Not Start Your Own Affiliate Program?
Why Not Start Your Own Affiliate Program?
Multiple web sites and distributors selling your product can result
in increased sales and profits. Unlike conventional advertising,
affiliate programs pay only for performance. Commissions are not
paid out unless sales are made.
Also, with many more web sites linking to yours, your link popularity
is sure to increase in search engines, resulting in additional traffic
Combine a Merchant Account with Your Affiliate Program
If your product is downloadable (such as electronic books or software),
you might consider ClickBank.com. For a $49.95 initial fee, you
can process credit cards and on-line cheques for $1.00 per transaction
plus 7.5% of sales. As an added bonus, you have your own built-in
ClickBank gives you a listing on their web site and visitors can
buy your products and join your affiliate program. You choose the
commission rate you are willing to pay. All commission payments
are handled by ClickBank. One downside is that you can`t run a two-tiered
To learn more about ClickBank affiliate programs, visit http://www.yenommarketinginc.com/cbap.html
Use an Affiliate Program Script
If you are comfortable with running CGI scripts, you may wish to
install your own affiliate program on your server and administer
the affiliate program yourself.
Be forewarned, though, that this is a lot of work. You will be
responsible for all the testing, security, commission payments,
promotion and so on. Another downside: Will your potential affiliates
trust you since their commissions are not tracked and paid by an
independent third party?
You will find an example of an affiliate script program at http://www.yenommarketinginc.com/buy/simple-affiliate.html
Use a Hosted Solution
There are good reasons for not hosting your affiliate program on
your server. Perhaps you don`t have the time to administer all the
aspects of an affiliate program. Maybe your time could be used more
productively in other areas of your business. Additionally, an independent
third party tracking and paying affiliate commissions inspires confidence
in prospective affiliates. Finally, you just might benefit from
the additional exposure that an affiliate network brings you.
ClixGalore.com is an example of an affiliate network. You will
need to pay a $75.00 deposit to cover affiliate commissions. They
charge 25% of any affiliate commissions paid. For example, if you
paid an affiliate a 10% commission on a $100.00 sale, you would
pay the affiliate $10.00 and ClixGalore $2.50.
With ClixGalore, you can also have a two-tier program. Taking the
above example, if you paid affiliates for finding other affiliates,
you might pay 2% on your second tier. That would be another $2.00
commission and $ .50 affiliate network fee for a total of $15.00
in commissions on both levels.
To learn more about ClixGalore affiliate network, visit http://www.yenommarketinginc.com/clixgalore.html
For All Affiliate Programs
Setup your own web page (or pages) outlining the benefits of your
affiliate program. Offer articles, suggestions, text and banner
links, and other useful support for your affiliates.
Offer a generous commission so that others feel motivated to sell
for you. Obtain the e-mail addresses of your affiliates so that
you can keep in touch with them to aid them to sell more.
For increased traffic, sales and profits, start your own affiliate
For more information about affiliate programs, visit http://www.yenommarketinginc.com/affiliate.html
About the Author
J. Stephen Pope, President
of Pope Consulting Inc., http://www.popeconsultinginc.com/ has been
helping clients to earn maximum business profits for over twenty-five
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