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Achieving Success With Affiliate Programs

by: Angela Wu

No product… not even a product idea. What’s a would-be
online entrepreneur to do?

For many beginners, affiliate programs seem like a dream
come true: earn a commission selling another company’s
products or services. No need to create one of your own!
What’s even better is that you only have to place a couple
of banners or links on your website, and this hot product
will sell itself! Right?

No. Just like with any other online business, earning money
from affiliate programs requires education and experience
with Internet marketing. Affiliate programs are a great
way to learn the basics of marketing online. Although it’s
the rare person who makes a significant full-time income
from them, many people find that they provide an excellent
supplementary income stream.

Many newbies to the ‘net are so eager to get started that
they sign up with every affiliate program that looks good
to them. They advertise like crazy, often spend hundreds
of dollars — only to be disappointed at their complete
lack of sales.

So what does it take to make money with an affiliate
program? Here are a few key tips …
Make Smart Choices

To get started, choose only one or two high-quality
programs that are a good fit with your website audience.
For example, if you’re running a crafts website, don’t
advertise technical software.

One or two programs will provide you with plenty of work
to begin with. More than that and you may find yourself
frantically trying to promote too many and having little
success. It’s better to start earning money with a
couple of good programs first, then gradually add
additional income streams later on.

You may also find, over time, that your audience responds
to a certain type of product and not to others. Test
different offers to see which ones your audience like
Don’t Rely on Your Downline

2-tier affiliate programs offer additional commissions
everytime someone in your ‘downline’ makes a sale. Your
‘downline’ are those people you refer to the program who
also become affiliates.

Don’t become obssessed about recruiting subaffiliates.
Remember that you can only control your own efforts;
you can’t control what other people do. Concentrate
on making your own sales… and if your subaffiliates
make sales too, consider it a nice bonus!
Hard Work, Determination, and a Willingness to Learn

Don’t let anyone tell you different: Internet marketing
is hard work. It does *not* consist of slapping up a
few banners, blasting out a few ads, or – heaven forbid
– spamming millions of people.

You’ll need the determination to keep you going through
the ‘tough’ periods. People tend to expect instant
results on the Internet. Unless you’re a marketing
genius or already have a targeted, high-traffic site,
chances are you won’t see immediate results. Keep in
mind that everyone’s different – some people will see
profits in a few weeks, others in a few months.
Experimentation and Adaptability

One day, after plenty of hard work, you may finally see
the coveted ‘You’ve made a sale!’ notification. That’s
wonderful! Now HOW and WHY did you make that sale?

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different marketing
methods. If one thing doesn’t work, try another. If
something works, keep using it or even try to improve
upon it.

For all of this experimentation to be successful you must
track the results of each marketing campaign. This is the
only way to truly determine which methods are bringing in
profits, and which ones should be replaced with something
more effective.

While it’s true that most people never make money from
affiliate programs, it doesn’t have to be true for you.
Only you can determine the outcome!

3 Tips To Succeed With Affiliate Programs

by: shrinivas Vaidy

Dear friends, when it comes to promoting affiliate programs
we all follow a certain defined process. We first go to ,type affiliate programs in the search field. When
the results get displayed we look for “high paying” affiliate
programs. By “high paying” I mean those who pay 25% commissions.

Then we visit each and every website listed and join the
programs becuse they are free! to join. We put all sorts of
banners and text ads on our links page and expect to see a
check in our mail box the next morning.

Well, I am here going to reveal a very different way of
promoting affiliate programs. Let us revise the process

Step 1> Search for affiliate programs with your favorite
search engine. Look for only those affiliate programs whcich
have products which interests you. For example if you are
interested in “radio controlled airplanes” then look for such
products first. Don’t start with promoting “herbal shampoos”
or “yoga cd’s” just because they pay 40% commissions.

Since you already know a little about rc planes it wiil be
much easier for you to promote various aspects of the

So when selecting the affiliate prgram keep in mind the
following sequence

a)Product which you know about or are interested in.
b)Qulaity of the product. To know the quality of the
product it is advisavle to buy the product yourself
c)The organisation associated with the product. Look for
the promotional material they are giving to affiliates.
This shows the confidence of the manufacturer in their own
d)Commission structure. Some webmasters provide 2 tier
commission structure. Some have a threshhold amout before
the affiliates get paid. Here is a nice place to sart with.
This is a list which contains 50 affiliate Programs That Pay
AT LEAST 50% commissions.

