Choosing the Best Affiliate Programs - Relevance vs. High Payouts

Last Update: March 25, 2016



A very common question that people have when getting rolling with their websites, surrounds what are the best affiliate programs for their respective website.

The answer? The most relevant one.

It is sometimes easy to get lost in the idea of promoting something to your audience and what specifically should you sell, that you forget completely about that the fact that there are REAL people on your website and these people are looking for something specific. If you can help them enough to build trust, you can make relevant recommendations that they will take advantage of at a higher rate.

Every sale starts from an initial source of relevant traffic.

Typically this will be someone searching for information in Google, a review, a solution to a problem, but sometimes it will be people on a social network that click through your ad or through your link and end up on your website.

Let's look at a few examples here, focusing on the most common form of traffic, search traffic.

Say someone visits your page through the keyword, "buy a vitamix 6300 blender online", your post might show like the following below within the search results (this is actually my site).

These people are very late in the purchasing lifecycle, which typically would mean they already know that they want a vitamix blender online...they are just looking for a place to purchase (likely the cheapest/best warranty/etc).

If you can provide people with this information and help them find the best, most reputable way to purchase their Vitamix 6300 blender online, you are going to make a sale.

The affiliate program you should choose should be one that allows you to SELL this vitamix blender, in this case, Amazon is one of these affiliate programs that you could leverage and average commission for this is $40-60 (I know, I have made SEVERAL Vitamix sales through Amazon).

**SIDE NOTE: If you own a Vitamix, you can actually join their affiliate program and earn higher commissions directly through them at 15% per sale (which is $90+ per sale).

Now, what if someone was searching for "best blender for smoothies".

If your website was ranked under this search term, then you would want to help people decide on which blenders were the best for smoothies. Different ones might be better for different reasons and in this case you might want to do a little research.

Researching Quality & Relevant Affiliate Programs

For my research, I usually head over to the handy resource, Google.

Type in: Blender + Affiliate Program

Here are some options that I got right away in Google.

And if you go to a website like Amazon.com, Ebay.com, Bestbuy.com or Walmart.com (which all have affiliate programs), you will be able to promote any of these products to your audience.

There are 2,846 options on Amazon alone!

Amazon is just one of the many affiliate programs that I can leverage and as within any niche, there are going to be different price points in which you can attract different audiences and in this case, many different qualities of blenders (from low end to industrial).

I definitely would not tie myself to just Amazon as there are lots of other great options out there as you can see.

Chasing Higher Ticket Affiliate Programs, a Good Idea?

If I organize the blenders from prices highest to lowest, here are some potential commissions I could receive on blenders even at Amazon's low 6-10% commission rates.

You can see from this, there are many items that are several thousand in this case. In the case of these blenders, the prices range from cheap ($15 to $10,000's). In the above screenshot, you can see that particular row of the results range from $4,668 - $5,706.

The affiliate commissions on these if you were on the upper side of the commission scale would be 10%, so the average commissions if you were to sell these would range from $467 - $571.

You can see that there are high ticket products within this space, the same that there are low ticket items. Higher ticket sales would come much more infrequently, but people definitely are buying more industrial style blenders online because they are more cost efficient and typically carry the same sort of warranty (sometimes even better).

The Affiliate Program Research Never Ends...

When I am involved in any niche, I spend a good deal of time throughout the journey investigating and finding affiliate programs. As I dig up affiliate programs, I take note of them and more often than not sign-up to the ones that I am going to be leveraging on my website.

Through time it is quite OK to be involved within many affiliate programs, it is quite a natural process and as you become more and more of an authority, your website is going to have a much larger scope and you will be able to effectively promoting many different products and "like" products to your audience.

So always keep your eyes open, continue the research process and think outside of the box in terms of what your audience would want or benefit from (and what products you could cross promote to them).

If you have any questions about affiliate program research or have any affiliate program related experiences you want to share with me, please leave them below.

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SerahAO Premium
Do you have to buy a product before you can promote it on your website through affiliate programs?
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Kyle Premium
No you do not. You can certainly review products/services in many different ways without actually owning it.

Lots of products online let you have a trial run, offline products you could test or you could leverage existing reviews and real consumer feedback to construct your reviews, and you could also consider asking for a test of the product (something that you can get away with as you start to develop your website into an authority).

