Affiliate programmes cost nothing to join and present an almost infinite choice of products and services from which to build a niche business.
If you’re not familiar with Affiliate marketing, let me quickly explain.
An Affiliate acts as an independent “middle man” between a Merchant and consumer by introducing new prospects and customers to the Merchant. In return the Merchant pays a commission to the Affiliate on all sales that result from his or her introductions.
OK. So now you know what Affiliate Marketing is, how do you find suitable affiliate programmes for you niche?
Here are a couple of options to get you started – Search Engines and Affiliate Networks.
Go to www.Google.com and type in your Niche description e.g. “low carb diet” followed by a plus sign (+) and the word “affiliate” – the search query should look like this :
low carb diet+affiliate.
In the results you will get all the pages with the term “low carb diet” and the term “affiliate”.
Go through the first and second pages and list all of the sites that show relevant products with affiliate programmes. Hopefully this will give you 10 or more affiliate programmes to choose from.
You could also repeat this exercise on www.Yahoo.com to give your self more options.
An Affiliate Network acts as “middleman” between Merchants and Affiliates, providing a centralised service where Merchants can list details of their products and Affiliate programmes, providing Affiliates with a broad and varied selection of products and services to promote.
Here are some highly reputable networks you should visit to find suitable niche products and services to add to your list of prospective Affiliate programmes :
Add all the relevant programmes to list of those you gleaned from the Search Engine(s).
Selecting Niche Affiliate Programmes
Be selective in your choice of affiliate programme. Don’t just signup for all of the programmes you have listed, visit each site and check each one out and make sure you “read each Merchant’s terms carefully”.
Here are some points for you to consider when deciding which programmes to promote:
This is by no means an exhaustive list. As I said earlier, check all the terms carefully, then select and sign up for the programmes which best suit your niche theme and you’re ready to start promoting.