Affiliate programs pay you a commission to send them customers. Depending on the type of program, you receive a percentage by sending traffic or customer who makes a purchase or take a positive action on the merchant’s site based on your referrals.
Once you have a blog or website that generating traffic, you can easily sign up as an affiliate to make extra money by following simple steps:
1. Search online and locate a program that offers a product or service you like to offer.
2. Sign up online by completing the affiliate agreement.
3. The affiliate program you select will provide you with banner ads or links for you to place it on your existing site.
4. You will promote the affiliate program through banners, reviews, newsletters, and other online marketing techniques.
5. People who are exposed to your marketing or notice banner ads may click the link. Once they click your links, they will land on merchant’s site. If they make a purchase or fill in the form or take any positive action based on your contract, you will receive a commission.
Your success as an affiliate depends on your ability to generate traffic to your site. You can use search engine optimization to generate free traffic, or advertise in pay-per-click, or use as many online marketing techniques.
It is not uncommon for super affiliates to make $100,000 to $500,000 or more in a year. It is up to you to be an aggressive affiliate marketer or just use affiliate marketing to add extra revenue. Here are some tips to start as a successful affiliate marketer:
Types of Affiliate Payments
There are different types of affiliate payments. Here are the most common affiliate payments:
CPS (cost per sale): You are paid when someone click your link on your website or blog and make a purchase on the merchant’s site.
CPL (cost per lead): You are paid when someone clicks the affiliate link on your site, visit the merchant’s site and takes a positive action such as completing a form.
CPC (cost per click): You are paid based on the number of clicks from your site to the merchant’s site.
Searching For Affiliate Programs
Before searching for an affiliate program, you need to decide what types of products or services you plan to offer that relates to the interest of your target audience. Make a list of your favorites and search online.
Online stores with an affiliate program usually have Affiliate tab on their homepage or on the “About Us” page.
You may want to go directly to affiliate networks and check out hundreds or thousands of affiliate marketing programs. Major retailers often use networks to handle their affiliate programs. There are hundreds of networks that offer affiliate programs. You can start by checking the following networks:
Before you sign up to participate for any affiliate marketing program, carefully read the affiliate agreement in details, including:
Try to read the affiliate agreement and fine print very carefully so that you are not caught off guard. In addition, do not try to sign up for too many affiliate programs simultaneously because you will lose your focus and marketing objective.
Affiliate programs want you to be successful because the more customers you refer, the more money they make. That’s why they provide you with marketing tools for you to use. Go over their site and read their sales copy, refund policy, contact information, and so on. Are they successfully selling their products or services? You don’t want to waste your time and money referring prospects to a site that fails to convert them to customers.
Make sure to read the terms and conditions of the affiliate agreement to determine your potential liabilities for participating. Enter in a search engine the name of the company you want to do business with to see whether the company is legitimate. Look for their country of origin. Do they have a U.S. based operations? Affiliate programs exclusively run from foreign countries may be a sign that the activity is not permitted in the U.S.
Avoid companies without contact information. Legitimate companies place contact information on their websites. The company must provide some form of money-back guarantee to customers. Read reviews to see customers’ comments about the products or services.
Does the company provide reasonable support to help affiliates to be successful or answer questions? All their marketing tools, banner ads, newsletters, contact information, and technical support must be normal and legitimate.
Signing up for an affiliate network or affiliate program is simple. You simply visit the site’s homepage, and then click the Affiliate tab. If it is network, in the drop-down list that appears, click the Publisher Solution link.
Joining must be free. Click the publishers Join Now button, and then fill in the basic information, including your company’s name and information, account information, email address, etc.
After you enter all the required information and click the submit button, watch for an email message from the company and follow its instructions.
It may take 48 hours or more before your application gets approved for participating in an affiliate program. You must have an active or live site. Some programs may require that your site should not violate any of their terms and conditions.
Once your approval with an affiliate network is confirmed, you can apply for as many of their individual programs. Simply go through their categories and select the programs that interest you. You can join multiple affiliate programs, but try to go slowly in the beginning.
By John Stanford – 2019
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