Why You Should Promote Residual Affiliate Programs

Are you a webmaster in need of additional income? Or are you planning to set up an online business but you still don’t have any product to sell? If so, affiliate marketing may be the best solution for your problems. With affiliate marketing, you won’t need to worry about the products you have to sell. All you need to have is a website with sufficient contents that are related to the products of a certain online company offering affiliate programs. By becoming a member of the program, or by becoming an affiliate, you can start earning a certain amount of money right away!

Affiliate marketing is some sort of business relationship established between a merchant and his affiliates. In affiliate marketing, an affiliate agrees to direct some traffic to a merchant’s website. If that traffic is converted into some kind of action, like a visitor purchasing a product on the merchant’s website or a visitor becoming a lead for the company, the affiliate who directed the traffic will be compensated. Compensation may take the form of either a percentage sales commission for the sales generated or a fixed fee predetermined upon the application of the affiliate on the merchant’s affiliate program.

Promising a lot of benefits both for the merchants and the affiliates, affiliate marketing has become one of the most popular online marketing methods today. In fact, almost every merchant or retailer site today offers an affiliate program that any one can join into. Most retailers would entice people to become affiliates or members of their program by promising great benefits like large commissions, lifetime commissions, click through incomes and a lot of other benefits. But would all these affiliate programs bring off the same benefits?

Most affiliate programs would pay you, as an affiliate, a one-time commission for every sale or lead you brought to the merchant’s website. Commissions for this kind of affiliate programs are usually large, ranging from 15% to a high of about 60%. Other affiliate programs would pay you a fixed fee for every click through or traffic you send to the merchant’s site. Programs like this often pay a smaller fee for every click through, usually not getting any larger than half a dollar. The good thing about this kind of program, however, is that the visitor won’t have to purchase anything in order for the affiliate to get compensated.

Another type of affiliate program is the residual income affiliate program. Residual affiliate programs usually pay only a small percentage of sales commission for every sale directed by the affiliate to the merchant’s site. This commission often comes only in the range of 10% to 20% sales commission. Because of this, many people ignore residual affiliate program and would rather opt for the high paying one-time commission affiliate program. Are these people making a mistake, or are they making the right decision?

We can’t tell, for sure, if people are making a mistake by choosing a high paying one-time commission affiliate program. But we can definitely say that they are making a large mistake if they ignore residual affiliate programs. Residual affiliate programs would indeed pay at a lower rate, but merchants offering such kind of programs would generally pay you regular and ongoing commissions for a single affiliate initiated sale! That means, for the same effort you made in promoting a particular affiliate program, you get paid only once in a one-time commission program, and a regular and ongoing commission for a residual program!

So, are the benefits of promoting residual affiliate programs clearer to you now? Or are they still vague? If they are still vague, then let’s make them a bit clearer with this example.

Suppose there are two online merchants both offering web hosting services on their sites. The first merchant offers a one-time commission type of affiliate program that pays $80 for every single affiliate initiated sale. The second merchant also offers an affiliate program, but this time a residual affiliate program that pays only $10 for every single affiliate initiated sale. As an affiliate, we may get attracted at once at what the first merchant is offering, as $80 is definitely a lot larger than $10. But by thinking things over before actually getting into them, one may be able to see that the second merchant is offering us more opportunity to earn a larger amount of money.

Supposed you have directed traffic to the merchant and it converted into a sale, you’ll get paid once by the first merchant for the sale you have initiated. But with the second merchant, you’ll get paid monthly for as long as the customer you have referred to the merchant continues to avail of the web hosting service. That means that for the same effort of getting one customer to avail of the merchant’s service, you get paid monthly in residual affiliate programs while you only get paid once in a one-time commission type of affiliate programs.

So, are residual affiliate programs worth promoting? Definitely yes, because you virtually get more money from these types of affiliate programs in the long run! And would residual affiliate programs work best for you? Probably not, probably yes. It is not really for me to tell. But with the benefits that residual affiliate marketing can provide, it would really be unwise to ignore such programs.

