A Beginner's Guide to
is an Affiliate Program?
"Advertisers" (business owners) pay
"Publishers" (webmasters) a percent or
flat rate commission for placing ads on
their websites or in their email newsletters and
sending customers their way.
How do I make money with an Affiliate
Program? The exact payment terms will
vary. (See "Program Types" on the
I get rich using Affiliate
Programs? You may not become
independently wealthy, but who couldn't use an
extra several hundred dollars a month? I am here to
tell you that you can indeed earn some nice money with
your website through Affiliate Programs.
type of ads do I have to display?
Advertisements could be in the form of
assorted-sized buttons, banners, popups,
popunders, stand-alone emails, or textual ads.
Usually, you will have some control over the
type of ads you want to display on your website
or in your newsletter, although some affiliate
program terms may vary.
Does it cost anything to join an affiliate
program? No, it doesn't cost anything to
join most affiliate programs. It's usually
it difficult to set up? Do I need special
knowledge or skills? No, it is very easy,
even if you're a beginner. Just sign up, select
the ads you want to use, and then copy and paste
the code given to you onto your site. Most
affiliate programs also have helpful support
programs in place should you have any questions.
I need a business license? No, a business
license is not necessary to participate in most
affiliate programs. You may join as an
do I choose an affiliate program? Can I
participate in more than one? I would
recommend joining an affiliate
"network". I have listed the best ones
at the top right of this page. From within their
networks, you can browse through 1,000's of
products and companies and select the ones you
wish to promote. My best advice is to select
products related to the content of your website.
This way, you know these will be items your
visitors are already interested in. You may join
as many affiliate networks/programs as you wish.
However, keep in mind that there are limits you
must reach (i.e., $25, $50, $100) before a
program will issue a check to you, so you don't
want to "spread yourself too thin."
I'd suggest joining three or four good ones and
stick with the ever-changing products they have
to offer. There are also affiliate programs
offered by individual websites which you can
join as you run across them.
how do I go about joining an affiliate program?
You may join an affiliate
"network", which handles the affiliate programs for a
large variety of websites. I have links to the best ones at the
top right of this page. Or you may visit a particular
website that hosts their own affiliate program and sign up there. You would generally fill out a form, providing your real name (or
to whom you would like the check made payable to), your mailing
address (to receive your checks), your website
URL, your social security number (for tax reporting purposes), information about
stats, your email address, a username and password for your account, and
possibly some other information about your site. You may be automatically approved, or
the affiliate service may wish to visit your
site and approve your registration first, after which you will
receive email confirmation. Once you've been
approved, you would log into your affiliate control panel, select
banners and other methods of advertising, and place them on your
site, in a newsletter, or in a direct email. As your visitors perform various
actions (viewing ads, clicking, signing up, buying), you will earn the amount
of money specified in the affiliate agreement. Each
affiliate program usually has a limit that you must reach before a
check is issued, often times $25, $50, or $100. You may check
your stats at any time in your affiliate control panel.