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Affiliate Marketing: Finding a Program that Fits You

Mar 16, 2008
Opportunities to make money from home have never been so accessible to so many people. The internet provides hundreds of programs for business owners and consumers alike to promote their products and earn money doing it. No longer do you need a degree in network marketing to be successful in sales. You need only a computer, and a great affiliate marketing program.

Selecting the Right Program
There are hundreds of affiliate programs. Some programs deal with specific types of products, such as digital information, while others partner with a wide range of businesses. In order to select a program that is right for you, keep in mind the following factors:

1. How are commissions calculated? Some affiliate programs pay based on the number of people you attract to the product, regardless of whether they purchase. Other programs pay commission solely on products sold.

2. How will the program help me? When you are just starting out, you will have many questions about the program. It is essential to do your research and find a program that offers help to beginners. The program must provide support for its affiliates. There are many great programs for 'newbies', which provide step by step instructions and video tutorials.

3. What products are offered through the program? Success in affiliate marketing lies in your ability to be a genuinely helpful resource to your prospective consumers. The mix of products you sell needs to correspond with your interests and talents, otherwise you will come across as a phony salesperson! Find programs that offer products in your areas of interest such as books, automobile accessories, sporting equipment, wine or any area in which you have expertise.

4. How flexible is the program? Many affiliate programs require a website on which you will place an affiliate link. If you do not have a website, locate a program that allows you to market through emails, articles and ezine advertisements etc.

5. What is the time frame for commissions? Locate an affiliate program that has a long return time. The return time is the length of time from the first time a consumer clicks on your informational link to the product to the time when they purchase the product. The longer the return time, the more likely you are to earn commissions. Longer return times allow consumers to think and come back, while you still gain a benefit from introducing them to the product.

Once you have narrowed your choices of affiliate programs in which to participate, choose one and get started. Stick with your program of choice for as long as necessary, as it will take time to develop a strong system and begin seeing results. There is nothing like that first commission to keep you going! Focus on your first sale, and then stay in it for the long haul. It is a cross-country race, not a sprint, but there is potential for great rewards, long-term.
About the Author
Mary Elliot started in affiliate marketing a few months ago and is constantly learning as she moves forward. Join her here as she achieves her desire for financial security and the freedom to live life to the full.
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