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Landing Page For Affiliate Marketing – 3 Tips That I Learned in Wealthy Affiliate

For many, creating a landing page purposely for affiliate marketing which is supposed to work like a charm is quite an insurmountable task specifically for newbies or for those who have dabbled into affiliate marketing but their customer conversion rate is not of what they have expected or nothing to none

Whatever your position is on the landing page dilemma, I would like to warn you with the ever changing Google algorithm, you would have to think carefully before you implement what I will be sharing with you below.

Now, in this article, I would like to share with you what I have learned in my favorite internet marketing training program with regards to creating a landing page.

The 3 Tips which are provided to be included within your site are:

  1. Relevant Headline Statistically, when a customer visits your landing page, they will determine whether the page is worth visiting within seconds. Do you remember the last time where you visited a site and found out that the headline is not relevant and how long were you on that site? Even, if it is relevant, how catchy the headline to your eyes plays one of the roles in making sure the customer stays a little longer till they read the contents and click through to the merchant site.
  2. Relevant Content If your content is not what customers are looking for, then will you think the customers will be any longer in your landing page though the headline is relevant. Are there sufficient relevant images, relevant products or service or relevant advertisements? Now, imagine how long will the customers be in your landing page?
  3. Simple Site Design Now, although you already know by now that Google is the number 1 main search engine (at the time of writing, the date is December 27,2009) on top of Yahoo and many others. The site design of Google is simple, relevant and functionally excellent.

Now, for your landing page, determine the:

  • Colors for site. It is recommended to choose at least 2 colors.
  • The navigation style
  • Whether to include opt-in form
  • The number and size of the images you want to put so that it would not affect the loading time of the site.

These 3 tips are what I always include into my landing page especially when I create for an affiliate marketing purpose. You can learn all the routes of affiliate marketing in Wealthy Affiliate – my favorite internet marketing training program.

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How To Work From Home: Affiliate Marketing

How to Affiliate Market

Did you know you can work from home and start a business with no money down, no employees and in your spare time? What I am going to share is a work at home business that requires no inventory, no shipping product and no marketing materials to buy. In fact, to be an affiliate with your own online business requires not much more than the computer you are already using and some elbow grease.

You will be working with some of the largest, most respected retailers in the world, not some fly by night holes in the wall that nobody has ever heard of.

Affiliate Marketing, if your not already familiar with the concept, is basically receiving a commission for getting buyer and seller together. Basically the merchant (retailer or seller) is referred to a customer from the publisher (the affiliate). When the customer purchases a product or service from the merchant the publisher gets paid a commission. Affiliate programs are typically managed by a "Network", the Google Affiliate Network being one of the largest and most popular.


Affiliate Marketing was first put into practice in 1989 by a Mr. William J Tobin, the founder of PC Flowers and Gifts. According to Wikipedia, "Launched on the Prodigy Network in 1989, PC Flowers & Gifts remained on the service until 1996. By 1993, PC Flowers & Gifts generated sales in excess of $ 6 million per year on the Prodigy service. and Gifts developed the business model of paying a commission on sales to The Prodigy network (Reference-Chicago Tribune-Oct, 4, 1995) (Ref The Sunsentinal 1991).

Making Money as an Affiliate

Most Affiliate programs pay out based on a revenue sharing or pay per sale (PPS), some payout using a cost per action (CPA) method and a small minority use a cost per click (CPC) method. By far, the PPS method which is similar to paying a commission is the most popular so let's focus on that with an example.

Making money. Let's say someone wrote a blog about cats. They love cats and put their heart and soul into their writing, and their blog, and create a good following of cat owners. Any company that sells cat food would surely love to get their product to this audience, as would pet stores, vet's or any company serving cats and the pet industry.

The blog author decides to become an affiliate and advertise pet food. Every time someone reads the blog, clicks on the pet food ad and purchases pet food from the retailer or pet food company, the blog author makes a commission. The affiliate can duplicate this with many products on their blog and across many blogs.

