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Affiliate Marketing for Beginners: How to Choose Products that Will Make Money Online Fast

Updated on October 8, 2010

Affiliate Marketing "Rules for Choosing"

One of the most difficult parts of affiliate marketing is to select products and services to promote that will make you some money. And, when you put some effort into it, you want that to pay off. The beautiful thing about affiliate marketing is that you can get started for $0 – and pretty easily start making money. But, you have to select products and services that sell well online. The following affiliate marketing advice for beginners will give you a definitive roadmap for doing just that – almost guaranteed.

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners Tip No. 1: Select Products You Actually Use or Know About

Make list of all the products and services you use on a daily basis that may have an affiliate program attached to it. For example, I’m a freelance writer by trade. I use newsletter software, web hosting companies, web ebook creation software, article distribution service providers, etc.

Almost all of the above have some type of affiliate program (which I need to get around to promoting at some point), But. I digress.

The point is, if you use them, you can easily market them. You see, when you actually use a product or service, it’s easy to write articles, reviews and other content about it.

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners Tip When Reviewing Affiliate Products and Services:When you write reviews or testimonials about a product, cover it honestly. And, this means telling the good and the bad about it.

This builds trust and is more honest. No one expects a product or service to be perfect. And, the thing you don’t like about a product could be just the thing that another person does like. So keep this in mind when in your promotional efforts.

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners Tip No. 2: Choose Products by Reputable Providers

For example, let’s say you decide to promote a web hosting company. There are literally hundreds of thousands of these; if not millions. As a new affiliate marketer, how do you find one to promote that will make you money online?

It’s simple. Conduct some online research to find out the most popular ones (that have affiliate programs). Once you start digging, you’ll see some companies that will appear over and over and over again. Read reviews from other affiliates to make an informed decision about which one to get behind.

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Affiliate Marketing for Beginners Tip No. 3: Choose Products a Lot of People Need

When you first start to learn affiliate marketing, it can be overwhelming. Oh, it’s not difficult to learn; it’s just that there’s a plethora of info to digest. By selecting products a lot of people need, it’s easier to start getting sales.

For example, take web hosting – internet marketing experts estimate that as many as 100,000 new sites go live every day. And, what do they all need? Web hosting. You don’t have to have a lot of affiliate marketing experience to sell this type of service.

Affiliate Marketing for Beginners Tip No. 4: Choose Turnkey Programs

One of the best ways to make money fast online is to choose turnkey programs. What are these? Turnkey affiliate programs are those that are “set up to go,” ie, all you have to do is start marketing. Be sure to choose one that is a proven seller.

The reason is, when you’re new to affiliate marketing, you want to complicate the process as little as possible. Proven turnkey programs allow you to start making money almost immediately without the hassle of a lot of upfront knowledge. And, this is exactly the type of “win win” you want when you first start out.

If you follow these “affiliate marketing for beginners” tips, you should have no problem selecting products and services to promote that will make you money online quick.


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      BlissfulWriter 6 years ago

      What do you think of using Amazon affiliate program (such as on HubPages)?

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      Sheila Brown 6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Thank you for such good information. I have thought about doing some affiliate marketing, but am still learning about SEO, etc. here on HubPages. Once I am satisfied that I have HubPages on the right track, I may try affiliate marketing and will definately keep your information in mind. Thank you for sharing you helpful knowledge! Voted up, useful and sharing! Have a great day! :)