Q: I am a publisher of a soon to be launched, one of a kind, social website which has a large internet shopping mall in it. I want to hire a long term, experienced manager for it. Please give me advise of how to find and recruit this person?
A: The first thing that occurs to me here is that the ideal candidate would be somebody who has their own affiliate site(s).
Assuming they are doing well (would you want them if they weren’t?), it wouldn’t really make sense for them to abandon their affiliate site(s) to work for somebody else.
However, there may be talented folks who want some job security, and they could be happy to make the switch from running their site to running yours if they get benefits and other perks of full-time employment.
As far as trying to identify candidates for the job, I would suggest going to meetup.com to find affiliate marketing meetups in your area, and also to attend conferences.
Both of those can be great for recruiting employees.
Also, I would suggest taking a look at two services from FMTC: FMTC Connect and Elite Media Partners.
The FMTC Connect service utilizes the expertise and relationships they’ve built to connect an FMTC account with thousands of merchants across dozens of affiliate networks and data sources.
And the Elite Media Partners service gives enterprise-level businesses a hands-free alternative to integrating coupons/deals into their site. FMTC creates a content-rich deal/shopping portal that helps visitors save money while their purchases earn commissions for the clients of FMTC.