A beginner's guide to associate programs, affiliate, revenue sharing, reseller, partner, bounty programs
32 useful hints about affiliate/referral associate programs
How associate/affiliate programs work
By Allan Gardyne, CEO
You send people to a web site. They buy something, or sign up for something, and you are paid a commission.
Associate programs are revenue sharing arrangements set up by companies selling products and services. As a web site owner, you are rewarded for sending customers to the company.
For example, by February 1998 Amazon.com, one of the pioneers, had attracted more than 30,000 webmasters giving Amazon.com wonderful publicity in exchange for a small commission on sales. (By 2004, it was over the 900,000 affiliate mark.)
These pay-per-sale or pay-per-lead programs are usually remarkably easy to join.
After carefully reading the terms and conditions, which vary from program to program, you place a link from your site or newsletter to the vendor. When someone clicks on the link and buys a product or service from the business, you receive a commission.
Harness your passion
I laugh when I see 'experts' proclaiming that THEIR way is the way to make money on the Internet. There are dozens, hundreds maybe even thousands of different ways for imaginative people to launch an Internet business.
One way which works well for many people is to concentrate on a small niche. Choose a topic in which you are passionately interested, and create a web site around that theme. Then select associate programs which closely fit the theme of your site and blend them..."
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