Step 2> Design a simple landing page to “presell” the product
before sending the visitors to actual sales page. Now this step
is extremely imporant. Why do you to presell the product ?. This
is because this is internet. No one knows you here or has seen
you personally.

Normally when someone buys from the internet he is going to look
for similar 4-5 products before he gets to the final decision.
Here if he comes to your affiliate landing page it becomes
much easier for him to compare the product you want to promote
with similar 4-5 products in the category.

The landing page you have designed can have testimonials, which
you can borrow from the sales page. It can also contain your
own experience about the product. You can use before/after
situations for describing the benefits of the product. You can use
photographs of yourself using the product successfully. This
adds instant credibility to the product you want to promote.

Step 3>When the visitors reach your landing page you must have
a system to capture their names and email addresses. Because
as I said earlier there are many people who look for similar
4-5 products before buying. By capturing email addresse you can
“follow up” your subscribers later on using newsletters or
product features using email autoresponders.

The best way to capture email addresses is to provide a
free gift related to the product. This free gift can be
an eBook written by you or many webmasters already have an
ebook written for the affiliates. SO again this is a very
importan tpoint, join only those programs where you will find
a decent promitional material already prepared for the

That’s it friends. I hope these words were helpful. I wish
you good lick in your affiliate promotional journey.

Affiliate Program Basics

by: Albert Hallado

Affiliate Program is a ground floor opportunity. All you have to do is send visitors to your affiliate web site by placing a textlink or banner on your website and receive a commission on each sale, without the complication and expense of selling anything yourself.
Instead, you earn a commission for producing a ransaction. Affiliate programs, also known as Referral Programs, Associate Programs, Profit Sharing Programs or Reseller programs, give affiliates the ability to create an online business selling thousands products and services.

One of the first affiliate programs was run by the mega- bookstore, They still have the largest base of affiliates on the net although they may not be the best affiliate program for many! with over 600,000 web sites being affiliated.

Affiliate programs are generally offered by sites selling goods or services, although some affiliate programs reward other types of transaction such as getting a visitor to sign up for a free newsletter, or a download.

Some affiliate programs pay per lead rather than per sale, in other words, you bring them a prospective customer and they pay a fixed “finder’s fee” for the chance to market to that customer.
This is a typical arrangement for affiliate programs in the insurance, real estate and credit card industries, for example:
Types of Affiliate Programs
Pay per sale: If you refer a visitor to the online merchant’s site and if visitor makes a purchase you get a percentage of the sale as commission.

Pay per lead: You get paid a one-time fee for generating a lead for the merchant. Usually you get paid $2-$5 if the visitor you referred fills out an application. 
Pay per click: You get paid for every visitor you send to the online merchant regardless of any sale or purchase. Usually companies pay $0.05 – $0.15 per click.

Two-Tier: You get commission on direct sales you generate and also you get commission on sales generated by affiliates you recruited. Usually companies pay 25% commission for direct sales and 5% for sales generated by your affiliates.

Bounty: You get a one-time finder’s fee payment for the visitor you referred. You will not get commission on any future purchases that customer makes.

When you join an affiliate program, you will be given a specially formatted URL (Links) that you should use to link to the affiliate provider’s site. 
This will enable the affiliate provider to monitor traffic to your site and pay according to the type of affiliate program. 
The Benefit of an Affiliate Program 
Is that you just need to drive traffic to your affiliate site. Write a few articles and provide a few links.
You don’t need to find or deal with brokers, wholesalers, inventory, process orders, shipping & handling, customer service, tech support, handle returns, warranties, employees, etc-
An affiliate doesn’t even have to be present, your site will keep earning money while you’re sick, on vacation, or just doing something else.

Another advantage of being an affiliate, is that you do it from almost anywhere in the world..
How The System Works? 
Many affiliate programs pay a commission based on a percentage of the revenue generated by purchases made by visitors coming from your website.

