I stumbled upon your site while looking for a honest comparison between Clickbank and CJ affiliates. I must say you have some pretty solid information.. So Amazon is the best start for a newbie, as opposed to Clickbank, CJ or shareasale?
First, don’t let this question worry you. It’s really of little consequence in the big scheme of things. In fact, it’s a minor issue in the process below. Still, I realize it can be a bit confusing, so I’ll address it here.
Gold Investing is one of the most lucrative niches on the Internet right now, and Regal Assets has the best offer for serious affiliates. While other gold investing affiliate programs only pay you a small flat-rate for each lead, Regal Assets gives you a flat-rate + a piece of the total investment amount.
The market has grown in complexity, resulting in the emergence of a secondary tier of players, including affiliate management agencies, super-affiliates, and specialized third party vendors.
In 2006, the most active sectors for affiliate marketing were the adult gambling, retail industries and file-sharing services.:149–150 The three sectors expected to experience the greatest growth are the mobile phone, finance, and travel sectors. Soon after these sectors came the entertainment (particularly gaming) and Internet-related services (particularly broadband) sectors. Also several of the affiliate solution providers expect to see increased interest from business-to-business marketers and advertisers in using affiliate marketing as part of their mix.:149–150
Affiliate marketing is frequently overlooked by advertisers. While search engines, e-mail, and web site syndication capture much of the attention of online retailers, affiliate marketing carries a much lower profile. Still, affiliates continue to play a significant role in e-retailers’ marketing strategies.
If you’ve got a car site, for example, and you want to recommend jumper cables, you can pick one of the many hundreds of different brand and models. That’s something even most major retailers can’t match–at least not for every conceivable type of product.
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You don’t necessarily have to have a huge site or lots of traffic. Consider emailing an affiliate program’s contact person (look for contact info on the site or in affiliate newsletters) if you send a lot of leads their way, rank well in the search engines for a related keyword or have a high conversion rate. Make your email compelling. Read my tips here. You just have to be a good fit and provide excellent value to the merchant. Another good resource for this is here.
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CuisineArt is a big brand with lots of product lines in the low-mid price range. However, they sell lots of appliances, and their commission rate is 10%, which beats out Amazon’s kitchen category pretty thoroughly. Cookies last 45 days, and you can find them on CJ.
Thanks for the great tips. Sometimes, I have a big image of a product at the top of a post and a smaller image elsewhere. These products perhaps are offered at more than one merchant that I have affiliate status with, so I may link one image to one merchant and the other to another merchant.
Reportedly the largest affiliate network, with over 10 million affiliate partnerships, LinkShare took the number-one spot in the 2012 Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks for platform strength, support quality, and international capabilities.
I agree with you on Amazon Associates. The 4% start is really, really poor. Sure, you can build it up quite quickly, but it’s annoying when you reset back to 4% at the start of the month, and then someone buys an expensive new bed, or an expensive outdoor grill, etc.
It is not easy to convince someone to buy products, but it is how most of the products are sold. I’ve sold a good number of WPZon Builder plugin and HostGator hosting. It works if you have your blog and if you are writing continually sharing your honest experience.
I think you might of misunderstood me I am not looking to promote my page, it is just a hobby really that grew quickly due to the need. I do this while I finish my degree in HR. I am looking to make money off of posting other people’s things on my page. Not to boost my page I have about 6k active users. I’m looking to sign up to affiliate programs.
You don’t get buyer’s info to use later. A buyer’s information is extremely valuable, but in this case, the advertiser gets to keep it and you never see it. The advertiser can then pitch products or services to that buyer for months or years down the road, potentially making a lot more money in the long run.
If you are promoting a high ticket item e.g. over $1000 you might want to create several pages about the product. If you are promoting low ticket items e.g. under $30 then you can have several items on a page. You might also want to promote other compatible items.
Ask for VIP (sometimes called “tiered”) commissions. Many affiliate programs have different commission levels. Usually the standard commission level is made public, but higher commissions are offered to higher performing affiliates. Sometimes you may be bumped up to “VIP affiliate” status by the advertiser, but most times you have to ask if there’s a higher tier and how you can get there.
Will my target audience realistically spend this amount for the product? Again, your reputation is on the line here. Is the product you are thinking of promoting priced reasonably for your audience? When I was writing my ebook, I was stuck on pricing. I asked around for opinions. A number of people suggested I price my ebook at $47! Their idea was to price according to value, not size. In my mind that was crazy. My network was composed of a lot of stay-at-home bloggers, and my collective audience was comprised mostly of people without a whole lot of disposable income. There was no way anyone was going to pay $47 for my 30-page ebook.
Hi Jamie! Thank you for the great information. I just learned about affiliate marketing last week. The source however, is an older couple who work for World Wide Dreams Builders (WWDB). So, basically Amway. After researching a bit. I have no interest in WWDB and. (It sounds like years of recruiting people with minimal payout) Though, I am highly intrigued by e-commerce and affiliate marketing. Before your post the company I recognized was Amazon. Can you please tell me if that will be the best 1st step. I am currently an unemployed student Veteran. So plan to fully emerge into this business regime and would greatly appreciate your advice on this!!!
Maybe have a section on the site where you review food / cooking related products that are on Amazon. For example, “Ten Of The Best can Openers for the modern kitchen” or “A Useful Guide On The Best Food Processors For The Home”.
After creating eBook, it’s time to create a landing page for your blog. A landing page is where your visitors lands, and that page attracts the visitor and makes him give his email/buy the ebook/subscribe to your blog etc.
Pay-Per-Click is also considered as widespread and common affiliate agreement. Under this agreement, the affiliate marketers will get fixed rates depending on the number of clients who click on the links placed on the affiliate website that leads to the merchant website. Here a purchase is not necessary to earn commissions, all that has to be done is that the client clicks the link and stays at least thirty seconds on the merchant website. Regardless of what the visitor does on the merchant site, this will not affect the commission.
Thank you for you excellent post to make money with affiliate marketing. it is really helpful for me to understand the real-ground of affiliation marketing and make some extra money from them. i would like to replicate your process step by step.
The various commissions structures available with affiliate marketing enable you to create diversified income streams in your online business. Focusing on recurring as well as high-ticket commissions puts you in the best position to build a wildly profitable affiliate marketing business.
What a great post , Jafar . I think for Landing Pages , Premise is a good tool for the people who are ready to shed some money . The problem is that people who can’t afford an e-mail list cannot promote their e-book and product to the fullest .
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