The Key To High-Volume Web Sales by Michael Southon
The quickest way to achieve high-volume sales on web is to set up your own affiliate program.
There are two ways to set up an affiliate program: you can install affiliate tracking software on your server or you can use a 3rd party affiliate tracker.
Here is a list of sites that offer affiliate tracking software: http://www.ezine-writer.com/affiliatesoftware.html
For most people, a much easier option is to use 3rd party (or web-based) affiliate tracking.
There are literally dozens of web-based affiliate management services. Some have setup fees, some have monthly fees and others charge monthly commissions on your sales.
Here is a list of 3rd party affiliate trackers: http://www.ezine-writer.com/3rdpartyaffiliate.html
One of most popular 3rd party affiliate trackers is ClickBank (http://www.clickbank.com).
Compared to some other affiliate programs, ClickBank's system is quite basic - for example they only offer one-tier affiliate tracking and they don't provide click-thru stats.
But one big advantage of ClickBank is they are widely used (by over 10,000 merchants) and trusted - and that means your customers will feel safer when ordering your products.
Here are some of features of ClickBank affiliate program:
=> one time setup fee of $49 => no monthly fees => 7.5% commission on your sales => automatic email (to you and your affiliates) every time you make a sale => ClickBank issues checks to your affiliates => checks issued every 2 weeks => low minimum ($5) before a check is issued
One drawback to using ClickBank is that links your affiliates post on their websites won't contain your domain name - so they won't increase your link popularity.