Knowing the difference between traditional affiliate marketing and high-ticket affiliate marketing can drastically increase your income.

One of the disadvantages of traditional affiliate marketing is that you only get paid on front-end sales. Front-end sales are usually low-ticket items.

For example, if you refer a customer and they buy a $100 product, depending on which site you sent them to, your commissions will be anywhere from 2-50%. In rare cases, some programs will offer you more on front-end sales, but for the sake of this example let’s go by what the majority of programs offer, which is usually 2-50%. This would translate to $2-$50 in commission.

When you start marketing online, you’ll quickly realize that it actually costs money to drive traffic to your pages. You’ll have to either pay money to advertise or pay with your time by creating content to attract visitors to your offers. Making low-ticket commissions isn’t going to cut it for you unless you’re selling in huge volumes.

Adding high-ticket products to your portfolio can increase your commissions. For example, if you’re referring your customers to a product that costs $2,000 and you’re getting 50% commissions, then you’ll get paid $1,000 if a sale takes place. Nice!

Higher commissions mean you don’t need as many sales to make a comfortable income from your business each month.

How It Works?

Very few people buy high-ticket products online right away. Usually they want to sample a free product or a low-ticket item to test if they like the quality or not.

To get access to high-ticket affiliate commissions, you need to find companies that lock the customer to you with a lifelong cookie. This means that they will share the commissions with you on all future sales from the customers you referred.

Make sure to read the terms and conditions of any affiliate program you use to find out how long they will honor your referrals.

Of course not everyone will buy subsequent products, but chances are if someone is interested in the front-end product from a company, they’ll also be interested in other products in the same category… if not now, maybe in the future.

Having multiple solutions with progressively increased prices and benefits is often referred to as a Tiered Product Mix.

Why You Need A Tiered Product Mix

Think of Apple. People who bought the iPod when it first came out soon found a need to change their phones to an iPhone. They might even decide to switch from a PC to a Mac. Why? Because they had a chance to test a lower ticket item from Apple and liked the quality. Now it’s easier for them to come back and check out what else Apple has to offer. The fact that the products work seamlessly with each other makes it even more tempting for them to always buy from the same company.

This is the power of building a long-term relationship with a customer; something high-ticket affiliate marketing can offer you.

To tap into high-ticket affiliate marketing programs, you might have to pay a membership fee or a licensing agreement with a vendor. In return for your investment and dedication to their products, they’ll unlock your access to high-ticket commissions. Otherwise they are really under no obligation to share the commissions with you.

How To Succeed With High Ticket Affiliate Marketing

To succeed with affiliate marketing and make a business-level income rather than earning like a commissioned sales person, you’ll need a few things:

  1. Build your own email list of followers and customers, and build a strong relationship with them.
  2. Tap into monthly membership programs that pay out reoccurring commissions.
  3. Tap into high-ticket affiliate marketing programs that tag a customer to you for life. When “your” tagged customer buys something from the same company in the future, you’ll continue to earn commissions on the sales.

All three items above require that you invest in an email automation system and learn how to generate leads and build a relationship with them. They also require that you join the programs you want to promote or pay membership fees that allows you tap into the reoccurring and higher commissions. Otherwise the companies really have no obligation to pay you for any repeat or subsequent sales.

Is This a Scam?

The unexpected costs of High-Ticket Affiliate Marketing programs are why some people start flagging them as scams, and begin to question why they should be active members in order to receive the back-end and reoccurring commissions.

But think about it. If you used a car salesman to help you with a car purchase and they got a commission on the sale, does that mean that they should get commissions on any future cars you buy even if they were not working for that dealership anymore?

Of course not!

But if they were still working at the same dealership and you visited that location several years down the line and bought another car from them, then they’ll get the commission.

It’s the same online. These companies are sharing the repeat and reoccurring commissions with you as a reward for your loyalty to their company by keeping your membership active. They’re under no legal obligation to pay you any future commissions. They are using this setup as an incentive to keep you as a member and encourage you to recommend their products and services to new clients.

If you have your own products that you want affiliates to promote on your behalf, you’ll also have to start thinking of ways to incentivize them to keep promoting, or they won’t. Paying affiliates a portion of the commissions for sales they generate is more cost effective than paying for advertising and other promotional methods that might or might not bring in sales.

Passive and Residual Income

High-ticket affiliate marketing can also be a great source of passive and residual income.

Services that are billed monthly, can provide you with ongoing commissions long after the initial sale takes place. That's called residual income.

Companies that lock the customer to you can provide you with passive income. As your leads make future purchases, you'll still get part of the commission.

When done right, affiliate marketing can be a great addition to your multiple streams of online income.

The best products to represent are the ones that fit your brand story and provide solutions for the problems you want to solve in the industry.

So the BIG question here is… what problems do you want to solve?