How To Choose The Best Affiliate Product For Your Blog

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To be a successful affiliate marketer, you need to pick, and promote the right product on your blog. 76% of newbie affiliate marketers fails to earn from affiliate marketing because they never pick the right product to promote.

Choose Best Affiliate Product

Here at ShoutMeLoud, I have always focused on teaching about Affiliate marketing. Earlier, when I shared how I made money with ShoutMeLoud, I mentioned a big chunk of money comes from affiliate marketing.

Getting success in affiliate marketing is not easy, but it’s not hard too. You need to be persistent, consistent and have a proper marketing plan to be successful in affiliate marketing.

For example, what affiliate products you are selecting, what medium you are using to promote it. I always select product that I use for my day-to-day blogging, and write tutorials, guides, which also helps in promoting the product I’m pitching.

We have already talked about how to start with affiliate marketing and affiliate marketing vs. AdSense before. In this guide, I will share some tricks which I follow to choose the right affiliate product to promote.

Start with Affiliate Marketplace:

The best place to start hunting for affiliate products is marketplace like Clickbank, ShareASale, Commission Junction. Now depending upon your niche, you can find best of the affiliate products to promote. For niche marketer, CJ, and Clickbank, are highly recommended.

Start joining hottest paying affiliate product in your niche from these marketplaces. Here is a screenshot of ShareASale, where I can see there top 100 affiliate programs, and join them:

Top 100 affilaite program

If you are using WordPress, you can use plugin like Gocodes to mask your links. For Webhosting niche, I would recommend you to read our earlier guide on start with WebHosting affiliates.

Join Affiliate program individually:

Most of the online products have their inhouse affiliate program. For example, Dreamhost affiliate program. All you need to do is, find the hottest selling products in your niche. For example, if you run a blog about Dogs, you can try to find an affiliate program related to dog food or dog care. Find the products that are selling such products online, and on their Website you will find the links to the affiliate program. Else you can simply google “site:domain.com affiliate”. It’s manual work, but it works in most of the cases, and eespecially when you are in a niche where it is difficult to find an affiliate product. For ex: Tattoo designs.

For example, if you run a blog about Dogs, you can try to find an affiliate program related to dog food or dog care. Find the products that are selling such products online, and on their Website you will find the links to the affiliate program.  “site:domain.com affiliate.” It’s manual work, but it works in most of the cases, and eespecially when you are in a niche where it is difficult to find an affiliate product. For ex: Tattoo designs.

You can use this Google search hack to find the affiliate program:

“site:domain.com affiliate”.

 

Or

“Product name + Affiliate Program.”

Search hack Affilaite Program

It’s manual work, but it works in most of the cases, and eespecially when you are in a niche where it is difficult to find an affiliate product. For ex: Tattoo designs.

What is Niche affiliate product?

A niche affiliate product means; product based on your blog topics and your blog readers. Suppose you write a blog on health niche, you will be promoting a product related to the niche of your blog.

My advice for you is to select the hot-selling product in your niche and start writing about it. It will help you to boost your conversion rate. The difference between successful and failed affiliate campaign is determined by its conversion rate. If you getting 100 odd clicks on your affiliate campaign but 0 or 1 conversion rate. You need to start over with your strategy.

If you getting 100 odd clicks on your affiliate campaign but 0 or 1 conversion rate. You need to work on your affiliate promotion strategy.

Now something important about selecting an affiliate product is, try before your refer. It is the most common mistake done by any blogger. I have seen blogger referring high-end products without even using it. Personally, I recommend you to not do that. Will you ever believe in any such review? At least I will not. Giving an honest review will increase your credibility and  reliability.  Now getting to the point. Now suppose you have selected a product, make sure you read its TOS,

Will you ever believe in any such review? At least I will not. Giving an honest review will increase your credibility and reliability. I suggest you to either signup for a free-trial if it’s available, or ask the product owner to give you a review piece. In worse case scenario, you can buy and use the product to come up with an excellent review.

Note: 60% of my affiliate sale comes from review & tutorial related to product.

When you signing up for any affiliate program, here are factors which you should look at:

  • Available Banners
  • Promotional matters
  • Affiliate control panel
  • Minimum Payout
  • Payment method
  • Tax form required or not

Such things will help you to decide if you are ready to promote this stuff or now. Suppose you select a seasonal product, and its minimum payout is 1000$. Are you sure, you are going to get that much conversions in that particular  season?

Bonus tip: Associating with famous brand will be added advantage to your affiliate marketing campaign.

Are you into affiliate marketing? How do you judge which product is right for your blog and which one is bad?

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  1. Amos says

    Thanks for the post.

    Am yet to monetize my website that mainly talks about 3D, solar energy and battery technologies. And to a lesser extent, on the mobile gadgets such as smartphones and tablets.

    I have been working towards getting Google adsense approval and was wondering if the affiliate marketing is the best way to go.

    What would you recommend?

  2. Harshit Singhal says

    Hey harsh I have a question.Does hostgator affiliate program really pay ?…I’ve heard it from a lot of people that it is a scam !

    • Harsh Agrawal says

      Hey Harshit
      For me it works like a charm. I have successfully generated up to 1200$ in a month with Hostgator affiliate.

      • says

        Hi Harsh! For a month I was blogging on free wordpressDOTcom now 4 days back I have purchased a domain and hosting. My question is When should I go for these affiliate marketing. ? What will be the right time. Can I join them now or have to wait for few months.
        For google adsense I will wait atleast a month
        Waiting for some suggestion.
        Thanks, stay blessed

    • says

      Hey Chethan
      I would love to, but for this I need to give you access to my wp-admin, I will try to arrange Thesis on one of my dummy blog and give you the access. though no promises. :)

  3. Sourish Nath says

    Getting the right affiliate and promoting it properly is the key.Also depends on the interests of blog readers . Bit of trial and error thing.Still learning from the process.

  4. Gabe | freebloghelp.com says

    I’ve been pretty happy with my affiliate relationships. It definitely took me a bit of trial and error but I’m settled into what I think is the best for my site currently. I primarily use Commission Junction for most of my ads.

    • says

      Gabe some how I dont had much luck with CJ, because the product which I promote , I can get affiliate sign up directly which I find much better… So in my case Its mostly direct affiliates…

  5. Dinesh says

    Affiliate marketing is tough task. if you want to make money from this you should have a really big blog.

    • says

      Dinesh its not true, many blogs with handful of readers and subscriber are making good money with affiliate marketing and another fact is you don’t really need to have a blog for affiliate marketing. :)

  6. Teen Blogger says

    Great post.

    Although i’m learning the ropes wiith affiliate marketing, i think choosing a popular product that sells is the main thing that decides your success or failure.

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