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Affiliate Marketing Programs Overview

Aug 21, 2008
In this article we're going to have a look at affiliate programs that concentrate on selling products. You can signup for these affiliate programs and they'll give you a unique referral link for selling their product. How exactly these affiliate programs work and how you can profit from this type of marketing will be discussed right here in this article.

Product based affiliate programs are most popular today as the potential risk is much lower for the owner than it would be if he would pay you for each click. The problem with these type of affiliate programs is that not everybody is a salesman. Therefore the product owner often makes it very attractive for affiliates to sell his products. They give out huge commissions and often contest prizes for their top affiliates.

For each sale that the affiliate generates through his referral link there will be a commission. This commission is a certain percentage of the product price and varies mostly from 50% up to 80%. These high percentages can be achieved by selling digital products because with these digital products there is no cost for material, shipping and handling involved. Products that need to be shipped don't have these high commissions. In most cases you'll get between 3% and 20% for shipped products.

Product based affiliate programs can be found in all kinds of niches, they range from Internet marketing to weight loss or fitness. There are huge affiliate marketplaces where you can find the products for your nice like at Clickbank or Commission Junction. These affiliate marketplaces handle all your sales and commissions as well as refunds, so all you need to do is send traffic to your affiliate link.

Affiliate programs are free to join, never pay anything upfront to sell products. Those programs that ask you to pay upfront are mostly scams and will disappear after a while. Also make sure that you do some research about the company or person who's behind the product. Can you trust them, are they known in your industry?

When selling affiliate products you should always buy the product yourself and test it. It's your good name that recommends the product and if it's not good, then people will have you in their mind and might not buy from you again.

Also be sure that you are interested in what you sell, this way it's easier to write about the product. Selling as an affiliate includes a lot of writing unless you have a magic adwords formula. Article writing and creating websites should be fun, otherwise you'll not be good at it or might not even finish the project.

There is a lot you need to learn about affiliate marketing before you get started. Make sure that you get some step by step blueprint that you can follow. These blueprints should cover all kinds of techniques like article writing, social marketing or creating review pages. It's always good to test your ads and websites. You need to find out what works and what does not work, only then will you be able to generate constant affiliate sales.
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