Affiliate is not a Dirty Word

It wasn't very long ago when the word "affiliate" left a bad taste in many a mouth. The reason was that the larger percent were Multi-Level-Marketing programs that had products or services of little value, but emphasized the way to the big bucks was in generating a downline. Reaching a large number of people without getting too involved was the pattern. It was referred to as the "some will, some won't, so what" approach. The gizmo, or product was not the object of your ads or your marketing.

Today, if you are new to the Internet and you want to start an online business but you don't have a product, a web site, or an idea of how to begin --- then listen up because things are not as bad as they used to be when we speak of "affiliates".

Begin by joining an already established company to start a small but steady income. Since most Affiliate programs are free to join, you need only read their Terms & Conditions (carefully), and agree to them. They will welcome you with open arms, give you a webpage with your own ID on it, and frequently offer you professionally worded ads that you can post, again mostly free.

Without spending a single dime, you are already in business. But let's put a speed-bump here to caution you in your "selection" of what you choose to attach your name to. You won't earn trust with a worthless product or a company that ignores customer complaints. So here we go!

Why do they "welcome you with open arms"? Because they too make a profit without spending a dime ? you are their profit source, you will advertise their program or their product, and they will pay you in one of several ways for your efforts. Let's examine these ways:

  • Pay per sale ? either a set amount, or a percentage of each sale that you make.

  • Pay per impression ? if you have a high-traffic site (in our example, you do not), they will pay you a few cents for every visitor to that site that sees their banner or link.

  • Pay per click ? for every visitor that clicks on their banner or link, you are paid a bit higher than the "impression" rate.

  • Pay per lead ? this does not pay as much as a "sale", but by filling out a form, your visitor has given the program owner an email address. This is a valuable "lead", and they will pay you to gather them.

    How much does the company pay their affiliates and is it a flat rate or percentage?

    Another useful indicator to your future profits is the importance of "levels" or "tiers" any affiliate program provides. Some are two or three tiers, others may go up to ten. This means that if you refer another affiliate to their program, you will earn a commission on the sales that they make. Two tier is the minimum in order to make "residual income".

    A replicated website, or duplicate website with your Identification on it, is vital. When someone buys the product from this webpage the program owner will know that you made the sale and where to send your money.

    Hopefully, your choice of Programs will pay you a commission on all future purchases that your referrals make as well as a portion of their monthly payments that are collected from some sales. State-of-the-Art affiliate programs have well- tracked identifications of their affiliates. After all, you are their bread & butter.

    The advantages of beginning with an Affiliate Program to generate your first few dollars online, are many but suffice to say you do not have to buy their product, and you don't have to ship them to any of your customers. Your full time attention need only directed at getting traffic, traffic, traffic to your replicated website.

    Once you have made your selection, market the "product or service" for the purpose of a sale (and thus a commission) but tack on, almost as a PS, that "affiliate positions are lucrative". If the product or service they buy is praiseworthy, they will join as a free affiliate themselves. Now you have doubled your income with a single ad.

    © 2004 Esther Smith

    About The Author

    Esther Smith is editor of Partners-For-Profit Newsletter and copywriter for The Permanent Venture. Each Issue of PFP addresses an important aspect of your struggles to perfect your Internet business.

    [email protected]?subj ect=subscribe

    A 5-Star Resource page lists award winning programs and software. There are no flavor-of-the-month selections!

    [email protected]
    In The News:

    Assembly Reaches $1 Billion Valuation  Los Angeles Business Journal
    Form 424B2 CITIGROUP INC

  • The Secret To Exploding Your Affiliate Profits

    Are you concentrating too much on manually promoting your affiliate... Read More

    Affiliate Marketing: Starting Out On The Internet

    So you want to start your own business, and you... Read More

    JV and Grow Rich

    To illustrate the concept of arranging simple joint ventures that... Read More

    How to Monetize a Free Website

    For some time now I have been aggressively marketing my... Read More

    Super Affiliate Strategies To Boost Your Click Through Rates

    If you are an affiliate I don't need to tell... Read More

    Protecting Yourself From Affiliate Link Thieves

    So, you have worked really hard to build a fabulous... Read More

    Mining For Gold With The Best Affiliate Programs And Hitting Pay Dirt

    Colin McDougall tinkered around with affiliate programs earning a few... Read More

    How To Attract Affiliates

    One of the biggest fears new Affiliate managers have is... Read More

    Join in on the Success of the 2nd Wave of Affiliate Marketing

    What do I mean by '2nd Wave'? ... let me... Read More

    A Few Words on Affiliate Team Building

    It might have been Vince Lombardi or some other famous... Read More

    High Earning Affiliate Is It Possible?

    Affiliate Program have exploded on the internet. Thousand of people... Read More

    How to Create Multiple Streams of Income, Part 1

    You've must have read the phrase "multiple streams of income"... Read More

    Convert Your Passions Into Dollars

    On Cyberspace (Internet), there is a method from which you... Read More

    Affiliate Programs

    Basic IdeaAffiliate marketing is a type of marketing in which... Read More

    Your Home Based Affiliate Marketing Business

    Did you know that you can make money on the... Read More

    Finding the Perfect Affiliate Program

    Finding a good affiliate program can be sometimes daunting and... Read More

    Creating an Income Stream with Affiliate Programs

    Affiliate programs (also called Referral Programs or Partnership Programs) are... Read More

    8 Reasons Why Affiliate Marketing is the Better Option

    Many people are confused when they first become iterested in... Read More

    The Prosperous Affiliate Merry-Go-Round

    In the affiliate world, just as in the rest of... Read More

    Make Money Online With Affiliate Programs

    If you have wanted to find a way to make... Read More

    Are You Being Ripped Off By Clickbank Merchants?

    I see affiliates from two perspectives.Firstly as an affiliate, I... Read More

    Affiliate Marketing - A Quick Overview For Beginners

    It's simply a kind of marketing in the internet where... Read More

    Affiliate Programs - How to Pick the Solid Ones

    This is very important, because your reputation is on stake... Read More

    Generate More Sales in ANY Affiliate Program ? Part Five

    Affiliates make money in pretty much two ways, firstly by... Read More

    Discover The Affiliate Program thats Right for You

    Are you looking for a profitable Affiliate Program?When you start... Read More