Another method, the CPC method is based entirely on clicks when the advertiser is not interested at all in targeting a particular audience. An example of this would be when an advertiser pays for their message being broadcast to a large group such as an email blast or tweet. I detail how to make money using a CPC method and getting paid to tweet in Make Money Tweeting.

Products Offered by Affiliates

Almost any type of product you can think of is available to make a commission on as an affiliate. Automotive accessories, books, computers, phones, clothes, music, food, wheelchairs, just about anything. About the only things I have not seen being made available are those types of goods that require licensing to sell, such as real estate, stocks and things of that nature.

Big Name Retailers

Many of the most well know companies pay affiliates to drive traffic and sales to their e-commerce sites. Companies we all buy from everyday such as:

  • Amazon
  • Best Buy
  • eBay
  • Sears
  • Staples
  • Target
  • The Home Depot
  • Toys R Us
  • Walmart
  • Walgreens

In fact if you've ever clicked on a product when reading a blog you may have been directed to a retailer. If you were chances are that was Affiliate Marketing at work.

Basically the prospective customer is routed to the retailer's e-commerce site to transact the sale. This means the seller handles the entire process; credit card processing, order confirmation, shipping, returns, any complaints, everything. The affiliate simply makes the introduction and once the sale was transacted gets paid a commission according to the Network terms.

Become an Affiliate Marketer

Step 1. – Select

To become and Affiliate contact the merchant or retailer directly or join an Affiliate Network. In my experience joining networks are free. (I am involved with a few on the list below and have never paid a penny to join.) The Network acts like the intermediary between the merchant (seller) and you, the publisher.

The advantage of working with an Affiliate Network is they manage the merchants which makes it much easier for the Affiliate, and the Affiliate has a much wider range of products and services available to offer their audience, prospective customers.

Many Networks receive a percentage of the agreements you earn. This gives the Networks incentive to provide the Affiliates with tools and support to maximize sales and commissions. The more you earn the more the Network earns.

Affiliate Networks:

  • Google Affiliate Network
  • PepperJam
  • Commission Junction (CJ)
  • Clickbooth
  • Linkshare

I use Google Affiliate Network and Commission Junction and am happy with them. Also I have been an advertiser in an e-commerce company for many years and worked with a number of Affiliate Networks as the Merchant. As the Merchant Google and CJ were the best to work with and extremely interested in the Affiliates success. The had certain requirements that had to be met exactly to ensure ROI. That's not to say PepperJam, Linkshare, Clickbooth or any other are not fine networks, I just can not comment on their specifics as I do not have direct experience on a personal level.

Step 2. – Apply

Once you joined a networks (s) you select the individual companies you want to promote, and apply to be accepted. Companies like Cabela's, Office Depot, Quicken, Verizon, Discover Card, GoDaddy, and thousands upon thousands of more. Applying to the individual companies is basically reviewing their specific terms and clicking a link. If it sounds super easy it's because it is. Enough said on this it really is a no-brainer.

Step 3. – Copy and Paste

Once approved by the individual companies, the Network will supply you with links, images, banners and other similar tools you will use to advertise. You will pick those you want to use and copy and paste them onto your blog.

Step 4. – Analyze

The Networks provide you with analytics and traffic reports to analyze your performance. Consider A / B testing and other "best practices" to get the best results and make the most money. That's an entirely subject all in itself which will not be covered here.


Affiliate marketing is a great way to work from home with no money, no inventory, and no employees. As an affiliate you do not do any shipping, customer service, credit card processing. You pick you own hours to work, which products you offer and which companies you represent.

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Paid Surveys vs Affiliate Marketing

For People wishing to Make Money Online, which is better:  Paid Surveys, or Affiliate Marketing?

What are Paid Surveys?

