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Affiliate Marketing Offers to Avoid

Quick, hide your money. The following affiliate offers may look promising, but they’ll only cost you in the long run…and the short run. Actually, they’ll just flat-out cost you.


  • Why they look great - Who doesn’t have a cell phone these days? Ringtone offers pay well, and they generally convert after the sucker, ah, lead, submits their phone number. Add that to the fact that practically every teenager these days owns a cell phone, doesn’t have to pay the bill, and absolutely has to have their favorite song as their ringtone, and you have a veritable goldmine just waiting to be tapped.
  • Why you shouldn’t bother - One word: Shoemoney. From what I understand, the man owns the ringtone market, and he’s made a fortune off of it. His budget can and will eat yours for breakfast, and because of that, his ads will run yours off the front page, most likely down to somewhere around page 57.

Free iPod/Xbox 360/Electronic Gizmo

  • Why it looks great - They generally convert on an email submit. Easy, right? Besides, who doesn’t want a free expensive gadget?
  • Why you shouldn’t bother - People are stupid, but they’re not that stupid. Much like what happened with the Nigerian bank scams of the late 90s, people are slowly becoming aware that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Besides, marketing them directly as free whatervers is ridiculously expensive. You’d be better off finding some clever affiliate marketing scheme to get them to convert.

Anything with a conversion payout over $20

  • Why it looks great - Big money!
  • Why you shouldn’t bother - This one only applies to affiliate marketing newbies, like me. If you’re like me, you simply don’t have the budget to promote offers like this. Your competitors in the PPC world, who most likely have much more experience than you, may have some insanely high conversion rate (let’s say 30%, just for kicks). At that rate, they can pay a whopping $5 per click, blowing your tiny budget out of the water. Start small and work your way up to that, or rely on organic traffic instead of PPC.

Apple Store/Dell

  • Why they look great - Everybody needs computers, right? At 1-2% commission, you’d be making a decent amount per sale.
  • Why you shouldn’t bother - Going through your landing page is just one more step that consumers don’t want to deal with. After all, they can go straight to the manufacturer’s site and buy directly through them. Unless you have some gimmick or are making good use of their affiliate coupons, you won’t stand a chance.

On a more positive note

I can’t be negative all the time, so here are some offers that might possibly make you money:

  • The Perfect Pushup (home workout device)
  • Proactiv (acne treatment)
  • Swivel Sweeper (vacuum thing. I have one, it’s pretty handy on kitchen floors)

What do these three things have in common? They have current, active TV campaigns. Most people watch TV, so most people are aware of these products at some level. Someone else’s advertising dollars have made them aware of the product, so where are they going to go for more information? The Internet, of course. Find a way to use that to your advantage.

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One Response to “Affiliate Marketing Offers to Avoid”

  1. Tevin Anderson Says:

    I think you’re right in telling people to avoid ringtones. But I don’t think your reasoning is correct. I don’t think Shoe does a ton of PPC marketing, his ringtone site NextPimp ranks in the dough. He may do some PPC, but I think a better reason to stay away from the Ringtone market is it’s SATURATED.

    Tons of affiliates are in it, driving up the bids like nuts.

    And “free stuff” I would have agreed with you, but I just talked with a guy yesterday that recently set up a campaign for “free stuff” (won’t give away the niche) and it was his first profitable PPC campaign. I saw it and it was overly simple! I was amazed.

    So I think, that sometimes there are no “right” answers. You’re just gonna have to test and see what works for you.

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