Sunday, February 26, 2006

Some Things to Beware of When Joining An Affiliate Program

Author: Cherylin Gilad
Believe it or not, there are some aspects of becoming an
Affiliate to be wary of. It would be prudent to exercise some
caution in order to avoid the pitfalls.

Dear Internet Marketer:

I know it's hard to put a damper on your unbridled enthusiasm
when contemplating the enormous potential profits to be made as
an online Affiliate. It isn't the only way to make money on the
Internet, or even the most profitable, but when done properly,
it can certainly bring in significant sums of money.

Bear in mind one thing - you are not the only one trying to
promote the Affiliate program you have chosen to join. There are
others too who are now competing with you to sell that
particular product. One way to deal with this competition is to
beef up your promotion of this product but that will entail you
being more creative and aggressive in your marketing approach
than your competition. You may be unable or unwilling to put
forth the effort required to give you that competitive edge.

Also, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the possibility that
not every affiliate program is above board. There may be
instances where you get stiffed. Most affiliate programs are
honest and they will pay you your commissions but on occasion,
you'll come across a bad apple in the bunch. That's why you need
to conduct some research into the program you wish to join
before you actually sign up as an Affiliate. This is easily
accomplished online by researching any complaints that may have
been lodged. Another way to ensure that you get paid is to join
more than one affiliate program at the same time. If one turns
out to be dishonest, so be it. At least you will get paid on the

Another drawback to being an Affiliate is that you can't have
others as your Affiliates. You will be working alone promoting
the programs you are affiliated with. Only when you have
developed your own products to market online can you get other
people to become Affiliates for you. But that's a whole other
topic of discussion.

All in all, I think the advantages of becoming an Affiliate far
outweigh the disadvantages, but when diving into it, you should
not do so with blind enthusiasm. Do your due diligence and the
rewards will be forthcoming.

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About the author:
Cherylin Gilad is an up-and-coming Internet Marketer. She is at
present working diligently on creating a website to showcase
what she is passionate about - alternative healing.
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