Join Affiliate /
by Terry Dean
Dealer networks or associate programs are one of the best ways
of adding multiple income streams to any web site. Although I
don't usually recommend someone use an associate program for
their primary product, they make great secondary products on
the way to your multiple profits from any web site.
You are better off having some type of unique product, service,
or item that you own reprint rights to as your main product so
that you can earn the majority of the profits on the first sale
to your customers (this first sale is also the most expensive
one to make to them). Associate programs on average only let
you keep 10% to 40% of the money off of your sales so you are
better off with a higher percentage item on your front end.
With reprint rights to products at a $1,000 or less in many
cases, that is where I would look first for my primary product
to start off in business. Then, I would find associate programs
to help me create extra incomes that all support my primary
Choosing the Right Associate Program for your Site
There are three major questions you should ask yourself when
looking for an associate program to join:
1. Does it fit into your overall theme?
Stay with a theme. We discussed this in the first chapter. You
have to develop a theme and then stay with it. Way too many
web sites have become just a place to list a bunch of associate
programs. Don't let that happen. Make sure to have one theme
and strategy flowing throughout your entire site. Don't sell
nutrition products and software on the same site. It doesn't
work and will only confuse your prospects. Everything on your
site has to have one consistent flow and feel to it.
2. Is it a good product or service?
Make sure you can recommend enthusiastically. Do you love the
product or are you just trying to make some money? People will
be able to tell when they take a look at your presentation.
Make sure that it is a product you would recommend to your
family (if it applied to them).
3. Does it pay well?
You can't make money if the program doesn't pay. Take a look at
the pay plan ONLY after you have answered the first two
questions. Don't jump on a program just because it seems to pay
well. If it doesn't fit your site or doesn't have a killer
product, you will have to pass on it anyway!
Below are a few samples of affiliate programs for your to take a
look at (all chosen from completely different industries to give
you an idea of what is out there). We are not specifically
recommending any individual program:
At Autoweb.com you can be paid a commission for referring
potential car buyers or for individuals who place ads selling
their used cars.
Amazon.com is the most well known web site for selling books
online and currently has over 300,000 affiliates.
iHerb will pay you a commission from sales of their herbal
products and from their books on nutrition.
ENews has one of the largest selections of magazines available
and now you can make money through referring others.
The largest and best dealership for information products is
Fragrancenet has over a 1,000 different fragrances for you to
profit from if it goes along with your web site theme.
Golf is a passion for millions and now you can make extra profit
from any golf related site by partnering with Clip Shot Golf.
FogDog is a source for sporting goods online and you can make a
profit from your own sports store.
Inntopia allows you to make a commission off of luxury travel
that your web site visitors take.
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