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programs are one of the webís most effective marketing techniques. They create a win-win situation by which site A refers a
visitor to site B, and site B pays site A a commission if that
visitor purchases something. If
you are the referrer site (affiliate), you can make money with no
overhead (no product, no warehouse, no collection risk) .On the other hand, the destination site receives a steady
stream of qualified leads from hundreds, maybe thousands of
affiliate sites, and doesnít have to spend a dime unless a visitor
maximize effectiveness, affiliate sites need to keep in mind some
common sense suggestions:
1)Resist the temptation to add too many affiliate links. Affiliate link overkill confuses visitors and hurts
credibility. You want
your visitors to view your site as a value-adding destination and
not just a cheesy sales site.
Recommend links to products you have tried, or that come from
good, solid companies. Don't recommend something you don't
know just because you're getting paid. Give your visitors the best
advice and they will reward you.
you write articles for your website, try not to include the
affiliate links in the body of your articles: it will give the impression that you have a vested interest
in recommending them. You
want your visitors to trust your advice, so donít turn your
article into an excuse to promote products and make a commission. Itís OK to include affiliate links, but do it on a side bar
or on a resource table. Whenever possible, link to your
affiliate partners with text links (since banner ad click-through is
at its lower rate ever, and people tend to ignore banners).
3)Include only affiliate links that are related to your
business and the topic of interest to your visitors. Links to unrelated products will not generate good leads for
the destination sites (and therefore wonít be a source of
significant commissions for you), so they are best avoided.
4) Managing your affiliate programs can be a hassle if you have
to deal with many different companies. Try to sign up with a site that administers many affiliate
programs to chose from (one of the best out there are Commission
Junction [www.cj.com] and Befree.com [www.befree.com]). These sites give you hundreds of affiliate programs to chose
from, and act as a one-stop shop where you can sign up with multiple
vendors using only one account and receiving one consolidated
5) Chose affiliate partners that offer long term cookies. A cookie is a mechanism that allows the destination site to
know when a visitor is referred by your site. A long term cookie (for example, a three months cookie) means
that a visitor who follows a link to one of your affiliate partners
today but doesnít purchase anything, can come back and purchase at
anytime during the next three months and you will still be paid a
commission. The best
programs are those who offer unlimited cookies (although there are
not so many of them around). However, a 90-day cookie or more is very good.
6) Link directly to the product page and not to the main page of
the destination site. If
you link to the main page, the visitor will have to find its way to
the product and may not find it, making you lose commissions. By linking directly to the product, you will increase the
prospects of the visitor buying the product (and of you making a
destination sites, like Amazon, recognize this
fact and offer a higher commission to affiliates that link
directly to the product pages than to those who only link to the
Follow these simple guidelines and you will improve your chances of
success with all your affiliate programs.
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