How To Find The Best Affiliate Programs to
Not all affiliate programs are created equal, so finding the best
affiliate programs to promote will mean you will ultimately earn the most money.
Here's what to look for when choosing affiliate programs for
your affiliate marketing
1. Make sure the affiliate Merchant has an affiliate
Don't sign up without an agreement. This keeps things honest between parties. Also
in a dispute you have something to refer back to.
Be sure there is no exclusivity clause
Some merchant accounts require that you cannot partner with merchants selling similar
2. Look for an Exclusivity Clause
Make sure there is no exclusivity clause in the contract. An exclusivity clause
means that as long as you promote their products or services you cannot partner with merchants selling similar
Violating this would result in termination of your contract. This isn't a very
common practice much anymore but there are a few affiliate programs that still have exclusivity clauses.
3. Know how much Commission is being offered
Some affiliate programs pay a flat fee for sales while some pay a percentage of
the sale price.
Be sure you understand the payout schedule and what you are entitled to. You don't
want surprises in the end. Also, look for merchants that pay for leads. For example, some programs will pay a small
amount for anyone you bring them that fills out a form. This is often seen on financial or credit card sites. Doba,
listed below is one such affiliate merchant.
4. Understand the payout schedule
Most merchant programs pay schedules are either weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or
quarterly. This may not matter to you but it's a good idea for you to know when you can expect your checks. You
might make a few hundred dollars in commissions but if it's a month or more before you receive it you could be a
5. Know the minimum payout
If a program requires you to earn $100 before payout and you have only $75 in your
earnings account, you won't be receiving a check from them until their next pay period, which could be another
month or more. At sign up most programs allow you to choose how often you are paid and what the minimum payout is
so watch for that.
6. Is there a 2-tier program?
A "two-tier" program offers two sources of income, first, a commission for
bringing in business, a second for recommending new affiliates. Some programs pay a fee for each new affiliate that
joins the program, while others pay a percentage of the 2nd tier affiliate earnings. Some pay in both
Cookies allow your personal merchant URL to remain on a viewers computer for a
specified amount of time such as 30-90 days, some remain as long as a year provided the owner does not delete
cookies very often.
This is important because if a visitor clicks on your affiliate link and goes to
the merchant's website but does not buy anything you don't miss the sale if they go back at a later time and buy.
That's because your affiliate URL remains on the buyers computer through the use of the cookie.
The only drawback to this is that with all the security software cookies often get
deleted off user's machines when they log off, however it's still worth it to have cookies. There are plenty of
users that don't use security software or turn off their software's delete cookie option.
8. Are sales tools available?
The more sales tools an affiliate merchant offers, the easier it is for you to
make a sale. Look for sales tools like sales letters, articles with embedded affiliate links, newsletter ads, sales
letters or banners. You will want to thoroughly review all of these tools and use them creatively on your site. The
more sales tools a merchant has, the better.
9. How does the Affiliate Site Appear?
Appearance of the site is important. If the site is hard to navigate, checkout is
difficult or they don't accept credit cards, this is a problem for you. If there are third party advertisements
everywhere and you see a lot of Adsense ads, don't bother! This will only help the affiliate manager earn income,
10. Look for residual Income Affiliate Programs
Whenever possible, look for residual income affiliate
programs. These are the programs that pay you consistently
month after month. For example, residual income programs would be things like internet hosting, magazine
subscriptions and membership sites. Any products or services that requires a monthly fee. As long as the
members continue with their monthly service you will continue to get paid.
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