to succeed as an Affiliate on the Internet
What is an Affiliate ?
a company has a product or a service that they wish
to sell they will often enlist 'affiliates' to do the
job of finding customers for them.
may know an affiliate by another name, for example:
agent, reseller, associate, communicator.
the affiliate has managed to get the customer to make
an order his job ends. The whole process of handling
the order, the collection of payment, the shipping of
goods, is done by the company (or distributor).
Who benefits ?
is a tremendous arrangement for both sides.
distributor simply waits for orders to arrive and has
no involvement in the marketing phase. The affiliate
simply gets a customer, for example, to visit a web
site and takes no further part.
is paid to the affiliate on the value of orders made.
is the power of the Internet with the possibility of
cheap or free advertising for a vast audience which
makes reselling such an outstanding business opportunity.
if you have your own website, where you have the luxury
of posting your own ads for free, then you have an effortless
things which make reselling even more exciting
the product can earn you residual income, for example
a monthly commission all the while that the customer
continues to renew it.
you can recruit your own affiliates and collect commission
either for each affiliate or for the products that
What should you look out for ?
are some rules for checking out affiliate opportunities:
there would be no point in generating massive commission
on 'paper' only to find that the company are unreliable,
don't pay up on time, or eventually fold.
out the company first.
an inquiry as if you were a potential customer. Study
the quality of their reply and of their literature or
quickly do they respond ? If their customer service
is poor this does not give much hope for the way they
will handle their affiliates.
they an ethical company, what guarantees do they provide
for refunds ?
the product an item which is in good demand ?
is the rate of commission ?
two factors will determine your potential earnings.
a guide commission should range from 25 to 50%.
Assistance with promotion
the company provide advertising material for their affiliates
particular do they provide a personalised web site ?
is the cost of becoming an affiliate ?
can vary from
an initial one off payment
a monthly subscription
don't have to be deterred by affiliate opportunities
where payment is involved. These may offer greater benefits
such as advanced promotion techniques and commission
which will quickly outweigh the payments.
example $30 per month may seem a high figure but if
you regard it as one dollar a day to have the company's
products displayed 24 hours a day to the whole world
on your own personalised web site it could be viewed
as the bargain of the century.
Can anyone become an affiliate ?
opportunities are ideal for both experienced online
marketeers and for newcomers to the Internet. Here's
Experienced online marketeers
you have an established web site the minimum that you
need to do is post an ad on your own site.
there's no need to stop at one product.
that you don't overload your web site with ads you could
have many - and you can monitor how they perform so
that you can judge which ones to give prominence to.
of the first and most important skills you will need
to use for any online business is how to place adverts.
are some of the things that you start to learn when
you submit ads:
various locations where you can place an ad such as
newsgroups, forums, ezines, web sites: and the different
rules and methods used for each one such as frequency
of posting and size of ads.
to post information to a mailing list or newsgroup
for free but using a signature file to promote your
to code your adverts so that you can identify where
the response originates.
to organise your mail files to handle responses.
to simplify your own systems so that you have standard
replies to common questions.
to set up autoresponders if necessary to take away
the chore of responding manually.
to deal with the unexpected (for example, even though
you may clearly spell out in your ad that a reply
should be made to an autoresponder many people will
still reply directly to you).
taking on an affiliate operation you have an ideal opportunity
to practise these methods. This will provide the experience
for whatever online venture you plan as well as an excellent
source of additional income.
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