A lot of times when we start a niche blog we have to think about what income streams we are going to use in order to make money. Now I won’t be talking about Adsense, but purely affiliate products and programs. I see a lot of internet marketers making the same mistake time and time again. They are promoting crap. Let me go into a little more detail about promoting products on your affiliate driven sites.
Buy It & Test It
First, make sure you buy the product yourself if it’s an eBook, plugin, etc. As long as it’s not something that is several thousands of dollars you should actually try out the product before you start promoting it. Not only does this help you review the product it will protect the integrity of your website. However, if you are not really able to buy it, another option is to contact the affiliate manager for a possible review copy
Next, look around on the Internet if it’s a product that has been floating around for awhile. Are people stating scam? If so then you might want to think twice about promoting a product that has a lot of dirt already on it. For instance, promoting an affiliate marketing course that is really just a MLM scheme wouldn’t provide people much value and you’ll look like a fool.
Build Relationships with managers
Additionally, make sure you have a good relationship with whoever or whatever you’re promoting. I can’t count how many times I have signed up as an affiliate and learned that this affiliate program could care less if I exist or not. Build a relationship with your affiliate managers and owners of the products that you are promoting. It’s a business and a two way street.
Keep an eye on your refunds. Even if you tried the product yourself but people are just getting refunds then you shouldn’t be promoting the product in the first place. Honestly, you should read the policies of the affiliate products TOS because you might see something in there that will warrant a red flag for a high risk of refunds.
Keep blog current. Say such and such just came out with a new feature, special offer, etc. Jump on these and write about them. People like to see that you are actually keeping up with the products and making modifications to reviews about products.
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Get Some Real Feedback
Lastly, make sure that you get feedback from real people that use the product. You can go about this a number of ways. For instance, just asking your affiliate manager to send out an email to their happy clients to your site and leave some feedback is a great way to get real feedback. Write on the forums or blogs to push people over to your site. Make sure you don’t come off as a spammer though. Another great tactic is just contacting them through Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
In conclusion, a long lasting relationship with your affiliates will take you a lot further than promoting something that pays a ton but is getting horrible feedback from the consumers.
What do you think? How do you personally decide on products to promote? I’d like to hear your opinion in the comment box