Choosing an Affiliate Network
When I say "affiliate network," I mean a website that offers many different affiliate programs sponsored by numerous merchants and businesses (businesses like IBM, Dell, Bell, Apple, and Macy's, for example). Merchants join the affiliate network in order to recruit affiliates (who will then advertise and sell the merchants' products). Affiliates join the network in order to make money selling products or finding "leads." The affiliate network acts as the middleman and keeps track of earnings and payments.
Now the problem with the little affiliate networks is that they are usually too small to adequately protect your personal information and Tax ID. (Even the big banks and retail chains have had problems protecting credit and debit card information, and these big guys have paid big money for top-of-the-line security.) And these little affiliate networks often decide to nickle and dime everybody over bandwidth: They often terminate your participation in a particular affiliate program when they figure you're visitors and customers are wasting bandwidth clicking on merchants' banners. In other words, they figure that many of your visitors and customers are not qualified to make an actual purchase (because, for example, your visitors and customers live overseas).
There! Little affiliate networks are often just too little. . . . BUT I am now also trying out LinkShare! Bringing revenue to your website, LinkShare UK, and the Zanox Network.