Thursday, June 28, 2007

Affiliate Marketing Tips - Squidoo Explained

by Simon Akers

There are many ways of generating profits as an affiliate but the latest strategy involves using a website called Squidoo which has been attracting attention recently as it can easily be used to achieve top rankings for competitive keywords in a variety of niche markets.

Unlike many other websites, Squidoo allows you to promote products as an affiliate in a variety of different ways and there is no limit to how many pages you can create. One reason why it has become so popular is because its search engine friendly so if you create keyword rich quality content you will rank on the first page of the search engine results pages even for competitive keywords.

The process involves setting up a free account and using the simple four step process to create your own lens (web page) which will be hosted on their website. The first step is where you choose a title for your lens which should contain the keyword you want to target, the second step is where you decide to pre populate your lens or design it yourself, the third step is where you choose the link for your lens which should be a keyword phrase and you also need to select a category as well as the rating, and the fourth step is where you tag your lens with related keyword phrases.

Before you create your lens you first need to decide which market you want to target and then find a suitable product which you can promote as an affiliate. For best results you also need to find a few long tail keyword phrases that have less competition as it will be far easier and quicker to achieve top rankings (and the traffic will be more responsive).

Then you need to create your lens and you can do this by adding relevant modules. When you are setting up your lens its best to choose the option "I just want to do my own thing" on step two because you will start with a blank template and you can build your lens exactly how you want it by adding the modules that you need.

Here are a few modules that you can add to your lens:

1. Write module. This is the module that you can use to add content to your lens in the form of articles, tutorials, reviews, testimonials, etc... It allows you to use HTML code to hyperlink text or images with your affiliate links in order to promote products and earn commissions from visitors to your lens.

2. Poll module. This is the module that you can use to create an interactive poll which is very useful for finding out what your target market thinks and wants. It allows you to use HTML code to hyperlink text so if you ask visitors what their favourite product is and they click on the text you will earn a commission if they purchase it.

3. Link module. This is the module that you can use to create a list of links and explain in more detail what each website is about and how it will benefit the visitor. If you choose the Plexo option it will allow visitors to vote for which link is the most relevant with the best listed at the top (which effectively shows you the most popular product).

There are many other modules which you can add to your lens such as the Amazon module or Ebay module which you can use to display related products and share the profits with Squidoo, the You Tube module which you can use to insert videos, the RSS module which you can use to put fresh content on your page, the Guest Book module which you can use to allow other members to leave their comments, and many other different modules which you can use.

Every lens that you create will automatically have an introduction as the first module which you can use to welcome visitors to your page and explain in more detail what you have to offer. The next module which you should add is the Poll module so that you can interact with visitors and keep them interested. This should be followed up with a Write module so that you can add an article related to the topic of your lens.

You can then add any other modules which you want on your page and you can decide in which order they should appear such as a video related to your article, followed by more content, then a list of relevant links, and comments from other members at the bottom. You can also place related products from Amazon in between each module to earn more commissions.

Every lens that you create will automatically have Google Adsense ads displayed on it and you will share the profits with Squidoo just like the Amazon module and Ebay module. If you create dozens of lenses in many different niche markets using long tail keyword phrases your earnings will quickly increase.

You can easily create many different lenses by using private label articles and breaking up the content using multiple Write modules. You can then link all of your lenses together in a chain and encourage each reader to visit the next one for more information.

Another great feature on Squidoo is the top 100 rankings page which lists the lenses that generate the most traffic which is extremely useful if you want to see examples and learn how to create a successful lens and how to optimise it for best results.

If you find another lens that is related to yours and its generating a lot of traffic there is a quick way that you can piggy back on their success. All you have to do is find a successful lens that is related to yours which has the Guest Book module. This module allows visitors to leave comments and feedback about the lens and it also allows you to include a link.

A link from a successful lens which is related to yours will not only pass on some of the traffic, it will also pass on some of the page rank to your lens which will boost your rankings in the search engines. This is a quick and easy way to start generating traffic with your lens.

If you use blogs, forums, or article directories you can link to your lens to help generate more traffic and improve your rankings on Squidoo and in the search engines. If you don't currently have a website and you are using your lens as your home page you should send as much traffic as you can to it.

As well as this you can also add a subscription form to your lens using IFRAME code if you want to collect leads and start building your own opt in list. Again, this is extremely useful if you don't have your own website yet and you want to have your own home page on Squidoo for free.

As more people realise the power of Squidoo its becoming increasingly popular especially with internet marketers. If you want to take advantage of this opportunity you need to create a free account and capture as many keyword phrases as you can before they are taken.

About the Author

This article was written by Simon Akers who is the editor of the Marketing Oasis newsletter, a free internet marketing ezine packed with tips to help you succeed and increase your profits: http://www.MarketingOasis.com

A Short Guide To Affiliate Marketing And Residual Income

by David Sharp

If you are wanting to make money working from home then an affiliate program that combines a residual income opportunity is probably the best way forward for you.

But first we have to ask "what is affiliate marketing?"

Well one of the easiest ways to make money online is to sell other peoples products or services in return for a commission. When you do this you become an affiliate for that person or company, this is what is known as affiliate marketing.

The commission rates for the products you promote vary according to what type of product you are selling. For instance if you are selling digital products, by this we mean anything that can downloaded off the internet onto a computer, can be as much as 50% up to 80%. On the other hand if you are selling a physical product that requires packing and shipping then the commissions are much lower around 4% to 10%. This lower rate is due to the fact that the merchant has much higher overheads due to all this extra work.

In view of the big difference in commissions it makes sense to concentrate on digital products when promoting other peoples products, although a mixture of both types of products would seem to be a good mix.

What is residual income?

When you make a sale of a product, whether it be digital or physical that is always cause for a celebration. However, when you've sold it, that's it, and you have to start over and sell to someone else. On the other hand, if you sold something that entailed a monthly subscription you could keep getting commissions for months or even years in the future, just on that one sale. This is what is known as residual income.

A good example of a residual income program is website hosting, when people buy a website they usually keep it hosted for a number of years and this can give you a regular monthly, quarterly or annual income. Other examples are membership sites and even online book clubs.

About the Author

To find the best home based business ideas and opportunities so you can make money working from home visit: DaveSharpMarketing.com

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Affiliate Marketing and The Disabled

When I moved close to Fargo, ND in 2003 I needed a way to earn a living. I learned about affiliate marketing from my landlord and friend. I have multiple sclerosis which isn't getting any better. I'd been married to a woman from North Dakota for 9 years and we had a son. When we divorced she moved back home and my son went with her. It didn't really matter to me where I lived because I had quit my cell phone sales job at the end of 2002 and my health was getting worse. I had very few ties left with the Minneapolis area. All of my friends had gotten married or moved away and had lives of their own.

I didn't want my son growing up without me so I moved to ND in September of 2003. Now, I'm 20 minutes from where my son lives and I can see him 2 or 3 times per week. In the past year I've really learned what it means to be disabled. I can barely walk and I need my electric scooter 100% of the time when I go outside. I rely on my walker for balance and help with my walking indoors.

My landlord and friend in ND was a former employee of Microsoft in Fargo. He's the person that first told me about affiliate marketing. In 2004 I started learning slowly about affiliate marketing, google, adsense, gurus and home based businesses. I signed up to be an affiliate for about 20 products. However, I still had rental houses in Minneapolis so I was spending a lot of time managing them from 250 miles away. It wasn't until mid 2006 that my plate had cleared enough so I could start seriously looking at affiliate marketing as a way to make a living. The thing I learned quickly is that 20 products is way too many to manage. I would suggest 2 or 3. That is a manageable amount.

I would be the first to admit that I struggled with affiliate marketing so I became discouraged. I have cognitive problems with my MS and it seems when things get confusing or hard to comprehend it's easier to just quit or run the other way! When I first started affiliating I was trying to understand mailing lists, autoresponders, sales letters, article writing and everything else. My brain was overloaded! Then I found Plug In Profits! It seemed like everything fell into place. That is a great product and I highly recommend it to anyone! That link is listed below in the resource box.

