Newbie Affiliates: How to Choose Affiliate Products to Market

As I talked about in Monday’s post here, I just started to market my first affiliate product.

Well, I’ve tried others passively, but this is the first time I’ve hunkered down and really put time into marketing a product. With the others, I just stuck a link on my site. Not surprisingly, I made little to no money with this “marketing strategy.”

I kind of fell into promoting my current product. Now that I’ve experienced great success with it, I’m looking for my next affiliate product to promote. There’s so much junk out there though (have you ever waded through Clickbank?) that’s it’s hard to know where to start. Here’s how I’m going about it.

Guidelines I’m Following to Find Profitable Affiliate Products to Promote

Sticking to My Moral Code: I can’t promote garbage, so I’m looking for products that I believe in. This will be different for every person.

For example, there are a lot of payday loan products out there to promote. But, I don’t believe in payday loans. I think they’re a bad idea – particularly for those they target (the poor and working class). Again, this is just my opinion. So, I’m staying away from these types of products because they go against everything I believe in about getting and staying out of debt.

Promoting What I Know Or Have an Interest In: What I mean by this is to choose products and/or services you’re familiar with and/or have an interest in getting to know more about.

I’m doing this because as I discussed in the aforementioned post here on Monday, article marketing is the avenue I’ve chosen to promote my affiliate products. I’ve used it for years to market my ebooks, and have had great success with it.

When you pick what you know, it’ll be easier to bang out good, informative articles in very little time.

Choosing Unsaturated Markets: This can be a little sticky and requires some research. And this is why I think so many fail at affiliate marketing. Some markets are so oversaturated that it will be hard to get your affiliate site noticed — no matter how good the product is. For example, the “make money online” niche. I wouldn’t go near that with a 10-foot pole.

I tend to be pretty good at spotting trends, which I talked about in my 2008-2009 Freelance Writing Jobs Report. So, I’m banking on this to find my next lucrative affiliate opportunity. I already have a couple of products I’m honing in on.

Choosing a Product That’s Believeable: What I mean by this is, some products are hyped to the extent that no one believes the claims — even if they are true. When people are going to plunk down their hard-earned money for a product or service, it has to be one that not only works — but one they believe WILL WORK FOR THEM.

There’s a definite difference.

Do You Know of a Hot-Selling Affiliate Product?

If you know of a good product that makes decent sales, post them here so I – and everyone else who reads this post – can check it out.

FYI, for me, “decent sales” translates into three or four sales per day, preferably with an affiliate payout of $25 or more per sale.

I’m still a full-time freelance writer, so don’t have a lot of time to promote. So I’m looking for products that’s that will practically sell themselves with a good article marketing campaign behind them.

I’m New at Affiliate Marketing — Teach Me!

There are so many who are so much more advanced than I am in this whole affiliate marketing thing. So please, take what I say here with a tiny grain of salt. I just wanted to give those who are new to the field like me an inside peek at how I’m going about navigating the “affiliate marketing” waters.

And, if you have any insight to share, I’m all ears. As the title of this section screams, I’m new to affiliate marketing, so teach me. Wish me luck, as I do you!


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