What type of product service are you selling? That determines which type of affiliate network its best suited for! You can choose to have your affiliate program in-house; in other words you have an affiliate manager who handles the recruitment, and support services for your affiliates –Like developing powerful marketing messages for them to use, monitoring sales and making proper payouts.
There are top-flight networks like Commission Junction. Or Cost-Per-Action (CPA) based firms such as Hydra Network or ROI Rocket. There’s also the second tier, but highly-targeted network, Click bank.
Each has advantages and disadvantages.
CPA networks like HydraNetwork.com or CPA Empire, or even ROI Rocket, are best for a lead generating, risk-free trial offer. In fact, they generally only do free offers! Don’t forget, a free offer could still be a product – for example get a first month of diet pills for the cost of shipping and the months that follow are charged to the customer. Currently, a top offer on Hydra Network right now http://greenteaextreme.com/ They’re also used a lot purely for lead generation, without sales. For example, these are some top lead gen offers – I’m sure you’ve received some marketing message with links just like these in your email inbox!
Those types of offers are typically put in the CPA networks.
Larger companies like fortune 500, or mass offers like anti-virus or anti-spyware, or higher end products like diamonds, usually fit best with a network like Commission Junction, or Link Share. This is because they are expensive to get into: for example, Commission Junction will cost you over $5,000 in account set-up fees alone! But, if you’ve got an information product, or a membership site or sites you wish to promote, these do really well in Click bank or PayDotCom. They only accept digital products, and believe me; you can sell a lot of them using their networks. There’s another network, www.shareasale.com which is well-respected and offers a diversity of products.
An in-house affiliate program is hard to build, and I don’t recommend going this route right away. After all, when you put your product into a network they already have affiliates ready to promote it! If you create an in-house affiliate program, then guess what? You have to go out and do the recruitment; you have to pay the affiliates yourself,
And handle any tax issues yourself.
But, there is an upside: you have more control over the rules you can enforce and more
Flexibility in what you can do. You could offer lifetime commissions, one-time commissions; you can design your program exactly the way you want it to be. You can’t
Always get it “your way” with all affiliate networks.
Tip: Before you sign up with an affiliate network, be sure to read the Advertiser Terms and Conditions closely!
Another Tip: The #1 Affiliate Marketing Forum on the Web today can be found at www.abestweb.com. Be sure to visit there early on in the process of setting up your affiliate connections. It’s free to register, and has a wealth of affiliate program information, marketing tools; as their tag line reads, they’ve been “discussing affiliate Marketing and Programs for over 6 years!
Sussan Deyhim is from personal loan and a University Lecturer. She loves to write on technical topics like Loan . She has been writing from last three years.
I'm Louida from Atlanta, Georgia and I'm a mother of two daughters, blogger, and full time working mom at a Business Consulting Firm.
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