Sprint has recently changed its affiliate program, adopting strict requirements for eligibility, including a net worth of at least $500,000. Verizon and AT&T still offer affiliate programs to most anyone that pay commissions for customer referrals. All three companies require you to complete different steps for consideration to enter their programs. Both Verizon and AT&T give you website advertising and banners to add to your pages. When you act as an affiliate, the Federal Trade Commission requires you to disclose this fact up front on your website.
Visit the Sprint website. Sprint offers a "Preferred Retailer Program" as opposed to an affiliate program.
Meet the prerequisites to become a preferred retailer for Sprint. These qualifications include a minimum net worth of $500,000, an adequate financial or credit rating, submission of a three-year business plan that includes a financial profile, and marketing and sales plans.
Complete the "Preferred Retailer" application. Submit tax returns and financial statements to establish a line of credit with Sprint.
Sign Sprint's Authorized Representative Agreement and return it.
Complete the Sprint-Nextel credit application if necessary and submit it.
Navigate to the Verizon website and click on the "Affiliate" link. Review the information on the page and select "Join Program." You'll be redirected to the Google Affiliate Network site. You must have a Google AdSense account, active email and AdSense publisher identification to proceed.
Type your Google AdSense account email address into the input field and wait for Google to verify its accuracy. Type your Google Publisher identification in the next field below. Click "Submit and Continue."
Review the information on the next page. Type in your website URL and site name. Provide a brief description of your website. Enter your email address, then disclose all the promotional methods you plan to use to market Verizon's products. This may include website content, search engine marketing, incentives or loyalty offerings, email marketing and distribution of an application toolbar, among others.
Click the certification notice on Google's Affiliate Network requirements to indicate that you have read the documents. Click the box to agree to Google's Affiliate Network terms, then click "Submit." Wait for approval.
Select the type of ads you want to display on your website after your application has been approved by Verizon. Copy and paste the ad code into any page on your website.
Visit AT&T's affiliate site to join the company's national affiliate program, "Revenue for You." Fill in your name, business name, telephone number, best time you can be reached, an email address and your business website address.
Wait for the callback or email approval accepting you into the program.
Log in to the AT&T affiliate portal after approval and choose the advertisements or banners that are the best fit for your website.
Market your website containing your AT&T affiliate banners and links.
Things You'll Need
Website with all of the following:
Terms & Conditions page
About Us page
FTC affiliate disclaimer
To have legitimacy in the eyes of these large telecom companies, you must have all the proper pages and disclosures in place on your website. Review the FTC guidelines to make sure you comply with all of the new requirements for affiliate marketing online.
Failure to adhere to FTC disclosure rules could result in substantial fines and penalties.