9 Tips for choosing the Affiliate Products rightly

by | Jun 9, 2019 | Affiliate Marketing | 40 comments

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Have you ever thought that the reason people are not buying from your affiliate links is that you chose the wrong affiliate products in the first place?…

Finding success in affiliate marketing is neither easy nor as difficult or complicated as you think.

Must read –

8 Things to know before starting with affiliate marketing

While it takes a great marketing plan, consistency, patience & persistence to be a successful affiliate marketer. Knowing how to choose the right affiliate products is equally important.

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Here are 9 tips that you can use to choose the right affiliate products…

Choose affiliate products with proven track records.

Always choose products which have proven track records.

If possible, then ask the vendor for a free copy/version of the product & check if it will be a good fit for your audience.

If you’re choosing products on Clickbank.com, then choose those at the top of their categories (i.e., the best sellers) and those with high gravity numbers (between about 75 and 150).

In addition,you can ask the vendor about his conversion and refund rates.

Select evergreen products.

If you send regular newsletters to your list, you can sell any kind of affiliate product you want. But if you’re selling using long-term strategies like blogging and article marketing, then consider choosing “evergreen” products.

These are products that were relevant last year, this year and well into the foreseeable future. And that means you can make money on these products years after you have written a number of blog posts about it.

Example: A book that teaches marketers how to write good sales letters is evergreen, since these basic copywriting “rules” have been in place for as long as humans have advertised. On the other hand, a book about how to optimize web pages for Google is NOT evergreen, since search engine algorithms change frequently.

Do NOT choose affiliate products based on price alone.

Big price plus big commission percentages equals big profits, right?

Well, NOT always.

Sometimes you can use low-price products to bring new customers into your sales funnel. So throw a few $5 to $50 products into the mix – you might be surprised at the stunning conversion rate and the new customers!

Look for sales page leaks.

Sometimes vendors think about their own profits and forget that their strategy hurts their affiliates.

For example, a Clickbank.com vendor who puts different payment buttons or encourages customers to call in their orders is stealing commissions from affiliates.

You can avoid this simply by looking over the sales page (and sales process) before becoming an affiliate. Here are the most common sales page leaks:

  • Different payment options that don’t give the affiliate credit.
  • Upsell options that, when chosen, override the affiliate’s cookie (and the affiliate loses the commission).
  • Google AdSense ads on the sales page.
  • Links to other products on the sales page.
  • Prospects get put onto a mailing list that redirects them to a sales page that doesn’t give the affiliate credit.

Make sure to check that everything is right on the sales page before choosing the product.

Watch out for shady vendors.

Usually, the sales page leaks mentioned in the last tip are mistakes made by honest vendors. When you point out the mistake, they’ll quickly correct it.

However, there are some dishonest vendors who purposely use alternative payment commissions, faulty tracking software, and other tricks to rob you of your commission.

Indeed, some vendors even do things like falsify refunds so your affiliate account doesn’t show that you’re owed any money.

To protect yourself against these sorts of vendors, always deal with known, reputable people in your niche. And if you consider working with someone new, then make sure to check for their history online.

If you see a pattern of customer OR affiliate complaints, then move on and find another vendor.

Use reputable affiliate tracking systems.

Sometimes vendors install their own affiliate tracking scripts on their site. If you’re 100% confident that the vendor is honest – and if others who’ve used the script report good results – then you may consider joining these affiliate programs.

Otherwise, stick with reputable affiliate programs where you know your sales will get tracked and you’ll get paid, such as Amazon Associates and Clickbank.com.

I’ve created a list of 7 trustworthy + high paying affiliate programs which I use & suggest. Get it from below –

Look for affiliate products with high commissions.

Commission rates vary depending on what you’re selling.

Example: Selling physical products (like computers) may put as little as a 5% commission rate into your pocket. But if you’re selling digital products, then you can usually expect at least a 40% commission rate, with 40-50% being the average. However, sometimes you’ll even approach 100% commission rates on downloadable products.

If you find a digital product offering 25% commissions – and the product doesn’t require personal service on behalf of the vendor (such as software installations or personal coaching) – then skip it. You can probably find similar products that pay at least a 40% commission.

Look for a hungry niche FIRST… and then look for an affiliate product to promote.

Some beginning affiliate marketers stumble on a product and are taken in by the promises of a high commission rate and potential big profits.

But when they actually put the product on the market, they find that there’s very little demand for a “how to” instructional video for pygmy goat farmers.

Instead, what you need to do is find a hungry niche first, find out what they’re ALREADY buying, and then sell something similar.

If you’re selling information products, the easiest way to do this is to go to Clickbank.com and seek out the best sellers (those at the top of their categories that have a high gravity).

