A Quick-Start Guide To Affiliate Marketing

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					      A Quick-Start Guide
     To Affiliate Marketing

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Affiliate marketing… What exactly is it?

Well, basically, it means that you are marketing other people’s products and
businesses in exchange for a commission.

The typical commission runs between 30 and 75% with 50% being the average.

It works very simple…

When you join an affiliate program you are given an affiliate link that goes to the
website (sales page) of the product owner.

This special link is encoded with your unique affiliate id, and when you send
someone to the product owners site through your special link and they make a
purchase you receive a commission.

Affiliate marketing works out great for both you and the product owner, because you
make a nice paycheck and the product owner makes more sales and cuts down on
advertising costs at the same time.

One of the great things about affiliate marketing is that creating your own product is
no longer necessary.

You can sell as many products as you wish, simply by driving traffic to the affiliate
sales pages, and you will never have to deal with customers support, complaints or

But watch out…

As an affiliate marketer, you need to be unique.

If you are not making yourself stand out as an affiliate, then you risk your entire

You see, the competition is HUGE.

Thousands of people all over the world market the same products like you do online,
and if you can’t differentiate yourself from your competitors, you are basically giving
your business NO chance of long term survival.

But don’t be afraid.

This report will help you to become a successful affiliate marketer.

One thing that any affiliate needs to be successful, is some basic internet marketing
skills and the desire to succeed.
Don't panic if you don't know anything about marketing online, because there is
plenty of fantastic information available on the subject all over the internet.

Just go to Google, and enter the term “internet marketing.” You’ll find ten thousands
of sites with valuable –and often free- content and tips.

Now, I assume that you already have some basic knowledge under your belt, so we
are going to dive right in and talk about some simple tactics that affiliate marketers
can use to increase their chances of success.

First, you will need a unique web page to promote each separate product you are

It's very important to not place all your affiliate programs together on one website
just to save some money on web hosting…

It is better to have your own website, or at the very least a subdomain, focusing on
each and every product and nothing more. This way you can streamline and target
your marketing efforts to achieve better results.

It’s very annoying for your visitors if they see affiliate links spread out all over the
place. You should never confuse your visitors, or they will leave and never return

Another thing you can do is to include product reviews on your site, so visitors will
have an initial understanding of what the product can do for them.

If you can’t afford a website, you can setup a simple blog. Blogger.com is a good
place to start. I have my own Resale Profits Blog hosted there, where I talk about
new products that are released on the market.

Google gives a high ranking at Blogger blogs because Google now owns Blogger, and
I get a lot of traffic from there.

If you don’t know how to setup your own blog, download a copy of the Clickbank
Review Cash Blog guide. This step-by-step guide will help you to setup your own
review blogs quickly.

When possible, collect and include testimonials from users who have already tried
the product and add them to these pages. This increases your credibility and will
convert more visitors into buyers in the long end.

You should also include articles that you write, highlighting the uses of the product,
on your website. These additional pages will help increase your free search engine

Be sure to make your pages attractive, easy to navigate, compelling and include calls
to act on the information, like asking people to subscribe to your newsletter, or
adding their details to your autoresponder, so you can follow up on them.

Your headlines and web copy should attract the readers to try and read more, or
even contact you with questions about the affiliate program that you promote.

Highlight your special points. This will help your readers to learn what the product is
about and will make them want to find out more.

And, the ultimate goal is to make them click on your affiliate links, so you make more

Another important factor is to collect contact information from your visitors by giving
away a free report.

This allows you to further educate your prospects and follow up with them in the
future with more information on the products you offer.

For this to work well, you will need a good autoresponder service.

Here’s the drill…

Start with creating a special report about the topic of the affiliate product that you
promote in MS Word.

This report can be 4-6 pages long. There’s no need to write a novel... People like
reading short reports, so it’s best to deliver your information this way.

Then, turn the report into a PDF file. You can do this here for free:

- Or even better, get a copy of eWriter Pro. This handy program creates unlimited
PDF files from your own PC.

Once done, zip the file using jZip (this one is free, while you need to pay for the
other popular unzip tool Winzip), and upload the file to your web server.

Then, write a series of seven autoresponder messages that will be automatically
mailed to the people who sign up to receive your free report.

According to research, a sale is usually closed on the seventh contact with a prospect.
Hence the reason you will want to create a series of follow up messages.

When creating your autoresponder emails, always give away quality information or
tips, and focus on important points like how the product can make things easier and
more enjoyable for people who purchase it.

It’s recommended to use compelling subject lines in your emails. But try to avoid
using the word “free” because many email spam filters dump those kind of emails
into the junk folder before anyone reads them.

If you are really lazy, or don’t like to write at all, you can download a set of 180 pre-
written Clickbank affiliate emails. It works simple. Just enter your Clickbank affiliate
link inside the messages, put them on your autoresponder system, and wait for the
commissions to roll in.

