Being in the affiliate marketing business is not that hard now with the internet at your disposal. It is much easier now compared to the days when people have to make use of telephones and other mediums of information just to get the latest updates on the way their program is coming along.
So with technology at hand, and assuming that the affiliate is working from home, a day in his or her life would sound something like this…
Upon waking up and after having breakfast, the computer is turned on to check out new developments in the network. As far as the marketer is concerned there might be new things to update and statistics to keep track on.
The site design has to be revised. The marketer knows that a well-designed site can increase sign ups from visitors. It can also help in the affiliate’s conversion rates.
That done, it is time to submit the affiliate program to directories that lists affiliate programs. These directories are means to attract people in joining your affiliate program. A sure way of promoting the affiliate program.
Time to track down the sales you are getting from your affiliates fairly and accurately. There are phone orders and mails to track down. See if they are new clients checking the products out. Noting down the contact information that might be a viable source in the future.
There are lots of resources to sort out. Ads, banners, button ads and sample recommendations to give out because the marketer knows that this is one way of ensuring more sales. Best to stay visible and accessible too.
The affiliate marketer remembered that there are questions to answer from the visitors. This has to be done quickly. Nothing can turn off a customer than an unanswered email.
To prove that the affiliate is working effectively and efficiently, inquiries would have to be paid more attention on. Nobody wants to be ignored and customers are not always the most patient of all people. Quick answer that should appear professional yet friendly too.
In the process of doing all the necessities, the marketer is logged on to a chat room where he or she interacts with other affiliates and those under that same program. This is where they can discuss things on how to best promote their products.
There are things to be learned and it is a continuous process. Sharing tips and advices is a good way of showing support. There may be others out there wanting to join and may be enticed by the discussion that is going on. There is no harm in assuming what opportunities ahead.
The newsletters and ezines were updated days ago, so it is time for the affiliate marketer to see if there are some new things happening in the market. This will be written about in the marketer’s publication to be distributed to the old and new customers.
These same publications are also an important tool in keeping up to date with the newly introduced products. The marketer has put up a sale and promotion that customers may want to know about.
Besides, they have to keep up with the deadline of these sales written in the publications.
It is that time to show some appreciation to those who have helped the marketer in the promotions and sale increase. Nothing like mentioning the persons, their sites and the process they have done that made everything worked.
Of course, this will be published in the newsletters. Among the more important information that have been written already.
The marketer still has time to write out recommendations to those who want credible sources for the products being promoted. There is also time to post some comments on how to be a successful affiliate marketer on a site where there are lots of wannabees.
Two objectives done at the same time. The marketer gets to promote the product as well as the program they are in. Who knows, someone may be inclined to join.
Time flies. Missed lunch but is quite contented with the tasks done. Bed time….
Ok, so this may not be all done in a day. But then, this gives you an idea of how an affiliate marketer, a dedicated one that is, spends the marketing day.
Is that success looming in the distance or what?
A Tale of Two Affiliates
I launched a new website this week and one aspect of the launch has prompted me to write this article.
The aspect of affiliates….
My new site, Simplywholesale, has an affiliate program and quite a few people have signed up as new affiliates already and the way in which a couple of people have been earning money this week is what I am going to write about today.
To my mind, there are three main types of affiliate. Firstly (and unfortunately this is the largest group by far), there are those who sign up as an affiliate and then do nothing. These people are obviously never going to earn any money themselves or indeed, earn the website owner anything.
The second and third types of affiliate are very different but both are very valuable to any online business so let’s look at them a bit more closely….
Let’s look firstly at what I am going to call the ‘Big Hit Affiliate’. The Big Hit Affiliate will usually have a large newsletter mailing list which they have accumulated over a period of months or even years. If a Big Hit Affiliate takes an interest in your website then you ought to prepare yourself for some serious traffic!
A Big Hit Affiliate can earn you hundreds even thousands of dollars/pounds in a very short space of time (I mean hours not days/weeks) and of course, as an affiliate, they will also be earning for themselves at the same time.
SimplyWholesale was fortunate enough to receive the attentions of a couple of Big Hit Affiliates this week and the traffic and sales that they can generate are quite astounding. One of the affiliates was able to send over 2000 unique visitors to the site in just a couple of hours generating the affiliate sales commission of several hundred pounds/dollars (for sending one email!).