Two good things that I did do in 2005 and 2006 concerning affiliate marketing were these. First, I built a website called Disabiz. The word Disabiz is short for disabled businesses. With the social security system up in the air I thought it would be a good idea to show other disabled people how to make money on the internet. The second good thing I did during those two years was write an e-book. It chronicles my life and how it has changed in the past 16 years since my diagnosis. It's called I'll Run Again In Heaven and details my life from college until the present. I finished my e-book in the spring 2007 and I'm now selling it online.

I've listed 4 affiliate products on Disabiz that I really like and they will make some money for anyone. They are all under $100 to start. On my website I also talk about ezine article writing, places to advertise your affiliate products, my MS and I also have an excerpt from my ebook there. So all in all I'm very pleased with affiliate marketing. I think if my MS progresses like it has been I feel confident that I can still earn a decent living working from home.

Jon L. Wegner lives close to Fargo, ND after being a lifelong Minnesotan. He's disabled with multiple sclerosis. Jon is making a living on the internet. You can find his website and e-book at http://www.disabiz.com His top affiliate program is at http://www.scooterjon.com/pips.html If you'd like to get on Jon's newsletter list you can go to http://www.disabiz.com/home/runinheaven.php

Affiliate Marketing - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Way To Make Money Online

Affiliate Marketing holds the greatest potential to make money online, however, it is also the trickiest segment to master. By far the best way to conduct affiliate marketing is with a Web Site.

Affiliate Marketing is simply being paid to advertise and get customers to visit and hopefully purchase, sign up or perform some worthwhile action on a sellers website. There are literally thousands of sellers for which you can advertise in every sector of commerce. Such a diverse client base also means a diverse payment structure , everything from a penny per click to hundreds of dollars per sale.

The actual process of tracking affiliate leads is a complex one and therefore most companies usually use a third party to handle the tracking and payments. There are many such marketing companies, but some of the best are undoubtedly

Commision Junction and LinkShare.com
These two are by no means the only marketing companies (see below), however they carry more common household brands like Walmart, Staples, HP etc.

These are a few of the others, some support links for email marketing: Clickbank, excellent starting point for new or email publishers. Affiliate Future, ClixGalore, ROI Rocket, Ideal Revenue

To find out if your favorite store or website has an affiliate program, simply google their name followed by "affiliate program" below, this usually confirms if they operate a scheme and through whom.

So how does it work?

This is the real beauty of these third party marketing companies, they actually provide you with a choice of banners or links to add to your site, the code for these includes all of your tracking information, so that when a customers accesses their site via your site and buys something, you get paid a commission. Once your commissions reach a certain level, you receive a cheque.

Affiliate Marketing: The hard bit...

If you have already signed up with any of the above services, chances are that you will now have a few hundred links. This is the biggest mistake made by most affiliate marketers. The trick to successful affiliate marketing is "QUALITY NOT QUANTITY!". Your aim is after all to firstly get people to

visit your site
Find something useful on your site
Buy it!
& Come back again!

This is a hard lesson to learn, but an incredibly valuable one (Trust US on this one!). To see various examples of how to implement affialiate programs visit our site at http://www.21stcs.ca.

So, that's what you need to do , how do you do it?

Just as in "Real Life", there is no magic formula that can make someone buy something from you, however, there is lots you can do to improve your chances Sell what you know and know what you sell : It is a lot easier to endorse something that you actually enjoy, so for instance, if you like golf, make a website for the golfer with product comparisons, news and of course links all targeted to golf.

Focus: Once you decide on a chosen area stick with it, it's very easy to drift and start putting in links to vaguely related products ... DON'T, if this starts to happen, design another site to accomodate these new products or services.

Content: Remember, "QUALITY not QUANTITY", ensure that your site has some worthwhile content, these days this doen't even have to be yours, look into RSS feeds. This will enure not only happy customers who will return but happy search engines too. Check out the vendor: If you're serious and follw the first two steps, you'll probably have something that looks and feels the way you want it, make sure that the links meet the same standards.

Go forth and multiply...Once you have one successful site, pick a new topic and do it all again ... and again ... and again! - Quality IN Quantity!

That is it in a nutshell, What links you use and how you use them, is down to you. There is actually one other thing that you will need to succeed ...Patience! These are not get rich quick schemes (although they can be), but if you take your time and follow these guidelines, you never know, you just might make some money!

This article was written by Mark Macfarlane of http://www.21stcs.ca or 21st Century Solutions. Mark spent many years trying different things to try to make money online. Eventually, he gave up and got a real job. Now by working at it only part time, he has finally started to create some revenue. Good Luck

Unmastering Affiliate Tactics- How I Unlearned What the Experts Taught Me

It started innocently enough. I dived into the world of affiliate sales because I was looking for some extra income to support my other, non-income generating, websites. There was no aspiration to make thousands a day, or find the ultimate wealth system. So when my friend told me that he had the perfect system for my relatively low ambitions, it seemed like a reasonable proposition.

He said, "Open up a Google Adwords account and a Clickbank account and carefully craft ads pointing to Clickbank products." He went further and handed me a campaign, product, keywords, bids and ad variations, that he had used himself successfully.

While I generated sales running his campaign, I never made a profit or came close to breaking even. At that point, I went in search of better information.

If you are diligent, there are any number of products right on Clickbank that will offer you the perfect affiliate strategy. The problem is, they inherently appeal to your greed, offer a lot of verbiage for minimal content, and let's face it, there is a lot of conflicting advice to be found. So I decided right away on a few tactics. 1) I was not going to spend $47, $97, or $147 for how-to e-books with master resell rights. 2) I was going to sign up for every free newsletter from their squeeze pages and read through their e-mail newsletters to divine whatever I could divine about affiliate strategy.

It proved to be an enlightening mission, even if my yahoo account now gets a solid forty e-mails a day from marketers. But for all the months I spent reading up on the tactics for driving traffic, making conversions and exploiting Adwords, it reached the point where I was aware of so many divergent possibilities that I couldn't sort through it all. And I still wasn't earning any profit.

So I decided I had to unmaster everything I had learned from the experts and start from scratch. Here's what I untaught myself.

1) Adwords can drive conversions
There is a notion out there that if you're creative enough, you can identify keywords with marginal advertiser competition but high search volume. But this strategy completely ignores the entire problem with pay-per-click advertising, which is that more clicks does not equal more sales conversions.

There is a critical mass, especially with products with master resell rights, that means your competition is trying just as hard as you to find creative ways to advertise. Your only solution with Adwords then is to be at the top of the search results, which is expensive if you intend to pay for it, and no more directed at bringing in quality traffic than creative search terms.

2) I can write an e-book myself, and probably should
Just about every marketer will tell you to sell your own product, but that is the most unnecessary and unjustifiable advice they can offer for two reasons. For one, it's never simply as easy as taking what you know about something and trying to write a convincing and worthwhile book. Just like someone can't build you a website and expect you to know how to generate sales from it. I have seen a few of these offers to create your very own sales portal but it is just a website with links to products. You still have to find some way to not only drive traffic to that webpage, but convince people to buy from that webpage.

But more importantly, the truth is that most niche e-books don't sell in overwhelming quantities. Because unless you're writing about something that a lot of people are interested in, there won't be an enormous rush to read it, much less buy it from you or your affiliates.

3) Traffic equals sales, just play the percentages
Banner swaps, pop-ups, pop-unders and other traffic generators all sound very enticing for encouraging people to your sales page because you figure if you swirl enough traffic through your url, you are bound to make a reasonable percentage of sales just on the sheer volume of visitors.

But this completely conflicts with the underlying structure of the internet. People search for a specific subject, keyword or answer to a question. Once that need is satisfied, they're done surfing. So if that is the case, why on earth would your invest in random, purposeless traffic just in order to make your visitor statistics look good. That kind of traffic is rarely profitable.