You can offer a value added experience to a consumer by offering insight into pricing, by offering comparable products/services to the one they are searching for, and offer a breakdown of what is good and not so good about the products.

Lots of insight you can offer folks.
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SerahAO Premium
Thanks Kyle for clarifying. Cheers.
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SerahAO Premium
Thank you Kyle, i am taking NOTES :-) this is very helpful for me moving forward.
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CarlD21 Premium
Thank You for your wisdom, I'm new and just starting out and I made a few bucks on EBay nothing to yell home about so I am excited and have a positive attitude and I want to Thank You HWo
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Wow I did not know that one could pay thousands of dollars for a blender! Not that i'm missing the point here hahah, I just think that is crazy!
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EvieSmith Premium
Well this made me want to join the Vitamix affiliate program (I love my vitamix :-) ). Currently I am looking to find my first affiliate to join and currently am not sure which to join. Some of the affiliates I didn't like the pet products they had listed so would feel very awkward about endorsing something I do not believe in. Wondering if I should just start with Amazon as it contains so many products. Going to have to watch course 3, lesson 2 again I think
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Kyle Premium
Do it, the Vitamix affiliate program can be a lucrative one. People are going to buy their blenders forever and they continue coming out with new models every year. Definitely something that you could take advantage of.
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kwillis333 Premium
Great post - but I have a question. I found an affiliate list site - from one of our WA members, I believe. Had some brilliant affiliates for my particular niche. Had to run out of the house in a hurry, forgot to bookmark it, and now I can't find it! Any idea from my insanely vague description which site I might be talking about!?!
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TopAchiever Premium
Not sure if this will help since it's 13 hours ago since you posted this comment.

However, there is a facility called My History in the left menu of this page - here is more on it: Let me know if you need further help.
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albinchero Premium
I hope what Top Achiever gave is useful all the best.
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paulgoodwin Premium
Just go to your comment history and look back who you spoke with
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RArchibald Premium
I don't mean to sound negative or rock the boat but, I find it odd that Kyle posts this information but does not join the discussion.
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ikaffiliate Premium
Hiya, Kyle did join the discussion just scroll up :)
cheers
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bsmith1222 Premium
Some great information
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DeniseOlsen5 Premium
Great article! Very good information.
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Nzr1659 Premium
Hi Kyle, thank you very much for the article.
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Megastar Premium
Hi Kyle thank you for the info and advice!
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Mcotto Premium
Hi Kyle! When filling out applications for for affiliate programs do you feel it is safe to put in your social security number? I've asked a few people this question. One person said not to worry about the ssn since I'm just starting out. Another person said not to use my ssn and that before I start any affiliate marking I need to get an LLC and EIN and another said I should get a DBA with an EIN and that an EIN protects from identity theft. Sheesh! I'm a newbie at all this. What do you think is the best way to go? Much Thanks and thank you for your blog!
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dickw Premium
These people do not need your social security number and you should never give it out. That is a chief cause of ID fraud. As for any tax number info, check with your tax preparer.
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truered Premium
I agree with dickw, It is a red flag whenever you are asked to give your SS#. I have only applied to 2 affiliate programs since I joined WA and neither one of them asked me for my SS#. Best of luck!
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Mcotto Premium
Thank you for the advice!
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Mcotto Premium
Thank you for the info! It really helped me a lot!
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leluka Premium
2 ears ago I followed your video walkthrough and I've joined Amazon's affiliate program.I am an affiliate of amazon and so far I have earned just 1 $ :) hope I will be earning more in the future.However,the step by step lessons,here at WA,helped me to join other affiliate programs and I am earning a little commissions.Thanks to you guys (Kyle and Carson) the internet technology is beneficial to me and I do not spend/waste my time just for playing PC games on my free time(well,when my kids are letting me to work and improve my web/s).Cheers guys and god bless you...
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AchuthanN1 Premium
Very informative and practical blog.I get the idea now. Thank you, Kyle.
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SadieChan Premium
Thanks Kyle. I have to agree that if we want to make money from the Affiliate program on Amazon or other E-commerce sites, we have to sell and promote the higher end of the products. Don't see any points selling cheap products unless I have tons of visitors to my site. Regards Sadie.
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RobertC44 Premium
Thanks Kyle...very timely. I have a question for you. I have been concentrating on getting traffic to my site, not really trying to sell anything at this stage although I have joined the Amazon affiliate program. At what stage do you suggest it would be prudent to concentrate on developing more affiliate programs? My website is more about providing a service rather than promoting a product. Should I be moving more toward promoting products through reviews? What do you think. Thanks, Robert.
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DLansing Premium
I'm so tempted to sell blenders now lol!
However, it is no where near my niche, not that relevant for now :-)
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DerrickL Premium
Thanks for the info.
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MicahG Premium
Very encouraging, thank you Kyle
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Whao! I did not know you could promote WA and Amazon, thanks for that:)
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TJ Books Premium
Das es gute! J
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athonx14 Premium
Thanks for the reminder Kyle. You have gone over this lesson several times throughout your training, but I have forgotten many of them. Thanks for pulling me back to the path.

