So enough about me. Let's focus on why you're here. You want to make more money with your blog/website right? Good. You better want that.
Today, I'll be discussing lifetime commission affiliate programs and a little secret about them that most people do not know.
What Are Lifetime Commission Affiliate Programs?
They are affiliate programs that offer lifetime tracking on your traffic you send them. This means that even if someone you send through your affiliate link does not buy for a year you still earn commissions.
Pretty cool huh? No big secret there though just something that many people forget about.
So where do you find join these type of affiliate programs at? Most affiliate networks have them like Shareasale, Linkshare, Commission Junction and so on.
The easiest way to find them is log into one of your affiliate accounts and do a search.
Here is an example from Shareasale.
Just log into one of your affiliate accounts and look for an advanced search function and select "lifetime cookies."
This screen shot is from Shareasale.
Now For The Dirty Little Secret….
O.K. it's not a secret and I guess it's not really dirty, but it's something most people do not think about or even talk about. Just an FYI; dirty little secret sounded really cool when I was first typing this up. Ok let's move on.
Look for Lifetime programs that people have to continue buying updates, upgrades, additional refills, recharges, replacements and so on.
Because after purchase you know every customer you send that companies way has a good chance to continue ordering over and over again. This means you make more money from the same amount of traffic.
Imagine running a site where you recommend to someone a specific glue gun that takes a specific kind of glue stick. The person buys the glue gun through you and then they need to keep buying a specific type of glue stick through this company over and over again.
Or perhaps a person buys a single cup coffee maker through you that only uses a specific kind of coffee pod? Do you see my point? That customer is most likely to continue buying and because of that every bit of traffic you send their way is likely to make you more money that on products that do not have lifetime commissions.
In fact, most affiliate programs have a 60 day max. Some have just a few days and some have 365 days. 365 days are good but I have sites that have been making me money from people way past the 1 year mark.
This also allows you to grow you recurring cash flow. As you keep sending over traffic and as more people become buyers buying refills and the like eventually you have a built in profit stream that will continue to tick up.
Some programs out there offer IP tracking as well. IP tracking tracks more than just cookies it tracks a persons IP address. This allows you to be sure you'll get paid for all the traffic you send to an affiliate program. What happens sometimes with cookie tracking alone is that if someone clears or blocks their cookie data then you may not get credit as an affiliate.
Now, the average person has no clue what a cookie is. The average person believes a cookie is just something we eat. So most people never clear their browser cache and cookies, nor block cookies. But, for the ones that do IP Tracking helps get around that.
So how do you find programs that offer IP tracking as well. It's not as easy to do. Most affiliates do not offer this. But, if you're looking for that little extra reassurance you can simple send a support ticket to any affiliate program manager and ask them if they offer IP tracking as well as cookie tracking. I'll be honest, I rarely even look for this or worry about it.
Finally, going the lifetime commission route can ultimately save your website. Imagine your site gets knocked offline or drops to dead last in Google search rankings. You'd still continue getting commission through lifetime commission programs. This very thing has happened to me before.
Give me some feedback here. Have you been experimenting with lifetime commission programs? Have they worked for you?