Affiliate marketing, selling other people’s products, is no doubt the most practical way for a newbie to start an online business. With that, I don’t mean selling only “make money products”. There are thousands of niches that you can consider promoting.
When it comes to an affiliate program, one of the most common mistakes made is choosing to sell a product that you don’t believe in. Although you may make a little money temporarily, you may also be creating a bad name for yourself, so you won’t make money for long. That’s why it’s important to promote products you believe in.
When it comes to promoting a product you believe in, one of the most commonly asked questions is “how?” Well obviously the best way to promote an affiliate product you believe in, is to actually try out the product.
For instance, if you’re promoting an e-book, think about reading the e-book in question. The reason is simply that a lot of junk ebooks are created every day, so you need to separate the few quality products from the junk.
You should ask for a free copy of the e-book to review it. It is doubtful you’ll get it free before you prove your ability as an affiliate salesperson. When you have a big list, you can easily get review copies at no cost.
If you’re interested in joining an affiliate program, you earn commissions for all sales, not just a particular product. To test the waters, you may want to think about placing an order, even just a small one. This will give you a first hand look at the affiliate program that you will be promoting.
It’s simply a good way to check out the quality of the product and the service of the merchant. Of course you would only do this for a merchant who has several products. Promote poor quality products, and your credibility is down the drain. You just won’t get very far. Although you are only directing customers to the site where they can buy the product in question, you will still be remembered for your part in the sale. That’s the last thing you need.
Word of mouth is a very potent weapon that can “make you” or “break you”. Word of mouth is quite viral, so your reputation will spread quickly, whether good or bad.
The money that you can make right now may seem nice, but you need to think long-term. Do you know what you want to do in a few months time, or in a few years? If you’re like many people, there is a good chance that you have no idea, you have no plan. What if you want to create your own products to sell online?
What you do online now can come back to haunt you. That is why it’s important that you think about your future, in the business sense, and what it may mean. If your dream is to one day start your own online business, you will want to shy away from bad publicity, bad publicity in the form of a poorly run affiliate program. Your credibility is quickly judged, if you sell poor quality products. Once you are given the “thumbs down”, there is little chance of a comeback.
Although I advise you actually test out the products that you will be promoting, it just isn’t often practical. The cost of buying too many products yourself is prohibitive, too costly. Testing isn’t your only option.
You would be well advised to research a product online. Read customer reviews, both good and bad. Check the forums and see if the product is being talked about. People use forums to express their opinions, not only to ask questions. It’s the best place to analyze new products.
Too many products today are strictly promoted short term. If you’re a newbie affiliate marketer, there is little value in hit and miss products. If the price is going up in 3 days, and sales will be cut off in one week or two, then you probably should avoid these products. Most of these sales will go to the experienced marketers who stimulate interest with their hyped up sales pages. You have to be so quick to react, that the sale could be over before you even decide what to do about it.
Find quality products, in lower and higher priced ranges. There are many good products that can sell for many months, even years. Find those, and let them be the bulk of your affiliate choices. You will make more money in the long run, and your reputation will carry you higher and higher.
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