From auto loans and banks to mortgages and credit cards, more and more people are shopping for financial services online. The beauty of shopping online for financial services is in the ability to comparison shop and read reviews. In addition, you can really tailor your search. For example, when searching for credit cards, you can specify what type you’re looking for if you have a business, bad credit or no credit, etc.
Choosing the Best Affiliate Program for Financial Services
There are probably some financial institutions you’re familiar with or have dealt with and trust. Use these to compare against when choosing affiliate programs. When it comes to financial services, you must really be aware of the fine print – for your customer’s sake. You don’t want to partner up with a questionable business. This is especially true with any service to assist customers in getting out of debt. Visit financial chat rooms, message boards or blogs. Check with the better business bureau, as well.
Evaluate the sites per the following tips:
- What are they really selling? What is the fine print? Are they promising something that seems impossible?
- Customer service – can you find contact information for customer service easily? Do they have a toll-free number or just an email link?
- Is the site secure? Do they have appropriate site security for personal and financial information?
- Site quality – Is the site easy to navigate? Are the service descriptions clear?
- Selection – make sure you feel comfortable promoting the services offered
- Do they give detailed information about each service?
How to Optimize Sales
Why do online businesses use affiliate programs? Affiliate programs are used as part of the overall marketing strategy. Affiliate programs may take the strain off of other forms of online marketing and advertising. For example, as an affiliate you’re only getting paid for a sale, but in actuality you’re providing a lot more to these companies. Affiliate marketing is a great way to build incoming links (which leads to greater search engine optimization). Search engines also factor in the quality of the sites providing the incoming links – your site. So the better your site looks, the better the affiliate site looks in the eyes of the search engines.
How do you make all of this worth your time? While, you may feel a little duped about providing free marketing to some other site even though you may not always get the sale, you still need to bring people to your site in order to send them to the affiliate site to shop.
Perhaps on your site you offer tips for saving money, investing or getting out of debt.. Whatever it is, you obviously only want to be an affiliate of services that would those visiting your site.
Quick Tips: Optimize Your Site to Promote Your Computer Affiliate Site
- Keep in regular contact with your affiliate so that you can promote the latest rates and specials
- Keep your links and banners updated
- Add a blog to your site that addresses topics like how to manage debt, how to invest or the best credit cards for business owners, etc. You can link to the retail site in the blog as well
- Do you send out emails or a newsletter? Promote the affiliate site in those, as well
- Try to focus on additional keywords (through your blogs, tips, product descriptions) such as mortgages, loans, credit cards, credit services, etc.