Before we get too much deeper into this affiliate stuff I wanted to take a moment to tell you about another way to find affiliate advertising.
There are a lot of places that use the big affiliate programs like cj.com and linkshare.com but there are a lot of companies who also have their own affiliate programs.
This is especially helpful to know when you are designing your website. Most likely while you are designing it you will take a look at similar websites to see what they look like, what they have and how they are using advertising. Click on some of their advertisements and look around the merchants site. You will probably find a place either towards the bottom of the page or towards the bottom of the side links that says "affiliates".
If you click on that link you will be taken to a page where you can find more information on being an affiliate for them and how to sign up.
Personally I think these are some of the best affiliate programs out there and I use quite a few of them.
They tend to send you information right away on new promotions and they also tend to include the links right in their emails which I love. It is a lot easier for me to work this way than having to go to cj or linkshare and find out if there are any new promotions and links.
Of course some of the merchants you sign up with through the big programs will also send you emails but it doesn't seem to happen as often for me as it does with the companies that I am directly affiliated with.
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