What is an affiliate?
In Internet marketing, an affiliate is a person or company which sends visitors to a website in exchange for commissions.
Affiliates can earn commissions in four ways: per impression, per click, per sale and per lead.
Pay-per-impression and pay-per-click programs have declined dramatically in numbers because of impression and click fraud.
Pay-per-sale and pay-per-lead programs are still very common and growing in number.
These days the whole process is easy for affiliates. You go to Affiliate Advantage's site, type in your name and address, and your website is automatically verified and approved. In the vast majority of cases, approval is instant and automatic.
Each affiliate is given a unique link to paste into his or her website, so the merchants can track which affiliate is responsible for generating a sale.
Most affiliates own a website or several websites. However, some affiliates earn commissions by paying for advertising and sending the visitors directly from the ads to the merchant. This "affiliate arbitrage" is a tough field for a newcomer. It's easy to spend more than you earn. Instead, we strongly recommend you start by creating your own website.
Being an affiliate is a bit like being a commissioned sales person – online.
There are many advantages in having this sort of business. For example, you don't have to create a product, you don't have to carry any inventory, you don't have to worry about handling products, or postage, or refunds. You also work from home, choosing your own hours. You are your own boss.
Disadvantages? You have to have discipline and determination to succeed. For newcomers to Internet marketing, joining an affiliate program or two is an excellent opportunity – a good way to earn money without producing your own product.
Affiliates join the programme that they are interested in promoting via the affiliate area of the Affiliate Advantage website and then download the tools they want to use and commence promoting the merchant.
Affiliate Advantage tracks the sales that accumulate and pays the affiliate the commissions earned on all of the merchants' programmes that the affiliate has promoted.
Sign up here. Once you complete the affiliates registration form on our website, you will receive an email from Affiliate Advantage regarding your participation as an affiliate in the Affiliate Advantage Network. Your email will contain your username and password and a quick overview of how to start generating revenue.What happens next?
Once you have been accepted as an Affiliate Advantage Affiliate, you will be able to access your account from Affiliate Advantage using your username and password. From there you can access all of the tools you will need to create links to promote merchants. If you need to update your affiliate account, you can also do this from within the admin area.What does it cost to join?
Nothing. It's free to become an Affiliate Advantage affiliate.Is my site eligible?
Any site can fill out an application, and we will accept a wide variety of sites into our program. However, we reserve the right to refuse any site that does not comply with our Terms and Conditions.If I have more than one site, can I still join?
Absolutely. Just register each of your sites as sub-affiliates under one affiliate account and receive a single cheque for all of your sites.
Once your application is accepted, you will be given a unique affiliate ID as well as custom-formatted links that will ensure that traffic coming from your site is properly tracked. We maintain a day-by-day cookie, meaning that if a visitor clicks on a link from your site, you are credited with the sale as long as the visitor purchases.We record all transactions from your site in real time, meaning that all impressions, links, and sales are tracked instantly. The admin area has all of the reports and tracking resources you'll need to see how you are doing. You can use these reports to find out which of your links are performing the best and to optimize your site for maximum sales.
Use your affiliate username and password to log in at www.af-ad.co.uk. On the 'Select Adverts' page, you will find the code for banners, html links and text links.How do I know how much money I've earned?
You can access information on sales, commissions, visitors, clicks, impressions and conversion rates via the Affiliate Advantage affiliate section at www.af-ad.co.uk.
We pay out to affiliates 15 days after the end of the month in which the sales have been validated. Payment is either by direct credit into your bank account or by cheque. There is a minimum payment amount of £50
Thank you for your interest in the Affiliate Advantage program.
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