Factors to consider before joining affiliate

by abbe77
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Hey guys!!!

I wonder what factors you consider before you join any affiliate network?
#affiliate #factors #joining
  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by abbe77 View Post

    Hey guys!!!

    I wonder what factors you consider before you join any affiliate network?
    The affiliate network that you join depends on the affiliate programs housed within the network. For instance, some affiliate networks are for promoting physical products (Amazon), while others are for promoting digital products (Clickbank). Depending on the niche you are in (weight loss, for example), you could promote both digital and physical products, so you could join both networks.

    However, there are some niche markets that are almost exclusively physical (toys) or digital (make money online). Get it? You should actually do research and figure out some products you want to promote before you start your blog. When you are first starting out, it is also good to go into a niche that you are already a part of and know something about.

    Joey
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  • Originally Posted by abbe77 View Post

    Hey guys!!!

    I wonder what factors you consider before you join any affiliate network?
    It really comes down to what you're trying to sell. Do you want to strictly sell digital Products (ClickBank, JvZoo) or Physical (Amazon). Personally I'm in the Make money online nich so I stick to the digital market.
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  • Profile picture of the author Maria379
    what products do you want to sell?
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Good question, abbe.

    I'll give you some advice based on helping newcomers, perhaps like yourself. I've been around the block, so what follows will "mostly" not apply to myself or any other experienced marketer.

    You first need to ascertain the right affiliate offers for your audience. Obviously. There are many ways to do so. One is to simply look at leading competitors and determine the offers they push. Another is to put yourself in the mind of your audience (which you should do for many other reasons, too, such as knowing how best to communicate with them and therefore grow your audience and keep them happy and convert them) and Google offers they recommend to one another. Do the offers receive good "consumer," not "affiliate" reviews, for instance? Yet another is to test out the offers yourself, and since we tend to work within markets for which we have a passion and a high degree of knowledge, our own judgement about an offer can be extremely valid. To get ideas, you can look around Offer Vault.

    Once you have a shortlist of affiliate programs and networks, with those offers on their respective marketplaces, you then take a closer look at those programs and networks.

    Hop onto a place like WF. Search for relevant thread, and recent ones too. Have other marketers had good experiences? Bad? Are the bad experiences isolated to one or a small handful of marketers, or do they amount to a great many, all of whom voicing the same negative experience? Overall here, you're trying to ascertain the reputation of the program or network and whether or not there are any deficits in their service, and if so, their level of prevalence.

    Payment periods are also a consideration for the newbie. They range anywhere from instant payments to a week, 2 weeks, a month, even 3 months. You also have to consider the payment threshold. Most programs and networks will require you to earn $50 to $100 before they pay. This is something to consider when joining more than one network. When you're new at this, the more networks you join, the longer - usually - it will be before you see any of your earnings. You may, indeed, run the risk of spreading yourself too thin. When new, then, I'd recommend one network only.

    Scrubbing and shaving. Some offers only pay on certain countries. If you refer people from another country, your leads won't be counted for those unaccepted countries. This is called scrubbing. Where does your traffic originate? Can you send traffic from (usually tier 1) these accepted countries? Does the program or network make it clear if they scrub and which countries are accepted? Shaving is when your leads are not counted outside of scrubbing. Typically this happens when the leads you send are low quality and you're simply not letting the network break-even or turn a profit. I don't agree with shaving, obviously, but it happens - some would even say all networks practice it - and it tends to happen for the given reason. Tip then: ensure you send quality. So! Look around. Does the network have a bad reputation for shaving? You'll often see newbie webmasters complaining about it. Ignore them. They're likely lying or doing something wrong. Look at the whole. The majority. You'll get a better picture.

    Features. Internet marketing has evolved considerably since I started out. Back then, you received a unique link code, maybe some creatives (like banners). These days, networks are in heady competition with one another, and trust me, they want newbies just as much as they want whales (people who send volume). Reason being, quite often a newbie doesn't know how to send "mass traffic of low value." They get "drop-ons." They may only send 1 decent PPL, PPS, or Revshare a month, but it tends to be quality, on average. And 100,000 newbies doing that is desirable. So! Back on point. Does the network offer the features you might want? Geo-redirection of links? Good creatives? Multiple program types? (PPL, PPS, RevShare). Deep-linking? Tons of features are available

    Lastly - affiliate managers. I cannot tell you how important it is to have a GOOD affiliate manager. For a start, they're rare. But you get a good one? They look after you. They respond to your messages, they offer advice, they're pleasant and polite, and - most important of all - they WORK with you. What do I mean by that? I mean, they do what they can to ensure you earn. They advise you on how to correct any mistakes you make instead of dropping you. They point out weak areas for you to address. They give golden tips to boost your efficiency. Whatever it takes, they do it. Look around the forums. See what others say about the AMs. When you join, you can even ask for the desired AM. (Request may not be granted, but it doesn't hurt to ask.) One other thing: when you send volume, it tends to be the AM who you approach and ask for a pay bump. A good AM will even motivate you by letting you know you're close to a pay bump and what else you need to do to receive it.

    Anyway! A few ideas for you. I could talk all day, and add considerably more, but I think the above should steer you in the right direction. All the best!

    - Tom
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  • Profile picture of the author Caleb Spilchen
    Hi,

    I've been using affiliate networks most of my life (and disclosure: currently work with one), but I find the best way to know whether or not it is the right affiliate network for you to work with is very simple.

    What kind of offers are you looking to promote? And what kind of traffic are you going to push to the offer? If you look at some CPA/Affiliate Networks you'll note a lot of the top networks don't accept people that are new, don't have extensive amount of traffic etc/etc. It is however, a little easier to start getting conversions with CPA vs basic affiliate marketing (product selling).

    I'm not sure if you have a membership to the War Room, but you can read guides about CPA/Affiliate Marketing there that will really help you to get started.

    Caleb
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