Affiliate Programs – Can You Really Make Money?
Are you a thinking about joining an affiliate program? Are you wondering whether or not you can really make money by joining such an opportunity? Well, affiliate programs offer different and very rewarding ways to earn money on the Internet.
Many websites offer different affiliate programs that you can join for free. All you have to do is find and join them in order to start earning a good income online. Of course, there are other affiliate programs that you have to pay a fee to join, but if you are just starting out, you should never have to pay to join an affiliate program.
In most cases, there is no fee to join affiliate programs. However, there are some programs where the procedure to join is selective. For example, iShoppingCart.com has a very selective affiliate program that allows you to enroll only limited to qualified individuals. Also, once you join iShoppingCart, you will be required to adhere to the following policies and guidelines:
iShoppingCart’s terms and conditions are a low profile compared to other affiliate marketing networks. This is because they screen each prospect that applies to become an affiliate for them. However, this can give you an idea how selective they are. If you are not accepted into their network, then you will know about it right away.
But if you are going to focus on a specific program that you want to promote, then apply for it through more channels. For example, if you are accepted into Commission Junction (CJ), then apply to that network as well. Well, you will have to wait for a few days to receive any reply from CJ. So if you want to promote the CPA offers through eBay, then you will have to contact the publisher of the offer and ok, tell them that you want to promote the offer through CJ. However, the majority of the time, your application will be returned without you hearing anything about your application from CJ.
Well, that is fine and we are not here to argue about whether or not you can make money with CJ. All we are here to do is show you how to reach readers with the CJ Content Network. The numbers you will be seeing on your CJ account will be the number of publishers that have accepted your application to join their network.
Since you will be joining CJ, the network will provide you with all the resources that you will be using for your promotion. They will also provide you with tracking tools that you can use to keep track of how well your campaigns are doing. So lets go over these two tips and how they can help you to make more money through the CJ Opportunity.
The first tip that you can use is about selecting high converting products to promote. Since you will be investing your time, effort and money into promoting the product, you want to be sure that it converts into sales. Remember, its your money your are spending, so you want to make sure you are getting paid for your efforts. Check the sales page of the product you want to promote, is it compelling? Also, take a careful note of the payment policy, make sure you understand it. If you are not clear, then probably you should avoid the product. A good rule of thumb is, if a product pays you less than $15,000 for a standard product, then avoid it.
The second tip is about selectinging proper keywords to use to promote the product. If you want to get the search engine traffic, then you will have to get your content ranked for the proper keywords. The keywords that you register on your content, they should relate to the product that you are promoting. After you place your content on your website, you will have to test it, you want to make sure that it is converting. Will your visitors purchase the product? If they do not, then you need to rewrite the content. Is your ad still brand new? If it is, then you need to test it a little. Treat it like a brand new ad, you never want to start advertising it until it is working. If you do not undertake any action, then you will never know if the content marketing is working.
To keep yourself updated, you can go to the CJ member area and read the alert emails. There will often be something new or different about the product that will become available soon. If you sign up, you will get these emails for the next seven days. On the first day, you can click the inbox button and filter your emails to a few days, so you only get about a week’s worth. This is a good time to go through the emails and put together a list of the emails that came in that week. This being your time, you can use your time wisely and place ads for many different products.
While you are reading the emails, go over the new ads that are available, and read a few of them.