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Why You Should Try Affiliate Marketing

Starting a business is usually something that can be very expensive. You may end up buying thousands of dollars of equipment just to get your feet on the ground. Brick-and-mortar businesses usually come with a lease. Also have to pay for your rent, electricity, water, and any of the other expenses that come with running a real-world store. The Internet has made it possible for people that are aspiring entrepreneurs to actually start their very own business for very little money, or none at all. This is possible because of something called affiliate marketing. In this article, we will present several strategies that can help you start your very own affiliate marketing business that will help you begin to make money each and every month like clockwork. Let’s begin.

First of all, you need to understand what affiliate marketing is. In a traditional business, there is the owner, and the owner sells merchandise. The owner takes the profits from the sale of the merchandise to pay bills and employees. If there is any left over, he pays himself. With affiliate marketing, there are only two people in the equation. You and the product owner. When you sell a product, especially with digitally downloadable products, you could make as much as 75% commission on everything that you sell. There are many people today that will actually create a digital product to sell because they know affiliates are hungry for them. But if you are just starting out, signing up to sell somebody else’s product or service is a very simple process, as easy as getting a link to start.

Next, you need to think about how you are going to get people to go through your link to the product or service that you are offering for sale. The easiest way to do this today is through social networking. Facebook is thought to be this enormous social network which means that it’s not a great place to make money on the web. This could not be further from the truth. In reality, Facebook is marketing to their customer base, all 1,000,000,000+ subscribers, on a regular basis, day after day. Therefore, since they are doing this, it is obviously something profitable for them. In the same way, you should take advantage of this profitable traffic generating system using the power of social media to get targeted traffic to what you have to offer.

Finally, affiliate marketing is something that you should do one program at a time. Many people make the mistake of setting up a website with multiple offers. This is the worst thing you can do. The goal is to focus the visitor on the one particular affiliate program that you want to sell. If you can do this, you will increase your chances many fold when it comes to making the sale.

In the end, once you try affiliate marketing, you will realize how fun and powerful it really is. It is so simple to create an affiliate link, and then to market this link across the web. All you have to do is give it a shot. Try it out today.

Why You Should Choose Affiliate Marketing?

Over the last decade there has been a change in the mindset of people wanting to earn or increase their income. Originally the only options were to find new jobs or start your own brick and mortar business, but the internet has opening up a whole new world of opportunities for those willing to try something new.

Whilst there are hundreds of opportunities that can be expanded on there is no question that affiliate marketing is proving to be one of the most popular.

There are a number of reasons as to why this is the case, but the basic ones are that there is very little outlay to get started, no great technical knowledge is required and it’s just not that complicated. Hence the perfect business for those that don’t have any background or experience.

So What is Affiliate Marketing?

Simplistically affiliate marketing is where you as an affiliate marketer promote a merchant or vendors products or services to the public. When someone clicks on your link and is directed to the merchant’s website and buys from them, you get a commission on the sale.

From an affiliate marketers perspective there are many advantages, no managing of products or stock, no dealing with customers and invoices and no responsibility towards making the sale other than directing the prospective customer in the right direction.

How To Get Started

If you think this is something you might enjoy it’s fairly easy to get started. You can choose to sign up with several affiliate programs that manage merchants looking for affiliates to promote their products or even find a private program and work with a merchant one on one. Just do a search for affiliate programs and have a look through the results. Many affiliate companies pay once a month using PayPal or direct deposit ? depending on the size of the company and its location.

Once you have registered as an affiliate it’s time to consider what you want to promote and start doing some research on keywords around the products you have chosen. You can do this using the free Google keywords tool. This will give you some indication as to how many times your keyword is searched and how competitive the niche is, which you need to use as an indicator as to whether it will be worthwhile or too hard to pursue that particular niche.

When you have your product names and keywords, you will need to register a domain, purchase hosting and setup your website to promote your niche. Many of the larger merchants will provide you with banners, images and your affiliate link (this is needed for you to get credit for any eventual sale) to put in your website. It’s important to write unique and original content when promoting your product as Google will give a lot more credibility to valuable content as opposed to regurgitated articles.

Once you have your site setup its time to start getting some backlinks to get yourself on the front page of Google, or at least that’s where you should be aiming to be to get maximum traffic for your keywords. Building backlinks is beyond the scope of this article but there are many free tutorials and videos on the internet to walk you through the process.

On a final note whilst affiliate marketing is the ideal online business you need to keep in mind that it is a business and needs to be treated as such. You will need to put in a bit of work to get started so don’t give in if things don’t happen overnight ? just be persistent.