which affiliate program is the best for physical products?

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Hello:

I have a new blog I need to monetize. What are some of the best programs for physical products?

What about fraud?

thanks

Jim
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  • Profile picture of the author abuhanifa
    what type of physical products ? you need to decide your affiliates depending upon your niche .
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  • Profile picture of the author Orator
    I would recommend Amazon simply due to the sheer quantity of physical items you gain access to. I've never had them miss a payment, and their customer service has always been top-notch.
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  • Profile picture of the author stews
    Either Commission Junction or Amazon. CJ will be more likely to give better commissions
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    • Profile picture of the author Shawn Wilson
      Originally Posted by stews View Post

      Either Commission Junction or Amazon. CJ will be more likely to give better commissions
      I agree with Stews. Those 3 are the best. Amazon being the best of the three as for ease of use and size of product choices.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dann Vicker
    Amazon, Shareasale and CJ.com have good affiliate programmes for affiliates.
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  • Profile picture of the author rangga_ryuuzaki
    I vote for amazon. But what niches you are taking on?
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  • Profile picture of the author dazkat
    My vote is for Amazon also. They have so much authority and are a trusted name online so people don't have a problem buying products from them.
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  • Profile picture of the author AaronKay
    I REALLLLY like avantlink at least for the one particular niche I'm in I found tons of great programs.
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  • Profile picture of the author cool25
    amazon is the king for physical product, but you can use commission junction. also you can try walmartand shopping affiliate program
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    • Profile picture of the author nofearman
      Originally Posted by cool25 View Post

      amazon is the king for physical product, but you can use commission junction. also you can try walmartand shopping affiliate program
      Yes, BUT, BIG BUT. Amazon commissions are Very Low! SO tough for some to get excited about.
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    • Profile picture of the author Fauziahmad
      Originally Posted by cool25 View Post

      amazon is the king for physical product, but you can use commission junction. also you can try walmartand shopping affiliate program
      What the best categories to sell or promote
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  • Profile picture of the author feliciayapsl
    Amazon vote here too! Everyone knows Amazon & is comfortable ordering from them.
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  • Profile picture of the author kschieng
    Hi Jim,

    I would vote for Amazon if you're looking into promoting physical products.

    At first impression you may think that Amazon products are not worth to promote because of their small commissions. However, keep in mind that Amazon is a trusted brand since year 1995. Being a trusted brand means more consumers are willing to make purchase with Amazon and so does your earning will increase.

    Plus you don't just earn a commission on the product you are promoting, but you'll earn a commission for whatever products that consumers buy once they are at Amazon. For example, you might be promoting vacuum cleaners on your site and referred some customers to Amazon who ended up buying something else like a DVD. You'll still be paid from making those sales. In addition, Amazon is always on time with their payment and they have great customer service so you don't have to worry about fraud as well.

    Hope that helps. Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author JeremiahSay
    Amazon is your best bet.. 2nd would be CJ..
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben K
    Yes ..Amazon is the best .
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Coxill
    Another vote for Amazon here, there is such a wide range of products available. Depending on what niche you're in, there will be more or less products, but there is bound to be some physical products you can promote from Amazon on your blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author ninal
    I have been using amazon exclusively for promoting physical products so I have no feedback on other affiliates.

    The thing I like most amazon is the relatively good conversion rate despite the 24 hour cookie. And the thousands of products available gives you endless choices of products to promote.

    Just be reminded that products under the electronics category has a comm cap of 4%. And I think the most you can earn from high valued products under electronics and computers would be $25. But someone else may have to verify this as this is only coming from my observation based on the couple of laptop orders that went through.
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    • Profile picture of the author steveaaa
      So you are saying 1 day cookie with Amazon is not an issue?

      Also, I have heard that Amazon and over $100 non-impulse items don't covert well (I guess because people have to think about it and come back to Amazon directly after 24 hours?), any experience with that?

      Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author myob
        Originally Posted by steveaaa View Post

        So you are saying 1 day cookie with Amazon is not an issue?

        Also, I have heard that Amazon and over $100 non-impulse items don't covert well (I guess because people have to think about it and come back to Amazon directly after 24 hours?), any experience with that?

