How to Work from Home as an Affiliate

The number one thing you need to do when looking into the multitude of affiliate programs available to you is to ask questions first before you join any program. You have to do the research about the choices of each program that you are thinking about joining.

Get the answers before joining because they will be the deciding factors of what you will be achieving later on. I have listed here some of the main questions that you need to ask any retailer offering an affiliate program.

Will it cost me anything to join?

The majority of affiliate programs offered today are free of charge, so why pay for those that charge you something before joining? Unless there is only a very small fee and a very large ROI (Return On Investment), paying to be an affiliate just doesn’t make sense.

Show me the money?

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Each program is different, so this is an important question. Some issue their checks once every month, every quarter, etc. Find the one that is best suited to your payment schedule choice. There are many affiliate programs that are setting a minimum earned commission amount that you must meet or exceed in order for them to issue you a check, so be sure to ask if they have a minimum.

Per sale hit ratio?

This very important question tells you what the average number of banner or text link “hits” it takes to generate a sale. A “hit” occurs when someone clicks on the banner or text links. This is based on all affiliate statistics. This ratio is extremely important, as it will tell you approximately how much traffic you need to generate before you can start earning commissions from the sale.

How will the referrals from my affiliates site be tracked and also how long do they stay in the system?

You need to have the confidence that the program will track the people you refer from your site. This is the only way that you will get credit for the sale. The period that your referrals stay in the system is also extremely important. The reason is that some visitors do not initially buy the product, but may want to return at a later time to make the purchase.

You need to know if you are still going to get credit for the sale, even if it is done a few days or months from a certain day. Most programs track between 45 and 60 days, though some programs track referrals for as long as a year or more.

You need to find out whom you will be doing business with to know if they are a really solid company. Check out the products they are selling and the average sales amounts they are achieving. The more you know about the retailer offering the affiliate program, the easier it is for you to decide if that program is really the right one for you and your site.

“Is the program a one tier or two tier affiliate program?” A single tier affiliate program pays you only for the business you yourself generate. A two-tier program pays you for the business/sales you bring in, plus it also pays you a commission on the sales generated by any sub-affiliate you sponsor under you in the program. Some two-tier programs even pay a small fee for each new affiliate you sponsor. This is a recruitment fee, which usually only goes down one level.

Make easy money with affiliate marketing

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This might be the one thing you hear over and over again about affiliate marketing. You get lured into these promises and anticipate the money to come in instantly.

This is the most common mistake that people make once they get into affiliate marketing. Many newbies have fallen victim by those who are promoting the business.

Then, they get to realize later on that they are not really making that kind of money being promised. They thought that affiliate marketing was indeed a simple way to make money.

Many of you may have heard so many wonderful things about affiliate programs. You may have also heard of testimonials of people who are earning more money by endorsing the products or services of other people.

And why not? The commissions you will be getting is more than great. All you have to do is get the word out to the right people and soon they will be making their way to your affiliate sites.

It all seems very easy. Not really.

To many different affiliate programs

Many newbies think that affiliate marketing is a numbers game. So to be successful, they would need big numbers. These marketers would try and get into every affiliate marketing program in the hope that the more program, the more the profits.

Getting into more affiliate marketing program does not work. Instead of concentrating on one and giving it your best shot, you are torn between which ones to put into first place and which ones should be last. In the end, your affiliate marketing will not work the way you expect it to.

One thing that beginner affiliate marketers forget is to focus on is one product or service first before you go on getting more than you can handle.

As with other types of business, affiliate marketing is a continuous learning process that has to be researched about to be able to have an any idea what it is you are marketing about.

First, you have to know more about the product or service being offered. It would be best if you can buy or use that same product so you can really tell something about it to your potential customers.

Second is to know how best to market them. Is your strategy working or is does it seem to end with you getting nothing and trying all over again? This is just one of the important questions you should ask yourself once you are into this kind of business.

You may begin to wonder how some affiliates make this seem so easy. Like you, they did not start out successfully. They have also undergone the same things, eventually they have learned the strategies that would make their affiliate marketing better.

If you have just ventured into the affiliate marketing business, it is best to try and focus on one program at a time. By doing this, you will get to learn about the business.

You will also have the opportunity to learn about sales writing techniques so get the attention of more people. Presenting your ad is one of the most important things that make affiliate marketing work. Without these things, your marketing will not be as successful and as effective.

Show enthusiasm

Try to input some enthusiasm into your business. Your readers will sense that feeling in you and they will they be able to catch the enthusiasm you are radiating. For example, when you are reading a book, the emotions being conveyed are getting through you. You get to feel what is being written.

This is the same way with affiliate marketing. If you are confident enough about what you are offering, you will feel so strongly about it that you can encourage other people to feel the same way.

Try to find an affiliate marketing program that you believe in and follow it through. It will not only give you the proper credibility but it will also give you the enjoyment of promoting something that you like.

For the newbies out there, get into one affiliate and see how well you can make it work. If all else turn for the worst, there are still others there waiting for you.


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These are just some of the questions that need to be answered first before you join an affiliate program. You should also become familiar with the many important aspects that your chosen to program has before incorporating them into your marketing campaign and website.

Ask your affiliate program these questions. They can help you select the right program for you and your site from among the many available.

My recommendation for one of the best Affiliate Commission sites going around is Commission Junction. They have a wide variety of both affiliate programs and payouts. CJ is certainly worth a look if you want to get serious about this type of Affiliate Marketing.

Please feel free to ask me any questions you have.

Regards Shane.

2 thoughts on “How to Work from Home as an Affiliate”

  1. Shane, you did a great job on this post. I came across two affiliate programs before I found the one that was for me. There are questions I never thought of asking to find the right affiliate program that I wished I asked earlier before I wasted money on something that was not going to work for me.

     I personally was determined to learn about affiliate marketing and found a program that worked within my budget. You are right. It’s important to find one affiliate program that works for you. I also agree that thinking affiliate marketing will make you money overnight is unrealistic. Affiliate Marketing is just like any other business. You have to do your homework to be successful. Again, great post, and keep up the good work!

    • Hello Moody, 

      Thank you for your positive feed back about my post. 

      Happy to hear you have found the right affiliate program that works for you. 

      Regards Shane.


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