For example; if you’re participating in an affiliate program that offers a 25% commission and you
send a visitor who purchases US$100 worth of products, you’ve just earned US$25 in commissions.
The commission rate itself can vary from 20% up- to 50%+ in the case of intangible products such as eBooks or website subscriptions. 
Affiliate programs vary widely in terms of overall quality, reliability, commission , statistics, the amount of help that the merchant site offers in marketing the products or services it sells, and so on.
By thoroughly understanding an affiliate program, you’ll minimize the risk of not getting paid – and maximize your potential earnings.

11 Tips for Joining Affiliate Programs

by: David McKenzie

Here are some things that I look for before joining an affiliate
program. They are items I feel are imperative to being in a
successful affiliate program.

1. The affiliate program has a great payment structure. For me, a
high commission that is also a high percentage of the purchase price
is essential. Nothing under 25% commission.

2. Make sure the affiliate program you are joining has a good looking
site. You do not want to be sending visitors to a site that you do
not like yourself.

3. Make sure they offer a comprehensive affiliate statistics page
that lists the number of click throughs, number of sales and amount
earned. This should be broken down per month.

4. Also make sure that the affiliate statistics are updated
automatically and immediately. You do not want to find out today
about a sale you made a week ago.

5. Ensure they give a wide variety of text links, banners and
graphics to put on your web page. Although I prefer text links,
certain types of banners and graphics still work well.

6. Know how often you are going to be paid. If you are tossing up
between 2 programs and one pays monthly and the other pays quarterly,
the one that pays monthly is better. You do not want to wait months
before getting paid for your hard work!

7. See if the affiliate program gives examples of how the top
affiliates are doing. This can be a great pointer to whether it is
good or not. If some affiliates are earning many thousands per month,
it is a good affiliate program.

8. Along these lines, also see if they give examples of what
marketing methods these successful affiliates are using to get the
best results.

9. An affiliate program that offers a special monthly newsletter just
for the affiliates is great. Here you can get extra tips and
techniques that are working well.

10. See if they offer email notification when you make a sale or get
an affiliate signed up under you (if it is a 2-tier program). It is
good to see `You have made another sale’ in your inbox.

11. Ensure top level support is given. If they cannot answer your
query straight away make sure they can respond within 48 hours.

There is tremendous demand for affiliate programs and choosing the
right one is no easy task. Make sure you do plenty of research before
joining one.

5 Tips To Choosing The Right Affiliate Program

by: Ken Hill

Affiliate programs can be a great way to make money online. You don’t have to spend time developing your own product, worry about taking orders, or take care of customer service.

If you already have a high traffic website or run an e-zine you can stand to earn a steady flow of commissions every month without a lot of extra work on your part.

To help you get started promoting affiliate programs, I’ve provided the following 5 tips to help you choose the affiliate programs that are right for you.

1. Choose affiliate programs that match the content of your site. If your site targets a niche market than choose affiliate programs that offer products to that niche market.

2. Choose affiliate programs that pay a high commission. For example 30%-50% on your direct sales.

3. Join affiliate programs that pay two-tier commissions. This enables you to not only earn commissions on your own sales but also on the sales of people who you introduce to your affiliate

4. Join affiliate programs that offer a line of products so that you can earn commissions when your referrals come back and purchase other services or products.

5. Join affiliate programs that offer their affiliates great marketing support. Many affiliate programs offer their affiliates pre-written ads to use or get ideas from, sales letters, marketing courses, and articles to use in promoting their services.

Remember, the best affiliate programs will see their affiliate program as a partnership with you and combine high commissions with excellent support so that you can start earning money
promoting their products as quickly as possible.

6 Must Read Reasons to Join Online Affiliate Programs

by: Hamad Kadmany
Are you looking for a very cost effective way to make an extra income? Let me show you why online affiliate programs are a great answer to your needs…

You must have been exposed to the online hype, and the fact is starting an online business is a great way to make an extra income. There are many ways to make money online, one of them, is joining online affiliate programs…

Here are six great reasons (only) why this could be exactly what you are looking for. I respect your time, so I’ll keep each point brief. Here we go…

1. Your Products

Many people don’t have their own products to market online, and even if they do, they would have to handle the shipment of the products to every corner of the world, or they would narrow their market to specific areas only.

