How to Research Before Joining a Rewards Program

Written by Patricia Taylor

We've all seenrepparttar ads, forrepparttar 140851 greatest site ofrepparttar 140852 month, promising high paying emails an equally high payout and selling ads for next to nothing.

We've also all heardrepparttar 140853 adage, "If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is."

The key to joining a winning program is research. So here are some tips to assist you in making informative choices aboutrepparttar 140854 programs you join and hopefully save you some fustration inrepparttar 140855 long end.

1. Readrepparttar 140856 terms of service (TOS) and frequently asked questions (FAQs) pages ofrepparttar 140857 program so you have a definitive understanding ofrepparttar 140858 requirements prior to joining. As Pete Seeger once said, "Education is when you readrepparttar 140859 fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't."

2. Take a good look atrepparttar 140860 advertising page most notablyrepparttar 140861 pricing. Are they making a profit or grossly underselling ads? An ad special is one thing but a constant flow of 10-cent emails to all atrepparttar 140862 selling price of $1, for example, is a recipie for disaster. The bottom line is undersold ads kill a site. For more in sustainability visit:

3. Ifrepparttar 140863 site runs on CashCrusader scripts, take a look atrepparttar 140864 runner.php page (which can be found at http://www.Insert_Program_URL_Here/scripts/runner.php or for example to verify thatrepparttar 140865 commission settings match what is onrepparttar 140866 index page ofrepparttar 140867 program. Also take a look atrepparttar 140868 program's activity requirements. You'll see something like, "Must login every XX days and be at least XX% as active as your downline to get commission from downline clicks." In layman's terms what this means is you need to either login or click on a link every XX days to earn from your referrals AND you'll need to be able to click on XX% of links to earn from your downline. Links include paid links; search links; paid to click; top, middle, bottom sponsor links; site support links, contest links, limited links, targetted links, point emails, etc, etc.). The trouble is there's no way of knowing how often click counters are reset or how active referrals are or when they're clicking. A reasonable setting for this is 25%. Anything higher and you'll need to judge for yourself especially if you are from a country that isn't search engine friendly; or ifrepparttar 140869 program sends out lots of limited clicks that are expired byrepparttar 140870 time you are able to click them; or you have your account on vacation mode.

How to Write an Effective Product Review

Written by Rosalind Gardner

How do you chooserepparttar products you buy? Do you simply accept as gospel truth allrepparttar 140757 good things a merchant says about their own product? Or, do you ask your friends' opinions and look for independent product reviews before opening your wallet?

If you're a savvy consumer (which of course you are), then you put more stock in your friends' opinions and independent product reviews.

As affiliate marketers, we become much more successful when we approach our site visitors as friends and takerepparttar 140758 attitude that they too are savvy consumers.

From that standpoint, an affiliate's real work is to pre-sell our merchant partners' products by writing fair and balanced reviews, also known as endorsement letters.

Sure, writing a review for each product takes a little time and effort, but it's an activity that setsrepparttar 140759 super affiliates apart from their less-super counterparts in terms of rewards... read 'income'.

Product reviews can be either stand-alone or comparative. The first type focuses on a single product, whilerepparttar 140760 second is an evaluation of similar items that allows readers to choose which product best suits them.

Before you begin to write a product review, you'll need to evaluaterepparttar 140761 product. (Nothing like statingrepparttar 140762 obvious, eh?)

I prefer to endorse products that I've actually used. However, buying a product isn't always feasible. If that'srepparttar 140763 case, affiliate managers will often grant 'proven' super-affiliates access to products for their review. That's especially true of information products and services that are delivered online, such as internet dating services.

But what if you're not yet a super affiliate, and can't fathom a basement full of treadmills to review for your exercise site?

Well, do what your customer would do if product reviews didn't exist onrepparttar 140764 Internet - go torepparttar 140765 store and test those treadmills out!

And how do you review acne medications for your skin care site if you don't have acne? Surely, you have some friends with (previously) pimply-faced teenagers... ask them to tell you what worked for them.

If you can't find out that way, search Google for "consumer reviews" + "acne medications". Read as many as you can to come up with three to five effective products (that have affiliate programs).

Once you've collected information aboutrepparttar 140766 product, it's time to start writing that product review.

The structure for a product review is simple, containing an introduction, overview and summary.

The introduction consists of a few sentences outliningrepparttar 140767 problem and introduces a possible solution forrepparttar 140768 reader, without going into detail. The overview describesrepparttar 140769 product's promise, a description of howrepparttar 140770 product is used, as well as its effectiveness and value. The summary is almost a repeat ofrepparttar 140771 introduction, and contains a strong recommendation for purchase based on your conclusions.

To simplifyrepparttar 140772 review-writing process, I ask myselfrepparttar 140773 following questions when writing product reviews for my own affiliate sites.

1. Who is my reader and what is their problem? 2. What doesrepparttar 140774 product promise? 3. How well doesrepparttar 140775 product solverepparttar 140776 problem? What does it do? How does it work? 4. Doesrepparttar 140777 product offer good value? (Would I buy this product?)

Let's look at each question in turn.

The first question asks, "Who is my reader and what is their problem?"

If acne is your reader's problem and your site visitors are adults, you probably want to avoid terminology like 'Zap those zits!' and use more age-appropriate language.

Remember too, that 'zits' aren't reallyrepparttar 140778 problem. The real problem is how your reader feels about having pimples all over their face and how that affects their life.

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