6 Criteria for Choosing the Best Affiliate Marketing Programs

Affiliate marketing programs are very popular for making a living online because of their attractive advantages. But how do you choose the best ones? Here are 5 criteria.

 

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The affiliate marketing program is top quality

This criterion is so obvious that I’m even tempted to say that just mentioning it is enough, and that there’s no need developing it. But talk about it we must.

How can you ensure that the affiliate marketing program you’re signing up to is of the highest quality?

You do so by always going for the affiliate marketing program that is backed up by a trusted and trustworthy group with the proper and sufficient understanding about the market.

You must therefore check the affiliate item and services. In this wise, product and customer reviews and ratings can help you to have a good idea of the quality of the program.

 

The affiliate item is ‘hot’ or arriving

A hot product is the one which has a high market demand. Just like the expression “sells like hot cake”, such a product is much easier to offer. And there’s a good possibility an affiliate marketing program is selling that product.

This is a good sign for you to become an affiliate of that program because there will not be any gruelling work for you to do to get the item off the ground. It will offer on its own or simply for very little effort (Sells like hot cake).

How can you know that a product is hot?

Some affiliate programs like ClickBank have filters on their marketplace to let you find out. Otherwise you have to use third party tools to that effect. Google keyword planner is one of them as it gives you monthly searches for any keyword(s).

 

The affiliate marketing program pays high commissions

Help others get what they want and you’ll also get what you want. That is why we are told that the affiliate’s aim must be to help their customers solve problems that they have. When people know that you offer solutions to their problems, why, they’ll buy avidly from you.

That is an indisputable truth.

But all said and done, no one can deny the fact that the affiliate’s objective in signing up for an affiliate marketing program is to earn money.

In affiliate marketing, profits come in the form of commissions– usually a portion of the sale of a product. Why then choose a low-paying program when there are others from which you can benefit more from with the same amount of efforts on your part?

Therefore when considering what affiliate marketing program to utilize, pick those that provide greater commission rates. Excellent rates vary from about 50 percent to 75 percent. This is usually for digital products. But for physical ones, 10% is acceptable.

If the program pays lower than those figures, you might want to reconsider joining it. Because it may not be worth your effort at all.

A word of caution. Little drops of water make a mighty ocean. A hot product paying low commission may make you more money than a “cold” one offering high payments.

 

The affiliate marketing program has a long cookie period

An HTTP cookie is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored on the user’s computer by the user’s web browser while the user is browsing. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember stately information or to record the user’s browsing activity. Wikipedia

Cookies are snippets of code deposited on a visitors’ device (computer, phone, etc.) when they visit your affiliate link.

The cookie period therefore refers to the time it takes for a prospect who clicks on an affiliate site to become a paying customer.

Some sites have a 30-day cookie period, others offer 60. That means that you don’t get a commission when a prospect buys the product outside these periods.

Generally people don’t purchase on seeing an offer. It is estimated that they must see it about seven times to take action. That may take some time or even never, unless you use an email system.

You therefore have interest to choose an affiliate marketing program that has a longer cookie period so that you can always earn from your efforts.

 

The affiliate marketing program has a greater than typical conversion rate

Your conversion rate is the percentage of visitors to your website that complete a desired goal (a conversion) out of the total number of visitors.

The conversion rate therefore  refers to the ratio of the number of people who click on an affiliate site to become a paying customer compared to all those who took that action.

In affiliate marketing, this can be infamously fickle, with leads taking as much as 60 days prior to ever buying anything.

Therefore, a good indication that a specific affiliate marketing program is the very best one to use is its high conversion rate. This means that more visitors to an affiliate’s site become buyers. And an affiliate’s earnings increase when there are more buyers.

To discover their conversion rate, you can inspect an affiliate marketing program’s website. A few of them release this info. If not, you will have to test the product yourself using targeted visitors to see how well it performs.

The conversion rate is even so important to affiliate programs that when I joined one and started sending paid traffic to them, they warned me to stop.

Unknowingly to me it was bots and not real people visiting the site. When I asked the rogues to cancel the contract and they did not obey, the affiliate program ejected me.

 

The affiliate marketing program offers complete support.

This is a particularly crucial criteria to search for when choosing what affiliate marketing program to use if you’re a novice. There are numerous programs that will sign you up to their system and leave you to your own devices without any thought about your development.

Avoid these types if you’re not a self-starter or are cautious of affiliate marketing programs that don’t assist their affiliates. Instead use affiliate marketing programs that supply sufficient information, training and affiliate assistance.

You will value this additional feature in case you run into a bit of problem later on. And believe me, problems are bound to surface sooner or later.

Such is often the case when potential affiliates attempt to make their decisions regarding the finest affiliate marketing program to use. Considering that the choice of an affiliate marketing program is vital to your success, use these criteria to find out which amongst the hundreds now offered is the best program to use.

Good luck!

 

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Akoli

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22 thoughts on “6 Criteria for Choosing the Best Affiliate Marketing Programs”

  1. With so many scams, having clear advice on criteria for “A…M…” programmes is really important for anybody to consider. Ensuring the quality, commissions, conversion rates, commissions are clearly key factors.  The cookie time is also important but HOW do you find out how long that is? I was struck by how clear your advice was and the tab on the No 1 “recomen….”.  I am interested to learn more.  Thank you for your helpful and clear advice.

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    • Hello Trevor,

      Yes, scams are the scourge of affiliate marketers who therefore need clear advice on criteria for affiliate marketing programs. The cookie period is spelt out by the affiliate programs. I’m thrilled that you found my advice clear. To learn more about our No 1 recommendation, you just need to click the link and it will take you to a review. Links in the review will take you to the program site for more information. Thank you too for your valuable comment.

