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Affiliate Marketing At Its Best

Aug 17, 2007
Most people, when they begin a work at home business, first consider affiliate marketing as a method for generating an income. This is of course is one of the best places to start. There are a lot of perks that come with affiliate marketing. However, there is also a big misconception that it is the easiest thing a work at home beginner will ever do. It isnt, not unless you consider these tips.

You need a served market. Not all markets are goldmines. There are a lot of underserved markets out there and theyre that way for a reason- there is no money in them. In order to be profitable you need to locate potential niche markets and market affiliate products to them. You also have to determine the profit potential of that market before you get in. One way to determine if there is profit potential is to examine if an affiliate product already exists in the niche you are targeting. You can do this by searching at ClickBank marketplace. Look over existing products and see if there is a profitable affiliate program in place.

You need a list. Many affiliates assume that because they are promoting someone elses product, rather than their own,they dont need to connect with people. Nothing could be further from the truth. You need a list, because the money is in the list. But creating a list is only half the work you should have a relationship with your subscribers. The real profits are in the relationship you have with your list. Its a myth that your list has to be massive in order to be a super affiliate (although it is helpful), its how responsive your list is that makes the real difference.

You need to create a direct response. One of the most effective methods to creating affiliate commissions is to set up a simple direct response website to market your chosen affiliate program. This is called an affiliate leads response page. You want to have just one page for this site so that your visitor does not get distracted with anything else.

It should contain an opt-in page and a redirect to the affiliate sales page. This setup will allow you to
capture leads and to make profits from your website over and over.

Follow up with your leads. You will need an auto responder to feed your customers high quality content that they cant wait to devour. Your content should educate and build a relationship with your prospective customers. You can create a 7 day mini e-course or a monthly newsletter. Map out a schedule for your content.

Actively promote your lead capture page. You need send to traffic to your website, without it you have no business. Dont promote for a week or two and expect to generate a massive response. Many affiliates dont promote as hard as they should. You want to get to as many targeted visitors as possible to your leads capture page. This means getting in front of as many people as possible as often as possible. You can do this with Google adwords, articles, and getting active in forums. The more your out there the better.

Affiliate marketing is a great place to start for a work at home beginner but dont get caught up in the appeal of promoting other peoples products for a commission. Affiliate marketing like any other marketing method is work. Done correctly, however, it can produce a passive income for any looking to work from home.
About the Author
Jeff Casmer is an internet marketing consultant with career sales over $25,000,000. His "Top Ranked" Work at Home Directory gives you all the information you need to start and prosper with your own Internet Home Based Business.
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