The Crucial Exercise You Must Do When Launching An Affiliate Program

How To Perform a Competitive Analysis to Choose Your Affiliate Program Commission Structure

When I speak to potential new clients, a question I usually ask is what commission are you thinking about offering to your affiliates?.

These are the most common answers:

well, (COMPETITOR NAME) is offering this, so I’m planning to match that amount

My competitors don’t have affiliate programs – I’d like to offer (LOW COMMISSION AMOUNT)

My competitors offer really generous commission rates but I can’t afford to match their insane budgets. I have no idea what to offer.

On one hand, it’s great that these folks have a pulse on what their competitors are doing…

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How to Easily Edit Product Photos with PicMonkey

PicMonkey Tutorial - How To Easily Edit Product Photos

Back in the day, I created a handmade jewelry company and within a few short months, had my products in 12 retail stores across Canada. Later, I started sharing my experiences with fellow product sellers who were looking to do the exact same thing.

While the process I used is several years old, I’m positive it would still work to this day.

Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Step 1: Find retail stores – either by looking at a similar company’s list of retailers or via software (Ninja Outreach would work well for that – here’s a tutorial)
  • Step 2: Pitch them your wholesale line – back then I emailed out a Wholesale line sheet (free one below!) but a page on your website works too
  • Step 3: Receive and fulfill your Wholesale orders 🙂

Seems simple but…

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Organize and Beautify Affiliate Links with Pretty Link

Pretty Link Tutorial - How To Organize and Beautify Your Affiliate Links

If you had to guess what the most common mistake I see new affiliates make, what would you say? I bet a couple popped in your head right away, such as “being too pushy” or “not disclosing”. Those happen all the time for sure.

But in my day-to-day as an affiliate manager, the biggest, craziest and most ridiculous mistake I see bloggers making – that seriously affects their earning potential – is forgetting to use their affiliate links.

Now, you may be thinking, “Umm, Justine, why would someone NOT use their affiliate link?”. Before you fight me, hear me out.

As a blogger, you have a million things to do, right? Each week, your to do list might look something like this…

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53+ High Paying Affiliate Programs for Business Bloggers

53+ High Paying Affiliate Programs for Business Bloggers and Content Creators

I’m in awe of how many brands offer high paying affiliate programs nowadays.

When I first got started with affiliate marketing nearly a decade ago, there weren’t many top paying programs to choose from. At least not from companies I’d want to associate myself with, if you know what I mean. I eventually got approved to several programs with more attractive commission structures than programs like Amazon provided and after some experimenting, went from earning 1 or 2 digits to multiple 4 digits in a month.

What I realized back then that still rings true today is this: the energy involved in developing affiliate content and campaigns is similar no matter what the price point of your product is. That’s why I think every affiliate should have a few high paying programs in their arsenal.

As luck would have it, today’s post has over 50 for you to choose from.

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