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Affiliate Marketing - 3 Steps to Online Success

Ginger Coleen
May 25, 2008
Every affiliate marketer is always looking for the successful market that reaps the largest paycheck. Sometimes they look for a magic formula but a simple plan works much better. Affiliate marketing isn't rocket science, but you do need to have a strategy. It takes proven marketing practices, hard work and dedication.

Many tactics that worked before with online marketing continue to work today. With these top three affiliate marketing tips, you'll increase your profits and shine in the affiliate marketing world.

Practice #1 - Always use unique web pages to promote each separate product you're marketing. Don't lump all your products together on one page or website. Web hosting is very cheap today and it's much better to have a site focused on each product.

Always include a product review on your website. This will help visitors to feel that someone has used the product and believe in it.

Include testimonials from users who have already tried the product. Be sure the testimonial customers are more than willing to allow you to use their names and photos on the site. If you're just starting out, you may be able to find testimonials on the product owner's website.

Write articles outlining the use of the product and put them on the website. Make the pages eye-catching, persuasive and ask them to act on the information. Each headline should compel the reader and encourage them to read even more. Always emphasize the benefits of the product.

Offer free reports to your readers. If possible position them at the very top side of your page so they simply cannot be missed. You can also use these as autoresponder messages that will be mailed to those who input their personal information into your sign up box. According to research, a sale is closed usually on the seventh contact with a prospect. So, it's very important to have an autoresponder.

Practice #2 -- Two things can happen when a prospect lands on your website: they will either purchase from you or they will click away from the page, never to return. When you send helpful information to them on a regular basis, you'll build a relationship and remind them of your product. Always ensure that the content of your messages are directed towards the benefits and specific reasons to buy the product. Never make your messages sound hyped up like a sales pitch.

If you offered the free reports mentioned above, make sure that they opt-in to your autoresponder before they can download the reports. Focus on important points like how your product can make life and things easier and more enjoyable. Include compelling subject lines in your email messages. As much as possible, avoid using the word "free" because there are still older spam filters that will dump the message before your potential customer can ever read it.

Practice #3 -- There should be a major focus on targeting the traffic to your website based on your product. When the people visiting your site have little or no interest in what you're offering, you won't make sales and they won't come back. Post articles to ezine publications and article directories. This is really an easy way to market and can be extremely effective and lucrative.

Try to write a minimum of 2 articles per week, of at least 300-600 words in length. By continuously writing and maintaining these articles you can generate as many as 100 targeted readers to your site in a day. In fact, if you click on one of the links in the resource box below, you can learn how to generate a lot more than 100 readers with one article. Always remember that only 1 out of 100 people are likely to buy your product or get your services. If you can generate as much as 1,000 targeted hits for your website in a day, that means you can make 10 sales based on the average statistic. If you consider that you can make about $25 on an average priced Clickbank product and you multiply your daily earnings by 30 days per month, that's $7,500 per month. Not bad for a little bit of persistence and article writing.

The methods I've shown you are not hard. All that's required is a little bit of time and making sure you take action.

Use these tips for more than one affiliate marketing programs. Create a niche of complimentary programs and you can provide yourself with a really good income. All you need is a plan and persistence. Just think of all the things you will be able to do with the huge income you will create!
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