        Thanks!
        To get around limitations of Amazon's 24-hour cookie and especially the inherent much longer purchase cycle of high end products, it is essential to build a funnel system and engage prospects with multiple promotions. IMO, this direct marketing method is perhaps the best practice in selling physical products for any affiliate program.
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        • Profile picture of the author Devilfish168
          Originally Posted by myob View Post

          To get around limitations of Amazon's 24-hour cookie and especially the inherent much longer purchase cycle of high end products, it is essential to build a funnel system and engage prospects with multiple promotions. IMO, this marketing method is perhaps the best practice in selling physical products for any affiliate program.
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          • Profile picture of the author myob
            Originally Posted by Devilfish168 View Post

            summary email ?
            Integrated communication channels (including email) as part of an online/offline marketing and follow up system.
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            • Profile picture of the author ericnyc
              Do you have to have a website/blog to promote CJ products? Or can you promote on plenty of fish etc?
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              • Profile picture of the author ericnyc
                Does CJ allow promoting products on plenty of fish?
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanmilligan
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    It totally depends on your niche. But the pattern you will find will be people reccomending-ignore my terrible spelling- Amazon.
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    Both Amazon and CJ.com are the best affiliate programs for physical products.
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  • Profile picture of the author Goxbee App
    How about knowing the product first before stating the place. It might be better someplace else.... Just saying, without knowing if it is a specialized product....
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  • Profile picture of the author Wotz
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    I agree with Goxbee. It's wiser to identify what products you want to promote first. These products should be those that you are passionate about as it is not easy to sell a product per se. However, if you are passionate about the product, you will work doubly hard for it to sell.

    I've also tried Amazon. It's good to use because of its wide reach and name recall.
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  • Profile picture of the author Austin357
    You have a handful of good options as laid out in this thread. I like Amazon and CJ the best. See what works best for your niche and marketing strategies.
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    • Profile picture of the author anton433
      Has anyone got any experience of Ebay partner network? The commission structure is different from most affiliate programs and I wonder if it's possible to earn good money with EPN?
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  • Profile picture of the author bguest
    I think you have to search the best hot niche for that product, use some software like micro niche finder you can't guest what is really the best instead you really need to search those..
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  • Profile picture of the author John Z
    I have been working with amazon without no problems
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  • Profile picture of the author sharkey
    Depends on the niche - I like Performance-based.com for green/eco friendly products and share a sale for a wide range of products
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  • Profile picture of the author johnes4th
    I prefer Share a Sale for a network, but it is normally worth spending an hour or so looking for affiliate programs run directly by the company producing/selling it. Since a lot of people don't seem to do this, it can give you an opportunity to promote products that most affiliates don't ever consider which makes it easier to rank for brand related keywords... of course this depends on your niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author taskemann
    As many have said before me on this thread - Amazon and CJ.com!
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    • Profile picture of the author davidkings
      I think the thread shows many votes for amazon
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  • Profile picture of the author WarHobby
    I'm using Amazon because they stock some items I can't afford to carry at the moment plus they don't actually supply the products I actually sell.
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  • Profile picture of the author braincandy7
    Amazon are trusted by millions across the world and do the selling for you once you have directed people to them. The number of unrelated sales i get is crazy...... had someone buy a massive outdoor trampoline a few days ago while most of my sites are entertainment, electronic or DIY related.

    It helps though if your leads are in a buying mindset though rather than research mode as Amazon only give a 24 hour cookie unless you use the "add to cart" plugins/widgets.
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  • Profile picture of the author stevenschofield
    I have to say the two biggest programs I know of for physical products are Amazon and CJ but I would say use amazon the commisson maybe a little lower but your get a better overall customer satisfaction and people will be more happy to deal with your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author evilsaigon
    Amazon and eBay. You may consider dropshipping items as well.
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    Amazon because of the interface.
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    shareasale has some interesting specialty items.
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    • Profile picture of the author slowstarter
      We are a merchant running our own affiliate program using the JROX software.

      We are still looking for affiliates for our shoes at theshoeshop.co.uk. While we're growing our affiliate program the commission level is 10% - we'll hold to that level so long as we remain profitable - so we're a great opportunity to earn if your niche happens to be fashion or shoes.