Through all of this unlearning though, I'm like you, I don't necessarily know what the correct answer is. But knowing that affiliate sales takes a lot of determination and experimentation, and a heck of a lot of patience, to have any quantifiable success means I can't rely solely on the advice the experts want to sell me. Knowing what not to do doesn't seem to hurt either.


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Andrew Marx writes about how to successfully unmaster your affiliate techniques. He stays tapped into the industry with affiliate alerts.
He created his very own sales portal on the web just to see what it would look like.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Four Sure Win Way to Increase Affiliate Revenue

If you'd like to increase your long-term affiliate income then I think you'll enjoy this article. It can sometimes get overwhelming when you're trying to build a profitable online business no matter how much experience you have.

Most affiliates are continously searching for more effective methods to maximize their income. That's why I am going to outline the most effective methods that super affiliates are using to market their products.

1.) Create a Minisite.

Yes, a minisite! It's a simple website that pre-sells the product. You might think this is redundant since there is a main site that says everything anyway, but trust me this works. The other MAJOR advantage is it also allows you to collect an opt-in before the person exits from your site. Good affiliates use this as an opportunity to follow up with these people who have expressed an interest in their products

2.) Write YOUR PERSONAL ENDORSEMENT!

On this site, don't talk about how great the product is. Charles "Tremendous" Jones said, "Never give a point without a story and never tell a story without a point." You see, people want to know how it worked for you and how it may work for them. So by hearing your story, they begin to visualize and relate to your situation. Both increase your odds of them buying the product.

3.) Create a Mailing list!

Yes, I know this sounds like a lot of work, but in this case, a little bit of extra effort can pay dividends many times. Creating your own mailing list is an investment for today, tomorrow and every other day that follows. It gives you control and maximizes every effort you put forth in promoting any product because now you have an opportunity to communicate with these people over and over. Instead of always relying on new people clicking on your links you now have an opportunity to sell more products to the same people who have already expressed an interest. It's much more effective and the sales process is actually easier in the long-run. So take a few minutes and think of something you can offer them in exchange for their Name and Email Address. Here are some quick ideas...Free Report - it could outline advanced strategies when using the product. A Demonstration Video - this gives people a "behind-the-scenes" look before they buy.

4.) Follow-up With Your Prospects.

This is all handled by an autoresponder anyway so as soon as you do it once, you can then forget about it. The easiest way to create a dynamite follow-up sequence is to just reiterate the main points expressed on the salesletter. It's fast, it's easy and it's effective. Just make sure to always include your affiliate link in every message!

What you need to know here is how to create a squeeze page (miniset that people can opt-in by providing email, name and contact no.) If you know basic html programming, you can use Microsoft Frontpage or use a free editor like Morzilla to create your miniset or another free software PageBreeze that functions like Frontpage.

You need to get a domain name which is akin to traditional business address. You need to get a web host to host your web which is akin to renting a location for your traditional business. You need an autoresponder to capture your opt-ins and a automatic email manager to send out emails to your opt-in regularly.

Marsden is an avid network and affiliate marketer specialising in Personal Development. Indulge and Enrich yourself with his Free Exposed Secrets to making unstoppable cash online even you have not made a single cents before and FREE E-book on "THINK AND GROW RICH" by Napoleon Hill. Enjoy reading and all the best to you.

Secrets to Affiliate Millionaires - 15 Quick Steps to Super Affiliate Entrepreneur in Any Market!

Within this article, you will discover and learn steps-by-steps instruction of how to become a super affiliate marketing entrepreneur and earn top affiliate commission in any market. Prior to start the following steps, you should get better understand of what the passionate is or what you are interested in. With the passionate, you will be motivated, determined, grown and success in any market, in affiliate marketing business.

1. Learn About Affiliate Marketing.
The first step for new affiliate marketing entrepreneurs is to learn about the affiliate marketing business. Obviously, it is a great idea to learn everything you have to know for starting, building, running and growing your online affiliate marketing business. There are many sources about affiliate marketing business on the internet.

2. Choose Information Affiliate Products.
The easiest way to start your own affiliate marketing business is to promote the information affiliate products. There is no doubt that internet users are always looking for information to solve their problem. Also, those users or customers can use those information products instantly. Affiliate marketing entrepreneurs do not concern with the shipping and inventory as well. Thus, the highest recommendation is to start marketing and advertising those information products. Also, the Clickbank marketplace is a great place to start your own affiliate business. There are a lot of information products in the Clickbank marketplace.

3. Protect Your Affiliate Commission.
Many studies reveal that it is an absolutely great idea to protect your affiliate commission. There are many affiliate links protection software on the internet. You have to find one of them to hide and protect your affiliate links and commission respectively. Also, some affiliate software can help you track the affiliate clicks. It is a great idea to get those tools to help you to protect the affiliate commission and track the affiliate clicks at the same time.

4. Choose the Email Auto-responder.
Most successful and super affiliate marketing entrepreneurs are using the email auto-responder software to automate their email promotion marketing and back-end selling process. Thus, if you are truly serious about the affiliate marketing business, there is no doubt that the email auto-responder software is a must. There are many auto-responder tools on the internet. You can choose one of them to help you automate the email promotion marketing and back-end selling process. Aweber software is one of the best email auto-responder tools in the industry.

5. Create Your Affiliate Marketing Plan.
Once you setup completely those stuffs, you have to plan for how to advertise and market those information affiliate products on the internet. Without planning, you will waste your time and will lose easily your focus. Many studies reveal that most successful affiliate marketing entrepreneurs have their own affiliate marketing business plan to help them market and advertise the affiliate products.

6. Generate Your Own Keywords.
Researching keywords has proven that it is the most significant step in the affiliate marketing business. You have to brainstorm and generate a massive list of niche keywords. With those keywords, the opportunities to earn more affiliate commission through multiple marketing channels, like search engine optimization, pay per click online advertising and article marketing, are opened. Also, WordTracker is one of the best keyword search tools where you can start generating niche keywords.

7. Sign up Pay Per Click Search Engine.
Pay per click (PPC) online advertising is one of the most effective ways to drive quality traffic and earn more affiliate commission. Also, you can use those PPC search engines to test your own keywords in order to discover your own high performance keywords for your affiliate business. Google Adwords, Overture and MSNAdCenter are three search engines where you can start your own PPC campaigns. Once you sign up those search engines, you can start building and managing your own PPC campaigns.

8. Write Your Own Articles and Submit Articles.
The article marketing has been proven that it is the best affiliate marketing strategy to drive quality traffic and build the reputation, reliability and creditability. With the professional quality articles, you will grab the readers' attention and gain their trustworthy. All you have to do to maximize the power of article is to write your own original articles and submit those articles to the article directories.

9. Write Your Own Press Release.
The press release marketing is similar to the article marketing, but the different point is all about how to write the proper press release. This step is one of the most effective strategies to drive more traffic to your affiliate website. With the proper strategies on press release, there is a lot of traffic coming to your website. Also, there are many press release directories on the internet where you can submit your own press release.

10. Conduct Viral Reports.
Conducting special reports is one of the best ways to spread out your affiliate business to the world. You can use those reports to build your online email list. Also, you can give away those reports to build up your reputation and creditability in the market.

11. Place Online Classified Ads.
The next step for affiliate marketing entrepreneurs is to place online classified ads to the classified ads directories. There are many directories where you can submit your own online classified ads. With the proper classified ads, the opportunities to boost skyrocket the affiliate commission are increased.

12. Consider to Create Review Site.
It is obvious that affiliate marketing business is the content-driven online business. It is a great idea to consider creating a review site to boost your affiliate sales and commission. Many studies reveal that you should review and compare 3-10 affiliate products in your review site at a time.

13. Create Your Own Blog.
Blogging online is the most popular and fastest marketing strategies on the internet. Obviously, you should setup your own blog to reach wider range of customers. There are many types of blogs online now. You can start with the free blogging platform, like Blogger. You can also apply new technologies like RSS, Social Bookmarking and Podcasting, to help you to reach wider range of potential customers.