Eric
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Awolin Premium
Hi. Thanks for the insight. It will definitely help.
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DeeSmith Premium
Super article. It reminds me of the commercial when EF Hutton talks, people listen. Well, when Kyle writes a post, everyone should definitely read it!
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laurenjean Premium
Excellent article, thanks Kyle.
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richrivera Premium
Great post Kyle, thank you so much. It expands my understanding of an affiliate program. I've had 4 calls this week from Amazon about making money from home and told them I would possibly call them in the near future, without an explanation. Don't know where they got my name and number. Is that unusual? Cheers.
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kiliwia62 Premium
I never heard of that amazon will call you about making money from home. sorry, but this must be some kind of fraud.
Anyway, when you have already signed up with amazon, they will usually communicate with you through email.
Like I said, never heard of amazon calling people back about making money from home.
Be careful.
Sylvia
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KatieMac Premium
Amazon called you please be careful I have never know amazon call anyone I am with them and they have never called me
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richrivera Premium
Thanks Sylvia, I was online with an outfit called Home Products and they got some of my money and immediately offered training for an extra $275.00. When I went to check them out on a scam buster site,
I met Steve with, I've Tried that and I'm glad I did. I thought it was weird them calling like that. I checked my protection and I'm good.
I got to say Sylvia, you really do help me out a lot, I'm not a big PC guy
and don't know a lot. Some folks won't deal with the frustration.
So, Thank you so much. Cheers.
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richrivera Premium
Hi Katie, they actually said some business name and they were Amazon affiliates. I just said I'm good and hung up. Thanks for the reply KM. I appreciate it big time.
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kiliwia62 Premium
My pleasure and that's why I am also here at WA helping people whenever and wherever I can, but also being helped by others too. WA is such an awesome community.
Sylvia
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AlexEvans Premium
Thank you for sharing your knowledge Kyle, seems that there are so many programs out there, my take home is to keep researching.
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Marcus1978 Premium
Great post!

