Extra income, flexibility, and low cost are the reasons many marketers participate in pay-per-click affiliate programs. When marketers enter a pay-per-click affiliate program, they use their websites to promote the merchant's products by linking to the merchant websites and earning a fixed fee each time someone clicks on the link. In addition to the income, marketers benefit from a flexible, low-cost and risk-free operation.
Once the marketers set up the links to a merchant's website, they can start earning money without doing much else. Each time a customer clicks on the advertisement or the links embedded on the website, they get paid from the merchant. The more referrals there are, the more profit there is, because there is no additional cost.
Most affiliate programs are free to join, which means there are no startup costs. There are also many options for affiliate programs in which to participate. Amazon.com Associates, eBay Partner Network and LinkShare are among the best programs.
The simplicity of affiliate programs allows participants to work from anywhere. They don't need to have any sales or marketing experience, although the knowledge may be useful to increase the traffic of their own site as well as the click rate. Some merchants provide marketing materials to help with this.
Another benefit of participating in a pay-per-click affiliate program is the minimal risk involved. Marketers are not bound to any long-term contract and can drop it at any time if the products don't make money.