Stability of the company and program
should be one of the most important considerations when evaluating
programs. Is the company financially sound? Do they offer assistance
with promoting the opportunity? And, do they pay in a timely
fashion? Often, webmasters have been lured in by offers of high
commissions, only to find out they will never see a paycheck,
despite referring hundreds, or even thousands, of visitors.
2- Compatibility and Synergies with your site
As you consider the various affiliate programs available,
be sure to consider what exactly your audience might be interested
in clicking-on, and eventually buying. Don't indiscriminately
place banners all you're your site because in many cases, you
will turn-off your audience due to your site's over-commercialization.
Think of the affiliate program you join as an extension of your
website. It is a service you offer your visitors to help them
find the products or services they are interested in, at good
prices, and with a merchant they can trust.
3- Opportunity for Repeat Earnings
A business normally cannot survive on one-time purchases.
Instead you must find ways to not only attract new customers,
but also to keep earning from your existing customers. As much
as possible, join affiliate programs that allow you to earn
commissions from your referred customers on an ongoing basis
for as long as that customer continues to transact at merchant
website. This assures you of practically a lifetime source of
4 - Competitive Commission Structure
Compare various affiliate programs and their respective
commission structures. While you're at it, also check the frequency
of payment (they generally range from weekly to quarterly) and
the minimum dollar value you must accumulate before receiving
payment (they range from $1 to $250).
5 - Free of Charge Entry
Entry to most Affiliate Programs is free of charge.
Be wary of programs that require a payment or 'membership fee'
for you to join. Many of these are notorious scams that play
on everyones interst in getting rich quick.
Signup now and start earning big bucks.