By the way, you listed OmniBlender Canada twice.
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FitWealth37 Premium
Thanks for this post Kyle. Very informative and on time. What are some profitable names for websites? I think this was in one of my trainings where you have a tool to help you choose a name that will get a lot of people to my site? Thanks.
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ChrisScott Premium
JAXXY is good for this.
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Westwaters Premium
Very helpful information Kyle.
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RArchibald Premium
I would love to get on Amazon's Affiliate Program. But did you know that since I am in Colorado, I cannot join. There are other areas where it is not allowed as well. Do you know why this is? Is there any way to get around it?
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maxser67 Premium
Maybe you can get some answer here:
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RArchibald Premium
So, logically, this should apply to all affiliates on my website, not just Amazon. But Amazon is the only one following the law? I guess any affiliate is illegal then, unless of course they collect taxes. As big as Amazon is, they should just collect taxes and let us all be affiliates.
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maxser67 Premium
Well, I live outside US so I don't have any trouble, but it sounds strange that they are the only ones stopping you?!
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vicki13 Premium
Great Information Kyle! Thank-you for one of the "what to do next" not there yet, although have thought about it.
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EObileye Premium
I really benefited from this article! And it will massively change what and how I post affiliate links on my website! I believe I now know why I have had no sales from my affiliate links. Once again, thank you for the article.
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Thomas2011 Premium
I did a review last week on Jura ENA Micro 9 Automatic Espresso Machine I have used one many time and it really in my opinion the best addition to the kitchen for coffee lover's here it is http://onlinekeurigstore.com/top-rated-coffee-makers-reviews/whats-the-best-espresso-machine-jura-offers-the-ultimate-coffee-experience/
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LEM76431 Premium
Thank You. This topic was perfect timing for my as a new Affiliate. Website is nearing completion and I am able to begin thinking about the refining process.
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This gives me some good ideas to keep in mind. Thanks for the information.
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TomasB Premium
Hi Kyle,I just wanted to share my recent experience with CJ.com as it relates to my external website,CarmensMarket.com.I was trying to get accepted by the advertisers with the highest network earnings and was getting turned down by all of them.I decide to try joining a program with a company that had less network earnings,and I was accepted by them.My point is that I finally realized that until your site becomes an authority site,you should probably start with a more appropriate affiliate program for folks new to this.I've only been doing this a short time,but it felt great being accepted by my first advertiser.I also am part of the Amazon program.I haven't made any money yet,but I won't give up.Thanks Kyle.
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LDahms Premium
Good information will keep it in mind
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khill809 Premium
Really good post!
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MatteoMeli Premium
Thanks for the information Kyle, Really helpful :)
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Pios2012 Premium
Thanks for your insight.
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eatandmove Premium
Thanks for the post Kyle.
I was wondering If I should add 3 or more affiliate links to my site.
But you did it with only 1.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, you can. Do what makes the most sense within that particular page post. What you want to avoid is littering your website with affiliate links, centralize them ideally within reviews.
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leemitchell Premium
Hi, Kyle ... good training ... No Littering ... centralize .... put my affiliate links in a review post ... Now - that's a great way to answer my followers questions about who or what do I recommend. This is a subject worthy of lots of posts, newsletters, and a niche within a niche.
Thanks for helping me expand my posting ideas. It expands my thinking into other ideas.
Lee
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VincentA Premium
Thanks kyle
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crater Premium
As always, great Info. Just one ? Will I need a resale or wholesale license to become an affiliate?
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Kyle Premium
No, you simply need to join affiliate programs. It is free and there are MANY within any niche.

Affiliate programs give you the opportunity to promote their products/services. In this case, you can join Amazon's affiliate program and promote several MILLION products.
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SerahAO Premium
That's one of the questions I had too crater. Thank you for asking!
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rocky2 Premium
Thanks Kyle for the information. I have two affiliate sites, one WA and the other Amazon.com. I will look into the others that you mentioned. One thing is it better to have a different website for each affiliate program or can I have one website promoting two affiliate programs?
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Kyle Premium
No, you have one website per niche. Within that website, you can promote many different things (and different affiliate programs) and you likely will over time.
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ecomtom Premium
It appears that reviews are the best way to sell affiliate products. How else would you utilize affiliate links within your content, without introducing the review? And could you give examples? Thanks.
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Kyle Premium
Reviews are not necessarily the best way, they are one of the many ways and within any niche there is going to be an abundance of keywords that you can target that are totally no review related.

But when you promote ANYTHING on your website, you want people to understand what the product or service is before you promote it and that is why it is good to offer your visitors a comprehensive and useful review.

If people are not ready to buy a product after visiting your site, they will go elsewhere for product reviews and research.
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ecomtom Premium
Ok, good to know. Thank you.
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SerahAO Premium
Thank you Kyle and ecomtom, I think this answers the question I asked above which was do I need to buy a product in order to promote it better on my website. Thanks.
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GApt Premium
Awesome information, thanks Kyle.
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Claudioj Premium
Excelent work with your "Howtolosebellyfattoday.com" I love the "Omega Theme" is very simple and efective with SEO. This site in on 1 first rank in Google with about 30000 competitors sites, Congratulations!!.
I like it this theme for my sites, tell me if I can write my posts and pages in Spanish Language?
Claudio
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Kyle Premium
And this is investing hardly any time and energy into this niche, if only I had more time on my schedule to scale and build this site it would be hitting #1 under MANY terms.

It goes to show that you don't need a complex theme, one with lots of bells and whistles to get great rankings and to convert in Google. Quite the contrary.

