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The Pros and Cons of Selling Affiliate Products

Presented By: EJ Cooksey | 6/04/2009 11:10:00 PM

So you've made the big decision that you'd like to work from home and that affiliate marketing on the Internet sounds like your ideal job. The next step to making any money on the Internet is to decide what you want to do. You'd also like to start making money as soon as possible and you don't want to fork out a lot of dough to get started.

If this sounds like what you are looking for then selling affiliate products might be your answer, at least to start.

The Pros of Selling Affiliate Products:

1. You don't have to have a website:
You can buy a domain name and use it to redirect to the product producer's sales page.

2. It is easy to get started promoting:
You don't have to take the time to produce a quality product, get testimonials, get the product set up on ClickBank, or write some killer copy.

3. You don't have to wear many hats:
Your job is to promote the product through your affiliate link and that's it.

4. Promotional materials may be provided for you by the product producer: Blog posts, articles, emails, and keywords you can use.

5. It doesn't take a lot of money out of pocket to get started:
You can promote it for free by doing article marketing. You can also venture cautiously into using Pay Per Click advertising.

6. You are not involved with customer support:
The product creator is in charge of customer support, answering questions, giving refunds, etc. There's no big worries keeping you awake each night because you are not ultimately responsible for the product.

7. You can tell how well a product is selling on ClickBank:
By looking at the stats they provide, if the product's track record doesn't look good, you'll think twice about selling it and pick something else.

The Cons of Selling Affiliate Products:

1. Promoting someone else's products:
You can only make a certain percentage of the commission whereas if it were your own product, you could make 100%.

2. You have no control over the affiliate product:
It's not yours to change around, up the price, make the sales page better, etc.

3. You are not branding yourself:
Selling an affiliate product will not help you brand yourself as an expert in your field like your own product can do.

You might have lots of serious competition: If it's a product that sells well on ClickBank, other people might know how to promote products better than you. You'll need to learn the best ways to promote, and each product may require different types of promotions to effectively make sales.

5. You must follow the merchants TOS:
You need to read the terms of service of the merchant's product to make sure you are following the rules. The TOS are not the same for every product, so be diligent in reviewing them.

As with anything, there are pros and cons of becoming an affiliate marketer. If, after going over everything you decide you want to give it a try, do some further research on affiliate marketing to arm yourself with all the knowledge you need to be a success.

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