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Ways to Make extra Money Online with Affiliate Programs

Feb 1st 2011 at 5:02 PM

One of the popular ways to make extra money online is affiliate marketing. Affiliate programs also known as referral programs are normally commission based sales.  You’ll recommend a site or another online product to your visitors and then pick up a percentage of any sale that those  visitors make.  You’ll benefit from the commission and the merchant benefits from the sales.

If you already have a website set up, you can run an affiliate program from it, or you can simply build a site to promote a particular product or service.  As long as it brings in more cash than it takes to build or run it, you’ll be fine. The benefit of an affiliate program will give you another way to make extra  money online from visitor of your site.  Instead of selling them a product, you simply send them to a partner then take a cut of the profits.

Like any marketing program, you’ll need to be careful when you select an affiliate program.  It may seem tempting to go for programs with the highest commissions, but those programs won’t pay you anything if your visitors don’t buy them.

Below, you’ll find some tips to help you select an affiliate program that’s right for you:

  1. Recommend a product only if you’re a sure that it benefits the buyer. If you recommend high valuable products, your site will be the first adress to check the next time your former visitors are looking for other products or opportunities.
  2. Do not accept any less than 25% with commission.  You can find many programs with great payment structures and high percentages of pay in just about any field.
  3. Look for statistic pages that list the number of click throughs, sales, and earnings so you’ll be able to see how you are doing.
  4. Always look for programs that offer a wide variety of tools to put on your web site,  including banners, text links, and of course graphics.
  5. Find out how often you’ll be paid and be sure that the payment schedule meets with your own expectations.  Some programs will pay monthly, while others will pay quarterly.
  6. Be sure that top level support is  included.  If they can’t answer your questions in a quick and timely manner, you don’t want to work with them.

If you are just starting out, use always common sense and do not rush into anything. Once you learn what you are doing become more familiar with how things work, you’ll be well on your way to make extra money online. It may be a hard work at the beginning, however you’ll be glad you did.

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Feb 1st 2011 at 7:09 PM by GTBulmer
Hello, Prudence: Excellent article! Thanks for highlighting these ways to make extra money online with affiliate programs. You have provided some great insight and advice. GT :-)

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