Setting Up An Affiliate Marketing System

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Affiliate programs will enable a business to generate

a lot of traffic and therefore boost sales through

promotion by third party sales or sites. It’s also

a cost effective way to advertise your products and

services as you pay only for the efforts that

actually turn into sales.

Setting up your own affiliate system can be either

easy or overwhelming, all depending on how many

affiliates you want to recruit, as well as your

payment policy and the type of product that you are


As for your affiliate systems, there are two options

for your business – outsource the entire system or

run your own affiliate system through your own

web host. Each one boasts its own advantages as

well as disadvantages.

If you have a small amount of affiliates, then you

can run your own affiliate software. If you plan

to recruit a large number of affiliates, then you

will probably need to outsource. The reason for

this, is because you’ll find it easy to deal with

a large number of sign ups, track payments, monitor

clicks, etc.

Types of affiliates

There are numerous types of affiliates out there

to choose from. There’s the pay per sale, there

an individual is paid only if a sale is generated

from the affiliate’s link. It’s the least attractive

to people, unless the product is in high demand

and the most profitable for business.

Another type is the pay per lead, where you pay

only for traffic. With this type, the affiliate

is paid only if a visitor is generated from the

site of the affiliate. It’s attractive to affiliates

although costly to web site owners due to the

possibility of non sale visits.


When setting up an affiliate, something to consider

is whether or not you’ll approve affiliates manually

or automatically. It’s normally recommended to

start affiliate programs with your established

customer sites then progress to new ones.

If you are dealing with pay per clicks, you may

have to control the affiliates as the quality of

visitors will be a huge factor when it comes to the

generation of sales. By manually reviewing, you’ll

also be able to judge the website or individual

affiliates to see if it’s in the best interest of

your company.

If you decide to use your own affiliate system, one

of your biggest challenges will be how to pay

affiliates a percentage of what you end up receiving

from customers. To do this, you can rely on software

such as Affiliate shop to help you track and manage


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