Trying to get into affiliate marketing? The first step you should take is finding a good affiliate marketing network. A network will give you many advantages over going with some random affiliate program you’ve found online. Here are some steps to take in order to find a good affiliate marketing network.
1. Work with a network with a solid reputation.
Ideally, you want to find a network that has been in the business for a couple of years and has a good track record. You can read blogs, review sites, affiliate marketing sites, and forums to see if a particular network is worth working with. Forums are great as you can interact with like minded people and get honest feedback from the users.
There are plenty of examples where networks have been set up using template systems. The networks initially start attracting affiliates and start paying them for their performance. But within a few short months, the company is mismanaged and cannot pay out the affiliates. There are some cases where the network was simply set up to only profit them and not the affiliates.
2. Check out their payout rates and terms.
In order to succeed as an affiliate marketer, your promotions will have to turn out profits. Part of that will depend heavily on how much you are paid out. Some affiliate networks have many offers but the commissions on the offers are incredibly low, making it hard for affiliates to build successful advertising campaigns.
You want to find a network that pays out fairly or even more than expected if you want to increase your profitability. The network should also pay out affiliates often and on time. Some networks wait 2-4 months to pay you your commissions. Some will even require that you earn a certain amount of commissions to request payment.