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7:26 pm on Mar 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I am a newbie to the affiliate marketing space. I've applied for a few affiliate marketing programs but have generally not been accepted. Usually told that my *experience* is not enough to qualify for the program.

For all the affiliate experts out there, my question is, how do I jump start into this space.
- what is needed to be viewed attractive for affiliate programs?
- what are good conversion rates for affiliate marketing pages?

any other tips would help. i have quite a bit of experience in the SEM space with high quality and conversion on campaigns from the major search engines.

thanks everyone!

12:41 am on Mar 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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What kind of affiliate marketing programs are you talking about? Can you detail a bit more, because the point of launching affiliate marketing program is to get as many affiliates as possible.

You said that you have some experience in SEM, the best you can do to be viewed as attractive is to have a high traffic site in the related niche of the programs you plan to join.

A good conversion rate is whatever makes you enough money in the end, no? After all, like in SEM, it's about the quality of your traffic and how targeted are your visitors when they land on your affiliate page.

Anyway, the best advice I can give you is to build your own website if it's not done yet!

Good Luck Shadowofdefeat.

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4:46 am on Mar 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Where are you located? Do you have a site that is up and running that has similar content to the products you want to promote? Your experience shouldn't matter, but if you don't have a site related to the products you want to sell and/or if you are not in the U.S., then you will probably be denied.

There is so much fraud going on in the affiliate space now that you really need to verify and prove yourself before you will get accepted.

8:23 pm on Mar 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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if you are not in the U.S., then you will probably be denied

True. I'm out USA and have some sites working fine and tried affiliates but had nothing. Some wont even let me complete the registration process, one lead me to a link where nothing happens.

Another took me to the inventory of ads and promotions where I can only apply for very bad quality stuff... It seems being outside USA was the issue.

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It's true- many companies that have affiliate programs focus on only shipping domestically to the U.S. So they are not interested in sites targeting non-U.S. customers- it's simply not their market.

- what is needed to be viewed attractive for affiliate programs?

- good traffic ("good" is very subjective and defined by each company, but I'd generally say that if you're only getting a few dozen visitors/day, most will not be interested in your site)
- good content (and preferably relevant to the companies- if you have a travel-related web site, you probably won't have much luck with companies selling clothes or automotive parts)

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