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Affiliate Program Basics
March 9, 2005
Affiliate Program is a ground floor opportunity. All you have to do is
send visitors to your affiliate web site by placing a textlink or banner
on your website and receive a commission on each sale, without the
complication and expense of selling anything yourself.
Instead, you earn a commission for producing a transaction. Affiliate
programs, also known as Referral Programs, Associate Programs, Profit
Sharing Programs or Reseller programs, give affiliates the ability to
create an online business selling thousands products and services.
One of the first affiliate programs was run by the mega- bookstore,
Amazon.com. They still have the largest base of affiliates on the net
although they may not be the best affiliate program for many! with over
600,000 web sites being affiliated.
Affiliate programs are generally offered by sites selling goods or
services, although some affiliate programs reward other types of
transaction such as getting a visitor to sign up for a free newsletter,
or a download.
Some affiliate programs pay per lead rather than per sale, in other
words, you bring them a prospective customer and they pay a fixed
"finder's fee" for the chance to market to that customer.
This is a typical arrangement for affiliate programs in the insurance,
real estate and credit card industries, for example:
Types of Affiliate Programs
Pay per sale: If you refer a visitor to the online merchant's site and if
visitor makes a purchase you get a percentage of the sale as commission.
Pay per lead: You get paid a one-time fee for generating a lead for the
merchant. Usually you get paid $2-$5 if the visitor you referred fills
out an application.
Pay per click: You get paid for every visitor you send to the online
merchant regardless of any sale or purchase. Usually companies pay $0.05
- $0.15 per click.
Two-Tier: You get commission on direct sales you generate and also you
get commission on sales generated by affiliates you recruited. Usually
companies pay 25% commission for direct sales and 5% for sales generated
by your affiliates.
Bounty: You get a one-time finder's fee payment for the visitor you
referred. You will not get commission on any future purchases that
The Benefit of an Affiliate Program
Is that you just need to drive traffic to your affiliate site. Write a
few articles and provide a few links.
You don't need to find or deal with brokers, wholesalers, inventory,
process orders, shipping & handling, customer service, tech support,
handle returns, warranties, employees, etc-
An affiliate doesn't even have to be present, your site will keep earning
money while you're sick, on vacation, or just doing something else.
Another advantage of being an affiliate, is that you do it from almost
anywhere in the world..
How The System Works?
When you join an affiliate program, you will be given a specially
formatted URL (Links) that you should use to link to the affiliate
This will enable the affiliate provider to monitor traffic to your site
and pay according to the type of affiliate program.
Many affiliate programs pay a commission based on a percentage of the
revenue generated by purchases made by visitors coming from your website.
For example; if you're participating in an affiliate program that offers
a 25% commission and you
send a visitor who purchases US$100 worth of products, you've just earned
US$25 in commissions.
The commission rate itself can vary from 20% up- to 50%+ in the case of
intangible products such as eBooks or website subscriptions.
Affiliate programs vary widely in terms of overall quality, reliability,
commission, statistics, the amount of help that the merchant site offers
in marketing the products or services it sells, and so on.
By thoroughly understanding an affiliate program, you'll minimize the
risk of not getting paid - and maximize your potential earnings.
Albert Hallado Owner of www.netbizreview.com. (Guide To Internet Based
Albert is known for interviewing online business experts and Helping
Entrepreneurs Doing Business On The Internet.