How To Cash In Promoting Affiliate Programs

Written by Ken Hill

1. Build your site around a topic you enjoy.

Becoming a webmaster will require a lot of time on your part. Make sure that you first build your site around a topic that you enjoy and can spend time on.

Think about what topics you enjoy most, and that you know a lot about. This will allow you to easily write about that topic to your visitors and share your insight.

2. Keep narrowing your focus until you find your niche that makes your site unique. For instance instead of sports, make your site about your favorite team or instead of marketing choose to make your site about ezine publishing.

3. Once you've decided on a topic for your site, you have also selected your target audience, and are ready to join affiliate programs that sell products to that audience.

4. When deciding on affiliate programs to join look for affiliate programs that offer a line of products -- this will allow you to earn further commissions when your referrals come back and order something else.

5. Choose affiliate programs that offer a two-tier commission structure, where you get paid a commission onrepparttar sales of people that you refer torepparttar 102486 affiliate program, or affiliate programs that offer yourepparttar 102487 chance to earn a residual income.

6. Track your promotional efforts. This is essential in helping you identify what ad copy generatesrepparttar 102488 most sales and what marketing techniques are most profitable.

7. Generate repeat traffic to your site by making your site a valuable resource.

"Affiliate Programs to Avoid"

Written by Rosalind Gardner

Affiliate Programs to Avoid

Copyright 2003 (c) Rosalind Gardner, All Rights Reserved.

As an affiliate marketer of Internet dating services, I'm always on repparttar lookout for good quality dating sites and products to offer my single visitors. Merchants help me out when they let me know about their new products and affiliate programs.

I was therefore thrilled when one of my friendly affiliate competitors got in touch to tell me that he'd started his own Internet dating service and affiliate program.

Having launched a community membership site myself last year, I could fully appreciaterepparttar 102485 huge amount of time and money my friend had invested to develop this new site. He was justifiably proud of his accomplishment and I was excited byrepparttar 102486 prospect of having a product to promote that would benefit everyone - my customers, my friend and myself.

Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way.

The first stumbling block wasrepparttar 102487 low commission he offered. His top rate was 30%, with no commissions on recurring sales.

This puzzled me. As an affiliate marketer of dating programs, he should have been aware that new sites offer at least 50% on new and recurring sales to entice good affiliates to sign up. If commissions on recurring sales are not offered, thenrepparttar 102488 rates on new sales should be increased to between 70 and 100 percent.

In most cases, his affiliate program would have struck out for me at that point. However, as this was my friend's site, it occurred to me that perhaps his product was so unique thatrepparttar 102489 potential for high volume sales might offsetrepparttar 102490 lower commission. Hoping for repparttar 102491 best, I continued my review.

When I got torepparttar 102492 site,repparttar 102493 first thing I noticed was '6 registered members' prominently displayed atrepparttar 102494 top ofrepparttar 102495 homepage. That normally wouldn't be a problem, except forrepparttar 102496 fact that my customers are looking for friends and soul mates. If I send them to a site where there are only six people to meet, they'll likely be disappointed. Worse, by wasting their time, they lose trust in my judgement and then I will lose them as customers.

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