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What is an affiliate program?
An affiliate program isn't really a "program". It's a business arrangement.
For newcomers to Internet marketing, they provide an excellent opportunity - a way to earn money without producing your own product.
Affiliate marketing is a rapidly growing, cost-effective way for businesses to increase traffic and for website owners to make money. They are usually remarkably easy to join and operate.
They are also usually free to join.
Companies use these revenue sharing arrangements to pay commissions to website owners for sending them customers or "leads". You are paid a commission if the person buys a product or service, or perhaps if he or she simply fills out a form, or asks for a free sample.
You can be paid per sale, per lead or per click.
Other names: Affiliate programs are also known as associate, reseller, commission, bounty, pay-per-lead, pay-per-sale or pay-for-performance programs.
Here's an example
Let's say you love golf, so you create a website in which you recommend the golf books, magazines, videos and golfing gear you use and love.
The merchants selling those products provide you with affiliate links which you paste into your site.
When visitors click on those links and buy those products, you earn a commission on each sale..
Some affiliates earn pocket money. A few make millions of dollars. I've been earning a good living purely from affiliate program commissions since 1998.
I reckon it's an excellent way to earn a living because you don't have to create a product, you don't need a warehouse, you don't handle inventory, you don't have to worry about postage and packaging, you don't have to deal with customers. All those things are handled by the affiliate merchant.
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Your host, Allan Gardyne, has been earning a good living from affiliate programs since 1998.