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    Arrow 2-10% sales commission - is it really worthwhile?
    The sites i am affiliated to pay a CPA ranging 50 up to to $150. Some others offer a revenue share model that goes from 25 up to 45%. I am ok with this and the business goes, ok.

    I was just wondering if it’s worth to put so much effort (because an affiliate site means a lot of work) on companies that offer something like a 5% commision on sales. I mean, how many impressions do you need to make a $100? Where is the difference – do you catch every bird that visits your website? Seems like a real challange to me.

    Excuse my ignorance, I am just so curious.

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    My biggest performers are merchants that pay 1-5%. But they are usually x,xxx sales x 20+times per day ( and they pretty much found me instead of me looking for them)

    Otherwise, look for the merchants paying a decent commision if you can. (depending on your niche of course)

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    Quote Originally Posted by simcat
    My biggest performers are merchants that pay 1-5%. But they are usually x,xxx sales x 20+times per day ( and they pretty much found me instead of me looking for them)

    Otherwise, look for the merchants paying a decent commision if you can. (depending on your niche of course)
    well, that says a lot - but is it like 1-5% on a $100 sale or on product/service the costs 5-$20?

    Of course, everything depends on the niche we talk about.
    i dont make 20+ sales for an affiliate/day, for instance....i wished i would.
    Last edited by swedish_girl; February 19th, 2007 at 07:07 AM. Reason: typo

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    1-5% on sales. Stuff where you have to pay 4 figures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simcat
    1-5% on sales. Stuff where you have to pay 4 figures.

    WOW!!!!!
    You are a rich man ...and i am such a newbie! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by swedish_girl
    WOW!!!!!
    You are a rich man ...and i am such a newbie! LOL
    Not by a long shot. My successes are sporadic at best.

    Hoping though!

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    Anni, everyone's recipe for success is different. You may want to check out the Credit Card space if you are looking for bigger commissions. The average commission in that space is pretty high ($50 - $100+).

    Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Tabasso
    Anni, everyone's recipe for success is different. You may want to check out the Credit Card space if you are looking for bigger commissions. The average commission in that space is pretty high ($50 - $100+).

    Good Luck!
    Thanks Mike.
    I do only gambling - this is in the family (not as gamblers but industry professionals) and ilove it - wouldnt change it for the world .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Tabasso
    Anni, everyone's recipe for success is different. You may want to check out the Credit Card space if you are looking for bigger commissions. The average commission in that space is pretty high ($50 - $100+).

    Good Luck!
    Everytime I do credit cards it seems like I get an e-mail every other day saying to change the links and offers on my site.

    You end up spending all of your time working on changing your credit card links at the expense of being able to work on your other sites and merchants.

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    You should probably be looking at converstion rate and not commission level. If there is a product out there that pays at 1%, but you know you've got the expertise to sell a ton of them, you'll probably make more money than with a product that pays 50% but you have no idea how to sell it.

    Find something you know a lot about and sell that. Don't hop into something you know nothing about just for the commission. Remember, you only get paid if the traffic converts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BurgerBoy
    Everytime I do credit cards it seems like I get an e-mail every other day saying to change the links and offers on my site.

    You end up spending all of your time working on changing your credit card links at the expense of being able to work on your other sites and merchants.
    BurgerBoy, there is no question that the Compliance for credit cards can be time consuming. Some issuers are much worse than others. I can be an extremely lucrative business, though.

    Anni, my apologies. For some reason I thought you were trying to get out of gambling and find something to replace it.

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    I agree that the conversion rate is much more important than the commission that is offered. I would much rather sell a lot of something at a smaller commission level than very few of a product at a slightly higher commission.

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    Depends on what your bottom line is. Sometimes 60% aint good enough, sometimes 2% is.

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    5% of $12000 sale is much better than 20% of $5. Depends on the product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by womanht
    5% of $12000 sale is much better than 20% of $5. Depends on the product.

    how often do you sell it - thats the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swedish_girl
    how often do you sell it - thats the point.
    depending on the niche that you are in and also the vertical.

    If I run a site that gives information about high end servers, $12,000 is just an average size order for a server. That being said, you need to be highly specialize in your field + eleborate site

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