So you've joined your first affiliate/associate program and slapped that big old banner on your site. All you have to do now is sit back and wait for bucks to come rolling in. Not so fast there, Bucky...there's a lot more to making money with affiliate programs than that. If your best effort is going to be that banner, don't plan on retiring any day soon.
As with everything else online and off, what you get out of an activity is equal to effort you put into it. So if you want to make some serious cash with those programs you're joining, you're going to need to promote them. There are a variety of methods you can use. Here are a few that I've used with success:
My first suggestion to you is to join only those programs that relate to theme of your website. Make sure they're a "good fit" with your site and that they pay out "healthy" commissions. A $2.00 bounty is hardly worth work involved to earn it, like:
Weaving URL's throughout your site. Make sure you weave URL's throughout your site or devote whole pages to their topic.Don't just use banners, use alternatives like text links within your pages. Banners have become so saturated online that a lot of folks tend to ignore them,not to mention extra weight they add to your pages.
Most programs you join will give you a variety of ads to use in your promotion efforts, but for best results you really should be creative and write some of your own. All too often I see same old advertisement repeated over and over online until I want to scream. A little creativity stressing benefits of your product will take you a lot farther then canned ads that 10,000 other affiliates are using.