Paid surveys are surveys that you can take online, for which a Company will pay you on average between $2 to $10 for taking – although up to $75 has been claimed when joining a focus group.  Sometimes the company does not pay out cash, but gives you the chance to win prizes instead.  In general, they can take between 5 minutes and 30+minutes to do. 

What is Affiliate Marketing?

An affiliate marketer is someone who affiliates himself with a seller and drives potential customers to that seller’s website by means of online marketing techniques.  If the seller makes a sale from that potential customer, the affiliate marketer gets a percentage of that sale as commission.  Potential earnings from affiliate marketing range from $20 – $2000+ per day. 

Which is Better for Someone Looking to Make Money?

Paid Surveys are quite simple to do, even for someone who is not totally computer literate.  This is why Paid Surveys are so attractive to most people.

Affiliate marketing can also be very easy for a beginner to do, as there are easy methods to advertise that don’t require a high computer literacy which can be utilized.  Take article writing, or blogging for example.  It takes 2 minutes to sign up for a blog or to join an online article submissions site, and then it’s just typing your recommendations (doing your marketing) from there.

The reality is that whilst Paid Surveys guarantee some money for your effort, the amount that you will “earn” is not overly much for the amount of time put in.  The biggest factor against Paid Surveys in my mind though, is that the income generated by them has a limited life.  Once you have contacted all the Companies in your list and once you have done the surveys for them, barring a few new ones they might have every now and then, you cannot expect to make that much money from them in the future.  There is no way to increase your earnings.

Becoming an Affiliate Marketer on the other hand, will enable you to build your “business” constantly.  And once you have things in place for a product, very often they can be left to run by themselves for a while, making money for you whilst you focus on a new product.  In this way you can double, triple, or quadruple your money without doubling, tripling or quadrupling your time and effort.

Another thing to be aware of with regards to Paid Surveys is that they probably won’t work for you if you are not in the US, or possibly in Europe.  The majority of companies who require surveys are in the US with a few in Europe and they therefore mostly want people from the US or Europe to do their surveys.  So even if a Survey product says that you can make money wherever you are, I wouldn’t advise this to a non-US citizen.  There may be a few companies who want international people, but they will be the minority.

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How to Set Up an Affiliate Marketing Program – Small Business Guide

If you are not currently doing affiliate marketing then you are really missing a trick.

Affiliate marketing evolved from the simple concept that if another website sends you a visitor and that person becomes a customer of yours then you should say thanks to the other website by giving them a small piece of the pie.

Affiliate marketing has now become a lot more complex but the basics are still the same. You want as many sites as possible to be shouting about you to their visitors so that they come and see your wares, and then in return you pay a suitable reward to that site based on your business profitability and margins.

In this article I will go through a few of the things that a newcomer should consider when setting up an affiliate marketing programme:

1) The best commission/reward structure for your business

2) The best network/s to work with based on their affiliate base e.g. the kinds of affiliates that are with them and that they tend to attract.

3) How to get visibility on the key affiliates websites and with the affiliate network.

4) Working on new promotions and incentive schemes to motivate affiliates to promote you rather than your competitors.

Deciding on an affiliate reward structure for your business The first thing to look at is your new customer recruitment costs, e.g. If over one month you spend £5000 on marketing and you recruit 100 new customers then your new customer recruitment cost is £50. Cross reference this with your customer lifetime value(if you know it) to work out how much commission you can pay your affiliates.

A Basic explanation of how you could calculate this is as follows: The customer lifetime value will be the average top line profit that each customer brings you over their lifetime.

To calculate a customers life time value the best way maybe to take a group of customers that you recruited within a months date range and to track their spend over a few years, you will lose some of these customers, but others you will maintain so you need to have a good sample size for the calculation to be worthy.


1000 customers recruited in June 2008.

  • Over the following 2 years they spent an accumulative 1,000,000GBP therefore you have a customer lifetime value of 1000GBP
  • BUT
  • Cost of goods sold were 700,000GBP
  • Business fixed costs were 100,000GBP
  • Variable business costs were 80,000GBP

Therefore a total profit for these 1000 customers of 120,000GBP over 2 years, and a per customer profit of 120GBP/customer.

