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7 Ways To Identify Affiliate Program Scams

September 10, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Egidijus Andreika asked:

Since the introduction of the Internet, work from home opportunities have increased tremendously and affiliate program is among such proliferating business opportunities. Becoming an affiliate makes way for individuals to earn money by promoting products or services of an Internet business for which they act as affiliates and in turn they get commission according to their contribution to sales.

Nonetheless, even these programs can be deceptive, as there are affiliate scams that do not pay their affiliates for their contribution and escape without paying the affiliates but these scams can be avoided if interested people are a little more careful while choosing their affiliate programs.

Some of the things that can symbolize a red signal in the affiliate program are:

1. No support contact information on affiliate program’s website

Many affiliate program – scams do not provide any contact information. You cannot contact the ‘merchant’ of the product to check ask questions regarding the products affiliate program. First of all you should definitely e-mail the affiliate company asking some general queries. If they do not reply within a few days, it must be enough to raise your eyebrow. Also, the ones that do not have either email or contact number might be an affiliate scam.

2. Affiliate program charges you for becoming an affiliate

Genuine affiliate programs generally do not charge money from affiliates for promoting their products and services but if it does it may be a scam. Affiliate marketing is a win-win business for both product merchants and their affiliates, so merchants really want as much affiliates as possible, while affiliates want to make money selling merchant’s products.

3. There is no track record about a certain affiliate program

If there is any new affiliate program, the best way to check its legitimacy is after the period of six months. The genuine one with quality products will still exist whereas the fake one will collapse within this time. How you would check the performance of such affiliate programs?

There are affiliate marketing networks like Click2Sell.EU that allows you to full track the record of such affiliate program with the – how frequently it pays, it ranks the merchants, etc. So you can always select only the best affiliate programs and be sure that you will be paid.

4. Try to Google for negative testimonials about your affiliate program

The testimonials about your affiliate program are good evidence that tell you about the legitimacy and pros and cons of the affiliate program but do not trust the testimonials that have been provided by the affiliate program itself at their websites. Online forums are a great place to find testimonials or you can always use a search engine to find some feedback about it.

5. There is no proper affiliate tracking system or network

These tracking systems are provided by almost all genuine affiliate company to its affiliates so as to check the commission that has been earned by them. If merchant doesn’t use a good affiliate network or doesn’t provide you with its own good affiliate tracking program, then you should not consider promoting a product at all.

6. Do not believe in “too good to be true claims” of affiliate programs

This is essential especially regarding payment of commission as it might be a scam. Too good to be true offers in most cases are ‘to good to be true’ and you might not get paid.

7. Stay suspicious about links getting hacked as other fellow affiliates

They might change the affiliate id in the link and thereby transfer all your earned commission to their account. Use software like link cloakers to hide your affiliate ID to avoid such fraud.

In order to ensure regular and in-time payments to affiliates, Click2Sell.EU (http://www.click2sell.eu) affiliate marketing network ensures that only reliable and good affiliate programs would be listed. By joining a reputable affiliate marketing network you can easily find the most reputable affiliate programs out there and keep track all their performance. When you are choosing an affiliate program to promote make sure you use these tips to avoid affiliate program scams.

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Affiliate Program Promotion: Stop Being an Affiliate Program Jerk

September 8, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Ikey Benney asked:

There are millions of different affiliate programs on the internet and also offline to join and most are free.

During the past 7 yrs, millions of people from all over the world have joined these free affiliate programs in order to generate supplemental incomes or full time as home based businesses.

Since most of these affiliates have full time jobs and have little or no computing, website or business marketing and management skills, most have found it very difficult to generate affiliate commissions and reasonable income because they don’t know how to generate website traffics.

Therefore, some of them were forced to flock to the so-called internet-marketing gurus to buy internet-marketing e-books, website promotion softwares and read gazillion numbers of silly e-zines to learn how to promote their affiliate programs and websites.

Some of these so-called gurus went as far as seducing these internet newbies into attending their over priced internet-marketing seminars for $5000 in different cities in America and other countries of the world.

In some of these internet marketing e-books, the so called internet marketing gurus told them that the big secrets of getting rich on the internet were to get massive traffics by placing free classified ads, advertising in FFA (Free For All) websites, placing banner ads, doing pay per click advertising, creating thousands of blogs and pinging them, buying expensive text ad links, doing reciprocal link exchange with other websites, doing opt-in e-mail marketing, joint venture marketing, optimize and submit their websites to search engines, write articles about topics relating to their internet business and affiliate programs and submit them to thousands of article directories so as to get one way links, high page ranks and top 10 ranking so as to get massive traffics.

The so-called website marketing gurus seduced them into believing that to be able to do all these promotions they must use certain softwares and programs, which they must buy from them (the so-called internet marketing gurus!)

Some of these internet marketer newbies followed all these advices diligently and bought the softwares, did all the recommended internet marketing and promotions.

