This is a common question we receive from new partners and although we have it listed in a couple of places, we thought speaking about it here might help if someone is searching. 😀
To become a partner, it is very simple. First, visit our partner page and read through the initial information. Once you are ready, click the “create account” button. Then follow the signup process. Once you have created an account, you will need to confirm your email address to activate it. Once the email is activated, your website will be placed in our editorial queue and account will be opened up. You will have access to your account at this point and can login to begin thumbing around.
Once your new submission is approved, an email will be sent to you alerting you that you are successfully listed in our database. At this point, you are up and running. Another common question is “how can I sell ads on my site once my account is live?” There are a couple of extra things you can do to make your listing(s) stand out from the rest; make your listing a featured listing for a small additional charge or enable your account to become a preferred partner.
Featured Listing: This allows you to upgrade your normal listing to a ‘featured’ or ‘sponsored’ listing. These listings are either shown on the top of all the pages where advertisers purchase ads or highlighted within the regular listings, or even both. This brings attention to your site(s) and featured listings tend to have a higher percentage of ads sold than those who are not featured.
Preferred Parter: LinkWorth staff purchases a large percentage of ads through our system. We typically do it on behalf of our customers. As a preferred partner, our staff will first attempt to place ads on your site before we give consideration to non preferred partners. There is never a guarantee because we must match like sites together, but we do give preferential treatment when buying ads. In addition, these listings will also be highlighted within the database to make them stand out as well.
From this point on, it is waiting for people to buy from you. Once you attain your first advertiser, the ad must be published quickly and you have taken the first step. History has proven that partners with at least one ad achieves a higher selling rate than those who have zero. The only thing we can attribute it to is, people like to gravitate towards chartered territory. In other words, they feel someone already did the research if the partner has an ad published, so they tend to pick those first.
There might be smaller tidbits that could help, but this is the main steps in becoming a new partner. Other partners are free to respond with any suggestions they might have below.