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How To Tap Into The Sales of Major Corporations by using their simple affiliate programs

By Keegan Michaels
Posted Thursday, November 18, 2004

Many big businesses have major affiliate programs. You can go to their massive shopping site and order any one of thousands of items. If you click there from one of their affiliates sites, the affiliate gets a percentage of the purchase price.

This gives affiliates a way to tap into the millions of dollars many of these big companies earn each and every day. And with all those thousands of low-priced, high-demand products on display, it shouldn't be hard to start making sales. Right?

Well, it's not that easy. Big shopping web sites like ( and ( have been offering attractive affiliate programs for years, but they are notoriously hard to make money on.

Here's why and how to turn this problem around. Soon you can be tapping into the glitz and value of big corporate sites to earn the affiliate cash they are truly capable of giving you.

Probably the biggest problem is targeting the people you send to the site. Send just anyone to the parent site's opening page and it's unlike that particular person will find something they REALLY want to buy. People get lost in their big sites. The chance a person will stumble over just what they want is pretty remote.

You can greatly increase your odds by creating your own web page that features a few specific products. Your page can link directly to the pages featuring those products. This works for affiliate systems that track your customer no matter what page they click to. Some let you link directly to specific products. Others only send people to their opening page. For those, you can list recommended products on your site so the customer knows what to look for when she gets to the parent site.

The products you choose to feature should fall into a particular category: commonly needed supplies for small office printers, hair care products for men with a certain type of hair, a particular style of hard-to-find clothing.

Start by creating your own web page. If you can, make your site at least three pages--an opening page with a few products, a page that tells about you, and a page with a few helpful tips. All these can help draw and interest the targeted group of people who will buy from your affiliate program.

This isn't hard to do, even if you are all thumbs with computers. Create your own free page in seconds at ( Type in the title of your page, provide a few links, and you're up and ready to go.

You can make a much more complete and attractive page with a free site at ( Get even more lavish with the easy to use page and logo creation system at ( It costs a low $8 per month.

The web addresses that free and low-cost hosts give you can be long and confusing. (, (, and ( give you a free short address that forwards people to your longer free site address. Instead of ( you can use an easier address like (

Use these same principles for ads you place and the signature file in your email messages (a 4 to 6 line ad that appears after your name.)

You can send people directly to a certain product page using a short address that "refers" to the longer address.

Also look into affiliate networks that give you an easy way to link to your choice of hundreds of big programs. ( and ( feature a great many big corporate programs from the likes of Dell Computer, Priceline, AT&T, and 1-800-Flowers.

The days of sitting on the sidelines while only rich investors profit from America's great corporations are over. By smartly using corporate affiliate programs, you can tap into the flow of cash. Pull in checks ranging from pocket change to thousands each month.

About the Author
Keegan Michaels knows affiliate programs. He knows what to look for and what pitfalls to avoid. Let him show you the roadmap to affiliate profits. Contact him today at or 801-328-9006. Get his Extra Money Newsletter FREE at (


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