Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Internet Affiliate Marketing Program - Making Your Website Earn More

No man is an island. One cannot survive long enough if one decides to do everything alone. The same in the world of business, you have to learn to work with other businesses to stay ahead of the game. The more people working hand in hand in an endeavor the more likely the success will be. This is true especially in business.

In business, you have to have a wide customer base and this comes with successful advertising and marketing. With partnerships with other businesses you can reach a wider audience resulting to more sales generating more profit. That is simple common knowledge. This is a win-win situation; two or more businesses trying to help each other will provide more sales and can benefit all of those involved with the website. Running a successful business requires one to reach out. This is called affiliate marketing.

In a nutshell, an Internet affiliate marketing program is a promotion of another business through another business, which generates sales through the advertising of one business by the other. Affiliate marketing is now one of the most profitable and popular forms of traditional marketing on the Internet. If done right, this form of affiliate marketing could generate sales amounting to a lot of money.

An Internet affiliate marketing program relies on the amount of traffic each site gets. The more people that click on a link redirecting the visitor to an affiliate marketing partners website and results to a sale, the more commission a site owner gets and vice versa. Good Internet affiliate marketing program strategies and efforts should be done to have a visitor click the link. This could be done in a variety of methods.

One of the most popular ways is adding a link to a website’s content or articles. People surfing the Internet are always on the lookout for more information. These are what good articles are all about. If your content or article entices a person about a certain product or service, having a link inside the content provides a way for the person to go to that link or site to purchase or avail of the service or product.

A good tip is to have that site open in a new window so that they won’t leave your site right away. They could still browse on your site and purchase from you. The more people that buy from your affiliate partners that came from your site, the more commission you get from those sales.

Another method is down selling. After a customer or client has purchased from your site, you can sell an affiliate partners product on your site. In a checkout page, you can sell another product that can be complimentary to the product you have just sold. There would be a link that can take them to the affiliate marketing program partner where they can purchase the product or service.

That is why when doing an Internet affiliate marketing program, you should partner with other online businesses that provide a quite similar product or service. For example, if you sell cars, you can link up with an ecommerce site that sells car parts.

An Internet affiliate marketing program can greatly increase your financial gains. The more affiliate partners you have, the better the chances to increase your traffic and eventually your sales. Do not be overly competitive, working with affiliate partners promises to be more lucrative then being alone.

Jeff Casmer is an award winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and internet marketing consultant with career sales over $25,000,000. His "Top Ranked"
Earn Money at Home Directory gives you all the information you need to start, maintain, and prosper with your very own Internet Home Based Business in the 21st century.

Attracting Joint Venture Partners - Unique, Profitable Ideas

Forming a joint venture partnership is a popular method of promoting your products. In fact, when you are just starting to penetrate your target market, partnering up is extremely critical. By getting in touch with the most popular members of your niche, you'll be able to get your offer in front of a huge audience - if you can convince them to promote your product.

As you might expect, the popular "gurus" of a niche are the hardest to get in touch with, which makes things difficult. Many won't respond to your e-mails if you offer them a product that offers them lousy commissions or benefits. You must remember, these people are the "cream of the crop" in their field - most people aren't worth their time.

To drastically increase the probability that they look at your offer, prove to them that you're devoted to your product. You can do these by providing them unique and exclusive benefits:

1.) A week or so ahead of time, allow the guru and their readers to exclusively preview what you offer. Allowing them access before anyone else shows that you "care" more for them than the typical person. They win too, because they gain credibility by being one of the first to announce your product to the world (and profit from it).

2.) Increase your conversion rates exclusively for them. Even the gurus will smile all the way to the bank as they cash their commission check. Many people cringe when thinking about dishing out more commissions - remember that these are sales you wouldn't have easily gotten otherwise.

3.) Give the guru a free, unrestricted look at your product. This will allow them to ensure that the quality of what you offer is high, as well as showing them that you truly trust and appreciate the opportunity to do business with them.

4.) Attach several of your articles to their e-mail for free (already embedded with their affiliate links, if possible) so that it only takes a couple clicks of the mouse to distribute your article to their ezine list or website. Of course, most gurus will also endorse your product in their own writing as well, which will highly boost your conversion rates.

5.) Go back through your sales letter and ensure that there aren't any problems, such as spelling or grammar errors, that are hindering your conversion rates. After all, higher conversion rates will produce more profits for you and your partner and ultimately make them happier, and more likely to work with you again.

Before launching your joint venture campaign, I highly suggest that you maximize your conversion rates. Keep in mind that even the smallest changes you make to your sales copy can result in a huge surge of results.

Matthew Rhodes is the author of Instant Conversions, his e-book which reveals 18 never-before-revealed usability techniques that are proven to skyrocket your product's conversion rates. Unleash your product's potential at:
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Friday, May 26, 2006

Affiliate Marketing: Know The Can-Spam Act

by: Daniel Detlaf

The amount of false information available about e-mail marketing on the net is staggering. If you are advertising your affiliate program through e-mail campaigns, make sure you know what your responsibilities are.

The lawless days of spam e-mail are over, at least for U.S.A. based advertisers. The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act) sets forth specific requirements for advertising via e-mail. The law has been tested numerous times since being passed and fines have been levied, property seized, people have even been sentenced to prison.

As an affiliate marketer obviously you don't want to be on the wrong side of this law. Luckily, complying with the provisions in the law is fairly simple. Here is what it requires:

No misleading or fake header information. This includes the "From:" and "To" fields.

No deceptive subject lines. You want your customer to know what you're selling anyway, so this should be no problem.

Messages must be labeled as advertising. Again, the moral is: no sneaky stuff.

An "internet-based" opt-out method must be provided. You have 10 days to stop e-mailing a person once you have received their remove request.

Messages must include your business (or home) physical address. This provides accountability and a way for the customer to verify that your business is real.

Breaking any of these rules could lead to a fine of up to $11,000 per violation! Honesty is now truly the best policy. You may be thinking: if this is such a big deal, why is my inbox flooded with spam every day?

It's not a perfect world, and the short answer is that many of those advertisers are breaking the law. Commonly they are outside the United States in areas where prosecution may be unrealistic. You, on the other hand, would probably be quite easy to catch.

Be sure to read the detailed requirements for yourself. You can find more information at the Federal Trade Commission's website,
http://www.ftc.gov/spam

About The Author


Daniel Detlaf is a lifelong student and one-time Day Trader with a few things to say about internet marketing. Visit the home of his ebook "Make An Honest Living" at:
http://www.makeanhonestliving.com.

Succeed in Affiliate Program marketing with webmaster staff leasing

by: Massomeh Indanan

Using a webmaster staffing service is one of the most effective ways to increase your affiliate commission checks. Being successful in the affiliate marketing business takes a lot of time and energy. While you're busy on one part of your business, other important things on the side might be forgotten. In a situation like this, to lease a webmaster agent can do wonders for the bottom line.

Suppose you are already earning good commissions as an affiliate marketer.

You would like to expand, and endorse more products, so you can earn higher commissions. But, you're worried, that if you expand, you won't have time to manage all of your websites.

Getting an assistant could help a lot. You could work together and share the load. However you realize that you just can not afford an assistant.

Freelancing could be good for a while. They are affordable and swift although not efficient. Most of their works bug down in few weeks time just because they are always in a hurry to finish up quickly so they could start up a new project. This scheme will make you spend even more since you have to get another one to debug.

Don’t you think it would be nice to have an agent who is really efficient like an assistant but affordable and swift like a freelancer!

Webmaster agents could be all that and more. They will be working full-time just on your projects like an assistant. Their work will turn out to be effective and efficient since they have no more projects to look forward to. They are also as affordable as you can ever imagine.

The webmaster agents are capable of doing all tasks executable online such as:

• Researching for prospects products or services to be endorsed and give feedback on the product’s commission earnings, profit margins, market competition and popularity.

• Giving advice and suggestions on your business strategies.

• Promoting your site and managing your PPC/adwords to bring in more traffic.

• Tracking down the result of your advertisements and affiliate program commission checks.

• Helping you in maintaining and developing your website.

There are endless possibilities of what webmaster agents can do. As long as you need help they are there to assist you.

