Affiliate marketers have it easy in some ways – they do not need to have their own websites, deal with customers, refunds , research and development of new products, maintenance or anything else of the sort.

Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to start an online business and earn a profit. If you are already involved with an affiliate program, you probably want to know how to double or even triple your commissions overnight – but how can you do this?

Read on for some tips which can help you to boost your affiliate commissions overnight.

1. You have to find the best affiliate programs and the best products or services to market. It makes sense that you would want to choose a program which allows you to make a lot of money in a very short time. There are a number of things to think about when you are trying to choose a program. You should look for programs which offer a generous commission and have a proven track record of paying their affiliates on time.

You also want to decide on a target market and pick products or services which will appeal to them. There are literally thousands of different affiliate programs out there, which means you can afford to be choosy.

You can shop around and pick the best one for you and make the best use of your time and your advertising budget. Write free e-books, reports and other materials to freely distribute via your website.

You are most likely competing against other affiliates who are involved in the same program – this will enable you to stand out from the crowd. In your reports, make sure to give people useful information. Add recommendations about the product or service you are marketing. E-books give you credibility with potential buyers; this will make them more likely to buy from you.

2. Make sure to collect email addresses from people who download your free e-books and reports. It is common for it to take as many as seven contacts before a sale is made. Keep in contact, it will likely pay off in the future. This is why it’s important to keep this kind of information on file – even if they don’t buy now, you can make follow up contacts and remind them; they may buy later.

You should always get a prospect’s contact information before you send them off to the merchant’s website. After all, you are essentially giving the merchant free advertising. You only make money when someone actually buys from them. If you send all your prospects off to the vendors, you will likely never hear from them again!

Getting their contact information gives you the opportunity to send them information about other products you are marketing; this can let you keep making money instead of making only a one-time commission. A newsletter or e-zine is a good idea.

You can make a lot more sales when you recommend a product to someone you have already established a relationship with as opposed to making a recommendation to a stranger. You will have to walk a fine line between making a sales pitch and giving useful information to your subscribers. You will establish yourself as an expert voice if you continue to give readers entertaining, informative content, which might lead them to make a purchase in the future.

3. Ask the merchants for a higher commission. If you have had success promoting their product in the past, you may well be able to negotiate a higher commission from them. A savvy merchant will probably grant your request rather than risk losing a valuable part of their marketing strategy. To them, you are a no-risk investment; don’t be shy about asking for a higher commission if you merit it – but do keep your demands reasonable.

Write good Pay Per Click Ads. PPC is one of the best ways of advertising online; they are a very cost effective way to run an advertising campaign. Affiliates can make a little extra income just by running PPC campaigns through Overture and Google AdWords. You can fine tune your ads as you go; another great feature of PPC advertising.

Try these techniques and see for yourself the difference they can have in the size of your commission checks; nearly overnight!