Online affiliate programs provide a wide variety of quality products, which meet every customer’s needs, and you can market those products world wide without worrying about their shipment. All you need is to refer people to your affiliate websites. Any orders taken from that website are automatically handled by the company on your behalf.

2. Your Income Potential

Besides the commission you can earn from direct products selling, there’s another powerful way to make a great income online – residual income, and this is by referring other people to join the opportunity. This way you can build a network of people where you make a commission for each sale they make…

Some companies limit you to one level of sponsored affiliates, which mean, you only get commission for the sales of the first level of people you refer, however, MANY other great companies do NOT limit your income potential, actually, it’s infinite deep network where you can enjoy passive income.

3. Your Investment

The great news is – you are NOT required to put any money down in order to join an online affiliate opportunity, you can join for FREE! Some of them might claim that you must buy their products (you should avoid those…), even though I believe in the concept of buying from your own store, real opportunities should not force you to perform nor limit your potential, so it is all up to you.

Of course, any kind of business requires some kind of investment, generally speaking it’s a trade off between time and money, the more you are willing to invest, the less time you need to build a solid business, and vise-versa. So it is all up to you.

4. Your Business Training

Some of the great online business will train you for FREE. Do NOT take this lightly, if you are serious about making real income, you will need proper training to build your business effectively, this will save you time AND money!

The information I have learned is priceless! I learned how to master the science of marketing, and it was easy for people like me (I’m a computer software engineer who knew NOTHING about marketing!) to build a successful business. As I already mentioned, this training is available to you for FREE even before they see a penny from you!

5. Your Business Needs

This is extremely important. To have a successful online business, you must have the proper tools like tracking software, websites, follow-up manager and more. Without those tools, you are shooting in the dark and you’ll waste your time and money.

The serious online affiliate opportunities will provide you with those must have tools, and will guide you exactly how to use them in your favor. Again, FREE of charge!

6. Your Bottom Line

I’m well aware to the fact that the bottom line of any business, including online business, is making money. However, there are issues beyond that, those are the issues behind your desire to make money, either to spend more time with your family, get out of debt, own your own home or you name it…

Affiliate programs can be a great way to achieve whatever reasons you might have that triggered you to search for ways to make an extra income. Just make sure you join a great opportunity that is willing to invest in your success, because your success means also theirs!

Allow me to close with a quote by Robert Kiosaki, the author of the book titled “Rich Dad Poor Dad”. Mr. Kiosaki, a self made millionaire who also works in network marketing and who opened my eyes through his astonishing books, said the following:

“Is your business or the company you work for going to do well in a depression? If not, start a part time business. Our businesses are designed to do well in a good economy and do even better in a depression. A part-time business that will do well in a down economy is a network marketing business. During a depression, many more people will be very receptive to joining a network marketing company”.

Online affiliate companies are the new cutting edge network marketing companies, which makes the whole process much easier.

The Truth About Affiliate Programs

by: Elena Fawkner
Affiliate programs are a brilliant idea. For the owner of
the product, they’re a way of recruiting a veritable army
of salespeople to promote your product without having to
pay them a dime unless and until they generate a sale.
For the affiliate, they’re a great way of earning extra
cash from an existing, high-traffic website with virtually
zero additional effort.

Only problem is, most affiliates don’t HAVE an existing,
high-traffic website and they’re suckered into thinking that
it’s a simple matter of signing up for an affiliate program
and “driving traffic” to the product owner’s site using a
uniquely-coded URL. Well, it IS that simple. And it isn’t.

If you don’t already have your own high-traffic website,
how do you think you’re going to drive traffic to the
product owner’s site in the hope of generating a sale?

Well, there are a few ways, actually. And all of them are
going to cost you either time or money.