Getting involved in affiliate program marketing could be hard for a lonely soul but with a little help from an affordable and efficient Webmaster agent, all pieces would fall into place and you will be having nothing but just sunny days ahead of you.

Webmaster agents at
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About The Author


Massomeh Indanan is the Webmaster/Brainstormer of
http://www.agentsofvalue.com.

agentsofvalue@yahoo.com

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Affiliate Marketing: Choosing the Right Product to Promote

Part of being a successful affiliate marketer is making wise decisions about the products and services you will promote. The product is not the sole factor in one's success, but it is a key consideration.

With online business booming like never before, the selection of products available for promotion continues to grow. There are new products launched every day and it can be hard to decide where one wants to devote their attention. Consider these factors when selecting a product.

Does it fit your list?

Your list is your income. You have carefully cultivated a good mailing list of people who may be great prospects. Consider your best list(s) and what they would be most likely to embrace. If you can find a product that matches your list well, you will undoubtedly sell a great deal more than if you attempt to offer them something that may not be appealing.

How's the commission?

Your commission is going to determine your income, in many respects. It must be considered along with other factors before making a decision. Look both in terms of the net dollar value of each sale and at the percentage of the sales price offered. You need to keep both in mind, because a higher margin item with a lower price may be a better performer than a lower margin item that would net a fortune per sale. That's because you will need to consider how many items you think you'd be able to sell at the disparate price points.

How's the product?

The quickest way to sour your hard-earned list and to render it useless is by selling them an inferior product. You work hard to develop trust and credibility. Don't ruin that long-term money making power by pitching a low-quality product to them. Not only does that raise ethical questions, it can also crush a list's future financial viability.

What's the competition like?

It's fine to take on the crowd, but one will usually do better in a less crowded playing field. If a product is so popular with other affiliates that it risks overexposure, find something else. Why compete with thousands of other marketers if you can find a product you can sell in sufficient volume without having to worry about what everyone else is doing?

By looking at factors like these, you can make solid decisions regarding which products you should promote. Once you understand how it matches up with your list, the nature of the commission paid, the quality of the product and the nature of the competition, you are well-positioned to choose the perfect item to promote.

Choosing the right product can require some research and a great deal of consideration, but the end result is well worth it. If you are dealing with the right kinds of products for you, you are one step ahead of many affiliate marketers.

David Cooper is the editor of the Affiliate Marketing Articles Newsletter. David specializes in helping affiliate marketers choose the right affiliate products and services to promote. Subscribe to his FREE newsletter at:
http://www.affiliatemarketingarticles.com

Amazon Associates - Where it all Began

  • Amazon.com

    "The Amazon Associates program was the first online affiliate program of its kind when it launched in 1996. Today, it is among the largest and most successful online affiliate programs, with over 1,000,000 members world-wide. If you are a Web site owner, Amazon seller, or Web developer, you can start earning money today and earn up to 8.5% in referral fees."
    - amazon.com

  • Amazon associates, how does it work?

    During your time surfing the internet, you are more than likely to have purchased a product from Amazon. If so, you would have been custom to quick, efficient and thorough customer support backed by some of the lowest prices on the internet. Amazon began life as an online book store, though it soon diversified it's product range to include CD's, DVD's, software, electronics and even furniture.

    Through Amazon Associates, you can now refer your visitors to these great products and services, earning up to 8.5% commission on every sale you generate.

    As a member of Amazon's associate program, you can refer to any product from their entire catalogue. An user friendly interface called associates central gives you quick access to your earnings and reports, performance tips, amazon associates discussion boards, and the product catalogue.

    When you select a product from the catalogue, associates central will generate the html for you to place in your website in the form of a simple I-Frame. These act as a "window" onto a specific product at amazon's website, meaning the product information, picture or prices never need to be stored on your server.

    This has two distinct advantages.

    • The prices of the products you sell are current and up to date.

    • Displaying Amazon's product on your site does not require you to upload any images or content onto your server.

  • Join amazon associates

    Getting started with Amazon associates couldn't be easier. Choose Join Now at the amazon associates home page, and spend five minutes filling out a registration form. In addition your general details, you are asked to choose your preferred payment method. There are three to choose from.

    • Direct bank deposit requires that you earn $10 before you are paid initially, and carries no handling or processing fee.

    • Standard check requires that you earn $100 before you are paid initially, and carries an $8 handling fee.

    • Amazon vouchers requires that you earn $10 before you are paid initially, however this option locks your money with amazon.

    The choice here isn't a difficult one, the direct bank deposit being the most economic and efficient solution. Amazon also offer two commission plans, which is also another no-brainer decision.

    • Classic - Fixed flat rate of 4% commission on every sale

    • Performance - Commission percentage of 4% that increments to 8.5% commission, according to number of sales generated.

  • Be accepted into Amazon Associates

    When you apply for an amazon associates account, you will be required to submit the URL of your website. Amazon then inspects your site to ascertain whether it meets their standards, and soon after sends you an email confirming your acceptance.

    Amazon requires that your site does not violate intellectual property rights, or promote sexually explicit materials, violence, illegal activities, or discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

    Good luck with your own Amazon Associates business!

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  • Monday, May 22, 2006

    Affiliate Program Information - What You Need to Make Your Website Successful

    Who doesn’t want to earn more money with affiliate programs?

    The Internet is an avenue many businesses are heading towards. Opening up a website to showcase your products and services is like opening up your business to every city and country all over the world. With the Internets’ vast accessibility you can expect droves of customers to boost up your sales.

    Well, not quite.

    The Internet now boasts of millions upon millions of businesses that are fighting to get the attention of potential customers. If you don’t play your cards right you may just be among the other millions of online businesses languishing in the lonely corner of obscurity. Every online business are doing their best to find ways to at least corner a market, get a good share of customers and to have a steady increase in sales.

    There are lots of methods devised to reach this goal; one of these is by having a good affiliate program. Many websites have caught on and have started their own affiliate program, for some though, they do not have enough knowledge to do so. That is why searches for good affiliate program information is abounding.

    Affiliate program information usually deals with essentially what affiliate programming is. It describes what an affiliate program does and how it can affect a business.

    Basically, an affiliate program is a program wherein an online business affiliates or links up with another online business or ecommerce which has relatively the same product or service offered. These are businesses that compliment one another, like say a karaoke machine store and a site that offers karaoke songs and music.

    These sites can exchange links and offer their customers the products and services of the other. What generally happens is that every time the other site through the marketing efforts of the other site generates a sale, the affiliate partner gets a share or commission from the sale. The more members there are in an affiliate program means more profit and sales.

    Another positive effect is that because there are links exchanged, traffic may increase in your website because they are advertised in a multitude of other sites. With more visitors you can effectively showcase your business to more people.

    Other affiliate program information frequently sought after is on how to start the affiliate program.

    This is where it could get tricky. There are various ways to start an affiliate program. Some of them require you to install a program, like CGI scripts, in your website where you can track where the visitors are going and lots of other aspects of work like accounting commissions, paying them yourself, promotion, security and lots more. Or you can get an affiliate program host to do these for you. A merchant account could also be the solution you need. They will setup everything including the lists of other websites that can be a part of your affiliate program.

    When looking for affiliate program information, you have to make sure that the information you get is detailed and very informative. Some affiliate program information offered on the Internet is just promoting other websites and their services. You have to make sure that what you will be getting will be beneficial for your business. A little devotion of time and effort will go a long way. Making your online business a resounding success will take a lot of work. Affiliate programs are a great way to earn you extra income as well as boost your traffic flow. Take the time to get the affiliate program information now to start your own affiliate program.

    Jeff Casmer is an award winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and internet marketing consultant with career sales over $25,000,000. His "Top Ranked" Earn Money at Home Directory gives you all the information you need to start, maintain, and prosper with your very own Internet Home Based Business in the 21st century.

    Free Affiliate Programs

    One can set up his own free affiliate program or tools to help affiliates. The process and the very advantage of these affiliate programs are very simple. With the opening of the window of your website, these affiliate programs will come to the screen in the form of a small window or pop-up. If the visitor of your website chooses to go to a particular program by clicking on it or fulfilling other criterions, such as giving some information of him or herself, giving the email address, or filling out of certain online forms, the website with which the program was affiliated gets money. Usually the calculation is done on the basis of the number of visitors of these affiliated programs.

