Affiliate Programs - How Students Or Anyone Can Work Part-Time At
Free Affiliate Programs - How Students Or Anyone Can Work Part-Time
Are you a college or high school student who only has time for
a part-time job but can't find one that pays enough? Hate your boss
and/or can't stand your co-workers? Have you been searching long
and hard for a route to financial freedom that doesn't involve any
bosses except for yourself? Do you have a web site? If you have
a web site with some traffic (or even if you don't, on my blog you
can learn how to make an online living without one), you can make
money by having links to online merchant shops appear on your web
When a visitor to your site clicks on the link pointing to the
web site of the merchant you are affiliated with, and then proceeds
to buy something, you get a commission of that sale. Depending on
the merchant, this can range anywhere from 5% - 75% of the sale.
There are also some merchants who will pay for each click or each
lead generated from your site. A lead is a new visitor to the site
or shop that inquires about information, prices, or prize/coupon
By having these links on your web site, you are called an affiliate,
and the links are called affiliate links. An affiliate program isn't
literally a program it's a business arrangement or agreement. Affiliate
programs are also commonly known as associate programs, associates
programs, partner programs, referral programs and sometimes bounty
For anyone new to Internet marketing and work at home businesses
they provide an excellent, high value opportunity in that it's a
way to earn money without producing your own product!
To register into an affiliate program is almost always free, and
through the affiliate program merchants control panel all you need
to start making an income is the linking code, a way to monitor
the traffic through your links, and to see what commission you have
Visitors who click your link to the merchants' site are called
"click-throughs" and the percent of click-through visitors
that purchase something on the affiliate merchants' site are called
your CR, your Conversion Rate. Likewise, your CTR, or Click-Through
Rate, is the percent of visitors to your site that end-up clicking
on an affiliate link.
An affiliate program is not a MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) program,
since the affiliates only earn from sales, leads or clicks. Some
affiliate programs offer what is called a "Two-Tier" program
and this is in most cases not considered a MLM program. MLM programs
are sometimes called a "Matrix" or "Downline"
program and often have an unlimited number of sub-affiliates you
can sign up under you. Your downline is everyone who has signed
up under you and likewise your "upline" is everyone who
signed up above you.
There is also networks operated by third-party companies and individuals
where multiple merchants and affiliates use a common software and
administrative infrastructure (usually just a simple admin section
of a web site) to recruit affiliates and monitor the traffic from
their sites. These types of networks are often called affiliate
networks. Both the merchants and the potential affiliates need to
register with the network.
Usually most affiliate networks are free to join because they get
a part of the commission but some do charge a fee. Affiliates can
find links to the online shops of hundreds of merchants to use on
their affiliate driven web sites. Examples of affiliate networks
are Commission Junction and ClickBank. You can find links to affiliate
networks on my blog (link at end of article).
I am of the opinion that the best affiliate web sites are the ones
made from a high demand, low supply niche dedicated to one of your
hobbies or interests and something you know a lot about and can
provide good value to your visitors. However, if you are not great
at writing articles you can find article directories and content
sites. Visit my blog to find links to article directories and content.
What will work best for you wont necessarily be the same thing
that works for others, you have to experiment and diversify your
methods. The most important factor will however depend upon the
kind of traffic you have and can generate and the interests of the
individuals visiting your site.
About the Author
By Deckard- a work
at home college student making a good online income. Visit
Deckard's work at home blog. Deckard is a work at home Internet
marketer and web designer focusing on affiliate/associate programs
and services. He is also a part-time college student and makes a
good living online through affiliates. At his blog you can learn
more about some of the highest paying free affiliate programs available
on the net, just follow the link above.