Joining an Affiliate Program
Getting off on the right foot is always important when starting something new; it avoids your chance of failure and can save a lot of time in the end. Let's dissect the concept of affiliate programs a little and explore the individual element.
The first thing that you must identify is the kind of industry you'd like to work in. Based on that decision, you would look for affiliate programs that sell products or services related to your area of interest. While some affiliates prefer to support the industry that they are most interested in, others will base their decisions of potential profit instead. Read more about how to choose an affiliate program.
In order to become an affiliate, you must have a website on which you can advertise the product or service. If you already have one live, that's even better, but be sure that the focus of the existing site is relevant to what you wish to advertise on it. Promoting relevant products is far more effective in terms of sales and conversions than advertising material that has no association with the rest of your site.
Designing your own site might be a little more involved than you planned if you want to create something outstanding and it certainly requires a higher level of skill. Luckily, however, with the numerous free templates roaming the internet these days, you'll surely be able to get your hands on something that'll appeal to you and your visitors. There are also many site building tools that will let you put up a webpage in no time - and quite a stylish one at that.
How do you make money?
There are various payment arrangements in the affiliate world and it depends on the particular company that you choose to affiliate yourself with. There are three basic methods: pay-per-click, pay-per-acquisition, and revenue sharing plans. Each is pretty self-explanatory. Given the industry, one plan might work better than another so do a little bit of investigating before signing up for a program and choosing the payment plan.