Joining affiliate programs allows you to earn money from your website by recommending other products. For example, if you recommend a computer for sale through Best Buy, and a site visitor clicks through the link or banner ad and purchases the computer, you earn a percentage of the sale.
Many businesses offer affiliate programs and to be successful, you should match up products and services that meet the needs of your target audience. Note that you can also create your own affiliate programs and pay others a commission to sell your products and services.
Following are sites that offer affiliate programs:
CommissionJunction.com – This site allows you to sign up for affiliate programs for more than 1,000 companies, including eBay, HP, Verizon, Yahoo, and many others.
LinkShare.com – This is another merchant that allows you to set up affiliate accounts with many big merchants, including Dell, 1-800-Flowers.com, Cingular, Chase, and more.
Associates.Amazon.com – Sell books and other products through Amazon.com. You can generate product images, banner ads, text links, and more. If you’re already recommending books, you might as well get paid for it. As a bonus, Amazon doesn’t just pay you for the books users buy; it pays a percentage based on the entire contents of their shopping carts when they check out.
PayLoadz.com – Create your own affiliate programs for electronic products such as ebooks or MP3 files, or sell affiliate products listed in their product store.
PayDotCom.com – Allows you to set up your own affiliate programs for your products so others can resell them.
1ShoppingCart.com and e-junkie.com – Both offer a robust online shopping cart solution and the ability to create your own affiliate links for your products, or create affiliate links to sell other people’s products.
ClickBank.com – An enormous directory of information products where you can become an affiliate and promote other people’s products or make your own products available.
CafePress.com – You can design your own merchandise such as t-shirts, mugs, license plate frames, and mouse pads, and then earn money from every sale.
Zazzle.com – Similar to CaféPress, Zazzle allows you to design your own products ranging from t-shirts to speakers and sell them for a commission.
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