Friday, 14 October 2011

10 Amazing Affiliate Marketing Tips

1. Diversify your product portfolio

By advertising a wide variety of products for different companies, you secure your income . Why? Because you never know how long a certain product will continue to sell successfully.

2. Take one step at time

Begin with one website and a handful of relevant affiliate products. This will give you a chance to learn the ropes. Trying to start up too many sites and affiliate programs when you start out as an affiliate marketer can mean you don’t have enough time to dedicate to each one. Once you have found the winning formula you can repeat it over and over again.

3. Believe in your product

Make sure you test any product you promote thoroughly before you begin to sell it. By promoting it to your customers you are putting your reputation on the line so making sure the product does what it is supposed to do is just good business sense.

Check out the company selling the product you are promoting. Is their customer service up to scratch? Is their site professional and easy to navigate? Will they treat your customers as you would wish them to?

4. Send customers directly to sales page

If your affiliate link leads to a home page, your customers are going to have to search for the product, meaning a lower conversion rate and less commission for you. So, you need to select affiliate programs that link directly to the sales page for the product you are promoting.

5. Review your payment terms

Check out the payment terms of each affiliate program you join. What percentage can you expect to get from each sale? Will you be paid only for a sale, or will you get commission for each sales lead you generate?

6. Lifetime commissions equal lifetime profits

Try to find affiliate programs that have lifetime commissions. With a lifetime commission you receive a percentage of the sale price every time a customer you have recommended buys from the merchant site, whether they use your affiliate link or not.

7. Promote, promote and promote!.

You can have a great website promoting high quality affiliate products, and fantastic sales copy that would convince the most skeptical visitor to buy, but if you don’t have any traffic to your site you are not going to make a profit. Successful affiliates spend around 75% of their working hours on marketing and only around 25% on building, upgrading and improving their sites.

8. Sneaky or subtle?

Many internet users have become so accustomed to banner and sidebar links that they tend to ignore them. Others are reluctant to click on obvious affiliate links. Embedding subtle text links into your website content can make your customers feel they are simply moving to another page of your site and tend to attract more clicks.

The key to successful affiliate promotions is pre-selling on your site before the customer clicks on the link. This way when they click on the recommended link they are pretty much sold already.

9. Use your resources

When you join an affiliate program, check the company’s website to see if they have relevant articles for you to download and reprint. Including these articles on your site will increase your site content and you can include affiliate links at the top and bottom of the article.

10. Build a customer list

Just because you’re selling someone else’s product doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have your own list of customers. The wealthiest affiliates build assets. It makes sense to build your own customer list rather than sending your traffic directly to the vendor’s website.

By building your own list of subscribers, you have the opportunity to build a relationship and promote products to them on a long-term basis.

This are the basics of building your affiliate marketing business, I hope you this tips help you will your affiliate marketing goals. 

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