Affiliate Marketing Question

by Alast
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I have a quick question:

Before promoting an affiliate product, do you actually try it first? How do you determine if something is a quality product without actually having used it? How are you supposed to write a decent review on the product if you've never used it before?

I guess I'm new to this and would like to ask these questions prior promoting products. I'm not sure what sort of niche I want to dive into, but I am determined to start my own online business.
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  • Profile picture of the author cuie
    You answered your own question

    Try before you buy. Use before you sell.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alast
      Originally Posted by cuie View Post

      You answered your own question

      Try before you buy. Use before you sell.
      Wouldn't that be extremely tedious in terms of software? Additionally wouldn't you have to pay JUST to test the software?

      EDIT: what about the health niche? Are you supposed to try each service/product before you sell it? :s
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      • Profile picture of the author SterlingWebb
        Originally Posted by Alast View Post

        Wouldn't that be extremely tedious in terms of software? Additionally wouldn't you have to pay JUST to test the software?

        EDIT: what about the health niche? Are you supposed to try each service/product before you sell it? :s
        I guess it comes down to your relationship with your potential customer...

        Let's say you go to my site, would you take a review seriously of a product the reviewer never took the time to understand? Facing the facts there are plenty of reviews out there fully endorsing products the endorser hasn't seen and has no intention of seeing.

        Personally, tedious or not I'm pulling the integrity card. As long as you're transparent about whether or not you've tested the product/service and make sure you're not creating a smoke screen - I'll say you're in the clear.

        However, eventually in your niche you'll build relationships with people and understand the quality they put into their products. Personally I find myself promoting in past projects the same people because I trust their quality (and they trust my opinion - thus I get the product for free)

        Remember asking for a sample never hurts
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    • Profile picture of the author airbush
      I guess that makes sense
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  • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
    Some affiliate programs allow you to try the product first-hand for free, so long as you review/promote it on your blog.

    To be honest, I don't buy each and every product I review, but I try to be as accurate as possible gathering information about the product across the web, trying to convey the general feeling towards the product.

    Plus, I'm sure that there are many other marketers who do the same thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    It is not possible to try all products especially when you are dealing with hundreds of items. But in some cases, there are other reviews that the manufacturers are the ones who are providing the products to the reviewers for free in return for fair reviews. My friend who is making a decent amount with his travel blog is being paid by hotels and restaurants to travel around the country and write reviews about their services. He has a very good life doing this..
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
      I have done better selling affiliate products I have personally used. It is easier to promote them from a position of first hand experience this way. You can truthfully write reviews that include both the pros and cons of the product.

      Also if can not make enough money to recover the cost of the product is it really an affiliate product you want to promote anyway?
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      • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
        Originally Posted by Jeff Schuman View Post

        Also if can not make enough money to recover the cost of the product is it really an affiliate product you want to promote anyway?
        If it's a relatively new blog, and you really can't invest the hundreds (possibly thousands) of dollars necessary to test drive each product, then I believe it's alright to base your reviews on general opinion, so long as you include a disclaimer that you do so.
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  • Profile picture of the author RuthStewart
    I think SterlingWebb has it right. If you are honest with your customer, then you can't go wrong. It is better to write reviews of products you have tried. Some organizations give a free trial, such as Traffic Geyser, and then you can write a review.

    Other times, you can just ask for a review copy. There are rules about that in WF, asking for reviews in a thread, but you can ask privately. What's the worst that could happen? If they say no, then you haven't lost anything.

    Best wishes,

    Ruth
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  • Profile picture of the author dengkane
    If you want to write reviews, you'd better try the product yourself first.

    But if you only want to promote it, you can find some statistics data about conversion rates and refund rate, you will know if the product is good by the data, choose the winners.
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  • Profile picture of the author larry50
    There is great leverage also in having used a good product. Most affiliate offers have good sales copy, but often there are insights they don't have space to convey. Those benefits will allow you to create an effective pre-sales copy that will improve your conversions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stefan Shields
    I wouldn't buy anything from anybody who doesn't know the ins and outs of a product.
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  • Profile picture of the author BethHewitt
    If you want to build loyal customers, always try it first. If you want a quick buck just sell it. Personally I like to make sure that I only offer products that have actually been worth it and my readership has come to know that i don't sell any old tat.

    So it just boils down to your own personal values and whether it is important to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author gcbmark20
    Hi,

    For sure its far better to actually try a product first before promoting it.

    But not every affiliate does this.

    They use the sales page of that product to get some of the best
    bits they can write about in their emails.

    Many sales pages come with proof screen shots so what the affiliate
    can do is then add that within their email message when they send it
    out to their lists etc.

    In a perfect world everyone would promote only products they've
    bought themselves.

    But we all know that this always isn't the case.

    Hope this helps

    Best Regards
    Gavin
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    • Profile picture of the author Buffer Page Link
      Originally Posted by gcbmark20 View Post

      Hi,

      For sure its far better to actually try a product first before promoting it.

