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The second option is to use a third party affiliate tracking company to run your affiliate program for you. These companies will track your affiliate sales, enable your affiliates to check their stats and send out commission checks for you.
Affiliate Tracking Software
My Affiliate Program - A feature-packed, web-based Affiliate Marketing Tracking, Automation & Management Application that "plugs in" to virtually any website. It's powerful, yet user-friendly features will allow you to effortlessly track and manage activities of your Affiliates, partners and other revenue-sharing relationships. http://www.myaffiliateprogram.com
Pro-TRACK - Will enable you to keep track of sales and which affiliate sale originated. Although standard version won't compute any sales data (owners manually keep track of sales), it is an excellent way to track and compensate your affiliate sales. The Pro version will not only track where your sales originate, but also provide you with statistics you'll need to track how well your affiliate program is doing. http://www.affiliatesoftware.net/
Affiliate Tracking Companies
ClickBank - This Company will not only enable you to accept credit cards, but they will also run your affiliate program. Over 60,000 affiliates can choose to sell your products for you. ClickBank enables any web seller to automatically pay sales commissions to affiliates. They will bill your customers, pay you, and pay your affiliates a commission. They charge a one-time $49.95 activation fee, and a $1 + 7.5% fee per sale. There are no monthly fees. http://www.clickbank.com
Be Free - Performance Marketing that enables e-businesses to promote their goods and services on tens of thousands of relevant online locations. Paying only when a sale is made or a lead generated. http://www.befree.com
Commission Junction - Creates powerful alliances between online merchants that sell products or services and affiliate content sites that have information or entertainment of interest to businesses and consumers. Commission Junction enables online merchants to place their products and services everywhere online at point-of- interest to their consumers on a pay-for-performance basis. http://www.cj.com/
Take your time and select best affiliate option for your business. If you're just starting out, you may want to use one of third party affiliate companies, as this is easiest route. You won't have to worry about anything, as everything is taken care of for you. This will enable you to concentrate on making more sales and developing new products.
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