Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Beginning Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing 101
Online Affiliate marketing programs are a great way to get a regular income for your website, and a great beginning to a career in e-commerce. The more people go to your website, the great your chance will be at creatingan excellent income.
Affiliate marketing programs are company offers to pay you a set amount for either a click through from your website, or a set amount for visitors signing up, or even a percentage of a purchase made by visitors as a result of being referred from your website.
Even if visitors don't make a purchase immediately, almost all programs offer cookie duration, normally consisting of 30 - 90 days. What this means, is that as long as the visitors have the cookie in their cache, you'll recieve a profit from the sale.
The biggest amount of time in maintaining your website will be finding and implementing affiliations with various companies. Even though there is a lot of money in affiliate marketing, you have to take time to search for the best programs.
One thing that you may not be like though, is the idea of other companies banners littering your website. If you use too many banners or links onany web page, it can confuse and irritate your visitors. More than one animated element on a web page can be very distracting as well.

Once you have applied to become an affiliate for a company, they'll usually supply you with a personalized link or code. It is very important that you implement this code into your page correctly, or you may be sending visitors to the company without recieving a profit.
A majority of snippets in the code will contain a unique user ID, which the company uses to distinguish which site sent traffic.

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