Home Business Tips – The Power of Affiliate Programmes

Why are there so many Affiliate Programmes on the Internet? Are they really good? Can you really make money with any of them? Which ones are the best and which are the worst?

So, what exactly is an Affiliate Programme? Well, technically, an Affiliate Programme is one that you join and make your money promoting the programme itself. Some Affiliate Programmes offer free membership while others that offer free membership, do not allow you to make money with them unless you upgrade to paid membership.

Affiliate Programmes have many ways in which you can get paid. Some pay you a flat commission for each product you sell while others pay you a set commission for each member you bring in. Still there are others that pay a variable commission based on what level you are in the membership chain.

Let’s take a look at Affiliate Programmes that concentrate on selling actual products, as opposed to Programmes that mainly involve getting people to sign up under you in order to collect commissions.

Product-based Affiliate Programmes are very popular with people who like to sell. However, the problem is, not everybody is good at selling, that is why these programmes try to make it very attractive to Affiliates to sell their products.

Companies may set the price and commission structure themselves or like ClickBank rely on the vendors who create the products to set the prices and the percentages of the commissions. Company like Clickbank encourages vendors to set the commissions high enough so that people will want to sell them. ClickBank suggests commissions as high as 70% and no less than 50%.

Product-based Affiliate Programmes are very attractive but they require you to be a good sales person. The products may range from Internet marketing to health and fitness. Just about anything that you can think of is sold through these programmes. Most of the products are sold in the form of ebooks, but there are some companies out there that actually sell products such as vitamins and protein bars. The choice of things to sell is endless…

When choosing a product-based Affiliate Programme, the first thing you may want to do is to pick one that offers free membership. Nobody should charge you to sell their products. If they do, run for the hills because they are not legit.

Secondly, you may want to pick something that you are interested to sell. Why? Well, because products are not going to sell by themselves, you have to write advertisements for these items, therefore you may want to sell something that you know and something that you believe in.

Thirdly, you may need to look for a company that has been around for a while and has a good reputation. Why? Because selling products for a new company is risky for many reasons – you may not know how good the products are if there are no reviews on them and if you do sell a new company’s products and they turn out to be bad, this can seriously damage your credibility down the road. So you may want to make sure the products have good reviews on them.

Now, let’s take a look at Affiliate Programmes where you are not selling a product, but instead you are trying to get people to join the programme that you are in. This is commonly known as MLM, though there are some Affiliate Programmes of this type that are not MLM.

A good number of programmes on the Internet involve having to get another person to join the programme under you. This is how you make your money. Usually, these programmes have a monthly membership fee and you, as this person’s sponsor, gets a percentage of that monthly fee. The normal percentage is usually around 50%, though some programmes pay a little more and others pay a little less. 50% is pretty much the average. A programme like this usually pays just 1 level down. In other words, for each person you bring in to the program, you get paid whatever the commission is. But, if these people happen to bring in people on their own, you don’t get anything from their efforts. While in a sense there is more than 1 level, as you do have people underneath the ones you sponsored, this is not a true MLM as you don’t get paid for this second level.

A true MLM programme is one where you get paid, not only from your own efforts, but also from the efforts of the people you bring in. For example, let’s say you bring in Sherlyn and get paid $10 from her signing up. Then, Sherlyn signs up Marilyn and while she gets $10 from Marilyn’s signup, you might get $3 from her signing Marilyn up. You’ are getting paid from the efforts of those you brought in. This is a true MLM and one of the most popular Affiliate Programs on the Internet These people are hoping that the people they bring in will also bring in a number of people. With some MLM programmes going down as many as 10 levels deep or more, the potential for earning becomes very large.

In conclusion, Affiliate Programmes are powerful, however, not all Affiliate Programmes are good for all people. There are many reasons, but the main reasons have to do with whether or not the person is good at selling. And while it is true that all Affiliate Programmes require a certain degree of selling, some require more than others and some allow you to make a profit off the efforts of others.

While trying to start and build her home based business, Claire has made many mistakes in the past which resulted in months of no income and worst, has incurred high expenses that were killing her. In her case, she did not have anyone whom she could turn to in order to ask questions. She had to learn everything about setting up a home based business all by herself and from scratch. She hopes to share her personal learning experiences with people who are serious about starting and building successful home based businesses.

How to Set-up Your Own Secure Affiliate Programme

To make good profits, you will need to get high traffic to your site. This isn’t easy to achieve but with an affiliate programmes you can increase your traffic considerably.

An affiliate programme works by providing a unique code for each affiliate that is linked to your sales site. When a visitor sent by an affiliate buys a copy of your e-Book, you give them commission.

