If you find yourself asking “Why are my affiliate marketing efforts not working?” you aren’t alone. Anyone can make an affiliate marketing program work and become successful at it but there are several things that you need to make sure of to be able to find success.

Your affiliate marketing efforts are going to need a program which allows you to be promoting something that you are interested in. With affiliate marketing you must concentrate on products that are high quality and target a growing market.

Finally, make sure your affiliate marketing efforts are also going to be well rewarded when you make a sale. Affiliate marketing takes actual effort to be successful. Don’t waste your time promoting products with low commission rates.

In order for your affiliate marketing business to be successful, especially if you are relatively new to affiliate marketing, you need to be promoting something that you have an interest in. It helps if you are passionate about it or at least coming with a good background in the field pertaining to the product or service. The reason is, you are going to have to find some way to connect with those who would be interested.

To be credible and effective, you are going to have to know what those interested in it are really wanting to know. If it is something you are interested in you are going to know all the right answers. You are going to know who, what, where, when, why, and how. You know the questions to ask, and you know what answers are going to give them confidence. You also know how to look for what really works.

With affiliate marketing you will want to be promoting something that is a high quality product or service. First it will help you feel good about what you are doing in offering the people who need this something that will actually help. This limits refunds and makes for happy customers which is good because you do want to have them returning to you for more recommendations. Once they know that you are going to be pointing them towards something that they can trust, they will look for your guidance more often. Look for products and services that have favorable testimonials. Sharing these will help bring added credibility.


The good affiliate marketing program that will help you be successful will be one that caters to growing markets. Find a wave and ride it. Just try to find a wave that isn’t dissipating. Look at the things that you are most interested in and see which one has the largest number of people interested in it. Be on the lookout for markets that are expanding.

Most affiliate networks have some sort of listing of their top sellers giving you invaluable insights about the number of people promoting the product, conversion rate, and refund rate. Don’t just blindly promote the products selling the most units. Look at the total picture

Speaking of conversion rates…

A product with a high conversion rate can make the difference between a single sale, and multiple sales for the same amount of work. Look for products that convert at 10% or above with refunds in the 1-5% range to maximize your results.

Also make sure that the compensation will be worth your affiliate marketing efforts. You may often end up put a lot of energy and time and maybe even some good money into promoting the product or service. If a product doesn’t pay out a good commission, it may not be worth  the effort required to promote it. Finding something that is really going to reward your affiliate marketing efforts will make you want to work harder.

Pay attention to those things, and affiliate marketing success will be yours.