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Although everybody shares a basic knowledge of affiliate marketing and techniques that can be used to earn commissions, everybody has their own special system for promoting. This comes from not being afraid to try new things in the world of affiliate marketing and sticking to what works. Finding what works takes a little bit of trial and error on your part, but I can assure that when you find what work you will fall in love with your earnings. Here are some tips that can make or break your success as an affiliate marketer:

Tip #1 – Make sure you are promoting the right affiliate products. Everybody has their own techniques for finding the right affiliate products to promote and you will have to find a technique that works best for you. In my opinion, the best way to do it is to find products in your niche that has the least amount of competition. Now the reason that I think this is a good idea is because there it can sometimes be harder to promote and earn commissions from products that a bunch of other people are trying to promote as well. Promoting the right affiliate products include:

  • Doing a little research to see if there is a need for the product in your niche.
  • Trying the product out to see how it works and how your potential customers can benefit.
  • Checking out the reputation of the product to see what people think of it.
  • And determine if the product is affiliate product is affordable to your target market.

Always keep in mind that the more you know about your affiliate product, the better you can promote them, and the more money you can earn.

Tip #2 – Promote products that you can feel comfortable promoting. Now this may sound like common sense, but some people try to promote products that they are not comfortable promoting just because the commission is attractive. This is one of the worst things that you can possibly do because if you are uncomfortable or embarrassed by the product that you are promoting then you won't be able to effectively promote your affiliate product or earn your commissions.

I would suggest that you check out Clickbank's marketplace because there are tons of products that will pay 50% or more commissions. You will definitely find something you like there, so don't fall victim to these individual affiliate programs that have commission's that seem too good to be true. The commission won't mean a thing if the product is crap.

Tip #3 – Take advantage of any training videos and materials that are offered. Some affiliate programs will give you some training videos that you can watch before you head out on your own, and I would highly suggest that you take advantage of them. You can learn a lot from these training videos and they can help you to avoid some unnecessary mistakes along the way. Some other materials that may be offered include advertising banners, emails, text links, etc.

Like I mentioned before, the more you know the better off you are. So take a few minutes to check out all of the training materials that your affiliate program has to offer before getting started.

Tip #4 – Never promote products that pay a commission less than 50%. Unless the product you are promoting is expensive, promoting products whose commission is less than 50% is going to be a waste of your time. This is another instance where Clickbank would be a good idea because there is a large selection of products that offer 50-75% commissions.

#5 – Learn how to master one product before taking on multiple. Sometime new affiliate marketers get in over their heads by trying to promote too many products at one time. Now there is nothing wrong with promoting multiple products, in fact some make thousands a month from do that. But you can't jump into it right away. Allow yourself to start an income stream with one affiliate product at first and then you can gradually add more.

#6 – Don't just stick with one niche, explore others. There are a lot of different niches that are pulling in good money. I refer to these niches as "profitable niches." You can easily do keyword research and find out what niches are most popular and which ones will generate more money for you. A good technique to use for this is to use the search feature on Twitter and see what people are talking about. That will give you an idea of the hottest trends and niches.

#7 – Learn how to stand out in the crowd. You have to understand that some of the affiliate products that you are going to promote will have some competition. And where there is competition you have to be creative and stand out in the crowd. Sometimes standing out in the crowd means to find unique ways to promote your affiliate products while branding yourself.

#8 – Always collect customer email addresses before sending them to the affiliate page. If you directly send your customers to the affiliate link then they are lost to you forever. Now they may purchase the affiliate product and you may earn your commission, but that's just a onetime deal. But if you put a system together where you can collect their email addresses first, then you can continue marketing to those customers and earning commissions.

These are some tips that really helped when I started out in affiliate marketing and I am sure that it will help you as well. You have to spend time learning your craft and improving it. As long as you do that then you will be just fine.