There is an absolute plethora of Affiliate Marketing Programs on the Internet, but which one should a Newbie choose? The most important rule would be to stay away from anything that needs to be paid for! After all, you're going to be doing all the work! Next would be to be very wary of any system that promises instant riches, at the push of a button and get paid while you sleep! Many experts would point to niche-products or services, but from my experience, there really is no such thing. And you can be quite certain that anyone promising you the niches, is taking you for a ride.
Then there are the multitude of websites offering free advice in various ways and forms on how to get started. While there many that are truly helpful, there are equally many, if not more, that are basically only out to get your email address, so stay away from those. You should not need to sign up for anything to get the information you need and can get without doing so. For example, one which I found useful (apart from mine http://www.internetadvisor.weebly.com/) is www.freeaffiliatemarketingtipsandtools.com/ mainly because it shows you a lot of good and free stuff.
My suggestion at which product or service to choose would be to concentrate on things that everyday people need and buy all the time, instead of wasting your time looking for niche products.
I think we have to consider that more and more people around the world do their shopping online. Why? Because today's consumers basically already know what they want, so they scour the Internet for the best deals. The market for that is estimated to reach about $ 150 Billion in 2012. For that you could sign up as an affiliate to retailers like Amazon and Wal-Mart, etc. I mention these two because they are the biggest. Obviously Amazon is the leader with more than $ 43 Billion in sales from selling more than 300,000 products every single day! Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the world, with more than $ 440 Billion in sales! Can anyone tell me why they would rather be looking for niche products?
Now it gets even better. Despite the wide array of products that the retailers I referred to and many others offer, many of them do not include services, or only to a limited extent. So, while you sign up with these retailers one-by-one and promote them and their products one-by-one, wouldn't it make more sense to sign up for a program that includes all the products of Amazon and Wal-Mart in addition to many other services? As I said before, most online shoppers already know what they want to buy and are looking for the best price for them. Have a look at this video.
So wouldn't it make more sense to sign up for ASN? I think it's about the smartest way to tap into a huge market! And it can be done from anywhere and just like signing up with any of the retailers, it is free!
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment, or even better, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will revert as quickly as possible.