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Postby CalamityJane » Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:26 pm

Sorry, I don't really know how to phrase my question. I've been wondering about the benefits/downsides to signing up as an affiliate to individual companies, whose products you personally use and like. For example, let's say I order on a regular basis a food product which I can't find in my local grocer. This product is better than others for various reasons, it would fit in my blog topic, and I personally like the product. They do have an affiliate program.

There are a few other things like this that I've thought of, that would fit with my topic, and that I have used, and that have affiliate programs.

I guess my question is, is this a good way to go, or do you make more money signing up with an affiliate group? I don't even know enough right now to ask my question intelligently. I hope you know what I mean.

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Postby lindastacy » Sun Jan 04, 2009 7:17 pm

Hi Jane,

I think it's worthwhile to sign up for affiliate programs for a particular company or product.

A personal review and recommendation of a product you use will almost always do better than popping up a banner or link for a whole store.
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There are lots of programs!

Postby PickyBoot » Mon Jan 05, 2009 4:42 am

There are good number of affiliate programs. Joining an affiliate program will surely increase the traffic as well as ROI. One can choose the program which they are interested in. Each affiliate program has its pros and cons. The affiliate network which I am into is
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Postby CalamityJane » Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:55 pm

Thank you both for your replies. I appreciate it!
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Postby HappyWife » Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:15 am

Hi Calamity Jane,

I am an affiliate with a number of different companies. Some are part of affiliate networks and others are independent programs.

There are pros and cons to both, I suppose. There is usually a payment threshold that you have to reach before payout. It's easier to reach that threshold when you have a number of different programs working together toward that like in Commission Junction or Shareasale, etc.

On the other hand, some of the things you really want to promote are not part of those networks and run their own independent program. It may take you longer to build up to a payout.

I have a chocolate mold company that I recommend for my chocolate site. They have their own program so I have to generate $50 in commissions before payout. At first, when I was just starting, it took me several months to finally earn a check. But, if you stick it out, it really won't matter much. Now I usually get at least 1 check per month from them.

I have several affiliate programs like that. Choose what is relevant to you and your niche and don't worry too much about whether they are independent or part of a network. Just be prepared to be patient if necessary. :)


P.S. You asked your question perfectly and clearly. ;)
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