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Joomla affiliate program : make money online step by step

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Updated on Thusday, 10 January 2013

Overview

There are many ways to make money online with Joomla; one of them is by joining a Joomla affiliate program.

You just need to register an account, promote a Joomla product and the money will roll right in. It sounds attractive, right? I know that some of you might want to be an affiliate to make money online. So now, let's get some behind-the-screen secrets revealed.

Joomla affiliate programs

Make money online with a Joomla affiliate program

An affiliate program

An affiliate program is an arrangement in which an online merchant website pays affiliates a commission to send them traffic or get people to buy their products. This agreement is usually based on the number of people the affiliate sends to the merchant's site, or the number of people they send to make a purchase or perform some other actions. There are at least three parties in an affiliate program transaction:

  • The merchant who offers products and affiliate program. This site will give you a URL, store the content of your page and slap on some advertisements.
  • The affiliate who advertises the merchant's products to the customer. These affiliates advertise the merchant's URL (via websites, email and so on), then they get paid according to a particular agreement.
  • The customer who takes the action which the merchant desires, via affiliate programs.

There are various promotion types: Via Banners, Page Peels or Text Ads, Emails and so on. In the Joomla affiliate world, the affiliates mostly get payment when the customers buy products (Pay-per Sale). JoomlaShine Affiliate Program is a sample of this type. To have a visual view of steps in affiliate programs, you should take a look at the [Infographic] Affiliate Flow.

Requirement

To join an affiliate program, you should have:

  • Promotion methods: They might be website(s), Social Media Pages(s) or Email Address(es). With these, you can promote products by placing banners, tweet about products, send emails to introduce the product and so on.
  • An online payment account: All of Joomla merchants who offer affiliate programs use online methods to pay you money. Paypal is highly recommended. Some of them use only Paypal.
  • A relationship network: A network of friends, co-workers and more - who you introduce products to.
  • HTML / CSS design knowledge (Optional): Not all merchants offer you pre-designed banners, so you should know some HTML / CSS design knowledge to create affiliate banners.

Process

  • Select suitable vendor(s): Affiliate programs work best when affiliates choose products or services that match the content of their websites. You should make sure that you choose reputable products or services as well.
  • Register as an affiliate: You fill in your information such as username, website, payment service and so on.
  • Run the affiliate programs: Select the promoting method, get your HTML code or create your own link. Then you place code in your content to create the desired banners, links, etc.
  • Check your affiliate report: Normally, you can check sales, traffic, account balance , how banners are performing and more from your report.

JoomlaShine Affiliate Program - Affiliate panel

Affiliate panel of JoomlaShine Affiliate program - Using a powerful affiliate software "Post Affiliate Pro"

Joomla affiliate programs, here they are!

Below are Joomla product providers and Joomla service providers that offer affiliate programs to make money online. Let's have a closer look at common definition first:

  • Software: The application which the merchant uses to monitor affiliate program and the affiliate uses to check his report.
  • Commission: A certain payment the affiliate earns for each sale.
    • EPC Earnings per Click): Commissions generated by all affiliates / total number of clicks.
  • Advertising method: The ways that the affiliate can choose to promote products or services. It might be banners, page peels, email templates, etc. Mainly, merchants provide you with available stuffs so you can get your affiliate campaign started immediately. However, some others just provide you with an instruction and an ID number so you need to design them yourself. Below you can see common methods:
    • Banners, Lightboxs, HTML Ads: Graphic designs that contains the target URL. It might be static or dynamic with various sizes and designs.
    • Page Peels: Website corners where you can peel them to see messages underneath. If you click on the messages, you will be redirect to the target URLs.
    • Textual links (Text Ads, Text Links, Email Links, Social Media): Text that links to target URLs.
    • Email templates: Sample text email to send to your friends. Target URLs are included.
  • Payment:
    • Payment methods(PM): The service the merchant chooses to pay money for you.
    • Payout threshold (PT): Minimum balance requirement for payout.
    • Payments are issued (PAI): The certain day of each month when the merchant pay you money.
    • Initial deposit (ID): the bonus money when you join the Affiliate Program.
  • Benefits:
    • Referral cookie (RC): The cookie of visitor' computer will be detected. If he visited the merchant's website before and makes a purchase after X days, the affiliate still gets his commission.

