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Should You Promote Residual Affiliate Programs?
Should You 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 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!

At the end of this piece you'll see how you can 
totally automate the process for phenomenal results.

Affiliate marketing is a business relationship 
established between a merchant and an affiliate.  
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 alot 
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 

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 

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.

Supposing 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 

If you would like to get started, why not be led by
the hand and learn, step by step, the automated
income stream method, without breaking the bank?

Talk soon.



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