Affiliate Programs: The Fastest Growing Way To Make Money Online
I am sure you have heard that affiliate programs are the fastest way to make money online. Here we will look at some of my favorite free affiliate programs.
Why do I want to focus on the FREE ones I hear you ask?
Well that’s easy.
Affiliate marketing is where you market (promote) other people’s goods and services and you receive a commission for each sale.
I honestly believe that YOU should NOT have to pay to join an affiliate program.
I have three main problems with companies that make you (the marketer) pay to join their affiliate programs:
1) You are volunteering your time in the beginning.
Remember you only get paid a commission on every successful sale. So if there are zero sales…. then alas there is no money for you. I honestly don’t believe that you should waste both your time AND your money.
For this reason, I refuse to pay to join any affiliate marketing program.
2) Compulsory minimum monthly sales are a clear warning sign for most pyramid sales and scams. Almost every country in the world has these sorts of warnings for a reason. Listen to them. It’s really good advice.
“You need to avoid any opportunity or scheme that involves offering goods or services of little or doubtful value that serve only to promote the scheme” Source: Scamwatch
3) By joining only FREE Affiliate Programs you get to remain independent and offer your readers (website visitors) 100% independent quality advice.
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Why is this important?
Remember the last time you walked into a store to buy something. The only items on the shelves are things that the retailer has either already purchased (as inventory) or promised to purchase later (via consignment).
How do you know if this is the #1 best product for you and your needs? You don’t. You are simply choosing from the best items that the store owner has pre-purchased.
As you build out your website and gain more and more authority in your niche you will want to “cheery pick” the products that offer the most value to your audience and that’s why it’s important to keep your independence.
Hot Tip #1
In short… keep your money in your pocket. You are contributing your marketing skills. That’s enough. Don’t give them your money as well.
Any affiliate marketing program that you makes you pay monthly fees to be a member is scam – walk away…. or better yet, run away.
OK So How Do I Pick FREE Affiliate Programs For My Website (Niche)?
First things first, you will need to pick your niche. If you need help to pick your niche, please click here.
In this example I will use the word “coffee” as my topic niche.
So to find affiliate programs that specialize in the coffee niche, I will simply open up one of the major search engines and then type in “Niche + Affiliate program”.
So this example would be “coffee + affiliate program”.
The top ways to earn a commission are:
1) Pay Per Click (also called “PPC” & Cost Per Click)
Where you get paid a fixed price for everyone who clicks on a particular link and goes to the merchants’ website. The terms and conditions page will say how long the visitor has to remain on the page for before they will pay you. The standard time is usually 30 seconds, but it does vary. Google & Bing Ad’s PPC fees are usually payable the moment a website visitor clicks on the link, regardless of how long they spend on your website. So T&C’s do vary from program to program.
2) Pay Per Sale (also called “PPS” & Cost Per Sale)
Where you only get paid on an actual successful transaction. In the terms and conditions page of the program the merchant will point out if they pay on a percentage per sale or a fixed dollar amount per sale. Amazon Affiliate Program is the most well-known program worldwide and they use a percentage of sale as one as their key methods of activating a commission.
3) Pay Per Lead (also called “PPL”, Cost Per Lead & Cost Per Action)
Here a website visitor clicks on a particular link that you have and then goes to the merchant’s website. From there they must fill in a form and give permission for the second website owner to contact them. You only get paid when a form is filled out.
An example would be a local accountant / lawyer paying a commission for any lead that you refer to them.
After reviewing the Terms & Conditions from all your merchants’, you will end up with a list of anything between 3 – 10 that you actually like.
When you have identified them, you need to approach them and apply to join their affiliate program.
Different companies have different criteria. The larger (more well-known company) who outsources the running of this program could have different criteria to a small business who runs the program internally.
For my top tips on how to get a YES from every affiliate program that you want to join, please click here.
An affiliate program that I recommend is Wealthy Affiliate.
They allow you to recommend their products and payout a commission, even if you are not a member with them.
The payout rates are also very reasonable. Click here if you would like more information.
Rakuten is one of the largest and most well-known affiliate marketing companies out there. They are definitely well worth taking a look at.
Free to join the affiliate program.
Can let you rotate the ad’s that you are displaying.
Will give you the option of sending traffic to specific pages (deep linking options).
The interface is tired and needs to be updated.
May not have merchants’ that are a perfect match for your niche.
One of the largest worldwide – especially for digital products including ebooks etc.
Free to join the affiliate program.
Well known industry player.
Market leader in digital products.
HEAPS of merchants’ to choose from.
Commissions paid for successful sales are quite high by industry standards. They pay anything from 10-75% commission.
The quality of the merchants’ / products can be really hit / miss.
Must meet customer minimum payout commission rate before you can get paid.
Is the largest player in this affiliate marketing space.
They are HUGE and with over 3,000 merchants’ and millions of products, they have a very large selection of products to choose from.
Great feedback data is available to help you make extra sales.
CJ only pay you once the merchant has paid them. This can lead to long delays before you get paid out.
Major industry player in the physical goods market. Also, sell ebooks etc.
Easy to used to find new products to promote.
Low commission payout percentage (as low as 4%). This means you need lots of sales to make your business earn a full time income.
There are literally thousands of merchants’ out there prepared to offer an affiliate program in any niche. Why don’t you do a search and see which ones are a better match for your niche?
Just type in “Niche name + Affiliate program”
My #1 Top Tip To Finding the Perfect Affiliate Program For You
My #1 top tip to finding the perfect affiliate marketing program for you is just to APPLY TO ALL THE ONES YOU LIKE.
Yes that’s right folks. Different programs have different qualifying criteria and just because you would like to join a program, there is no guarantee that the program will accept you. Yikes! No one likes being rejected.
So the best thing to do is simply to apply to multiple program and see which ones accept you and which ones have the best product matches for your audience.
Success leaves clues and by doing this then you will learn which products suit your clients best and which ones don’t. You will also learn which payout commissions are too low to justify your time and which payout criteria takes to long to receive any money from so they don’t meet your business needs (we all have to eat right?)
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I really enjoy talking about all things to do with affiliate marketing and I was wondering, was this article on free affiliate programs helpful to you? What parts were helpful? What parts should I improve on?
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