Top Affiliate Programs – The International Affiliate's Difficulties
With most top affiliate programs, the international affiliate has many hurdles to surmount. There are broadly speaking, four types of international affiliates and the first, second and third groups are luckier than the fourth group.
The first group enterprises of affiliates from "developed" countries which just happened not to be the home base of the top affiliate programs. This group clearly does not have much problems except for accessibility to benefit from some of the programs' coupons which apply to products and services that it is only practicable to buy or consume in the home base of the top affiliate programs.
Since most of the top affiliate programs originate from the United States (US), some Chinese, Japanese and sometimes sometimes European countries, can sometimes be in the first category highlighted above.
Quite often they are already "naturally" sieved from purchasing some products or services only by virtue of their location. Since there are complications and added costs involved with shipping, they actually go for downloadable products such as e-books and software as opposed to physical products.
In few instances, residents of the United States (US) are also at the receiving end of being international affiliates for few top affiliate programs which have their home countries outside the United States.
The second group enterprises of international affiliates from "less developed" or "third world countries" but who are still luckier than those in the fourth category by virtue of the favorable perception that they receive from the international community. This significant comprise of affiliates from some African and Asian countries such as South Africa.
Although they also quite often have to make do with downloadable products such as e-books, software etc and are often unable to benefit from discount coupons which are mostly practicable applicable in the home base of the top affiliate programs and its environs.
They are often excluded from some affiliate programs by virtue of their location and "status" as you often get to see that some programs are reserved for "only US and Canada citizens". To a reasonable extent, they still get to participate in most top affiliate programs.
Some international affiliates who by virtue of their ability to understand and communicate in English and / or their countries are non-English speaking, constituent the third category. These international affiliates are sometimes "naturally prevented" from participating in some top affiliate programs.
So long as they can cope with the rigors of overcoming the language barrier, they still significantly get to be accepted as affiliate marketers to the top affiliate programs. Some large programs have even gone ahead to make translations of some significant areas to major international languages for the benefit of this category of international affiliates. Nowadays, there are also various translation software which ease their challenges.
The fourth and last category comprises the international affiliates from some "developing" or "third world countries" who have a bad perception from the international community.
For this category, "the camel can pass through the needle's eye, than they can go through successfully as international affiliates"
Their travails start with the same common travails of other groups stated above but their is further accentuated by their outright ban from some lucrative top affiliate programs. They also do not have access to PayPal, the most widely accepted international payment processor online, which happens to be the exclusive processor of choice to most e-commerce market places such as ClickBank, eBay, Amazon which also happens to be the market place for most lucrative affiliate products on the web.
Some of the international affiliates in this category got what they deserve while the mass majority who are innocent however, are playing biblical Jesus by carrying the cross of the others, most unfortunately.