Sunday, May 13, 2007

Utilizing Affiliate Programs

If you own your own website or blog, affiliate marketing programs can greatly improve your income and enhance your credibility among your customers. When signing up for affiliate programs, it should involve consideration as to the types of information that you already have on your website or blog. For example, you are more likely to have increased sales if you own a website about cats and place affiliate links on your website related to pet care. The affiliate products that you promote should always be related to the primary website or else you run the risk of confusing potential customers. Confused customers may not provide the business you are hoping for.

There are many affiliate marketing programs to choose from, so selecting an appropriate one for your website should not be too difficult. Before you join, you want to be fully aware of the pay structure and any changes that could be made to the pay structure. Be sure to thoroughly review the affiliate program and make sure you understand it completely before you associate your name with it. Credibility is very important if you want to build a loyal group of customers. If you mislead them, they will not be back.

If you are an affiliate, many times you will need to do more than simply place their link on your webpage. Although, some affiliates are simply link based, others may provide you with an entire internet based operation, or what is sometimes called a turnkey solution. Be sure to keep the links on your site updated. Some companies may be promoting seasonal items and you will appear more credible if your links reflect the seasonality of your affiliates. If a customer visits your site in December and notices that you are still promoting summer items, they are more likely to leave your site without considering the other information or products that you offer.

Sometimes a company goes out of business and their links can be replaced by an adult site or one that is unrelated to your content. If you do not keep on top of updating your links, you could be promoting an offensive or unrelated site. You should constantly review the various links you've placed on your site and eliminate dysfunctional links, because customers can get very frustrated if a link doesn't do what it is supposed to do. If your website is professional, visitors are more likely to spend time on your site, come back for subsequent visits and eventually convert to being paying customers.

John Kaighn is a Registered Investment Advisor with Jersey Benefits Advisors and writes articles on various business and investment information, ideas and opportunities. For more information about this and other topics you can visit and