First off, you’re going to have to spend money on
advertising. How much? Well, consider this. Estimates
vary but, roughly, only 2-4% of people who see your ad
will actually click on your link. Of that 2-4%, only 1% or
so of THEM will go on to buy. In addition, it takes, on
average, 7 or 8 exposures to your ad before people will
click on it. AND to achieve even these piddly numbers
your market must be targeted in the first place. This is,
as you can see, nothing but a numbers game. Pure and

So what does all this mean to you, the advertiser without
a website? Well, to start with you’re going to want to
advertise where a LOT of people are going to see your ad.
But not just ANY people. People interested in the product
you’re wanting to sell – your target market. So this cuts
out the free classifieds and FFAs. And it means you’re
going to have to spend advertising dollars.

Where do you go to advertise then? The most effective
form of advertising is in ezines. Take mine, for example.
At the time of writing, my subscriber database is around
14,000. Each week I run an ad for my own opportunity (in
addition to running ads from other paying advertisers). I
generally get about 500 click-throughs over the course of
the 2 or 3 days following publication. That’s a click-through
rate of about 3.6%, about in line with the average.

If you were to pay to advertise in my ezine, it would cost
you $70 for a single classified based on my $5 CPM ($5 per
every 1,000 subscribers) pricing formula. This is not an
uncommon formula for pricing ezine advertising. You’re
therefore paying around 14 cents per click. That’s not bad.

Other than that, what can you do? Well, you can choose
to spend time rather than money. An obvious choice
considering what I’ve just said is to start your OWN ezine.

Build your own list and over time you will have a large
subscriber database to put your ad in front of too …
and it won’t cost you a dime. But this takes time and it
takes work. It’s taken me two and a half years to build
a list of 14,000 subscribers. And it takes a few hours of
work to put together the ezine itself including writing the
feature article. Every week, week in, week out. Is it worth
it? Absolutely.

And once you’re publishing your own ezine, it’s a simple
enough matter to distribute your articles for other ezine
publishers to run in their ezines. That 4 or 5 liner at the
end telling readers who you are with a link to your website
(or, if you don’t have one, the website of the owner of
the product you’re selling) is effectively free advertising
for you. Not all publishers accept article submissions
though, so be sure to find out whether they do before
submitting your articles to them.

But think about this. If you’re doing all this work anyway,
doesn’t it make sense to create your OWN website (in
addition to your ezine)? Sure it takes time and it takes
work and it takes money (but not a lot – hosting fees can
be pretty cheap if you know where to go). But once it’s
done and you’re just in maintenance mode – adding fresh
content every few days, uploading your latest ezine and
maintaining your archives – your website does so much
of the work for you. Generate a few hundred unique
visitors a day and you can be getting the same click-
through rate to your affiliate site *for nothing* that you
were paying someone else 14 cents a click for. EVERY
SINGLE DAY. 24/7/365.

So, this is the truth about affiliate programs. They’re great
if you’re the product owner and they’re great if you can
link to your affiliate site from your own high-traffic site.
But if you don’t have your own site, you’re going to have to
buy traffic to your affiliate site – either with money, time or
both. How many sales are you going to have to generate
to earn enough commission to more than cover your time and
costs and leave you with a profit?

Bottom line? Setting out to make money with affiliate
programs before you have your own site in place is putting
the cart before the horse. Yes, you want to make money
and you want to do it quickly. But it just doesn’t work that
way. Not with affiliate programs, anyway. So adjust
your expectations and do first steps first. It will be slow
going to start. It will take you weeks to create a worthwhile
site and then MONTHS to generate the kind of traffic you
need. But if you take a long-term approach to your
business and take the time now to lay the proper foundation,
you’ll reap the dividends for years to come.

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What You Should Know About Affiliate Programs

by: Gabriel Ama
When you start out in the world of the Internet, you will come across different kinds of money-making opportunities and programs. While many promise to make you rich overnight, only very few are genuine opportunities that would lead you to your hearts’ desire but certainly not overnight or as fast as you would want.

It takes hard and smart work, patience, perseverance and an investment at times, no matter how little, to earn a living on the internet. There are different income opportunities on the internet: Network Marketing or Multi-Level Marketing or MLM for short as well as Affiliate Programs. This article throws more light on the latter income opportunity.

