How to Choose an Affiliate Program to Promote

43 Comments

  • Excellent job Reed. This is the kind of article that answers dozens of the kind of questions I recive on affiliate marketing every week.

    Keep ’em coming!

    Cheers,

    Ron Davies CD, MBA
    http://www.RonaldDavies.com

  • Bruno Auger

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Reed

    You proved some excellent answers here. I never did look at stats to closely before when I first started.

    Now I relize its an important element when you choose your affiliate program. Without finding how well a product converts you will be just wasting time and money

  • Dawn

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Reed,

    Great info. I also like to look
    for programs that pay monthly
    residual income.

    Thanks again for all the great
    content you make available.

  • Henrik Blunck

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Hi Reed

    Again you have succeeded in writing precisely what I would also have said on the subject.

    Keep up the good work. It’s a darn good blog. 🙂

  • Floyd Bogart

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Lately I have been doing very well with a couple of Instant Commission Affiliate Programs.

  • Timothy Millar

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Hey Reed,
    I didn’t do a lot of research when I first started and the results showed the grim outcome, now thanks to you I have been actually getting results. Thanks Buddy, Have a wonderful Day! “The Leprechaun”

  • Bryan Hee

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    2 tier affiliate programs is the best program to promote. You can leverage your effort and earn small percentage of commission from your downline.

    To Your Success
    Bryan Hee

  • Personally, I prefer commission that’s paid to Paypal account. Receiving commission via cheque is kind of troublesome and in some countries, it costs a bomb to get the cheque clear.

    I also like the idea of monthly residual income. To what I know, usually only membership sites and health products type of affiliate program would provide you a continual stream of monthly commissions.

  • John Counsel

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Useful info, Reed.

    John

  • Mark Hultgren

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Great words of wisdom Reed! I run my own affiliate program using one of the best management scripts available. While I do charge for membership access to the script, affiliates are welcome to register for free to promote my products. There is a two tier system in place where the second tier is points that can be redeemed for any product listed in the membership. There are also monthly memberships that can be promoted and the affiliate receives a minimum of 50% commission each and every sale\month. As the affiliates make more sales, they also make higher commissions (up to 70%)

  • Jane

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Reed,

    What about the whole issue of “cookies”. I’ve participated as an affiliate in several launches and have felt a little “ripped off” by some of them.

    Some use cookies and others use the platform of link purchased from. I think it’s important that affiliates understand this whole issue.

    Michael Cheney recently had his promotion on CashCows and he set it up as “link purchased from” per advice from other gurus.

    On the other hand Michael Rassmussen’s last promotion “Get More Buyers” was cookied. If the subscriber doesn’t know that he needs to clear his cookies to get the bonus being offered by the affiliate, then it can be a loss for both the buyer and the affiliate.

    It can be a win-win, win-loss or loss-loss for the affiliate with either of these systems. I do think it’s important to mention that the affiliate understands whether or not the product their promoting is “cookied”.

    How about you?

    Thanks,
    Jane

  • Ernie Carroll

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Great post Reed!

    I think its a good idea also to talk to the affiliate manager to see if they will put your tracking code on their site. There are only a handful that will do it, but if they will, you can fine-tune your advertising by weeding out the keywords that are costing you bundles and making any sales.

  • Ken English

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    I knew you were a robot! How else could you write so much and send so many emails? The content was great, but I was particulary intrigued by the delivery – text to speech. There were a couple of questionable words, but, by and large, you spoke better than many of my friends. This is a text to voice translator that I think is cool – http://budurl.com/imtranslator.

  • goblogging

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    My two major consideration to promote affiliate products:
    1) High commission rate (20% – 80%)
    2) related to my niche

    gobloggings last blog post..Earning Report: October 2008

  • normz2

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Good post and comments. Keep them coming.

  • Your information from this article is very helpful. One thing to add as a personal opinion is that i feel it will be better to promote a program that offers a residual income. I have a post discussing the importance of having aresidual affiliate income

    Residual Affiliate Incomes last blog post..Importance of having a residual affiliate income

  • Geoff Dodd

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Thanks again, Reed. I prefer residual income affiliate programs that’ll pay the affiliate for the lifetime of the customer. Not only nutritional mlm am I thinking about – Adlandpro in Canada pays you lifetime commissions for advertising services after your initial referral of a new client. Sitesell does this too. Sometimes we affiliates waste our efforts on a one-hit (1 sale) wonder type of affiliate program, like the online detective programs.

    Geoff.

    Geoff Dodds last blog post..No Hunger Pangs!