      Currently we major on the leading quality brand for comfort with style - Ecco shoes and since most shoes we sell are valued from £70 up to £250 for some of the boots, your potential earnings per sale can be significant!

      If you are interested in signing up, the program is listed here on the Warrior Forum, or visit the website and follow the "affiliates" link.

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      • Profile picture of the author celente
        Originally Posted by slowstarter View Post

        We are a merchant running our own affiliate program using the JROX software.

        We are still looking for affiliates for our shoes at theshoeshop.co.uk. While we're growing our affiliate program the commission level is 10% - we'll hold to that level so long as we remain profitable - so we're a great opportunity to earn if your niche happens to be fashion or shoes.

        Currently we major on the leading quality brand for comfort with style - Ecco shoes and since most shoes we sell are valued from £70 up to £250 for some of the boots, your potential earnings per sale can be significant!

        If you are interested in signing up, the program is listed here on the Warrior Forum, or visit the website and follow the "affiliates" link.

        Martin
        so someone gets $7 commisoin for a sale. Why would anyone sign up to your program. I would not. To do well, you need to give away much more than that. Try like 40% to 50% percent, you will get more commions more sales and more affiliates. 10% is not very good.
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        • Profile picture of the author Scrappy
          Originally Posted by celente View Post

          so someone gets $7 commisoin for a sale. Why would anyone sign up to your program. I would not. To do well, you need to give away much more than that. Try like 40% to 50% percent, you will get more commions more sales and more affiliates. 10% is not very good.
          Is this really the case? I am looking into the possibilities of marketing via affiliate schemes but a 40% commission means selling at a considerable loss so therefore a non-starter. Not sure what the profit margins are in shoes but they are not that good in our market.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmericanMuscleTA
    How about picking an affiliate that goes along with what you're selling? There's affiliates in all types of niches.
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    Yup definitely Amazon and/or Commission Junction
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    How about Gold? I'm in an exceptoonal affiliate program. Click my signature to find out more.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stefan Shields
    Surely it has to be Amazon. It may pay low commissions and have a short cookie expiration but there is simply no other program out there that has the reach and stature of Amazon.

    Ebay would be a good competitor but they don't just let anybody and their dog sign up like Amazon do.
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  • Profile picture of the author bangwhosnext
    As others have said .. Amazon and CJ, but you could also try a lesser known site: impactfive.com, they have some very good commission rates too.
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  • Profile picture of the author kayfrank
    Amazon for sure! People know and trust it. When I was only doing affiliate marketing I made far more sales from Amazon compared to Commission Junction and ShareASale.
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  • Profile picture of the author Malteaser
    A lot of you mentioned Amazon which is great BUT what I suggest when you find a product you wish to promote through Amazon, first search for the affiliate program for that product on Google, compare the commissions, then go from there. Example if you came across a Reebok treadmill on Amazon which you can promote then go to Google first and search ''Reebok treadmill Affiliate Program'' and find the relevant program and check their commission ratings etc. Normally when you go directly through the brand to promote, the commissions are much higher which leaves more money in your pocket
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  • Profile picture of the author jessicah
    I recommend Amazon, too. But what niches are you interested in?
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    • Profile picture of the author ericnyc
      Originally Posted by ratracegrad View Post

      1) Amazon
      2) Commission Junction
      3) ShareASale
      Do the 3 above allow promotion on plenty of fish?
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      • Profile picture of the author savidge4
        I think when you are looking for affiliate products there are many things to consider. There is far more to look at than just the commission percentage. Duration of Cookie. Does the affiliate program pay if the customer has already visited the Affiliate providers site? Does the affiliate provider have club discounts or the like, and if they are used, do you still get your commission.

        And really those are just a few to mention. Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but Amazon does have a window that if a buyer has visited Amazon in a designated time period prior to using your link to purchase, you do not get credit for that purchase.

        All of these things factor in to where you have to get your traffic interested in whatever product you are selling. You may need to focus more on planting the seed to the idea ( Pre Purchase ) and in some cases you can focus more on the ready to purchase phase.

        I personally do not use Amazon, for a number of reasons. the primary one was simply how I can manipulate a XML feed, and it was just not possible to do what I want with Amazon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mindz
    There are a lot of different programs out there. I used ebay
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