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  • 1. Affiliate Programs: What They Are and How They Can Make You MoneyAffiliate programs are literally taking the internet by storm. Affiliate programs are so popular that it is likelythat you have heard of them before, even if you aren’t a website owner. While many individuals have heardof affiliate programs, there are very few who actually know what they are. If you are interested incapitalizing on this amazing business opportunity, you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with affiliateprograms and what they can do for you. Doing so may very well be the best decision that you could make.Affiliate programs are business programs, also sometimes referred to as business opportunities, which areideal for webmasters. All webmasters can benefit from the use of an affiliate program, but those looking tomake money can benefit the most. This is because, in a way, you will be selling merchandise for anothercompany. This allows you to make money without having to sell your own products.A large number of companies participate in affiliate programs, namely retailers. Once you make thedecision to join an affiliate program, you will have to file an affiliate partner request form. This form isusually small, but it is almost always required. Most of the retailers, in charge of running an affiliateprograms, are well known; therefore, they want to protect their image. This means that before officiallyjoining an affiliate program your website has to be reviewed. If your website is approved, which mostlegitimate ones are, the next step will all depend on the company in which you are working with.Most of the retailers or affiliate advertisers will have customized links or banners. These banners will needto be placed on your website. These advertisements will vary from company to company; however, mostadvertisements showcase merchandise or special sales. If one of your website visitors is interested inlearning more, they will click on your link or banner. In doing so, your website will be flagged. Thisflagging is often done to ensure that you will receive the proper credit for brining in new customers. If aninternet user, who clicked one of your affiliate links or banners, makes the decision to purchase anything,you will receive credit for that purchase.The amount of money that you can make from an affiliate program will all depend on which type ofprogram you are participating in. As previously mentioned, a large number of businesses, including retailstores, operate their own affiliate program. Each business is able to decide the amount of money that youwill make from each sale. That money is often a percentage amount. Most affiliate programs begin ataround five percent of the sale, but some can go as high as ten or fifteen.When it comes to affiliate programs, there are many webmasters who decide not to join one. Many of thoseindividuals feel the commission percentage is not worth their time. While this may be the case in comecases, it is not always. In fact, the best way to make money with affiliate programs is to join more than oneprogram. Some affiliate advertisers, such as retail stores, may have strict limitations on who else’s links andbanners can be displayed on the same page as theirs, but many are flexible.If you are able to join more than one affiliate program, you are advised to do so. Many webmasters have
  • 2. found success by doing this. Imagine, if you could make money off of one affiliate program, how muchmoney do you think you could make off of five or ten of them? When joining a number of different affiliateprograms, it is advised that you carefully track all of your records and earnings. This is easy to do with oneor two programs, but with more you may want to consider purchasing affiliate tracking software. Thosesoftware programs are an easy way to keep track of your earnings.To make the most out of affiliate programs, you are advised to take the time to find the right one. Manywebmasters sign up for the first affiliate program they come across. While all affiliate programs may beable to generate money, some will perform better than others. By finding these programs, you should be ableto make a substantial amount of money with affiliate programs.PPPPPWord Count 718link

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