Do your best to convince the people who signed up for your free report that they will
be missing something big if they don't take the time to at least check out the product
or service you're recommending.

One more thing… Be sure that the content is directed toward specific reasons to buy
the affiliate product.

And please don't make your emails sound like sales pitches. People are aware of this,
and don’t like to be begged. They will only give you their money if they trust you.

By providing useful information to your prospects you will increase your chances of
earning their trust and respect (and make commissions).

One of the best ways to get lots of traffic to your website is by writing articles.

For more info on how to write profitable articles, you can download this free report:

A good rule is to write a minimum of 2 articles per week, with at least 300-600 words
in length.

By continuously writing and submitting these articles to the biggest article directories,
to you can generate as many as 100 targeted prospects to your site in a day.

That may not sound like much for all of the work you put in, but statistics show that
1 out of every 100 people are likely to make a purchase.

If you can generate a 1,000 targeted hits for your website in a day, that means you
can make 10 sales based on the average statistic and the best thing is that the
articles will continue to work for you even after you have moved on to another

None of the the above tactics are difficult to do. It just requires a little time and an
action plan on your part.

Once you have completed the process for one affiliate program (creating a special
free report, and sending out emails to your list) you can move on to the next.

After a while, you will end up with a good source of income along with a thriving
affiliate marketing business.
Ok, now let’s talk about one of the best ways to choose a product to promote.

Rule number one is that you should only promote an affiliate product that you
have tried yourself.

You can't just base your decision to promote an affiliate program on wether or not
you “like” the product.

Get a copy for yourself, and test it. If you don’t have the money to buy it, ask the
owner if he/she will give you a copy to review, because you will join their affiliate
program and send them a lot of traffic.

It’s a win-win situation for both the affiliate and the vendor, and most of the times,
you will get your copy for free ☺

It’s just good business practice to know the product that you consider promoting.

This will help you anticipate and prevent any problems you may encounter. Do some
research and don't be afraid to ask the vendor questions before you join.

Now let's go over some other things you should consider…

- Pick a quality affiliate program.

Always pick an affiliate program that is associated with many experts in that
particular industry. This way, you can be assured that it works.

Do some initial research. If possible, track down some of the members and
customers to give you testimonial on the credibility of the program.

If there are forums and discussions groups related to the product topic, participate
and look for reliable feedback.

- A decent compensation plan.

A program that pays out a residual income, or a payout of 30% or more, would be a
great choice. Don't waste your time with programs that do not reward your efforts

- Be aware of any minimum quotas.

Some affiliate programs impose pre-requisites before you get your commissions. For
instance; you may have to make more than a $100.00 or make ten sales before you
receive your paycheck. If the sales target is too hard to achieve you may want to
rethink joining.
- Quality promo tools.

Select programs that have plenty of pre made tools and resources that can help you
grow your affiliate business in the shortest possible time.

If you have access to an arsenal of promotional tools, like pre-written emails, nice
banners and other graphics, or maybe a brandable Ebook or special report, you will
be able to make more profits fast.

You also need to check out if the program has an automated system that allows you
to check your referral statistics and compensation at anytime.

- Strong incentives for customers to make additional purchases.

Affiliate programs that provide continuous help and upgrades for its products have
the tendency to retain more customers. These things can assure the growth of your
business. When people buy an upgrade, or One-Time-Offer, you will also benefit and
make a higher commission.

Here are some other points to consider:

- Will it cost you anything to join?

Most affiliate programs being offered today are absolutely free of charge. So why
settle for those that charge you some dollars before joining.

- When do they issue the commission checks?

Every program is different. Some issue their checks once a month, every quarter, etc.

Select the one that is suited to your payment time choice. Clickbank makes it easy,
as commissions are automatically added to your account, and you decide when
checks are being mailed out to you. The same goes for Paypal.

- What is the amount of commission paid?

If the program pays per sale (which are the ones I prefer) you can expect to make
anywhere from 5% - 75% depending on the program.

You will also find programs that pay for each hit or impression. The amount paid for
those type of programs is not much, so you must be prepared to send large volumes
of traffic through your affiliate link to make a nice paycheck.

Being familiar with all the important aspects of your chosen program can help you
growing your affiliate business.
As I said before, affiliate marketing doesn't require product development, dealing
with customer support, complaints or refunds. As a matter of fact it is one of the
easiest ways of starting an online business and earning more profits.

Remember; there are thousands of affiliate programs online so you can be picky.

Select the best so that you can avoid wasting your time and losing money on

A quick way to find out if a product is in demand is to do a quick Google search for
the product and see if anyone else is promoting it.

If you see several Google ads on the side of the search results page you can be fairly
sure that there is a good market for the product.

On the other hand, if there are very few (or no ads) for the product, then you may
want to drop that product and move on.

On a side note; if there are too many ads for the product then your competition will
be pretty stiff and you may want to reconsider promoting it.

