Month: April 2010

Affiliate Programs

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Affiliate programs are one of the easiest ways to make money online, if you know what you’re doing!

First, Find Good Programs that Pay!

First, you have to find good, paying programs with high conversion rates and good commissions.  You need to be careful in selecting your programs, because not everyone pays out what is owed.  There are cheaters out there, so you need to work with reputable programs that do as they say they will do.

Second, Don’t Just Throw Up a Link on Your Site

Your next step is to realize that you should present your various programs in the form of a review. Tell your prospects the advantages and disadvantages of the products or services offered.  Word it so that it’s even handed and fair sounding. Give the benefits but also mention any defects you have noticed.

By presenting a fair and balanced analysis of the product or service, your readers will appreciate this and come to trust you and your site.  They will be more likely to buy if they trust you than if you are just trying to hype and sell.

Third, Only Represent Quality

This may sound simple, but you would be surprised how many hyped up products are just junk.  And much of this junk is simply a come on to buy more in an upsell.  Avoid shoddy, over hyped products and services at all costs!  Your reputation is important online, so guard that reputation by only representing the best!

It’s Best if You Have Used the Product Yourself

The best policy is to buy and use the product or service yourself, so that you can give a fair and honest evaluation of it to your readers.

Cloak Your Links!

It is best to cloak your links!  You would be surprised how many people will tamper with your affiliate links just to cheat you out of a commission!

I don’t know why some people do this, but it just seems that there are some out there who don’t think that your hard work to bring an important product or service to their attention is worth anything, and begrudge you your commission.  They would rather see the company make the money than you, sad to say!

To prevent this, you should use an affiliate link cloaker. What these cloakers do is protect your link through a method of cloaking, so that your affiliate link can’t be tampered with.  We have a good one for sale, which you can access by clicking here.

Once you have cloaked your link properly, then it can’t be tampered with and you are off to the races to make your commission off of all of your readers that click on your affiliate link!

Suggested Programs

Now that we have dispensed with the preliminaries, below you will find links to some of the best programs we have found out there.