Knowing how to start affiliate marketing can be daunting at first, however it can pay off in the long run. It takes patience and a wealth of knowledge to get started on the right foot. This article will provide specific tips and hints on how to make the most out of affiliate marketing.
If you find the website of the product owners not very well done, you can easily find affiliate link cloaker tools. These programs allow you to link any page from the company’s website. Link your audience directly to the page where they can buy the product if your own website provides enough content.
Look for websites with good sales. If their rate of buyers is less than one percent, you may want to reconsider working with them. You get paid if people buy, and if people aren’t buying from the website, it will not matter how many customers you send them. This ratio is an important one to consider when searching for affiliates.
Good affiliates are those that communicate with their partners. Beyond automated systems, FAQ pages and resource databases, an affiliate that offers rapid person-to-person conversation is going to be much easier to work with. Webmasters should recognize the value of such individual communication. An affiliate that responds immediately and personally to questions will ultimately be a better partner than one that is hard to communicate with.
Do not panic if you see sales conversions numbers that are only around 1%. If you’re holding out for higher than that as an affiliate, you may be holding out indefinitely. One out of every 100 visitors turning into a customer, is actually a great conversion rate for most products, especially with larger, more popular services that receive thousands of visitors per day.
Look for affiliate programs that offer high commission rates. Some programs offer 100% or higher commission on the products they sell through you. Don’t dismiss items like this as scams. These programs end up making more money through the follow up sales so it’s worth it to them to pay out high commissions in order to gain a new customer for the long term.
Before signing up for any affiliate program, see if the program has a reputation for what is called “commission shaving.” Some dishonest affiliates “shave” commissions, which is affiliate marketing jargon for not crediting all sales that were referred by your affiliate ID. This is an inexact science since you depend on the company to accurately report this data, but it is possible to note suspicious activity.
In affiliate marketing, just as in other things in life, there is no substitute for hands-on experience. Therefore, I recommend strongly that you try the product yourself. If you cannot (not everyone is in a position to touch a Leica M9 or a Ferrari), then research the item. Read reviews. Even better, ask end users — preferably those who have actually bought the product — about their experience. User forums are extremely helpful. Finally, ask yourself, “Would I be happy with this?”