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Affiliate Marketing

Think of a website you have visited recently, was there a banner advert that offered you a special rate? Then welcome to the world of affiliate marketing programs.

Affiliate marketing programs are a way of making money where businesses reward their affiliates for each referral who then purchases. In affiliate marketing a ‘publisher’ (an individual or company with a website) acts as an intermediary online sales team. The affiliate agrees to promote their products in return for a commission. They advertise an affiliate link and when a customer clicks on one of the adverts the order is tracked. The advantage for the advertising business is that the affiliate is only paid when a purchase is made so it’s a cost-effective sales strategy.

When an advertiser agrees to work with the affiliate they provide them with unique codes in the form of links, banner or text adverts. Sometimes they may even offer unique phone numbers which the affiliate incorporates into their own website. This allows the advertiser to track the order and to know how much to pay the affiliate. Commissions range from as low as 1% with retailers, up to 90% on some digital products.

Becoming an affiliate is very simple. Each program may have their own approval criteria, they are generally free to join and have no pre-requisites. This is not a get rich quick scheme so don’t expect to put up a website tonight and wake up in the morning with your first cheque, it does involve work.

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