9 Questions you should ask before affiliating with anybody
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 following 9 questions:
1. How long has 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 Internet. You want one that has been around for three to six years or more.
2. Is 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 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 company offer? If commission is less than 30%, it’s not worth your time and effort.
5. Does 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 required total for quite a while. If you don’t keep in touch with company, they will assume you have dropped out and keep your hard earned commission money.
6. Does 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 Internet to bother with one that charges. And beware of those who tell you they don’t charge you to join, but require you to buy a ”sample kit” of their products before you can sell anything.