One of the first things that comes to mind when I hear Adam’s name, is sales funnels. I’ve known Adam for a few years now and have even had the chance to peek behind the scenes and can say the guy knows his stuff and is one of few ‘marketers’ who spend an equal, if not greater, amount of time... in the trenches and testing to see what’s working right now.
There is a reason why many major merchants prefer to utilize affiliate marketing networks instead of setting up their own infrastructure. Just as the administrative burden can become overwhelming for publishers with multiple relationships in place, it can be too time consuming for merchants as well. Maintaining direct affiliate relationships involves building out an infrastructure to track referrals, calculate commissions, and process payments. While that may sound like a relatively straightforward process, it can become a major investment with plenty of potential complications and liability issues.
The two primary players in any affiliate marketing arrangement are the content-creating affiliate and the product-selling merchant. But as affiliate marketers know, networks such as Commission Junction and LinkShare are key components of the “ecosystem” as well. Just as many sites that monetize via display advertising attempt to establish direct relationships with advertisers and cut out ad networks, successful affiliate marketers may wonder about eliminating networks and working directly with their merchants.
The downside of these programmes is that they don’t always display their stats to give you an idea of the success rate. It’s down to instinct and good old fashioned common sense. If an affiliate programme sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The best solution is to get involved with the software yourself. Take it for a trial run, so you can get to grips with the in’s and out’s of the platform. Only then will you know if it’s worth backing.
These are some really great programs to start with, if they fit in your niche. AWeber, for instance, has a good pay out, but if your blog readers aren’t interested in building an email list, you’re not going to make any sales by promoting it. That’s why I love that you’ve also included ShareASale – no matter what niche you’re in, you’ll find something excellent to promote!