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How To Make Money With Affiliate Programs

Affiliate programs are a system where a merchant or advertiser pays other sites a commission for sending visitors to their site. Commissions may be calculated on the basis of the amount of sales, leads (usually some kind of free sign up like a customer giving his details, but in some cases may be more demanding like applying for a credit card, etc.) or for each person who click-thrus from your site to the advertiser.

The big advantage of affiliate programs is that you do not to deal with order processing or customer service yourself. You simply build a web site and drive traffic to it.

The obvious disadvantage is that you make less profit per customer than if you did deal with customer service. Further you will most likely need quite a lot of visitors to your web site(s) to make a significant income (it is best to build many web sites over a period of time as it each one should ideally operate on "auto-pilot").

A key element of success in affiliate programs is the programs you participate in should tie in with the theme of your site. This way visitors will be more likely to respond to the ads. Some people even find the affiliate programs first before creating their site.


Advantages
  • No customer service.
  • No potential limit on your income.

Disadvantages
  • You need to be good at attracting (lots of) visitors to your site(s)
  • You need to find affiliate programs that fit in with and work on your site (potentially time consuming)
  • You generally earn less money than if supplying the product/service yourself (example: a percentage commission on the first sale to a customer only).

Step-by-step Plan
  1. Educate Yourself About Affiliate Programs

    Read some guides, do online research, etc.

    You may find this web site helpful:



  2. Set up Your Web Site

    You will need:



  3. Find and Join Affiliate Programs

    You can find recommended affiliate programs that are free to join here.


  4. Track Your Statistics

    Over time you want to learn which programs work for you and which don't. This allows you to concentrate both your promotion efforts and use of advertising space on the most profitable affiliate programs. You may therefore find ad tracker useful.


  5. Marketing Your Site

    Read the rest of this site.

    Review the following free information sites:


    Consider purchasing (and reading and following the ideas) in one or more of these courses:



 
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