The merchant, or the company offering the affiliate marketing program, is the one who will most always benefit from affiliate marketing .
There are many reasons for this, and each in its own way is what’s driving more business to consider adding such a program to their marketing plan. It was until recently a largely untapped marketing technique, but now makes up a substantial portion of online marketing.
Understanding The Process Of Affiliate Marketing
The process of affiliate marketing is to allow third party companies to place advertisements on their own websites for a product or service that you provide. Then, if consumers react to that advertising in a certain way that third party site is compensated.
Some of the compensation methods aren’t as solid as others. For instance, some require the site visitor to merely view an ad. Others require the visitor to actually click the ad.
The method that is most widely used and easily the most beneficial to merchants is a method in which the third party sites are paid out only when a product or service is ultimately purchased. This means a visitor to that third party site would have to click an ad, or a link of any kind, that takes them to the merchant’s site.
They will then have to actually buy a product or service. At that point the merchant pays the affiliate, the third party site, a commission.
How Affiliate Marketing Has Evolved
One of the biggest benefits to this is solely in the way it has evolved. In times where affiliate marketing was based on cost per click or systems in which sites were paid out based on the number of visitors, there was a lot of fraud going on.
The affiliates were able to easily manipulate the system to make it look as though more people were clicking or visiting than was really the case, but in the current system money actually has to be exchanged before there is any revenue sharing.
Key Benefits Include…
Another key benefit to affiliate marketing of virtually any kind is that there is very little work to do on the part of the online merchant. All they have to do is set up the affiliate program through such affiliate networks as Clickbank or ShareAsale, PayDotCom and then let the affiliates do all of the work for them.
With that being said in many situations however, there is time and money invested in ensuring affiliates have all of the best tools to work with, including graphics, pre-made ads and product information such as articles and a series of email auto-responder messages that the affiliates can use.
Now that eighty percent of affiliate marketing pays out only when a purchase is made, the benefits to the online merchant are so much more obvious. While the third party affiliates are busy doing all of the difficult work, the merchant only has to worry about paying money when they themselves are making money. This is unique to pretty much all other marketing.
TV ads, magazine ads and radio spots, to name just a few, these other forms all cost money no matter what sales result where as using affiliates to promote their products does not.
Because the benefits are so clear cut, even mainstream retailers are starting to take more notice of the practice. In the coming years it’s likely that consumers will be seeing it happen even more that it is happening now, affiliate marketing has become popular to many internet users.