If you are just starting an affiliate program, you have to find affiliates. You have a website outlining the terms and conditions of your program and an application. Even if you use a third-party affiliate hosting program, you still need to lead potential affiliates to your website. Yes, is important to focus on selling them. You need to convince them that your program is the best to join. First, concentrate on getting them there. What are your alternatives?

Article directories. Article directories are popular and they do show results. Website owners have been using them as internet marketing tactics for years. Moreover, other websites and blogs utilize your articles. All facts, including links back to your affiliate program website stay. Within weeks, you will find this information scattered around the web. Article directories act by linking back to your website. Before submitting an article, check your links. Make sure they do lead back to the right spot.

When using article directories, you have two main options. You want to target internet users who want to get behind a good product or service, like what you have to offer. You also want to target experienced website owners and bloggers who are looking for another way to increase their income. You can write articles about the products or services you sell. Make a review and at the end of your article state that readers can make money through promoting. For those who wish to make money online, write generalized articles regarding affiliate programs. Cover topics that include what they are, how they work, and how everyone makes money. At the ending of each article, give a link back to your affiliate program website.

Online classified ads. When looking for jobs, many individuals bypass the printed employment sections and opt to find the same information online. This is where the greatest potential is. When choosing online classified websites, opt for those with free or reduced rates. Clearly highlight your program. There is some puzzlement. Many classified websites have strict rules on pyramid schemes. If you are just paying your affiliates each time they help you generate a sale, no strings attached, you should not have problems.

When using online classified ads, it is important to explain your opportunity in detail. Not everyone knows what affiliate programs are. If your listing says, “earn 5% commission,” most readers will actually think that is in addition to an hourly rate. It is not. Completely explain your affiliate program, the tasks required to generate money, and the payment terms. Eliminate confusion and weed out applicants right from the start.

Job posting websites or forums for home-based workers. Many people want to work from home. That has lead to an influx of work-at-home job posting websites and message boards. Visit these websites and look around. Can you post listings for affiliate programs? If so, do it! These people have already decided they like to work from home. Your opportunity allows them to do that.

When posting information about your affiliate program and linking back to your website, provide as much information as possible. As stated earlier, these individuals like to work from home and most have done research already. They must know that an affiliate program is based on sales and commission only, not an hourly rate. Still, give as much information as possible. Work-at-home job and opportunity listings seem less like a scam when they go into great detail.

Online message boards. When it comes to online message boards, opt for those that are based on running websites or blogs, internet marketing, or working from home. These individuals can give your affiliate program the most time. Many are also educated on running a website, marketing, and ad placement.

When highlighting your paid affiliate program opportunity and linking back to your website on a message board, read all rules first. Some only allow you to advertise job opportunities in specific sections. Don’t spam the boards. Next, utilize profile links and signatures. Anywhere you can put a link without breaking the forum rules, do it. The key to leading potential affiliates to your website is to post and often. The more messages you post on a forum, the more your links will appear.

In conclusion, there are many ways that you can lead potential affiliates to your program website. In fact, these are just a few of your options. Overtime, you will see that idle talk works great. When your affiliates start making money, they will discuss the opportunity with others. Soon, you won’t need to lead applicants to your website, as they will find it on their own.

About Ryan Perry

Ryan Perry has taken his 10+ years of business ownership and hands-on marketing skills and focused them on online marketing. In April of 2009, he started Simple Biz Support with an emphasis on Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Ryan is propelling local business websites to the top of Google, Yahoo and Bing resulting in increased market exposure and revenue for his clients using a variety of internet marketing tools including blogs, article submissions and video. Additionally, Ryan speaks and vlogs (video blogs) about internet marketing, educating business owners how to effectively use various SEO tools and techniques to promote their business on the internet. Ryan currently resides in Santa Rosa, CA. Connect with Ryan on Google+