Affiliate Programs - What Are They

Written by Lois R. Thompson

Affiliate Programs - What Are They by Lois R. Thompson (c)

In recent years Affiliate Program marketing has takenrepparttar Internet by storm. Many surveys have demonstrated that Affiliate Marketing can berepparttar 102561 most cost effective method to promote your website and quickly generate additional streams of income. For example, Forrester Research has rated Affiliate Marketing asrepparttar 102562 most effective of all online marketing methods.

Jupiter Communications claims that, "By 2002, 25 percent ofrepparttar 102563 expected $37.5 billion in Internet retail sales, not including autos, will have originated on Affiliate sites."

Some ofrepparttar 102564 giants offering affiliate programs are: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Microsoft, The, and many smaller but well-managed companies.

Affiliate Programs offer a wide range of products and services, many of which are needed by All Internet marketers. The wide range of products and services offered by Affiliate programs are software, web hosting, auto-responders, marketing, art, books, e-books, music, movies, etc... Almost any type of product or service can be packaged and sold using an affiliate program. You'll find that many ofrepparttar 102565 products and/or services needed to support your MLM are Affiliate Programs.

What Is An Affiliate Program?

Affiliate programs are also known as associate, reseller, or referral programs. They are revenue sharing programs between companies (the merchant) and individuals (the affiliate). An Affiliate can be likened to an independent contractor. Affiliates are basically self-employed people who are marketingrepparttar 102566 products and or services of another company. They are then paid byrepparttar 102567 company they represent for referring customers torepparttar 102568 company's website.

This strikes a wonderful partnership betweenrepparttar 102569 company andrepparttar 102570 affiliate, offering a Win-Win situation for both parties. The benefit torepparttar 102571 company in soliciting an affiliate to promote their product or service is, that they save inrepparttar 102572 cost of advertising. The benefit torepparttar 102573 affiliate is that they do not have to develop their own product, stock inventory or worry about e-commerce,repparttar 102574 order processing or payroll for that matter. It allows them to take an already developed product or service directly to market and focus on marketing. Affiliate programs are fairly simple to work and will allow you to operate your on-line business much more efficiently while increasing your income drastically.

The Best Affiliate programs, offer a Two-tier pay plan. First, you earn commissions for signing up associates on your first level, as well as earning additional commissions on their sales. However, if you find an Affiliate program which pays only on one level but allows you to earn residual income this is an excellent opportunity.

"Work Those Affiliate Programs and Make Some Cash!"

Written by Merle

So you've joined your first affiliate/associate program and slapped that big old banner on your site. All you have to do now is sit back and wait forrepparttar bucks to come rolling in. Not so fast there, Bucky...there's a lot more to making money with affiliate programs than that. If your best effort is going to be that banner, don't plan on retiring any day soon.

As with everything else online and off, what you get out of an activity is equal torepparttar 102560 effort you put into it. So if you want to make some serious cash with those programs you're joining, you're going to need to promote them. There are a variety of methods you can use. Here are a few that I've used with success:

My first suggestion to you is to join only those programs that relate torepparttar 102561 theme of your website. Make sure they're a "good fit" with your site and that they pay out "healthy" commissions. A $2.00 bounty is hardly worthrepparttar 102562 work involved to earn it, like:

Weavingrepparttar 102563 URL's throughout your site. Make sure you weave repparttar 102564 URL's throughout your site or devote whole pages to their topic.Don't just use banners, use alternatives like text links within your pages. Banners have become so saturated online that a lot of folks tend to ignore them,not to mentionrepparttar 102565 extra weight they add to your pages.

Most programs you join will give you a variety of ads to use in your promotion efforts, but for best results you really should be creative and write some of your own. All too often I seerepparttar 102566 same old advertisement repeated over and over online until I want to scream. A little creativity stressingrepparttar 102567 benefits of your product will take you a lot farther then canned ads that 10,000 other affiliates are using.

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