As an affiliate marketer, you make money by promoting affiliate program. But there are so many programs out there and how do you choose the right program to make money with?
First, don't be tempted by the high commission. Often merchants will need to jack up their selling price in order to pay you. Your prospects are unlikely to pay for high end product which then makes it hard for you to make money with affiliate marketing.
What you need to do then?
When you are selling digital product, the minimum commission you should consider is 25%. There are plenty of affiliate programs with that kind of commission on the internet and if you can increase your conversion rate, you can discuss with the merchant to raise your commission.
When you want to make money with affiliate programs, you need to join affiliate marketing programs that supply lots of marketing tools like articles, auto responder emails, banner and other marketing materials. You can then go straight to build your online business without developing the marketing tools.
However, you need to take into consideration that you are not the only one promoting the program. It is wise that you use the merchants write up as reference and generate your own written marketing materials. You can still continue to use the graphics supplied by the merchant because it is not easy to change the graphics and you certainly don't want to waste time on that.
In order to make money with affiliate program, you must understand the program thoroughly. Read the FAQ and make sure you got all your questions answered. You can always email the merchant if their FAQ is not helpful.
If the merchant never answer you, it might means that they are not serious about making money with you. Then it is better that you move on and look for another affiliate marketing program.
If you want to maximize the profit from the affiliate program, you should check the terms. Not every merchant is going to pay you monthly. Some of them will only issue your check when your commission has reached the minimum pay commission and some of them are going to deduct part of your earning as processing fee. You can't blame the merchant for not paying you accordingly because you forgot to read the terms.