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In the early days before the internet was born, starting a
business was like taking a giant leap into the unknown. Aside from the
involved time and money, it also causes lots of worry. However, if you are
fortunate enough, for sure your business was a success, but then there are
many who were doomed to failure. Thanks to the internet because it has
evolved and those who failed might have the chance to make it.
Once someone starts his search on the internet for a business on which he
would make money, the most probable thing that catches his attention is an
affiliate program. Perhaps, it is for the reason that affiliate programs
say Free to Join. But though it's free to join, you would still have to
upgrade and pay a monthly fee once you are registered.
Its main mission is to refer others who will sign up and create your
downline. Only those that upgrades will be of use to you, and once you
begin to get commission, your monthly payment should be taken out
automatically, leaving you free in building up on your commissions.
But what is an affiliate program? Affiliate program can be defined as
internet marketing system where a company allows and helps third party
websites, which are called affiliates, they post link and refer clients in
return for a pre-determined flat-fee or percentage-based commission. The
concept of affiliate program is based on the very old business practice of
referral service which is very common in many industries. Like for
instance, an attorney gets a certain percent of commission if he refers a
client to another lawyer.
Today, affiliate program is considered as one of the most effective ways of
online marketing of products and services, second only to direct mail. As a
matter of fact, in this year, 21% of all online sales will be generated
from affiliate sites promoting an affiliate product, that is according to
one marketing research company. One of the most renowned affiliate programs
is the Amazon.com, they became successful which encouraged other to follow
What are the ways or tips to follow to succeed in any affiliate program?
Well, there are several aspects or factors involved in building a
successful affiliate program. The first and the most important is to make
your affiliates your equal partners because they will be doing 90% of the work.
Writing up your affiliate page and making it easier for your affiliates to
promote your products will be of great advantage to you as well. If
visitors are coming to your site and spending time reading your page, it
only means that they like the content of your pages.
It is also important to know your product, never ever advertise for a
product or affiliate program that you are not currently with. Don't just
start promoting an affiliate program because they offer favorable commission.
Always remember that if you want to make money through selling a product or
providing service, make sure that you are using it, you have knowledge
about it, to be able to convince your prospects that they should have it.
If you yourself do not believe in it, then expect that you will have a hard
time convincing anyone else it is valuable.
Another is that when promoting any affiliate program, watch out for traffic
leaks. And what is a traffic leak? It refers to something on the merchant's
site that causes the visitor that you have referred to their site, get
distracted leaving the merchant site, leaving you also with no possibility
of receiving any kind of commission. You can also offer a free supply of
materials like article, e-books, programs and a whole lot more.
Bear in mind that your success depends a lot on your choices and you work
alone. Don't blame the program if you get disappointed about not becoming
successful, instead think of it as a lesson. Have a thorough research of
what you could be doing better and how you could be making progress every
day. There are some who do not pay any cent at all in endorsing services
and yet they are still able to succeed. If they can do it, there is no
reason why you cannot do it.
2005 © Jason Gazaway. All rights reserved.
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