It is important to choose the right affiliate program based on the nature and content of your site and one that offers the most earning potential. You must see look after what the program offers in terms of its payments.

There are three types of affiliate programs that are usually implemented in  an affiliate network. These are pay-per-sale, pay-per-lead, and pay-per click. Lets differentiate these three types of program.

Pay-per-lead: Affiliates are paid a fee for each customer they refer to a merchant site that completes some sort of information query.

Information gathered from lead generations may be used by the merchant site itself, or sold to another party.

Pay-per-sale: The merchant site pays the affiliate when a customer referred by the affiliate makes an actual purchase. Pay-per-sale programs may offer a flat fee for each sale, or a percentage based on a variety of factors, or even a combination of flat rate and percentage payments. Amazon.com, is an example of the pay-per-sale arrangement, pays the affiliate a percentage of the sale, whereas others may pay a fixed amount per sale. This is the most reliable way to earn income from affiliate programs. It is easy to track what people are buying, how much you are earning, and make adjustments in your affiliate program ads to maximum selling potential.

Pay-per-click: A merchant pays you for every click from your site to the merchant site whether or not a sale results. This may sound like an easy way to make money but it is not. Unless you have very high traffic to your site, this is not an effective tool to use and may actually detract from the quality of your own website.

Earn and enjoy your job. Make sure that you are on the right tract and that the affiliate network you are in offers you the most satisfying amount for your job.

At present, most of merchant don’t charge any amount to individuals who want to join to their affiliate programs. Don’t waste your money in paying the joining fee that a merchant asked for. It is not an affiliate program, its actually called as Multi- Level Marketing scheme or MLM. It is also known as network marketing, direct selling, and pyramid selling.

What is MLM? It is a type of network marketing in which a business is built by creating a tiered network of independent distributors to promote and sell a company’s products or services. The typical Multilevel Marketing program works through recruitment.If you choose to become a distributor with the Multilevel Marketing company, you’ll earn money both through the sales of the MLM’s products and through recruiting other distributors, by receiving a portion of the income these distributors generate. Successful well-known MLM businesses include Mary Kay Cosmetics, Avon, and Tupperware.

Almost all MLM programs are perceived to have a bad reputation. As a matter of fact,  there are successful MLM that are continuouly existing nowadays. It’sjust a choice. One of the example of an MLM network marketing affiliate program is “Six Figure Income” which is a help and inspirational materials for home based entrepreneurs which still exist today. It is located on Canada. To earn from SFI, you must first purchase some of the company’s product each and every month to qualify for sales earnings that you’ve make within a month.

Not all MLM companies operate the same way, and MLM groups have persistently denied that their techniques are anything but legitimate business practices.

Building a business relationship to a company also means that you are making an agreement with the said firm. Agreement is always present in any negotiations,this includes any affiliation programs.Typically, the form of agreement is posted online on your Web site and the potential affiliate partner needs to enroll in the program and agree to the terms of the Affiliate Agreement.

Agreements are not so interesting to read. But its your responsibility to read and understand it to avoid any conflicts. You must know ell the conditions and necessary informations about the program you want to be in. In that way, you will know how to play your role and you will not be shocked if things are getting into something weird.
So, what are the conditions of an agreement? An agreement is usually composed of the following:

  • Links. The agreement should spell out what types of links will be provided to the affiliate – a product link, a search box link, or some general text link.
  • Tracking. The agreement should spell out how the referred customers will be tracked and reported.
  • Referral Fees. The precise referral fees should be spelled out. How much is paid for what customer purchases?
  • Payment Terms. (Quarterly payments are typical).
  • Customers. Most agreements provide that the customer is “owned” by the e-commerce site where the product or service is bought. This means that all information about the customer is the sole property of the e-commerce site.
  • License. Most agreements will provide for a non-exclusive revocable right to use certain graphic images and text of the e-commerce site, that the affiliate may not modify them in any way and that it has to follow trademark guidelines provided.
  • Terms of Agreement. How long will the agreement last? Most affiliate agreements provide that they can be terminated at any time by either party.

This agreement protects both the right of the affiliate and of the merchant. These must be agreed by both party.

The reputation of the company is one factor that affiliates must emphasized in engaging into any business transactions. It takes time to build a decent reputation. Not all merchants that established websites are reputable operators so an individual must be careful in choosing a company.We cannot deny the very fact that many people try to used or robbed other people just to earn a lot of money.

