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Going To Join an Affiliate Program for the First Time? Learn About What to Cover in an Affiliate App

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/30/2006 | Affiliate Programs
 

You have learned about the high income potentials of affiliate marketing and are wanting to join one? Well, try to become an affiliate with a reputable company; it will provide you a great learning experience in the field of internet entrepreneurship. But joining just any 'ole company does not serve any purpose. You have already created a website that means you have great research capabilities. Utilize this skill in researching about the company whose product you are going to promote.

As an affiliate, you need to have access to a web site where it is allowed to conduct commercial activity. Try to use your own web site domain name. It is better than using your internet service provider's domain name. This way the web addresses of your pages won't have to change even if you change your internet service provider or web hosting provider.

Now is time for applying for participation in an affiliate program. Most of the merchants prefer to work through an affiliate network; it makes the technical and administrative procedures related to affiliate transactions easier. Now an affiliate network establishes coordination in the relationship between a merchant and its affiliates. The merchants belonging to different fields of business are the clients of these affiliate networks. Now these networks place different affiliates who sign up with the networks with the hope of joining other affiliate programs in the network, in different affiliate programs.

Thus you can apply for affiliate participation in two different ways. Either you join the program through the affiliate network, or you go through the link about affiliate opportunities on the merchant's web site. It is here you will come to know about the instructions about how to apply for participation in the affiliate program of that company. There will be an application form that you will need to fill out. Now you are provided with an agreement which you have to read carefully to learn about the rules and terms of the business.

There are certain issues you should take good care of. Make sure of the credibility and contact details of the company. As a member of the Affiliate Program, the company will provide you with special link formats to be used to link the business website. You do your affiliate jobs and the specially coded links are there to take care of the technical aspects of tracking, reporting and commission calculations. So as an affiliate you have to make sure that these links are supplied to you in a proper manner. Because your referral will be credited only when they will reach the merchants website through these specially formatted links. It would be a wise decision on your part if you keep a track on your progress through affiliate network reports.