free affiliate programs
(Outside North America)
own affiliate program
What to look for when choosing Affiliate
by Jonathan Kraft
So you've decided you want to become an Internet Marketer? Will you sell
someone else's products or sell your own?
If you choose to sell someone else's products, how will you know what to
look for? After all, this is a new venture for you.
Or maybe it's not. Maybe you have been trying out some affiliate programs
which have not brought you any money, or, worse, have not paid you for the
affiliate traffic you have sent them.
If you are the new person, or the person who is floundering in Internet
Marketing, this article will offer you some simple tips for choosing an
This article doesn't cover getting traffic to your site, which is another
huge piece of the puzzle, and is covered in thousands of articles on the
Internet, so let's just start with choosing affiliate programs.
You should find affiliate programs that:
a) are relatively easy to set up (code is either created for you or easy
b) will pay you well. This depends on your definition of what being paid
well means, but generally, for most beginners, and some novices, if you
can see yourself being able to make more than $250/month, the program is
at least worth looking at
c) give you products which people actually use. There are lots of products
in the market which will sell, but do you really want to be selling pet
rocks? If you do, please don't take offense. Most legitimate affiliate
advice sites won't feature affiliate programs that are exclusively selling
something like 8-Track players and tapes. While there are probably
collectors out there who would love an 8-track player and cassettes, the
fact is that the market is done with 8-tracks. The point is, there should
be a genuine need for, or interest in, what you are selling/reselling.
So you find a program which meets the above criteria. Now what? Do a
Google search on the company. Find out what people are saying about them.
You may have to dig a bit, but the combined experience of the
professionals (and not-so-professionals) who develop and contribute to the
Internet on a regular basis is, collectively, the best source of advice
you will find on making money, or affiliate programs, anywhere.
If you want advice on some great affiliate programs, you can visit sites
which have already reviewed the information about companies and present it
to you in a straightforward way. If you are ready to find some great
affiliate programs, then you will be able to find categories of affiliate
programs on these sites, which will generally represent the type of
products you would like to sell.
Search engines love content, and so do your site visitors. Content is one
of the most important aspects of getting people to your web site, and
helping them to see the value in what you're selling. You should strive to
choose programs with products which are related to your web site.
In other words, if you have a site which features information about the
Toyota Camry, you're going to be pretty hard pressed to be able to get
your page content matched up so that you could sell, say... baby rattles.
Find affiliate programs which relate to what you already do, and then
promote those products.
Finally, see if you can find someone to actually talk to (ok, email would
be okay) who has received regular checks or payments from marketing
products. We think that this is, perhaps, the most important part of any
affiliate program, because the main reason you promote their products is
to receive a check for your efforts.
So there you have it, some simple tips for choosing great affiliate
programs! Hope this helps you to reach your income goals, and also helps
you to develop a long-term plan for on and off-line financial and personal
Jonathan Kraft has been an online marketer for many years, and now helps
others understand affiliate programs at
http://www.usaaffiliateprograms.com. He is currently working to
help people find the best phone and calling card affiliate programs at
Want to add this article to your site?
Simply cut and paste the HTML below.
Back to articles >