Affiliate Programs - What You Need To Know

Your Guide To Affiliate Programs - Part 2

In this part of the affiliate program guide, we are going to discuss finding an affiliate program that is just right for you. Not all affiliate programs are right for all people. Why? There are tons of reasons, but the biggest reasons have to do with whether or not you are good at selling. And while it's true that all affiliate programs require a certain degree of selling, some require more than others and some allow you to make a profit off the efforts of others. We'll cover both these type of programs here.

The affiliate program that truly puts the entire burden on the affiliate is the one where the affiliate only makes money off of their own efforts. For example, taking, a company I mentioned in the first part of this series, affiliates only gets paid for each sale of a merchant product. Even if they were to refer other people to the company they would make no money off of their sales, only off of the sales that they personally made. So to be successful with a company like Shareasale, you have to be a pretty darn good sales person. If you're not, then you might want to look into an affiliate program where you get help from others.

That brings us to the other kind of affiliate program, the one where you do get some assistance from the efforts of others. Again, looking at a program discussed in the first article in this series, Success University. This is a perfect example of that kind of program. Yes, you do actually have to work yourself. You can't just sit back, not do anything, and expect to make money. But after you get the ball rolling you will not have to do as much work and your checks will still grow.

The Success University requirements are simple... You have to bring in 2 people your first month and 1 person each month after that. If you can do just that much then you will have the benefit of getting commissions from the people you bring in, the people they (your downline) bring in and also from the people placed under you by your upline. In this type you are getting help from two different directions. For the person who isn't so great at sales, this is a huge help.

Now, the programs where you get help vary quite a bit. Some of these programs will help you quite a bit from the efforts of others. Then there are programs that give you very little help at all. The reason for this is because each site's commission structure is different. We'll cover commission structures later on. If you're looking for the most help possible, then you want to look for a company that pays most of its commissions to the lower levels in your organization. If you're more of an experienced marketer then you might want to look for a commission structure that either pays more at the top or distributes the commissions more evenly.

The bottom line is that you need to look at the structure of an affiliate program, then look at your own strengths and weaknesses and you can determine what the best affiliate program is for you.

More on affiliate programs in part 3 of this guide...

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