As a website owner, it is great when a Big Hitter sends a promotional email to their list as traffic and sales can go through the roof in a very short space of time. Of course it calms down very quickly too and usually within a week the sales will have come to a complete stop. One of those ‘ very nice while it lasted’ events.
This leads me to the other type of affiliate – the ‘Slow and Steady Affiliate’.
The Slow and Steady affiliate doesn’t usually have a massive mailing list. He/she may well have a website or forum or maybe they just sell on online auctions. Whatever, they have some form of online presence and they act as an affiliate by placing a link or banner somewhere on their site/forum/About me auction page or similar. Instead of sending thousands of visitors to your website in less time than it takes to reboot your computer, they send a gentle trickle of visitors each day.
But here’s the difference – with a Slow and Steady Affiliate, the traffic doesn’t run out after a week, it just keeps on coming day after day….
Now, the S&S Affiliate may only send you 50 visitors per day and from those 50 visitors, you might only make one sale but remember this happens everyday. 1 sale a day, 30 sales a month, 365 sales a year…..
As long as the S&S Affiliate is earning commission, they will almost certainly continue to send you
traffic and as long as they send you traffic, they will earn commission (and you will generate sales).
Even though SimplyWholesale is only a week old, we already have a handful of Slow and Steady Affiliates who are making maybe one or two sales a day. That’s potentially thirty to sixty sales per month, which on our average sale value works out at affiliate commission of between L266 and L533 per month. A very nice bit of additional income whichever way you look at it.
So which is best – the Big Hit Affiliate or the Slow and Steady Affiliate?
To be honest, I would really struggle to choose one over the other. The Big Hitter is great and can provide a very nice ‘bonus’ pay packet but then again the S&S provides your regular ‘bread & butter’ income each week/month. I suppose the ideal situation is an affiliate with a huge subscriber list AND a website with heavy traffic 🙂
Affiliate Is Not A Dirty Word
When I first started out on my journey to become a successful Internet marketer I used to wonder about all the advertisements I came across that begged me to join an affiliate program. They made huge claims about how much money I would earn if I joined them so I just ignored them. That is until I started to understand more about affiliates and affiliate programs.
WHAT IS AN AFFILIATE?
An affiliate is someone who promotes other people’s products or services. When you become an affiliate you have a money-making business opportunity but you have none of the worries or expenses of a typical business. You’ll never have the bother of dealing with processing or shipping an order or be involved with customer care. You will however receive money for your promotional efforts. When someone purchases a product or service through your efforts you receive a commission on the sale. All you have to do is promote and wait to receive your pay cheques.
WHERE DO I FIND AN AFFILIATE PROGRAM?
There are literally thousands of affiliate programs to choose from. Many of them will tell you that you will earn thousands and thousands of dollars per month if you join them. They will state all the amazing benefits to you and how new and fabulous their particular product or service is. I’m sure you have seen these advertisements everywhere on the Internet. If you type in affiliate programs into your search engine you will see what I mean. You will also just come across them as you are surfing. It can be quite overwhelming to make a choice.
HOW DO I DECIDE WHICH AFFILIATE PROGRAM IS FOR ME?
There are three approaches to choosing the right program for you.
Choose something that has a high demand Choose something that you have a passion for
Combine the above two points so you will have a product that is in high demand and you are passionate about it.
I personally think a combination of these approaches is the best.
If you choose something that is in high demand then there will be a market for the product or service. It is essential to have a market otherwise you will find that no one will be interested in buying from you.
The downside here however is when there is a high demand there is also a lot of competition.
If you choose something you are passionate about then you’ll have more fun and you’ll be more passionate about what you are promoting. When you have something you can put your heart and soul into you will generally do better than if you are promoting something you don’t care about or know nothing about.
Make a list of what you are passionate about. Then do a search on the key words to see how many other people have this same interest. You can do this by using a key-word search. www.goodkeywords.com offer free software you can download. Use this to search for the information. Just type in the key word and see how many results come up, i.e. how many people searched for those word over the last month. Then use your search engine to locate your affiliate program.
For example my personal primary interests evolve around living a better life. This means I am interested in health, wealth, developing better relationships and emotional and spiritual well being. Because I have these fundamental desires I searched for an affiliate program that helped me to attract more of these things into my life.
