An affiliate question.

by Mrnace
10 replies
Right, I a looking to sign up for affiliates and build them up slowly on my blog.

If I sign up for affiliate programmes, should I expect to be sent the products to review them, or do I have to buy them forking out several thousands in the process.

I am currently writing an email to a fitness equipment company asking for samples of their products to review. And they have an affiliate programme.

What can you suggest?

Thanks in advance

Nathan
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  • Profile picture of the author a2hosting
    I think it really depends on the nature of the product and the popularity of your blog. We are service based so it's much easier/affordable for me to offer a demo of our solution to affiliates I reach out to. However, if you run a popular blog, I see no issue in your contacting the affiliate manager for the programs you're involved in to request a demo of their product.
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    • Profile picture of the author suggs
      If you're active on social media, make sure you like the big company pages that are in your niche. I get sent requests to do reviews pretty frequently where the company in question has sent the product to me to do a review.

      Heres a tip for you: If you do buy a product to review, you could offer it as a competition prize! All the user needs to do is like your page, sign up to your newsletter etc (this will help you build both your social signals and a list where you can promote affiliate offers to at a later stage).
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      • Profile picture of the author Mrnace
        Originally Posted by suggs View Post

        If you're active on social media, make sure you like the big company pages that are in your niche. I get sent requests to do reviews pretty frequently where the company in question has sent the product to me to do a review.

        Heres a tip for you: If you do buy a product to review, you could offer it as a competition prize! All the user needs to do is like your page, sign up to your newsletter etc (this will help you build both your social signals and a list where you can promote affiliate offers to at a later stage).
        Thanks Suggs. some great advice. I think the Competition Prize was a good idea, I totally didn't think of that.

        I've sent some emails off to companies in my niche, they can only say no right.
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        • Profile picture of the author suggs
          Originally Posted by Mrnace View Post

          I've sent some emails off to companies in my niche, they can only say no right.
          Yep, thats the worst they can say.. You might not get a lot of results at first but keep plugging away and it will come good. I found there were more offers on the table when i was participating in conversations in general on social sites.

          Some other tips:

          1. If you are lucky enough to get a company offering you a free product to review, check if they have a direct affiliate program, that way you can cut the middle man out.

          2. Always take your own pictures rather than use catalog images! This makes your review look much more genuine! and your readers will know you HAVE ACTUALLY reviewed the product and not just waffled on about it having never tried it. (REMEMBER TO WATERMARK THEM TOO)

          3. When you have written the review, get it proof read (either by a friend, freelancer, or by you at a later time), make any adjustments and then post it to your site.

          4. Once live on your site, you want to share it on facebook, twitter etc (use your hashtags wisely).

          5. Contact the company letting them know you liked the product and have written an honest review which they can find at (your url). Thank them and make sure you say you would be interested in reviewing other products in the future. By doing this your basically building a relationship with them, they will be happy that you liked their product, and if you did a good job with the review be even happier and will consider you for more reviews in the future. Ive had a few companies even tweet my reviews on their twitter page which has s**t loads of followers.
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        • Profile picture of the author IvoryPearl
          Like my mama used to say "The answer is 100% NO if you don't ask. If you ask, you have a 50 - 50 chance that the answer will be YES!"
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  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    It's unlikely you'll get free test products until your blog generates significant traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Paid Surveys View Post

      It's unlikely you'll get free test products until your blog generates significant traffic.
      Why do you think that?

      How do you think the product's vendor will know how much traffic the blog of the person asking gets?

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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    I recommend using Amazon! Even if you are selling products for other affiliate programs too, the HUGE advantage of Amazon is that there are lots of comments from real buyers, honestly describing their real experience after buying the product.

    So product reports can be written by summarizing what Amazon customers are saying. The value you add is that few buyers read all the customer reports, and few of them think of the implications, so if you do that, you can give them good advise. For example, I did an affiliate website on lamps, and on one lamp several customers had written that there was a specific alternative that was much "better" because its battery-life was 10 times as long. What none of the customers had researched was that that alternative, yes the batteries lasted 10 times as long BUT that was because the light output was only a tenth of the brightness. So obviously for some uses, the longer battery life is better, but for other uses the brighter light is better, so I said that in my product report, with affiliate links to both.

    Since then I've learned that products less than about $100 don't make so much affiliate commission, because people are less likely to spend the time to get better information before they buy.

    So that's one approach which can work well . . . review products that have plenty of customer reviews on Amazon, so you can summarize what customers say, and research their comments more deeply to give valuable information to help buyers. You can still give affiliate links to products off Amazon as well.

    Also, from experience, I would advise against trying to make affiliate commissions from products that are too big or heavy, from Amazon, because the added cost to get it delivered means that Amazon is not a good deal compared to buying it from a physical shop. Maybe you can research that and find exact products which are still cheaper on Amazon, or on an alternative affiliate seller, but be careful with that in general for that reason.

    I'd also advise against affiliate marketing of products which are available at a typical WalMart, because buyers are likely to just ask the sales-people at the WalMart rather than spending the time to look online, even though the info online will often be much better. Also, that criteria means you are not competing in areas like TV's, laptops, etc. which are too full of low quality sites who use short-term black hat SEO methods to get their not very good content on the search engines, and that makes it not worth competing with them.

    Of course, as well as Amazon, there are other places where real buyers write genuine reviews of products, but Amazon is the best

    Hope that helps

    Chris
    PS. if you PM me, I'll give you a link to my 42-page affiliate guide for free, just to help you, which might tell you a few other things you'll not find in most affiliate guides
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  • Profile picture of the author Mrnace
    Yeah. totaly agree with whats being said.

    The one company I have contacted has an affiliate programme, but I don't see the point in signing up for it unless I have actually used their product.

    The products they sell are fitness tracking equipment and online community.

    Step counters, calorie counters etc and you can upload them to your profile on their website, so the products are small.

    You guys will know about some of the biggest sports companies that have this type of product and service, Nike+ for example.
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