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« on: August 23, 2008, 02:17:46 PM »

Hey all,

Affiliate programs are a great way to make money online; if you
choose the right affiliate program.   That is why it is extremely
important that you carefully choose which affiliate program or
programs you want to join.  When it comes to choosing an
affiliate program, do you know what to look for you?  If this is
your first time joining an affiliate program, please take note.   
Below are some guidelines that you may want to think about
following.

Perhaps, the most important thing that you need to remember,
when choosing an affiliate program, is to not pick the first
affiliate program that you come across.   This is a big mistake
that many affiliate program participants make.   Unfortunately
for you, this can be a costly mistake.   What many do not realize
is that the product you choose to promote will reflect on you
and your business.  That is why it is important that you take the
time to thoroughly examine an affiliate program first.   You will
want to choose an affiliate program that involves a product that
you can stand behind, one hundred percent.   

One of the best ways to know that you are dealing with a
legitimate affiliate program and a quality product is to test
that product out.   Although you are advised to do this, you may
not want to or you may be unable to do so.  If that is the case,
you can still research an affiliate program or even the product
that is being sold.  You can easily do this online.   One of the
best ways to do your research is to perform a standard internet
search.  Search with the name of the affiliate program or the
product being sold.  You can also check out websites that are
known as scam websites.  These websites tend to profile
companies, individuals, or business opportunities that regularly
scam consumers.   

Before applying for or signing up for an affiliate program, you
are advised to read all of the rules, restrictions, or
guidelines associated with that affiliate program. 
Unfortunately, you may find yourself disqualified from an
affiliate program right off the bat.   For instance, there are a
large number of affiliate programs that prohibit their products
from being advertised on websites that display pornography, foul
language, and other offensive content.   Familiarizing yourself
with an affiliate program’s rules and guidelines will prevent
you from being denied from a program or later dismissed from
one.

Perhaps, one of the most important things to remember, when
choosing an affiliate program, is the product that you will have
to sell.  In conjunction with making sure that the product is a
quality one, you will also want to make sure that it is related
to your website or business, in one way or another.   For
instance, if your own website focuses on computer programming,
you will not want to join an affiliate program that sells pet
products.   Joining an affiliate program that is related, in one
way or another, to your own website may increase your chances of
making a sale; thus increasing your profits.   

Although it is important to choose a quality product to stand
behind, you also need to remember that your goal is to make
money.  One of the easiest ways to make a substantial amount of
money is to choose an affiliate program that pays their
affiliates decently.   The average commission for affiliates is
three to five percent of each sale made.   While this is a good
percentage to make, there are higher paying affiliate programs.
You may want to look for affiliate programs that pay around ten
percent.   In fact, there are even a select number of affiliate
programs that pay around fifteen percent in commissions.   

The above mentioned guidelines are just a few of the many that
you will want to take into consideration, when choosing an
affiliate program.   Although the above mentioned points are
helpful, the most important thing to keep in mind is your
judgment.   Using your best judgment is the easiest way to choose
an effective affiliate program.

Hope this helps all you newbies!

John Denton
TurnKey Internet

P. S.  If carefully chosen, you could easily make a full-time
living just with affiliate programs.
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2008, 04:03:44 PM »

Here's another "Hot Tip"  I learned just the other day.

When selecting a program, check out their sales page.  If you see the words "Affiliate", "Earn Money", etc. on the page, pass on the program.

Reasoning?  You leave yourself wide open for plenty of income loss as visitors can just sign up for the program for themselves and by pass you all together.

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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2008, 07:33:49 AM »

Pete, that really depends on the niche. If it's a non-business related product, most of the customers won't be familiar with affiliate marketing.
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2008, 08:37:31 PM »

Pete you are right and that's why most affiliate sites are masked so you do not know it is an affiliate program and so that no one can just by pass and hijack the link.
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2008, 09:06:57 PM »

Wow, that was very insightful.  Well what I hate if on sales pages are Google Ads or other traffic leaks that link to pages that are not relevant or I do not get traffic for.  I am still looking for a solution where I can bypass the normal sale page and create my own or link to another page and still get affiliate credit.
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2008, 03:05:10 PM »


You really need to consider those factors given to you here.  It has helped me also.  whenever i check a sales page and am not atteracted by the content then i know it is not a good one for me becaouse the buyer may not be convinced as well.  make sure there are no phone numbers.  on the site.  check the dos and donts of the merchant.  Also, what you are going to make.  There are lot of them.  Start from somewhere
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2008, 07:57:38 PM »

Hey John

Quote:

Although it is important to choose a quality product to stand
behind, you also need to remember that your goal is to make
money.  One of the easiest ways to make a substantial amount of
money is to choose an affiliate program that pays their
affiliates decently.   The average commission for affiliates is
three to five percent of each sale made.   While this is a good
percentage to make, there are higher paying affiliate programs.
You may want to look for affiliate programs that pay around ten
percent.   In fact, there are even a select number of affiliate
programs that pay around fifteen percent in commissions.   

end of quote

My self, I would not bother trying to sell affiliate products for such a low percent
commissions.
 

Now maybe if I were selling big ticket item like Plasmas or Hot tubs, then maybe
I might think about it. But even then I would need a website that has tons of traffic.

I would much rather find products that pays 40 to 70 percent commissions. Like digital
downloadable info products.

Also I would make sure I had my own squeeze page infront of every affiliate product I was promotng
with a free offer to get people on my list.

Just food for thought.

Dave T.




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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2008, 02:30:48 PM »

Here's another "Hot Tip"  I learned just the other day.

When selecting a program, check out their sales page.  If you see the words "Affiliate", "Earn Money", etc. on the page, pass on the program.

Reasoning?  You leave yourself wide open for plenty of income loss as visitors can just sign up for the program for themselves and by pass you all together.

Pete




Pete you are right, the sales page really matters.
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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2008, 09:38:14 PM »

i tot i should just make my contribution today concerning what pete said you see most prospect surfing the net already knows that most product they bought were one time or another introduced by an affiliate. if you are a buyer you buy irrespective of whether you are an affiliate or the marchant. what really matters to them is whether your sales pege is convincing enough to spur them into buying
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