AFFILIATE PROGRAMS

The Easiest, Fastest And Most Economical
Method Of Advertising - Bar None!

Nothing has probably changed the way advertising and business are done on the net as much as associate/affiliate programs. Amazon.com was the first to really capitalize on it. And now thousands of companies including Staples Office Supplies, Office Max, Barns & Noble, Cross Pens, Dell Computers have their own associate/affiliate programs. The reason for this phenomenon is that you can advertise on thousands of sites without having to determine if you are getting your moneys worth, as you only need to pay when something is sold. So it works so well for just about everyone.

There are two ways to use associate or affiliate programs and most successful dot-coms use both: 

Promoting Other Sites
There are literately thousands of programs to choose from for your site. In fact, we can point you to sites who's sole purpose is posting current associate/affiliate programs that you can join. This is a great way to earn additional revenue from your site because it puts you in total control of all advertising - the quantity, the product and the company that is advertising.

Too much advertising turns people off and distracts from the original purpose of your site. The wrong type of advertising can give people a very bad opinion of you. Yet, if done correctly and in concert with the other basics of a sound business plan, this type of advertising can generate thousands of dollars in monthly advertising revenue.

There are far too many important factors to go into in covering the subject to do it all on this page, but probably the most important thing you should remember is to focus on those programs that compliment what you are marketing from your site. If your site markets wedding planning, than look for associate/affiliate programs from companies that market flowers, wedding gowns, tux rentals, wedding invitations, etc. You will earn far greater commissions with less advertising by using only advertising that compliments what you are marketing.

Quantum can help you locate the associate programs that compliment your site the most. Or if you are a "do-it-yourselfer" we can point you in the right direction to find what you need.

Promoting Your Site
Since the reasons that most dot-coms even exist is to market a product or service over the net, promoting your site through and associate/affiliate program of your own is very exciting! Although there are many elements to putting together an effective associate/affiliate program, once completed, you can actually see success in days rather than weeks, months or years.

However, there are a myriad of mistakes and errors that can cause an associate/affiliate program to fail. A few of the many are not paying enough commission to make it worthwhile, not being able to track who has sold what, and paying commissions on time.

The very first step is to figure out an acceptable commission plan. The most popular rage today is two-tier programs where not only does an advertiser make commissions on all sales though its links, but should anyone use those links to become an associate/affiliate themselves, the advertiser would also receive a commission on their sales as well. Quantum is very skilled at this element of the program and can assist your efforts.

Now that you know what you want to offer, the next step is technically putting it all together - how you will administer it. There are basically only two acceptable ways of accomplishing this, your own software or a service bureau. 

Service bureaus do offer many advantages over using your own software (not the least of which is promotion). However, start up costs range between $1,000-$5,000 and you will need to pay them a commission on every sale as well. If your expected volume is high and margins are high enough to pay them as well as two tiers of associates/affiliates, this is probably the best, low maintenance method possible. As industry consultants, Quantum has relationships with the firms and can help you get going very quickly.

However, if you are unsure of your volume and your margins are not high, then you should secure your own software to administrate the program. There are many existing programs available that offer you and your associates/affiliates various features. Price range from around $300 to as much as $7,500. Each offers varying features and benefits, but do NOT make the mistake of assuming that the most expensive is the best. If you do, you will be wrong. Again, as industry consultants we have studied most of them and have discover that some have far more value than others. Quantum can assist your efforts and save you thousands of dollars in the process. Chances are that the money we save you will be far greater than the cost of our service.

Now that you have created a great program and have a sound method of administrating the program, the next step is to get the word out. If you are doing a good job of site management, visitors to your site will sign up for the program and sooner or later it will become a success. However, you can jumpstart the process by registering or listing your program with sites who's sole purpose is the promotion of associate/affiliate programs. They have newsletters that will get the word out quickly and can almost immediately drive hundreds or thousands to your site to sign up for your program. Quantum has relationships with these sites and can assist your efforts in accomplishing this and the many other steps to a successful associate/affiliate program for your site.

Okay "do-it-yourselfers," here are a few tips for you. Unless you have a thorough understanding of all aspects of an associate/affiliate program you should definitely secure and read, "The Complete, Insider's Guide to Associate & Affiliate Programs" by Declan Dunn. It comes with a 100% money back guarantee and you can download it and be reading it within minutes. The knowledge contained within could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to you over the next few months. For low-cost, high-value software to administrate your program, we highly recommend "AssocTRAC." We believe this to be the very highest value package on the market. If you are a skilled web designer, you will find this the perfect solution. The cost is well under $1,000, but it will make you look as though you have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in building your associate/affiliate program. Check it out - you will be glad you did!

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