How To Start An Affiliate Program

How To Start An Affiliate Program in Minutes

For Your Business… and Your Website

“Yeah, I’ll get around to setting up that affiliate program. Someday…”

Sound familiar?

It’s the mantra of the affiliate program procrastinator. And who can blame you? There’s a lot that goes into building an affiliate program—finding affiliate partners, setting up a payment system, managing your affiliate tools, ensuring that you have a breezy signup page. It all sounds like a lot of work. Zoning out in front of the TV set sounds like a heck of a better time for this evening’s plans.

But what if building an affiliate program could be done easily—within a span of just minutes?

No, that’s not a typo. You’d be surprised at what you can accomplish with LeadDyno, even if it’s your first experience setting up a new affiliate program.

All it takes is a little know-how, a little guidance, and just a little bit of time out of your day. Let’s get started.

Here’s How To Start an Affiliate Program in Just Minutes…

You’re not going to sign up your own affiliates if you haven’t already signed up with LeadDyno yourself, so come on! The process is simple, requiring only the most basic of information, and there’s even better news: we’ll hook you up with a 14-day free trial just because we like the cut of your jib.

Why is this such a crucial step? Are we trying to just convert you into a loyal LeadDyno customer? Actually, this first step is crucial because signing up with us will allow you an Affiliate Sign Up Page right off the bat. We’ll even host it for you at

Suddenly, the idea of “setting up a signup page for your affiliates” doesn’t seem so tough, does it?

We’ll also supply you with a handy embed form that allows you to install a “Join Our Affiliate Program” button within the friendly confines of your own home page. (Note: if you want quick tips on setting this up and you’re already signed up with LeadDyno, then click here for more info.)

But there are more features you can unlock as soon as you’ve committed the low-investment step of signing up, including:

  • Adding Affiliates through the system. Even the tech-unsavvy have a way of joining your affiliate program: you can do it just by entering them into your own system! That cuts out a lot of “back and forth” emails between you and would-be affiliates.
  • Sending an Automated “Welcome” Email. You want your affiliates to feel welcome and appreciated, right? That’s what our automated welcome email is for. You can easily enable this feature (see a helpful video here) and give your affiliate program the professional touch it needs.

You’d be amazed at how quickly the ball gets rolling once you simply sign up for an affiliate program of your very own at LeadDyno.

How to Find Affiliates—The Rough Guide

So you’ve set up an account and you now have a legitimate, professional affiliate program ready to go.

Just one question remains. Where are all of the affiliates? You can’t very well build a self-respecting affiliate program if you don’t actually have affiliatespopulating that program.

Luckily, there are plenty of available tools for accomplishing exactly that.

Since you’re about halfway into reading an article on creating your very own affiliate program, we’re going to go ahead and assume that you’ve already been selling a product of your own. That’s great! One of the most powerful recruitment tools available to affiliate programs is a loyal base of happy customers.

That’s why we feature an Affiliate Invitation feature that invites your customers to join your affiliate program.

The process is simple: you turn on your Affiliate Invitation Email feature so that your new customers will receive an invitation to join your program. Not every customer is going to join, of course, but from this day forward, you’ll be able to kick back, relax, and watch as your affiliate program list grows without any additional effort.

Heck, we’ve already taken the liberty of writing the affiliate recruitment email for you. You can check it out at our affiliate recruitment page.

If that doesn’t help you set up an affiliate program in a minimal amount of time, we don’t know what will.

Affiliate Tracking Within Minutes

“Okay, this all sounds great,” you say. “But you’re not really an affiliate program until you have sophisticated tracking available.”

And you’re right. Lest you think we forgot all about tracking, it’s time for the one-minute rundown on how to run your affiliate program like a top-tier program right off the bat.

Once again, we’re happy to do most of the work for you. It starts with the quick setup of an affiliate link. It will probably look something like this:

how to start an affiliate program

Each member of your affiliate program will have a unique link so that all of their visitors, leads, and customers are tracked in the Affiliate Program easily and efficiently. That’s really all they need to get started.

As for you? Well, once you’ve got a new affiliate partner set up, you’ll be able to view their tracking link, their visitors, their leads, their customers—all of it—from the roomy comfort of your own affiliate program dashboard.

What’s more, your own affiliates can check their own statistics by using your program to log in to their dashboard. This means they can view their progress and upcoming commissions with up-to-date, true-to-reality statistics. In fact, many of our own users here at LeadDyno make this feature one of the points of emphasis when advertising the service. 

If it all sounds too confusing for you, then check out our affiliate management resources—we’ve got a guide that takes you through everything from installing and testing LeadDyno to tracking banner ads and going international.

Getting the Word Out: Social Media Sharing

Of course, by now, you already have all of the tips and resources you need to get your very own affiliate program up and running in a matter of minutes.

But let’s say that you’re not quite satisfied with a working affiliate program. Maybe you aren’t even quite satisfied having a few members of that program. You want to give your program members tools for getting the word out about your product!

One of the most powerful tools for accomplishing this feat is the utilization of social media. There’s no better way to get the word out about your product than through Twitter, Facebook, and other social platforms.

We at LeadDyno provide a number of tools for accomplishing exactly that, including:

  • Twitter promotion. You can provide copy for Twitter messages—140 characters or less, of course—via our LeadDyno. Giving them the basic “message” allows them to do minimal work while ensuring that your product is gaining an entirely new audience. The same principle holds true for writing a predefined email templates that your affiliates can use.
  • Facebook promotion. Same idea here: armed with your affiliate link, your affiliates can use a promotional template for adding in a Facebook status update that links, through their unique affiliate link, to your product. The same process will be used for LinkedIn promotions as well.

Arming your affiliates with the exact tools—even the exact scripts—they need for social media domination is another step toward affiliate promotion success. And, like all of the other tools you’ve read about here, the process only takes a mattero f minutes.

Bringing it All Together

Is it possible to handle all of these features and tools in one sitting? Heck yes! Now that you’re armed with the knowledge of what it takes to build your own affiliate program with a minimal investment of time, you can get started and have your program up and running in a matter of minutes, not hours.

But we won’t lie to you. The key to long-term affiliate success is investment. Maybe not investment of time or money, but an investment into the success of your affiliates. Are you giving them easy links to find your affiliate program? Are you setting them up for success by providing them with the scripts and links they need to get started?

This guide to building an affiliate program within minutes will work—but a successful affiliate program can be a horse of a different color. Luckily, with all of the tools and setups you’ve read about here, you’ll have everything you need to get started. And if you get lost along the way, be sure to visit any one of the links listed here to continue learning.

There is one thing common between all the top affiliate programs – they all started small. Here is where you can learn how to start affiliate marketing successfully and how to constantly keep it on the path of success. Here is where you can access affiliate program tips from experts who have actually been there and done that. As one of the most comprehensive affiliate programs, Lead Dyno constantly strives for your growth and success.

Learn About Affiliate Marketing!

Create your own affiliate program with LeadDyno. Offering a complete affiliate program guide, LeadDyno serves as an easy-to-use platform for those who want to better manage affiliate marketing. Explore our resource section for affiliate marketing tips for beginners and learn how this sophisticated tracking platform can help propel your business.

And, heck, if you want us to just show you how it’s done, check out our demo.