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Best Affiliate Marketing Programs for Beginners

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Posted 28th August 2015 at 02:01 AM by trevord92

Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to start in internet marketing.

You have an almost infinite number of producs to select from and you can pick and choose which ones are best for you.

Most beginners with affiliate marketing start with the low hanging fruit:
  • Amazon Associates
  • Clickbank
  • JVZoo
And if you only chose products from those three marketplaces, you'd be well equipped for life.

Amazon Associates

Assuming that Amazon allows you to be an affiliate of theirs (some States and countries aren't allowed in the program) then you have probably the widest selection of products that you could ever hope for.

You've got access to all of Amazon's products and they have many different tools to help you promote them.

Additionally, they're a well known brand which means that when you send your visitors to Amazon they have enough trust in them to make a purchase without any second thoughts.

You can also use the reviews and ratings to select products that have high satisfaction amongst customers.

On the downside, Amazon don't pay much commission. That's partly because they are a retailer and there isn't that much margin in the first place.

Their commission is tiered - the more items you sell in a month, the higher the percent you get paid.

That means it's worth including some cheap products ($2.99 Kindle "books" spring to mind here) that will increase your sales count and will increaase your commission across all your sales.


Clickbank have thousands of products available in their marketplace.

Prices vary enormously, as does the commission paid and also the quality of the products.

Although you're dealing with Clickbank, ultimately the products you sell are created and delivered by lots of different individuals. Much the same as Amazon don't make many of the products they sell.

Unlike Amazon, there's no way of telling how well a product is selling or what the customer satisfaction score is.

Gravity tells you approximately how many affiliates have sold at least one copy of a product in recent times but that's it. Each affiliate could have sold one copy or there could be one or two affiliates who are cleaning up. There's no way of telling.

You need to examine the sales page and make your own decision as to how well it's likely to sell the product it's promoting. Then test to work out whether your assumption is right or not.

If the sales page is "leaky" and doesn't just promote the product, you'll need to decide whether that will help or hinder your sales.

If the sales page has a downsell when you click away - lots do - it may be worth including that in your review of the product. I've found it reduces the average sale but increases the number of sales I make.

And if there's a list option, join it and monitor the messages that get sent.


A lot of products on this site pay out instantly vua PayPal, which is useful when you're just starting out.

Like Clickbank, product quality varies.

Unlike Clickbank, you get an idea of total sales - the marketplace gives banded figures but since these are based on all time sales you have no way of knowing how long it took to reach that number or whether it's even still current.

Which means that much the same rules apply as with Clickbank - use your judgement.


The trick with all this is to start.

You won't know all the answers initially (if ever) but if you don't start, you won't know anything apart from theory.

If you'd like more help with your affiliate marketing, click this link.
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