You may decide to go with just one program. The ideal situation would be to find one program. Understand how it works then branch out to include a few more that connect to your primary interest. Once you’ve understood what’s involved in promoting your primary program it will be only a little more effort to hook up with other programs and start increasing your monthly cheques! You may also find that as you go along you will need to buy a few things for example, web hosting and domain names. You may then see the value of adding these services to your affiliate list too.
For example once I found my primary program I realised I had to advertise in order to get
customers. I also discovered that I really did need my own website even though I had acquired several free ones when I joined my affiliate program. So I learnt all about web hosts and domain names and website design. As I went along I picked up a few more affiliate programs. After much trial and error I came to develop an understanding of the concept of organic search engine optimisation. I loved the whole concept so I added this to my list of programs too.
I have also developed a deeper understanding and appreciation for how Internet business works.
HOW DO I MAKE AN AFFILIATE PROGRAM WORK FOR ME?
The big thing is PROMOTION. You will need to promote your affiliate products or services. When you join an affiliate program you will usually be given one or more free websites and some links and banners. When someone clicks onto the links or banners and purchases the product or service you will receive a commission. This is how affiliate programs work.
Regardless of which program you are involved in, advertising and promoting your links and banners will become your number one priority!
If you are not prepared for this you will not be successful.
It is that simple.
There is no way around this. The best way to do this is by becoming educated in the right things to do. You have a choice of paying for advertising or not paying for advertising.
A great place to start is with understanding how organic search engine optimization works and how to get it to work for you. This method of advertising is time-consuming to get set up if you do it manually but once you’re done it will provide you with an endless source of free targeted traffic to your website. There are software programs you can buy that will get you set up if you’re short on time.
Unfortunately, the truth is that 95% of Internet entrepreneurs make no money. There are lots of reasons for this. Some of the more serious and common reasons are that many people just don’t understand how to promote. Many still don’t even realize that they have to have their own websites. Many spend more money than they are comfortable with because they head down the road of paid advertising and they aren’t in a position to afford this.
My best advice to you is that you enjoy your affiliate programs. Get your own website. Learn about organic search engine optimization and spend your money wisely. I hope this article will help position you for great success with your Internet marketing.
Affiliate Marketing What It Takes
Each of us has its own interest or has a hobby. Some love all kinds of books, music, and movies while others are into sports and traveling. There are also people who love to grow flowers and loves pets. These things help us to relax and forget our everyday problems and troubles and these things are common to people. But not everyone has a hobby that makes money for him/her except if you love your job.
Money making hobby could let you treat your family and friends with the extra cash or you can even quit your current job that you almost certainly hate. That is why many of us today go online to start a business; their reasons are either to supplement their income or to gradually replace their offline income from their job. Affiliate marketing is a great way to start in making money online.
Affiliate marketing is a revenue sharing partnership between a web merchant and one or more affiliates.
The affiliate is paid a commission for referring clicks, leads or most often sales to the merchant. An affiliate’s advantage is that he can make money in a business where he doesn’t have the upfront costs of creating his own product, and he doesn’t have to worry about e-commerce, bookkeeping, or even customer support for it is the merchant’s responsibility.
Now, for sure you want to be an affiliate marketer with all that benefits an affiliate could get. But, do you have what it takes to be an affiliate marketer? Before you begin your venture into affiliate marketing, you need to decide first which area interest you. What products do you know the most
and which products you could do the best job of selling? Once you discover your specialty, perseverance, patience, determination comes next. These are the qualities you should possessed to be a good affiliate marketer.
Too many online business prospectors lose out because they become impatient. You also have to know what your strengths are, the things in which you are good at and your capabilities and abilities related to your chosen streak. And the most important thing is you have to have a strong desire to succeed in affiliate marketing.
To be an affiliate marketer is not an easy task. You have to learn the techniques of marketing your product or service. You shouldn’t be looking at every chance because marketing is all about attracting you to look at this or that particular opportunity. To be a successful affiliate marketer, you should learn how to listen and to be taught because in life we need to learn skills to get by.
For an affiliate marketer, you should know how to market your site effectively, in will enable you to get thousands of visitors coming to your site which transforms into more sales. This only means that the faster you set up a website, the bigger your chances of making money online faster. You should avoid the same mistakes some affiliates make everyday, they are only building a short-term business where they just make a small sale. Make sure you do understand that you should be building a long-term affiliate business and not just something that makes you a few dollars on one sale.
