Is a 2-Tier Program Affiliate or MLM?

Written by Clay Mabbitt

What is an affiliate program? An affiliate program pays a sales-based commission to participants when they attract paying customers torepparttar business. Such a program is free to participate in as an affiliate. If you bring in sales, you will receive income fromrepparttar 102417 program. If you fail to bring in sales, you have only lost whatever money you may have spent in your unsuccessful marketing attempts.

What is MLM (Multi-Level Marketing)? Multi-level marketing (also known as network marketing) programs operate on a similar principle of paying people who are not traditional employees ofrepparttar 102418 company to drum up business. Althoughrepparttar 102419 offline world of MLM has programs with varying reputations and degrees of success,repparttar 102420 online MLM industry is reputed to consist mostly of scams. If you introduce someone torepparttar 102421 business as a seller (as opposed to a customer) you can earn money either directly for referring them or indirectly as commissions for sales that they make. Depending onrepparttar 102422 number of levels inrepparttar 102423 program, you may also earn money when one of your referred sellers introduces a new seller torepparttar 102424 program.

Sounds pretty clear, right? Time to add another layer of complexity. A 2-tier program rewards you for customers you attract andrepparttar 102425 customers that are attracted by any seller you directly refer torepparttar 102426 program. If based onrepparttar 102427 definitions above, you're thinking that a 2-tier program sounds like an MLM with 2 levels, you're absolutely right. Unfortunately,repparttar 102428 definition of MLM with which we're working doesn't tellrepparttar 102429 whole story.

What is MLM really? Much ofrepparttar 102430 negative reputation that both online and offline MLM programs have earned can be attributed torepparttar 102431 fact that most require a fee to participate inrepparttar 102432 program. The fee may be one-time or (more commonly) ongoing, but to participate inrepparttar 102433 program you must pay this fee regardless of whether or not you earn any money. Sincerepparttar 102434 vast majority of people who participate in these programs never see a profit, someone pursuing this type of marketing can and usually does actually lose money inrepparttar 102435 attempt.

Super Affiliate Strategies Part 2

Written by Rich Hamilton, Jr

Super Affiliate Strategies Part 2

by Rich Hamilton, Jr

If you are an affiliate that is trying to promote an affiliate program, then I don't need to tell you it's not a walk inrepparttar park, unless you know what to do. With that in mind, this is one ofrepparttar 102416 main reasons I decided to write a sequel article called Super Affiliate Strategies Part 2. In this article, we are going to talk about a few ways that you can effectively promote your affiliate program.


Writing articles is another great way to promote your affiliate program and it won't cost you a cent. All you have to do is write articles that are associated withrepparttar 102417 affiliate program you are promoting. Atrepparttar 102418 end of each article, will berepparttar 102419 best time to promote your affiliate program. Make sure thatrepparttar 102420 affiliate program you are promoting is relevant torepparttar 102421 article, you'd be suprised at how many people get this wrong.

Just to give you an idea, I previously wrote an article that was entitled "The Wrong Email Format Can Destroy Your Offer". In this particular article I discussedrepparttar 102422 advantages and disadvantages of text and html email formats. Atrepparttar 102423 end ofrepparttar 102424 article I presented an autoresponder that is capable of performing both formats.

Custom Error Pages

If you are not using custom error pages to help lost visitors, then you should. Believe it or not up to 10% of your visitors are going to see an error page and by having custom error pages that will help your lost visitor navigate to a destination of your choice. Up to 80% of visitors that receive an error page will leave your web site completely, a custom error page is great way to keep your visitor on your web site, by pointingrepparttar 102425 way for them.

Having a custom error page isrepparttar 102426 perfect opportunity to present to your lost visitor an itemized list of your affiliate programs that you are promoting. Instead of having them leave your web site all together, just point them inrepparttar 102427 direction, but towardsrepparttar 102428 affiliate program you are promoting. Having a custom error page is an effective and powerful way to makerepparttar 102429 best of your ugly error pages!

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