Affiliate Communication

Written by Sharon Housley

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Affiliate Taboos An affiliate generates a sale for a product andrepparttar merchant promptly decreasesrepparttar 102369 commission. This sends a very negative message torepparttar 102370 affiliate, in many cases they've taken a lot of time to place links, promote products and because they've driven effective traffic their commission is decreased. If its necessary to decrease a commission for whatever reason, be sure to include a personal note detailingrepparttar 102371 reason and lettingrepparttar 102372 affiliate know that you still support their efforts.

A Cheat? An affiliate sale occurs, you go to their website and don't find any links you decide they must be cheating you! This conclusion is simply a based on poor communication and reporting. Many, many affiliates have multiple sites, very few affiliate tracking programs allow affiliates to list multiple sites, and in many casesrepparttar 102373 number of sites listed do not accurately reflectrepparttar 102374 number of sites owned and managed byrepparttar 102375 affiliate. Additionally many affiliates manage opt-in newsletters that may result in sales, but links are not visible on a website. An example of a popular ezine often promoting affiliates is Lockergnome!

Links, Links, Links Keep your links valid! If you update a section ofrepparttar 102376 site or remove an offer provide a redirect or retainrepparttar 102377 link saying that such and such offer has expired and a new one has replaced it. It seems a waste to discard targeted traffic because a special has expired. Be sure to communicate with your affiliates, and if a link will only be good for a specified length of time tell them up front. When an offer expires notify affiliates a week prior torepparttar 102378 expiration with a reminder. This will give them ample time to make any needed updates.

Added Incentives! Affiliates love added bonuses for reaching goals or specified levels of sales. Many ofrepparttar 102379 3rd party affiliate vendors run contests and provide large incentives for their top performing ones. Reward and praise successful affiliates.

Affiliates tend to be experts in other areas, which relate to a merchants business; therefore, by communicating useful information, and helping affiliates increase their earnings, they will give added exposure and increase your sales. Communicating with affiliates will ultimately benefit visitors of both sites. A little effort inrepparttar 102380 beginning can mean big rewards inrepparttar 102381 long run.

About the Author: Sharon Housley manages marketing for NotePage, Inc. a company specializing in alphanumeric paging, SMS and wireless messaging software solutions. Other sites by Sharon can be found at and

What You Need To Know Before Joining Affiliate Programs

Written by Shelia Garrett

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Who should join Affiliate Programs?

- People looking to start Internet businesses that do not have a product or service of their own.

- Established e-business owners looking to diversity their income

- E-business owners who have an established Affiliate Program of their own

These are some benefits to joining an Affiliate Program:

- it allows you to start a home business immediately

- you do not need to develop a product or service yourself to sell

- it is a great way to start earning a sizeable income onrepparttar internet without many ofrepparttar 102368 hassles that come with running your own business

- They are great tools for promoting your web business

Remember to always readrepparttar 102369 Affiliate agreement before you sign up for a program. You do not want to do business with a company that has a really high pay out. These programs require you to accumulate hundreds of dollars in sales before they will issue yourepparttar 102370 first check.

Written by Shelia Garrett Shelia Garrett has been on the net for two years. She has joined the number one affiliate program, The Internet Marketing Center (IMC) Affiliate. This program can be found at this website:

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