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So Many Affiliate Programs! Which One Do I Choose?

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Ask questions first before you join an affiliate program. Do a little research about the choices of program that you intend to join into. Get some answers because they will be the deciding point of what you will be achieving later on.

Will it cost you anything to join? Most affiliate programs being offered today are absolutely free of charge. So why settle for those that charge you some dollars before joining.

When do they issue the commission checks? Every program is different. Some issue their checks once a month, every quarter, etc. Select the one that is suited to your payment time choice. Many affiliate programs are setting a minimum earned commission amount that an affiliate must meet or exceed in order for their checks to be issued.

What is the hit per sale ratio? This is the average number of hits to a banner or text link it takes to generate a sale based on all affiliate statistics. This factor is extremely important because this will tell you how much traffic you must generate before you can earn a commission from the sale.

How are referrals from an affiliate’s site tracked and for how long do they remain in the system? You need to be confident on the program enough to track those people you refer from your site. This is the only way that you can credit for a sale. The period of time that those people stay in the system is also important. This is because some visitors do not buy initially but may want to return later to make the purchase. Know if you will still get credit for the sale if it is done some months from a certain day.

What are the kinds of affiliate stats available? Your choice of affiliate program should be capable of offering detailed stats. They should be available online anytime you decide to check them out. Constantly checking your individual stats is important to know how many impressions, hits and sales are already generated from your site. Impressions are the number of times the banner or text link was viewed by a visitor of your site. A hit is the one clicking on the banner or text links.

Does the affiliate program also pay for the hits and impressions besides the commissions on sales? It is important that impressions and hits are also paid, as this will add to the earnings you get from the sales commission. This is especially important if the program you are in offers low sales to be able to hit ratio.

Who is the online retailer? Find out whom you are doing business with to know if it is really a solid company. Know the products they are selling and the average amount they are achieving. The more you know about the retailer offering you the affiliate program, the easier it will be for you to know if that program is really for you and your site.

Is the affiliate a one tier or two tier program? A single tier program pays you only for the business you yourself have generated. A two tier program pays you for the business, plus it also pays you a commission on the on the sales generated by any affiliate you sponsor in your program. Some two-tier programs are even paying small fees on each new affiliate you sponsor. More like a recruitment fee.

Lastly, what is the amount of commission paid? 5% – 20% is the commission paid by most programs. .01% – .05% is the amount paid for each hit. If you find a program that also pays for impressions, the amount paid is not much at all. As you can see from the figures, you will now understand why the average sales amount and hit to sale ratio is important.

These are just some of the questions that needed answering first before you enter into an affiliate program. You should be familiar with the many important aspects that your chosen program should have before incorporating them into your website. Try to ask your affiliate program choices these questions. These can help you select the right program for you site from among the many available.

Smart Affiliate Marketing Advertising

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Affiliate marketing is really about the promotion
of products with an online company. The affiliate
will sign up with the advertiser or marketing arm
of the company, then the affiliate will become
an active looker of clients.

Advertising is the means to making a great number
of consumers aware of certain products. Therefore,
advertising should be both attracting and appealing
to consumers. If the advertising isn’t appealing
enough, it won’t be effective. If the advertising
manages to pull the attention of consumers, then
it’s considered to be powerful.

To make advertising powerful and effective, the
affiliate must use smart methods of advertising.
An example of smart advertising is the re-use of
one key concept of affiliate marketing – the
harnessing of human resources. What this means,
is that an affiliate may tap on the capacities of
others to bring more visitors to the website.

The economics involved of making an affiliate
marketing program beneficial can be simple, yet
unquestionable. Say for instance, when a visitor
ups a form to the website of the affiliate, the
affiliate may be earning .50 cent from the company
that he’s promoting. In a single day, he may
refer ten visitors – which is equivalent to 5.00.

Keep in mind, the affiliate may increase his income
by utilizing others as well. The more people an
affiliate manages to recruit or get to make purchases
or fill out forms, the more money that affiliate
will make.