This is obviously a very rough fag packet example but it is worth doing this exercise so that you can then determine the profitability of all of your marketing channels through looking at what their cost per new business customer acquired is and comparing it to the customer lifetime value.

Anyway, to keep from steering too wide form the point of the post… From this figure you can then determine how much you are willing to spend per customer on your affiliate marketing.

You now know that if you spend 120GBP per customer acquisition then you will break even on that customer so if you build in that you want to make 50% profit and spend 50% of the customer value then you can spend 60GBP per customer acquired.

Now, if you work out the average number of orders of those 1000 customers over the 2 years then you will know your average order size through dividing total revenue by total orders.

Say for example that the average number of orders was 4 then you will have an average order size of 250GBP.

So based on this if you can spend 60GBP per new customer order then your commission level for “new” customers can be just under 25%.

However, not all orders are from “new” customers so you could do one of 2 things:

1) Decide to average out commission across all sales by saying that every 1 in 4 customers is new therefore you can pay 6% commission overall

2) Decide to have a higher level of commission on new business orders and a lower level on other orders e.g. 10% and 5% respectively (although you will need to have the backend website functionality available to track different customer segments).

As well as the cost to the end affiliate you will need to figure in a network cost. As a basic guide this is about 25-35% of the commission paid to the affiliates. Therefore if you pay affiliates £1000/month then you will also need to pay your network a fee of around £300/month so this needs to be factored in when determining commission levels.

Always set your commission levels slightly lower than you can afford so that you have the option of increasing commissions for seasonal promotions and for giving high performing affiliates added incentives etc.

What is the best affiliate network for me? The amount that the affiliate networks are willing to disclose to you will depend on your skills as a negotiator and also the potential size of your business for the affiliate networks.

Approach all of the big networks – Tradedoubler, Buyat, Linkshare, Commission Junction, Affiliate Future and Clickbank, explain that you are going to be setting up an affiliate marketing program and that you want as much information as possible on why you should go with them.

Ask them:

  • How many affiliates drove a sale for them last month?
  • So that you can compare their size and reach with others
  • How many affiliates are promoting merchants in your industry?
  • So that you can see their reach in your vertical
  • How much revenue did they drive for your entire industry last month?
  • To judge the level of bottom line success in your vertical. You should also look (if possible) at the % breakdown of the revenue by affiliate e.g. what % of revenue is made up by the top 5 affiliates? Is there a lot of long tail/small affiliate opportunity?
  • How many new affiliates did they recruit last month?
  • To judge how actively they are growing and how proactive they are.
  • How many new merchants did they recruit last month?
  • Ditto, are they an arrogant and lazy network?
  • How many merchants from your industry are with them? (good to go with the bulk as there will be a good affiiate base ready to promote you if they are already promoting your competitors).
  • Who are the biggest 5 affiliates working with them?
  • Who are the biggest 5 affiliates with them for your industry?
  • How much commission will they charge on sales?
  • Can they run multiple commission rates?
  • Can they do lead generation on a fee per lead basis?
  • What does their management fee include? How much support and help can you expect from them with affiliate recruitment/reporting/problem shooting/industry updates?
  • What technology do they offer that is unique to them?

If you can get a fair bit of detail on all of these questions then you should be in a good position to approach the negotiating stage and play them off against each other. Obviously the amount of leverage you have and how far you can go will largely depend on the size of your business and what kind of revenue you will bring the affiliate networks. Make the networks excited about your marketing and growth plans. Explain your past performance and what your plans are for the next year – if they see you as an expanding and growing brand then they will stretch further to meet your needs.

