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Working With Affiliate Programs

Everywhere you look you see affiliate program offers for

every product or service that you can think of. Some have

fully automated systems that sell high volumes of hard

products all over the world. In case you don't know, "hard"

products are those that you can touch...unlike an ebook or

downloadable web template. Many affiliate programs have

several thousand affiliates and one or two of the bigger

companies have over one million affiliates.

What are the advantages of joining an affiliate program?

They provide a ready-made business. This is a very big plus

for those people who want to earn some kind of living off

the Internet but lack the knowledge or inclination to set up

a business by themselves.

Commissions and rewards are generally good, and the more

established programs offer a real chance of advancement to

higher and better-paid levels.

Other affiliates are usually on hand to offer practical


What are the limitations?

You are restricted in your promotional activities due to the

fact that you do not actually own the affiliate site they

give you. You won't be able to put such things as banners,

images, links, meta tags, etc. onto your page.

The URL of your affiliate page is often either too long or

contains such awkward things as question marks, which many

Search Engines will not index.

Any promotional ads or articles have probably already been

used by thousands of other people and consequently may have

lost its impact, making it more difficult to achieve sales

or referrals.

If the program you have joined has not yet established

itself (or in some cases even if it has), then you may

encounter problems with payments owed to you not being

honored. You also run the risk of low quality products or

sub-standard statistics that do not accurately record how

many referrals or sales you have made.

You may be required to purchase a minimum quantity of the

product on a regular basis before you start to qualify for

commissions or even before you can become an affiliate.

You may not get the technical or affiliate support you might

expect from the company. This may be due to inadequate

staffing, or the company's negligence.

Other people in your downline do nothing to promote the


At least four of the above limitations can be overcome with

a little time and effort. You could, for example, come up

with fresher ads to promote the program (provided this is


If the company supplies the email addresses of people in

your downline, then you could offer to help the less active

members. Very often these people are passive not because

they are lazy or apathetic but merely because they don't

know HOW to promote effectively! your guidance could mean

the difference between no sales or referrals and healthy

downlines and residual incomes.

As regards promoting your actual page, here are a couple of

little tricks that should overcome a number of


Cloak your Affiliate URL to stop hijackers Affiliate Masker

While this will not help you to get listed on the major

Search Engines, it will make your web page easier for

prospects to remember and type into their browser's address


Go to your affiliate page. Place your mouse pointer anywhere

on the page and right click once. In the drop-down box

choose "View Source". This will display the HTML for the

page. Save this to your hard drive as a HTML document using

the "Save As" function. Upload the page to your  web site.

If you don't have a web site then get some free web space

from one of these:

Submit your 'new' page to the Search Engines. You are also

now able to place banner codes, links, images, testimonials,

in fact anything you want onto these pages, because you are

in control of the HTML. A word of caution, though. Don't

change the actual HTML of your original affiliate page. Just

put the other stuff, like banners etc, around it.

Making this "mirror page" of your affiliate page will

dramatically improve your advertising options.


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Working With Affiliate Programs

by Jude Wright (c) 2004


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