I can partner with the company who sells that drill as an affiliate. They’ll give me a special link to the drill tagged with my own, unique affiliate ID. Every time I use that link in a blog post and someone clicks it, my affiliate ID follows them for a time. If they buy the drill in that time, I will earn a commission.
Aside from saving time, it allows websites who couldn’t get accepted at certain merchants to promote them anyway. If that seems ethically grey, remember that all of these merchants have agreed to do this with Skimlinks.
It’s a good program! I experienced their best commission per sale ($2000) and make some bucks each month using them. My site is not in the e-commerce niche. So, help your readers and make a profit at the same time!
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.
The AffiloTheme is a great option. Completely customizable, and built specifically for affiliate marketers, you can use this WordPress theme to bypass much of the initial learning curve other affiliate marketers will experience. You can also search for themes on a site like Theme Forest. 
MaxBounty pays affiliate commissions weekly, and the company appears to have a good reputation among its affiliates. In fact, the network is popular among many top affiliate marketers and has received numerous positive reviews and writeups and critiques over the past several years.
You will vastly improve your chances of making a good income as an affiliate marketer if you use as many available communication vehicles as possible. Email is one of the most effective communication vehicles there is. Even more so than your blog or website.
Also, if you use Viglinks or Skimlinks, you will have to use the the dynamic links sitewide to see proper commissions, otherwise they are not that good, IMO. I have used Shareasale and if you can get used to the dashboard, then there are some really amazing offers, with super-high EPCs, that will help you make great commissions.
When I first started, my overwhelming (and totally naive) impulse was to fill my pages with words and links that screamed “BUY THIS NOW!”. I didn’t help the reader learn why they should have this product. I only wanted them to click a link which would hopefully lead to a commission for me.
Affiliate networks are good for publishers because publishers can find, sign up for and manage several affiliate programs under one umbrella (the affiliate network). Also, companies typically are monitored by the network which gives affiliates peace of mind.
When I use Viglink, Skimlinks, I stick to major retailers. I can walk into Walmart myself, but I also have to drive 30 miles to nearest store. Some areas no longer have some of the big retailers any longer resulting in people shop elsewhere, or online.
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I absolutely love your post about Affiliate Marketing for Beginners: How to Make Your First Affiliate Marketing Sale in 7 Steps. Over the years I have found that people put too much emphasis on “how to make more sales” versus teaching techniques as to how a beginner can make their first sale . Understanding how to make that first sale is key.
Literally. I have not yet come across a niche for which there weren’t multiple affiliate programs to tinker with and test against each other. And it’s important to find these programs; it’s just like testing ad networks–you need to test lots of programs to find the best combination for your specific site.
I use Amazon and another referral arranged by a company to sell their training videos. The last one is my main income from my blog for now. They offer very generous share (40%) and the product itself worth at least US$ 100. The nice thing is it send my payment using Paypal, not by check.
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And yep–testing affiliate programs definitely a hassle. Gael needs to do a big CRO post at some point. That’d be the next post I’d write myself if I was comfortable talking about it at all, but I’m still learning myself.
I’m a new reader of your blog. I found your article through search results. First of all, I would like to say that you did a great job on this article. This article will be very helpful for beginners blogger who are looking to start make money blogging.
So here’s the trick: check individual brands. Some will be higher, and some will be lower, but you’ll be able to find some gems in there if you poke around enough. Also, if you’re looking to build a new site, consider some of the niches in which commission rates are high (like printing).
If you want an even faster way to get your affiliate marketing set up, I recommend looking at one of our paid products, either AffiloBlueprint or AffiloJetpack. You can learn more about them here: http://www.affilorama.com/products
A way to communicate with people (like a blog, not social media). Sometimes this is called a platform. It might be a blog, a website, an email list or some other online presence where people listen to what you have to say.
Always fill out the comment box to “sell” your platform. If you are given the opportunity to explain why you are interested in a program, do it! Use the space to highlight why you would be an asset to the program. Talk about how your audience is their audience. Talk about the size of your mailing list (if it’s significant). Talk about your success with similar programs. Talk about where and how you will promote (hopefully you’ve done a bit of research so you know what they’re hoping for). Don’t sound desperate and certainly don’t lie about anything, but be upfront and honest about how this will be a win for them.
Understand where people are at in the buying cycle and promote accordingly. Spend the most time sharing affiliate links where people are ready to buy. For example, you can share affiliate links on Pinterest, but most people are not on Pinterest to buy but to look. As such, focusing your affiliate marketing strategy on Pinterest might not be the best use of your time. Review posts, for example, might be better at tipping people over the line into buying.
Promote products at various price points. Even the little products (like Amazon ebooks) add up. If there is a truly useful product on the pricier side, it can still be worth the promotion even if only a few people buy it. If you’ve used a product of exceptional quality and it’s a good investment, or if it’s a product that’s unique, specialized or one-of-a-kind, go for it.
At 1,500 merchants, they’re not quite as big as some of the other networks, but the selection is still respectable. That said, their primary sectors are finance, retail shopping, telcos and services, and travel.
Jennifer! That would be great! Yeah a lot of them a fairly low but bear in mind that these programs only represent a tiny percentage of what’s on the market. I’m planning on updating this post soon with some high paying programs i’ve found over the last few months. Glad you enjoyed the post.
Thanks for this complete post about affiliate network , I will just add more thing just about choose of traffic coming, I have one account in Amazon in British and really is difficult to make sure that you will make money with this account in UK I think is more difficult to sell than US; Thanks again for putting all together.
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.

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