With an affiliate program, it really pays to work wellwith others. Affiliate programs are normally commission based. When you send a visitor to a site and that visitor makes a purchase, you get a commission (or a percentage of the sale) and the merchant gets the sale. It becomes a win-win for you and the merchant.
Now, if you have a site, one of the things you can do is run a affiliate program from your site or build a site to promote whatever affiliate program you are promoting. If you do not have a site of your own, never fear, because most affiliate programs already have sales pages set up for you to promote. This way, you are not having to do the selling, you are simply sending your visitors to a sales
page that’s already set up.
As with any marketing program, it’s important for you to be careful with the program you choose. The reason why I say this is simply because it’s very tempting to jump on a program that has the highest commission structure. Typically, these types of programs tend to be expensive and if you are just starting out, I wouldn’t recommend jumping on board, due to the fact that you don’t have a list of
folks who’ve already bought from you. The best rule of thumb I’ve ever come across is: “If you can’t afford to buy it, neither can your visitors” (particularly in this economy).
Tips for selecting a affiliate program to work with:
1. An affiliate program which pays out anything less than 25% of the sale isn’t one you want to hook up with. Most do, but be careful you’re not suckered into one that doesn’t. It’s simply not worth the time and effort you’ll be putting into it.
2. You want an affiliate program that gives you the ability to track your statistics, i.e. # of click throughs, sales, and earnings so that you can see what is working for you and what is not.
3. The program you select must have a wide selection of tools you can use to promote. If you have to build your promotional
tools (banners, text links, and/or graphics), this is a program that’s probably not for you.
4. Be sure to find out how often you’ll be paid, be it monthly, weekly, biweekly or quarterly and make sure the program you
select to promote has a top level support structure in place. You’ll want to make sure that they answer any questions you
may have in a timely manner. If not, then this is not a program you’ll want to get involved in.
All in all, you just want to use some common sense before you commit to an affiliate program. If it appears to be too good to be true, it probably is.
Thanks for reading and I hope this finds you having a great day.