By the time you have got to this stage you will have your preferences, go with the data, the best deal and your gut feel. If you like and get on with the people on a genuine level and trust that they will take your business seriously and will spend time promoting you then go with them, but only if the commercials and their business proposition stack up too. Getting visibility with the key affiliates for your market Once you have your account set up and you are ready to go the first thing to do is to put together a target list of affiliates that you want promoting you. Rank the affiliates on the list by potential and then work with the networks on getting the best real estate possible on the affiliates sites.

Get the affiliate network to give you a list of every affiliate who has driven a sale for any competitor of yours (that is in their network) within the past 6 months. Ask the affiliate network to rank the affiliates in order of revenue driven (obviously without the sensitive data) if they mess up and give you the sensitive data (unlikely) then all the better. Put together a promotional plan for the first 3 months and make sure that your offers blow the competition out of the water. Affiliates are businesses in their own right so are just interested in promoting the merchant who can earn them the most cash, so if you give them a better % commission and your conversion rate is as good as your competitors or better then you will quickly win them over. Check out the top affiliates EPC (earnings per click). You then need to work out how you can give them the opportunity to earn over this with you – basically calculate: (site conversion rate x (commission rate per sale X Average order size).

Ensure that the affiliate network have agreed to give you featured merchant status for the first month and that you are featured all over their website/blog/twitter/facebook etc and emails.

Email all of the other affiliates straight away introducing yourself as their support at your company, explain your proposition, affiliate program terms (commission rate etc) and explain that you have an unbeatable offer for the first month that is going to have sky high conversion rates.

Save some fat in the promotional spend plan for the top affiliates so that you can offer them something special for a great location on their site.

Once you have the top 10 on board and are recruiting the long tail through the email then get on the phone and work your way down the list getting more and more affiliates on board, there will be many that you cannot get hold of and/or who do not reply; do not be disheartened as this is normal, affiliates are busy people. Just try to think of good ways to grab their attention and leverage all contacts at the network to aid you in getting in contact with the affiliates.

Keep in close contact with the network – let them know that you will make them work for their commission, be thankful and complimentary when they are good but beware of them being more lazy after the initial flurry – you need to hold the pace for at least the first 3 months and then it should start to get easier as you have some secure relationships that do not need too much maintenance. This applies to both affiliates and the networks.

New affiliate promotions to get the affiliates promoting you instead of your competitors This is obviously a tricky one with no clear right/wrong way. There are a few rules that I would stick to though:

Keep things fairly simple – as mentioned above affiliates are busy so if you come up with a highly complex (however fun) promotional idea they may just switch off before you sell it in to them.

Keep things fresh – do not just dole out the same old promos every month to the affiliates, there will be no real incentive for them to keep promoting you and trying new things for you if they already know how it will perform on their site.

If possible base your promotions for the top affiliates around their site and what works well for them e.g. if you sell T-shirts and cushions and one site is flying on the cushions then give them special offers around cushions.

Use the data you have after each promo – see what works for who and try to understand their site use profile so that you can meet their needs.

Show your face at affiliate events, make friends in the industry, do people favours and just generally enjoy yourself as if people see you being fun and positive socially then it will impact the business relationship you have with them.

If anyone has anything that they think could be added to this post then just let me know and I will add it in. All the best with your affiliate marketing!

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Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is one of the hottest subjects on the Internet today. Some people think that it is hard to make money this way, others say it is very easy. My opinion is that there is money to be made in almost any kind of industry. You must just find a way to simplify your work and profit more from your efforts. So, the point is to use leverage, lots and lots of leakage. Bellow I will briefly explain how to do all of this.

For those who do not know, affiliate marketing is the kind of business in which you sell other people's products and / or services in exchange for a fraction of the profits. So, if you are an affiliate you do not have to create anything. You do not have to own products or services. All you do is to advertise.

You may think that advertising is expensive. I affirm that it could be, if you choose to pay for it. In the other hand, if you choose to advertise for free and you know how to do it, it will not cost you a red cent. There are many marketing techniques out there that you can implement in your business life which will help you increase your exposure and increase your profits.

