Starting up anything you’ve never done before in your life can be risky.

That’s the way life is, though.

Full of risks.

Starting an online business is the same thing.

Risky.

The low-risk way to start a business online is to search, find and promote a product that is in demand AND that has a good affiliate program.

I’d like to give you five things to look for when you are doing your research on a good affiliate program AND a product that is in demand.

I’ll cover the first topic here, and then give you the second one in Part 2.

Point 1. Look for a Company and Product that have a “Proof of Earnings Track Record”

Even though you get paid commissions for promoting a product, if the company isn’t sound, you’re building an online business on sand.

No company = no product.

In fact, that’s why many people are skeptical about starting an online business as an affiliate.

They are afraid of being scammed by a “fly by night” website that has no track record.

The very first thing you need to consider is how long the company has been in business, how many people have earned money, how much has been paid out and how often.

How long has the company been in business?
A genuine company will have at least a 5-year track record behind it. Why five years?

80% of companies fail within the first five years. So, getting involved with a startup company is very risky.
• It could be gone tomorrow.
• It might not have the finances to keep going.
• It might not have tested products in the marketplace.

After five years, a company that is thriving should have solved those obstacles and more.

If you join a struggling company, you are going to struggle too.

That’s now what you want – your time is too valuable.

So, look for a company with longevity.

How often (and when) do you get paid?
You want to find a company that pays commissions to you on a consistent, regular basis.

Not when they think about it; not when they have money left over.

You still have to do the work of promoting the products and encourage sales, but you want to get paid when those sales are made.

You want a consistent schedule, somewhat like a payday, that you know when payments are made.

Good affiliate programs will pay commissions once a month.

The best companies pay twice a month (unless you are a “super affiliate” and can negotiate a weekly wire transfer.’)

The lesson is – get paid for the promotion that you do, on a regular basis.

Who is earning commissions and how much are they earning?
Many vendors create an affiliate program as an afterthought.

The extra sales they make from affiliates is fine because they didn’t have to spend money to promote their products.

But those vendors don’t pay much, and only a few affiliates ever make enough money to break even.

The very best companies pay out small and large commissions to their affiliates, depending on the amount of the final sale.

The very best companies that offer an income opportunity like this make it possible for anyone who does the work to earn those sizable commissions.

When a company has paid out millions of dollars to affiliates, that’s an excellent track record.

When people from different countries, like the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, Asia, and a few dozen other countries can earn income with its system, that’s a good track record.

So, there are the questions to ask about a company’s track record:
1. Longevity
2. When you get paid
3. How much you get paid

Best,

– Dave Pipitone

P.S.

In Part 2 of this series, I’ll cover what you need to look for in marketing and sales support.

In affiliate marketing, products don’t sell themselves. People sell products. But with the best programs, you don’t need to sell. You need to promote. There is a difference – and I’ll show you want to look for.

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