When you find out the niche you’re looking for, you can start a blog & start building a mailing list. People buy from you more when you provide value to them & maintain a good relationship with them.

Promote only those affiliate products that you’d use yourself.

Or, if you’re not a part of the niche market, then only promote those affiliate products that you’d recommend to your mother or your best friend.

Point is, don’t let the excitement of big commissions and a high conversion rate cloud your vision. Your primary objective is to help your customers.

If you’re selling affiliate products that fill your pockets with money but don’t solve your customers’ problems, you’re sacrificing long-term profits for short-term gains.

As such, put your primary focus on helping your customers by recommending good affiliate products. Doing so will earn their trust, which means they’ll be more likely to buy from you in the future. It’s a win-win situation.

Since you know how to choose the right affiliate products, your next step is to promote those products at the right places.

Here’s a post to help you out –

9+ Clever places to Promote your Affiliate Links

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See, it’s not that difficult right?

How do you decide which affiliate products are right for your blog and which are not? Let me know in the comments below.

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Tips for choosing the right affiliate products

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40 Comments

  1. Amy Harbottle

    This is such a helpful post! I’m bookmarking it for future ref!

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  2. Jaana McEntee

    Very useful information, thank you for sharing!

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      It’s a pleasure. You are most welcome!

      Reply
  3. Addy

    Very helpful post on affiliate marketing. I have to come back here again.

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      Thankyou very much!

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  4. Rebecca @ Boss Single Mama

    Great tips for choosing an affiliate product to promote. I’m still trying to figure affiliate marketing out. I’m getting clicks but no sales so I’m not sure how to turn it around.

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      If you’re getting clicks means that there’s some problem in the product or their sales page as people are not getting convinced to buy them!

      Reply
  5. Bryony Shaw

    I agree with everyone else, the tips are awesome

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      Thankyou very much!

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  6. Megan

    Thank you for the great tips!

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      You are most welcome!

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  7. Zoë

    This is a great topic! I haven’t got into affiliate links yet but it’s definitely something I should get into. Thank you for the indepth knowledge.

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      You are most welcome! You should try them out if you wanna make some money with your blog.

      Reply
  8. vivirewellness.com

    I agree, we should only promote products that we are happy with.

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      Exactly! That way it comes naturally and doesn’t look like you’re doing it for the money only.

      Reply
  9. Magen

    This has got some really great information. I’ve thought about joining an affiliate program but honestly haven’t know what to look for or how to go about picking products so this has been very helpful.

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      I’m really glad! Thankyou very much for stopping by.

      Reply
  10. Sabrina Must

    Great tips! I’m always hesitant with sketchy vendors and low prices. Some things seem too good to be true, because they are!

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      Exactly! You should always check everything before promoting any product.

      Reply
  11. Riana Ang-Canning

    Great tips! Totally agree that you should only be marketing products you would honestly use and that are relevant to your niche. When do you think one should start with affiliate marketing? I feel like my traffic is too low at the moment.

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      You can start with affiliate marketing as soon as you start your blog. The more traffic you get the more chances you have for making money. It’s all about the strategies.

      Reply
  12. Kristin Baxter

    This was really informative. I haven’t delved into the world of affiliate marketing yet but you’ve encouraged me to look into it!

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      I’m glad I could help! Thankyou for stopping by.

      Reply
  13. Streamed TV Fan

    I hadn’t even thought of looking into affiliate links but you’ve got me thinking.

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      Haha! I’m really glad. Every blogger should focus on affiliate marketing.

      Reply
  14. Polly

    I’m quite choosy when it comes to advertising products or companies. It’s why I only recommend those that I’ve tried myself (like klook, airbnb and booking) and have proven to give me quality service. Thanks for the tips!

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      Everyone should be choosy. It’s our responsibility to recommend only the best products to our audience. Thankyou for stopping by!

      Reply
  15. Randi

    A super useful post! Thank you for sharing!

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      You are most welcome!

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  16. Suzanne

    Great tips as always! I haven’t chosen any affiliate programs yet so this will help me so much when I make that leap!

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      Thankyou very much! I’m glad this could help.

      Reply
  17. Jenn ~ onehoppymomma

    I just joined Shareasale and I can’t wait to get started. So many great vendors to choose from.

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      YAyyyy! Congrats. All the very best of luck.

      Reply
  18. Janay

    This is very informative I learned a lot! Great tips!

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      Thankyou very much!

      Reply
  19. Diane Coletta

    Wow, this blog article is so insightful!!! These are all such great tips!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Kind Regards,
    Diane

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      Thankyou very much!

      Reply
  20. Ainsley

    Thanks for sharing these great tips. As it help me in my business.

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    • Rahul Choudhary

      You are most welcome!

      Reply

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