Affiliate networks are networks of merchants that gives money
for clicks, sales, impressions or leads. Affiliate networks offer a wide range
of affiliate programs, with a central administration system to track your revenue.
The advantages of joining an affiliate network as an affiliate are:
Free to sign up (the merchants pay fees to list their programs)
Programs are categorised so it is easy to locate suitable programs
Partner with hundreds of advertisers from one interface.
Trusted third party that tracks and reports on ads.
One monthly cheque for all program payments.
Provides online tools to help publishers optimize their performance.
Reliability of merchants
Affiliate networks can be divided into groups according to their payment systems:
pay per click
pay per impression
pay per lead / sale
pay per popup
Some networks have a minimum traffic requirement,
i.e. Affiliate Fuel
requires 1000 unique visitors per day to join.
Check the payment times and minimum before signing up, you shouldn't have
to wait months for payment or wait for it to reach hundreds of dollars before
you are paid.
Not all networks support all the major countries so do check.
Glossary of terms
PPC - Pay per click
CPA - Cost per action (usually filling out a form or making a purchase)
CPC - Cost per click through
CPM - Cost per thousand impressions
Two tier - Affiliates earn commissions on their conversions as well as
conversions of webmasters they refer to the program.
PPI - Pay per impression
PPL - Pay per lead, payment is based solely based on qualifying leads.
PPS - Pay per sale, payment is based solely based on qualifying sales.
Payment threshold - the minimum accumulated
commission an affiliate must earn to trigger payment from an affiliate program.
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