Getting Started with Affiliate Programs

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Affiliate Marketing is probably one of the most popular forms of Internet Marketing, since it doesn’t involve having to create, stock, or sell problems of your own. You simply earn commissions from referring customers to the affiliated product. It is pure marketing, in that you promote and advertise for a third party.

As I mentioned before whatever you do with Internet Marketing you are basically connecting customers and products. Therefore, finding the right customers, and the right products, is essential.

These days most large online retailers, such as Amazon and eBay, have affiliate programs. There are also vast networks of affiliate programs for almost every industry you can think of. Commissions will vary widely, from around 6% for a book or DVD from Amazon to 75% or more from selling digital products such as eBooks, Software or Memberships. Some affiliate programs will pay fixed fees, such as $50 per customer. Some will even pay recurring commissions, for services that are billed monthly or members for private sites. It’s easy to see why this form of marketing is attractive.

If you want to earn good money from affiliate programs it’s essential you aim for one that suits you. Some marketers will swear by targeting smaller, less overcrowded niches, so you can focus your efforts there and become a big fish in a small pond. Others will aim for higher payouts, so even though the amount of sales might be lower, the overall profits are good. It’s different for everyone.

One of the first things you do is decide what, and how, to promote. Traditionally paying directly for clicks has been proven to work, but getting it wrong can cost you dearly. Using a system such as Googles Adwords you bid on keywords, pay for every click from that keyword, and direct that visitor to a page where, hopefully, they’ll buy. As an example we’ll say you’re promoting a company that sells motorcycles. These are high value items, with considerable potential rewards. If an average sale of $10000 nets you $650 in commissions, and 1 in 1000 customers you send to the website buys, you know that you can afford to spend around $1.50 per customer. Spend less per customer, make more money. You’d therefore target keywords in Google with terms such as “Buy Motorcycle” – but that would be too vague, and cost dearly. So perhaps “2013 Suzuki GSX-R 750″ is a little more targeted. Perhaps you’d discover customers are unlikely to buy a motorcycle online at all, or it’s only 1 in 10000 who’d buy, but the beauty of Pay Per Click campaigns with Adwords and others is that you can quickly get a feel of how much traffic will cost, and how much you could potentially make. Another example is to target local sales, e.g. “Cable TV in Virginia” or “Broadband in Miami, Florida”. Still massive markets.

The other major way of getting traffic is through the search engines directly, so called Organic Search. These are the sites people visit when searching for information or even when looking to buy. To be successful here your site, or pages on your site, must rank highly, preferably on the first page, for terms people use to search. Getting ranked high is an industry in itself, but in short the keywords you use, the sites that link to you, the age of the site, and the content all contribute. It’s always best to aim your site at your human visitor first and worry about the search engines last, as good quality content, regularly produced, will always win out. Sites such as Blogs, Review Sites, and Forums are all easy to build content for in specific niches. Take for example Amazons affiliate program. You might decide to drill down through the categories (Amazons “Best Sellers” in niche categories are a good start) and start promoting their “Garmin Approach G3 Golf GPS Unit”. It’s a specific item in a popular but still less crowded niche (and as a bonus, golf players tend to have more disposable income). You could build a few pages around that product, and others, and start including articles on GPS systems in golf to build content. At around $160-$200 a pop the commissions could add up on this one item. WordPress is a great platform for building niche sites. A content site that grows over time could slowly target every variation of keyword, increasing your rankings as you do.

The great advantage of affiliate marketing is that once you’ve found that ideal product and that ideal audience you build from there, either tweaking your PPC campaigns, adding more products to your portfolio, adding content to your sites, or driving traffic from other sources such as social networks, youtube, or even offline (print ads, flyers, phone). Most of the effort involved in affiliate marketing is driving all this traffic. Some affiliate programs even increase commissions are you get more sales, and the top affiliates often benefit from one-to-one partnerships rather than fixed percentages.

Most marketers will start with affiliate marketing due to the ease of starting up. I won’t say it’s easy making a big income, but once you understand how it works there’s only really one way to go… up!

Finally, a popular affiliate site that sells digital products is Clickbank. You can often enjoy 50% commissions plus on products from here, since the seller has no real overheads other than providing their products digitally. Other websites even offer 100% commissions on digital products, usually direct from the site rather an affiliate network, since to the seller the value is not that initial sale, but rather the lifetime of the customer. All this is worth noting when you consider that affiliate marketing not only refers to you making sales as the affiliate, but the flip side – getting affiliates to sell for YOU…

 

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PLR Bargains – Dimesale

Here’s a quick update on a new Dimesale from Greg Lloyd.

(If you’re quick you’ll get it for around $5 !)

These come with Private Label Rights and Master Resale Rights. Meaning you can:

  1. Edit the packages to sell as your own.
  2. Include in your own packages.
  3. Create your own Sales.
  4. Giveaway – perhaps with an OTO or Upsell
  5. Or – as they are mean to be – learn from yourself!