They have done the internet promotion work, but they were generating little or no traffics and sales despite spending thousands of dollars and their valuable time for 1yr-2yrs.

Finally, they became fade up and were forced to begin to scream, “Where is the money?”

What they did not realize was that most of the internet marketing strategies, which the so-called gurus had recommended, had been out of date, stale, invalid and did not work any more.

They did not know that the gurus do not even use those internet marketing and website promotion strategies.

This is because most of the so-called gurus had already made their money in various businesses before they got involved in internet businesses.

Most had built large customer base for about 10yrs-20 yrs before they began internet business.

One so-called internet-marketing guru sold his offline business for about $20,000,000 before he began his internet business and had more than 100,000 e-mail list to market any product to and generate thousands of dollars easily and instantly.

He was awash in raw cash and had 100,000 people he could send e-mails to market any product.

Obviously, most of the internet marketing strategies he recommended such as opt-in e-mail marketing worked for him and made him rich because he already had 100,000 in-house e-mail list databases of customers!

So, in their minds, the so called gurus might have believed that just because their internet marketing strategies worked for them it would work for everybody who bought their $29.95 e-books and website promotion softwares.

It is clear that what these gurus have been selling are half-truths.

They do not tell their customers the whole truth for obvious reasons.

Think about it.

Why would a so-called internet-marketing guru sell a powerful internet marketing “secret” which could make him $500,000 to somebody for $29.95?

Think seriously and logically about it.

Why would such a website marketing guru be naïve enough to sell it to thousands of Tom, Dick and Jane all over the world and therefore create unnecessary competitions for him/her, which would affect his income and profits negatively?

This is a no-brainer.

It is irrational.

No right thinking, rational and profit-motivated businessperson will do that: cut his/her nose to spite his/her face.

This will explain why only the so-called website marketing gurus have been getting richer in their internet businesses while the buyers of their internet marketing e-books and website promotion softwares have been doing poorly, and not succeeding as much as the website promotion gurus have in their affiliate programs marketing and internet businesses.

Website traffics, visitors and customers are the lifeblood of every business, both on the internet and off the internet.

If you cannot get massive website traffics and genuine targeted visitors to your affiliate program websites, you will not generate any sales and affiliate commission and income.

It is as simple as that.

So what are the secrets, which can help you to begin to generate massive website traffics and genuine visitors so that you may begin generating large amount of affiliate commissions like the super affiliates in your affiliate programs?

Here are some common sense useful tips to help you skyrocket your success in affiliate program marketing:

(1) Choose and promote only high paying affiliate programs.

Before you begin promotion, phone the company and make sure they are real people (and not just a bunch of 12 yr old kids goofing around online) and inquire how long it takes them to pay the commissions and ask how to verify that they pay their affiliates.

Ask them to refer you to some of their affiliates so that you may verify everything.

Most affiliate companies do not pay the commissions and you will not know until after you had spent time and money for a few months to promote their products and generated a large commission.

Then you will find out they would refuse to pay.

So check out and research the affiliate program before you begin promotion to make sure you will be paid your affiliate commissions.

(2) Select and promote only affiliate programs in high demand with mass appeal but with small number of marketers and sellers/suppliers.

The demand must be greater than the supply for you to generate massive traffics and generate large amount of commissions.

The higher the demand for the product/service, the more there will be traffics/visitors, sales and large affiliate commissions to be made.

(3) Stay away from most free affiliate programs.

Since they are free, hundreds of thousands of affiliates may be promoting them already, therefore saturating the market and creating more supply than demand and therefore making it hard to generate massive traffics, sales and affiliate commissions.

(4) Create your own affiliate program landing pages for all your affiliate programs.

On this landing page, include a short review of the affiliate program and how you have enjoyed it (if you have or how anyone else who bought it enjoyed it.)

Or you may use any testimonials at the company’s website.

Be sure to optimize this affiliate program landing page with the proper keywords.

This will help it to be indexed in the search engines and so get exposures and traffics.

(5) Promote your affiliate landing pages aggressively.

Submit them to search engines every two weeks.

You can go to our website and use the FREE submission softwares (http://maychic.com/resources.htm)

We also revealed automated website submission services at that page, which you may use.

Search engines index billions of websites all the time so competition is stiff.

Do not relax and wait for them to come and index your websites and affiliate program landing pages.

Submit the affiliate program landing pages to them every two weeks to keep them in the front before them.

(6) Submit your affiliate program landing pages to book marking websites and be sure to add book-marking buttons in them so that your website visitors may book mark them and help you get exposures in the search engines.

(7) Do link exchange campaign for the affiliate program landing pages.

The more links and exposures you get in the major search engines for your affiliate program landing pages, the more traffics, sales and large amount of commissions that you would generate.

The secrets are exposure, exposure, exposure and traffics, traffics, and more traffics.

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