14. Participant in Forums and Social Networking Site.
Using forums and social networking sites to promote your affiliate marketing online business is a great idea. The highest recommendation is to build the relationship with those members in the active forums, rather than sale pitch. The key to your success in this step is to be socialized with those members, rather than selling products to them.

15. Repeat Step #1 - #14 for Other Markets.
The major benefit of being an affiliate marketing entrepreneurs is that you can promote multiple affiliate products in many markets at the same time. To become a super affiliate marketing entrepreneur, it is a great idea to diversify and expand the markets. You can advertise and promote other markets and products with those above steps to earn more money on the internet.

Final thoughts, you have learnt steps-by-steps of how to become a super affiliate marketing entrepreneurs in any market. With those steps, you will get better understand of how you can market and advertise the information affiliate products to maximize the profits online. However, the highest recommendation for new affiliate marketing entrepreneurs is that they should not give up too quickly. Becoming a super affiliate marketing entrepreneur requires the consistency, patient, determination and strategic.

About The Author
Siripong R. or zMillionDollars is a recognized authority on the subject of building success and profitable affiliate marketing business. His website, www.zMillionDollars.com, provides a wealth of informative articles and resources on everything you'll ever need to know about affiliate marketing business. Grab free special reports at: www.zMillionDollars.com/free-report.


Friday, June 22, 2007

Critical Steps to Online Success-Step by Step Plan-How to Find and Register for Affiliate Programs

As I said in an earlier article, starting with an "Affiliate Network" is an easy way to get started as an affiliate. You first need to register with each of the networks you choose.

The largest are:

Commission Junction: http://cj.com/

Linkshare: http://linkshare.com/

Performics: http://performics.com/

Click Bank: http://clickbank.com/index.html

What are the actual Steps to get started as an affiliate?

Let's look at one program that's really easy and is also a superb "How To" manual on Affiliate Marketing: Rosalind Gardner's "Super Affiliate Handbook"

Go to this site to work through this example with me.

http://www.super-affiliate-plan.com

Just copy and paste the link above into your browser and it will take you to the Super Affiliate Sales Page.

Once there you will see a navigation bar across the top which says:

Home | Order Now! | Make Money

If you click on "Make Money" you will be taken to the "Affiliates Page" where you have the opportunity to join this program as an affiliate.

But before you do that you need to sign up and get your "Click Bank" account opened and you will find a link to do this as you scroll down the page. Once you have a "Clickbank Nickname" you enter your nickname and generate your affiliate promotions link.

You then create a sales page for this program, put the included "HTML Code" on your page, insert your "affiliate promotions link" and you're set to go as an affiliate

Now, if you just want to register with "Clickbank" straight away, here's how you register:

You open their site at http://www.clickbank.com/index.html and click on the "Become an Affiliate" link, which you will find in the left hand column. You then click on "Sign up" and fill in the simple form and "voila" you're a registered member.

At the top of the page you'll see the Navigation Bar.

Home | Sign Up | Marketplace | My Account

Click on My Account and enter the Member's zone.

Once again go to the Nav Bar and click "Marketplace" and your ready to start looking around and choosing some programs to work with.

Keep on winning

Regards

Jim

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Should You Combine Drop Shipping With Affiliate Products On Your Site?

Believe it or not, this is a more common question that I am asked from people who are brand new to Internet business. I have tested both ways, talked to a lot of people and have come to a few conclusions with this question, so it will not be an easy "yes or no" answer.

However, most of the time I will answer this question - No, it is usually not a good idea to combine affiliate products on a drop ship site. Mainly because the profit on affiliate products are so low compared to the money you can make actually selling the product from a supplier.

Reasons Why Not To:

* Profit Potential - You can make more money selling the product from a supplier.

* Shopping Cart Confusion - What happens when someone gets done adding some of your product (that you do dropship) that is built into the shopping cart, and they want to add the product that is an affiliate? It could cause some major shopping cart headaches for users, and confuse them, and they will probably just end up leaving for another site.

* De-Value Your Site - There are a lot of smart shoppers these days who know what ads and affiliates are. If they feel you are trying to do anything other then sell the your "main" products they may wonder about the validity of your site. You do not want to scare people away.

* Navigates People Away From Your Site - Lets say you have an Amazon affiliate product on your site that you are making 3-5% on, and the item that was clicked on (which takes them off your site) was only a 5 dollar item. Is it worth losing the customer over a few cents commission?

Reasons Why You Might:

* Can't Find A Product Supplier - If you have searched high and low, and can't find a supplier, but the affiliate product goes perfect with other things you are selling, then it might be a good idea to have it on your site.

* Amazon Product Review Pages - People are always looking for reviews of products, and lots done by other users of the sites they are familiar with. You can create pages inside Amazon showing reviews of the affiliate products you are selling, and link to them. This provides great information, but can also lead people back to the places that end up making you money - your affiliate pages!

* Ease and Simplicity - I have seen enough people try to create websites and use shopping carts to know that not everyone is on the same playing field. Sometimes using a system that Amazon has in place to sell affiliate products is easier then creating a shopping cart website from scratch that can sell both regular products and affiliate products.

The reasons "why you might" (for me) are not always as convincing, and I usually don't end up selling affiliate products on the same site that I sell regular products that are dropshipped. Again, for me it has usually ended up unfavorable and I try to stay away from it, but I do understand certain situations where it could be beneficial. You just have to evaluate the situation and ask yourself if it ads value to your customer, or is it going to lose you money, and navigate people away from your site (before making you any real money).

Matt Siltala has been doing business online since 1999 and has many people set up dropshipping business correctly. Matt Siltala is deeply involved with dropshipper product souring databases like The Shipper, and wants to provide as much education as possible before people waste any money in un-needed areas.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Secrets to Affiliate Millionaires – The Truth about Super Affiliate Internet Marketing Entrepreneurs

Super affiliate marketing entrepreneurs are the people who use the smart affiliate marketing strategies to drive quality traffic to their affiliate website. They are willing to put their effort and time to build, run and grow their affiliate marketing business in the long term. However, the characteristic and how to become a super affiliate marketing entrepreneurs can be found below.

The characteristic of super affiliate marketing entrepreneurs are:

1. Those super affiliate marketing entrepreneurs always focus on how to convert the visitors to buyers.
2. Those entrepreneurs promote actively their affiliate products through multiple affiliate marketing strategies.
3. Those super affiliate marketing entrepreneurs always build the relationship with their visitors.
4. Those entrepreneurs know and understand that affiliate marketing business is content-driven business. Thus, they have content-rich web sites.
5. Those affiliate marketing entrepreneurs establish themselves as experts in the market.
6. Those affiliate entrepreneurs always test their affiliate marketing strategies to maximize their profits online.

Next, you will discover basic steps of how to become a super affiliate marketing entrepreneurs. Those steps will help you to get better understand exactly steps of how to become a super affiliate marketing entrepreneur.

1. Build content-rich website. In fact, the affiliate marketing business is content-driven business on the internet. The first step to become a super affiliate marketing entrepreneur is to build your own content-rich website. With the high quality content website, you are building, running and growing your success affiliate marketing business in the long term.

2. Give strong personal recommendation on your website. The product recommendation approach is very powerful and effective affiliate marketing strategy to gain trustworthy, creditability and reliability. With these, you will boost your opportunities to earn more affiliate commission with your potential buyers. Additionally, not only the personal recommendation approach, but you can also provide: (1) helpful tips related to the product (2) customer testimonial and (3) guest articles.

3. Capture visitors' personal information. There is no doubt that the reason why you have to capture those visitors' personal information is to build the relationship with them. The better relationship with those visitors you have, the more opportunities to earn more money on the internet you get.

4. Sell other relevancy affiliate products. Another powerful affiliate marketing technique, which most success super affiliate marketing entrepreneurs do, is to sell other relevancy affiliate products to their customers. With the great relationship and proper other related affiliate products, you will boost your sales and affiliate commission.