The software included is:

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  • Facebooking Craze For Internet Marketers
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  • Dog Obedience
  • Cat Training
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Here’s another tip:

Create a Blog – say, “Overcoming Shyness”. Each day or week post extracts from the book, with an option to buy the complete book. OR post the complete book, and use affiliate links for income. Don’t forge tthe “Article Master” product above also contains a ton of fresh articles.

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How To Win With Affiliate Programs

So, what is the best strategy to win with an affiliate program?

Most people starting out on the Internet will probably try affiliate programs first, as they are a great way to make money without having a product of your own. And there are affiliate programs for many, many different businesses.

Some pay only a small amount, so you must have a large volume of sales to make real money – this is true for sites such as Amazon. Some will pay big just for getting a “lead”, i.e. getting someone to submit an application or fill out a form, that is true for many loan and credit card companies. But the vast majority will pay a percentage of the sale, anywhere from 5% to 100%.

In real-world retailing, where you are perhaps selling anything from gym equipment to car parts, you can expect low commissions. On contract-based or financial items, such as mobile phones and credit cards, you can expect a lot more. It’s how, for example, mobile phone resellers can afford to throw in a free laptop… their commissions are THAT high!

But the big problem with these resell affiliate deals is that you are fighting with thousands of other affiliates, all selling the same product. It’s hard to differentiate yourself, and it will cost a lot in pay-per-click ads if you take that route.

In the digital realm, of re-selling ebooks, websites, video files and the rest you can make a lot more, and a lot easier. Most of these companies will pay you via PayPal or Clickbank, some even right up to 100% since their main profits come from their back-end offers. They are basically enticing you to promote their products, sometimes giving you the whole sale, in exchange for a new customer.

But after all this, who is really winning?

Answer: The Affiliate Providers!

So to get back to our first question, how to win with affiliate programs: run your own :)

Think about it. You need sales, and you need traffic. You might want a big e-mail list, or database of customers, or just people to visit your site. Instead of getting out there and promoting and chasing customers yourself, why not run an affiliate program and get other people to bring the customers to you.

And it’s easy to do these days. There are simple scripts you can use with PayPal, or even third party sites such as PayDotCom.Com – but by far the quickest, and perhaps the most professional company, are ClickBank.

ClickBank have been around almost as long as the Internet Marketing “boom” itself. You can offer up to 75% commissions through ClickBank, and your product / site will also appear in their marketplace. Affiliates can find you there, and through a simple link promote your product for you. ClickBank will pay the affiliate, and you, every two weeks.

You can sell almost anything, but ClickBank is geared for digital products in the main. That can be anything from e-books, to videos, to site memberships, to product bundles. The process is simple and elegant, you simply specify the landing page, so ClickBank will accept the payment and send the visitor to your page.

So the next time you need traffic, signups, and sales consider running an affiliate program. Instead of putting 100% of your effort into finding customers, put it into finding affiliates. Before long, you could have a digital army of professional marketers promoting your product for you – and giving you the chance to make money but more importantly finding customers. After all, a customer is worth far more than the initial sale.

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For a great overview to running your own Affiliate Program, try the brand new Affiliate System Explosion from Rodger Hyatt.

In this series of videos you can literally watch over Rodgers shoulder as he shows you how to set up your affiliate account, find those important “Super Affiliates”, and provide them with the tools they need to promote YOUR product.

Rodgers videos show you how to master the technical side as well as the marketing side of your own affiliate program. And he’s even thrown in four very useful bonuses, such as “My Internet Marketing Newsletter” and “Deadly Webmaster Mistakes” – extra treats since this package is already priced at a very low point.

So for an in depth but easily understandable guide to running your OWN Affiliate Program and recruiting an army of affiliates to sell YOUR product, try Rodger Hyatt’s “Affiliate System Explosion”. Available for direct download, right now.

Affiliate System Explosion

Christmas Sale

You know… I was really trying to get away from promoting multi-sales like this. But when an offer this good comes along I have to let you know. It’s relevant to the subject matter of this blog, and it can help an awful lot of people.

This time around it’s a Christmas Sale. Nothing to do with Christmas of course, and no doubt you’ll see a lot of these over the next few weeks!

But this a good for two reasons: $9.97 (if you access today, it rises over the week) and 100% Commissions. That should satisfy the frugal, the affiliates, and the resellers/bundlers :)

Here’s a selection of the products in the quick sale. Visit the site for the complete skinny. These I think are the standout items in the collection, including techniques and processes you can put into good use.

Super Thank You Pages – great templates for your product download areas.

Niche Blogging Profits – a cool guide to start small, simple, profitable blogs.

Atomic Web 2.0 – Forget the old traffic methods, Web 2.0 is where it’s at!

Adsense Ready Niche Sites – Add them to your network

Sneaky Cost Cutters – Save on hosting, domain names, and more

Bumbling Idiot Makes $5.000 A Week – Says it all!

Local Business Fortune – Many folks succeed here, target locally

Affiliate Review Riches – Another new method, creating “review sites”

Guru Traffic Secrets – Copy the best!

There’s a lot more, as I said, including PLR, Templates and other products you can use, resell, or whatever takes your fancy.

