When people decide to join an affiliate program to make extra money, or to have it as a full time income, they often do so with illusions of all the glitter various programs promote. With no idea of how the affiliate program actually works. Read the following top 5 mistakes people make when it comes to choosing an affiliate program. Avoid these mistakes at all costs. Then, you will be able to be more effective and make more money. That will be the best effort for your time. So it is definitely worthwhile to read these warnings and avoid them.
#1 Don’t Compete, Support
Too many affiliate programs compete against their competitors which wastes money and puts affiliates out of business. However, if you are part of an affiliate program the more affiliates the better for getting more information and more money. If there are a lot of affiliates, it’s because they’re making money.
One of the worst things to do is choose an affiliate program that believes in competing against other affiliates. Instead, choose an affiliate program that agrees with supporting and growing other affiliates to have a larger network and access to more affiliates.
#2 Little Reward
Another mistake people frequently make when choosing affiliate programs is choosing a program that offers little reward for the individual’s hard work. Too many affiliate programs pay too little and as a result affiliates find it difficult to make the money they should be making. Look for an affiliate program that has a good pay rate for your work.
How do you know that? That is the due diligence that must be done. If you’re a “newbie” these are things you have to know. Charlie White with DOE, which stands fro Directrory Of Ezines could be a truly great source. Charlie is a stand up guy. He has been in this business for 15 years, and owns the company he started with.
#3 Old Statistics, if Any
You want an affiliate program that offers good, solid, real time statistics, not old statistics or ones that are no longer valid. There are not many affiliate programs out there that provide the kind of statistics an affiliate manager needs, but do your best to find an affiliate program that offers the most.
There are always “scam” reports. Some good, others just really promoting the program. It’s always a good idea to look through these…with caution. Some may actually be competitors of the program you’re considering. You have no way of knowing that as a beginner. So take all such info with a grain of salt.
#4 No Support
Too often affiliates find themselves waiting days for an answer to an e-mail and an important question for their business. You want an affiliate program that guarantees you support round the clock if possible or at least within 24 hours. If not, keep looking for an affiliate program that wants to help you help yourself.
One way to accomplish this would be to look to see if a support link is offered for questions. How do you find that link? Search through all the pages on the sales page offering the program. If a support link is not available then I have even spent the money for the program. Knowing full well if a 60 day money back guarantee was available or not.
Once inside and reviewing the program, I find a question. Then I email support to see how fast they get back to me. If I’m not serious about the program, then I submit to cancel. Some may frown on that, but it’s my time and money. If that’s the only way to ask questions so be it. Most sites will have a ‘contact us’ link at the bottom of the page.
#5 Fresh Ideas, Creative’s
Many affiliate programs provide few ideas or creative’s to their affiliates. So thousands of web pages end up with the same advertising. However, affiliate programs would have a better success rate if many different ads were made available. That makes it possible for affiliates to alternate ads. Placing different ads on different sites is a plus, depending on the products sold.
Commit these five mistakes to memory so you know exactly what you are looking for in an affiliate program, as well as what to avoid. You will be much more successful and happier as well if you do not get caught in these traps!
5 Tips To Choosing The Right Affiliate Program
Affiliate programs can be a great way to make money online. You don’t have to spend time developing your own product, worry about taking orders, or take care of customer service.
If you already have a high traffic website or run an e-zine you can stand to earn a steady flow of commissions every month without a lot of extra work on your part.
To help you get started promoting affiliate programs, I’ve provided the following 5 tips to help you choose the affiliate programs that are right for you.
1. Choose affiliate programs that match the content of your site. If your site targets a niche market then choose affiliate programs that offer products to that niche market.
2. Choose affiliate programs that pay a high commission. For example 30%-50% on your direct sales.
3. Join affiliate programs that pay two-tier commissions. This enables you to not only earn commissions on your own sales but also on the sales of people who you introduce to your affiliate
4. Join affiliate programs that offer a line of products so that you can earn commissions on up-sales. When your referrals come back and purchase other services or products as well.
5. Join programs that offer their affiliates great marketing support. Many programs offer their affiliates pre-written ads. To use, get ideas from, sales letters, marketing courses, and articles for use in promoting their services.
Remember, the best affiliate programs will see theirs as a partnership with you. By combining high commissions with excellent support. That way you can start earning money promoting their products as quickly as possible.