Now let's get over to some quick tips to increase your commissions:

- Participate in chat rooms related to the product you're reselling. Start a
conversation with a person without trying to sell to them. Later on, while you are
chatting, you can mention the product you're reselling.

- Create a free Ebook with links to your affiliate site, and give it an appealing title.
The subject of your free Ebook should entice your target audience to download it.
You can submit it to some free Ebook directories for even better results.

- Start your own affiliate program directory. Join a large number of affiliate
programs and list them all in a directory format on your web site. Then you can
advertise your free affiliate program directory.

- Write your own affiliate program ads. Using different ads will give yourself an
advantage over all the other affiliates who use the pre-written content.

- Using a personal endorsement. Only use one if you've actually bought the product
or service. You can tell people what kind of benefits and results you've received
using the product. Endorsements increase the credibility of the product you are

- Advertise the product you're promoting in your signature file. Use an attention
getting headline and a good reason for them to visit your affiliate site. Make sure
your sig file doesn't go over 5 lines. You can use this in your outgoing emails, on
forums and in blog comments.
- Participate in web discussion boards. Post your comments, answer other people's
questions, and ask your own questions. If you can work in how your product can
help solve someone's problem all the better for you and don't forget to include your
sig file when you post.

- Create a free newsletter around the topic of your affiliate product. It doesn't have
to be fancy, just informative and helpful. Then use it to advertise the affiliate
programs you've joined. Submit it to online Ezine directories and promote it on your
web site.

- Use bonuses to sell your affiliate products. Using bonuses is one of the easiest
ways to motivate people to purchase from you. Remember, you're often competing
with many other marketers. By offering a relevant bonus with the product you're
trying to sell, you'll make the prospects buy from you.

- Start a private web site. Use this site as a free bonus as well, especially if people
buy the product you're promoting. You can also allow people to join for free and
then advertise your affiliate programs inside. This does two things. It allows you to
keep in touch with your prospects and makes them feel as if they are receiving extra
value when they purchase from you.

- As we discussed earlier, use product reviews and testimonials. They are one of
the best methods to help make a sale. That's why you will see so many testimonials
on a sales page. Take your time and write intelligent product reviews of the products
you are marketing and collect testimonials from the people who purchase from you.

- Use a blog to provide useful information in your niche and include your well
written product recommendations. When you post regularly you'll be able to start
generating a steady stream of traffic and sales from the search engines. Just be sure
to keep your blog focused on good keywords that relate to the products you are
promoting. Blogger.com is a good place to start. So is WordPress.com

- Build a list of prospects. The easiest way of doing this is by providing an email
opt-in form on your website. Create a system where you offer a bonus if the visitor
joins your list.

Use a good autoresponder system like Aweber to collect email address and load a
series of 7-10 emails with useful information and resources. As time goes by your
readers will find your information useful and you will be able to convert them in to
paying customers.

Another advantage of having your own email list is that you can setup a One-Time-
Offer (OTO) when people join your list.

You can place the OTO on your “Thank-You-For-Subscribing” welcome page, right
after they have submitted their name and email address.

You can create a collection of products that relate to your list subject, and make your
new subscribers a special deal when they buy from the OTO.

OtoBully is an easy to install and affordable script that will take care of everything.
Plus, you will get a set of instructional videos on how to set it all up, and 3 ready
made plug-and-play web sites with 25 Master Resale Right products included.

Another great tool to use is Twitter. You can announce new blog posts that you
make to your followers (the people who follow your “tweets”) via a short 140
character message.

In my (free) Twitter guide; “What Are You Doing?”, I have asked some well know
Twitter users how they use Twitter to market their online business. You’ll be
surprised how they get away with this fast growing social service ☺

Good, we’re almost done…

Give some of these strategies a try.

I don't recommend trying all of them at the same time. Just focus on two or three at
first and see the difference it makes to your commission checks…

Remember: Affiliate marketing is one of the most effective and powerful ways of
earning an income online.

It's how I started my own business many years ago, and it has worked out great for

It can be the same for you especially if you avoid common mistakes that can hurt
your chances of success.

Like all businesses, there are lots of pitfalls in the affiliate marketing business.

Some of the most common mistakes can end up costing you a large portion of the
profits you make and you may not even realize it's happening.

Many people want to earn from affiliate marketing as fast as possible and I can't
blame them.

Who doesn't like quick cash? ☺

But, in their rush they choose what I like to call “a bandwagon product”.

Instead of jumping on the bandwagon, try to choose a product that you and your
prospects are truly interested in. Take the extra time to plan your actions and do
some research about that product to see if it is in demand.

Keep these tips in mind when you sign up for an affiliate program, and you will soon
see more sales coming in.
For more information and tips on how to profit online with affiliate programs, I highly
recommend you to download a copy of the “Affiliate Marketing Domination” guide. It
is packed with proven techniques to get the most out of your affiliate business.

To Your Success!

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