Making Money From Affiliate Programs

The bottom line is that there are thousands of affiliate programs out there. Together, the Crazy Money Ideas staff belongs to over 1,200. Everyone from Amazon to Macy’s to 1-800-Flowers to GoDaddy has an affiliate program.

How Affiliate Programs Work

Affiliate programs are simple. You simply sign up for one of the affiliate program networks such as Commission Junction or Linkshare (see the “Affiliate Programs” menu above for more) and apply individually for the affiliate programs of any online store or service. Those services usually approve you. Some have a review process to assure that your website will represent them well. Others approve you right away. Some services have pre-approved criteria that determine immediately if you are approved or declined.

Once Approved, What Happened Next?

Once your website approved, your webmaster simply selects graphical banners or text links to place anywhere on your website. When your website visitors clicks the banner or text link, they must purchase a product or service on the website. You receive 5 to 10% commission, sometimes more than 10%.