    Some of the free affiliate program resources whose names are worth mentioning are FreebieList.com which is a CPA, or Cost Per Action affiliate program. A CPA provides banners, text descriptions, buttons and much more to help you and your website to generate money on an online basis. However, if you want to avail such opportunities to make some handsome amount of money just on the basis of such affiliate programs, you have to carefully design the logo or the banner of the free program that you want to get affiliated with. The place where you put these banners also becomes an important factor.

    Last but not the least comes the question of the software that you are using to design the logo, the banner or the text. These are thee three important factors whose manipulation and arrangement becomes a key factor in attracting the attention of the visitor. The more they are attractive in terms of texts, banners, color and design, the greater are the chances that the visitor would visit them.

    According to a recent survey, PlatinumPartner.com has been one of the best free affiliate programs which has proven to be the highest converting and highest paying free affiliate programs of the net. There are many other such free affiliate programs that have the up to date and one of the best technical supports designed to work on a 24/7 basis.

    Affiliate Program provides detailed information on Affiliate Program, Free Affiliate Programs, Pay Per Click Affiliate Programs, Casino Affiliate Programs and more. Affiliate Program is affiliated with Corporate Incentive Programs.

    Friday, May 19, 2006

    Getting Affiliate Traffic... How Is It Done?

    One of the most competitive areas of marketing is the "Affiliate" programs arena. With hundreds or even thousands of marketers all selling the same Product or Service getting clicks to Your affiliate page becomes a brutal battle of time, money, and trial & error. 95% of 'Affiliate Marketers lose this battle.

    If you are one of those 95% then this article is for you.

    As an Educator I realize that there are several ways to achieve any particular result (or destination) so we will explore a few of the ways to get "traffic" to your affiliate link.

    First of all, there are several kinds of traffic. There is Good traffic and there is Bad traffic. Unfortunately most marketers waste their money on Bad traffic. So let's identify them.

    Good Traffic has to have these elements:

    1. The Product or Service must provide them with a measurable benefit.
    2. They are interested in the Products or Services of your type.
    3. They have the funds to purchase your Product or Service
    4. They have a "history" of Internet Based Purchases (known buyers.)
    5. They have the means to actually use your Product or Service (they have their own Website and/or a means to utilize your Product or Service through their affiliate links... believe me this is not always possible in some Programs or Countries.)

    Keep in mind you can get good traffic and still not make a sale, especially in the “affiliate” marketing world. Typically affiliate marketers use the sales copy provided with the Product or Service they are marketing… and so are hundreds or even thousands of other affiliates. Millions of emails, banners, ads, and now even articles all saying the EXACT SAME THING! And NO, this is not about copywriting. That’s a different article.

    Bad Traffic has these elements:

    1. The folks who click on your link are just curious.
    2. They don’t have the funds to buy your Product or Service
    3. They are not able to make use of your Product or Service
    4. They are trying to make money themselves through “paid to click” services
    5. They are looking at their “competition” for their affiliate programs.

    So what’s an Affiliate Marketer to do? How do you “get” Good traffic instead of Bad traffic?

    Here are some ways to get Bad traffic (and in some cases no traffic at all.)

    1. Subscribe to FFA link programs… you’ll just get tons of email from other folks just like you trying to sell YOU something. They are not interested in buying from you.


    2. Subscribe to hundreds of “safe mail” lists and post comments with your link in the comments. If your comments are blatant “promotions” for your link they will be ignored and you may possibly be banned from posting.


    3. Buy “guaranteed” clicks from cheap services. Most of the Services that offer “guaranteed” clicks (5000 for $9.95 type) give you clicks that have all the elements of Bad traffic and you won’t get any sales.


    4. Join “Traffic Generating” programs and don’t spend hours and hours promoting them. These programs are dependant on YOU generating new members under your link and THEN each of those folks you got doing the same.


    5. Buy “so called” Targeted Traffic from a service. If you are using the same “Copy” and the same “Website” as all the other affiliates in that program you won’t make a profit. Usually these services provide “targeted” traffic by geographical criteria and so what. If the people clicking on your link have seen the same site a hundred times what is YOUR chance of making a sale?


    6. Purchase “Pay Per Click” (PPC) services from one of the many providers. Sometimes this is profitable IF your affiliate program is Brand New and a “Hot” product or service. Keep in mind that if your have a “small” budget you could end up spending it all in one day. There is more than one “horror” story about some of these services.

    7. Oh yes… the “Guaranteed Sign Up” services. They, in most instances, require that the “sign up” be free and not ask for any payment processor information. For some programs these services are viable… but YOU don’t make money from free sign ups. I will do an article on how to actually make use of these types of services later.
    8. Buy Banner Impressions from one of those services (there are lots of them) and use the Banners provided by the Affiliate Program. By the time your Banners are seen… everyone else’s are seen also and people don’t click on a Banner they see a hundred times a day.

    Now… Good Traffic

    1. Purchase “Sponsor” ads in reputable Ezines (electronic magazine.) This works well when your Product or Service is “new” and you have good “copy” provided… the Ezine is delivered to folks that already have an interest in your type of Product or Service. A single ad can cost as much as $150 in some Ezines or as little as $5. It depends on where in the Ezine it is placed and how large of a subscriber base the publisher has. One marketer charges $1500+ for a Single AD!


    2. Purchase “expired domain” traffic. There are only a couple of reputable marketers for this service that try to “key” the traffic they give you to the keywords and purpose of the “expired domain” so if you try this method start with a “small” purchase first and track the results.


    3. Purchase “targeted” email lists from a REPUTABLE marketer. There are literally thousands of “list marketers” on the Web and most of the lists are old and useless. Be very cautious of operators that give you “millions” of names and addresses. Most of them are email addresses that were “harvested” from the Internet by programs for that purpose. You very well may loose your Internet Privileges by using these lists and be kicked out of your affiliate program. In addition to that you may have to pay substantial fines for spam violations.


    4. Purchase “guaranteed sales” and that type of a service is hard to find. For one thing some of them charge an enormous fee Up Front and allow up to a year to fulfill their service. In all instances of these types of services the cost is something that scares most affiliate marketers away. For one thing, as an affiliate, you don’t always make a lot on Your sale. You do all the work but the Product or Service OWNER reaps the benefits. You need to make sure your profit is worth the expense before you hand out $2000 to $5000.


    5. Purchase “Guaranteed Sales” from a service that only charges you AFTER they get results. Typically there is a small fee (relative) for Website Setup and then they bill you after a certain level of sales (your sales… money in YOUR pocket) is attained. Then you get billed for a set % of your ACTUAL SALES. This type of a service is New and, in my opinion, a Marketers Dream. Actually, with this type of a service you can successfully use the “copy material” and “Websites” that come with many of the “good paying” affiliate programs. You spend a little up front, then, after you have made a substantial profit you pay a (admittedly a noticeable bite) set percentage of your profits. Right now I only know of One Company offering this kind of a service but do your own "due diligence" in all instances.

    All we did here was identify some methods used to get traffic. This was not intended to be a Step-by-step how to do article. I hope this got you to thinking about how to affectively market your affiliate Program

    Layard

    You can visit my blog at
    http://blogs.cjb.net/layard/70477/ and read some of my other articles at http://freewebs.com/gstream

    How to Select and Join an Affiliate Program

    There are many horror stories about affiliate programs and networks that related to illegal programs or pyramid schemes. Basically, these do not have worthy products.

    These are the schemes you do not want to be associated with. It is obvious you want to be with a program that offers high quality product that you will readily endorse. The growing number of those who have joined already and are succeeding is proof enough that there are reliable and quality affiliate programs out there.

    Why participate in an affiliate program?

    An affiliate program allows you to work part-time. It gives you the opportunity to build a generous residual income. And it makes you an owner of a small business. Affiliate programs have already created lots of millionaires. They are the living testimony of how hard work and continuous prospecting and motivating or training others, pays off.

