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How to choose the right affiliate program.

Posted By: admin on December 23, 2010 at 1:14 am

Research first before you join an affiliate program. Do a little study about the choices of program that you intend to get into. Get some answers because they will be the deciding point of what you will be achieving later on.
Will it cost you anything to join? Most affiliate programs being offered today are absolutely free of charge. So why settle for those that charge you some dollars before joining.

When do they issue the commission checks? Every program is different. Some issue their checks once a month, every quarter, etc. Select the one that is convenient to your payment choice. Many affiliate programs are setting a minimum earned commission amount that an affiliate must meet or exceed in order for their checks to be issued.
What is the hit per sale ratio? This is the average number of hits to a banner or text link it takes to generate a sale based on all affiliate statistics. This factor is extremely important because this will tell you how much traffic you must generate before you can earn a commission from the sale.

How are referrals from an affiliate’s site tracked and for how long do they remain in the system? You need to be confident on the program enough to track those people you refer from your site. This is the only way that you can be paid for a sale. The period of time that those people stay in the system is also important. This is because some visitors do not buy from the start but may want to return later to make the purchase. Confirm if you will still get credit for the sale if it is done sometime later after you introduced them to the site. Some affiliate networks allow 12 weeks tracking with cookies so you don’t lose your credit for the sale. That is about three months which is quite encouraging to an affiliate.

What are the kinds of affiliate stats available? Your choice of affiliate program should be capable of offering detailed stats. They should be available online anytime you decide to check them out. Constantly checking your individual stats is important to know how many impressions, hits and sales are already generated from your site. Impressions are the number of times the banner or text link was viewed by a visitor of your site. A hit is the mouse clicking on the banner or text links.

Does the affiliate program also pay for the hits and impressions besides the commissions on sales? It is important that impressions and hits are also paid, as this will add to the earnings you get from the sales commission. This is especially important if the program you are in offers low sales to be able to hit ratio.

Who is the online retailer? Find out who you are doing business with to know if it is really a reputable company. Know the products they are selling and the average amount they are achieving. The more you know about the retailer offering you the affiliate program, the easier it will be for you to know if that program is really for you and your site.

Is the affiliate a one tier or two tier program? A single tier program pays you only for the business you yourself have generated. A two tier program pays you for the business, plus it also pays you a commission on the sales generated by any affiliate you sponsor in your program. Some two-tier programs are even paying small fees on each new affiliate your sponsor brings in, more like a recruitment fee.

Lastly, what is the amount of commission paid? 35% – 50% is the commission paid by most programs and 0.01% – 0.05% is the amount paid for each hit. Although there are some affiliates networks paying as high as 60% – 75% commission on sales. If you find a program that also pays for impressions, the commissions on sales may not be high. As you can see from the figures, you will now understand why the average sales amount and hit to sale ratio is also important. I will personally recommend clickbank to anyone wanting to join an affiliate network as it is one of the best if not the best out there. If you don’t have a clickbank account, you can register here

These are just some of the questions that need answering first before you enter into an affiliate program. You should be familiar with the many important aspects that your chosen program should have before incorporating them into your website. Try to ask your affiliate program choices these questions. These can help you select the right program for your site from among the many available.

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