Then, how much money can you make? You can make a lot of money. The good thing about it is that you do not have to deal with anyone as an affiliate. The owners of the products do all the customer service, deal with the refunds and process the payments. As I said above, all you do is to advertise. So, you are making piles of cash from products and services that you did not create and that you do not own.

You may ask, yes but exactly how much can I earn? Some affiliate programs pay as little as just 10% of the sales price. Others pay as much as 75%. Then, imagine that you join this affiliate program which is paying you 50% for every sale you generate. If you are selling a product that is retailing for $ 50, then you will make $ 25 per sale. If you sell one hundred products in one month, you will make $ 2,500 / month.

Now, you may be thinking. . . Yeah right! I do not like to sell anything. I am not a marketer. This is not for me. Let me tell you that you are not the one who will be directly selling. The point is as I mentioned above, to use a lot of leverage. How does this work? What is leverage? Leverage is literally any system, tool or process that helps you magnify your efforts.

I explain in my book Easy Web Riches, how you can use many different techniques that allow you to profit from this business easily. Basically the point is that the Internet will take care of most of the work involved. I cover a wide variety of strategies you can use to expand your knowledge and increase your profits. By following simple rules you will see how much money you can make.

In my opinion, those who think that making money as an affiliate is hard, think so because they have not tried it yet or because they lack the knowledge necessary to succeed in this business. Once you know how to do it and how to benefit from leverage, it becomes very simple.

This is one of the easiest and fastest ways you can start earning substantial income from home. Think about it. You will not only earn automatic income, but also residual income. I mean, on this business like many others home based online businesses, you make an effort once and you profit thousands of times.

What attracts most people to affiliate marketing is that it goes to the next level of financial freedom, in which you do not only profit from products that you did not even create, but you do not have to deal with the clients either!

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A Few Basics of Affiliate Marketing

I can still hear my high school football coach repeating again and again … "Focus on the fundamentals!" This sentence rings true in most endeavors, including online affiliate marketing. If you do not address the basics, your shooting yourself in the foot right from the get go. So as not to beat around the bush … here is a very general view of the basics of affiliate marketing.

Basic No. 1

Discover what it is that people on the internet want and are looking for. If you do not do your homework first and try to market the first affiliate that you find, you are wasting your time and will only bring yourself frustration and disappointment. There are tools out there that will help you gather the information you need to research different markets.

Basic No. 2

Partner with companies that are providing the things these individuals want by becoming an affiliate.
This should not be to hard. There are many, many companies on the web that have affiliate programs. Once you sign up as an affiliate you will have the right to market that companies product (s). This can be done in multiple ways and there are many resources to learn about these.

Basic No. 3

Create a web presence that can effectively present these products to those who are looking. Possibly a website (many sources out there offering free website), a blog (again, multiple sources), among others. The important thing here is simply to have a vehicle for offering this product you've chosen, through thought and research, to the web public.

Basic No. 4

Drive those people, that are wanting and looking for what you are offering, to your website so they may encounter your offer and make a buying decision.

Basic No. 1 and Basic No. 4 are where the vast majority of people fail. By not doing their homework ahead of time, people are working hard to offer a product that might not be fulfilling any particular need of the public. And in turn by not putting the effort in and using the right strategies to drive web traffic to there offer people may be offering a great product that absolutely fills the needs of the public, but falling far short of getting enough people attention to create sales.

In the end you must put in the time and effort to educate yourself on the basics, put in some hard work, and be diligent in your business. There is an idea being propagated out there that making money on the internet is a cinch. If you are entering into your journey to make money online thinking it should be a breeze you're in for a rude awakening. It's not complicated, but that does not mean it's easy. Approach it like you would any other business, worry about acquiring the basics and the money will follow.

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3 Tips to Become a Top Internet Affiliate Marketer

Affiliate marketing can be a great way to make additional income if you have the knowledge and skill to know what to do. Here are some key tips to keep in mind if you want to become better at affiliate marketing.

