Internet Cookies and codes with unique identifying numbers track the dollar spent, where it came from, and how much an affiliate, aka, publisher, gets paid.
How publishers are paid…
In general terms, the publisher earns a percentage of each sale. Earnings are accumulated and paid out when specific volume requirements are achieved. Advertisers can pay an affiliate directly by check or direct deposit, or in some cases a third party, know as a Network Affiliate disperses funds. Each merchant/advertiser may differ in payment methods. For specifics, refer to the merchant's terms and conditions at enrollment or registration.
How activity is monitored…
Depending on the merchant, information is available to the publisher 24/7 online. Some merchants provide very sophisticated monitoring and tracking information in order to help the publisher refine affiliate marketing campaigns.
It's a Two-Way Street…
Websites are being designed and redesigned every minute to accommodate affiliate program income opportunities. Not only can a become a publisher, if you are a merchant selling a product, you can create an affiliate program for your own site, just as we have done at StJosephstatue.com.
How this all came about…
For the majority of consumers, our dollars are spent on the path of least resistance and affordability. The emergence and eruption of affiliate marketing programs which offer inexpensive, targeted advertising and point of purchase at our finger tips is a result of consumer needs. This is why many bookstores closed the doors after Amazon.com launched its bookselling site; convenience, and better deals. As an internet pioneer, Amazon.com invited others to share in Amazon's profits thru their affiliate marketing program. In the time it would take to find our car keys, we can buy it online.
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