Affiliate Programs 101! by BB Lee (C)2003
Joining an affiliate program is one of easiest ways to start an online business and generate income for your website. These revenue sharing programs are very popular on net. And is way many new entrepreneurs started online.
When you join an affiliate program your task is to promote merchants services or products on your website or in your ezine. This is easier than you might think because merchants supply members with banners or links back to their site to promote product. Plus they tally up your clicks or sales.
Make sure you understand all details of program. Avoid MLM programs. Only first tier group will reap rewards. Avoid any program where you recruit other affiliates. And your earnings are based on a percentage of their profits. Your profits plummet if your recruits abandon program.
Affiliate programs pay their members a fixed amount for each sale, click through, lead, or banner impression.
Here's a simple breakdown of most payment plans:
-Pay per sale. A commission is paid for each sale your site/ezine generates.
-Pay per click through. You receive a payment for each valid click to sponsors website.
-Pay per lead. You receive a payment for each sales lead for a service or product.
-Pay per impression. You receive a payment each time a merchants banner or link is displayed to merchants site.
Joining an affiliate program is easy! Just be sure to select an affiliate program with appropriate services or products that match your targeted audience.
If your ezine/website attracts Rugged Out-doors motorcycle enthusiast, you certainly would not display maternity clothing or baby booties.
Or if your ezine/website attracts young teenagers, you certainly don't want to display senior citizen products like walkers or vitamins for older adults.