Commissions paid to you for your direct referrals.
Other webmasters you refer to us who signup as affiliates are called your tier 2 referrals. Presumably these webmasters will, in turn, refer customers to our merchant sites.
You're paid a tier 2 commission based on sales from that webmaster's referrals.
Our merchant partners wish to reward those actively promoting them and generating more sales.
So if your referrals generate 10 or more sales in any month for a site, your commission level for that site for that month is increased to the next level (often 50%) for all sales for that site that month.
Commissions are paid to you for life. If you refer a customer to one of our merchant partners, that customer is tagged as yours for the life of that customer's account. All sales to that customer, now, or years in the future, will result in a commission payment to you.
Most affiliates receive nice supplemental income for little effort - simply promoting our merchant partners on their web site's home page (or, better yet, on multiple pages). Our top affiliates earn the most. These affiliates actively promote us in their newsletters and e-mails to their customers. Our partners reward active promotion with an even higher commission rate. Active promotion pays off and can yield substantial revenue.
Some people sign up and purchase a membership within their first month.
However these people are in the minority.
Most people browse and get the feel of a site for a few months prior to purchasing a paid membership. Patience if a good thing to have.
Place our merchant partner banners on your home page, and multiple pages, of your web site. Place the banners where people will see them - left is better than right; top is better than bottom.
If you send out an e-newsletter, promote our merchant partners there, and, of course, include a merchant banner (with a tracking link) in your newsletter.
Great Idea! --- Write an article endorsing a merchant's services, and upload the article to your site and to WordPress, and other blog publishing sites. (Of course, remember to include a merchant banner or text link with an affiliate tracking link in your article!)