We’re assuming you already know what an Affiliate is and have a desire to start making money by promoting services/products in your niche on your blog. A quick way for locating Advertisers in your niche is through an Affiliate Network. Affiliate Networks act as intermediaries between you the Affiliate and the Advertiser. Affiliate Networks allow you to compare various offers from Advertisers and you can choose which offers to participate in and promote via your blog.
Soo’85How the heck do you choose an Affiliate Network? We thought http://www.imediaconnection.com/content/4388.asp had a few great suggestions for you to consider when selecting a network. We then took those suggestions with a few of our own and applied them to 3 Affiliate Networks who score pretty high on ranking sites. Check it out…
- Tracking Methods (can you see real time results, can you customize your data)
- Payment Methods. How the network pays commissions.
- Payment Threshold. you have to earn before you are paid. If you are just starting a lower threshold -such as $1.00- will mean you receive money faster depending on payment cycles)
- Ways to earn money (Type of programs they specialize in-Pay Per Lead, Pay Per Sale, Co-Registraion) If you are new to Affiliate Marketing then a range of ways to earn money gives you a chance to try different methods with your blog readers. See which method works best for your blog then seek advertisers who pay based on that method.
- Industry Verticals Specific industries the network focuses on (or has success in). Make sure they support the industry you wish to promote.
- Support/Training. Support provided to you as an Affiliate. Look for training opportunities too with an Affiliate Network. Networks want you to be successful and that starts with your success. You’ll want to make sure the help desks are easy to navigate and support is timely.
|Tracking||Real time tracking||real time tracking, options to customize||near real-timer reporting, will work with you on customizing|
|Payment Methods||Check, Direct Deposit||Check||Check, Direct Deposit|
|Payment Threshold||Check $100.00, Direct Deposit $50.00||$100.00||$1.00, however Advertisers can customize the threshold|
|Ways to Earn Money||Advertiser Choice (Possible options: Perecent of sale, Cost per lead, Cost per Click)||Percent of Sale||Advertiser Choice (Possible options: Perecent of sale, Cost per lead, Cost per Click)|
|Industry Verticals||Finance, Travel, Automotive, Consumer Products, Education, Health and Beauty, Retail, Business, Entertainment, Special Interest||Arts & Entertainment, Betting Systems, Business / Investing, Computers / Internet, Cooking, Food & Wine, E-business & E-marketing, Education, Employment & Jobs, Fiction, Games, Green Products, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Languages, Mobile, Parenting & Families, Politics / Current Events, Reference, Self-Help, Software & Services, Spirituality, New Age & Alternative Beliefs, Sports, Travel||Auto, Business & Career, Clothing & Accessories, Computer & Electronics, Department Store, Entertainment, Family, Financial Services, Food & Drink, Games & Toys, Gift & Flowers, Health & Beauty, Hobbies & Collectibles, Home & Living, Internet & Online, Mature/Adult, Miscellaneous, Office, Sports & Fitness, Telecommunications, Travel|
|Support/Training||Tips and Training articles and webinars, support ticket support from within account||Monday-Friday 7am-6pm Mountainn Time. Blog, PodCast, Webinars, all for ongoing education||Email, Help Center, LinkShare University, Blog|
Of course these are not the only 3 Affiliate Networks. Try this Google search for researching your own Affiliate Network to join. Best of luck with your Affiliate business!