Before signing up to any affiliate program, remember to do some research on the vendors site, especially the sites traffic. Alexa.com may be helpful in doing this research. If the site is ranked in the top 100,000 the merchant gets good daily traffic to his site. If the site is ranked below 500,000 it is not worth bothering. You should find another one. So remember to do the research before you want to invest anything.
Like any marketing project though you need to do your research. You need to get some books and read up on it. Then you should go out and look in marketing forums, web sites, and blogs to see what others have to say. Just take everything you see outside of books written by professionals with a grain of salt unless it is coming from a reputable name.
The rewards for affiliates can be very good, and the skilled affiliate marketer can earn many thousands of dollars per month. This win-win situation has led to an explosion in the number of affiliate programs that are available to affiliate marketers.
Promising a lot of benefits both for the merchants and the affiliates, affiliate marketing has become one of the most popular online marketing methods today. In fact, almost every merchant or retailer site today offers an affiliate program that any one can join into.