5. Run multiple affiliate marketing strategies to drive quality traffic to website at a time. Most success super affiliate marketing entrepreneurs are always looking for how to drive quality traffic to their website. You have to do the same thing. You have to run multiple affiliate marketing strategies to drive relevancy and quality traffic to the website. The more proper strategies you have, the more opportunities to earn more money you get!

6. Test everything in the affiliate marketing business. In general, you have to test everything you can do in your affiliate marketing business. With the systematically testing, you will maximize your profits and run the right affiliate marketing strategies to boost skyrocket your commission in the affiliate marketing business.

Final thoughts, the affiliate marketing businesses are content-driven business. You have to provide high quality content and run multiple affiliate marketing strategies for your success in the business. There are many ways to provide the content-rich, which are: (1) provide your strong reviews and content (2) write the customer testimonials (3) write the helpful tips related to the affiliate products and (4) allow the guest articles. The real secrets to affiliate millionaire and super affiliate marketing entrepreneurs are to: (1) provide high quality content for your visitors and customers (2) run multiple affiliate marketing strategies and (3) test everything you can do in your affiliate marketing business.

About The Author
Siripong R. or zMillionDollars is a recognized authority on the subject of building success and profitable affiliate marketing business. His website, www.zMillionDollars.com, provides a wealth of informative articles and resources on everything you'll ever need to know about affiliate marketing business. Grab free special reports at: www.zMillionDollars.com/free-report.

Practicing Caution With Your Affiiliate Programs

Affiliate Marketing is a great program. It provides those who want it with the means to set up their own home business. As an affiliate, you do work for another but you are rewarded for your work. The money you make is based on your individual performance not an hourly or yearly salary. Affiliate marketing provides many incentives to work harder and more efficiently. The harder and better you work, the more monetary success you are likely to see. Affiliate marketing also reduces the amount of risk. The main company handles the advertising and creation of the product allowing you to move the product in what ever way you think best.

One does need to be cautious in the field of affiliate marketing. For every great, legitimate opportunity out there, there are more ready to con. The internet has made it quite easy for these con artists to operate and even thrive.

Before you Plunge head first into the field on affiliate marketing you should do some checking. A general rule of thumb is to never do business with anyone that doesn’t have a fixed address and telephone number. If all they have to offer is an email address then look for another company. Doing business only by email is very dangerous. It makes it far too easy for these con artists to slip away and never be heard from again. Unfortunately, when they slip away it is likely with your money or earnings.

If you find a company that you are interested in then check the start up costs. These should be minimal if any at all. Ask is there is a way to pay back the start up costs through your sales commission. Most are willing to do this. However, if there seems to be a lot of initial money that needs to be paid by you then find something else. The chances are good that they will take your money and run, leaving you with worthless product.

Finally, ask what support you will receive if you agree to become part of their affiliate marketing plan. There should be someone there to guide you through the process and answer any questions that you have. They should also offer you advice on how best to market their product. It is up to you in the ends but they should offer you some stat up ideas. If their legitimate company they should want to help you all they can. They more you are able to sell the greater benefit for them as well.

You should keep in mind that affiliate marketing takes a of work. It is like any other business except that the risk to you is much lower. Ignore companies that promise huge salaries with little effort, it just won’t happen. Many people make great successes with affiliate marketing programs. However, they do work incredibly hard. However the rewards come when the hard work pays off. You’re the one that will reap the rewards, not your boss.

Affiliate marketing is a great way to start working for yourself. With lots of hard work and creativity you could be well on your way to great earnings doing something that you enjoy. It won’t be easy and in the beginning you’ll have to work harder then you ever did in a full-time job. But if you’re driven it will all be worth it in the end.

Zachary R. Skinner, http://www.resell-profits-up-the-yin-yang.info

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Affiliate Marketing Tips

Today, many of us want to pack up our jobs and be our own bosses. The idea of working for you attracts many. However, the reality of making it happen soon stops most. In fact the vast majority of us cannot get a business off the ground due to 2 main factors:

1. Money
2. Risk

Starting even a small business takes a fair amount of money. You need to buy or rent premises, purchase your stock and equipment and pay staff if you have them. You will also have other outside expenses such as advertising.

Risk is the factor that kills most businesses off. Even if you’re lucky enough to get the capital to start, nearly 85% of all small businesses fail in the first year. If yours is one of the lucky ones, you have to keep reinvesting your time and money to build up the businesses reputation. It could be anywhere from 4-6 years before any significant profit is seen. Most of us cannot wait that long which is what makes affiliate marketing such an attractive offer.

Affiliate marketing involves you, working as an affiliate for a merchant or company. You sell either goods or services and you’re paid on how much you produce. There are no costs and no risk. You put in what you choose and are rewarded accordingly.

Running an affiliate marketing business is challenging. You’ll have to work very hard to build it up. However, you’ll be rewarded for your hard work not someone else. Getting an affiliate marketing program going may seem difficult. The truth is it is down to you and how much you want to put in. There is no sure fire way to success but there are some good tips that you can follow to make you affiliate marketing scheme as successful as possible.

Before you start up with your affiliate marketing business, I have some basic rules that you should consider and work with:

There are basically five things you can't do without if you want to make it in the business of affiliate marketing. Below, you'll find each quality you'll need.

1. Desire to learn

The first quality you must possess is the desire to learn, coupled with the willingness to be trained. Treading through unfamiliar territory is tough indeed, especially if your lacking the right knowledge. This is a combination of the right frame of mind, coupled with a strong work ethic.

When starting out, you'll need to be willing to keep your eyes and ears open, using the experience of others to learn more as you go. Learn from people, who has already been through the whole affiliate business, and already know what techniques works and what don’t.

2. Invest time and effort

The second quality you must have is the willingness to invest time and effort in helping your business grow, even if you don't see immediate results. Affiliate Business is like another other business, it takes time to get the great results. Therefore invest the necessary time in the business, and you will suddenly begin to see the great results.

3. Determination

The third quality you'll need is determination. If you want to make it in the world of affiliate marketing, you must possess to push yourself forward. Lack of determination is often where a lot of others fail in the affiliate business. The ability to push yourself to greater determination will often be one of the key issues between failure and success.

4. Discipline and structure

The fourth quality is self discipline and structure in the way You are working. If you teach yourself to work everyday with all of your heart and soul, you'll be that much closer to reaching your goals and making your dreams come true.

5. Optimism

The last quality you must have is optimism and believing with the things you are working with. Bad attitudes should never discourage an affiliate marketer from pursuing their dreams in order to make life better for themselves or anyone around them.

The attitude you have towards the business should always be good, because you'll have to realize that you're the captain of your ship and your the one steering it towards destiny.

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If you put the above basic tips to good use, you'll go farther than you ever thought possible in the world of affiliate marketing. You'll need these basic qualities to succeed, as affiliate marketing can be a cutting edge career. With the above qualities, you'll be will on the right track in the affiliate business, and then you can begin to learn and work with the different affiliate techniques.

Morten Hansen has been working with the internet business for several years and is mainly writing about subjects, that make it easier for Internet users to learn about Internet Business. For more details about affiliate marketing visit our site http://www.affiliateMarketingTips4you.com

10 Tips On How You Can Make Easy Money Online As An Affiliate

Affiliate marketing is a great way to earn some extra income and make easy money online. But, the competition is fierce.So you need to have a good game plan to beat them.

You can use affiliate marketing to pad your bank account and help kick start your internet marketing career. But, if done incorrectly, affiliate marketing can become a heart wrenching adventure. You need to know how your competition is earning their commissions and what products are selling.

Here a 10 surefire tips to help you ease into affiliate marketing and help boost your commissions.

1. BUY THE PRODUCT YOUR ARE PROMOTING

If you plan on promoting a product to earn commissions and drive traffic to your promotion page, you better know something about the product. In order to have people purchase through your affiliate link, you need to be an expert on the product your promoting.