    If you decide to join one, you must take note that you are getting into something that should be patterned to what you are capable of. This will assure that you are successful.

    How do you choose a good affiliate program to promote / join? Here are some tips to consider before you sign up:

    1. Will it cost you anything to join? Most affiliate programs being offered today are absolutely free of charge. So why settle for those that charge you some dollars before joining.

    An extremely good affiliate program with many products and marketing tools available to you is mentioned on my site within my articles menu with the same subject name as this article. Have a browse and if you like it - join!

    2. Join a program that you like and have an interest in. One of the best ways of knowing if an affiliate program is the kind of program you wish to promote, is if you are interested in purchasing the product yourself. If so, there are likely others who are also interested in the same program and products.

    3. Look for a program that is of high quality. For instance, one that is associated with many experts in that particular industry. This way, you are assured that you are joining a high standard program.

    4. Join affiliate programs that offer real and viable products. How can you tell? Do some initial research. If possible, track down some of the members and customers to give you testimonial on the credibility of the program.

    5. Check whether the program is catering to a growing target market. This will ensure you that there will be more and continuous demands for your referrals. There are forums and discussions you can participate in to get this information.

    6. An affiliate program that pays out 30% or more would be a great choice. There are some programs offering this kind of compensation. Look closely for one. Do not waste your time with programs that do not reward substantially for your efforts.

    7. Be aware of the minimum quotas or sales targets that you must fill. Some affiliate programs imposes pre-requisites before you get your commissions. Just be sure that you are capable of attaining their requirements.

    8. Choose one that has plenty of tools and resources that can help you grow the business in the shortest possible time. Not all affiliate programs have these capacities.

    9. Check out if the program has a proven system that can allow you to check your networks and compensation. Also check if they have it available online for you to check anytime and anywhere.

    10. Choose an affiliate program that is offering strong incentives for members to renew their membership or that provide continuous help and upgrades for its products. These programs have the tendency to retain their members and can assure the growth of your networks.

    11. Be aware of the things that members are not happy about in a program. As mentioned above, you can do your checking at discussion forums. If you know someone in that same program, there is no harm asking if there are many downsides involved.

    12. Is the affiliate a one tier or two tier program? A single tier program pays you only for the business you yourself have generated. A two tier program pays you for the business, plus it also pays you a commission on the on the sales generated by any affiliate you sponsor in your program. Some two-tier programs are even paying small fees on each new affiliate you sponsor. More like a recruitment fee.

    Have a thorough and intensive knowledge about the affiliate program and network you will be promoting. Knowing the kind of program you are getting yourself into will make you anticipate and prevent any future problems you may encounter.

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    AffiliateProgram-websitebuilder.com is dedicated to helping aspiring people make money on the web by providing information on affiliate programs and website building

    Thursday, May 18, 2006

    2 Tier Affiliate Programs Explained

    Affiliates are getting cleverer by the day. So these days, affiliates know the difference between the different types of traffic they can get paid for. There are a lot of definitions though – CPM, CPC, CPA, CPL, CPD and many more.

    CPM is impressions, when the publisher (the website owner) gets paid every time a banner is shown.

    CPC is clicks, where the publisher (or email marketer and other marketers) gets paid every time a banner or text link is clicked upon.

    The other ways of getting paid are grouped together under the term performance marketing – and this is where the term affiliate is most commonly used as well.

    An affiliate is a marketer who sends visitors to another site using a variety of methods (such as placing banners or text links on their own site, buying sponsored listings on search engines, email marketing and many other different methods) and gets paid when an action happens. This action can be a lead (CPL stands for Cost per Lead), a Sale (CPS stands for Cost per Sale), a download (CPD stands for Cost per download) and many other variations.

    Some in the Internet industry refer to performance based marketing as CPA (cost per acquisition), although the term is also sometimes used for specific types of campaigns such as leads or sales.

    Now that we’ve got over the hard part, the rest is easy to understand.

    The affiliate gets paid for sending visitors to a specific landing page where an action happens – either a lead, a sale, a download or some other sort of action that the advertiser requires. As an example, some advertisers are looking to build up their databases, so they pay for each opt in email address they receive, others want leads from specific locations, so they pay for zip codes, and then try convince the visitors after they fill in their zip code, to fill in a more detailed lead form.

    The common denominator is that the affiliate gets paid when an action happens.

    A 2 Tier affiliate program is simply finding new marketers to sign up under you to do EXACTLY what you are doing – sending visitors to different offers and getting paid when the visitors perform some sort of action. So why would you want other marketers to sign up under you to promote the same offers? Simple – you get paid a percentage of the amount the affiliate you refer gets paid? Sounds complicated?

    Don’t worry, it’s not hard to understand. As an example, say John promotes 5 different offers on a single affiliate network. He gets paid for every lead, sale, email and zip code he generates from these different offers. John now tells Mark about the Network and gets Mark to sign up using a banner or text link that has John’s referral code built into it. Mark now signs up to the Affiliate Network under John and starts promoting various offers and advertisers from the Affiliate Network. These offers DON’T have to be the same offers that John is promoting. Mark can promote ANY of the offers on the Affiliate Network.

    And this is the best part…

    For any amounts that Mark gets paid, John receives a percentage of the amount over and above what Mark gets paid. So if Mark gets paid $1000 in Month 1, and the 2 Tier Affiliate program is paying 5%, then John would receive $50 just for referring Mark.

    But it gets even better…

    Some 2 Tier Affiliate Networks pay LIFETIME commissions. So John wouldn’t get a referral commission just for a month or a year – he receives it FOR ALL TIME.

    If Mark becomes a super affiliate and starts generating HUGE commissions every month, John can just sit back and collect the checks as he referred him.

    There are 3 important things to know when finding affiliates to sign up under you on 2 Tier Affiliate Programs:

    Is the affiliate program or affiliate network credible, has proper tracking so your referrals are correctly tracked, has good campaigns and offers for the affiliates to promote so they actually do make money, and do they pay timeously? Assuming that the affiliate program or network is good, what percentage do they pay you on amounts that your referrals get paid? All programs vary so compare different programs to see what the industry standard is.

    How long do you continue receiving referral commissions for? Some pay for a month, some for the lifetime, and of course there are many variations in between.

    So do your homework and find a 2 Tier program that can make you money long in the future for the work you’re doing today.

    Eric Edelstein is CEO of TrafficSynergy.com, an affiliate network that has a 2 Tier Affiliate Program currently paying 5% on referrals of new affiliates for LIFE. (although this very well might change in the future). To find out more visit
    TrafficSynergy.com for your FREE signup.

    Affiliate Network Success, The First Steps To Making Money

    What is an affiliate network?

    An affiliate network is composed of two groups. A group of merchants who have products to sell, and a group of affiliates who sell their products for them. The merchants pay a commission to the affiliate for every sale he or she makes.

    Affiliate networks offer some great advantages for both the merchant and the affiliate. The merchant gets his product advertised across a wide network, whilst the affiliate does not necessarily need to make a certain sale amount for one particular merchant before getting paid.

    Advantages of affiliate networks


    No need to deal with stock, warehouse space, deliveries, or customer support issues.


    Price of products decided by the merchant. No need to monitor competition's pricing.


    Affiliate networks keep all of your affiliated products and merchants in one place, saving you time and money.


    You will be paid when you earn a certain amount of money accumulated from all of your merchants together, rather than from each one separately. Not only will this mean you get paid quicker, but will also save you money in handling fees.

    How to succeed with your affiliate network

    Affiliate networks are incredibly popular. However, only a very small percentage of affiliates account for most of the sales conducted through them.

    Why is this? Their secrets to success lie in a few simple, yet vital strategies you must utilize and develop upon to transform your site from a drip feed, into a torrent of revenue.


    Education - If you are new to affiliate marketing, you must learn. If you are a veteran, you already know that you never stop learning. As the old saying goes, knowledge is power, and in affiliate marketing, power is money. You are learning right now, as you pick up the principles on this page, setting a firm foundation on which to educate yourself. Visit our Shop for numerous resources from which to draw on to become a successful affiliate.