Now, you can get the details:


Program

Software

Commission

Advertising method

Payment

Joomla templates

JoomlaShine

Post Affiliate Pro

35 - 50%

- Banners (80+ pre-designed banners)
- Textual links (15+)
- Simple PDF
- Product documentation

- PM: Paypal
- PT: $100 ($20 for now)
- ID: No
- PAI: The first week of each month

Joomladesigns

Idevdirect

10%

- Banners (12 pre-designed banners)
- Textual links (Email link)

- PM: Paypal
- PT: €50
- PAI: The day 1st of each month
- ID: No

Templatemonster

Mytemplatestorage

-20%
-5% of the 2nd-tier

- Templates shop
- Banners
- Textual links

- PM: MoneyBookers, ACH (Direct Deposit), Check Payment and Wire Transfer
- PT: $100
- PAI: You can request it and you will get payment after up to 72 hours after request
- ID: No

Pixelsparadise

Idevdirect

20%

- Banners
- Textual links

- PM: Paypal
- PT: €20
- PAI: The day 1st of each month
- ID: €2

Joomlabamboo

Idevdirect

20%

- Banners
- Textual links

- PM: Paypal, paper check
- PT: $ 45
- PAI: The day 1st of each month
- ID: No

Joomlashack

Infusionsoft

20%

- Banners
- Textual links

- PM: Paypal
- PT: Free
- PAI: Between the 25 and the 30th of each month
- ID: No

Shape5

Idevdirect

20%

- Banners
- Textual links

- PM: Paypal
- PT: $100
- PAI: The 1st week of each month
- ID: No

Icetheme

Idevdirect

20%

- Banners
- Textual links

- PM: Paypal, paper check
- PT: $100
- PAI: The 1st week of each month
- ID: $10

Joomlart

Idevdirect

20 - 36%

- Banners
- Textual links

- PM: Paypal
- PT: $80
- ID: $20
- PAI: The 1st week of each month

Joomla extensions

StackIdeas

Omnistar

30%

- Banners
- Textual links

- PM: Paypal
- PAI: The 1st week of a month for the previous month of sales

Azrul

Plimus

35%

- Banners (3 pre-designed banners)

- PM: Paypal, Cheque, Direct Deposit (ACH) -US Bank only, Plimus Prepaid MasterCard or wire-transfer
- PT: $35
- PAI: n/a
- ID: No

Joomlaplug

Idevdirect

- 35%
- 25 % of the 2nd tier affiliates

- Banners
- Textual links

- PM: Paypal
- PT: € 20
- PAI: The day 1st of each month
- ID: No

Rsjoomla

Avangate Affilate Network

- 25%
- EPC: €0.2

- Banners
- Textual links

- PM: PayPal, wire transfer (including ACH), check, or Avangate prepaid MasterCard (powered by Payoneer)
- PT: €100
- PAI: The day 20th of each month
- ID: No

Sakic

Idevdirect

20%

- Banners
- Textual links (Text Ads, Text Links, Email Links)

- PM: Paypal
- PT: €40
- PAI: The day 1st of each month
- ID: €2

Joomplace

On-site software

15%

- Banners (15 pre-designed banners)
Could use our banner
- Email campaign

-PM: Paypal, Check or Bank Transfer
- PT: $50
- PAI: The day 1st of each month
- ID: No

Joomla training

OSTraining

Idevdirect

- 40%

- Banners
- Textual links

- PM: Paypal
- PT: $20
- ID: No
- PAI: One per month for the previous month

OpenSource Support Desk

Idevdirect

5%

- Banners
- Textual links (Text Links, Email Links, Brochure, ect)

- PM: Paypal
- PT: $5
- ID: No
- PAI: Every 30 days

Joomla hosting

SiteGround

On-site software

$80 - $150

- Banners (9 pre-designed banners)
- Textual links

- PM: Paypal
- PT: $30 with 3 sales
- ID: No
- PAI: Before the day 7th of each month

