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As i mentioned in previous entry,so called ''Affiliate programs'' are important tool
for building a successful membership site.
Let's make a brief overview here for those of us that are not quite familiar with the term ''Affiliate Program''.
An affiliate program isn't really a program.
It's a business arrangement,also known as associate program or referral program,which allows you to earn money without producing your own product.
When join an affiliate program the affiliate marketer earns compensation based on a certain value for each visit (Pay per click), registrant (Pay per lead), or a commission for each customer or sale (Pay per Sale), or any combination.When running a membership site you can participate in various programs,as long as they are related to your site's niche.Your goal as the ''Owner'' is to make the right collection of information and related products for your customers,and give them easy access to products that they would otherwise have to search the Internet to find.
On the other side , you can let other companies post your ad on their sites and pay commissions for sales of your product or memberships.Sure, you may give away a percent of your profit to an affiliate, but for example 70 % of something is better than 100 % of nothing. You will make up in sales quantity what you may lose in percentage of your own net. It’s quite worthwhile in the long run.
Affiliate marketing is only one of many tools that you can use in your business , very popular and easy to maintain.
Extremely important is to avoid AffiliateSpamming!.
Spammers are severely fined and the anti-spam laws are that the merchants whose affiliates spam are being held responsible for the spamming as well. So caution is well advised to merchants.
Merchants who are considering adding an affiliate strategy to their online sales channel should research the different technological solutions available to them. As affiliate marketing has matured many affiliate merchants have refined their terms and conditions to prohibit affiliates from spamming. Some types of affiliate management solutions include: standalone software, hosted services, shopping carts with affiliate features, and third party affiliate networks.
Right now there is a lot of debate about the affiliate practice of Spamdexing and many affiliates have converted from sending email spam to creating large volumes of automatically generated web pages as a way of search engine optimizing their sites. This is sometimes referred to as spamming the search engine results. Spam is the biggest threat to organic search engines whose goal is to provide quality search results for keywords or phrases entered by their users.
There is of course many more ''Tips and Tricks'' when it goes about running a successful membership site and i will try to cover most of them in some of my next articles.
A very good example for successful membership site is Free Monthly Websites 2.0 ,property of John Thornhill and Dave Nicholson ( Yes,this is an affiliate link ) where you can see exactly how the things are done wright. Providing excellent product ( free of charge) , there is an elegant offer for paid membership .No demanding,no hand twisting,just showing you in detail the benefits of paid membership. According to the quality of their free product,there is no doubt that you will get the best possible quality content for your money.
I will not tell you how good are those monthly offers,see yourself if you want.
They work for me just perfect,i hope you will find them useful too.