There are two ways Affiliates can earn cash.
1. Each time someone signs up for a free trial of Windows Live OneCare.
2. The Microsoft adCenter program – which I can’t find details about – but you can earn cash each time someone you refer from your site signs up for paid search ads.
They are launching Microsoft adCenter with a $50 ad credit for your visitors (Andy ought to sign up Marketing Pilgrim!).
Microsoft will provide the banners to put on your blog or web site. I can’t find figures on their payouts.
The program is being run by 5 Star Affiliate Programs. Over the next few months Microsoft plans to add more products and services to the program. I just signed up. All of the search engines run these deals from time to time and if you are new to paid search, it’s a good way to test out the service without losing any cash.
My friend Jeremy Palmer is a pro at search marketing. He made some videos that introduce you to Google AdWords, Yahoo Search Marketing and Microsoft adCenter. Microsoft also has a tutorial on how to use adCenter.