Quality Affiliate Programs, Anyone?

Written by Dom Vonarburg

More and more webmasters and website owners are using affiliate programs as a way to earn extra income online. However, not all affiliate programs are created equal. Some will send you nice checks every month where others will essentially rob you. This article will help you tell them apart.

The reason affiliate programs are so popular is because they are very easy to set up. Most ofrepparttar time, all you have to do is fill out a simple sign-up form and paste a few lines of html code into your site.

But because it is so easy everybody does it, and too often without questioningrepparttar 102564 program. Here are 8 important factors you should consider before joining any affiliate program:

1) The Fit

First and foremost,repparttar 102565 product or service ofrepparttar 102566 affiliate program must fitrepparttar 102567 audience of your site. A close match will always yield better performance.

2) The Commission

Of courserepparttar 102568 commission needs to be reasonable. The commission isrepparttar 102569 percentage ofrepparttar 102570 price ofrepparttar 102571 product that you will receive for initiatingrepparttar 102572 sale. A reasonable commission starts at 20%, but can go as high as 50%. In addition, some affiliate programs will also pay you a second tier commission, that'srepparttar 102573 commission you make on sales initiated not by you directly, but by someone you referred torepparttar 102574 affiliate program.

3) The Product Price

It's wonderful to find a program that gives you a 50% commission, but ifrepparttar 102575 product is too expensive, no one will buy it. Similarly, ifrepparttar 102576 price is very low, many people will buy it, but your 50% commission will be very small as well. Your goal is to find a very useful product with a fair price.

4) The Product Quality

Here too, ifrepparttar 102577 quality and usefulness ofrepparttar 102578 product are low, few people will be interested. In addition,repparttar 102579 refund rate will be higher for such product. But more importantly, you don't want to associate your business with low quality.

5) Referral Duration

This is probablyrepparttar 102580 most important and all too often overlooked aspect of an affiliate program. After you've referred a visitor to a site, how long doesrepparttar 102581 site continue to "remember" you asrepparttar 102582 referrer of that visitor? Believe it or not, some affiliate programs won't remember you at all. This means that ifrepparttar 102583 visitor you referred did not buy directly on their first visit torepparttar 102584 site, you will never get a commission for that referral, even if that visitor went back torepparttar 102585 site later that day to purchaserepparttar 102586 product. A good affiliate program should at least remember you for 60 days. The "remembering" is done by setting a cookie onrepparttar 102587 visitor's computer when they click onrepparttar 102588 product ad on your site. Beware of affiliate programs that don't mention anything about this cookie and its duration.

10 Ways To Skyrocket Your Affiliate Sales!

Written by Larry Dotson

1. Participate in chat rooms related torepparttar product you're reselling. Start a conversation with a person without trying to sell to them. Later on, while you are chatting, mentionrepparttar 102563 product you're reselling.

2. Create a free ebook withrepparttar 102564 advertisement andrepparttar 102565 link of your affiliate web site. The subject ofrepparttar 102566 ebook should draw your target audience to down- load it. Also submit it to some ebook directories.

3. Start your own affiliate program directory. Join a large number of affiliate programs and list them all in a directory format on your web site. Then just advertise your free affiliate program directory.

4. Write your own affiliate program ads. If allrepparttar 102567 other affiliates userepparttar 102568 same ads you do, that does not give you an edge over your competition. Use a different ad to give yourself an advantage over allrepparttar 102569 other affiliates.

5. Use a personal endorsement ad. Only use one if you've actually boughtrepparttar 102570 product or service forrepparttar 102571 affiliate program. Tell people what kind of benefits and results you've received usingrepparttar 102572 product.

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