Hostmonster

On-site software

$65

- Banners
- Textual links

- PM: Check, Paypal
- PT: $100
- ID: No
- PAI: From the day 16th to the end of each month

Site5

Their own software

$25 - $100

- Banners
- Textual links

- PM: Paypal
- PT: Free
- ID: No
- PAI: The day 5th of every month

Lunarpages

Post Affiliate Pro

- $20 - $300
- $10 bonus for the first referral of the 2nd tier commissions

- Banners (Pre-designed banners are ready)

- PM: Paypal
- PT: $50
- ID: No
- PAI: The day 1st of each month

Bluehost

On-site software

$65

- Banners
- Textual links

- PM: Check, Paypal, Wire Transfer (in increments from $10,000 per month)
- PT: $100
- ID: No
- PAI: n/a

Dreamhost

On-site software

- $97
- $5 of the 2nd tier commissions
- $50 Bonus after 3 first referrals
- $100 Bonus for 7 referrals per month

- Banners (30+ pre-designed banners)
- Textual links

- PM: Paypal (with a 5% fee), Dreamhost hosting bill
- PT: $20
- ID: No
- PAI: The day 1st of each month

Hostgator

On-site software

$50 - $125

- Banners (70+ pre-designed banners)

- PM: Paypal
- PT: $100
- ID: No
- PAI: The 1st week of the month (97 days after the sale was sent)

Joining StackIdeas affiliate program

We use EasyBlog to build our blog. This is a great Joomla blog component from StackIdeas and it's great to introduce it to my followers by text links or on Twitter via their affiliate program. I'd love to share my experience with you guys.

With StackIdeas Affiliate Program, you will be rewarded up to 30% commissions for every referred sale. They run this program on Omnistar. Besides EasyBlog, I can also sell other products of theirs such as EasyDiscuss or SectionEx.

Below is my step by step process to run their affiliate program:

Step 1: Becoming a StackIdeas affiliate

It's easy to register as a StackIdeas affiliate. I filled in some information in the registration form. Then, I waited about 2 minutes to get a confirmation email that my application request is currently being reviewed. My affiliate request is reviewed and approved within 1 business day to be accepted as a Stackideas affiliate.
URL to StackIdeas affiliate program: http://stackideas.com/affiliates.html

StackIdeas Affiliate Program
StackIdeas Affiliate Program

Step 2: Learning how to run an affiliate program

Now you can login to your affiliate account at this link, using the information of email and password you provided.
Finally, here you are, User Control Panel appears right after you sign in. This is the place you can manage your affiliate account and track your reports and see how much commission you received.

User Control Panel
User Control Panel

To get started, you can click on Home tab. There are some necessary FAQs which will help you know how to get started and get familiar with using this control panel. All materials you need to promote is shown on Marketing Materials tab, so click this tab, you will see the offer, let's click on it for more information

Marketing Materials
Marketing Materials

Well done, finally, affiliate is here, you will use this given link to promote for StackIdeas' products. In addition, you can view other promotional options such as banner, textAd by selecting those in the drop-down menu

StackIdeas Affiliate options
StackIdeas Affiliate options

Step 3: Running my affiliate program

With affiliate materials provided above, you can choose different ways to promote them. For example, I can post this affiliate link on my Facebook page, tweet it on my Twitter page and choose to put a banner on my own website. You can choose the most suitable method or three of them, it's ok.

The promotion of Easy Blog on Twitter
The promotion of Easy Blog on Twitter

After promoting, now you can go back to User Control Panel to see how effective your work is based on the reports.

In conclusion

Joomla affiliate program allows you to make money online fast. However, it should be considered as a bonus to your main source of revenue since it is not a stable source of income.

I've attached a package of some of the available banners of the programs above. Please download it for further reference.

Have you run any Joomla affiliate programs? Do you intend to place some Joomla banners in your website to make money online? Please feel free to make comments if you have something to share with others about how to make money online.

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