CPA networks are the place to be in the online marketing world. These networks have direct access to advertisers who have many varied offers. Affiliate marketers must be using these networks as they are a valuable extra source of income.
The CPA business model is direct response marketing. This means that merchants only pay the affiliate when a desired action happens. The idea with CPA is that the merchant is seeing an actual benefit to his/her business e.g. a download from a website, a site registration etc.
These networks are the link between companies that provide the CPA offers and the internet marketers who send visitors to avail these offers.
Because there are likely a wide variety of offers you want to choose from on the different networks the first thing you need to do is select the networks you want to join.
As the payout is not always the same you should pay close attention to offers that are available in more than one network. You might find that the same exact offer pays quite a bit more on another network. After you have determined which networks you want to apply to, go ahead and find their application form.
However these networks are very difficult when it comes to accepting new affiliates because they want a higher quality marketer.
They also don't want to let anyone in who is being deceptive, untruthful, or outright lying about who they are and what they have to offer. While this makes it a bit tougher to get started than with other types of residual income programs, it also means the networks are generally free of the many fraudsters who are all too common on the internet.
The prize, then, is getting accepted by one or more networks.
Don't make it look like you are a beginner when filling out an application, networks don't want people who are new as beginners take up their time and resources.
Once these things are covered, the most reputable sites will also want to get more information about how you intend to promote their offers and drive traffic to their site.
Those questions are the most important questions you will answer, so it's vital to know the right information to provide so the network will be let you in. Understanding why each of these things is important, and knowing how to present yourself is vital if you want to get started with CPA networks.
They are there to make money, so if you are able to help them profit they have no reason not to accept you.