Affiliate programs

Affiliate programs

Affiliate Program, also called Associate Program or Partner Program is an opportunity to put a banner or a link to a site, and if a visitor clicks on that banner/link and buy from the dealer you get a percentage of profit. Others may pay you for each unique click to send them – this is called PPC – Pey Per Click.
Some programs give you an additional percentage of their profits if they attract other webmasters to advertise them.

How Affiliate programs work:

A visitor comes on your website and catchy banner takes his attention with really good discount and he clicks on it. He reaches an online shop (Amazon, GoDDady, etc) and purchase something, then after certain time (usually there is 30 days money back guaranties) you will receive a percent (which is strictly declared when you join a program) from the price.

* Some programs have gone to the next level and offer a ready-made sites (templates – like Private Label Reseller Website) with the help of a few minutes to obtain a fully functional free e-commerce website.
There will be separated article and tutorial about one of them called Associate-O-Matic.

Affiliate Marketing – these are online marketing techniques are for promotion of a site with banners and Affiliate Programs. The difference with the traditional trade websites is a small advertising budget and some restrictions on advertising.

How to start with affiliate program?

There are several proven leaders in affiliate marketing, but I will present only these that I am working with. I will start with my favorite:

Commission Junction

‘Commission Junction, a ValueClick company, is a global leader in the online advertising channels of affiliate marketing and managed search. We drive quality results, deliver superior service, and develop sustainable relationships for advertisers and publishers through our performance-based solutions. Commission Junction operates the only truly global network in affiliate marketing while setting the industry standard for network quality and providing the most sophisticated reporting tools available.’

Click Bank

‘ClickBank is an Internet retailer that sells digital products, such as ebooks and software, to millions of customers per year.
Like Amazon.com and other large Internet merchants, ClickBank has a network of tens of thousands of affiliates who promote our products. If you have arrived at this page it is likely that you experienced a problem with one of these affiliates. Please follow the instructions below to resolve your complaint.’

Link Share

‘LinkShare Corporation provides ecommerce businesses with a wide range of online marketing services including Search Marketing (SEM), Lead Generation and Affiliate Marketing. Advertisers can increase their online sales by leveraging LinkShare\”s massive performance marketing network, along with expert consultative services and patented technology. Superior service combined with technology innovation allows advertisers and publishers to acquire and retain new customers, increase revenue and drive results.’

IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL MAJOR AFFILIATE PROGRAMS ARE FREE. If you come across a site that wants you money to join in, better look for other programs!


This article is a part of How to do (start) online business by myself series

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Anthony Gee About the Author: Anthony G. is an IT specialist with more than 9 years of solid working experience in the Web Hosting industry. Currently works as server support administrator, involved in consultative discussions about Web Hosting and server administration. One of the first writers in the Onlinehowto.net website, now writing for Free Tutorials community - he is publishing tutorials and articles for the wide public, as well as specific technical solutions.

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