This is regarding ClipArtIllustration.com’s referal system.
Most people promoting their business on the internet require creative imagery for their brand, to express their services and ideas. Even general internet users such as bloggers can utilize royalty free images to illustrate their writing.
I’ve created this affiliate program to simplify my website promotion. I’ve also done much to ensure that it will be profitable to you and your efforts. This article explains what you can do to get the most benefit out of the ClipArtIllustration.com Referral/Affiliate program.
How You Can Profit
First, you must sign up for the affiliate program here — http://www.clipartillustration.com/affiliates/. This is where you will return to track your referrals and sales, as well as obtain banners and links which contain your referral credit. These details are explained on the link above.
In looking at this site, as of this post, you will notice (based on your 20 percent commission) you have the ability to make anything from 50 cents a download (for a bloggee sized image) to over 500 USD (selling a collection like the Orange Factor series). Your chances for sales are increased based on a few obvious variables:
- The type of people you are referring.
- The amount of people you are referring.
- How well you present the website before they arrive.
Be careful to avoid spammy writing or aggressive calls to action. If you choose to refer people using more than a simple link or banner (such as a write-up) then be sure to dignify the potential customer by showing the options, value, and use of the royalty free images they may need and let them decide. That is all that is needed.
Affiliate or Promoter?
Most people would like to put a link up on their site with the chance that they can make a little pocket change. But some may be interested in generating enough sales to supplement their living to a higher degree.
Having been involved in Stock Illustration for four years now, I have learned that entire paychecks can be made via providing rights usage to my images even on 15 percent commissions (though I start commissions on this site at 20 percent). However, it is not my intention to lead you with false hope. If you would like to be a promoter with a hope of larger profit, here are some things you should reasonably already have to your credit:
- You should already have a strong web presence or the ability to build one.
- Good writing abilities and SEO skills.
- A basic knowledge in stock illustration.
Please use the referral program in such a way that it comfortably benefits you. When I say that, I mean only promote according to your skill. If planting a few affiliate links on your website or blog or social network what you are able to do, then go for it! If you have the ability and confidence that your time as a promoter will pay you back, then do it. But do not overextend yourself.
If You Would Like to Write On-Site as a Promoter
You may wish to write articles and do your referrals from this website. If you have the above mentioned capabilities, I can set you up with an author’s account on the site and you can work through that and the established web presence I already have here. But this must be considered on a case-by-case basis to maintain integrity of the website.
A Basic Knowledge in Stock Illustration
Downloadable products and intellectual copyrights are a very big part of society today. Music, books, software, and even Illustration utilize this method of sales which found its greatest place in our information age. In short, the customer is paying for limited rights to use the illustrations to their benefit. This is far superior to hiring an illustrator which can be far more expensive, and without complete knowledge of what the end product will be.
Again, it is not the act of downloading that the customer is paying for, but the rights to use the images for their personal or professional needs. The price/value on this website is also based on the image collection’s potential to increase their branding value and of course the profitability of their product. In a nutshell, that is what is gained with the sale of a Stock Illustration on ClipArtIllustration.com.
Also, there are certain limitations. I’ll avoid a big legal breakdown of the subject, but the images cannot be used for logos or as trademarked property on the part of the end user. See the End User License Agreement for a more detailed explanation.
Something else to be emphasized in the promoting of series such as the Orange Man, AO-Maru, and similar collections is their branding ability. Branding can be a broad concept in the design world, so I make it clear that the illustrations on this website serve the function of visual communication and adding personality to a product, service, or organization. Example here — on WikiAnswer’s use of the Orange Man. http://wiki.answers.com/about/orange_guy.html.
More about stock illustration here — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stock_illustration.
How and When Do You Get Paid?
At this time I’m going to do payouts once a week via paypal. The minimum payout amount is 5 USD. I’m utilizing a very good system to track payments and make mass-payouts, so your efforts will be as well rewarded as any reputable site.
Your Value as an Affiliate
In your efforts you may find you need an illustration or help from me on how to sell something. While the affiliate program is meant to sub out the efforts of advertizing, I can certainly help where its needed if you need a banner made or some provision on the website (such as a page or feature) to help your efforts. Be sure to get in touch if a need arises.
Thank you — Leo