • Windows Live OneCare works quietly in the background on your computer, so you don’t have to worry about nasty interruptions from viruses, spyware, hackers, and other unwanted intruders. It also goes beyond security, regularly backing up all your important files and cleaning up and tuning up your computer to help keep it running at top speed. Because you have better things to do with your PC. Download the free trial.

That last one is practically a full review! Maybe Microsoft wants to do my job for me!

Anyway, this program seems exciting and is definitely doing a few things smarter. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of the program as they add new products.

And if you are a regular reader of the blog, you already know how much I love OneCare, so don’t worry about bias here. If you haven’t tried it out yet, here’s your opportunity. There are only about twenty links to choose from :-)
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June 6th, 2007 Posted by | Advertising, General, Live, OneCare, Security, Windows | 5 comments

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  1. [...] 目前仅有Windows Live OneCare这一个产品可以推介。提供了多种格式的Banner可以方便添加到自己的网站中,具体样式可以参考来源文章。每一个有效的注册申请使用Live OneCare会带来1.5美元收益。每隔30天支付,最小支付额度为100美元。 [...]

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  2. [...] 今はWindows Live OneCareという製品だけの紹介です。多数フォーマートのBannerが提供されていて、自分のウェブサイトに挿入できます。具体的には来源文章ご参照ください。一つ有効な登録(ID)がLive OneCareを申し込む時に$1.5の利益が得られる。30日ごとに支給され、最低限の支給額は$100です。 [...]

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  3. [...] and I’d recommend jumping into the Microsoft Affiliate Network. They’ve still got just the one Windows Live OneCare free trial offer, but I’m actually surprised how popular it [...]

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  4. i just got accepted there in the network :D althought i am not able to join adsense, hopefully this Msoft network, can work in my sites :D
    my sites

    Hopefully it will be a success soon ;)

    Comment by jason | October 9, 2007

  5. [...] The Microsoft Affiliate Network has added a new offer, letting you invite people to download the Windows Live Toolbar and earn a $1 commission. Here’s one of the ad units available: [...]

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