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Affiliate Revenue Is Not Selling Cosmetics Door To Door

Mar 21, 2008
Why would anyone actually want to use an affiliate revenue program on their business website? After all why take a commission from someone for a product you can sell yourself?

Well, that would be true if you actually offered the product available through the affiliate program.

Some businesses that offer a very specialized product as their primary source of revenue will use an affiliate revenue program to list other peripheral products that customers might need.

This scenario works for this type of business because many online customers like a full service business site. When you are not able to make those products available yourself you might be inclined to ink a deal with an affiliate program that does.

By doing this your regular customers also have access to everything they need - and your site was responsible for their ultimate satisfaction.

One positive for your business is while giving your customer what they want you retain a portion of each sale through the affiliate revenue program.

Isn't that better than sending customers away to find what they need on their own?

This scenario is a positive way to use an affiliate revenue program.

On the other hand there are sites that are developed to look like a search engine, but remain a comprehensive repository for affiliate programs. You conduct your search and it brings up links fitting that product description and allows you to visit the affiliate.

While this seems like a clever and profitable means of deriving personal wealth the site will be a huge turn off to those who figure out what is going on simply because every search will be biased. Of course there will always be those who stumble across this type of site and have no clue. These are the individuals who are likely to use this type of affiliate site.

Affiliate revenue programs don't have to be considered good or evil. They simply exist as an option for businesses or site owners to use in generating some capital while helping the owner of the affiliate program expand their market. It's all in how you use the program.

If you are considering the possibility of participating in an affiliate program research the company as much as possible. Yes, by all means read the material they provide, but also use your favorite search engine to research their name and find out what others think of the product and/or plan.

Check your favorite search engine for forums that deal with affiliate programs and ask other affiliate revenuers what they think. Most will be honest about how they were treated and if the reality was anywhere near the hype.

Everyone is looking for creative ways to earn a buck, just make sure you fully understand the process and look for those programs that supply the most comprehensive stats on click-through sales.

An affiliate revenue program may feel a bit like selling cosmetics door to door or a laundry list of household cleaning products. The difference is with an affiliate program you are simply providing a sign pointing others to where they can get what they want. You just get a check for those who pay attention to the sign.
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