Promote Residual Affiliate Programs

Are you a webmaster in need of additional income? Or are you planning to set up an online business but you still don’t have any product to sell? If so, affiliate marketing may be the best solution for your problems. With affiliate marketing, you won’t need to worry about the products you have to sell. All you need to have is a website with sufficient contents that are related to the products of a certain online company offering affiliate programs. By becoming a member of the program, or by becoming an affiliate, you can start earning a certain amount of money right away!

Affiliate marketing is some sort of business relationship established between a merchant and his affiliates. In affiliate marketing, an affiliate agrees to direct some traffic to a merchant’s website. If that traffic is converted into some kind of action, like a visitor purchasing a product on the merchant’s website or a visitor becoming a lead for the company, the affiliate who directed the traffic will be compensated. Compensation may take the form of either a percentage sales commission for the sales generated or a fixed fee predetermined upon the application of the affiliate on the merchant’s affiliate program.

Promising a lot of benefits both for the merchants and the affiliates, affiliate marketing has become one of the most popular online marketing methods today. In fact, almost every merchant or retailer site today offers an affiliate program that any one can join into. Most retailers would entice people to become affiliates or members of their program by promising great benefits like large commissions, lifetime commissions, click through incomes and a lot of other benefits. But would all these affiliate programs bring off the same benefits?

Most affiliate programs would pay you, as an affiliate, a one-time commission for every sale or lead you brought to the merchant’s website. Commissions for this kind of affiliate programs are usually large, ranging from 15% to a high of about 60%. Other affiliate programs would pay you a fixed fee for every click through or traffic you send to the merchant’s site. Programs like this often pay a smaller fee for every click through, usually not getting any larger than half a dollar. The good thing about this kind of program, however, is that the visitor won’t have to purchase anything in order for the affiliate to get compensated.

Another type of affiliate program is the residual income affiliate program. Residual affiliate programs usually pay only a small percentage of sales commission for every sale directed by the affiliate to the merchant’s site. This commission often comes only in the range of 10% to 20% sales commission. Because of this, many people ignore residual affiliate program and would rather opt for the high paying one-time commission affiliate program. Are these people making a mistake, or are they making the right decision?

We can’t tell, for sure, if people are making a mistake by choosing a high paying one-time commission affiliate program. But we can definitely say that they are making a large mistake if they ignore residual affiliate programs. Residual affiliate programs would indeed pay at a lower rate, but merchants offering such kind of programs would generally pay you regular and ongoing commissions for a single affiliate initiated sale! That means, for the same effort you made in promoting a particular affiliate program, you get paid only once in a one-time commission program, and a regular and ongoing commission for a residual program!

So, are the benefits of promoting residual affiliate programs clearer to you now? Or are they still vague? If they are still vague, then let’s make them a bit clearer with this example.

Suppose there are two online merchants both offering web hosting services on their sites. The first merchant offers a one-time commission type of affiliate program that pays $80 for every single affiliate initiated sale. The second merchant also offers an affiliate program, but this time a residual affiliate program that pays only $10 for every single affiliate initiated sale. As an affiliate, we may get attracted at once at what the first merchant is offering, as $80 is definitely a lot larger than $10. But by thinking things over before actually getting into them, one may be able to see that the second merchant is offering us more opportunity to earn a larger amount of money.

Supposed you have directed traffic to the merchant and it converted into a sale, you’ll get paid once by the first merchant for the sale you have initiated. But with the second merchant, you’ll get paid monthly for as long as the customer you have referred to the merchant continues to avail of the web hosting service. That means that for the same effort of getting one customer to avail of the merchant’s service, you get paid monthly in residual affiliate programs while you only get paid once in a one-time commission type of affiliate programs.

So, are residual affiliate programs worth promoting? Definitely yes, because you virtually get more money from these types of affiliate programs in the long run! And would residual affiliate programs work best for you? Probably not, probably yes. It is not really for me to tell. But with the benefits that residual affiliate marketing can provide, it would really be unwise to ignore such programs.

Lead Generating Tools

Tutorial Sites

Tutorial Sites
Ehow.com
Instructables.com
Good-tutorials.com (Graphics/Photo/Programming)
Tutorialized.com (Web design and marketing)
tutorial-index.com (photoshop, coding, video, etc)
tutorial-center.com (computer related)
geekpedia.com (Programming)
tutorialsphere.com (web, video, audio, etc)
tutorialsgarden.com (photoshop & coding)
thewebblend.com (Design)
fstutorials.com (Web design)
noupe.com (Graphics related)
(there are dozens more)


udemy.com is a good place for online courses. You can give them away for free OR sell them. Some people are making a lot of money with Udemy. See video for details.
www.learni.st is an interesting new social site that is similar to pinterest, but with an emphasis on education.