You can create your websites in any language (and target any language) that you like.
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BusyOne Premium
Some great info...thanks Kyle
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KyraMenelik1 Premium
I'm really liking this community. Much gratitude
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letsrock Premium
Nice post, Kyle
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albinchero Premium
This is informative Kyle, thank you very much.
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AnthonyMLM Premium
thank kyle very helpful content
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What a helpful piece.......opens up ones mind........
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Dfoxmd1215 Premium
Thanks for the nice review.
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richrivera Premium
Thanks Kyle.
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QYTan Premium
Thank you for sharing the article, Kyle.
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RaeAnnePond Premium
Thanks for the tips
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JohnLevings Premium
Nice tips. Thank you!!
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Muule Premium
Thanks for such an informative post, Kyle!
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CaniceO Premium
Thanks kyle for the info
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cutt2242 Premium
Thanks for the imfo:) I'll keep that in mined.
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SueEllis1 Premium
Thank you Kyle that was a very informative blog
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CalebWycliff Premium
Awesome stuff. Thanks Kyle!
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mildew Premium
Thanks, Kyle great information as usual
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lynnimaus Premium
love it but I'm promoting WA the whole picture,
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RowanKan Premium
Wow now I finally know how to properly do research on the internet..wondering how from last mth or so. Thanks Kyle.
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Kyle Premium
Glad this could offer you some insights into not just how to find affiliate programs, but the regularity that this sort of research will play in your business.
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HWo Premium
Hi, The one thing that I might add to this is this: I am going to share this with all of you for free.
Be especially careful to choose every single word on your website. I have found this to be true through 18 years of personal experience with online sales. I had years in the mid '90's that I grossed over $200,000 on one website selling books. These are books that had I bought by the tractor trailer load. I paid the going price for scrap paper at that time. I bought approximately 24 tons of books at the time. Then I sorted through them by myself, pulled all the books that I thought had any saleability at all, then re-sold the "scrap" paper to a large recycling facility here in Portland. The books only cost me pennies each and the gross sales were almost pure profit. The warehousing of all of these books cost more than anything else but it was all 100% tax deductible against the gross so it all worked out very well.
The key to success on the internet is to make 100% sure that the words you choose on your website are the fewest, most effective words possible. The least amount of words that you use, to get your message across, the better off you are. When people visit your website, they are shopping. They are looking for the best thing they can find for the least amount of money. They are considering the condition & price. Also, people always look at the dealers reputation so they can try and determine how reliable you are as a seller so they have some idea how long it will be until they get whatever they have ordered from you.
Once a customer has paid for their product they are now only looking at when they will receive it.
Remember this:
The less you say, the better.
Thank you,
Herman Wolff
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lynnimaus Premium
i started this with MLM in 1964, I'm too old,you are totally correct our world has changed,i'm too old to worry about it but WA has changed my mind.
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Kyle Premium
Wow, quite the story you have Herman...thanks for sharing.

You are quite right when you say that when people visit your site, they are shopping. Whether this is for information, for help, or for an actual product, you will be able to determine based on where they come from.

At the end of the day though, if you can help someone, education them and build trust with them, you can make relevant recommendations in any niche or from any page. Sometimes your recommendation is not just "selling" something, it could be joining a list, taking another completely different action, or in many cases it will be reading a review or purchasing a product.
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laurieP Premium
Thank you. I will reexamine my ads and articles and see how I can simplify and reduce my words.
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rocky2 Premium
Very good information. I will think of this when I am writing my posts. It made me think of all the times I have searched for something on the internet. Lately when I need to know how to do something I immediately go to YouTube. It would be nice to have a website that will attract people to anything I am selling like I am attracted to YouTube.