It is also better to have knowledge on how to upsell your visitors for expensive services. This will in turn make you become recognized as an expert in your field and making money will be easier. There are some people thinks that just by having affiliate links on their website will bring them good profits. This can have some truth to it, but then most successful affiliates still believe that making use of strong marketing campaigns for their affiliate programs is still important. But affiliate marketers become much more successful when they treat their customers or online visitors as friends. Make a commitment to establish relationships with your customers and
especially with visitors to your site. It is very important for an affiliate marketer to have a good business relationship with customers or visitors.
Affiliate Marketing: Affiliate Programs Checklist
“All Internet Businesses Are Not Created Equal!”
When building a successful Internet businesses to promote affiliate products and services, you must first have a solid understanding of market research and testing skills. All Internet business opportunities and affiliate programs aren’t created equal. Affiliate programs, associate programs, referral programs or partnership programs are only as good as the businesses behind them.
Make it your goal to identify the very best affiliate programs available in your niche. Research and test until you discover which businesses have the products, services, and marketing systems in place to convert the traffic you send them into profit.
Free franchise anyone? Identifying the best affiliate programs is like finding successful small business franchises, except they are absolutely free. The
types of business owners that are best to target will already have designed, tested and optimized a sales & marketing system that their affiliate sales force can easily plug into and profit from. Affiliates can then concentrate on referring as many qualified prospects to the company’s web site as possible.
Affiliate Program Checklist:
Here’s a great list of criteria to consider when evaluating affiliate programs to promote in your internet business:
* Make sure the web site’s tracking software works properly. Some affiliate tracking software isn’t as accurate as you would like, so be sure that your affiliate id is tracked accurately throughout the system all the way to payment.
* Look for an automated follow-up system promoting your affiliate links. Most sales conversions are made after several e-mail follow-ups are sent. Very rarely do customers buy on the first visit to a web site, so you need smart auto-responders with follow-up sales letters going out automatically to your referrals.
This may be in the form of an e-mail course, an e- zine or a newsletter that contains sales messages promoting your affiliate links. If you can access and replace the links with your own tracking urls, that’s ideal. For full control have smart auto-responders installed on your own web server and create your own series of e-mail follow-ups.
* Affiliate Marketing tools. Look for pre-tested ads and e-mail copy, affiliate banners, satisfied user testimonials that you can include in your own pre- sales copy, viral reports and e-books, etc. Wherever possible, personalize the affiliate programs’ sales & marketing materials and add extra value to the offers. You will want to do this because, in many cases, you’re competing with hundreds of other affiliates for sales.
* A strong affiliate management program is needed. This means a responsive owner or affiliate manager who is easy to contact and provides multiple forms of contact such as phone, an online support desk and e- mail. The main thing is that a quick helpful response is provided.
* Internet marketing training. If you’re counting on earning income from the sales of Affiliates that you’ve referred to a program, take into consideration that many of these people will be new to the internet marketing business. In order to succeed, they will need a good training package.
* An accurate visitor and sales tracking software system you can access online. An affiliate’s virtual office where the number of visitors, sales conversions, and statistics can be tracked to determine what traffic & advertising sources are profitable.
* Multiple forms of payment that can be accepted on a secure server. Some of the major payment forms are major Credit Cards like Visa & Mastercard, Debit Cards, eCheck, Paypal, eGold, etc. The more options offered the better. This includes you pay and not just customer payments
* Strong back-end products that you will profit from. Check that the program allows you to further profit from other products that your referral buys while at the affiliate web site. The program should give you a commission for every product bought not just the one you have referred a subscriber to. One sale should lead to another, each product creating a desire for more.
* Long-term credit for sales made after the first visit. Lifetime is best, a year is good, 6 months is a little bit too short and less than 30 days is too risky. Since most subscribers won’t buy on the first visit, if they choose to buy it will be after receiving about 6 or 7 follow-up messages.
* Pay structure that’s fair to you and to the company. How much will the merchant web site be willing to pay you? There are several ways to earn commissions such as earnings per click or payment for a visitor who follows the lead from your site to the merchant site. Or pay per lead, which requires a visitor to submit details on a lead form. You find this information by requesting it from the program manager. You should not consider programs that are under $.10 as they will not produce enough income.
* Quick payment schedule. Look to get paid as quickly as possible. Most programs pay once a month although there are several that pay bimonthly and there are even a few where you can get paid daily.
* Low commission pay out threshold. This is the amount of sales commission you must earn before being paid. It should not be too high. If you don’t get paid for a month’s commissions because of the threshold, make sure that the payment gets rolled over to the next month.