NOTE: Website come and go so if it is no longer available, do a Google search for what you need.

Podcasting Sites

Podcasting Sites

allpodcasts.com

digitalpodcast.com

feeds4all.com (podcast category)

fluctu8.com

getapodcast.com

gigadial.net

godcast1000.com (Christian)

ipodder.org

itunes.com

learnoutloud.com

mirpod.com

podbean.com

podcast411.com

podcastalley.com

podcastblaster.com/directory/

podcastdirectory.com

podcastingnews.com

podcasting-station.com

podcastpickle.com

podcastpup.com

podfeed.net

rimpodcast.quickplay.ca/rimpodcasting/ (Blackberry)

social.zune.net/podcasts/ (Zune)

stitcher.com

techpodcasts.com

NOTE: Websites come and go so if it is no longer available, do a Google search for what you need.

Social Bookmarking

Social Bookmarking

socialmarker.com is a free site that you can use to automate your social bookmarking.

delicious.com

Slashdot.org

Digg.com

Reddit.com (manual submission recommended)

Tagza.com

Fark.com

Connotea.org

Netvouz.com

Diigo.com

Bibsonomy.org

Folkd.com

Linkagogo.com

Tipd.com (Financial)

Jumptags.com

OYAX.com

Boomarking.com

Karmalynx.com

HealthRanker.com

linkedwords.com

Submit Coupons to Coupon Directories

Submit Coupons to Coupon Directories

Coupon Magic (Creates coupons for ClickBank products)

Amember (Membership site script with built-in coupon function)

bensbargains.com

couponcabin.com

couponcraze.com

couponcraze.com

coupongirl.com

couponmountain.com

currentcodes.com

dailyedeals.com

dealcatcher.com

dealhunting.com

dealofday.com (Forum)

deals2buy.com

deals4dummies.com

dealtaker.com

edealsetc.com

gottadeal.com (Forum)

happycoupons.com

headlinedeals.com

jackscouponcodes.com

keycode.com

mycoupons.com

promotioncode.org

quicktoclick.com

ultimatecoupons.com

wanting.com

NOTE: Website come and go so if it is no longer available, do a Google search for what you need.

Q&A Sites

Q&A Sites

able2know.org

akaqa.com

allexperts.com

answerbag.com

answers.com

answers.yahoo.com is probably the most popular Q&A site currently.

aolanswers.com

ask.fm

ask.metafilter.com

askville.amazon.com/Index.do

blurtit.com

fluther.com

formspring.me

justanswer.com

kgbanswers.com

linkedin.com/answers (talked about in lesson #82)

mahalo.com/answers/

querycat.com

quomon.com (tech related)

quora.com

stackexchange.com

stackoverflow.com (programming related)

theanswerbank.co.uk

webanswers.com

RSS Feed Aggregators:

RSS Feed Aggregators:

technorati.com

syndic8.com

feedage.com

newsisfree.com

theblogfarm.com

newzalert.com

feedsee.com

(search for niche specific aggregators, such as pfblogs.com)

Submit to curation sites, such as alltop.com

Blog Communities:

blogengage.com

fuelmyblog.com

blogher.com (for women only)

Blog Directories:

globeofblogs.com

bloggernity.com

blogville.us

ontoplist.com

Pligg sites (also Scuttle, phpDug, and PublicBookmark):

blokube.com

tipd.com

bizsugar.com

fwisp.com

dzone.com (web development related)

(There are literally thousands of these kind of sites. Search for some in your niche.)

See also: pligg.com/gallery/

News Aggregation and other Curation Sites:

imnewswatch.com (Internet Marketing only)

biznik.com

webpronews.com

(search for some in your niche)

Places to build free pages & blogs

Places to build free pages & blogs (and post on others):

weebly.com

wetpaintcentral.com

blogger.com

livejournal.com

tumblr.com

xanga.com

blog.co.uk

thoughts.com

Photo sharing:

pinterest.com

clipboard.com

flickr.com

Wiki-type of sites:

wikipedia.org

wikimedia.org

wikia.com

wikidot.com

wikispaces.com

listafterlist.com

Rating/Review sites:

reviews.ebay.com (Write guides)

rateitall.com

yelp.com

Interactive sites powered by Ning (Search for sites in your niche)

Photo sharing:

Photo sharing:
pinterest.com
clipboard.com
flickr.com

 

Wiki-type of sites:
wikipedia.org
wikimedia.org
wikia.com
wikidot.com
wikispaces.com
listafterlist.com

 

 

Rating/Review sites:
reviews.ebay.com (Write guides)
rateitall.com
yelp.com
Interactive sites powered by Ning (Search for sites in your niche)