Cashin' Out with Affiliate ProgramsWritten by Ratliff J.
If you are not making a ton of money with affiliate programs, you will need to try and figure out why. We all know a good affiliate program can be hard to come by.
Before spending a lot of time and money marketing an affiliate program, always check it out first. There are a number of ways to do this.
1. Search through hundreds of affiliate directories online and look for comments about it.
2. Ask them how many affiliate they have, and what top earners are making, as well as average affiliate.
3. Give program a trial run - just enough to make a few sales that will allow you to recieve a payment from them. This will ensure they pay as offered.
Pros and Cons of Third Party Online Affiliate NetworksWritten by Veronica Dubak
Online affiliate marketing has taken internet by storm and has proven to be a highly effective way of maximizing website revenue. Why limit yourself to selling your own products when you can profit by selling somebody else’s too?
There are thousands of individual affiliate programs offered on internet, many being through third party affiliate program networks such as OffersQuest, Commission Junction and Linkshare. These companies connect a large number of advertisers and publishers together via their own network. Advertisers sign up through their network to have publishers promote their products and publishers sign up to access a large network of advertisers all at one location. In process, affiliate network makes a profit via advertiser set-up fees, monthly account maintenance fees, commissions, etc.
The question is, as a publisher, is it worth using these large affiliate networks or is it better to form direct partnerships with advertisers?
The primary selling point of third party affiliate networks is convenience. As a publisher, one registration gives you access to tens, even hundreds of advertisers simultaneously. Tracking partner performance is easy, there is only one technical support contact, things are easier and simpler to manage, and best yet, payment is received as one convenient monthly lump sum.