may be helpful for everyone, regardless of how long you have been in the
affiliate business, or even if you are just getting started.
First, a good affiliate program can be hard to come by. It needs to offer
decent commissions, accurately track sales, and most importantly, pay their
affiliates in a timely manner.
Many webmasters and internet gurus are doing very well with only a handful of
affiliate programs. Once you find a good one, you kind of seem to get stuck on
it until you are positive you are making every penny possible.
Before spending a lot of time and money marketing an affiliate program, always
check it out first. There are a number of ways to do this.
1. Search through the hundreds of affiliate directories online and look for
comments about it.
2. Ask them how many affiliate they have, and what the top earners are making,
as well as the average affiliate.
3. Give the program a trial run - just enough to make a few sales that will
allow you to receive a payment from them. This will ensure they pay as offered.
Sure Affiliate Programs Pay for every Sale:
When joining affiliate programs
there are many decisions you have to make. Unfortunately, few people query what
kind of tracking software the program uses. To overlook this can prove costly,
and means you may never be credited with 5% - 10% of your affiliate sales.
A good affiliate program will use quality affiliate tracking software that is
reliable and tracks all of your sales. You must make sure that they not only
track online sales, but also sales by phone, fax and mail order. Many companies
only track online, and this means you will lose between 5% - 10% of your sales.
Also, make sure that the affiliate program uses 'cookie tracking' software to
ensure that you will be credited for sales from people who don't buy the first
time they visit your website, but come back and buy at a later date.
For those of you who don't know what a 'cookie' is. A cookie is a small piece
of information that a web site puts on your hard drive so that it will remember
you when you return later. This is how cookies can be used to track visitors to
a web site. In this way the affiliate program will be able to track all the
sales from your site, even though the visitor did not buy on the first visit to
the web site.
Many affiliate programs use software that only tracks about 80% of your sales.
It has to be said that many of the popular affiliate companies are guilty of
this. So beware big names! Some companies use tracking software that only pays
if the customer visits your link and buys straight away. If the visitor returns
to your site an hour later... a day later... week later... and buys, you will not
be credited for the sale. Good 'cookie tracking' software ensures that this
never happens. So, before you join any affiliate scheme make sure to ask about
the kind of tracking software they use. It could save you a small fortune in
the long term.