In the world of affiliate marketing, it is very easy to get caught up in the hype.
There is a lot of free information available, and a lot of people will try to sell you their program or will promise you the moon, and when you join, you may get disappointed.
Before I go further, I need to clarify. I do not believe that joining any affiliate program is a scam. A program may get you some money, but it could also get you nowhere.
It can be a good thing if you are joining up with a highly rated affiliate program. But, if you are looking to work from home, (or any other niche) you need to be careful.
Scam, scam, scam
The first thing you should do is a thorough search online. Words like an affiliate program, online affiliate program, and many others.
Google them and see what comes back. If you find something wrong, (like a pyramid scheme where you will have to sell a product to qualify for making money) then that is a sure sign to stay away.
Also, if there are tell-tale signs of an affiliate program being scams, such as multiple emails or phone promotions, no product, or bogus or duplicates of products, then you should stay away.
bonus points to make
Now, bonus points are the thing that makes a good bonus, and that should also be the first thing to look at in choosing your affiliate program.
How good is it? Are the bonuses good?
Depending on the product, it may be able to be very good. Some of the big players in affiliate marketing offer up to 30% or more in bonus points, as well as up to 75% in some cases.
But, if the product is low priced, say under $30, then no matter what bonus you could have, it is not going to be worth much, unless of course, the product is sold. So you have to gauge both opportunities out.
First, the program that you are looking into can be promoted still. So, if it takes a lot of effort to market it, there are not many other affiliates out there, who are doing the marketing for that program.
Of course, you can also gauge a program by just looking at the email or domain name if it is not well known. If it is, says, terminate- Machine.com, you know they are a legit program.
Another thing to look at what is available on your server. By doing this, you get to see if anybody has already joined the affiliate program or not. By knowing this, you know how easy it is to recruit people since they already spent the time setting up their affiliate program.
Ideally, you want a program that is compatible with your niche. This concerns both products as well as customers.
Do you, of course, already have a product in mind? Great! But have you thought about what your subscribers want? What could you add? Perhaps you already have a list of subscribers who might like to see your product, but your product is not in line with their needs.
And even if you do have an idea that does not involve your product, but you want to drive laser targeted traffic, you still need the right product.
And of course, you will need the relevant traffic.
I still feel that the most discerning product seeker will find balance in all these aspects.
A program that offers a wider array of products than the program you are subscribing to.
Most affiliates subscribing to a program will need to create a product as a means of identifying if the program they are subscribing to is the program they will remain with.
Hence, if you are one of those affiliates, and you receive a link to a program that is Only with products, or PPConly, you are jumping into a program where you will need to create a product if you wish to continue.
The advantage of shopping on your own terms is that you reduce the time you take to create a product.
And even if you do not have the patience to create your own product, you might also be able to negotiate SEO ‘ and get them to feature your program instead of someone else’s.
The trend is an increase in makers. And the future is looking really bright for affiliates who are able to make the most of bloggers, e-lifters, and press release sites to make sales of other affiliates’ products.