Thursday, February 16, 2006
Working With Affiliate Programs
An affiliate program offers you a way to make money selling products for others. You receive a commission and never have to worry about shipping, returns, or stocking merchandise. It's easy finding affiliate programs.
Affiliate programs are free to join, so many webmasters put several on their website. A better way is to only join affiliate programs that relate to your website. Customers visit your website for content, and if they see a lot of unrelated information, they may be less likely to come back.
Finding affiliate programs begins with searching for websites that offer products related to your website. When you find sites you like, look for a link that says something about becoming an affiliate. This link is often in small print on the bottom of the homepage. If they offer an affiliate program, they will provide a link.
The link will tell you the details of the program and take you to another page to register. That page might be from one of the major sites that work with affiliates, such as Commission Junction. Once you have signed up and been approved, you can find other affiliate programs from this site.
When finding affiliate programs, you'll notice that some pay higher commissions than others. Though you want to take this into consideration, remember that some sights have a much higher conversion rate. In the end it may pay you more to have a higher conversion rate than a higher commission rate.
When finding affiliate programs, remember that the key is to find programs selling products related to your website. Do this and you have a better chance of making money with affiliate marketing. It's worth your time to try it.
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