  • Daniel Duverge

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    This is the kind of info that I get from tracking my own traffic. If you can get these figures from the owner of a product you are promoting, that’s a good sign already. If you dont get an answer, dont promote. IMHO

  • B&B Marketing

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    I STILL HAVE NOT MADE ANY MONEY OUT OF ANY PROGRAM OFF THE Internet YET and in order to doing so one has to spend much time in preperation ,I have chosen just one out of all the emails sent to me and will be working with that next week ,will inform you of the progress meanwhile I must sey that the information you supply to everyone has merrit CHEERS b-b

  • Damas

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Hi Reed,
    I’m an SFI Affiliate and my personal website.How do I generate more traffic and conversions? Perhaps you could help me.
    Thank you.

    Damass last blog post..

  • John Counsel

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Being paid by PayPal rules out joining 2-tier affiliate programs. PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy forbids more than one tier of affiliate commissions being paid via their system.

    Any merchant trying to use PayPal to pay 2-tier commissions risks having their account closed, permanently.

    John Counsel

  • Laurie Brandt

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Affilate Programs are great ways to ad to your income. Many make great money doing just affiliate programs only. Myself have sites but use them for extra income, to have something to get my members involved with so they too can earn extra cash.

    However, you need to be careful in who you choose as your Affiliate Program Associates. 50% and above is great. I would not do it for less unless there was a high payout in cash for that 40% or below and a sure thing an easy to sell.

    Instant payouts are best, you sell and your money goes directly into your PayPal or other payment gateway Account. Many pay within 24 hours, these are the preferred ones. There are many that pay 1 or 2 times monthly which is ok but still instant gratification for our work is what we truly want isn’t it?

    When I have completed all my sites my affiliate Programs will be instant payout. I am all for them, just check them out, be sure they pay and happy earning.

    To You Success Wealth,
    Laurie Brandt

    Laurie Brandts last blog post..Welcome, Pre-Launch has just opened!

  • Sylvester

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Hi Reed

    Great pointers to consider.I’ve never really paid much attention to stats other than keeping sales count.

    Hope you would post a more in depth one on stats and available tools and tips to track them.

    Sylvester

    Sylvesters last blog post..10 Christmas Gifts and The Law of Attraction

  • Jussi Koiranen

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    One thing to keep in mind is whether they pay for new sales your referred client makes. Residual income is king! Thus how long the merchant keeps track of your referrals is of great importance.

  • Nayanika

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Affilate Programs are great ways to ad to your income. Many make great money doing just affiliate programs only. Myself have sites but use them for extra income, to have something to get my members involved with so they too can earn extra cash.

    However, you need to be careful in who you choose as your Affiliate Program Associates. 50% and above is great. I would not do it for less unless there was a high payout in cash for that 40% or below and a sure thing an easy to sell.

    Instant payouts are best, you sell and your money goes directly into your PayPal or other payment gateway Account. Many pay within 24 hours, these are the preferred ones. There are many that pay 1 or 2 times monthly which is ok but still instant gratification for our work is what we truly want isn’t it?

    When I have completed all my sites my affiliate Programs will be instant payout. I am all for them, just check them out, be sure they pay and happy earning.

    To You Success Wealth,
    I am now still deciding about it all Reed

    Till the
    all else will have to wait

  • Ari Lestariono

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Hi Reed,
    I got your letter and notified that you post new article about affiliate programme, your right about one thing that, it is good way to make money online and residual income as well.

    The challenge would be for newbies they have to learn many things, starting market research on specific niche markets and getting free traffic.

    As you may also know that putting your affiliate links to our own blog or site is a good way to boost your affiliate programme and enhance in many ways for income and should match with what blog on same niche markets.That’s what I did.

    Getting traffic especially free, is also another challenge for newbies, that would take the hardwork by learning SEO on/off page.

    Posting articles, answer in top forums, article writing, blog walking, autoresponders, list building(in my opinion Reese, this is also not easy), email marketing, social bookmarking and many ways and technique’s, but I bet that you are an expert on those things.

    Well that’s just about it Reese, hopefully I can contribute something in your blogs.

    God Bless you all

    Ari Lestarionos last blog post..Onions: Different Taste for Each Season

  • PV Reymond

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Hi Reed,

    This article is very informative, you touched crucial things.

    To make money as an affiliate you have to choose the right program to promote, and to choose the right program you have to keep in mind all the things explained in this article.

