Work Those Affiliate Programs and Make Some Cash

Written by Merle

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 forrepparttar 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.

Just like everything else online, you'll get out of it what you put in. So if you want to make some serious cash with those programs you're joining, you need to promote them. There are a variety of methods you can use, but I'll discussrepparttar 102613 few that I know seem to workrepparttar 102614 best.

My first suggestion to you is to join only programs that relate torepparttar 102615 theme of your website. Make sure it's a "good fit" with your site and that it pays out a "healthy" commission. Getting paid $2.00 in commission may not be worthrepparttar 102616 work involved in promotingrepparttar 102617 program. Try weavingrepparttar 102618 URL's throughout your site or devoting a whole page 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, plusrepparttar 102619 extra weight they add to your pages makes them load slowly.

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 seerepparttar 102620 same old ad repeated over and over online until I want to scream. A little creativity and stressingrepparttar 102621 benefits will take you a lot further than canned ads that 10,000 other programs are using.

Build your own Sales Force Army With an Associate Program

Written by Merle

What'srepparttar quickest way to increase your website sales and extend your reach onrepparttar 102612 Internet all atrepparttar 102613 same time? If you said with your own associate program, you would be correct. An associate (or affiliate program as they are some- times called) allows others to to sell your products/ services and receive a commission on each and every sale or click. Just think of having a sales force that can grow as big as you'd like... and you only pay them when and if they bring you a paying customer. Make no mistake, affiliate programs are powerful tools that can rapidly improve your online sales.

Associate programs can be set up in a variety of ways ranging inexpensive to pricey, depending onrepparttar 102614 route you wish to take. The important thing is to pickrepparttar 102615 one that suits your needs and your budget.

First things first: What are your options for setting up your own program? Glad you asked....some people "pay per click," crediting their associates a certain amount every time someone clicks through on their affiliate banners or links. But I prefer "pay per sale," which means that you only pay out when someone clicks through and actually makes a purchase. In this way you're not just paying for traffic but for actual results, which isrepparttar 102616 sale.

You basically have two options for setting up your own program: Purchase software or use a third party service. The nice thing about a third party service is they manage allrepparttar 102617 accounting issues, including click-tracking and sending your associates their commission checks, too. This takes a large load off of you so you can spend your time doing more productive tasks... but this luxury doesn't come cheap. Let's examine some of your options:

3rd Party Associate Services:


Outsource your affiliate program to ClickTrade and they'll take care of everything from tracking to paying your affiliates. Your program can be set up on a pay per lead or pay per sales basis, they do charge 30% for all of their hard work and a $500.00 initial deposit.


Anyone who sells information products online can easily set up an affiliate program with Clickbank. Each of your affiliates will need to have a Clickbank account (which is free) so they can be set up with a special link for tracking their sales. They acceptrepparttar 102618 payment for you by credit card and you'll be charged a percentage of each sale. Simple and easy. Clickbank accounts cost 49.95 for you to accept credit cards through them then 1.00 plus 7.5% of each sale made.

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