Thanks for the info!
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1B4U Premium
Lynnimaus, while you are breathing, you are not old. You are only old when you are dead my friend. So keep partying my friend.
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minitrio Premium
My posts are needing improvements now.
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LEM76431 Premium
WOW. Thank you so much. I am trying to finish up the text to my main page right now. I am a perfectionist so I will choose my words carefully, I am i your debt, so to speak ... *grin*
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MsMerry Premium
I thought when blogging it is best to have your posts over 500 words and not more than 1500 or so. Am I wrong? It seems there are different opinions so would love to hear some more on this one.
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CElie Premium
Hi kyle. Thank you for this blog. I am not done thetraining yet and you just answered a big question.
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Kyle Premium
Glad I could offer some insights here Carl!
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MsMerry Premium
WOW! I am learning so fast my fingers can't keep up! :) Wonderful information Kyle. Thank you.
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Juanita48 Premium
thanks Kyle for this blog. really enjoyed it!
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Mmob11 Premium
Very informative and helpful, thanks and thanks for wanting to help those who who may be cyber illiterate.
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MNorton Premium
Hey Kyle,
Wow, that was a lot of information. I'm still getting up to speed with my website. The "niche" subject is kind of intimidating to me. I'm undecided about going that route. Maybe later when I've done a little more in the coursework. I'm not giving up on the plan, just delaying it for a while.
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Kyle Premium
The issue most people have when choosing a niche is the fact that they look for the "perfect" niche or something that they think is the most profitable.

ANY niche is lucrative, huge and full of opportunity. Look at blenders...who would have thought how massive that niche is and I know there are MANY affiliate marketing sites running a full time business online just within that space.
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bosco50050 Premium
Thanks Kyle for the invaluable tips. Was helpful to me. Appreciate the input.
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NaomiS Premium
Hi, Kyle. Your advice is actually very timely for me. I have been thinking which affiliate program I should choose for my website.
Thank you very much for helpful advice always!
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Martstervt Premium
Very good advice Kyle, I like it when things are organized by price.
When you know your budget you can cut right to the chase.
I have some good ideas for future web sites.

Marty
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, Amazon obviously allows for this but this is something that you can also offer your visitors on your website within your reviews. You can offer them the most cost efficient solution, best value, best overall product (and perhaps higher end)
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Martstervt Premium
That is the essence of what we do and makes it all worth while.
I think that is a very gratifying part or this business; helping people make good decisions:)
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NRosales Premium
Thanks Kyle for the great information, will take the word from you and hoping to follow your footsteps.
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greenbrierwv Premium
Great advice. Very practical. Thanks, Kyle!
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Marcel92 Premium
Thank you, Kyle. Very well laid out. People do buy big items online.
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rputta32 Premium
Awesome Kyle. Would like to get much more tips about affiliate programs and also where to get ideas about content writing. Thank You. Here is my Site : http://successspeaktothepeople.com/
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Kyle Premium
You should be going through Affiliate Bootcamp with your site, it is going to walk you through the process, show you how to research and build out your website within the success/make money niche.

I think you are off to a pretty good start there, it is a matter of creating more content though so keep working at that and working through the training.
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rputta32 Premium
Thank You very much Kyle. I will do that.
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AdamPrice1 Premium
Also, if you're supplying local or products within a certain area where you live, some of the best affiliate / re seller programs I've ever come across have been offline ones... You might need to do a little bit of groundwork, but generally offline re sellers who are reputable and "honest" with your leads, offer AMAZING commissions... You just need to dig a little bit for them, then if your website is local, you can state, we support "Local Business" and that adds a nice mix along with Amazon and the like... Just my 10c worth, great article Kyle!
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, it depends what type of website you have and if you are targeting local type keywords, but yes, there is definitely a lot of opportunity for advertising, selling leads, and commissions based exchanges with offline companies if you are carving out your brand and rankings locally.
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AdamPrice1 Premium
Kyle, what about selling local leads to online companies?... How would that work, if you target a local offline company (a multi-national say) and they a remarkable product / service but no affiliate / referral program that we could track, what would you do in that instance?
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bjdluna Premium
This is good information. I need to keep the "relevant' term in mind so I don't go and offer handicapped pet products to people who are interested in creating an online business.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, don't tie yourself to what you want to promote to people, promote what makes the most SENSE and what would actually benefit your audience.
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CBridgeman Premium
What do you think about hacres.com affiliate program? By the way I thought this blog wss very informative.Thanks.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, this definitely looks legitimate and they are part of Commission Junction which is totally reputable.