    Know your product - Selling a product from first hand experience will gain your customer's trust. Unless you have bought the product yourself, read reviews and testimonials and discuss the product with other customers. Are they satisfied? If so, your customers will be as well. Customer satisfaction is highly underestimated, something you should strive to gain. It will bring your customers back for more, as well as their recommendation to others, building you credibility and traffic.


    Presentation - To sell your products, you must first sell yourself. Unless you have the software, the ability, or the time to construct a well presented, clean and functional website, you will not sell your products. Various studies on how people surf the internet have shown that websites, in much the same manner as magazines and cd covers have only a few seconds to convince the visitor they've found what they're looking for.


    Web hosting - Your website will not succeed if it is hosted by a free web host, splashing your pages with adverts and promotions. This is the number one way to loose credibility. In order to succeed you must project success, and having a paid, reliable web hosting service is vital. Visit our web hosting guide on www.fortunes-today.com/money-online-guide/webhosting-guide for more information.


    Traffic - The most obvious, and most illusive aspect to your website. Not only must you attract a sufficient volume of traffic, but also traffic interested in your website's topic, and ready to buy the products you affiliate.

    Good luck with your affiliate programs!

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    Wednesday, May 17, 2006

    Utilizing Affiliate Marketing to Sell B2B

    Performance, or affiliate marketing, continues to be a big buzz phrase in the online marketing community. But what specific benefits can your business gain from it? Do you even have the correct type of business to pursue affiliate relationships?

    Important questions to consider before you commit human and financial resources to the project.

    We all know that B2B marketing is far different from traditional B2C marketing. You need to impart a different message, and you need to gain leads above all else. Consumers are initially more likely to buy on the first visit to your site if you’re selling flowers or shoes than is a company to purchase $200,000 worth of software without negotiation and discussion.

    As part of your strategy in determining whether or not affiliate marketing can assist you, you need to determine the following:

    What is our current cost of acquisition? Is it currently where you want it to be, or is it, like for many companies, sky rocketing out of control. If it’s currently too high, a good affiliate program could help you level it out, and bring it into the parameters that will allow you to show positive growth.

    How long is your sales cycle? The traditional affiliate sales force is used to an instant turnaround for the web traffic they send your way. At the outside, most sales take place within thirty days from the initial click through. If your sales cycle ranges 2+ months and up, will affiliates be interested in promoting your brand? The answer is maybe. You could look at a per lead payout, leveraged by a sales commission at closing. There may be other opportunities as well. To say the least, though, you may encounter some resistance from the super affiliates, until they fully understand what they can gain from a relationship with you.

    Will companies buy your product online? It may seem like a simple question, but unless you want an affiliate program that is intensely manual, you need your customers to click the Buy Now button. The option exists to manually add commissions for off line purchases through your traditional sales force if they were referred by an affiliate, but not only does that include work, it could also weigh against you with the super affiliates because of the increased possibility of over sights, mistakes, and even fraud. No one is going to trust you right out of the gate.

    Are you willing to compensate sufficiently? The other challenge with B2B affiliate marketing is going to be a lower conversion rate than most super affiliates appreciate. If they are getting 3 sales every 100 clicks with a B2C program, they will be programmed to expect the same from you. More than likely, that’s unrealistic. So it must be made up for with strong payouts for the sales that do close, or at least a decent close payout coupled with a per lead payout. There are a couple of different ways to approach it.

    With all of this being said, I want to stress that affiliate marketing is a viable sales channel for B2B. With the proper guidance, you can lower your cost of acquisition, fill your sales pipeline, and broaden your customer base dramatically.

    Kevin Webster runs OPMWeb, an outsourced affiliate marketing management firm located in Rochester, NY. You can contact him through his site at
    http://www.opmweb.com

    Tuesday, May 16, 2006

    Affiliate Program Information - What You Need to Make Your Website Successful

    Who doesn’t want to earn more money with affiliate programs?

    The Internet is an avenue many businesses are heading towards. Opening up a website to showcase your products and services is like opening up your business to every city and country all over the world. With the Internets’ vast accessibility you can expect droves of customers to boost up your sales.

    Well, not quite.

    The Internet now boasts of millions upon millions of businesses that are fighting to get the attention of potential customers. If you don’t play your cards right you may just be among the other millions of online businesses languishing in the lonely corner of obscurity. Every online business are doing their best to find ways to at least corner a market, get a good share of customers and to have a steady increase in sales.

    There are lots of methods devised to reach this goal; one of these is by having a good affiliate program. Many websites have caught on and have started their own affiliate program, for some though, they do not have enough knowledge to do so. That is why searches for good affiliate program information is abounding.

    Affiliate program information usually deals with essentially what affiliate programming is. It describes what an affiliate program does and how it can affect a business.

    Basically, an affiliate program is a program wherein an online business affiliates or links up with another online business or ecommerce which has relatively the same product or service offered. These are businesses that compliment one another, like say a karaoke machine store and a site that offers karaoke songs and music.

    These sites can exchange links and offer their customers the products and services of the other. What generally happens is that every time the other site through the marketing efforts of the other site generates a sale, the affiliate partner gets a share or commission from the sale. The more members there are in an affiliate program means more profit and sales.

    Another positive effect is that because there are links exchanged, traffic may increase in your website because they are advertised in a multitude of other sites. With more visitors you can effectively showcase your business to more people.

    Other affiliate program information frequently sought after is on how to start the affiliate program.

    This is where it could get tricky. There are various ways to start an affiliate program. Some of them require you to install a program, like CGI scripts, in your website where you can track where the visitors are going and lots of other aspects of work like accounting commissions, paying them yourself, promotion, security and lots more. Or you can get an affiliate program host to do these for you. A merchant account could also be the solution you need. They will setup everything including the lists of other websites that can be a part of your affiliate program.

    When looking for affiliate program information, you have to make sure that the information you get is detailed and very informative. Some affiliate program information offered on the Internet is just promoting other websites and their services. You have to make sure that what you will be getting will be beneficial for your business. A little devotion of time and effort will go a long way. Making your online business a resounding success will take a lot of work. Affiliate programs are a great way to earn you extra income as well as boost your traffic flow. Take the time to get the affiliate program information now to start your own affiliate program.

    Jeff Casmer is an award winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and internet marketing consultant with career sales over $25,000,000. His "Top Ranked"
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    Affiliate programs are a popular way to earn money online. But do you know what to search for in an affiliate program? It is important that you know what constitutes the best affiliate program before you sign up with any program.

    8 Key factors that define a good affiliate programs are as follows:

    1. Reputable and high quality products, services or business opportunities. If you join up an affiliate program that does not have a good reputation, you will be wasting your money and time, and your online reputation will also be affected. An affiliate program with high reputation will also enable you to succeed because it will be easy for you to make sales.

    2. Good references and stability. The internet is full of scams. You will therefore need to join an affiliate program that has some good reviews and references; and the company must be stable and financially sound. If you do not research this, you risk joining an affiliate program which is a scam.

    3. Pays high commissions. Various affiliate programs offer a wide range of commissions. You will need to look for an affiliate program where your earnings are high. The affiliate program’s commission structure is therefore very important, and you need to be fully informed about the potential commissions you can earn for each sale before you join any affiliate program.

    4. Residual income opportunity. The best affiliate program is one for which you are rewarded several times over, just from a single sale. For example, if you make a sale today, some affiliate programs will reward you if that customer makes another purchase in the future, or if they refer someone who will make a purchase. This will simply increase your earnings in the long run.

    5. Reliability of payment. Research on how reliable the affiliate program is at paying its affiliates. When you are in business, you will have some ongoing costs, such as marketing your business, and driving traffic to your affiliate website. You will therefore need to have constant payments to help you with the cash flow. Equally important is how frequent the program pays its affiliates. You would not want to wait months before you get paid.

    6. Availability of support and marketing tools to affiliates. You will need all the support and tools you can get in order for you to make sales and earn some commission. Some affiliate programs are good than others in terms of proving this support. Do your research and find an affiliate programs that offer support and tools which will make your job easier.

