Sell what you know. To start, you should stick to selling products or services that you’re familiar with. Online marketers call this process “picking your niche.”  You should select a niche that represents your current interests or your occupation.
Since the emergence of affiliate marketing, there has been little control over affiliate activity. Unscrupulous affiliates have used spam, false advertising, forced clicks (to get tracking cookies set on users’ computers), adware, and other methods to drive traffic to their sponsors. Although many affiliate programs have terms of service that contain rules against spam, this marketing method has historically proven to attract abuse from spammers.
For example, if I talk about how cool a product is, and then you find out that I’m an affiliate for them, wouldn’t you as a conscientious observer become skeptical as to whether my information is biased, if perhaps I’m only saying how cool something is because I can get paid for it? Wouldn’t that make you question my integrity with other things I say as well?
Some people confuse affiliate marketing with referral marketing. Referral marketing is “a method of promoting products or services to new customers through referrals, usually word of mouth”. So, instead of working with marketers, you’re working with existing customers.
Along with that, Amazon is a complete SELLING MACHINE! What I mean by that, is they have drilled their conversion rates down to the last detail. Typically I can convert traffic I send to Amazon from my affiliate sites around 12%. The reason why it works so well is that the moment people land on Amazon, they are automatically switched into “buyer mode”. Meaning, they know the only thing left for them to do is BUY. What that means, is all you have to do is get people to Amazon’s site, and they literally do the selling for you.
Another way to find things to promote is to join an affiliate network and browse through their available campaigns. In fact, many companies offer their affiliate program via an affiliate network, so many times as you are searching for possible products to promote, you will have to join an affiliate network anyway. This will often work to your advantage since you’ll have access to a lot more products, all in one fell swoop. Like this…
Commissions aren’t great here, but they’re better than Amazon for a few categories, and they’re very good for a few products. For example, you can earn 5% commission on a Surface and 2% commission on video game consoles (double Amazon’s 1%).
Affilorama has more info on using Twitter for affiliate marketing here: http://www.affilorama.com/web-2/using-twitter-for-affiliate-marketing ClickBank also has a few tips of its own: http://blog.clickbank.com/2009/11/10/how-not-to-use-twitter-for-affiliate-marketing
Shopify is a very popular site building platform for people interested in building eCommerce stores. It has been around for the past few years and seen significant growth in its user base over this time. You can earn a staggering 200% per sale for every new customer you refer to them, which means that there is up to $2400 per new customer on offer.
Given that I am still in reading and preparation phase, I am mainly interested to overlap my niche with real life interests so I could have motivation to produce content on regular basis. Two that I am highly interested are PC parts and Fitness. I am aware they are too general subjects with lot of sites doing the same, but my idea is to produce constant review on PC parts, Laptops, Mobile devices, Accessories all in different categories, create lists like top5 or 10 under XX budget etc. Similar approach I would use if I I decide to go with Fitness path and divide content training advice, review of fat loss methods, supplementation, nutrition etc. I am aware that this will be a long journey and that it can pass few months before sales start to kick in and that’s the risk I am ready to take. My questions are:
Focus on creating a long-term strategy for your business while your tools and employees handle routine, day-to-day tasks. That way, you can handle “big picture” responsibilities to ensure that your business continues to grow.
Remember: Purchasing generic content is NOT an effective method to build your site. While it may be tempting to populate your site this way, in the long run it won’t help you to position yourself as an expert in your niche (and ultimately means less traffic and fewer sales).
The major drawback of the Amazon affiliate network is the commission structure. Their commissions start out as low as 2.5% yet they can be as high as 9% on certain items. Also as most of the products which are sold on Amazon are physical goods, you will have very few options to refer sales that generate a recurring monthly income.
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For example, Kim might be complaining about the landing page, saying she has a less than 1% conversion rate. Perhaps you’re included to believe her because your overall conversion rate is only 3%. But when you drill down, you see that Jim is getting a 5% conversion rate and Kim is bringing the overall number down.
Although each of the affiliate programs has its own advantages and setbacks, the best way to find the best network for you is to try several of them simultaneously. Remember there are even people who are pursuing multiple affiliates programs to maximize their gains.
You just need to place an advertisement on your sites for other merchants, and you will get a commission of every product bought from your site. Before looking at the Top 10 Affiliate Programs, let’s look at important some quick introductory information that’ll you need to know about these programs.
In which case you would feature those products on the page too – you might also offer a free guide or email series to help people get the most out of their Amazon Alexa device and the compatible accessories.
The AID (ad ID) is a number which identifies a specific link and enables CJ to track creative performance as well as credit the publisher when they earn a commissionable transaction. Because each link has a unique AID, it also allows CJ to identify the appropriate advertiser.
I obviously think that a good price point and lifelong cookies are ideal, but I also think that the product has to be really valuable – really offer the person I’m sending something that they can use and will be happy with. I personally remember the people who point me to valuable products, and I trust them more for future products. It’s not just a matter of ethics (although that’s a big part of it) but it’s also a matter of future sales!
Unfortunately, I live in Washington and I’m unable to join over half of the networks that I wish to. I think this is something that is going to continue to be a problem for people that live in the US as more and more states are adopting these laws. This might be a topic worth discussing at some point on AH
In health and fitness markets, affiliate programs seem to fall into two main categories: supplements and equipment. Both can be profitable–due mainly to large order sizes (equipment), high commissions (supplements) or recurring sales (supplements).
The product launches I’m referring to are targeted toward other internet marketers and they attract very best online entrepreneurs in the world. It’s extremely competitive and requires a lot of work. It helps a lot to have a sizeable list of followers that are also interested in affiliate marketing.
But I think the biggest deciding factor in this, goes back to the site as a whole and all of the other posts. Are the genuine? Is the blogger constantly trying to push products? I’d like to think I’ve been doing this long enough that my audience knows I’m not out to make a quick buck – and I think even relatively new bloggers can prove this based on their other content.
Also, make sure you have a disclaimer on your website that advises your audience that you may have links that promote affiliate offers. This is necessary for several affiliate programs and also a basic courtesy to your website visitors. In the U.S., the FTC mandates disclosure for affiliate marketers (and anyone issuing endorsements), as well.
Lastly, at least from a physical-goods standpoint, the programs in this market still have pretty good commissions–some (but certainly not all) go as high as 10% on a volume based model, which could potentially outperform Amazon.