Affiliate Programs and Where to Start

Prior to joining any affiliate programs, you should prepare a list of questions which you can ask your proposed affiliate manager. Choose some products which you are interested in promoting. The outcome of the questions you ask will determine what type of commissions you will be able to earn further down the track.

We have put together a few suggestions to help you.

Are There Any Costs associated with Joining the Affiliate Programs?

You will find that most of them are free of charge, therefore, why would you choose one which costs you money to sign-up?

How Often Are Commission Checks Issued?

Website affiliate programs will each have their own way of doing things and checks could be issued weekly, monthly or even quarterly. Make a choice based on what suits your personal circumstances. Be aware that some companies do place a limit on how much you need to earn, prior to them issuing a check.

What is the Hit Per Sale Ratio?

Find out how many hits you need to send, via a banner or text link, prior to making a commission. This figure is obviously very important as it will provide you with a guide on how much traffic you need to be generating in order to get paid as an affiliate.

How Are Referrals From an Affiliate’s Website Tracked?

In order to track visitors to your affiliate links, you need to be able to trust the Company you are working for, otherwise you may not be rewarded for your efforts. Find out what the rules are for people clicking on links but not actually taking action at that time. Are they tracked so that if they do return later and take action, will you still receive a commission? Is there a time limit on this and if so, find out what it is.

What Affiliate Stats Are Available?

Your choice of online affiliate programs should be able to provide you with detailed stats on your performance and have the ability to check these online at any given time. It is in your best interest to take time to study this report and understand what traffic you are sending and what hits, impressions and sales have been generated. For your information, impressions are measured by how many times the banner or text link is actually viewed. A hit is the single click on the banner or text links.

Does the Affiliate Program Pay for Hits AND Impressions?

If possible, try your utmost to find a company which pays for hits AND impressions as this will obviously increase your earnings. This is especially significant your chosen affiliate program offers a low hit to sales ratio.

Who is the Online Retailer?

Find out whom you are undertaking business with and establish whether they are a respectable solid company. Familiarize yourself with their products and what sales revenue they are generating. Researching into the retailer will arm you with the relevant information in order for you to make an informed decision on whether they are the right fit for yourself and your website.

Online Affiliate Programs are Generally One or Two Tier

The one tier system pays you personally for the sales you have generated.

The two tier system pays you for the sales but in addition, it pays you on sales that were generated by any affiliate you referred to the program. Occasionally, you will find companies which also pay you a small fee on people brought in by you, more like a recruitment fee.

Check Commission Rates

Finally, what is the amount of commission paid? 5% – 20% is the commission paid by most programs. .01% – .05% is the amount paid for every single hit. If you find a program which pays commissions on impressions, you will generally find that the amount is nominal. Based on this information, you will now have gained a better understanding on the relevance of the sales amount and hit to sale ratio. Getting the balance right is extremely important to the commission you will earn.

These are just some of the questions that you need answering initially before you become an affiliate. You will now be fully conversant with what to look for in an affiliate program, prior to deciding whether they are right for you and your business. The answers they give you will guide you into choosing the right one. There are many top affiliate programs out there, so take time to look around and choose one that is right for you.

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