sell or promote a product

by bross
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I was working as an affiliate for quite a long time now, but I didn`t have much success. I made some sales but not much. I decided to create a product now to see if this will bring more sales and more money. I want some opinion on which do you think is better. Being an affiliate or having your own product?
#product #promote #sell
  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    Being both is a good thing.

    If you are an affiliate and are promoting in the work at home niche, I really suggest that you find products that will pay you MONTHLY recurring fees.

    If you are confident about creating your own product, again do so with some sort of a recurring payments.

    Too many affiliate sell products that gives them a ONE time commissions and that's it. You need to focus more and more on products that can bring your residual recurring commissions.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Green
    Originally Posted by bross View Post

    I was working as an affiliate for quite a long time now, but I didn`t have much success. I made some sales but not much. I decided to create a product now to see if this will bring more sales and more money. I want some opinion on which do you think is better. Being an affiliate or having your own product?
    Being an affiliate is a far easier job. You don't need to worry about providing support to customers etc. as that is all dealt with by the vendor. Also creating a product is a process that takes time, and not all products are successful.

    Unless you've got a good idea on creating a product, sticking with being an affiliate I believe would be your best option.
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    • Profile picture of the author bross
      Well that may be true, but for me it is easier to create one and wait for affiliates to bring traffic and sales.. It`s not so easy to get traffic and buyers and my e-mail list e.g. is also not big enough
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      I agree - do both if you can.

      For instance, I have my own product and I do make sales, although it's funny, it comes in spurts. Example, I may make $300 in sales in a couple of days and get all excited, then nothing for weeks or months. Such is the nature of wedding and party favors.

      So to supplement that, I also set up affiliate shops that have to do with my industry, a place where visitors can get the supplies they need to make handmade favors.

      I'm also planning to monetize my new blog with affiliate links and AdSense as soon as it gets more traffic.

      The blog and the affiliate shops are still very new, so we'll see how it all works out. But yes, I would say do both. It's better to have more than one income stream anyway. The affiliate sales may help keep you afloat during dry spells with your own product sales.
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      • Profile picture of the author Przemek Bloniarz
        Having your own product is better for sure, but I think it's recommended to build a list in your niche first and then launch your product.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryback
    The best way is by creating your own product. There are different ways of doing this but the fastest way is to create interview product. Find 6 to 10 people in your niche and interview them, create a sales letter and you can put it on RAP Bank and offer 100% commission to affiliates if you wanted to go this route. By doing this your going to start building a list that you can offer other products that your an affiliate for and start making more sales. There are so many different ways you can use to build a list of buyers but if you want to grow your business quickly I would go with creating your own product.
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    • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
      Although it is true that being an affiliate is an easier job because you don't need to create or support your own product, this low barrier to entry is also its greatest weakness. Consider that if something is easy, everyone will do it. Meaning to succeed in this, you need to be exceptional in your promotion and marketing. Contrast this with creating your own product that only you own. Yes, creating it will involve time and effort, but it is precisely this little bit of hard work that gives you the edge over 99% of people who won't be willing to do it.

      Of course, you can always supplement your main product business with affiliate promotions, but I think for stability and total control over your business, you need to have your own products.
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