      But not every affiliate does this.

      They use the sales page of that product to get some of the best
      bits they can write about in their emails.

      Many sales pages come with proof screen shots so what the affiliate
      can do is then add that within their email message when they send it
      out to their lists etc.

      In a perfect world everyone would promote only products they've
      bought themselves.

      But we all know that this always isn't the case.

      Hope this helps

      Best Regards
      Gavin
      I agree. If you can review it yourself, and you think the return on your time investment will be worth it, then do it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Namvet4
        As other posters have said, it is a matter of the reality of the economics and the reality of the truth! I will state right up front whether or not I have a hands on experience with the product or service. I don't want to fubar my site with a reputation as a pitchman; my readership deserves an honest POV. Bring a reader a benefit and they will continue to be your reader...Just my 2 cents...
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  • Profile picture of the author Soloseller2014
    Hello,
    Many of affiliate marketers gives review without using the product but if you are honest to your list and don't want to buy product for just giving a review so just check the other people reviews that what they feels about the product..

    Hope this will help you.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery Moss
    To give an honest review of a product, you'll want to try it out first. Otherwise how do you really know what you are promoting? If you are just reviewing without trying, then it's more about your own needs to earn money and not helping your readers solve their problems. And, the first time you make the mistake to recommend a dud, your readers will abandon you for a more credible blogger who actually has taken time to try out the product first to ensure it does what it says and delivers on the promise.
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  • This is a good question. Personally I think it is always better to promote something you have purchased and tried yourself BUT it is unrealistic to buy every single affiliate product before promoting it.

    For one thing they will bombard your email inbox with follow up emails and we all have better things to do than reading and deleting hundreds of emails all day long. Instead of buying everything, only buy what will help your own business and increase your know how and promote only those that work for you. Just because the gravity is high that doesn't guarantee the product's worth. Most people selling an affiliate product never buy them or know jack about their value nor care? They create high gravity if other fools buy from them?:rolleyes:

    As for other affiliate products that you don't need yourself but look like something others might buy, check them and the seller out using the search engines to find blogs,videos and reviews and ignore those which only say how wonderful it is because that is someone selling it; often the one's I mentioned in the previous paragraph.

    Look for reviews that also list the less good bits so the review looks balanced and impartial and rewrite what they say in your own words if you decide to promote it. This is how I sort the lame product scams from those that give value and do as they claim it can. Also some products are from well known marketers who have been successful for several years so what they sell as their own product should be worth buying or promoting, once you get the information as I mention here

    Hope this helps you as this is how we do it. Don't forget to drive traffic to your review page and link to the squeeze sign up page before sending them to the product website.

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  • Profile picture of the author kkll78
    The best thing to do is to ask the seller for a review copy. If they will not give you a review copy, then purchase it and review. If you are really strapped for money, then just go to the sales page and review what they have on there. Make a review off the sales page. Hope this helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author honestim
      Hi

      In an ideal world yes! But then for affiliate marketers it's not always possible to do that. So personally as long as I do not false claims of having purchased the product myself or having put it to use etc I don't have a problem promoting it.

      At the end of the day you got to make sure you are not doing a disservice to your subscribers by misguiding them.

      Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author svetod
    I would say it depends on the product... However in order to make it work you should always think as a customer and think would make you buy it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Horacioplus
    I would never promote something that i don't use. Also i would suggest you to promote a products where you make a monthly commission. If the product is good! They will stay using the product!

    Another is writing a review! You donbt have do this in order to sell a product. Personally i use facebook to generate free leads. And i dont mean posting links everywhere like everybody else.
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  • Profile picture of the author albert12
    You can try it and review it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Yeah i actually try it. This gives me a good way to pitch the offer to my newsletter subscribers. Wouldn't make sense to constantly promote a product that gets refunded often.
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  • Profile picture of the author Viniborin
    you answer your self in the question
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    • Profile picture of the author seonutshell
      Originally Posted by Viniborin View Post

      you answer your self in the question
      No he doesn't.

      My answer is sometimes i do, and sometimes i dont. For example, when i promote stuff on youtube i never use the product first because i am not the one who needs it. I do research into the product (ie finding out what problems it solves etc) but generally i never buy a product before i promote it.

      If i am reviewing products though, i find it a lot easier to buy the product first and review it, otherwise i would find it difficult to write about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author gcozzens
    I agree with most people here. Even if you know the product is good based on others recommendations and the company reputation, etc. In order to really market it effectively you need to have first hand experience with it.

    At a minimum get a trial version if you can.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raimundas M
    Lately I promote stuff that I can get an idea of how it works.
    Stuff like: plugins, software that has a demonstration video.

    Not only that they have better payouts, but also convert better and have way less refunds.
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  • Profile picture of the author John_3771
    You should probably buy it before you promote it or ask the product creator for a review copy and tell them that if you like it, you will promote it for them.
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