    7. A program that suits your interests or match your online business. It is important for you to choose an affiliate program that has products or services that are of interest to you, so that you will enjoy marketing them. If you already have an online business and a website; you will need to choose an affiliate program that matches or complements what you already sell on your website. Your affiliate business is a long term commitment, so you will need to make the right choice so that you sign up with a program that has products that you will enjoy marketing.

    8. An affiliate program that is still growing and has a huge potential market. You must avoid signing up with a program that is not popular or is declining in its reputation. While it is important to choose an affiliate program that has been in existence for a while and is stable, avoid joining a program that has exhausted its market growth potential or is simply losing its attractiveness. You want to sign up with a program that is in high demand and will be easy for you to sell.

    By using the guideline presented above, you will be able to pick an affiliate program that pays you well and on time. You will also join an affiliate program with easy-to-sell products that have high reputation and are in demand; and you will get the necessary support to make it easy for you to make sales.

    As an affiliate, you will want to see your commission checks increasing gradually over time; and the above factors will make this possible for you, if you select the right affiliate programs.

    Jeff Casmer is an award winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and internet marketing consultant with career sales over $25,000,000. His "Top Ranked" Earn Money at Home Directory gives you all the information you need to start, maintain, and prosper with your very own Internet Home Based Business in the 21st century.

    Saturday, May 13, 2006

    Things To Know About Affiliate Marketing

    The truth behind affiliate marketing is the fact that 90% of affiliates will actually make less than 100$ a month. Therefore, you should not count on making full time income unless you can get very good at the following:

    1. Building a good web site that converts.

    2. Search engine optimization.

    You'll need a lot of traffic, as maybe 1 out of 200 visitors will buy your products. Search engine optimization can help you get your site in the search engines so more people will be able to find you.

    3. The trial and error of picking the right merchants and learning the correct ways to promote them.

    Too many people out there assume that affiliate marketing is actually a get rich quick type of program. These types of people will throw up a couple of banners, then wonder why they never make a single sale or any money at all.

    How long you will need to do it depends on how much money you are wanting to make. If you are a quick learner and really good at affiliate marketing, you may high 2,000 in 2 years. This is based on the fact that you are starting at 0 and the fact that you have another full time job, not being able to devote a lot of time working with your affiliate marketing program.

    If you decide to give it a try, the hardest challenge will be the first few months. If you check your stats and see that you are only making a couple of bucks, you will find yourself wondering if all the hard work was worth it. If you get some sales going and stay committed with your hard work, the commissions should start growing.

    One of the biggest factors with affiliate marketing is the traffic that goes through your site. Even though you will get a lot of traffic passing through your website, only a fraction of the traffic will be buyers.

    The key here is knowing your visitors and then being able to determine which affiliate programs you can offer to meet their needs. There is also the concept of pre sale, which is the ability to put your visitors in the required open and mind set that is required for them to actually click on what you are selling.

    By sticking with affiliate marketing, you will learn more and more over the years. You cannot expect to be the best when you first start, it will take a lot of hard work and dedication. By putting the time and effort into your programs, you will be well on your way to making it in the very profitable and exciting world of affiliate marketing.

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    Things To Know About Affiliate Marketing

    The truth behind affiliate marketing is the fact that 90% of affiliates will actually make less than 100$ a month. Therefore, you should not count on making full time income unless you can get very good at the following:

    1. Building a good web site that converts.

    2. Search engine optimization.

    You'll need a lot of traffic, as maybe 1 out of 200 visitors will buy your products. Search engine optimization can help you get your site in the search engines so more people will be able to find you.

    3. The trial and error of picking the right merchants and learning the correct ways to promote them.

    Too many people out there assume that affiliate marketing is actually a get rich quick type of program. These types of people will throw up a couple of banners, then wonder why they never make a single sale or any money at all.

    How long you will need to do it depends on how much money you are wanting to make. If you are a quick learner and really good at affiliate marketing, you may high 2,000 in 2 years. This is based on the fact that you are starting at 0 and the fact that you have another full time job, not being able to devote a lot of time working with your affiliate marketing program.

    If you decide to give it a try, the hardest challenge will be the first few months. If you check your stats and see that you are only making a couple of bucks, you will find yourself wondering if all the hard work was worth it. If you get some sales going and stay committed with your hard work, the commissions should start growing.

    One of the biggest factors with affiliate marketing is the traffic that goes through your site. Even though you will get a lot of traffic passing through your website, only a fraction of the traffic will be buyers.

    The key here is knowing your visitors and then being able to determine which affiliate programs you can offer to meet their needs. There is also the concept of pre sale, which is the ability to put your visitors in the required open and mind set that is required for them to actually click on what you are selling.

    By sticking with affiliate marketing, you will learn more and more over the years. You cannot expect to be the best when you first start, it will take a lot of hard work and dedication. By putting the time and effort into your programs, you will be well on your way to making it in the very profitable and exciting world of affiliate marketing.

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    Things To Know About Affiliate Marketing

    The truth behind affiliate marketing is the fact that 90% of affiliates will actually make less than 100$ a month. Therefore, you should not count on making full time income unless you can get very good at the following:

    1. Building a good web site that converts.

    2. Search engine optimization.

    You'll need a lot of traffic, as maybe 1 out of 200 visitors will buy your products. Search engine optimization can help you get your site in the search engines so more people will be able to find you.

    3. The trial and error of picking the right merchants and learning the correct ways to promote them.

    Too many people out there assume that affiliate marketing is actually a get rich quick type of program. These types of people will throw up a couple of banners, then wonder why they never make a single sale or any money at all.

    How long you will need to do it depends on how much money you are wanting to make. If you are a quick learner and really good at affiliate marketing, you may high 2,000 in 2 years. This is based on the fact that you are starting at 0 and the fact that you have another full time job, not being able to devote a lot of time working with your affiliate marketing program.

    If you decide to give it a try, the hardest challenge will be the first few months. If you check your stats and see that you are only making a couple of bucks, you will find yourself wondering if all the hard work was worth it. If you get some sales going and stay committed with your hard work, the commissions should start growing.

    One of the biggest factors with affiliate marketing is the traffic that goes through your site. Even though you will get a lot of traffic passing through your website, only a fraction of the traffic will be buyers.

    The key here is knowing your visitors and then being able to determine which affiliate programs you can offer to meet their needs. There is also the concept of pre sale, which is the ability to put your visitors in the required open and mind set that is required for them to actually click on what you are selling.

    By sticking with affiliate marketing, you will learn more and more over the years. You cannot expect to be the best when you first start, it will take a lot of hard work and dedication. By putting the time and effort into your programs, you will be well on your way to making it in the very profitable and exciting world of affiliate marketing.

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    How Lead Programs Create Affiliate Success

    There are various lead generating programs all over the internet. Some of them are free of charge while others will cost a one-time or monthly fee. These programs can be found as Co-Registration sites, FAA sites, Guaranteed Sign Up Programs, Joint Ventures and others may be offered on Affiliate Program sites.

    Recently Joint Ventures have been all the rage. It is true that if you participate in a joint venture as a contributor that you may increase your subscriber list exponentially. Some promoters have increased their subscriber lists by 700+ subscribers on a single joint venture. If you come across one, which should be very easy to do -- and if resources allow, become a contributor.

    Co-Registration sites will provide you with leads usually for a monthly fee. You can load these leads into your auto-responder series. Usually they are are not double opt-in leads. They can be rather effective and are costly if you are on a tight budget. Many of the heavy-hitters use Co-Registration leads successfully!

    FAA sites are not as effective as they once were. You are allowed to place your advertisement on your site and it will be mailed out to your leads that are supplied by those who have posted to the FAA. The leads will either be mailed out by yourself on your personal mailer or from the FAA sites server; as this enables you to avoid spam complaints by by-passing your ISP. You usually have an option as to which way you prefer to have your leads delivered daily. Most often you can join Free or Pro.

    Guaranteed Sign Up Programs offer leads to you for a fee -- usually a one-time fee for a certain amount of leads. However, I have read online that these leads do not come from the most reliable source. I have read that some of these people are paid to sign-up and that because of this they are not usually active candidates in promoting your programs. Actually, I don't know how true this is. I have never used this type of lead. However, it may be worth your while to research this type of lead further before investing your hard earned cash!

