You own a website and have teamed with many others on the internet through internet affiliate marketing, in hopes of earning sales commissions on products and services the others offer. It only makes sense that the majority of your affiliated sites also offer online transactions since the web surfer is the target of your marketing.
However, there is no reason you cannot use internet affiliate marketing to work with service businesses that conduct their business offline. For example, a used car lot may have a website that lists and displays a portion of its inventory and you guide potential customers to the site. The customer then wants to call the dealer to verify the availability of an advertised vehicle. Using affiliate software that can track calls, you could still get credit for the sale and earn a commission.
Additionally, some service companies do not have an online presence, such as hairdressers or even attorneys. Working out an affiliate agreement with them, a small card could be printed on their home computer with information linking the coupon with your site. By including a map of the business along with other pertinent information, it can be taken to the business and they would know from which site the lead came for proper affiliate credit.
However, most affiliate marketing is conducted through other internet businesses that utilize software tracking, automatically assigning you a tracking number. When a person visits your site, clicks on an affiliate link, and makes a purchase from the affiliated site, you receive credit for the sale and earn a commission. Since most buyers are already online, making the transition to another site is simple for them and tracking is automatic.
As a business, there are many advantages to joining the affiliate marketing craze as it can greatly enhance your presence in cyberspace. The key to success for any online business is being able to be found on the internet. Having thousands of other websites posting an ad for your business, for which you pay only if you get results, adds to your traffic and your sales.
An advantage to affiliate websites is that it appears to have advertising on them from another website. Visitors viewing an affiliate site have no way to determine if the referrals are paid to advertise or not, which can add a degree of credibility to that site as well. You will also receive points from internet search engines for additional site links. Although graphic links do not garner as many points as text links, the more quality links you can obtain, the better.
Affiliate marketing programs are a win-win situation for both parties as the site gets additional exposure and traffic and the affiliate can earn money through the commissioned sales.