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Affiliate Internet Marketing: How to Build Customer Loyalty in Affiliate Internet Marketing

Oct 9, 2007
Whether you do affiliate internet marketing or some other type of work, you are in business to make money. You put in the time and capital to build your affiliate business and you expect to make a positive return on your investment (ROI). Unfortunately for many affiliates, the ROI is all they see. By doing this, they are overlooking a critical factor that could explode whatever online affiliate program they are currently promoting.

In your affiliate business, there are going to be problems that arise which are out of your control. A major factor in how your customers react to it will depend on what kind of relationship you have established with them. Building a loyal customer base is essential to growing your affiliate business.

Here are a few tips to help you build that customer loyalty.

1. Standout
If you are a member of an internet marketing affiliate program that has hundreds of affiliates selling the same product and using the same sales page then how is a potential customer going to know the difference between you and the other affiliates?

They won't. For that reason alone you should get your own website or better still get a blog. Sign up at Wordpress and start posting information on whatever is relevant to your internet marketing affiliate program.Search engines love blogs since they are typically updated on a regular basis.

Blogs are also a great place to get your personality out there. Showcase some travel photos and invite people to send you theirs. Create your own blog forum or chat room. The point is to separate yourself from the other affiliates in that particular program, raise your internet visibility and find areas of common ground that allow you to connect with your customers. Get people to your blog (make sure you have a way to capture their contact information) before you send them on to the main page of your online affiliate program.

2. Presell
The general definition of presell is to advertise a product before it becomes available to the general public in the hopes of creating a buzz. Preselling works a little bit differently with an internet marketing affiliate program. In this case you write an article related to your niche with a link in your resource box pointing toward the main affiliate page (or better still your own website). Place the content on your website and submit it to some article directories. Then write another article. Keep in mind the information should be useful and not just a series of sales pitches.

3. The After Sell
We've all dealt with companies that turned on the charm when they wanted us to open our wallet and give until it hurts. After the sale it's like you never existed. If someone purchases a product thru your affiliate link, thank them by sending a personal follow up message. Let them know you are available to answer any questions they may have. From there you can periodically send them useful tips to help them get the most out of the product. You must make it clear to your customers that you see them as people and not as an atm machine. Good after selling goes a long way to establishing more connections.

When it comes to doing business online or off, sincerity does matter. By standing out from the crowd, providing quality information and following up with customers after the initial sale, you can establish a first-class relationship with your prospects, which in turn will put you on the road to affiliate internet marketing success.
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Daryl Campbell invites you to get more free tips, video, step by step coaching and up to the minute information to grow your successful online business at Internet Marketing Guide
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