2. KNOW YOUR AGE DEMOGRAPHIC.

You should know who will be buying the product you are promoting. The younger generation will probably like more "hip" words. While, the older generation will like the use of basic english. Knowing your age demographic will also help you design websites geared toward the demographic.

3. REVIEW SITES

Review sites are a great way to promote a product. You can purchase the product and then become an expert. Write an honest review of the product and tell the prospective buyer exactly what they will receive, when they purchase. Also, you give pro's and con's of the product you are promoting.

4. USE AN AUTO RESPONDER

Make sure you are using an auto responder to collect prospective buyers emails. You can do a Google search for the term auto responder. One of the best is Aweber. The reason you need a auto responder is for follow ups and future product promotions, you plan on using.

5. WRITE ARTICLES

Write articles and submit them to article directories like Ezine Articles. You can help drive traffic to you affiliate website and this will help you become an expert in your field. Plus, you will be building links to your website, which will help you PR ranking, on search engines.

6. CHOOSE ONE PRODUCT WHEN YOU BEGIN

Choose one product and promote the heck out of it. Become an expert on the product you are promoting. When you have a business model that continually earns commissions, copy that model and begin promoting more products.

7. PROMOTE PRODUCTS WITH 30% OR HIGHER COMMISSIONS

You can find affiliate products for almost anything, but you better make sure that you are receiving a nice commission. You also better make sure that the product you are promoting has a big market wanting that product.

8. VEER AWAY FROM MONEY MAKING PRODUCTS

When you begin affiliate marketing try to steer clear of the money producing products. If you plan on promoting these types of products, you need to understand the competition is vast. I would suggest promoting a product you would enjoy promoting, for a year. You have a hobby like golf? Promote a product that involves golf. Just make sure you promote something you like. It will help move your emotions to aid in your promotions.

9. USE PPC ADVERTISING

PPC stands for Pay Per Click advertising. MSN, Google, and Yahoo all allow PPC advertising. PPC advertising allows you to instantly be seen in the search engines. It does add some cost to your promotions. But, there are few ebooks available to help reduce your costs.

10. NEVER EVER GIVE UP!

If you are not earning commissions, try another method. If that does not work, find a different product to promote. Just do not ever give up. You may cry, scream and get mad when you first start out affiliate marketing. But, the rewareds are incredible when you figure it all out.

- R.T. Bucher

R.T. Bucher is an affiliate marketer and is owner and operator of
http://www.hot-info-products.com

10 Tips On How You Can Make Easy Money Online As An Affiliate

Affiliate marketing is a great way to earn some extra income and make easy money online. But, the competition is fierce.So you need to have a good game plan to beat them.

You can use affiliate marketing to pad your bank account and help kick start your internet marketing career. But, if done incorrectly, affiliate marketing can become a heart wrenching adventure. You need to know how your competition is earning their commissions and what products are selling.

Here a 10 surefire tips to help you ease into affiliate marketing and help boost your commissions.

1. BUY THE PRODUCT YOUR ARE PROMOTING

If you plan on promoting a product to earn commissions and drive traffic to your promotion page, you better know something about the product. In order to have people purchase through your affiliate link, you need to be an expert on the product your promoting.

2. KNOW YOUR AGE DEMOGRAPHIC.

You should know who will be buying the product you are promoting. The younger generation will probably like more "hip" words. While, the older generation will like the use of basic english. Knowing your age demographic will also help you design websites geared toward the demographic.

3. REVIEW SITES

Review sites are a great way to promote a product. You can purchase the product and then become an expert. Write an honest review of the product and tell the prospective buyer exactly what they will receive, when they purchase. Also, you give pro's and con's of the product you are promoting.

4. USE AN AUTO RESPONDER

Make sure you are using an auto responder to collect prospective buyers emails. You can do a Google search for the term auto responder. One of the best is Aweber. The reason you need a auto responder is for follow ups and future product promotions, you plan on using.

5. WRITE ARTICLES

Write articles and submit them to article directories like Ezine Articles. You can help drive traffic to you affiliate website and this will help you become an expert in your field. Plus, you will be building links to your website, which will help you PR ranking, on search engines.

6. CHOOSE ONE PRODUCT WHEN YOU BEGIN

Choose one product and promote the heck out of it. Become an expert on the product you are promoting. When you have a business model that continually earns commissions, copy that model and begin promoting more products.

7. PROMOTE PRODUCTS WITH 30% OR HIGHER COMMISSIONS

You can find affiliate products for almost anything, but you better make sure that you are receiving a nice commission. You also better make sure that the product you are promoting has a big market wanting that product.

8. VEER AWAY FROM MONEY MAKING PRODUCTS

When you begin affiliate marketing try to steer clear of the money producing products. If you plan on promoting these types of products, you need to understand the competition is vast. I would suggest promoting a product you would enjoy promoting, for a year. You have a hobby like golf? Promote a product that involves golf. Just make sure you promote something you like. It will help move your emotions to aid in your promotions.

9. USE PPC ADVERTISING

PPC stands for Pay Per Click advertising. MSN, Google, and Yahoo all allow PPC advertising. PPC advertising allows you to instantly be seen in the search engines. It does add some cost to your promotions. But, there are few ebooks available to help reduce your costs.

10. NEVER EVER GIVE UP!

If you are not earning commissions, try another method. If that does not work, find a different product to promote. Just do not ever give up. You may cry, scream and get mad when you first start out affiliate marketing. But, the rewareds are incredible when you figure it all out.

- R.T. Bucher

R.T. Bucher is an affiliate marketer and is owner and operator of
http://www.hot-info-products.com

Building Affilate Downline - Read This Before Going Online

Now that I know why I need a downline, how do I get one of these?

Previously I spoke of a downline and the importance of demonstrating leadership to the people in that downline. Now that we have established the importance of the downline let’s talk about building one.

There are many ways to generate interest in any product that you are representing. You can stand in rush our traffic with a sandwich board touting the virtues of your product, you can take out an advertisement in the New York Times, or you can buy a commercial during the Super Bowl. None of these are real solutions to quality advertising. The simplest and most effective method is word of mouth. As in my last article I wrote about a restaurant or auto service station receiving effective advertising from me just because I believed in their products and services. That is the most effective means of getting the word out.

But most of us feel intrusive by talking to family, friends and coworkers about a great company and opportunity. There is always the nagging feeling that if they fail at it or I fail at it what will they say. (by the way, the sooner you get over that feeling the better). Why would you not want to share any opportunity with people you love, respect or socialize with. I have always exposed my family to all the opportunities that I am excited about, how many have started, none. How many have expected large Christmas presents when I am on top, all.

OK so now You have to look at the best places to find people. You are not looking for “anybody” or “everybody”, You are most likely looking for people a lot like ourselves, people that can spot an opportunity and run with it. So where are these people, closer than you think. Placing a small classified ad in a few newspapers can generate huge responses. Flashy half and full page ads are for the people that are building name recognition, these are definitely not for you. If you have the money for this type of advertising, let me know, you need a financial planner not an opportunity. Basically the two or three line classified ad appeals to the opportunist.

Lead generating companies. This is a tricky subject. Please be aware that there are unscrupulous operators out there that just want your money and don’t care about SPAM. If there are no date time stamps and IP addresses that they will send you do not use them even if they say they are double, triple or even a billion “opt-in”. I would recommend a company called Lead Power.com and only purchase telephone verified leads. What this means is that they use their time and effort to call the lead first. I can tell you from experience that when you purchase 100 leads you are doing great if you can contact between 30-50%. So let them do the work for you. Then when you call the lead is expecting a call within the next few hours. Plan to call them as soon as they are e-mailed to you. Have a time of day you work your business and stick to it.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

6 Mistakes Made by Unsuccessful Affiliate Marketers

by Scott Roy

Affiliate marketing can be a lucrative work-at-home business opportunity if you do it right. Unfortunately too many beginners and even some more experienced affiliates tend to make some core mistakes that hinder their ability to earn an income. In this article I will discuss six mistakes you should avoid if you want to be a successful affiliate.

