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How to Become a Network Affiliate

network affiliate program is an online marketing tool designed to drive consumer traffic from one blog or website to another. The task of the network affiliate (you) is to promote affiliate merchants' products or services. This is best accomplished by creating a website that contains links to the affiliates' website with the ultimate goal of generating a sale. Compensation is delivered through revenue sharing (Amazon, for instance) or cost per click (CPC), the system used by most advertisement companies. Successfulaffiliates may also receive special rewards or benefits if they are able to exceed baseline limits. For example, Amazon, one of the first merchants to offer an affiliate program, typically pays its affiliates a starting commission of 4 percent; however, if an individual's affiliate link generates shipments of over 3131 units, (Amazon's baseline), they are compensated at the bonus rate of 8.5 percent.
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1. Creating a Good Affiliate Website

A well constructed website offering quality content is an absolute must for bloggers and webmasters considering becoming network affiliates. According to an Website Design Network newsletter, in order to stand out in the crowd, an affiliate "needs to be in charge of search engine optimization (SEO), custom content, quality web design and financial management." Website copy needs to be be carefully constructed and compelling. In addition, an affiliate's website should be tailored to the product he or she is promoting. For example, if you are attempting to drive traffic to a pet supply retailer you should maintain a site that deals with animal care in one way or the other, and as affiliate for an online book dealer you might consider maintaining a site that deals with literature, creative writing, or an online book club where members gather to discuss their favorite literary works. In these cases, consumers interested in visiting your website (known in the trade as "leads"), will very likely be interested in your affiliate's products. Interested parties simply click on the affiliate's link(s) appearing on your site. Unique visits and subsequent sales originating from your unique affiliate ID (embedded in the code of the link) are tracked so that you may be adequately compensated.

2. How to Draw Traffic to your Website

A number of strategies can and need to be used to draw people to your website. Since there are literally thousands of websites covering every subject imaginable, even well maintained and highly original websites can (and will) become lost in the shuffle. Offer helpful, well researched and up-to-date content on your website. Bear in mind that a lot of people turn to the Web for advice and instruction. In addition to promoting your affiliate's merchandise, you might want to consider a how-to site dealing with tips, tricks and accessories related to their product. Make sure that your product descriptions are detailed as well as honest. Accurate information will keep people coming back to garner repeat referrals. Site usability is akey factor in promoting repeat business. David Young, author at ePractical Commerce, maintains that"when your site's navigation and usability make it easy to find products and necessary information, they [customers] will return again and again."
Construct a blog or website that is search engine optimized. This is accomplished by utilizing relevant keywords and a title that reflects the site's contents. Make sure to repeat keywords. An appropriate keyword should appear approximately every 80 to 100 words for optimal results. copyrightjps
Submit your URL to popular search engines such as Yahoo, Google, Bing, which can optimize exposure to your site.

3. Take Care When Choosing an Affiliate Program

Not all affiliates are equally reliable. Conduct comprehensive research on prospective affiliates before joining their program. Affiliates who offer deep linking are highly desirable. Deep links are hyper-links that direct clickers to a specific page rather than just the affiliate's homepage. Consumers who are directed to a homepage are more than likely to return to the merchant's homepage for future purchases, thereby effectively eliminating the affiliate's role as "middleman." Deep linking ensures that the affiliate (you) will be compensated repeatedly.
Choose merchants who offer marketing support. Good marketing support offers valuable round the clock assistance in areas such as article marketing, lead (traffic) generation systems, maintenance of ecommerce, press releases, directory submissions, etc.

4. Find a Niche Market

Careful research will save would-be affiliates time and money. If you are considering partnering with online retailers you should examine the demand for that company's product(s). Visit a number of sites to learn what's hot - and what´s not. Sites such as Ebay or Amazon list their best-selling items, and the Google Toolbar can be used to measure a website's popularity or PageRank (PR) within search engines. Look for websites with a PR of five or higher.
In addition, as potential affiliate you should seek merchants whose product line promotes repeat business. If you partner with merchants offering a single product you will face the task of continually having to generate new customers, while a diversified product line that caters to the same demographic is very likely to attract repeat customers. Consumers pleased with their first purchase are likely to return when they feel the need to purchase another item from the product line.
The term “niche market” refers to a select segment of the population interested in a specific product. Many well-known retailers have become successful by filling a market niche. Look for companies whose products are not readily available, but attractive to specific demographics. "Generic" products are readily available all over. For instance, ad copy that reads "Lose 10 Pounds in Three Weeks" is far too commonplace. Conversely, an ad that reads "Youthful Skin for Women over 50" is far more likely to draw a larger number of individuals from that demographic.

5. Look for Two-Tier Programs and Lifetime Commisions

Maximize your earnings potential by choosing a two-tier program. Two-tier programs have one major advantage: You can earn a residual Internet income, meaning that you will get paid over and over for doing the work one time. If you manage to develop a powerful sales team you may be able to retire altogether and continue earning income from affiliates that you have referred.
Partnering with sub-associates is the easiest and fastest way to reach higher tiers.
Lifetime affiliate programs are also a highly desirable option for the would-be affiliate. Unlike traditional programs, lifetime programs – just as the name implies - offer commissions for life. Affiliates earn commissions on all sales made by customers that they refer, as opposed to just a one-time payment for the first sale.

6. Find Out Which Companies are Seeking Affiliates

If you are considering becoming an affiliate you can locate prospective partners by entering the query"affiliate programs" into the search engine of your choice. In addition, a number of websites provide comprehensive lists of merchants looking for affiliates.



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