How To Become A
A lot of people think they can just post
an affiliate banner on their site and whammo! They'll earn
thousands of dollars! Well, it doesn't work that way. There
are certain steps that you need to take and rules that you need to follow
if you really want to maximize your affiliate sales.......
affiliate products and services that relate to the theme of your site: If it doesn't, you will actually end up
damaging your credibility and decreasing your sales! Find
out what your target market is looking for and then choose affiliate
products that meet their needs while complementing the theme of your
- Avoid falling victim to the "Flea
Market Syndrome": This is truly the biggest mistake that
affiliates make. It's absolutely critical that you con't allow
Affiliate Programs to clutter up your main site or the main goal of
your site. Your site will end up looking like a giant flea
market! If you promote too many Affiliate Programs on your site,
you'll end up confusing your visitors because your website will lack
focus. Remember to stay targeted!
If you really
want to maximize your affiliate sales and income, then you need to
work at it.......and test everything! This is where Real Time
statistics that the Affiliate Program should be providing you with
will come in handy. Test different affiliate banner ads and text
links......try putting them in different spots. Try writing an
article, or adding a personal referral. There are many different
promotions you can test. While this might seem like a lot of
work, it's definitely worth the time and effort.
- Drive targeted traffic to your web
site: The fact of the matter is, to make money with an
Affiliate Program, you'll need to "play the numbers
game". Here's why...... For every 100 or 20 people
who visit your web site, only 1 to 20 people will click through your
affiliate link. Out of every 100 people who actually click
through your affiliate link only .5% to 1% will buy. Now, that
means that for every 100 to 200 visitors you send them, one or two
people will purchase. So it's a numbers game. You need
to be driving a ton of traffic to your web site.....and you need to
maximize the number of people who click through your affiliate links.
- Use personal
endorsements and testimonials: Personal endorsements
and testimonials are a powerful way to capitalize on the relationship
that you've already developed with your customers and
subscribers. You've established yourself as a reputable,
credible person with a considerable amount of expertise in your area
of interest. So when you personally recommend a product or
service to them that is not your own, they will regard your
"friendly advice" as a favour rather than a cash grab.
By writing a simple letter of recommendation like this, you can
increase the response you receive by 400% or more! This is a really,
really easy way to increase your affiliate commissions.
- Promote your
affiliate products and services to your newsletter subscribers:
If you have a list of newsletter subscribers that you've been
regularly mailing and e-zine or newsletter to, then you are in the
perfect position to promote affiliate products. These people
love to hear from you! If you've spent time establishing your
credibility and developing a rapport with them, then when you
recommend a product or service, generally speaking the response you
receive is going to be very, very high!
- Don't spam!:
One myth that just won't go away, is that you can make thousands and
thousands of dollars by joining Affiliate Programs, purchasing lists
of millions of e-mail addresses, then spamming these people with your
promotions. This does NOT work! In fact, this is
the absolute worst way you could ever promote an affiliate
product. Here's why........ The people you're email have zero
interest in what you're selling....... These people have no
idea who you are, so why would they believe anything you
say?........Most Affiliate Programs strictly forbid spamming -
if you're caught, you'll forfeit all your commissions and be
expelled. On top of that, you'll ruin your reputation as an
honest, credible business person and will lose your Internet
connection. Don't do it!! You won't get rich quick by
(Excerpts from "The Internet Marketing
Centre - Marketing Tips Newsletter)
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