As the name implies, an affiliate program is one in which one gets to earn commissions for marketing and successfully selling a company’s or individual’s products over the internet. You are in a kind of partnership with the person and you get to earn commissions on every successful sale.
The way it works is that you join an affiliate program by signing up on a form through a sponsor’s website and the beauty of the program is that you are given an exact same site like the one through which you signed up when you joined the program.

The difference between your site and your sponsor’s is that you are given an identification or ID that is unique to you just as your sponsor is also given, as well as others in the program. This ID is incorporated in the web address or URL to which visitors who click on are taken and who are interested in either buying a product or joining under you as a sub-affiliate.

It is this ID tied to your website in the program that is used to track sales and commissions due to you.

Some affiliate programs pay you commissions ranging from about 10% to as high as 75% of product price for your direct sales and commissions also on the sales made by your sub-affiliates. Some of the programs are free to join and only require your marketing the products to earn a commission on every sale while some require you to pay a monthly recurring fee while you market to earn good commissions.

Very few programs pay you a monthly commission when you pay a monthly recurring fee, as well as other commissions when you recruit sub-affiliates that also pay the monthly recurring fee. This can be a good source of income that adds up as your downline of sub-affiliates grow from month to month.
Unfortunately, affiliate programs have two flaws that one must watch our for. The first and more important is that some fraudsters could join through your affiliate website and when they want to make a purchase, replace your ID with theirs and thereby deprive you of your due commission.

Fortunately, there are some affiliate programs that have found a way around this flaw by providing you with a hidden URL with affiliate ID that is difficult to crack by the fraudsters. A second flaw is that some affiliate programs are operated by fraudsters who will just milk you of your hard earned cash by charging you a sign up fee or even a monthly recurring fee and you will continue to wait and wait and nothing ever happens except that you lose your hard earned cash.

Even with these flaws, affiliate programs are a nice way to earn good income on the internet. As a starter, what you can do is to join the free ones first and then take time to study how the whole thing works.

I assure you that with a little patience, perseverance and willingness to learn, you will begin to identify legitimate affiliate programs that require a fee and you will learn the ropes about marketing them to earn good cash over time to allow you begin to live a life of your dreams.

Understanding Affiliate Programs

by: Sylvia White
Years ago before the internet was born, starting your own business was like taking a leap into the unknown. It involved MONEY, TIME, and lots of worry. If you were one of the lucky ones your business was a success, but many were doomed to failure.

Now the Internet has evolved, and though many businesses fail possibly through lack of understanding! no one loses a fortune.

When someone begins the search for a business on which to make money, it is almost always an affiliate program that catches their eye, probably because most of them say Free To Join. Yes they are free to join, but if you are looking to work and make money it is almost certain that you will have to upgrade and pay a monthly fee.

Understanding the program. Any good affiliate programs will have a learning process and you will be told to read and read again until you understand what is required of you. You should also have a mentor, that is someone that is there to help you. He or she will reply to you by email or by messenger, they will help you through any problems to the best of their ability as your success means success for them.

The main task of most affiliate programs is to refer others who will sign up and create your down line. Only those that upgrade will be of use to you. Once you begin to receive commission your monthly payment should be taken out automatically thus leaving you free to build up on your commissions.

How to refer others to your program! This is where many affiliates fail, the ability to refer is not always easy. If you can build your own website and work to get it on the searches it is a great help as this is almost free advertising. Another way is to traverse other websites and place your ads for the program on them.

There are many free ad sites which you will find by placing Free Ad Sites in the search box. Always use a different email box for this project as you are sure to get lots of spam emails back, you do not want to fill your usual inbox with spam. Another way to refer is by using PPC, (pay per click) this can work out expensive but it does work, you will need a certain amount of paid sign ups to cover costs. Google is the most expensive but you can find many cheaper search engines out there, Overture is good and less expensive.

Once you start getting paid signups you yourself will have to learn to be a mentor as they are almost certain to require help of some kind. Do your home work and read up on your program in between your other jobs, it is surprising how quickly you learn and find yourself able to answer their questions confidently.

You should now be on the road to earning an adequate income, you must give your self at least 12 months before expecting high earnings, it is a slow road but a steady one, usually with residual income that does come in very handy in your retirement.

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