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* You'll *know* quality of product you're selling. Offer your visitors top-quality products and you'll have a much better chance of converting them into repeat customers. That means more money in your pocket!
* You can offer a personal endorsement of product. This goes a long way, particularly with those you've developed a good working relationship with (newsletter subscribers, for example).
Now I can understand putting off purchase of an expensive, high-end product ... but if your affiliate product is only a few dollars, then why hesitate? Many people spend far more on advertising than it would cost them to purchase affiliate product.
So what can you do if you don't have much money to spare?
* Bite bullet; buy product and eat cost. If it's only a few bucks it probably won't hurt you.
* Attempt to make a few sales. Invest in product once you make enough in commissions to do so.
* Buy product, eat cost, and go for some effective no-cost advertising to offset your investment. For example, you could swap or barter for website or ezine advertising.
Can you make good money selling affiliate products without buying them yourself? Sure. No doubt there are a few people who do. But most people have trouble selling *anything* online, let alone a product they know nothing or very little about. Which path will YOU take?
Angela is the editor of Online Business Basics, a newsletter for eBusiness beginners, featuring step-by- step tutorials on how to build a money-making online business without emptying your wallet! To find out how it can save you time, money, and guesswork, visit http://www.onlinebusinessbasics.com/article.html