You may be the best sales person around, with a great way of writing your pages and promoting your product. But unless the company that you are associated with has a good and clearly defined affiliate program, you may end up wasting your talents, getting frustrated and not making any money.
You need to be part of an affiliate program that offers good products and gives its affiliates a worthwhile return for the time and efforts they have invested in promoting the products. Here are some things you should keep in mind when looking for a good affiliate program.
- Join affiliate networks
If you are not a member of affiliate selling forums, join some now. Ask for references about the affiliate program you are interested in. Make inquiries not just about the program itself, but about the quality of the products offered etc. Be careful of reading too much into a small number of hyped up praise or complaints. Both could be from people with vested interests.
- What kind of market potential does the product being offered have?
Don?t waste your time getting involved with an affiliate program for products that have no growth potential, even if the immediate returns for you are great. Think long term profits.
- 25% or More Commission
Look for an affiliate program that gives you 25% or more commission on sales you generate and perhaps a residual income plan. Promoting a few products with high returns is always better than spending time selling many products which give you small income.
- Check all the terms and conditions involved.
Many affiliate programs require you to fulfill a minimum quota of sales before being entitled to your commission. There's nothing wrong with this ? the rule of thumb is that companies that are confident of their products will have stricter conditions for their affiliate program. Just make sure that what you agree to is fair and that you can meet the targets.
- Look for established companies and products.
Promoting these through affiliate selling is easier than selling new and untried products. The commissions may be conservative but once you have established a base, you can experiment with affiliate programs for new products with higher returns.
- Evaluate the Target Audience
Who would be interested in this product? Is it a niche market affiliate program? Or can you have a large pool of potential buyers with this product? Obviously you will do more sales if you have more people to sell to, so make sure your product has a large potential audience.
- Is the Price Right?
Just like any time you shop, compare prices. Are you joining an affiliate program with a competitive price or would it be better to join one of their competitors affiliate programs?
Make sure you are signing up for the best affiliate program out of the competition.
- Check out the company
In the world of websites there are fly by nights and established companies. You don?t want to put a lot of effort into an affiliate campaign for a company that may or may not be there for long.
Check out the company, their history, etc.
- Alexa is the best!
Check out their alexa rating and see if the website gets traffic or if you will be affiliating for an unknown website with little success thus far.
- LOVE WHAT YOU SELL
Regardless of what you do make sure it is something that you love. The passion and purpose with which you promote makes all the difference. Is you love it, it will sell!
Using these 10 tips when choosing an affiliate campaign can get you off on a better foot than most of the other affiliates out there.
Jump start your success by starting off smart!