Honestly, Iím not a big affiliate fan because in past I havenít gotten 90% of money promised either because they disappear before they pay out or they have so many exceptions -- paying out once a quarter, has to be over X dollars first, etc. Another negative side is that some of them think that 10% commission or some low amount is worth 20 hours it takes for us to sell it. Usually 10% equal $10 and $10 isnít worth my reputation even $1000 actually.
Todayís article is not about pros and cons of being an affiliate member. There are some good affiliate programs out there where you will get a check, their exceptions are small or nil, and commission reasonable for amount of time, risk, and reputation you place on line for their product or program.
This article focuses on collecting their information before you give them affiliate link so you can increase your mailing list numbers or residual income.
Almost all affiliate referrals are handled by providing someone with affiliate link. The reader then goes from your place to their place. If this is what you have been doing, take "L" (for loser) off your forehead, and read this to "get SMART quick."
Stop LOOSING a valuable marketing opportunity -- and stop it now!
Instead, set up a bridge page (also called a portal page or doorway page). Use terms bridge and portal instead since word doorway has a separate search engine meaning that can be confusing.
A bridge page works simply like this. You set up a bridge page on your web site. You send them to this page instead of to affiliate site, collect their information, and THEN send them to affiliate site.
The objective is to offer them something for f/r/e/e that they must register for on that bridge page so you collect their information. In fact, you can offer several things.
You set up two pages actually. One that is bridge page and other a thank you page. After you collect their information THEN you send them to thank you page. On thank you page, you thank them for whatever it is they did and then give them an option to NOW access affiliate site.