Earn Money with Affiliate Programs and Business Opportunities Online: What to be aware of and look specific after before you choose to join as an affiliate

Thursday, November 23, 2017

What to be aware of and look specific after before you choose to join as an affiliate

The Internet has many opportunities to offer. Among those is the ability to generate a lucrative passive income through an affiliate program. 

As an affiliate, you promote the products and services of a merchant and in return receive a commission. Due to the attractiveness of this venture, many are drowned by its high earning potential including fraudsters and scammers.
Today, there are many affiliates that escape and fail to pay their promoters for their contribution to sales with new and old hands falling prey to them.

What are the red flags to look out for in an affiliate program?

1. Affiliate lacks support contact information
Genuine affiliates show their contact information on their website and place of business. They also have a support program where you can contact the merchant to ask queries regarding the products in the affiliate program. Affiliates that have neither email nor contact are definitely a scam.

2. Affiliate offering unrealistic payouts
Most sponsors have payout limits. It is only fraudsters that will offer a higher payout amount. Before you commit to any affiliate program, check out its payout limit and then decide whether it will be prudent to promote their product.

3. You are charged with being an affiliate.
No affiliate should charge you for becoming an affiliate. If an affiliate program charges you for promoting their products or services, then it is a scam.

4. The affiliate has no proper tracking system.
Genuine affiliates have a good tracking system in their server to keep a record of all the sales and commission of each affiliate. Besides, such systems should be able to pinpoint how each affiliate secured a sale to disburse commissions in an appropriate manner.
Do not promote a product if a merchant does not have a robust tracking network.

5. Link hijacking.
Link hijacking is where a merchant hides an affiliate ID in a link hence preventing the affiliate from receiving their deserved commission. An affiliate should not cut out your affiliate ID.
Use tools like cloakers you to identify and prevent an affiliate from cutting out your ID.

To prevent yourself from further frauds in the affiliate business, join discussion boards pertaining to affiliate marketing and look at the pros and cons from honest and open contributors before signing up for a program.

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