1. Pick the right niche

There are any number of products or product categories you could choose to promote as an affiliate. There are two key things to remember when picking a niche.

First, it's important to pick a niche where the products have been proven to be in demand. One way to do that is to visit a digital marketplace like ClickBank to see which niches have products that are selling well. ClickBank gives you a way to do that by sorting products by popularity

Second, it's best to pick a niche that you are interested in. Marketing products as an affiliate will require you to consistently speak to your subscribers about the product you are promoting. To keep this up and to be able to be consistently enthusiastic about the products you're promoting is difficult if you're not passionate about the niche yourself.

2. Stack products with an appropriate time lag

As long as you stick to a single niche, you can choose to be an affiliate marketer for multiple products within that niche. Once you build a list of subscribers, it's important to remember that not every subscriber will respond to every product you promote. So your odds of success in converting sales opportunities go up significantly if you offer them multiple products over time.

"Sales is a numbers game" or so the cliche goes. It's important to remember that this is true even in affiliate marketing. You need to increase your odds of success by putting multiple products in front of your subscribers.

When you do promote multiple products, be sure to have a sufficient time lag – anywhere from three days to a week – before you start promoting another product. You need to make sure that you provide a slight time lag so that you do not come across as a pure product pusher. Someone who is only out to sell you stuff without actually providing you with value.

3. Communicate regularly with your subscribers and customers

Becoming a top notch affiliate marketer requires more than just selling products. It requires you to build a relationship with your audience so that you can build trust over time. So communicate with them regularly through email without trying to overtly sell them something every time. Providing some personal information about yourself can help to build trust.

If you employ these 3 tips, your odds of success as an affiliate marketing will go up significantly.

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If You Are Looking For Some Good Affiliate Marketing Tips – Read This

If you type "affiliate marketing" into your favorite search engine right now, you will be given a ton of results and information. There are many people out there who are willing to help you and offer a good tip or two.

Below are a few tips I've picked up which have helped me along while earning income in my marketing efforts. I hope you find them useful:

1. Spend time doing research by participating in related forums – Make sure you read the rules of the forum before you post. If you read the rules and signature links are allowed, then use them. Put a link back to your website or blog. This will give other people who read the forums a chance to head over to your blog and check out your site.

2. Write Articles and submit to article directories – Either write, or pay someone to write, articles about the topic related to your website or blog that your affiliate links are on. Make sure the are both informative and entertaining. This will help you to build trust with the people who visit your website. They're more likely to click on your links if you can instill confidence and trust in them. Then you can put this content on your site or blog and you can also submit them to article directories.

3. Build a mailing list – There are programs out there called auto responders. If you have one of these, you'll be able to allow people to give you their name and email address. You can send informative messages or a newsletter once in a while. Within the message you can have your affiliate links.

4. There is nothing in the Internet that can ever give you instant money or overnight success – As you can see, there is not any one particular affiliate marketing tip that's going to allow you to quit your job. If you make use of all the advice given in this article, you'll be much more likely to succeed in your goal to make money through affiliate marketing. You will have to work hard and stay focused before you can reap the financial rewards of affiliate marketing.

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Does Affiliate Marketing Make Money?

Affiliate marketing is an online business model where you, as an affiliate, earn money by promoting and selling products or services produced by another business. Some affiliates are making six figures by putting the right products in front of the right people at the right time.

Many new internet entrepreneurs jump head first into affiliate marketing because they think it’s an easy way to make money. But they soon see that is not the case.

If you want to make money from affiliate marketing, here are 7 tips to keep in mind when starting out.

1. It’s Not A Get Rich Quick Scheme

If an affiliate program guarantees overnight riches, proceed with caution. Affiliate marketing is not a get rich quick scheme. Just like any other online business, it’s a real business and needs to be run like one.

2. Keep Up To Date

Affiliate marketing can be highly competitive and things do change. Keep yourself up to date by learning as much as you can about your niche, follow the trends, and doing the work required to be successful.

