How To Become an Affiliate

You can become an affiliate of a website quite easily today. Some websites offer free affiliate programs to anyone who registers. The affiliate then sells the product in return for a percentage of the sale. You can expect to receive anywhere from 5% to 50% (and at times, as much as 70% or so) as a commission. The percentages vary from site to site.

Another unique twist in some affiliate programs is that you might be required to purchase the product before you have the right to sell it as an affiliate. This is perfectly legal and above board. Usually, the reason for this requirement is that the creator wants to make sure that the salesmen are familiar with the product. (In fact, in the sales world, they usually say that people who use their own products have much higher sales.)

There are a ton of websites out there that list all different kinds of affiliate programs. Go to any search engine and type in “Affiliate Program Directory” and see what I mean. You can also go to:

  • http://www.cj.com/
  • http://www.clickbank.com/
  • http://www.associateprograms.com/
  • http://www.affiliate-programs-directory.com/
  • http://www.affiliatetip.com/
  • http://www.affiliateguide.com/
  • http://www.affiliateprograms.com/

After you join an affiliate program, you will receive an affiliate ID (sometimes you get to select your ID). This ID is used to create a special URL that you will use to market the product. The URL is what tracks sales and credits you as the seller. Make sure that you keep a list of any affiliate URLs that you may have, so that you can refer back to it in the future.

Affiliate marketing is not difficult. However, it is equally time consuming. Wouldn’t you rather spend your efforts in a direction that would maximize your profit potential? That being said, one excellent use for affiliate programs is to couple them with your own products to add multiple streams of income. If used this way, you simply look for products that have affiliate programs, and that are in a market that compliments your chosen topic.

If you are interested in learning more about marketing with affiliate programs, do a search on “affiliate program training” in any search engine. There are literally thousands of sites available that can help teach you how to market using affiliate programs.

If you decide to take the affiliate route, there are a ton of resources out there showing you how to be an info product affiliate marketer.

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