Within the last two weeks, I have joined 7 new affiliate programs. For those who are unaware of what an affiliate program is, it is a program in which a seller/promoter (me) receives a commission (usually a dollar amount-percentage) whenever a buyer purchases an item(s) that I am promoting/selling for the specified program/company.
Thus far, I’m finding that most of the programs are cut and dry, i.e., there aren’t many hurdles to overcome to become an affiliate or make money with the program. If I had to recommend one affiliate program for those wanting to get into online marketing and selling, I would recommend the Clickbank affiliate program.
From day one, this program has offered great customer service, an easy to navigate website, and clear instructions. Their website provides awesome advice on how to make money via their many products. At this time, I am not promoting any Clickbank products on my website; however, I will do so in the future. Right now I’m using the footers under my signature within my personal emails to promote Clickbank.
With Clickbank, the affiliate also gets the advantage of knowing how much, on average, a seller makes selling any one product. Not all affiliate program websites provide this information. The exact percentage one will make is actually listed for many of the products–a huge advantage.
The one affiliate program that I truly would not recommend is BidVertiser. In a previous post, I detailed how placing ads for this company on my website almost took over my computer! I may sound dramatic; however, it was quite scary-honestly. For those who want to take the risk, I also suggested in a previous post how one should go about learning how ads from this company would affect his/her computer.
A follower of one of my blogs is an affiliate for Amazon.com. He seems to be quite successful with their program. I recently joined the program-I haven’t interfaced much with their affiliate website, but from one I’ve done thus far on the website, it does seem easy to navigate. There doesn’t seem to be much hoops to jump through to get a nice, clear ad for the promotion of Amazon products on one’s site.
One thing that I am weary of: affiliate programs that state that they use “referral cookies”. One program, iYogi Inc., a remote tech support company, states that they have a “45-day referral cookie”. This does make me slightly weary of placing their ads on my website. Another referral program mentioned something about referral cookies-I placed their ad on my website-and my entire computer started to run slow. I completed a virus scan, and some weird named malware, adware, or spyware came up as being the cause. I do plan to look more into the “referral cookie” idea before I place any more ads from affiliate programs on my website that mention using them.
The ResumeRabbit affiliate program doesn’t have the best payout: Up to 4 sales earns $20.00 each; 5 or more sales earns $23.50 each; 10 or more sales earns $27.00 each; 15 or more sales earns $30.00 each; however, this is an affiliate program that one is sure to make money on, since the job market is full of those seeking employment. This website allows the user to post his/her resume on up to 70+ job boards instantly. Not bad.
Have an experience with any of the above-mentioned affiliate programs? Please let me know. Also, let me know about affiliate programs that truly take the “affiliate” into account.
Until next time . . .