3. Use Effective Affiliate Marketing Tools

Any business needs a good business plan, together with the right tools of the trade. For affiliate marketing, this includes:

  • A good blogging platform such as WordPress
  • Useful plug-ins, starting from an SEO plug-in to a broken-link checker
  • Followings learning guides and courses
  • A keyword research tool such as Market Samurai
  • An effective way of capturing leads and prospects
  • A wide range of affiliate networks to compare and contrast products
  • Affiliate tracking software

4. Communication

One of the more important aspects in business is communicating with your customer. Set up a blog and encourage comments. Also make comments on other blogs and forums that are similar to yours. This participation isn’t to always to sell anything but to find out what your future potential customers are looking for.

5. The Right Attitude

Having the right attitude is essential. If you think that you’ll only have to put in a small effort to gain the best results, then you’re going to be very disappointed. It does take time and work to generate income.

6. Be Honest

You can have the coolest marketing tools and the most expensive ads but they’ll mean nothing if you target market don’t trust you. Your audience have to know, like and trust you before they’ll consider buying from you.

7. It’s Not Just About Selling

Think of affiliate marketing as helping others to find solutions to problems that they have. This will let your efforts flow from genuineness as opposed to looking overeager in trying to make money.

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Affiliate Marketing – Website Or Not

You probably have read that you do not need a website to start learning online, there is truth in this, but in my experience a website plays a vital role in the difference between approaching hundreds a month to earning thousands a month.

Do not panic if you have no idea where or how to create a website, there are some great programs on the internet which will help you, I also supply a lot of information on my website.

You will be surprised how easy it can be to create a website with no HTML experience or any IT skills at all.
When first starting out to earn online, you will probably be hit with information overload, your email box will be jammed with all the response's you've had to all the news letters and free reports that you've signed up for.

From the start let me just say DONT give up. All online businesses need time and effort put into them at the beginning, the key is to start with one method and stick with it until your learning at least $ 50 a week, then you can go onto your next venture and so on, until your able to earn online more than you can with your day job.

Then and only then can you quit your 9 to 5 job, and put 100% into your online business. Your aim now is to have ten sites all approaching you $ 50 a week, once this has been achieved you need to start working on each sites SEO {search engine optimization} to get your websites ranking on page one of Google.

Page ranking is vital to your online business, it is the difference between a hobby learning you pennies to a full time business earning you thousands. Once your site achieves page one ranking, you will need to keep it there by adding valued content every so often.

Once you get to the stage that you have ten websites, each earning you between $ 300 to $ 500 a week, you will have two choices, no: 1 sit back and relax, no: 2 build another ten, twenty, thirty, the more sites the more you earn online, the choice is yours.

The time it takes you to get to this stage will vary on the time and effort you put in at the beginning, it could take you anything from three months to a year, before you establish yourself online.

You will hear a lot of talk online about not needing any money behind you to start your online business, in my experience this is untrue, you will need money to pay for domain names, hosting fee's and other small expense's, there are all of free advertising methods which you can earn online with, but your earnings will be small, and any money you do make from these should be plowed back into your business.

You wont need a vast amount of cash to get started but it will help if you have a couple of hundred to spare. If you are serious about online learning, there are certain programs and tools you will need to start with, these will include a website and various other tools.

There are various free tools available to you which you can use to start your campaigns and help you earn online, some of these are available on my website. When starting out I strongly recommend you do not use pay per click advertising, at least until you have done allot of research on the subject, otherwise it can be a very costly mistake.

With affiliate marketing you really can earn life changing money, although 97% of new affiliates fail to earn online, you DO NOT have to be one of them.

I've put together a list of tools, programs, and systems that are all tested and tested, each of these methods are already helping thousands of people just like you achieve there dream of working online and learning large amounts of money, with dedication and perseverance you can be one of them.

So take a look at my website and see if the information can help you.

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