How to Find Reliable Affiliate Marketing Programs | graphic multimedia

Affiliate marketing is THE hot trend these days. Many folks on a budget are having success promoting other people’s works and getting paid to do it. And now you are interested in getting your piece of the action. You must be wary though, as there are dangers awaiting those who don’t know what to look for. Pay attention to these three key points and you should find the way to be a bit smoother.1. If You Are Truly Risk-Averse, Choose Well-Known Companies
One way to guarantee that you won’t be scammed is to work with well-established retailers and websites. By this I mean companies like eBay, Amazon, WalMart, and the like. They all have free affiliate programs that are easy to join and to follow. Once you are in the system, you can promote items that these sites are selling, or just promote the sites themselves. Whenever someone purchases (or signs up) after following your affiliate link, you will earn a commission.In some cases, this may be all you need. Let’s say for example that you review science fiction novels on your blog. At the end of each review, you could place an affiliate link to Amazon. So someone reads your review and is intrigued. They click the link and purchase the book right from Amazon. No messing about with credit cards and drop-shipping. When they buy, you get paid. Easy money if you can get it.2. If You Want to Promote With Smaller Vendors, Use a Respectable Broker
There are thousands of products for sale on the Internet these days. Some are very good, and some are derivative junk. But most of them will pay you 50-75% of the sale price if you promote their product. A successful affiliate marketer can make some nice cheddar with this kind of commission structure.So how do you do it?Well, you could use search engines to find these products. You would then contact the author and work out an affiliate deal. This would include commission structure as well as necessary tracking codes and, hopefully, some promotional materials.Let’s say you have found an amazing system for learning to play guitar and you want to promote it. You could set up the deal, promote the system, and then hope for the checks to come in. But what if they don’t? How do you know for sure that the vendor isn’t making the sales and then not recording your commission?The solution for this is to find your products through a respectable broker. The two most popular are ClickBank and Commission Junction. These brokers help insure that a fair transaction takes place and that commissions are paid on time. ClickBank even provides a cloaked affiliate link to prevent a surfer from removing the tracking code and denying you your fair share.There are two things to keep in mind when using a broker. First, be aware of the broker’s accounting policy. There is usually a threshold you must reach before checks will be issued to you. Know this in advance, so you don’t get angry later. Second, there are still shady vendors to be found through these brokers.3. Be Aware That Some Vendors Are Dishonest
So how do you know? Look for a few key things.First, check to see if there is an “Affiliates” link prominently displayed on the page. If so, there’s a good chance that a surfer is going to join the vendor before buying the product, thereby denying you a sale. Some vendors will use this to pocket the commission themselves, if the new affiliate is unwary. This doesn’t mean that every sales page with such a link is shady, but it should make you more aware of your responsibilities as an affiliate. Protect your investment!Second, send an email to the vendor and see how quickly they get back to you. Judge the tone of their response. Quality customer service is great for you, great for any future buyers, and will lead to far fewer chargebacks. Ask a few questions. An honest vendor will want to help you sell their product. If they aren’t willing to part with some nice graphics, multimedia promos, and/or keyword suggestions, it may be in your best interest to move on.Third, watch your conversion rates. Most good products convert at around 1-3%. A vendor who claims 30% and 40% conversions is probably not telling you everything. By the same token, if you are seeing conversion rates much below 1%, you should probably just cut your losses. Either the product just doesn’t sell that well, or the vendor is under-reporting your sales. Whichever one it is, you have greener pastures elsewhere.There is definitely money to be made in affiliate marketing. If done properly, there is little risk to you, and a reasonable expectation of return. However, the unwary can be taken in quickly by unscrupulous marketers. Deal only with large entities to be sure you won’t be cut out of the loop. If you wish to find larger profits, then sign up with a reputable broker for your protection. Even then, do not assume all your bases are covered unless you have done the work yourself. Pay attention and you’ll be fine!Happy Marketing!