Affiliate Programs are quite simple and are nothing but products, whether physical, material or digital, created by some Owner or Merchant, owning the rights to such products. Affiliation is entering into an association or agreement with such Owners or Merchants for some percentage of commission to bring up sales to such products. So, the products that produce money to you, in terms of Affiliate Commissions as agreed upon, is known as Affiliate Programs or Affiliate Products.
Affiliate Programs vary differently. Some pay commissions on a percentage of sale proceeds or on pay per sale basis. It may be a one time payment per sale or it may be recurring monthly payments or lifetime commissions. This solely depends upon the type of Affiliate Program you associate with. Also, pay per lead or zip and email submit one’s are available, for you to choose from.
Major Companies and Retailers like Yahoo!, eBay, Amazon, Walmart have their own Affiliate Programs that pays varying commissions for each Affiliate Program. Individuals’ Affiliate Products are usually marketed for affiliation through Affiliate Networks, CPA Affiliate Networks and their websites.
To earn money from Affiliate Programs, you will have to enter into an agreement or association with the Owner or Merchant, by signing up to their Programs. Then, you will be provided with necessary Promotional Tools, as required for that Affiliate Promotion. You can start promoting those Programs, by placing a Banner in your Website or simply putting a text link in your website. Some, Affiliate Programs, also permit you to market through emails to your Opt-In List, as well as allow you to incentivize your visitors for getting a sale or lead.
Choosing a right Affiliate Program is the most crucial factor. Pre-research is the key to your success. Or you will end up as a Pauper. I mean it. You will lose your money invested in your endeavor to get traffic or visitors to your Affiliate Promotions. A few words of advise here. Choose an appropriate Program to associate with, choose the one that is more relevant to your website, suppose you have a website with contents on “Mobile Phones”, do promote only Mobile Phone related Affiliate or CPA Affiliate Promotions and do not promote ‘Flowers’ or ‘Education’ there. Take care that your website is not cluttered with too many Affiliate Program Banners. This will frighten your visitors and they will choose not to visit your website again.
The amount you can earn depends on the amount of efforts you put for the promotion of Affiliate Programs. Promotion of Affiliate Programs is known as Affiliate Marketing and you an Affiliate Marketer. Very good results, in the marketing of Affiliate Programs can be attained, if you promote your Affiliate Programs by creating Review Websites. The advantages being you can promote upto Ten related Affiliate Programs, chosen from different Affiliate or CPA Affiliate Networks. Usually, the Affiliate Commissions for related Affiliate Programs at different Affiliate or CPA Affiliate Networks varies only around negligible percentage. Analyze the chosen ten Affiliate Programs, visit their websites, check up their features and FAQs, Note down the Pros and Cons of each Affiliate Program, Check the websites of non-chosen competitors, weigh the features of selected Affiliate Programs and its non-chosen competitors. Write a Good Review, you can if you do all the pre-research, I explained above and place your affiliate links. Your Review will tempt your readers to purchase or sign-up to any one of the Ten Affiliate Programs, after all Reviewing is an art in itself. Naturally, you will find an upsurge in your Affiliate Program Earnings.
Making money is the end of the process. The beginning of the process is choosing a right Affiliate Program and there are several steps in between, like analyzing, researching etc., Too many people, who are just getting started in Affiliate Marketing, fail to take the steps necessary to get to the end of the process and actually make money.
Test and tweak, rinse and repeat. This one never ends. And it’s often the dividing line between succeeding and failing. Attention to small details often returns big rewards.