Affiliate Programs Explained

 Affiliate Programs Explained


Affiliate programs are very popular in fact they’re becoming very popular on the internet.  It’s a great way to dip your toe into the online business world especially If you do not have your own product to sell and you want to have a go at earning some good money on the internet, then  I recommend affiliate marketing to be the way to start out.

More people are discovering the power of affiliate marketing to supplement or even replace their existing income.  But there are even more people who would like to have a slice of this exciting affiliate pie but are unsure exactly what an affiliate program is or what it consists of.

When discussing an affiliate program, it helps to compare it to a traditional networking company where a network of salespeople and distributors are recruited to sell their products to all corners of the globe.

As an example, instead of a company selling directly to their customers it sells products through a  distributors and salespeople.  In turn, the members of this distribution and sales network are able to enjoy a very good living by promoting the products made by others.

In simple terms the affiliate programs found on the internet are distribution and sales efforts taken to the online world.  The affiliate website takes the place of the distributor and sales network, and the individual is paid by the seller of the product when a sale is made.  Of course there are affiliate programs where physical products have to be shipped but there are also many other affiliate programs where only software or informational products have to be downloaded.

It is easy to see why this arrangement is so popular, from the point of view of both the merchant and the owner of the web site. It’s a win Win situation for both merchant and website owner. The merchant benefits from increased sales and at the same time, does not have to pay for additional advertising and he can expand his network without the need for additional and sometimes expensive advertising.  The affiliate on the other hand may not have a product of his own to make money from and selling someone else’s product for a share of the selling price gives him the opportunity to start his own business.

Of course, effort is required on the part of the affiliate to promote his website and the product he is trying to sell. There are many ways that an affiliate program can be promoted.  An example would be if the affiliate already has a website and a link
added directly to the merchant site.  It costs nothing to set up and is very easy to do with a little cut and paste.

All good affiliate programs will have a back office with tools to use and it is always advisable to protect your affiliate links and therefore your commissions, by disguising your links so that they are not chopped off or used by anyone else.

Commissions paid by merchants vary. You can expect anything up to 70% or even more with some affiliate programs, but these will mainly be software downloads.  If you visit for example Clickbank you will see that they have thousands of such programs to promote. With these kinds of commissions, it is easy to see why the promotion of software type programs is such a great way to make money online.  You do need to do your homework though because at the other end of the scale th some affiliate programs pay as low as 1.5% in some cases and you will have to ask yourself if these are really worth the time and effort.

Affiliate programs are very popular on the internet.  If your just starting out and want to dip your toe in to get a feel for the internet world then this is a great place to start.  Give a little time, effort and patience and you will be rewarded. So if you’re not already familiar with the concept of affiliate marketing, why not check the

WA affiliate program out today

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