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5 Affiliate Marketing Tips

Jinger Jarrett
Aug 17, 2007
Marketing affiliate programs is no different from marketing products and services. The marketing techniques that you use are the same.

The difference is that you are competing against other affiliate marketers, and you will need to differentiate yourself to get the sale.

Below are five things you can do to improve your affiliate marketing efforts:

1. Target your market.
Before you start marketing your affiliate programs, you need to know who you are marketing to. This will help you decide what marketing methods will be the most effective for you so that you can write marketing messages and content that target your actual market.

For example, if your site sells gardening tools, you want to make sure that you write content that is specifically tailored to those that need gardening tools. Is your market made up of beginning gardeners, or would your product actually help beginning gardeners with their gardening?

2. Build a theme based website.
By building a themed based website around the keywords that you select for your affiliate programs, you can offer a content rich website to visitors that includes articles, product reviews, news on your topic, as well as tools, free ebooks, and tips on your topic.

By offering more value to your potential customers, you are giving visitors a reason to want to do business with you. A website also gives you an opportunity to market complementary products, offering even more value to visitors because you are creating a valuable resource on your topic.

3. Build a list.
It is possible to sell your affiliate products directly to visitors by sending them to the merchant page. However, you will be building the merchant's list instead of your own. Also, chances are likely that the visitor won't buy the first time, and you'll lose that visitor forever.

By building a list, you have a greater chance of converting your visitors to buyers because you can continue to market your affiliate programs repeatedly to those on your list. This allows you to recycle your traffic, as well as make other offerings to your visitors. This can increase your profits.

4. Don't sell, presell.
It is the merchant's job to sell the product. What you want to do is give the visitor more reasons to buy. Write a product review of the product and give visitors more information on the product. Tell them things they won't find out from reading the sales letter. You can also tell them about your experience with the product. Offering more information on the product increases the value of the product for your visitors.

Also, by preselling, you are helping your visitors decide whether or the product will solve their problems. Visitors aren't looking to buy, they are looking for solutions to their problems. Show your visitors how your affiliate product will solve their problems, and you'll make the sale.

5. Market more than one program.
By building a website, not only does it give you an opportunity to build a list, make yourself different from your competitors, and offer more value, it also allows you to market more than one program. You can write multiple reviews on multiple programs. Offer pay per click, pay per lead, and pay per sale programs to diversify your income. Not only does this increase the value of your website by offering more information than visitors can find elsewhere, it will increase your income because you are creating multiple streams of income for your affiliate business.

Affiliate marketing is an easy way to start a business and make money because you don't have to worry about customer service or product creation. This allows you to focus your efforts on marketing. By focusing your efforts on marketing, you'll quickly make more money.
About the Author
Jinger Jarrett will teach you how to market your business on the internet for free. You'll get thousands of dollars in valuable free ebooks, ecourses, tools, software, and tutorials, including "Affiliate Cash" and "Affiliate Money Machine", when you visit her blog at http://www.askjinger.com
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