    You can also generate your own leads by creating lead capture pages, newsletters, reports and articles -- most of which create opt-in mailing lists that you can promote all of your back-end products to.

    If you are promoting an affiliate program(s) it is imperative that you obtain leads in order to successfully promote them. If you can find an affiliate program that offers lots of lead generating tools you'll be a step ahead! When looking for an affiliate program to promote try to find a program that offers some of the following tools.

    Auto-responder, leads, weekly commission payout, start page rotator, training center, html tutorial, website templates, email accounts, search engine submit, residual income, doorway page generators, e-book library, redirect urls, etc. These are tools that will add to your bottom line and help you become a more successful online entrepreneur.

    'Empowerism' is an affiliate program that offers all of the above tools and more. I have found this program to be very helpful as it provides a lead generating program and many tools that are available to you with a small membership fee while offering many perks!

    Try some of the lead generating programs offered here. Many affiliates are making online incomes by utilizing one or more of these marketing methods. Try experimenting with a few of these types of lead generating programs and you will see that your affiliate paychecks will start to roll in on a more consistent basis.

    Sharyce Arciaga is the Author of this article and can provide Additional information on How You Can Earn Money With The Best Lead Generating Affiliate Program Online!
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    Friday, May 12, 2006

    10 Essential Steps You Need To Take To Succeed With any Affiliate Program

    After you have joined an affiliate program, there are several crucial steps you will need to take in order to succeed. Without taking the steps outline below, your chances of succeeding will be limited. By simply following these guidelines, you will be able to increase your affiliate commissions and earn some money you can live on.

    A lot of people fail with affiliate programs because they do not have the necessary affiliate program information.

    Generally, the best way of succeeding with affiliate programs in to choose a niche; create a useful and content-rich and keyword-rich website on the specific topic of your niche, and add in your affiliate links and AdSense ads.

    So what is the critical affiliate program information you will need to know, and the steps you need to take for you to succeed with your affiliate program?

    1. Set your objective of how much you want to earn. You will need a goal to work towards. How much do you want to earn per month? It also helps to visualize what you want to achieve with this goal. Pay off your car? A holiday? You must start with an achievable amount, and gradually increase this amount.

    2. Find a niche that suits you and your interests. Your business is a long term commitment, thus you will need to get involved with an affiliate program in a niche that interests you. The internet is full of affiliate program information; make an effort to do your research and find the best niche to suit your interests.

    3. Select a lucrative niche. You will need to have affiliate program information about how profitable any opportunity you are interested in will do. Your goal is to make money, and you need to establish how profitable your business will be. The internet has information about profitable niches, and you will need to know these before you decide the best opportunity for you.

    4. Another critical affiliate program information you will need to have is the reputation of the affiliate merchant. You need programs with good reputation and high quality products or services that will be easy to sell.

    5. Create a useful, motivating, content-rich and keyword-rich website which search engines will pick. Offer some free tips and tools on your site; make your visitors want to come back to your site. This is very critical because more visitors to your site mean more sales and more money for you.

    6. Place AdSense on your site. If you have a website with a lot of visitors, you can easily earn some money from AdSense.

    7. Get Links. This is very important affiliate program information you will need to always remember. Linking to other sites will help improve the ranking of your site. One way links are more important that reciprocal links.

    8. List your website in major and niche directories.

    9. Write and distribute articles. This strategy extremely essential; and it is a cost effective way to market your affiliate program.

    10. Be Patient! It normally takes a few months of consistent effort before you can start to see any benefits. Do not be discouraged, do not give up. Your efforts will start to show after about three months as search engines will start to send traffic to your website.

    Outlined above is crucial affiliate program information you will need to know if you want to succeed and make some money as an affiliate. By simply following the recommendation above, you will see your affiliate growing gradually.

    A lot of people fail because they do not have the important affiliate program information they need and the guidelines on how to succeed. As a result, they do not know how to earn any money or increase their affiliate checks. These steps can help you increase your earnings.

    Jeff Casmer is an award winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and internet marketing consultant with career sales over $25,000,000. He is currently featured as a "Top" Affiliate of ThePlugInProfitSite. His "Top Ranked" Earn Money at Home Directory gives you all the information you need to start, maintain, and prosper with your very own Internet Home Based Business in the 21st century.

    Advantages of Affiliate Programs

    If you are a newcomers to Internet marketing, affiliate programs provide an excellent opportunity – a way to earn money without producing your own product.

    Suppose you have interest in beauty and fashion products, so you create a website in which you recommend beauty and fashion products you like and usually use.The merchants websites selling those products provide you with affiliate links which you paste into your site.When visitors click on those links and buy those products, you earn a commission.

    Major advantages of Affiliate Programs :

    1. No need to sell products :

    Selling your own product involves a lot of money investment and time.On the other hand using affiliate programs are quick, easy, and cost effective market to get into.

    2. No Customer Service :

    There is no need of having customer service instead you can utilize your time building more websites for greater profits.

    3. Fast creation :

    It takes very less time to make your affiliate site and start your next projects.

    4. Rich experience :

    Working with your own affiliate site, you can gain tremendous experience and knowledge and can easily utilize it in your other projects.

    Optimize your website and make it search engine friendly so that you can maximize your sites visibility.

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    Affiliate Marketing - Why It Works

    There is no denying the fact that Affiliate Marketing is very popular right now. The main reason for its popularity is simple: it benefits both the merchant (the supplier of the product or service) and the marketer (the person promoting the product or service) in many ways. Presented below are two short lists of several benefits enjoyed by both merchant & marketer, respectively.

    Benefits for the Merchant:

    1. Instead of a sales force of one or two people, by using Affiliate Marketing a merchant can have a sales force of thousands or more. Their products will be seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors instead of only those that they alone would be able to promote their product to.

    2. The merchant does not have to worry about hiring, firing and all the other tedious tasks that come along with having employees in a business. Software programs can run the affiliate program and do much of the mundane work.

    3. Affiliate Marketing allows the merchant to get exposure for his product without incurring a huge expense. Many affiliate programs pay the marketer a percentage of the products sale price. Utilizing this type of program, the merchant wouldn’t pay anything to the marketer unless his product actually sells.

    4. The advertising costs for the merchant are minimal compared to the aspect of the merchant doing all the promoting themselves.

    Benefits for the Marketer:

    1. Most affiliate programs are free to join. You can join numerous programs and have a myriad of products available to promote, depending on your situation.

    2. Your overhead should be low. You don’t have to buy the products up front. Your job is to get people to visit the merchant. When the visitor makes a purchase, the merchant handles the transaction and the shipping of the product as well as any refunds that may be required.

    3. There is no need to hire employees. You can promote many different affiliate programs from one website. This makes it an ideal way for a person to earn some extra income without a lot of work being involved.

    4. Since the merchant handles the transaction, there is normally no customer interaction needed. Of course you may get the odd email asking questions about the product, but under most circumstances there is no need for interaction between you and a potential buyer.

    5. You have the option of changing products/programs as you see fit for your particular site or situation. This wouldn’t necessarily be the case if you were promoting your own products. If a certain product is not selling, you can easily exchange it for another, or perhaps even decide to stop promoting it altogether.

    In Conclusion:

    Affiliate Marketing works because it benefits both the merchant and the marketer. Each party benefits from the program in several distinct ways, thereby making Affiliate Marketing a wise and cost efficient way to sell products or services.

    Copyright 2006 Craig Binkley

    Craig Binkley is a husband, father and home business owner. Visit his Work From Home Directory at
    http://www.workfromhomehelper.com for legitimate work from home opportunities and ideas.

    Thursday, May 04, 2006

    Instant Success - Yeh Right.

    by Peter Green

    Join our affiliate-program and make your fortune overnight.

    Sound familiar ?

    How many times have you received email to say that by joining company X you will have instant success.

    And how many websites suggest by using their system you can build an instant list of thousands.

    It is possible for the major players on the Internet, but what they don't tell you is that most of the people these "players" signup in a new Internet company are already on their opt-in list.

    Here are some well used concepts used in promoting new Internet Companies.

    Believe it or not !