To have a significant increase in income in
affiliate marketing, an affiliate can actually
do three things. First of all, the affiliate must
search for a profitable site. Next, he’ll need to
link with companies that are generous with their
leads. Last, the affiliate will need to locate
a progressive and rising company online then
recruit affiliates for the company.

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Setting Up An Affiliate Marketing System

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Affiliate programs will enable a business to generate
a lot of traffic and therefore boost sales through
promotion by third party sales or sites. It’s also
a cost effective way to advertise your products and
services as you pay only for the efforts that
actually turn into sales.

Setting up your own affiliate system can be either
easy or overwhelming, all depending on how many
affiliates you want to recruit, as well as your
payment policy and the type of product that you are
offering.

As for your affiliate systems, there are two options
for your business – outsource the entire system or
run your own affiliate system through your own
web host. Each one boasts its own advantages as
well as disadvantages.

If you have a small amount of affiliates, then you
can run your own affiliate software. If you plan
to recruit a large number of affiliates, then you
will probably need to outsource. The reason for
this, is because you’ll find it easy to deal with
a large number of sign ups, track payments, monitor
clicks, etc.

Types of affiliates
There are numerous types of affiliates out there
to choose from. There’s the pay per sale, there
an individual is paid only if a sale is generated
from the affiliate’s link. It’s the least attractive
to people, unless the product is in high demand
and the most profitable for business.

Another type is the pay per lead, where you pay
only for traffic. With this type, the affiliate
is paid only if a visitor is generated from the
site of the affiliate. It’s attractive to affiliates
although costly to web site owners due to the
possibility of non sale visits.

Considerations
When setting up an affiliate, something to consider
is whether or not you’ll approve affiliates manually
or automatically. It’s normally recommended to
start affiliate programs with your established
customer sites then progress to new ones.

If you are dealing with pay per clicks, you may
have to control the affiliates as the quality of
visitors will be a huge factor when it comes to the
generation of sales. By manually reviewing, you’ll
also be able to judge the website or individual
affiliates to see if it’s in the best interest of
your company.

If you decide to use your own affiliate system, one
of your biggest challenges will be how to pay
affiliates a percentage of what you end up receiving
from customers. To do this, you can rely on software
such as Affiliate shop to help you track and manage
commissions.

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Search Engine Relationships To Marketing

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The landscape of search engines have went through
some drastic changes over the years. Not only with
technology, but also with various partnerships
between the many different search companies as well.

You might be running your search engine queries on
a particular search engine, although who is actually
supplying the results – it could be a different
company altogether.

Below, is a list of the search engines that feed your
precious keywords:

Yahoo
Yahoo provides the primary search results for Yahoo
search, Alta Vista, and AllTheWeb, and receives paid
listings from Yahoo Search Marketing (formerly known
as Overture).

Google
Google provides the primary search engine results
to Google AOL Search and also Netscape. Google also
supplies paid listings to Lycos, Ask, Netscape, AOL
Search, and HotBot. It also supplies secondary
results to HotBot and receives it’s directory data
from DMOZ.

Lycos
Lycos receives the directory search results from
DMOZ, primary results from Ask, and paid listings
from Google Adwords.

Hotbot
Hotbot receives directory search results from DMOZ,
primary search results from Ask, and paid/secondary
results from Google Adwords.

Ask
Ask provides primary results to Ask, Hotbot, and
Lycos. It receives secondary search results from
Teoma and the directory results from DMOZ, with
paid listings from Google Adwords.

In relations to marketing, search engines can
provide anything you want to know. If someone is
looking for something, they normally refer to the
search engines. When they type it in, the highest
sites on the engines will show – which is normally
where the visitor will go.

By keeping good position on the search engines,
you’ll be near the first for visitors who are looking
for a certain product. You can make a lot of money
with search engines as well, if you know what you
are doing.

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