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  2. These are some really awesome tips you have here. I am an affiliate marketer in the sports and fitness area. I have found it especially difficult to find programs with high commission rates in this field as they are usually somewhere between 2-5%. Is this because sports equipment is a flooded market and companies don’t think they need to offer high commission rates? Do you happen to know of any companies in this field that offer better commissions? I appreciate any advice you could give!

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    • Hi Steve,

      Thank you for finding these as awesome tips. I appreciate. Maybe if you type “high ticket sports and fitness programs” into Google, it is possible for you to find those with high commission rates. I don’t know if it is because sports equipment is a flooded market that companies don’t think they need to offer high commission rates. If you Google, I’m sure you will find companies in this field that offer better commissions.

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  3.  Thank you so much for sharing us an interesting and excellent article. The principle content of this article is 6 CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING THE BEST AFFILIATE MARKETING PROGRAMS. It is truly admirable that you have demonstrated this topic so well in your article. I have learned a lot by reading your article and gained a lot of cognition about it. Of the points mentioned in your article, I like The affiliate marketing program pays high commissions.
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    • Hey Md. Asraful,

      Thank you too for commenting on this article. I’m happy that you have learned a lot reading it. I’m not surprised that you liked the point concerning “The affiliate marketing program pays high commissions.” Everybody loves high commissions!

      I’m glad to learn that you have an affiliate website where you get a lot of commissions by promoting products from different companies. Please go ahead and share the article in your Facebook group. Thank you for the love.

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  4. There are numerous programs that will sign you up to their system and leave you to our own devices without any thought about our development. Instead use affiliate marketing programs that supply sufficient information, training and affiliate assistance. Such is often the case when potential affiliates attempt to make their decisions regarding the finest affiliate marketing program to use. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Hello Bai,

      I wouldn’t advice anybody to join affiliate programs that will sign you up to their system and leave you to your own devices without any thought about your development. The answer is affiliate marketing programs that supply sufficient information, training and affiliate assistance. Thanks for commenting.

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  5. Hey Akoli, thanks for such an amazing article on criteria for choosing the best affiliate marketing programme. Affiliate marketing program is one thing any body would not want to neglect in the course of gaining financial freedom online,but choosing the right affiliate program is where the challenge comes in. With this your article if well adhered to I think the challenges of choosing the best affiliate marketing program can be easily tackled. 

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    • Hey Sheddy,

      Thanks to you too for commenting on this article. Yes, affiliate marketing helps people to gain financial freedom online. Yes, but choosing the problem is the challenge which can be tackled using the ideas in this post.

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  6. Your guide is very helpful for me. But all said and done, no one can deny the fact that the affiliate’s objective in signing up for an affiliate marketing program is to earn money. In this wise, product and customer reviews and ratings can help you to have a good idea of the quality of the program. It will offer on its own or simply for very little effort. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Hello Harish,

      I’m glad that my guide is very helpful for you. Yes, any affiliate who wants to make money should be reading product and customer reviews and ratings. They give a lot of information such as the company behind the product, the price, the pros and cons and a final recommendation which can be positive or negative. Thanks for your contribution.

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  7. Thank you very much sharing these tips! I’ve been a newbie in affiliate marketing, so these tips are very useful. I usually use Amazon, but I don’t like their short cookie period 🙁 It’s bad because people generally buy something online from them. Do you know if it’s possible to lengthen the cookie period (if it’s legal, of course) from Amazon or any other affiliate program? Thanks

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    • Hey Alblue,

      It was my pleasure sharing these tips. I hope they help you to advance in affiliate marketing. I agree with you that short cookie periods like the one from Amazon isn’t good for business. I don’t know if it’s possible to lengthen the cookie period. Even if it is, I don’t think it will be legal since you would be tampering with a company’s program. Sooner or later you will be found out and thrown out of the program.

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  9. It is an well informed article about choosing affiliate program.

    How easy it is to know when a new product is coming to capitalize on? There will be possibly no reviews or ratings  to guide you.

    When a hot product is out, there will be many competitors to do affiliate marketing. How do you plan to take it forward so you benefit getting commissions?

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    • Hi Anusuya,

      Thanks for finding my article a well-informed one about choosing affiliate program.

      It will not be easy to know when a new product is coming to capitalize on. Maybe comparing its features with similar best-selling ones can give you an idea about its salability.

      Yes, when a hot product comes out, there will be many competitors promoting it. If you have a list you can enter the race too and benefit getting commissions.

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  10. hello there, thanks for sharing this very awesome article on choosing a very good affiliate marketing platform…. I must say these tips are really good as this is what the public really needs as during this time of the pandemic a lot of people would be thinking of getting into affiliate marketing and they would need this tips.

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    • Hello David,

      It was my pleasure sharing this article with you. Thanks to you too for commenting on it…. I’m glad you find these tips really good. I never thought of the fact that the public really needs them in this time of the pandemic which could make them get into affiliate marketing. I can’t see the link but I can’t rule out that possibility either.

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  11. Hello there,thanks for sharing this awesome i know it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me…i am new to all this affiliate stuff,i would definitely put this ideas to work as i know they would help my current situation..thanks once more.

    Regards,

    Chimmog.

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    • Hello Chimmog,

      It was a pleasure for me sharing this article. I thank you too for commenting on it. What else could I wish other than that it be of great help to the public and you too? Being new to affiliate stuff, I would advise you to put these ideas to work to help with your present situation. I would like to know how things turn out.  So come back and tell us about it.

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