    Thanks,
    ^PV Reymond

    http://www.pvreymond.com

  • Richard

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Another useful and informative post. How do you find the time to put together such great content? 🙂

  • Rivers

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Reed…good on you. This reaffirms that doing some simple research will save you tons of hassles and make you some money too!

    Here’s to your success
    Rivers
    MyInternetBiz.ca

  • Dan Liptak

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Another good tip is to see if they are willing to give you a review copy. Even if they don’t say it on their website, it never hurts to ask. If you have a proven track record of making affiliate sales, then most merchants will be more than happy to give you a review copy.

  • Asem

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Hi Reed,
    One more metric would be related to the Niche itsself and not only to the merchant. It is not always the merchant’s mistakes, if you choose to offer their products in the wrong time, or using the wrong way. Therefore,
    a} Check ezinearticles.com to see what the most posted articles about in the last three months. I.e. Use others results to speed up your success.

    b} In addition to Reed’s golden tips, check also if your affiliate program offers you guide and help in the advertising. E.g. Kill-selling Ad texts, etc.

    Best Wishes

    Asem

  • Tina Thompson

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Hey, I think it is great you make the time to do these. They are very helpful. Hope you are having fun.

  • Janis Pettit

    Reply Reply November 6, 2008

    Working with affiliate programs that are offered on Clickbank is a quick way to get some of the statistics and research that Reed suggests as they offer statistics on all of the affiliate programs they have available.

    You will need to research further though to learn about cookies, how often they pay and if they have a minimum amount of commission you must earn before they pay.

    Thanks Reed for an informative post

    Janis Pettit

  • admin

    Reply Reply November 9, 2008

    @Ron thank you

    @Bruno Yep there are way too many things to promote only promote products that help your customers and convert like MAD

    @Dawn residual income is great

    @Henrick thanks

    @Floyd I think we will see a resurgence in the $7 type products due to the economy.

    @Timothy awesome glad to hear it’s helping

    @Bryan two tier’s are great

    @Create I like paypal too

    @John thanks I’m removing that other part of your comment though since it’s basically an ad.

    @Mark thanks

    @Jane most products are cookied I think it’s up to the merchant to put the information out to their affiliates

    @Ernie that actually would be a good requirement if you are going to do PPC… it’s your money and you are building their business so they should do more to win over your investment. If you were a bank investing that kind of money into them they’d have to show you a lot of information.

    @Ken lol. Odiogo does a nice job doesn’t it?

    @goblogging those are a good starting point but you also want to make sure it converts

    @normz2 thanks

    @Residual thanks

    @Geoff those kind of programs are awesome. A lot of the big marketers are doing that model now.

    @Daniel agreed

    @B&B keep us posted

    @Damas I’m editing your comment. Just keep reading this blog and you’ll get plenty of tips

    @John that’s a very good point

    @Laurie Instant payment is great

    @Sylvester I’ll keep that in mind for a future article

    @Jussi agreed

    @Nayanaka didn’t Laurie post the same thing?

    @Ari for me the best traffic is still from joint ventures

    @PV thanks

    @Richard a team of writers 🙂

    @Rivers thanks and it will definitely improve your odds of success

    @Dan Agreed I RARELY pay for ANY products because I ASK for a review copy or I’m just given one while they try to woo me

    @Asem good tips

    @Tina thanks

    @Janis thank you

  • Rick Eckel

    Reply Reply November 10, 2008

    Thanks Reed. I have an opportunity that stacks up well by all your criteria — 50% payout; 22% conversion rate in personal development area. Highly experienced marketer. I’m still looking for more partners. Where arae the best places to advertise Joint Venture / Affiliate opportunities.

  • admin

    Reply Reply November 10, 2008

    @Rick you can post your launch here http://productcalendar.com/post

  • Hj.Harith

    Reply Reply November 18, 2008

    Thank you Reed Floren. I am not yet join in any affiliate programs.Reasons are I am not quite sure this online business really earned streaming of income. I need skill or knowledge
    on how to op[erate online business efficiently first. Later I have to make choices the appropriete programs.I am Hj.Harith.email: hj.hamidh@yahoo.com

  • admin

    Reply Reply November 18, 2008

    @HJ continue coming to this blog and you will learn more 🙂

  • delords

    Reply Reply November 22, 2008

    Great Post Reed,
    You got all the points on it.

    delordss last blog post..What types of Affiliate Programs To Join

  • admin

    Reply Reply November 26, 2008

    @delords thank you

  • ciska

    Reply Reply March 16, 2009

    love your website, can you show me where to find information on manifesting money? thank you.

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