* Residual income potential. You can leverage your time and effort by selling subscription based services like membership programs that bill monthly and pay residual commissions. This way you receive a monthly income from each referral as long as they stay members. You can also create residual income by promoting multi-tier affiliate programs that pay you for recruiting or referring other webmasters as affiliates.
* Fast automated product fulfillment. The quicker the customer receives a good product when they order, the better the chances of them purchasing more products in the future.
* Great customer service. Make sure that the merchant web site has a good customer service program available for your referrals should they have comments, questions or need further assistance.
* Good reputation. Does the merchant web site have a good reputation with both their customers and affiliates? This is one of the most important factors when dealing with a merchant site. To get an idea of the reputation of the merchant company, speak to other affiliates who are part of the program. They will tell you whether they are happy with the treatment they receive.
Many good programs don’t fill all of these criteria. But, the more support they do have in place the better your chances of building a successful small business income marketing on the Internet.”
1.000.000$ With Google In 6 Months
Did you know?
That internet advertising revenues reached an estimated new record of $4.2 billion for the third quarter of 2006 and that the internet advertising market has been growing more than 30% for the last 4 consecutive years.
“Google reported revenues of $3.66 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2007”
Google Adsense is revolutionizing the web, high school kids are making fortunes per month with Adsense paying their classes and helping their fathers paying the bills at home. Lawyers and doctors gaved up their practices to make millions with Google.
Thanks to Google Adsense revenues the internet is growing faster each day, while Google is paying the bills webmasters to create more quality websites with free content and utilities for everyone, websites that you look for when your cash flow is fading. People create websites just for making money with Adsense and this reason is reflecting on the web contributing to the fast growth of thousands of websites and ideas that born every day.
When you use Adwords to promote your products you are sponsoring and brought to life a new star
a rising website that can be a must value to the web.
That’s why Google Adsense/Adwords programs are so great because everybody wins, advertisers pay per click and make sales using Adwords, clicks and impressions are made by the Adsense publishers that receive compensation, it’s a rollercoster that never stops so therefore it is unbeatable.
It’s called “revenue sharing” and it’s the most powerfull internet marketing tool you will ever find!
Thousands of people every day discover Adsense and start making money at home with their websites, they share the secret with others and when others make money everyone makes money, that’s why I had the trouble to write and
distribute this little article, to spread the good news and off course make my own fortune.
If you have a website and are looking for a serious income this is the perfect opportunity for you to grab, Adsense is the best money making program circulating on the web, one of the most well paid if not the number 1 and best
of all it is real!
Join Google Adsense free and retire from your job in months, use Google Adwords to rise up your business and become a millionaire in the next year.
Let me show you the headline 1.000.000 in 6 months:
Besides the Adsense earnings and the Adwords traffic that you can generate you can also make big money referring others to the Adwords and Adsense programs, when they use the programs you get paid, well paid.
This is how the programs work, my own Google words:
“When an advertiser who signed up for Google AdWords through your referral spends $5.00 (in addition to the $5.00 sign-up fee) within 90 days of sign-up, you will be credited with $5.00. When that same advertiser spends $100.00 within 90 days of sign-up, you will be credited with an additional $40.00. If, in any 180-day period, you refer 20 advertisers who each spend more than $100.00 within 90 days of their respective sign-ups, you will be awarded a $600.00 bonus.”
“When a publisher who signed up for Google AdSense through your referral earns $5.00 within 180 days of sign-up, you will be credited with $5.00. When that same publisher earns $100.00 within 180 days of sign- up and is eligible for payout, you will be credited with an additional $250.00. If, in any 180 day period, you refer 25 publishers who each earn more than $100.00 and are all eligible for payout, you will be awarded a $2,000.00 bonus.”
Do I need to say anything else to convince you to sign up? I Don’t think so.
Just do the math and you will find out the potential of your earnings, if you already know the programs you know what im talking about and have a better perspective, if you don’t I tell you this, you can look but I guarantee that
does not exist anything else like it.
And don’t worry, take it easy, take your time, it doesn’t matter if you don’t understand any of this, the only matter is that you have a website and want to make money with it, in the process, you will discover how everything works and
how to succeed in your goals.
That’s for this and many other reasons that Google is and will be the internet’s number 1 for many years to come!
Follow the path, become rich and make your dreams come true forever!!