You can widely open your eyes and used your senses to avoid being deceived by these opportunistic people. One efficient way is to do a little research.
You can possibly search the background and connections of the chosen merchant to the other affiliate networks. It would give you the confidence to be part in a program that is associated to a reliable networks and do exists in a long period of time.
Another way to learn about the company that are not listed in an affiliate directory is to indicate the number of links that are connected to their site. Considering that the company has a large number of affiliates promoting its products, then you can consider it as a trustworthy program and you can surely engage to it.
To determine how many links in a site, simply go to AltaVista, http://altavista.com and type link followed by the merchants URL. For instance, link:http://friendfinder.com.
AltaVista is a web search engine that is now owned by Yahoo!. AltaVista was once one of the most popular search engines but its popularity has waned with the rise of Google. Even though, such events happened. this still helps the affiliates to determine the links associated to a certain merchant that could be a prove for its reputation.

Domain name is your own unique identity in the web. It is a very important factor that you must always consider for it takes a big part on the success of your site. It actually represents you and of course your business. It also has a huge impact on the surfers. So you must seriously think about the name of your domain that would make a mark in the web.

Here are some of the factors that you must consider in choosing a domain name:

  • Make it short – choose a name that is short and easy to remember so that surfers will not easily forget it and they will
  • Make it DOT COM – there are many domain name extension that you can choose from. But you better prefer the used of the dot com for it is the widely used extension of the visitors.

  • Try to avoid hyphens -hyphenated names are hard to read aloud and most of the time visitors forget to type those hyphens, they get confused and enter a wrong URL.Avoid a name that you need to spell out – choose a name that is not so complicated to spell, with difficult combination’s, with numbers and other things that confused the surfer.
  • Take care not to infringe on a trademark – Any company that registers a trademark has the right to protect their trademark and has the right to notify you that your domain name is infringing upon their trademark. Why? If your domain name has the potential of confusing the public into thinking the trademark holder is somehow affiliated with your web site, they may bring infringement claims against you. The courts would have to make the decision based upon the trademark laws and if your domain name, in fact, has the potential of confusing the public.

Be guided in choosing a domain name. As what I said, it is the central identity of you and your business. Think wisely.

Is the Program 2-Tier?

March 5, 2010

There are many ways to earn more income even if you are just in your home. One way is to take advantage of a “2-tier” affiliate programs that truly exist in an online business.

In a two-tier program, youwill be rewarded rewarded for introducing new sellers to the program, usually by receiving a small percent of their commissions. Like an affiliate program, your profit is based on the sales you and your referrals generate as opposed to membership fees or referral bonuses. As with an affiliate program, participation in a 2-tier program is also completely free.

Many are confuse if a two-tier programs are also an MLM (multi-level marketing) program. Well, an MLM is essentially any businesswhere payouts occur at two or more levels. For instance, any company will pay you for the sales you make, give you a percentage of the sales by the paople you’ve recruited as sellers the company. Well, basically, a two-tier affiliate programs are also MLM programs.

Most of the MLM programs are well known for its bad reputation. But not all MLM programs are scams, these are the programs that the main goal is to recruit a large number of members and focus on downline of the members. choose a company that the main concern is sales not the number of its members.

If you’re looking for good two-tier affiliate programs to join, the three most important factors are:

  • An excellent product or service.
  • A generous commission.
  • A site with a high conversion rate

Your main target is to find a company that  prioritize the sales of their products before the recruitment of affiliates. That’s the essence of a  two-tier affiliate programs.

We always grab every single opportunity that we can pay less for something or much better if we have it for free. As what many says, why spend a lot of money when you can enjoy something without any charge. There are actually sites that offer free domains. Practically people take the chance to make a site as well as to earn money through engaging to any online business.

We were blinded with the benefits that these free domains offer. In reality, there are drawbacks in hosting your site on free servers. And you must look after these.

  • Lose Credibility– “I won’t buy to a site who can’t afford to buy his own site”. This implies that even the one who affiliates maybe does not even bought his product. Most probably no one would buy on your products.
  • Banner Advertising on your pages – Since everything is free, you can’t even complain for those who can afford to buy websites to post the banner on the products on your page. and that is definitely not on your control, you don’t the right for your site.
  • Funky long addresses– with long addresses, barely some people would only remember it. It is easier to familiarize a domain name that is short and exact.

  • Lack of Features– Free hosts generally restrict the amount of space you can take up on their servers. The sites offer few, if any, of the most basic features necessary to run ane commerce site.
  • Slow loading pages– this is what I’m talkin’ about.  This is the primary reason why most of the people visiting your site would not choose to complete their transaction because of slow loading of pages. They rather choose the site that would not waste their precious time.and lasly,
  • Customer service – Definitely, no customer service on free domains. If visitors have complains, they cannot raise it, nor voice it out.

If you can afford to buy a domain, then go for it. Don’t just settle with the free domains available on the internet. Its better to pay for a better services than have a site that cause you stress.  Besides, earn  with the amount you pay on your domain with the products you sell online and even more. You just need to be creative and wise in choosing your affiliate program.