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CPA Affiliate Network | Performance Marketing

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What is CPA?

CPA stands for either Cost-Per-Action or Cost-Per-Acquisition. It is a cost-effective method of affiliate marketing for a merchant. To put it simply, in CPA the merchant pays the affiliate webmaster only when a visitor clicks a link AND subsequently performs some desired action that benefits the merchant. This may be a product order, a registration, a download, etc. In CPA, the affiliate webmaster does NOT get paid for clicks alone. This is known as Performance Marketing.

Why should a merchant use CPA?

Affiliate marketing programs that offer CPA instead of PPC (pay-per-click) and the like are more reliable and stable. This is because in PPC, the merchants often wind up paying a lot of money to affiliate webmasters (also called publishers) for nothing. But in CPA, the webmaster gets paid only when the merchant is benefited in some way first.

What is a CPA Affiliate Marketing Network?

One way to make money from CPA is to join a CPA affiliate marketing network. Performance marketing is another term for this. A CPA network acts as a go-between for merchants and webmasters. The right advertisements are placed on the right web sites for maximum performance.

To join an affiliate marketing network, find one with a good reputation and track record. The network performance is measured by the quality of member advertisers (merchants) and publishers (webmasters) so check and see what the network's standards for joining are. A reputable marketing network won't admit just anyone. Quality takes first place and not quantity. This assures merchants that their advertising will pay off. It also assures webmasters that they will be promoting worthy and reliable products. Of course, if you're just a small business or are new, you'll want to choose an affiliate marketing network with less stringent qualifications.

How does one choose an Affiliate Marketing Network?

A good affiliate marketing network must have these features:

- Quality Merchants. You don't want to advertise a pyramid scammer, do you? A CPA affiliate network must ensure that only legitimate ecommerce sites get to join the network. Further, the network must give as much information about a merchant as possible.

- Affiliate Marketing Tools. Both merchants and webmasters need tools for detailed statistics, tracking actions, conversion rates, profits and so on.

- Technical Support. That is, member assistance for both advertisers and webmasters. The affiliate marketing network must help its members optimize their marketing techniques.

- Reliable payment methods. What are the commission rates? What is the minimum payout? It shouldn't be too high.


CPA or performance marketing is one of the best affiliate marketing methods. Merchants are more likely to stay in business with CPA than other payment modes. To reap the most benefit, you can join a quality affiliate marketing network. Performance counts more than anything, so try it!

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