Saturday, July 24, 2010

Risk Free Affiliate Programs


During tough economic times, we often seek ways to reduce costs and supplement our income.  However, if we're not careful, before long we've taken risks that end up costing us dearly in the long run.  I will show you some lucrative ways to avoid the traps and build your nest egg.

As a part-time entrepreneur and full-time working mom, I have tried many programs and
"careers" over the years.  You cannot imagine how many times I have reinvented myself, all in the name of survival.  You'be been there too?  At times it's easy to become discouraged, but I view these challenges and triumphs as learning experiences.  My commitment to "giving back" is to pass along useful information I have gained to save other some of the headaches I have been through.

A Few Tips About Affiliate Programs - One thing to keep in mind with any affiliate program is there are tons and tons of "business opportunties" out there - some of which are scams, and others that are simply too difficult to ever succeed in.  The last thing you want to do is spend your hard-earned money on one of these programs expecting to make a lot of money overnight and end up in more debt than you started out with.  There are, however, some legitimate affiliate programs that do pay you for your time and referrals. 

Below are some tips to keep in mind when looking for an affiliate program or business opportunity:

  1. Is the product or service something you can endorse with confidence?  Do you use it?  Would you feel comfortable recommending it to your mother, grandmother, child, etc.?  If you don't believe in it, don't try to sell it!  You could risk your own credibility by promoting a worthless piece of "ocean front property".

  2. Have you used the product or service yourself?  Is the initial investment worth your usage of the product of service?  If you can benefit from using it, then it may be worth your investment.

  3. What are the terms and cancellation policy?  Make sure you aren't getting into something long-term you cannot get out of in the event things don't work out.  Be especially aware of "auto-ship" and "auto-renew" options.  This gets many people into trouble.  Some companies have horrendous track records when it comes to dealign with customer complaints on attempts to cancel auto-ship and auto-renew subscriptions, payments, etc.

  4. How much is the initial investment?  If you are having to cut into your grocery or utility budget each month or you're thinking of taking out a loan to cover the cost, perhaps you should do some more research.  (Look for reviews and scam alerts online, check out the better business bureau for complaints, ask around.)  Is the return on investment (ROI) really that good?  Have you met or talked with others you can trust who have actually benefitted from the program and have documented evidence of their sales?  Remember the old saying, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

  5. Consider your individual budget and available time when choosing a program.  You may be able to afford more than the college kid next door, but he may have more time and energy.  Weigh the pros and cons.  What works for you may not work for someone else. 

Hopefully these tips will help you with your search for ways to cash in on others products. 
Reviews and Recommendations - Some of the programs I have used and found to be worth my time are listed below.  Some require no money down while others may require a small initial fee or a subscription to the product itself.  Good luck!

Zazzle - Custom Made T-shirts, Gifts, Novelties, Business Cards, Bumper Stickers, Mugs, etc.
No investment required.

Clickbank – Tried and true affiliate program, various products, backed by many sponsors and equipped with competitive technology.
No investment required.
Preview how clickbank may look on a site.  See, and you’ll see a section on clickbank as well as a menu of items in a box to the right.  The box has 3 tabs the viewer can navigate through, for example:  Green Products, Health & Fitness, and Software and Services.  This is just one of the ways you can display your clickbank promotional items on your website.

Brute Force SEO Software – Various products available; impressive product delivers results (same day in many cases) for promoting web sites to top of search engines with targeted key word searches; system uses article submission, RSS feeds, back links, etc.  I have tested many key word phrases and witnessed my sites move onto the 1st page of Google within hours or days.  Product lives up to its name.  Best for web techies and internet marketers who enjoy promoting websites online but can be learned and used effectively by anyone who studies the training documentation, videos, forums, etc. (all free with the product).  Some will only use it for promotion of their own site while others will use the opportunity to cash in on an unlimited host of opportunities – from providing SEO services to others for a fee to promoting the product as an affiliate to promoting other affiliate products and programs.
Free and $1.00 trials – depending on which product you try.

Brute Force EVOII – Blazing Fast Search Engine Optimization – on Autopilot
Full Suite of Tools- For serious web competitors, get the complete package.  Highly recommended for any business with a small advertising budget in a very competitive market.

Linking Loophole Module – Use Backlinks to Rank up to page 1 in Google in record time
Take the 5-day trial for only a buck!  Then only $39.50/mo. 

Bad Ass RSS Feeds – Really Simple Key to Driving More Traffic to Your Site

Social Media Automation – Automated Twitter Traffic & Secrets to Success

Affiliate Program – Paypal Affiliate Program Pays Instantly