So what our affiliate page needs to do is, convince as many people as possible to sign up and become an affiliate. You must inform your potential affiliate, how the product sells, the commission you will give them and the training you will give them to help them sell your e-Book. Therefore your affiliate’s page is like your sales page, it really needs to sell.

The big problem with affiliates is that very few who sign-up actually make a sale for you. I’d reckon roughly 15% and that would be doing well. The reason affiliate programmes falter, is due to inexperienced people needing support. Remember if you can increase the likelihood of the inexperienced 85% selling your products, it will lead to considerable extra profits.

So what we need to do is educate the in-experienced affiliates. The best way we can do this is through an affiliate course. This will allow your affiliate to educate them. This course also allows you to stay in regular contact with your affiliate after they have signed up for your affiliate programme.

So, how do you set-up an affiliate course to educate your potential customers? It’s simple, in fact you already know how. It’s exactly the same as setting up a newsletter. Remember I spoke about getting Getresponse as an auto responder. Well you can also use this to take care of your affiliate course.

In a few minutes I am going to tell you about a piece of software that will automatically set up an affiliate sign-up page for you. It’s the same as the opt-in form we produced for the newsletter earlier. All you need do then is get your sign-ups to be forwarded to your autoresponder.

With getresponse you can programme it to send out an email every three, seven or fourteen days (this is at your own discretion). So you can write a 6 part affiliate course on your autoresponder and send one part out every week.

To get an affiliate training course you can use, all you have to do is sign up to my affiliate programme. You will be automatically subscribed for the six part affiliate course. Save the course in your inbox and you have full rights from me to use this course for your own affiliate programme. So basically you’re copying and pasting my affiliate course into your own autoresponder when you set up your programme.

Ok, how to set up your own affiliate programme. I mentioned earlier that if you sign up for clickbank, they will also take care of your affiliate programme. What I love about clickbank managing your affiliate programme is that they provide the accounts, the sales reports and they pay your affiliates every two weeks.

Earlier we setup an affiliate sign up template page. It’s easy to get affiliates to sign up to your programme. All you do is get the potential affiliate to sign up for a clickbank account of their own The link you use to get them to sign up to their own clickbank account is as follows.


All you need to do is replace the “affiliate word”, with your own clickbank nickname. This activates clickbanks affiliate link. If someone signs up using the previous link with your nickname, you will receive commission from clickbank if the person signs up for the full account.

So if you refer someone and they activate their account fully (activation fee $50), you will receive $10. Also you will receive a commission from clickbank for every sale they make with their own product in the future. Roughly this will work out around .10c for every 10 sales they make.

Now the code an affiliate will provide to link to your site will look like the following.

http://(yournickname).(their nickname) .hop.clickbank.net
In order to let your affiliates generate the code they need to link to your site and earn credit for any sales they generate, Clickbank will create an automated affiliate link generator form just like they generated an automatic order form for your product. Below is the interface needed to create your affiliate link.


By then creating a link on your affiliate signup page to this form, your affiliates will be able to receive their own unique affiliate linking code for your website .

Once a potential affiliate enters his/her clickbank nickname and clicks submit, the system then generates their own linking code. This links from their site to yours, showing that the visitor was sent by them.

Now you can use this affiliate programme if your budget is tight but I personally use a different programme and here is why I don’t use the programme outlined above.

Firstly anyone can become an affiliate of yours. That means that if one of your hard working affiliates is promoting you and an interested individual sees his unique affiliate link to your website, he can just substitute your first affiliates link with his own, then buy your product. Your affiliate loses money which was rightly theirs. Not a good start.

What about someone who you get to your site? Well they can just buy through their own affiliate link and cut you out of some profits that were rightly yours as you got them there in the first place.

Thirdly, you don’t actually know who any of your affiliates are because they don’t have to register with you to become an affiliate. Its easy to work out the affiliate code they’ll need so they go off promoting you.

Also your affiliate can’t actually see how many visitors they are sending to your site. All they are aware of is the commission their making.

It is for the above reasons I use a programme called easyclickmate . This programme solves the above problems and obviously works in conjunction with clickbank, to maximise the potential of your clickbank account. It will also turn your affiliate programme into a very powerful money making machine!!

The way this software works is simple and very effective:
Affiliate will actually sign up to your programme. They will provide their name, email, website address and country.

What I love about this software is that it includes its own control panel.
This powerful system gives you comprehensive marketing statistics such as click-throughs, sales and conversion ratio (hits/sales) of your affiliates. It will display your top performing affiliates, top referral urls, top product(s) performance summary.

Your affiliates can login to the affiliate center to check his/her stats, and retrieve their custom affiliate links which are automatically generated each time you add new products. The affiliate codes cannot be switched so the affiliate won’t lose commissions he rightfully earned.

