What exactly is this affiliate program stuff? Companies/organizations need surfers to visit their sites. One way they can drive traffic to their site is to create an affiliate program.
As an affiliate, you promote advertisers' Web sites on your site, and when you bring customers to them, you get paid. There is many ways an affiliate program can be run. In general, some affiliate programs pay each time a visitor clicks a link from your Web site to theirs, some affiliate programs pay only when a sale is made. Amazon is one example of an Affiliate program. Sell a book for them from your site and you make a commission.
Sounds great right? Yes, it is a pretty sweet concept. However, you must very strategic in how you use them. I have wondered across a great number of sites that have:
A) Great design - Clean cut, easy to look at. B) Interesting main focus - Something that would intrigue me & make me want to read on. C) Something useful to offer - A product or service that can really benefit me. D) Affiliate links littered all over place - It's kind of like your waiter bringing you your favorite dish with ten pounds of wet garbage slopped on top.
End Result: I, like many other visitors, leave your site. You site owner, are sabotaging your site and sending traffic away!
Josh's 2 Step, No Fail, Sure-fire way of making affiliate links work for you:
1. If you want an affiliate link to be effective you must place ones with relevant information in your site. For example if you have a miracle juice link on your Internet business opportunity site, it just won't make sense. Besides, link will get very little traffic because people find your site looking for that's right, Internet business opportunities. Not only will irrelevant links sit there like "duds", they also take away from great information your have on your site as main focus.