Affiliate marketing seems to have picked up steam over the last couple of years and there seems to be more and more products with affiliate options. This is really great for the list builder who doesn’t have a product or service to market yet, because the affiliate products can be used in the sales funnel in lieu of self-produced products.
Affiliate marketing and list building work real well together, if the list builder has relevant products in his or her funnel.
For example – If you offer organic gardening information – the products and services you recommend should be related to this topic. And my suggestion to you is to test as many of these products or services as you can before you heavily promote them.
Now I want to make sure you understand the two sides of the affiliate coin. One side of this coin is where you as a product or service owner find affiliates to market your product or service and when they make a sale you compensate them.
The other side of this coin is where you as the affiliate, market products or services to your email list, on your websites or on other people’s sites. When a sale is made then you make a percentage of the transaction. This is what I am referring to when I mention putting affiliate products in the sales funnel.
When marketing affiliate products and services – make sure you do your homework and research.
You can do what ever you want, it’s your business and as a business owner, it’s your decision as to what products and services you buy and recommend. It’s just that you will be more believable when you recommend a product that you actually use.
I personally find it much easier to recommend products and services that I have tested and used. Over time I have developed a list of affiliate oriented products and services that work for me in my business and recommending them is a pleasure because I know they work and have had success with them.
If you want to know what that list is then check out Dave Recommend’s and see for yourself.
So my recommendation is to be up front and honest about the products and services you promote because long-term is not just about the short sale.
To your online success,