    1. It will only take you 5 hours each week.

    Correct if,

    (a) you only want to earn a few $`s

    (b) you already have a large optin list to promote to.

    (c) you have M-oney to invest in advertising.

    (d) you are totally organized, focused and a natural marketer.

    What they don`t tell you.

    With commitment and the proper training, yes it is possible.

    2. Its easy, anyone can make M-oney online.

    But only if you have some business background or the Company supplies you with quality training, support and any other tools you need to promote their product. You also need a supportive sponsor and up-line, who are willing to help when needed.

    3. Its soooo easy that everyone is do-ing it.

    "Slight Exaggeration" here as only about 20% of US families or adults are currently members of Internet companies. There are many other people who are promoting Amway and other Companies but not over the internet. It is estimated that 50% of Americans will have had, or will be operating some sort of business from the comfort of home by the end of next year.

    Most experts suggest only about the top 5% of Internet Marketers are making a good income and another 10% are part time earners.

    4. By working over the Internet you will be able to work your own hours.

    Yes this statement is true, but you still have to "work"

    Yes you have more flexibility on when you work, say early in the morning or in the evening if you are part time. You still need to put in the hours, so having a plan and a set of goals is an advantage. If you don`t reach your goals then you will need to re-access them, are they realistic or do you need to increase the hours you work to succeed or take a different approach.

    5. Our system guarantees success.

    What is success, my idea on success will differ from yours.

    Many websites offer a number of tools and provide promotion material but not everyone knows how to best utilize them. This is where training and support is a must. Provide it to your downline and expect it from your up-line.

    Ongoing quality training and support are the two most under estimated "tools" or requirements many companies "say" they provide but either not everyone has access or knows how to use them.

    6. Its so easy you will make m-oney even while you sleep.

    This is a fact, the Internet does not sleep, but you will only make m-oney from sales or signups if you put in the effort.

    7. Its cool because I don`t have to talk with people face to face.

    Sure you can sit at your computer and promote your website, send out emails to prospects, network on ICQ and Ryze etc...

    But you will find the big players are always talking to prospects either on the phone or while at the shops and gas station.

    I personally have my ICON Communicator open most of the day while I am online and most days I will have a person (guest) who I have never meet log in, so I have to know the product or services I am promoting to be able to share or answer any questions my may guest has.

    The more practice you have at speaking to strangers the more comfortable and at ease you become. And this is coming from someone who doesn`t like public speaking.

    Practice makes perfect.

    8. F`R`E`E

    One of the most powerful 4 letter words ever devised by man.

    Can you promote on the internet for f`ree.

    The hidden costs. You need a computer, power to run the computer, an Internet connection, office supplies....

    Yes it is possible to promote your chosen company or service for minimum cost, but it will usually take longer to get those positive results. Time is m-oney. What is your time worth? Any business requires time and usually some investment to get off the ground.

    9. Build yourself a website and watch the sales roll in.

    I recommend every Internet Marketer should have their own website for a number of reasons. First is that you are able to create introduction pages to companies, products or services. You are then able to send out email using a URL or website link that won`t be filtered by ISP`s as they are known to filter or delete email that contains affiliated links.

    Secondly there are very few search engines that you can list your affiliated website with. So by having your own Domain and website you are able to list it with search engines. But again by being listed does not necessarily guarantee you sales.

    10. You "will" receive spillover.

    Some companies and individuals promote to prospects that they will receive spillover.

    I must be really missing something here as I can count on my fingers the number of people I have received in my downline as spillover in 3 years on the internet.

    Yes spillover does happen for some, but don`t count on it.

    Some suggestions.

    When starting any business you need to have a plan of action and a maximum budget you can spend on products or services to advertise and promote your business.

    Register a domain and create a website.

    Only consider joining companies where you have full access to support, regular training, provide popular or unique, sort after products that offer a residual income with a positive compensation plan.

    A company I can happily recommend to any first time marketers is ItsYourNet. They offer special trainings on building websites, publishing Ezines, using ICQ for networking along with marketing and even supply you f`ree of cost, top quality software to keep your computer safe.

    The ItsYourNet "back office area" has an ever increasing list of promotional material and resources.

    The product range is also being added to, in the next week we will see the release of the 3D Virtual web system and the 3D virtual mall will soon be opened for business too.

    If you want to learn more about the ItsYourNet 0pportunity visit http://main-10534pg.ItsYourNet.com become a f`ree affiliated member and get access to the a truly amazing 0pportunity. One that is suitable for new and experienced online marketers alike.

    One of the pluses is the website id ItsYourNet provides you to use in email. Each member receives a sub-domain for each page on your affiliated website. This is of real benefit when sending email to prospects. This allows your email get past most ISP filters.

    PETER GREEN. Editor of ~ The INDEX ~ ezine Editor@Internet-Income-Index.com

    How I Started My Own Work At Home Internet Business With Very Little Investment!

    Have you always wanted to work at home? Have your own business? Didn’t think it was possible? No more commuting in traffic (plus gasoline prices right now are ridiculous). No more “business attire” (work in your jammies) and no more Corporate America breathing down your neck. I didn’t think it was possible. I had always been a pessimist. Didn’t think I could do it. Didn’t have the knowledge or skills required.

    I had worked in the travel/customer service industry for 25 years. I was laid off over two years ago after 9/11. I submitted my resume to countless job postings with no response. Obviously after awhile I was feeling unwanted, useless, and depressed. No job prospects, no money, no direction. I not only needed an income, I needed a purpose, a reason to get up in the morning other than the cats and bird needed to be fed.

    What was I going to do?

    The light bulb finally came on in my head and I realized that I had some resources right at home. A computer and internet access. I normally surfed the net to shop (shopping mind you, couldn’t afford to buy) and playing computer games to pass the time.

    I happened upon an opportunity to take surveys online. Sounded easy enough and for a $35.00 investment to access a database of survey sites I could start making some money. I registered with every survey site listed in that database. A tedious task! In two months time a made $102.50 and a $10.00 gift card. I wasn’t going to pay the bills with that kind of money. Back to the same dilemma!

    What was I going to do?

    I started searching the web for information about working from home. To my amazement there are countless opportunities. Now the question was not if I could have my own business but what kind of business did I want? I’m not a salesman! I didn’t want to have to worry about inventory, packaging, shipping, merchant accounts, etc. I had very little money to invest, so my out-of-pocket expenses would have to be low, really low.

    What was I going to do?

    I found a website which offered me the chance to start my own business with incredibly little cost. The following is what was provided:

    1. A domain name registered for $30.00.
    2. Hosting of my website at a low monthly fee of $24.95.
    3. My website was created free of charge which included a free auto responder.
    4. I had to join five affiliate programs (signup was free) which their links would be placed on my website. These were some of the top affiliate programs (paying good commissions with multiple income streams). I found many favorable recommendations for them at several different websites.
    5. They immediately got me started on how to build a mailing list fast and how to generate traffic to my website.
    6. I was provided a home business tips newsletter that goes out to my email list on a daily basis. I don’t have to do a thing, it’s automatic.
    7. Plus, I am provided with more tools, tips, ideas and marketing strategies (from well known “Internet Marketing Gurus”) than I thought possible. All free of charge.

    They’ve done the research and testing to know what works and what doesn’t. Just have to follow their lead. These people give you step by step instructions. Go to any internet marketing website and see how much information is given freely. I think you will be as amazed as I was and still am.

    Now don’t get me wrong, there are some costs involved. But I’m talking a couple of hundred dollars not thousands! I have been overwhelmed with information, ideas, tools and resources!

    No one is going to do it all for you. You will have to spend time learning and working to promote your business. Point is YOU too have the opportunity to become your own boss!

    Take action now, don’t wait, and grab a piece of the internet boom for yourself. As I said before I was always the pessimist, but now I see a half full cup instead of a half empty one.

    Debra Hamer is the owner of the http://profitfromhomebiz.com website where you can find lots of tips, tools and resources for starting your own work at home business.

    Visit her PlugInProfitSite at http://www.pluginprofitsite.com/main-4256 to have your own website setup and ready to go within 24 hours, complete with everything you need to start making a profit.