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Affiliate programs are rapidly becoming one of the best ways to promote your E-Commerce site on the Internet. Some of the top companies on the web got that way through the affiliate programs. ADS can provide a full range of the affiliate program services. We can setup you up with the most popular affiliate program providers on the Internet or custom design a program just for you.

Your affiliate program requirements will depend on the amount of sales revenue your site generates. Advanced Development Solutions can provide the affiliate program solution to match your needs. To help you get started, please read the following information...

What is an affiliate program?

Simple. The idea behind an affiliate, or associate program is to recruit other webmasters to help you sell your wares by paying them for each visitor or sale they bring you.

Before you decide NOT to offer an affiliate program at your website, read the following...

"By 2002, 25 percent of the expected $37.5 billion in Internet retail sales, not including autos, will have originated on affiliate sites" -- Nicole Vanderbilt, Jupiter Communications

Now you are up to speed. If you're considering starting an affiliate program at your site, read on....

An affiliate program is really not as difficult to set up as you may think. Thanks to the high demand for affiliate systems recently, there are now lots of ways to set up your program.

Here's what you need to set one up...

1. A web site with your own domain name.
2. At least one product or service that you own completely.
3. A system to handle commission tracking and payment.

Sounds easy enough, right? Well, actually it is! And it's getting easier all the time.

The first two items listed above are pretty much self-explanatory. Naturally, you need your own website and your own product or service. You can't very well set up an associate program if you don't own the site or the product(s) you will be promoting. If you have not taken these two steps, you'll need to do this first. If you need professional help with these steps, visit our Site Development or Consulting sections. Once you've managed to get by the first two steps, we can move right to step three, setting up your program.

Advanced Development Solutions will review your objectives, then based on the your objective requirements will either custom develop a system to handle commission tracking and payment or set up your program with some of the most popular affiliate management systems available on the web. Many advanced options are available through companies that offer full associate systems. These companies range from affiliate management software providers to companies that manage every aspect of your program for you.

The positive aspects of an associate management system can be numerous:

1. You can sign on associates more rapidly and grow a larger force of resellers.
2. You'll enjoy the automation and online management of affiliates.
3. These systems provide full sales statistics for both you and your associates.

These three benefits alone make it worthwhile to investigate available affiliate management systems. Please complete the contact form located at the bottom of this page to request a consultation.

Here are a few last words on setting up your affiliate program...

  • Don't setup an associate program unless you are willing to share a decent percentage of profits with your associates. I see many sites offering 5% commissions to affiliates. This will only result in disgruntled affiliates and possible failure of the program. The money you think you're saving will only cost you in the long run.

  • Consider reviewing every application and accepting only sites related to your business. More than likely, unrelated sites will not generate many sales and may not be worth the work.

  • Be sure to post a "Frequently Asked Questions" section at your site the clearly explains every aspect of your associate program. This will eliminate a good portion of questions you'll have to field via email.

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