The Christmas Sale

Traffic Tools Pack

Brett Ingram has just released his new Web Traffic package.

This is a collection of tools that can help you increase the traffic to your web pages, in many unique and interesting ways. And, since traffic = profits , this is a very useful collection.

There are 15 products included in total, such as:

Give-A-Tron – How to get happy subscribers.
Intelligent 404 – Put your error pages to work
Exit Feedback Trapper – Interesting take on exit-traffic
PR Ninja – Boost your PageRank
SEO Spider – Essential competitor research
Content Clamp – Squeeze content!
Squeeze Buzz – Squeeze page maestro

Plus: a selection of top guides on List Building, Advertising and S.E.O. , the Multi Media Autoresponder software, and much more.

To see the full contents and to grab your copy, please click below:

Web Traffic Tools

(And… Shhh! …. Brett is offering 100% Commissions!)

Review: $5 Traffic System

I came across this product today being promoted by quite a few marketers. It’s a report that details a neat way to get traffic, and it only costs $5.

This traffic technique involves using Squidoo and/or Hubpages to focus on your niche.

It’s not just creating a quick page, it’s how you list and promote that page that counts. And by using Google you can find exactly where your page should be posted for maximum traffic and pagerank.

You can send traffic to almost any page using the system, but it works best for detailed search terms. If your lens or hubpage is built around a affiliate program, perhaps a clickbank product, then you can expect sales as well as traffic!

Of course, you could also funnel this traffic through a lens or hubpage back to your own main site or blog, and gain extra visitors or subscribers that way.

This is a short, really simple technique and it’s refreshing in that it’s not full of fluff and filler.

$5 Traffic Method

The reason so many people are promoting this? It pays 100% Commissions!

Try this method if you need traffic, the kind of highly targeted traffic the search engines deliver. It’s simple to use and if you feel it’s of no use, and even though it’s only $5, you can have a full refund.

Traffic Tornado Dimesale

Traffic Tornado is an excellent tips bundle that aims to help you drive as many visitors as possible to your site , promotion or link. This includes the new “750 Traffic Tips” product that was released just a week or so ago!

For just $6.95 you’ll get:

750 Traffic Tips: The full 6 Volume Package containing traffic building, site optimization, fast traffic, long-term traffic, and monetization reports.

Traffic Tidbits Pro (with the Advanced Edition!)

Traffic Dictionary A-Z

Traffic 2.0

This complete bundle is just $6.95 , availiable to download immediately while the promotion is running!

Traffic Tornado

Niche RSS Feed Generator

Here’s a very useful tool you can use to help automatically generate content for Blogs, Websites etc.

It’s called Niche RSS Feeds Generator and it will build feeds for you from many sources, for subjects you define. Such as:

Articles Feed, News Feed, Video Feed, Podcast Feed, and the best part: Affiliate Feeds from Clickbank, Amazon and Ebay.

This means you simply define a feed and place it in your Blog with a simple feed displaying script, and you have automatic content with articles, videos and podcasts as well as with affiliate links!

A VERY cool tool, and yours for just $9.97 (that’s $10 off!)

Niche RSS Feeds Generator

New Dimesales

First we have the latest Frugal Friday deal.

You’ll get 12 really cool Squeeze Page templates you can use to build your list, the “Internet Marketers Guide to Web Design and Graphics” which is a great tutorial on web techniques, from a marketers perspective. And you’ll get 5 Ultra Simple Tactics for Traffic Generation.

You’ll also get a good beginners guide called “Newbie Money Making” there!

Frugal Friday Deal

This is, as I said, around the $5 to $6 price if you act fast. Plus you can earn 100% Commissions.

Over at Dimesale Dollars you’ll get some very nice video packages, with Master Resale Rights plus a couple more products for around $7. Again, this price is rising so it depends on when you act on this.

* List Building Basics Videos – Master Resale Rights
* Google Adwords Basics Videos – MRR
* Traffic Hybrid System – Master Resale Rights
* Niche Video Empire Video – MRR

And as a bonus: Video Game $$$ (personal use) all about the lucrative gaming market!

Dimesale Dollars

Again, 100% Comms.

Income From Membership Sites

You’ve probably heard this before: Paid Membership sites are ideal for generating recurring income.

It’s an excellent business model!

The appeal is obvious. Set up a site, and promote as you would any product, but this time you get paid every month that purchaser remains a member.

The main reason it’s not as common as you think is that people tend to think it’s difficult to set up and maintain a flourishing members site.

That’s where this new product comes in. “Membership Income Methodology” is only $9.95 but it’s packed with value.

Find and target niche, and create a Membership site around it. Your site can contain software, interviews, articles, and tutorials. Keep adding valuable content, keep promoting, and maybe include an affiliate program to really get those new members flooding in.

This product is a full video course on running and maintaining a Membership Site. It covers everything from finding your niche, choosing a model, using the right scripts, creating the content, getting the new members, and much more.

Membership Income Methodology

Even at this low price there’s still some interesting bonuses included, and it’s all ready for you to download right now.

Discover how to really make a Membership Site work – grab this course!

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