1) Waiting Too Long to Put Up Your Site

Many affiliates fall into the trap of fixing and tweaking their website and waiting too long to make it live. I was certainly guilty of this when I first started affiliate marketing. In building my affiliate website I would constantly be adding pages that I might need in the future and tweaking content that I'd already written. Meanwhile, no one was visiting my site because I hadn't put it up yet. Now I'm not suggesting you quickly put up a bad site, but you should establish early what your basic website requirements are, and put the site up once they are met. After that, you can continue to work on it while people are visiting and your search engine rankings are building.

2) Thinking that Your Website is Complete

Once you have your site up and it is just the way you like it then it's done right? Wrong! You must constantly be adding new content and updating the site. Search engines like Google prefer sites that update their content regularly and will come back to them often for indexing. If a website is static for too long it can begin to drop its search engine ranking for your keywords. Moreover, if your content never changes, there is no encouragement for people to revisit your website. In both cases, visitor counts will drop resulting in fewer people clicking your ads, converting to leads, and making you money. Remember, your site is never complete.

3) Joining the Wrong Affiliate Program

There are literally thousands upon thousands of merchants with affiliate programs. It is up to you to find merchants with products that relate to your website's content. For example, if your website is about gardening, then having banner ads that read 'Web Hosting at Great Prices' probably won't get many clicks. Why? Because most gardeners visiting a gardening website really don't care about web hosting at that time. In comparison, if you have an ad reading 'Gardening Tools at Great Prices' you are more accurately targeting your visitors and as a result will get more clicks.

4) No AdSense on Your Site

Lots of affiliates fail to use Google AdSense on their websites. I know first hand that you can earn massive amounts of money by simply putting a snippet of code on your site! If you aren't familiar with AdSense, it is an advertising technique developed by Google that allows them to place targeted ads next to your content. It's free to join and when someone clicks one of these ads, the advertiser pays you for the click.

5) Failing to Promote Your Affiliate Website

Too many affiliate marketers put together their website to promote merchant products but don't actively try to get new visitors. Unfortunately, the old adage, "Build it and they will come" most definitely does not refer to websites. A lot of time must be spent promoting your affiliate website so that you always have visitors coming to your site and buying the products you are promoting.

Concentrate on getting your website's link included on websites, preferably those with a high page rank. Join forums, make helpful posts, and have a link to your site in the signature. Write articles relevant to your website and include your link in your bio. Join Google AdWords to have your ad show up for targeted search results and thousands of sites related to your content. Whatever techniques you use, just make sure you promote.

6) Spreading Yourself Too Thin

I have heard some affiliates say that they have lots of sites and none of them are making any money. So what do they do? They make another site in hopes that it will be the one that works. Some people have different views on this but I would recommend only running a few sites but running them well. Make sure you give yourself enough time to properly make, maintain, and market your site. If you run 40 websites then you can only spend 1 hour/week on each. This isn't enough time to do anything productive. If you only have 4 websites then you can spend a full 10 hours/week maintaining and marketing them which will result in far more visits.

In Conclusion ...

By avoiding the six mistakes I've discussed in this article, you are more likely to succeed in your efforts as an affiliate marketer. In no time flat, you'll be making the kind of money that will allow you to quit your job and work-at-home full time. Best of luck!

Scott Roy, B.A. is a web development and Internet marketing specialist. With years of affiliate marketing experience under his belt, Scott is well versed in the field. He currently runs Residual Income Finder, a directory that lists affiliate programs paying long-term commissions.


What Is An Affiliate Network

by Jonathon White

An Affiliate Network is a valve added online media program that provides services that include aggregation, distribution or many creative materials and campaigns that are used for tracking and reporting for the affiliate merchants and affiliates. For merchants, some these services can provide tracking, reporting tools, a payment processing and access to a large base of affiliates. These services can have one click application for new merchants as well as reporting tools and payment aggregation.

These networks are free to sign up but can be hard to find if you don't where to look. They aren't always called affiliate networks they are also known as marketing solutions provider or pay for performance network, cost per action advertising networks or performance based online marketing services company.

These types of programs can provide such services as Pay Per Lead, Pay Per Sale, Pay Per Action or Cost Per Action and Pay Per Click. Most affiliates allow anyone to sign up but there may a visitor site requirement. These companies may want a specific number of people to visit your site to make it worth it for them to give you some ads.

To begin making money from an affiliate programs is to locate an affiliate program and join with the network or program. Most programs will give you approval right away so if you are approved then you will be shown a list of all affiliate programs that the network has available and then you can begin looking the hundreds of programs that are offered. You want to choose the programs that have the best payouts. Find the ads that go with the content of your site and then choose the ads that have the best payment percentage.

Choose carefully, sometimes the programs that you choose may have a high pay out but they really aren't in sync with your content, you may not get that many clicks, but you may have a lower payment program that fit exactly what you are doing in your site but it may take longer to accrue a big payment.

If your site is not a product or service selling and you rely on adsense to make money then you want to choose wisely your affiliates. These do pay well when they get the traffic and the interest then people will click on the ads.

Jonathon White has been involved in all types of affiliate marketing for well over 6 years and has an affiliate programs directory named Affiliate Seeking that lists well over 1,700 affiliate programs and over 100 affiliate networks .

Friday, June 15, 2007

An Introduction To Making Money With Affiliate Programs

by Boone Swann


If you are interested in making money online but you don't have the money to invest in products, then affiliate marketing programs may be a very good option for you. This is the process of selling products for other people. In exchange you will earn a good commission on each item that you sell. For the best results, don't sell products that retail for less than $20. You simply won't make enough money on these low priced products to be worth your time.

Take some time to research the various affiliate programs that are available. You can type this into any search engine and find plenty of quality material. Then take the information you find and do some independent research on the various affiliate programs. Many of them are quite reputable. You also want to look for programs that offer you a good commission. This should be 20% or more. Of course the products with a higher commission are those that are often the most difficult to sell.

You also want to research the various products you will be promoting. After all, how can you really give a passionate marketing spin on it when you have never used it? Look for products to market that you know something about. This way you can add your own personal ideas, thoughts, and expertise in the area.

Some of the most profitable affiliate program products right now are e-books. You can digitally access them and consumers love the instant gratification. As soon as the payment is made the product can be obtained. Look for e-books that explain how to do something or offer to share inside knowledge of a trendy field.

When it comes to affiliate programs you will need to have some good marketing strategies in place. This way you will get recognized on the search engines. There are plenty of marketing methods you can implement. It is recommended you have more than one in place to ensure you have a successful affiliate program.

Setting up an informative newsletter than offers reviews on various products is a great way to get attention and sell products under your affiliate program. It will help build a quality relationship between you and your consumers. Writing articles and posting them on various sites with a link to your affiliate program is also very effective.

It is a good idea to cloak your links so that consumers don't realize your site is an affiliate link. It is a good idea to have as many links available as possible so that you get plenty of traffic to your sites. Make sure that the information you offer directs them to the web page that has more on what they were looking at. It is a very common mistake to link everyone to the home page. Yet most consumers won't take the time to look around if they aren't taken to the exactly location.

It is very possible to make good money with affiliate programs if you choose the right products, implement marketing strategies, and build strong relationships with your customers. The quality of the products you sell as well as the relationships you build will play a huge role in the success of your affiliate marketing strategies.

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Affiliate Marketing Tips

by Morten Hansen


Today, many of us want to pack up our jobs and be our own bosses. The idea of working for you attracts many. However, the reality of making it happen soon stops most. In fact the vast majority of us cannot get a business off the ground due to 2 main factors:

1. Money
2. Risk

Starting even a small business takes a fair amount of money. You need to buy or rent premises, purchase your stock and equipment and pay staff if you have them. You will also have other outside expenses such as advertising. Risk is the factor that kills most businesses off. Even if you're lucky enough to get the capital to start, nearly 85% of all small businesses fail in the first year. If yours is one of the lucky ones, you have to keep reinvesting your time and money to build up the businesses reputation. It could be anywhere from 4-6 years before any significant profit is seen. Most of us cannot wait that long which is what makes affiliate marketing such an attractive offer.

