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Affiliate programs

I first looked at affiliate programs c1997. I have been putting it off ever since. Just could never get around to signing up.

There a couple of sites that I run with a reasonable amount of traffic.

Is anyone out there making money on affiliate programs?

I know there are now a few affiliate aggregators out there, making it a lot easier to reach the pay threshhold.

What about the inlink ads? Again, is anyone making money on these?

Which are the best programs? Which are the scams?

One thing I do not want is either banners, or pop-ups/pop-unders etc.

Tapiwa
Thursday, November 13, 2003

If your sites have a theme, try selling products related to that theme. Then you would get a cut from the sales.

No stiking impressions/popups/popunders/etc.

Nola
Thursday, November 13, 2003

That is the general idea... theme the product offering to the sites.

The question still remains though. Is there anyone actually making money, and which of the Affiliate houses play fair with commissions??

Tapiwa
Thursday, November 13, 2003

I made money with Amazon affiliate links for recommended books in an e-mail newsletter I ran and from my old site. It wasn't much, but paid for the site and gave me between $50 and $300 a month in profit. I didn't put any real work into it either. This was about five years ago, so I don't know what holds now.

Troy King
Thursday, November 13, 2003

"Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half."

-- John Wanamaker

Grumpy Old-Timer
Thursday, November 13, 2003

I had heard that book authors make more from Amazon affiliate links than they get from the publisher. I heard this more or less directly from "the horse's mouth" (i.e. author of a well known book published by a well known publisher).

Walter Rumsby
Thursday, November 13, 2003

Amazon doesn't pay much for the books they sell, so the authors typically make less money from amazon sales than from other sales.

www.MarkTAW.com
Thursday, November 13, 2003

Actually, I should have added, the situation I describe existed in 1999... and so do Kozmo... MarkTaw's comments probably reflect reality these days.

Walter Rumsby
Thursday, November 13, 2003

I think Amazon gives 15% commission. I doubt that a writer can get that from a publisher. In fact, a writer with a web site promoting his/her books and linking to Amazon would get the 15% + the percentage coming from the publisher.

uncronopio
Thursday, November 13, 2003

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