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3) Affiliate Shop: http://www.AffiliateShop.com
No software to be installed; just cut and paste a few lines of HTML code on your site to get your program up and running. Some of features include pay per click, pay per sale, accept or reject affiliates who wish to join and much more. Flat charge for set up of 395.00 then you'll have to pay a monthly fee of 45.00.
You'll want to make sure whatever you buy offers ability to track real time stats. If you'll be integrating it with your existing shopping cart, make sure they are compatible.
1) Affiliate Tracking: http://www.AffiliateTracking.com
You can buy or lease their software which runs on their server. Choose basic package or add on their check paying and promotion modules. Basic set up fee of 75.00 plus 34.95 per month. Simple templates are available to get you up and running quickly.
2) Affiliate Software: http://www.AffiliateSoftware.net
Pro-Track is inexpensive and easy to set up. Presently it only runs on UNIX servers. Pricing starts at 695.00 for set up on a single domain. Very powerful with many options.
3) My Affiliate Program: http://www.hypertracker.com/go/msmerle/article/
You design look and feel of your program and how much you want to pay out. Simple seamless integration with your website. Easy to pay your affiliates with simple Quickbooks integration. You pay a set price for software plus a small application hosting fee. Pricing starts at only 499.00 plus 50.00 monthly hosting fee.
4) Ground Break: http://www.GroundBreak.com
If you're at all good at configuring CGI scripts you may want to look at downloading this script and doing it yourself. If you need help with CGI, contact DavidBlack@thewavecave.com -- his work and rates are excellent.
Ground Break can be set up to work on your server quickly. Presently only works on Unix platform and cost 200.00. Can easily be integrated with most Perl based shopping carts. Your program can be set up to pay either per lead or per sales.
As you can see, options for setting up your own associate program are numerous. It will cost you some time and money, but in end it'll give you a powerful sales force which will extend your reach on Net.
Whatever program you choose, make sure it's easy to setup and user friendly so you won't lose people before they even get started. In part II of this article we'll examine some ways of promoting your newfound affiliate program.
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