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9 Questions You Should Ask Before
You Affiliate With Anybody
by Nancy Casseur
Becoming an affiliate with an established company is an
excellent way for a new Internet entrepreneur to learn
about online business and build an income for his own
business. But do not join just any company.
Perform what is termed due diligence first.
Investigate each company thoroughly by asking the following
1. How long has the company been established? A brand
new company, no matter how good it sounds, has not had
time to prove itself. Many new companies do not last a
year on the Internet. You want one that has been around
for three to six years or more.
2. Is the company a one-person operation or a real company
with real employees, and real products? Some one-person
companies are highly successful, but rarely do they have
successful affiliate programs. You will be better off
going with a large fully established company.
3. What kind of products does the company offer for affiliates
to sell? Products should be easy to sell, known, high
quality, and reasonably priced. A diversity of products
helps, too. The company might have one terrific product,
but once you sell this product to someone, what will you
use as a follow-up to that same customer?
4. What amount of commission does the company offer? If
the commission is less than 30%, its not worth your
time and effort.
5. Does the company have a scheduled time when they pay
commissions or do they insist you must accumulate a certain
amount before they will pay? Watch out for this. Sometimes
with an accumulation policy you might not reach the required
total for quite a while. If you dont keep in touch
with the company, they will assume you have dropped out
and keep your hard earned commission money.
6. Does the company charge a fee of some sort to become
an affiliate? Some companies charge you to sell their
products. In all cases where a company asks for a fee
to join them, forget it. There are too many legitimate
no fee to join companies on the Internet to
bother with one that charges. And beware of those who
tell you they dont charge you to join, but require
you to buy a sample kit of their products
before you can sell anything.
7. What kind of training does the company offer? No training
program drop them. A good training program should
include all the necessary information to guide you and
instruct you how to sell the available products. And the
training should cost you nothing. When a large company
hires a salesman, do they charge him to train him to sell
8. Does the company provide a means for advancement? There
are lots of companies on the Internet with affiliate offers
who pay a decent commission, but that is as far as they
go. What you really should look for is a company with
an affiliate program that allows you to advance in the
company and rewards you for good work with bonuses or
other forms of recognition.
9. Does the company provide its contact information onsite?
Reliable, successful companies have no qualms about showing
all their contact information, including email address,
company address, phone number, and the name of a person
You might think of a few other questions you want to ask
a company you are interested in joining, but the above
are the most important basic questions that should always
be answered before you decide to go with a particular
company and affiliate program.
About the Author
About the author: Nancy Casseur is a Team Leader with
Strong Future International Marketing Group. SFI is considered
to have the largest and most successful affiliate company
in the world. You can contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org for
more information about SFI Marketing Group. She is also
the Webmaster of New Business Site Info at www.newsiteinfo.net,
a site that teaches new Internet businessmen or women
how to get started.