Is this Signup is Free?
Before signup with affiliate programs make sure that affiliate programs available for free to signup. Programs that demanding valid sales before joining their programs are most of times stands side with multi level marketing programs and also if the programs are costs to sign up its too hard to promote through affiliate tier program.
Affiliate programs are different than the Pay Per Impression (PPI) program and Pay Per Click Program ( PPC) those will pay you even your referrals not making with their system. But in case of affiliate programs you have to plan and organize your website to make valid sales so whenever you are choosing this kind of affiliate programs be sure that they are offering highest sales commission as possible. Getting a minimum 50% commission on total sales will be the moderate sales commission in the industry is sure that your commission will be more than that. Some of the programs like Aweber Program offer recurring based commissions on subscription sales that will be the good choice for promotion so that you can avail periodic sales commissions even after the primary sales have been made
Tier based programs
Some of the affiliate program offer sales commission for sub referrals made by your client. Basically tier based commissions are lower than the direct affiliate commissions but will helps you generate commission even from other sources. So choosing the tier based affiliate programs are wise decision to generate more income but make sure that if the commission that they are promising is genuine . Tier based programs are most preferable with online money making bloggers whose pages are most actively read by the same attitude of money making minds online.
Affiliate tracking system
The merchant that they are promoting the affiliate programs should offer well organized and effective tracking mechanism so that you can manage your tracking activities more comfortable. Effectively organized tracking system will helps to you identify and optimize various factors like Ad space optimization, Targeted Ad campaigns, Click Through Rate (CTR) and much more. And much importantly it helps you to get touch with your down line ( Those who are signed up under you specially with tier based programs )to increase sales . some of the programs offer third party affiliate management network like Commission Junction ( CJ Program) , ClickBank Program ,e-junkie program and others . These type of third party affiliate management network offers state of art tool to manage your campaign and most of time their conversion ratio, tractability is much higher than the program offering companies
Best customer support
Your affiliate program Owner ( The company who offering the service ) should provide best customer support for both your clients and also for yours. Because most of the companies offering the money back guarantee for limited time, if your client is not satisfied with their products or services you will lose your commission. So if the program owner offers better customer support will helps your clients from abandon the sales during the money back guarantee period
Promotional materials are most important ingredients to boost up your affiliate marketing campaign, so when you choosing the program you have look the company about the promotional material that they are offering like banners, mini sites, brochures, presentations , videos and sometimes with white label branded websites.
Commission Payment procedure
Finally you may consider about the commission payment procedure that they are following.
What will be the minimum amount to be reached for payout?
How frequently you will be paid monthly or weekly?
In which mode the commission will reach you PayPal or check?