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Affiliate programs

  1. 1. Finding the Appropriate Affiliate Programs
  2. 2. The reality is that there are hundreds of affiliate programs out there. The biggest and the most popular of these programs are Amazon, ClickBank, eBay and Commission Junction. These affiliate companies have proven themselves to be great platforms both for buyers and sellers. Millions of dollars’ worth of transactions flow through these companies every single month. This is where you come in as an affiliate marketer. The goal is to take a piece of the action going on and profit from it. What makes affiliate marketing really attractive is the fact that you dont need to have your own products to promote and sell. You dont have to worry about creating one. You can just choose from the thousands of products that are already listed with the affiliate company of your choice.
  3. 3. Below are practical tips on finding good affiliate programs:• Stick with affiliate companies with proven track records. If you are just starting out with affiliate marketing, it is best that you choose from the bigger companies like Amazon, eBay, Commission Junction and ClickBank. These companies have been around for years so you will be in good hands. Also, these companies make it a lot easier to create affiliate campaigns through the various tools and resources that they provide to their affiliates. Amazon for instance has a lot of widgets, banners and link builders that you can use to promote your affiliate products. These tools are easy to use on any form of site. Sometimes, its just a matter of copying and posting code that Amazon itself provides.
  4. 4. • Focus on a niche when choosing affiliate products to promote. Affiliate programs are usually divided in many sub-categories such as weight-loss, arts, internet marketing and so much more. Trying to target all of these niches at the same time isnt a recommended strategy. You will be wasting a lot of time if you do. Therefore, you should focus all your attention into a single niche and monetize it as much as you can. Once you find success in it, then you can finally move on and find another niche. This is referred to as scaling-up.• Strike a balance between promoting seasonal products and evergreen products. Seasonal products are those that are popular at given times during the year like Halloween and Christmas products. Evergreen products are those that continue to be in demand no matter what time of the year.
  5. 5. • Making a substantial amount of income from affiliate programs is not too far-fetched. You can do it with the right mindset and right marketing strategies. For every affiliate product out there, theres a market for it. All you have to do is find such market and offer them the product. This may sound like over-simplifying the matter but it is really that simple. Its basic selling the right product to the right person. You can approach the marketing process using either of two ways. You can select the product then find a market for it. Or you can target a market then look for products that can satisfy said market. You can try both then decide which strategy suits you better. programs/