They will also receive an automatic email notification from easyClickMate when they’ve made a sale. Details of the email includes the merchant’s name (i.e. you) and how much profit they’ve made. You will also receive an email regarding the affiliate sale. This is a value-added feature as Clickbank has decided to stop sale notification to affiliates.

The reason this software is worthwhile and why you will actually save money when you purchase the product for $70 is as follows. The system works in conjunction with clickbank. You can sell a number of products using the one clickbank account.

So why don’t you consider this

This software will cost you $70. If you are going to write more than one e-Book product, you will need a second clickbank account which will cost you another $49.95. Therefore if you are going to write more than two e-Books you will be saving money and this isn’t even including the other wonderful features easyclickmate has.

Remember if you have more than one product, you can check your affiliate stats to see which product is selling the best or the one you need to improve. You will be able to see which website is converting the most browsers into buyers.

With this programme, you will be able to entice more potential affiliates because your programme is very professional looking. Also add that I’ve supplied you with a full affiliate course. So your affiliate programme will be very powerful indeed.

I mentioned earlier about setting up an affiliate info (sign up) page and also an affiliate log-in page. Well the good news is easyclickmate will install these pages for you and upload them to your website.

Installation is simple and is covered completely by the top quality guide. Adrian Ling (programmer) will provide you with this as soon as you buy his software. This script is written in a language called PHP.

Adrian ling provides a very good manual for installing the software on your hosting account, and he also provides one on how to setup and use the software once it’s installed. The manuals are very detailed, and much like this book, break down the whole process into easy to follow steps. I’ve been personally dealing with Adrian for a while now and I can guarantee, he will provide you with excellent customer service if you need it.

A final word about this software is it also integrates with the Digital Vault software I mentioned earlier for storing your ebook. Therefore clickbank account, easyclickmate and digital vault all work and integrate simultaneously with other. This provides a pretty powerful sales programme. Need I say anymore!

How to Find an Affordable Siding Contractor in Jacksonville

Sidings protect the structure from direct exposure to outside elements, weather, prevent heat loss and to be able to achieve a unified and visually appealing facade. The materials that sidings are made of are usually wood or products that imitates the look of wood, especially the ones used in residential homes.

Ideal Siding Contractor Options Available for Your Budget
When you finally decide to replace your old sidings or if you are in need of siding installation for your new home or property, it is essential to find a reliable siding contractor in Jacksonville. However, finding the right contractor can be difficult. Here is a checklist that will help you narrow your search and help you pick the best contractor for your needs and budget.

Proof of Insurance
Similar to working with building contractors and roofing contractors, it is important to always ask whether the contractor you are working with has the insurances necessary to help them shoulder any untoward event or issues that they may face while serving clients.

An ideal siding specialist should have liability insurance, workers camp insurance and property damage insurance. This will help them cover expenses incase of accidents their workers may experience while at work, damages to property and other issues that may require the siding contractor to pay for damages or liabilities related to the siding job installation or replacement.

Proof of Licencing
Every state requires siding companies to comply with several regulations before they can qualify to be licensed contractors. The types of licences differ, depending on the state. Regardless of what these licenses are, they are still required and somehow give guarantees to clients that they are indeed working with the right and reliable people.

Licencing also proves that you are working with a competent siding contractor in Jacksonville. They have passed examinations and complied with requirements that make them able to accommodate specific types of projects. Never work with a contractor with no proof of legitimacy to offer.

Work History
Although there are some new contractors that can give quality and affordable work without a lot of work history to boast. However, if you are on the more conservative side, you would want to work with a siding contractor in Jacksonville who has a good reputation, backed with reviews and work history that you can look into.

Always look for a siding specialist that is aligned with your needs. Review and gather information about their past projects, appraisals and most especially, the type of results that they deliver. By doing this, you can manage your expectations and how well this potential partnership may affect you in terms of time, money, and potential conflict throughout the project.

Labor and Material Warranties
Warranties should be part of your agreement with your siding contractor. This should cover workmanship as well as labor. Certain siding companies are backed with product warranties. If a certain material used for your sidings are defective or does not work properly, a warranty helps you protect your investment. Only a professional and legit siding specialist can provide installation and repair services with warranties to offer.

Contact Details
Lastly, never work with a siding contractor with vague stipulations on your project contract. Before any project is started or even before signing anything. You should always have a sit down with your contractor and discuss details of the project. Unless you have a clear understanding on what the score of the project is, materials to be used, time frames to be followed and payment terms, do not sign anything. A contract can also make it easier in the event of conflicts and other changes that may occur during the completion of the project.

To ensure a seamless and stress-free siding installation, repair or replacement for your home or properties, find a professional and reliable siding contractor, through the tips above, to fulfill all your siding needs.