http://www.myhdiet.com/affiliates/

Looks like they pay 15% on their own branded products and 5% on other brands on their site.
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HProudfoot Premium
Thanks Kyle. Excellent information and clarifies for me. :)
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JoaquinD Premium
This great and looks like we're rolling in the right direction. Thank you Kyle.
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tw3388sg Premium
Kyle...love to read more about useful tips on affiliate marketing. thanks
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Sheila50 Premium
Great post-Kyle,
You always seem to know what and how to express yourself, which is exactly what you are teaching all of us.
Each time I read a blog from you I learn so much about how to speak to the reader!
Thanks and have a Happy Easter!
Sheila
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Kyle Premium
So glad I can offer you insight into how I communicate with folks, it definitely has been an evolution over the years. People naturally think that they need to "tell" people about stuff, I would rather have a "conversation" or "teach". Big difference, albeit quite subtle.
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samsaysgo Premium
Great information. Kyle, you da man!
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks for the Affiliate info, Kyle. I'm not to that point yet, but it sounds very intriguing! Do you think Trump has one of those $5,000.00 blenders?
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Kyle Premium
I am sure lots of people have it! That slushy machine looks far more appealing than anything though, I might have to get myself one of those. lol
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cosmicradio Premium
I'd have to sell a kidney! :)
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tansa Premium
I'm concerned about my niche. Whenever I check the viability of keywords containing the words "buy" or "review" in the keyword tool, the searches and traffic results are usually <10. Does anyone have any suggestions? :/
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Kyle Premium
That is fine, if people want to buy it, they will search for it. Just because a search terms says <10, doesn't mean it won't get any traffic and it doesn't mean you won't rank under any "like" keyword.

It is like targeting the keyword:

vitamix 6300 review

And getting ranked under:

vitamix 6300 recipes
buy vitamix 6300
vitamix 6300 reviews
vitamix 6300

See the other potential keywords that I could get ranked under, there are MANY more. Some keywords will definitely lead to more traffic than others, some products have more popularity, but that is fine. You can target some higher traffic, mid traffic, lower traffic and see what is working for you.
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tansa Premium
I'll give it a go! Thank you!
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Maghdalena Premium
Thanks a lot Kyle. This was a really helpful post when it comes to choosing affiliate products. As per your example, we used to have a Vitamix and they're really good blenders. Couldn't recommend them high enough! :)
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, they sure are. Make a smoothie in mine every morning.
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mitchharvey Premium
Excellent information, thanks and it couldn't have been more coincidental.. I was researching affiliate marketing companies this evening just as the email arrived. Thanks.
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Kyle Premium
Awesome, serendipity at its finest!
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Funkydunc208 Premium
Great points, Kyle. They remind me of the training you've given of digging down into our niche so as to really diversify. Digging into and researching our relevant affiliate programs require the same amount of research time.
Thank you.
Duncan
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JeffBoivin Premium
Thanks for the sharing pf your personal experience, much appreciate, Jeff
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Maxahit Premium
Thanks Kyle very Interesting. What I'm learning is do the right research and you will make the Sales.
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Rich908 Premium
Thanks Kyle - for that information it will come in handy very soon
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ricardo1 Premium
Kyle. that's a great perspective of looking at things!
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Pisquali Premium
Makes total sense Kyle, thanks
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PjGermain Premium
Great info, Thanks Kyle!
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mtatar Premium
Thanks for the post.
Michelle
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Lazyblogger Premium
Great insights on Affiliate programs. What bothers me is why would they not give commissions if the Affiliate wanted to purchase an item?

I shop all the time for personal needs for the family on Amazon; I just think I would be prompt to buy more if a commission is made. Just my thought on this, which has been asked by many.

Thanks for the post, Kyle and the Affiliate program insights.
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Cortex2k Premium
I guess Amazon dont want people to use their affiliate platform as a 6-10 % discount site for 1 pieces the need themselves. Instead they are looking for people interested in recurring sales.
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Kyle Premium
The reason is that this would adversely impact the affiliate marketing industry in general. If you walked into an appliance store and you could earn a commission from yourself when you bought the appliances, what would the role of the sales person be?

Same goes with affiliate marketing. They aim to curb this sort of behaviour and to give the lions share of commissions to the actual affiliates versus people trying to purchase through their own affiliate links.

That is the reasoning behind not being able to buy under your own affiliate links and this is something that is pretty common place amongst any reputable affiliate programs.
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DianneBee Premium
Thanks Kyle. I did not know how easy it was to search for affiliate programs!
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, very straight forward. Most people focus just on the main ones when starting out, but all of your research should be done on relevance and there may be many pages/posts on your website that deserve it's only affiliate program research.
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