Friday, February 09, 2007

3 SureFire Ways To Turbo-Charge Your Affiliate Commissions

by Darren Goh

The world of affiliate marketing offers many exciting opportunities to boost your income. It is the “lazy man” approach to making money online. However if you do nothing more than just signing up for a hoplink and doing up a simple referral sales page, you may just be sitting out on the huge potential that affiliate marketing offers you.

Here are 3 surefire methods to turbo-charge your affiliate program commissions.

1. Identify the best program and products to promote

Obviously, you would want to promote a program that will enable you to achieve the greatest profits in the shortest possible time.

There are several factors to consider in selecting such a program. Choose the ones that have :
• a generous commission structure
• products that fit in with your target audience
• a solid track record of paying their affiliate easily and on time.

And if you cannot seem to increase your earnings after a while, dump that program and move on to the next one and keep looking out for better ones. There are thousands of affiliate programs online which gives you the reason to be picky. You need to pick the best to maximize your advertising dollars.

Write free reports or short ebooks to distribute from your site. With good programs you can be almost certain you are competing with many other affiliates that are promoting the same program. If you start writing short reports related to the product you are promoting, you will be able to distinguish yourself from the other affiliates.

In the reports, provide some valuable information for free. If possible, add some recommendations about the products. With ebooks, you get credibility. Customers will discern that quality you produce and be enticed to give you a trial.

2. Collect and save the email addresses of those who download your free ebooks

It is a known fact that people do not make a purchase on the first solicitation. You may want to send out your message more than six times to make a sale.

This is the simple reason why you should collect the contact information of those who downloaded your reports and ebooks. You can make follow-ups on these contacts to remind them of the need for purchase.

Get the contact information of a prospect before sending them to the vendor’s website. Keep in mind that you are providing free advertisement for the product owners. You get paid only when you make a sale. If you send prospects directly to the vendors, chances are they would be lost to you forever.

But when you get their names, you can always send other marketing messages to them later and earn an ongoing commission instead of a one-time sale.

Publish an online newsletter or Ezine. It is always best to recommend a product to someone you know than to sell to a stranger. This is the purpose of publishing your own newsletter. This also allows you to develop a relationship based on trust with your subscribers.

Newsletter is a smart strategy that interplays on your customers’ need for good quality information and your need for sales. It is subtle-selling without a sales pitch! If you continue to write informative editorials you will be able to build a sense of reciprocity with your readers that may lead them to support you by buying your products.

3. Ask for higher than normal commission from merchants

If you are already successful with a particular program, you should try and approach the merchant and negotiate a higher percentage commission for your sales.

If the merchant is smart, he or she will likely grant your request rather than lose a valuable asset. Keep in mind that you are a zero-risk investment to your merchant; so do not be shy about requesting for additional commissions. Just try and be reasonable about it.

Write strong pay Per-Click-Click ads. PPC search engine is the most effective means of advertising online. As an affiliate, you can make a small income just by managing PPC campaigns such as Google AdWords and Overture. Then you should try and monitor them to see which ads are more effective and which ones to get rid of.

Try out these strategies and see the difference it can make to your commission checks overnight! Good luck to your internet marketing venture.

Additional Resource

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© Copyright 2007 Darren Goh

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