Friday, August 29, 2008

6 Things to Consider when Choosing an Affiliate Program

6 Things to Consider when Choosing an Affiliate Program
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There are literally millions of affiliate programs that you can join for free today. Rather than be a good thing, this can end up confusing affiliates to the point that they end up making bad choices.

In this article let's talk about six things to consider when choosing an affiliate programs so you make the right choice.

1. First of all you should be looking at the market that you want to represent. Because there are so many different affiliate programs online today you need to choose your market before you actually pick your product. Once you find a market that gives you the opportunity to solve people's problems, and has paying customers already in it, you can then look at choosing affiliate programs to sell products to this market with.

2. You want to represent affiliate programs that offer quality products. One way to do that is to actually purchase the products you are going to sell.

You then create product review pages, and pre sell pages where you list your personal experiences about this product. This is a great way for you to become a product of the product and to increase your sales.

3. You want to look at the current commission percentage that you are going to get paid. Obviously if all things are equal, you want to go with an affiliate program that will pay you a higher commission. Many times a commission percentage that you are being paid is a direct reflection on what it is going to be like one dealing with that affiliate company on other things.

4. Be sure and read the affiliate agreement so you understand if there are any restrictions on how you can promote your affiliate product.

5. How will you be paid? Affiliate merchants have different payment structures including how often they pay and how they pay. Today many affiliate commissions are paid by PayPal or direct deposit.

6. You want to look very carefully at the type of marketing support you are going to receive. What kind of tools will you be provided with to help sell the affiliate products?

You are looking for things such as banner ads, solo ads, email promotions, blog articles, signature file ads and so on. You also want to look at the affiliate website that you will be driving your traffic to.

In summary, these are six things to consider when choosing an affiliate program. Although most affiliate programs are free to join, you will be investing your time, so you want to make a wise choice that can pay off for you in the future.

Suzanne Morrison is a full time affiliate marketer. Visit her Home Business Ideas website to learn how to Make Money with Affiliate Programs

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