Affiliate Programs - Getting Started  

by Ratliff, J

What is an affiliate program? An arrangement between a company and a website owner or individual who would like to promote that company's products. The person promoting the projects is the affiliate, and the company with the products is the merchant. The merchant(company) pays a percentage of any sales resulting from any click through (via banner or text link) to their web site from an affiliate partner's website. Many webmasters and internet gurus are doing very well with only a handful of affiliate programs. Once you find a good one, you kind of seem to get stuck on it until you are positive you are making every penny possible. Before spending a lot of time and money marketing an affiliate program, always check it out first.

Once you start making sales, you will want to keep good records of the transactions. Personally, I use an Excel spreadsheet for the daily sales, and then input everything into Quickbooks once a month. It is also a good idea to keep all emails you get regarding sales. Many programs give you an option of receiving an email everytime a sale is made. This is a great way of staying on top of your sales and also provides you with a record of transactions.

You are probably wondering how to get started with Affiliate Marketing. There are tons of places to learn more about becoming an Affiliate. I have written a great program to help people get started in the business. You can find it and my affiliate program directory at my website below. You will need an arsenal of tools to be a successful affiliate, and so I recommend reading a few different ebooks or guides on the subject and comparing the tools. The small investment you make in these educational materials will well worth the money.

Many people try Affiliate Marketing for a few days, and then when they do not have a sale, they give up. It does take work, so don't expect to get rich overnight. However, if you put some time and effort into the business, you can reap great rewards.

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Jamie is the author of the Affiliate Cash Pilot.
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