Many affiliates don’t pay heed to this, but the fact is and will remain that the easiest way to sell a product or service as an affiliate marketer is to actually use the product or service yourself first. There are many reasons why this is true, and it applies to all areas of Affiliate Marketing.

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First, as an affiliate marketer you have hopefully chosen a niche that you have a keen interest in yourself. Otherwise, the chances are very good that you will not be successful in affiliate marketing. If you aren’t passionate about what you are trying to sell, how can you expect your potential customers to be passionate enough to buy the product or service?

Instead, make sure that you are in a niche that is of great interest to you. When you find an affiliate product that helps your problem or fills your own desires regarding this niche, and there is an affiliate program, purchase the product or service and check it out. Then, you can notify your email list that you have personally tried the product or service, and give them an accurate review of it.

By using the product or service yourself, you will also be much more effective in your copywriting. Your ads, your sales letters, your articles, your web content, your blog posts – in fact all of your affiliate marketing promotional materials – all of it will be more effective, because you can hone in on features of the product or service that are the most beneficial, from your personal point of view.

Don’t be afraid to spend money on the products or services you plan to promote as an affiliate. If the product does what it says it will do, and you are an active affiliate marketer – as opposed to one who does little or nothing to promote a product – you will most likely recoup this expense after making a couple of sales.

If the product does not work as promised, simply request a full refund, and don’t promote it to your customer base – or to anyone else. In affiliate marketing, as in any business endeavor, always hold on to your integrity. As you build relationships with your customers, they will depend on your recommendations. Don’t lead them down a path of broken promises – successful affiliate marketing dictates that you must know your affiliate products inside out and backwards!

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Affiliate marketing success requires integrity. Have you seen Internet marketers that don’t appear to have a conscience? You most likely have. How would you feel about yourself if other people viewed you that way? It certainly wouldn’t be anything to be proud of, and it is something that you want to avoid.

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A conscientious affiliate marketer does not market affiliate products or services that essentially rip the customer off. They make sure that what they are promoting is of the highest quality, and that the company serves the customers well.

Conscientious affiliate marketers are honest and fair in all of their marketing and copywriting. They do not lead customers or potential customers to believe something that isn’t true. They do not use hype to market products. They use the facts and the true benefits of a product or service to sell it.

If you are a conscientious affiliate marketer, you will always be fair in your business dealings with others, such as joint venture agreements. You will not attempt to cheat anyone out of anything at any time. You will also be fair when dealing with affiliate managers. You want what is due to you, but you should return any overpayments that are sent to you immediately.

A conscientious affiliate marketer does not steal other people’s affiliate links. You don’t want anyone to replace your links with their own, so you shouldn’t do this to any other hard working affiliate either.

A conscientious marketer does not spam people – for any reason. They follow the rules that are set forth in the affiliate agreements and adhere to the terms and conditions for affiliates for each product or service that they sell.

Nobody ever really gets ahead by being dishonest. It may appear that they do, but that falsified success is very short lived. If you want to be successful for the long term, you must have a conscience and put your customers and their needs ahead of your needs or the company’s needs.

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If you hope to be a successful affiliate marketer, it is important that you sell what you know. This entails not only using the product or service that you hope to sell yourself, but also being passionate about the products or services you are offering, as well as the niche that those products or services fall in.

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If you hate sports, don’t try to sell sports related items. If you hate cooking, don’t try to sell cooking related items. A customer’s passion and excitement about a product comes from the excitement and passion that is portrayed in the promotional materials. You can’t pretend to have passion that you don’t have effectively enough to make a lot of sales.

So, instead of looking to see what the popular affiliate marketing niches are, think first about what interests you, as a human being. Make a list, and then look to see if anything on your list is a market that has a lot of interest.

Don’t be put off if there are a lot of affiliates advertising products or services within your niche. This only means that there is money to be made in that market, and you can get right on in there and get your share of it, if you are passionate enough about the products and services that you are selling.

The more you know about a niche, or the more interest you have in it, the better you will do in your affiliate marketing. It’s just a proven fact that you would be wise to adhere to. It is also important to try the products or services yourself, before you recommend them to others. Again, this only serves to make you a more effective affiliate marketer.

To be successful in affiliate marketing, don’t try to fool the masses. If you try to pretend to have knowledge in a niche you know nothing about, those potential customers – who are passionate about this niche – will see that, and your credibility will be ruined. Stick instead with what you are passionate about, and simply sell what you know.

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