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Affiliate Marketing Basics: The Associate Program at Work

By J. Elisha Burke

In this technology driven society, it appears that everyone is connected to the World Wide Web. In addition, a greater number of individuals are creating web sites for either
personal or business use. With the e-commerce trade booming, many are searching for ways to make money online, preferably with their sites.

The affiliate marketing or associate program, has become an increasingly popular way to earn extra cash on the web by promoting individual web sites. These programs can seem quite intimidating initially, however, educating yourself about affiliate marketing basics can ease the confusion of a seemingly complex situation.

One of the first decisions you must make is whether you would like to become an affiliate, acquire affiliates, or do both. Starting your own affiliate program is an ideal
option if you operate an e-commerce web site since the affiliate traffic may increase your sales. If you own a personal content site it is a wise choice to join affiliate programs to bring in some extra money. It is eventually up to you to decide what is best for your interest and website, based on how much money and effort you are willing to expend.

As you begin learning affiliate marketing basics, it is quite simple to become an affiliate. First, you must visit an affiliate network web site and complete a member application. This application will ask for standard personal information such as name and address, and also your web site details. The majority of affiliate networks are free of
charge. Once your application is approved, you may begin choosing programs that interest you.

After you have selected programs, the owners of these programs will examine your web site, and then show you how to post their affiliate links. Payment agreements will also be made at this time. The amount of money you earn per click initially is very small, so most programs have a minimum payout amount. Do not be discouraged; in time the money will

If you want to make a significant sum of money, your best option is to join an affiliate network. These accommodating groups will assist you in composing your own affiliate
program and recruit affiliates for you. Most of these networks charge a one time fee, and a deposit that are used to pay your affiliates. Others will also charge a yearly fee. If you want to join one of the chief affiliate networks, be prepared to dish out up to $5,000, and a percentage of your profits. While this may seem expensive, these networks help you establish your complete program, and handle your affiliates.

Educating yourself about affiliate marketing basics can be extremely beneficial. In the end, the knowledge you have gathered can help you adapt comfortably in the affiliate

About the author:
Dr. J. E. Burke, an educator and entrepreneur, has been involved in various business enterprises via his business, Burke Publications for 11 years. Dr. Burke is an educator, writer and motivational speaker on a variety of topics. He is also known for his expertise on nonprofit organizations and grant proposal writing. Dr. Burke can be contacted at http://burkepublications.comor

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