Affiliate marketing involves you, working as an affiliate for a merchant or company. You sell either goods or services and you're paid on how much you produce. There are no costs and no risk. You put in what you choose and are rewarded accordingly.

Running an affiliate marketing business is challenging. You'll have to work very hard to build it up. However, you'll be rewarded for your hard work not someone else. Getting an affiliate marketing program going may seem difficult. The truth is it is down to you and how much you want to put in. There is no sure fire way to success but there are some good tips that you can follow to make you affiliate marketing scheme as successful as possible.

Before you start up with your affiliate marketing business, I have some basic rules that you should consider and work with:

There are basically five things you can't do without if you want to make it in the business of affiliate marketing. Below, you'll find each quality you'll need.

1. Desire to learn

The first quality you must possess is the desire to learn, coupled with the willingness to be trained. Treading through unfamiliar territory is tough indeed, especially if your lacking the right knowledge. This is a combination of the right frame of mind, coupled with a strong work ethic.

When starting out, you'll need to be willing to keep your eyes and ears open, using the experience of others to learn more as you go. Learn from people, who has already been through the whole affiliate business, and already know what techniques works and what don't.

2. Invest time and effort

The second quality you must have is the willingness to invest time and effort in helping your business grow, even if you don't see immediate results. Affiliate Business is like another other business, it takes time to get the great results. Therefore invest the necessary time in the business, and you will suddenly begin to see the great results.

3. Determination

The third quality you'll need is determination. If you want to make it in the world of affiliate marketing, you must possess to push yourself forward. Lack of determination is often where a lot of others fail in the affiliate business. The ability to push yourself to greater determination will often be one of the key issues between failure and success.

4. Discipline and structure

The fourth quality is self discipline and structure in the way You are working. If you teach yourself to work everyday with all of your heart and soul, you'll be that much closer to reaching your goals and making your dreams come true.

5. Optimism

The last quality you must have is optimism and believing with the things you are working with. Bad attitudes should never discourage an affiliate marketer from pursuing their dreams in order to make life better for themselves or anyone around them.

The attitude you have towards the business should always be good, because you'll have to realize that you're the captain of your ship and your the one steering it towards destiny.

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If you put the above basic tips to good use, you'll go farther than you ever thought possible in the world of affiliate marketing. You'll need these basic qualities to succeed, as affiliate marketing can be a cutting edge career. With the above qualities, you'll be will on the right track in the affiliate business, and then you can begin to learn and work with the different affiliate techniques.

About the Author

Morten Hansen has been working with the internet business for several years and is mainly writing about subjects, that make it easier for Internet users to learn about Internet Business. For more details about affiliate marketing visit our site http://www.affiliateMarketingTips4you.com

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Top 7 Tips To Become A Super Affiliate Marketer

Affiliate Marketing is a billion dollar internet marketing business where new affiliate marketers are joining everyday. Some choose it as a part time job and others leave their day job and opt it as a full time profession. But one cannot understand why some affiliate marketers get most of the basket while others struggle to earn their first dollar even after considerable time and effort.

Some say that 95% of the affiliate marketing business is shared by 5% of super affiliates. So what is the specialty of super affiliates? How they differ from the normal affiliate marketers? These are the questions that shoot up in the mind. Let me put the top 7 tips that clearly emphasize the secrets of super affiliates.

1.Test The Product:

Before promoting any product/service you need to purchase and test the product. Without using the product, you cannot give your honest opinion about the product. You can sell the product better when you personally list out the pros and cons of the product.

2.Have Faith In The Product:

Do not promote the product just for the sake of earning commission. Have faith in the product. Live testimonials do provide a good base for faith in the product. When you personally recommend a product, there is a greater chance that that a shopper buys the product with more confidence.

3.Sell Through Authority Source:

Get a website and promote the products with authority. Some prefer to sell the products through classified ads and PPC ads redirecting the visitor to the vendor’s site. But a powerful landing page of your website could authenticate the sale.

4.Get Interacted With The Merchant:

Merchant or vendor interaction could be more fruitful in affiliate marketing. Some merchants interact with the affiliates through the forums thereby providing useful inputs to have a greater success rate in promoting the affiliate products.

5.Promotion through Advertising Mix:

Promote the affiliate products with a varied advertising mix. Do not limit yourself to a single method. Test and track the results of the advertising methods. Some affiliates are of the opinion that only Google Adwords is top converting PPC. But they should not forget that Yahoo and MSN’s PPC ads are available at much cheaper prices for the same keyword. What is important is a higher ROI at the end.

6.Ask For The Feedback And Provide Support:

It is a good practice to ask for a feedback regarding the product or the service rendered. Make a feedback form at the bottom of the website. This gives the impression that the affiliate is really interested in the visitor’s experience. Moreover one should make a habit that if the support is needed; you should provide it at the earliest through email or on phone.

7.Publish Newsletters:

Collect and save the email address of the visitors on a simple Microsoft excel sheet or notepad. You can publish newsletters to remind them to make a purchase or send them the related information. This type of reminding through newsletters will develop a relationship with your subscribers to make a repetitive purchase.

Cher K Markov is an Internet Marketer that writes articles on Affiliate Internet Marketing. She shares her thoughts on Affiliate Marketing and invites you to her website and check out some of the top rated Affiliate Marketing eBooks.

5 Personality Traits of a Super Affiliate

An overwhelming number of people are flocking to the internet to get their share of the online riches. One of the most popular business ventures for work at home beginners is affiliate marketing. With no boss, no deadlines and no stock to deal with, the popularity of affiliate marketing continues to grow. With so much attractive appeal one would think that just about everyone can succeed at affiliate marketing. However, only 20 percent of people doing affiliate marketing are successful and all of them have these 5 qualities.

1. Investing themselves
With any task you must invest the time and effort that is needed to make it work. If you are not invested in your business, don’t expect it to grow. Floods of money will not be pouring into your account in the beginning of your affiliate marketing journey. And like every journey it’s the little day to day steps that truly make the difference.

2. Willing to learn
Affiliate marketing is applied knowledge. In order to apply the steps used by the masters, you must first be willing to learn the steps. While many people do invest time and effort in building their business very few take time to learn how to build a successful business from scratch. There are several ways an affiliate can get lost in the industry and fail but there are also many ways for an affiliate to succeed. This is done by keeping an open mind and welcoming ideas and suggestions given to you by those who have a firm understanding of the business.

3. Determination
As an affiliate marketer you must possess the ability to push yourself. 80 percent of people fail because the lack the determination to reach further, climb higher and go farther. This perhaps stems from a lack of self discipline, which brings me to quality four.

4. Discipline
All successful affiliate marketers have a strong sense of self-discipline. They are able to get themselves to take action regardless of their emotional state. Thus they are able to accomplish more in a faster period of time. Their marketing goals are not just set for the sake of having a goal, they are done deals. It is virtually guaranteed that they will follow through with every goal they set because they have made the conscious decision to do so.

5. Optimism
A positive attitude is the key to succeeding at virtually everything, including affiliate marketing. Why be optimistic? Optimism means explaining setbacks to yourself in ways that gives you resilience, strength and determination. Optimism improves your ability to succeed. Your attitude towards your business should always be good even if things are not going the way you planned.

You can be among the 20 percent of affiliate marketers who are living the net marketing dream. It starts with building theses qualities within you. They are essential to your success as an affiliate marketer.

Jeff Casmer is an award winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and internet marketing consultant with career sales over $25,000,000. His "Top Ranked" Best Affiliate ProgramsEarn Money Online in the 21st century. Directory gives you all the information you need to