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Pay-for-Performance-Advertising Versus Marketing. A Brief History of Affiliate Marketing. Defining Affiliate Marketing. Affiliate Marketing Program Components. The New Cornerstone.2. The Benefits of Affiliate Marketing.
The High Cost of Customer Acquisition. Is Your Business Suited for Affiliate Marketing? The Benefits of Affiliate Marketing. Other Affiliate Marketing Uses.3. Become an Affiliate Yourself and Earn Income.
News and Features. Web, Media, and Consumer Opinion Searches. All-in-One Content Programs. Have Your Affiliate Team Join Affiliate Programs.II. SETTING UP YOUR AFFILIATE PROGRAM. 4. Step One-Planning Your Affiliate Program.
Setting Up Your Affiliate Program. What Do Affiliates Want? Review Your Competition.5. Step Two-Choosing Your Program Model.
Affiliate Program Models. The Creatives.6. Step Three-Getting the Word Out.
Step One-Crafting Your Message. Step Two-Building Your List. Step Three-Registering with Directories. Step Three-Newsletters, Discussion Groups, Mailing Lists, and Other Promotional Strategies. Step Four-Contracting Out Your Recruiting. Step Five-Using PR and Advertising.7. Step Four-Choosing the Right Affiliates.
Know the Affiliate Types. Acquiring the Super Affiliate. Choosing the Right Affiliates. Activating the Non-Participating Affiliate.8. Step Five-Creating Your Affiliate Agreement.
Affiliate Union Certification. The Elements of an Affiliate Agreement. Legal Issues. Monetary Issues. Delivery of the Affiliate Agreement. A Sample Agreement.9. Step Six-Tracking Your Affiliate Program.
The Elements of Tracking and Reporting. Do It Yourself Versus Third-Party Provider. Choosing a Third-Party Solution Provider. Third-Party Solution Providers. Low-Cost Affiliate Solution Provider Services. Making Sense of the Numbers.10. Step Seven-Paying Your Affiliates.
Payment Plans-How Much to Pay. Payment Plans. Dealing with Program Fraud.III. MANAGING YOUR AFFILIATE PROGRAM. 11. Managing Your Program.
Personnel Requirements. Keeping Your Program Fresh.12. Communicating with Your Affiliates.
Affiliate Newsletters. Targeted E-mail. Tutorials. Discussion Boards or Forums. Webrings. Chat Sessions. E-mail Discussion Lists. Other Feedback Mechanisms.13. Supporting Your Affiliates.
Servicing Your Affiliates. Provide An Affiliate Support Site. The Eight Things Every Affiliate Should.Appendix A. The 10 Deadly Sins of Affiliate Marketing.
Appendix B. Affiliate Marketing Master Plan.
Previous Weeks. Week. Week. Week. Week. Week. Week. Following Weeks.Appendix C. Affiliate Directories.

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Affiliate marketing has become a buzzword among Web marketers today. Since payment is based on performance, the cost of affiliate marketing is far less than any other online marketing vehicle. If you're an online business, it is estimated that the cost of acquiring a new customer on the Net can range from $75 to as much as $200 per person. Affiliate Marketing can solve this problem with little or no out-of-pocket costs. It can be done by anyone with a Web site with attractive content or any business with goods and services to sell, no matter how small the business is.This book will show anyone conducting business online, how to plan, implement, and manage a successful affiliate marketing program. The book will give marketing, advertising, sales and publicity professionals, as well as Webmasters, hands-on advice and guidance on how to find and implement affiliate programs available on the Net today. It will also provide case studies of successful programs as well as failures and scams to demonstrate and teach the lessons of building a successful program.The reader will find valuable Web resources such as tracking software and contract templates with the guidance of this book. There will also be direction for the reader to focus the content and develop the right affiliate model for the type of business.

About the Author

Shawn Collins is the manager of the affiliate program, which he launched in March 2000. Prior to joining ClubMom, Shawn served as the Affiliate Manager for, as well as the Senior Marketing Analyst for His bi-weekly columns on affiliate marketing appear on, and he has been the guest columnist for a number of online and offline publications, including SAM Magazine.Additionally, Shawn founded the United States Affiliate Manager Coalition, a professional organization of affiliate marketers, as well as co-funding Affiliate Metrix, Inc., a research, analysis, and benchmarking initiative for the affiliate marketing industry. Shawn co-founded the Affiliate Webinar, an online conference for affiliates and affiliate managers, with Frank Fiore has been involved with e-commerce from its inception and knows it from both the consumer and merchant side of the equation. He is an established e-commerce expert and author of three books on e-commerce entitled "e-Marketing Strategies", "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting an Online Business" and "Dr. Livingstone's Online Shopping Safari Guidebook." He is the Online Shopping Guide for and President of Concurrent Commerce Technologies, an Internet applications service provider specializing in dynamically price-enabling products and services on the Net.

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