Billy Preston
 
Different affiliate programs have different application processes. For some it's as simple as filling out an online form. At the very least, in addition to submitting general information, you need to provide a W-9 form from the IRS so they can pay you, as we explain earlier in this Article. Most affiliate programs prefer to have a way to pay you without cutting a check. You can arrange to be paid by direct deposit to a bank account or to your PayPal account. I (coauthor Ted) have my affiliate programs pay my PayPal account. In today's cybersecurity world, I always feel the fewer number of organizations that have my bank information, the better. With so many data breaches happening, you never know. Think your information has never been exposed in a data breach? Think again and enter your email address to know for sure: https://haveibeenpwned.com. If your data has been compromised, how many of those companies notified you? In my case the number was a really discouraging 10 percent of the occasions when my data was exposed in a data breach. But as affiliate programs have become more and more popular with millions of new affiliates joining all the time, affiliate networks have also become more selective and more security minded. Many no longer accept just your W-9 and a one-page form. You may be asked for additional information. Make sure your answers are complete and well crafted. You may be asked for any of the following: Biography or profile: Read the information on the program's website. Find out what they expect of their affiliates, what promotional methods they like, what kind of customers they are looking for, and what products they offer. The websites of some affiliate programs are more complete than others. After you have researched the program, write your biography in a way that convinces the program you would be a great match for them. Affiliate marketing experience and/or knowledge is considered a plus. Social media pages and social media experience: The social media page you submit should be relevant to the affiliate program you're trying to join. Of course, there are exceptions. For instance, the strength of your LinkedIn page may be your professional experience, sales experience, or the like that would have a wider relevance to many affiliate programs.
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