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Can I join a multi tier affiliate program although my site is fairly new and does not have any visitors yet?
If someone signs up underneath me, thus contributing to my bottom line, will they earn less as compared to a direct signup?
Can I actively promote the multi tier affiliate program that I am a member of in order to gain lower tier contributors for my network?
What happens when I do not run the advertisers affiliate link anymore but other network members underneath my level continue to advertise and earn commission?
Q: Can I join a multi tier affiliate program although my site is fairly new and does not have any visitors yet?
A: Theoretically YES. Some affiliates want to make sure their links do not turn up on any unwanted web sites, content-wise and performance-wise. They might not consider your site if it does not generate any traffic yet. For those programs you need to grow a little and concentrate on affiliates that grant you access to their program without this measure. Our experience shows that only a few affiliates check publishers for site quality, traffic (click here for traffic exchange programs) performance and topic suitability prior to account setup.
Q: If someone signs up underneath me, thus contributing to my bottom line, will they earn less as compared to a direct signup?
A: No! Anyone who signs up with an affiliate will earn the same commission rates and reap the same benefits as any other affiliate. For example: If publisher B signs up underneath publisher A they both will earn 20% first tier commission and 10% second tier commission and so on. If publisher C signs up directly with the affiliate partner the only difference would be that the affiliate saves second level commission payout to anyone for publisher C. Q: Can I actively promote the multi tier affiliate program that I am a member of in order to gain lower tier contributors for my network?
A: Yes! You are generally and in most cases permitted to actively promote a link that would lead to another publisher to sign up underneath your level. In order to be on the safe side make sure to study the affiliates terms of reference though. You might find a specialty or two where advertisers want to make sure to gain quality memberships only.
Q: What happens when I do not run the advertisers affiliate link anymore but other network members underneath my level continue to advertise and earn commission?
A: As long as you remain a member of the particular multi tier affiliate program and your account information contains the correct affiliate commission payment information you will continue to earn through those lower level contributors the agreed-upon tier commission.
A: Of course, yes. Any income will be treated according to the tax laws and taxation situation you are operating under. Please refer to your tax advisor and the information provided through most affiliate partners for W9 forms (US) and other tax applications. Affiliate commission counts in the same way regardless who earned it for you. What's the deciding factor is who's pocket the money will end up in.
A: Pretty much anything you want. Few affiliate partners disallow the use of other tools and copy than they'd provide. Check the terms of service with your affiliates or any other agreement with them. In general any affiliate partner would be happy to know that you are trying your own ways of promoting their products and services. So: go wild but always respect your affiliate's policies (e.g. anti-spam, etc.).
A: The only large affiliate program network (Commission Junction, LinkShare, ConnectCommerce or Shareasale) that includes two-tier affiliate programs is Shareasale. The other networks offer single, no-tiered programs only.
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