So Many Affiliate Programs! Which One Do I Choose?
Ask questions first before you join an affiliate program.
Do a little research
about the choices of program that you intend to join into.
Get some answers
because they will be the deciding point of what you will be achieving later on.
Will it cost you anything to join?
Most affiliate programs being offered today
are absolutely free of charge.
So why settle for those that charge you some
dollars before joining.
When do they issue the commission checks? Every program is different. Some
issue their checks once a month, every quarter, etc.
Select the one that is
suited to your payment time choice.
Many affiliate programs are setting a
minimum earned commission amount that an affiliate must meet or exceed in order
for their checks to be issued.
What is the hit per sale ratio?
This is the average number of hits to a banner
or text link it takes to generate a sale based on all affiliate statistics.
This factor is extremely important because this will tell you how much traffic
you must generate before you can earn a commission from the sale.
How are referrals from an affiliate’s site tracked and for how long do they
remain in the system?
You need to be confident on the program enough to track
those people you refer from your site.
This is the only way that you can credit
for a sale.
The period of time that those people stay in the system is also
This is because some visitors do not buy initially but may want to
return later to make the purchase.
Know if you will still get credit for the
sale if it is done some months from a certain day.
What are the kinds of affiliate stats available?
Your choice of affiliate
program should be capable of offering detailed stats.
They should be available
online anytime you decide to check them out.
Constantly checking your
individual stats is important to know how many impressions, hits and sales are
already generated from your site.
Impressions are the number of times the
banner or text link was viewed by a visitor of your site.
A hit is the one
clicking on the banner or text links.
Does the affiliate program also pay for the hits and impressions besides the
commissions on sales?
It is important that impressions and hits are also paid,
as this will add to the earnings you get from the sales commission.
especially important if the program you are in offers low sales to be able to
Who is the online retailer?
Find out whom you are doing business with to know
if it is really a solid company.
Know the products they are selling and the
average amount they are achieving.
The more you know about the retailer
offering you the affiliate program,
the easier it will be for you to know if
that program is really for you and your site.
Is the affiliate a one tier or two tier program?
A single tier program pays you
only for the business you yourself have generated.
A two tier program pays you
for the business, plus it also pays you a commission on the sales
generated by any affiliate you sponsor in your program.
Some two-tier programs
are even paying small fees on each new affiliate you sponsor.
More like a
Lastly, what is the amount of commission paid?
5% - 20% is the commission paid
by most programs.
.01% - .05% is the amount paid for each hit.
If you find a
program that also pays for impressions, the amount paid is not much at all.
you can see from the figures, you will now understand why the average sales
amount and hit to sale ratio is important.
These are just some of the questions that needed answering first before you
enter into an affiliate program.
You should be familiar with the many important
aspects that your chosen program should have before incorporating them into
Try to ask your affiliate program choices these questions.
can help you select the right program for you site from among the many