How to easily setup an affiliate program to encourage others to sell your products online

I worked on a website project recently and the client was interested in setting up an affiliate program, to help them build traffic to their website. Today I randomly found E-Junkie, which might be just what the doctor ordered.

E-junkie provides shopping cart and buy now buttons to let you sell downloads and tangible goods on your website, eBay, MySpace, Google Base, CraigsList and other websites using PayPal Standard, PayPal Pro, Google Checkout, Authorize.Net, TrialPay, ClickBank and 2CheckOut.

For merchants selling downloads, E-Junkie automates and secures the digital delivery of files and codes. If you are selling tangible goods, they automate the shipping calculation and inventory management. Their shopping cart software even has a built in sales tax, VAT, packaging and shipping cost calculator. Not bad. lus there’s no transaction limit, no bandwidth limit, no setup fee and no transaction fee.

You can sell ebooks, sell mp3 tracks and albums, sell software, icons, fonts, artwork, phone cards, event tickets, cds, posters, books, t-shirts and almost everything else you want to sell.

Now I haven’t setup an account yet to test the quality of their services, but the model is perfect for someone with a service, product, or even a membership-based website, looking to get others to market for them on a pay-for-performance basis.

If you do a search for “affiliate programs”, you’ll find other companies offering similar services. It’s best to compare all of them, and decide which might work better for you.