Dispelling an affiliate marketing myth
The promise of earning profits without really doing much of anything has attracted a sizeable number of individuals to the Internet in general and affiliate marketing in particular. However, the questions that arise as a result of this perception are these: Does affiliate marketing really work this way? And does anyone believe that s/he can earn a profit withouty really doing much?
Such a perception is derived from a description of affiliate marketing that is only half true. That all an affiliate is required to do is simply place merchants’ ads on their websites and then virtually do nothing but wait for someone to click on one or more of those ads and later collect his/her profits. Easy, right? Well, not quite! Many affiliates earn almost nothing from their affiliate programs simply because they do nothing. They fail to grasp that affiliate marketing is but another form of marketing and, as such, affiliates definitely need to market their merchants’ products in order to earn.
Successful affiliates in any program simply don’t sit there and wait for money to come in, because there is no money in simply sitting and waiting. If you want to achieve success in affiliate marketing; and if you want to consistently grow your affiliate checks, you’ll be compelled to do something. To think of creative and unique ways of promoting your merchants’ products and services. Think of ways to induce your website’s visitors to click on the link or ad provided to you by your merchant. In other words, think of ways on how to increase your affiliate sales!
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So if you’re new to affiliate marketing and you try to follow the easy go lucky route that most unsuccessful affiliate marketers follow, then you’re definitely on the wrong track. But we’re not advising you to stop right there. Rather, we want you to take some steps to make your affiliate program work better and gain more commissions for you. How? The paragraphs which follow consist of a few guidelines that may help you to continually grow your affiliate checks:
You can promote do a better job promoting your merchants’ products and services if you are thoroughly familiar with them and their uses; and in order to gain such knowledge, the best thing you can do is purchase your merchants’ products yourself. This way you can tell your customers about your first-hand experience using the products. You can even write a testimonial or a personal endorsement ad aboutthem; but even you are unabler to purchase the products, you can at least research them.
Get your own web hosting space or at least purchase a domain name that is short, easy to remember and relevant to the topic of your website. You certainly wouldn’t expect a visitors to remember a very long and incomprehensible URL; because if that’s the case you also wouldn’t expect them to visit your website any time soon; which would mean less traffic for your site and the less chance for your affiliate ads and links to be clicked.
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It is also a good idea to create a private website and offer access to it to anybody who clicks on any of your affiliate ads. Visitors usually get interested with these private websites; and you must keep in mind that private websites also provide you with a venue to promote your back-end affiliate products.
Many merchants usually wouldn’t mind if you write and design your own ads for their products, as long as you obtain permission from them and present them with a copy of the particular ad before posting it on your site. This gives you a greater advantage over a lot of other affiliates who might be advertising the same affiliate products.
If you previously ignored chat rooms discussion boards and forums, then it is time for you to start focusing your attention on these sources of leads via increased exposure. You can start your own chat or join an existing chat related to your product. You don’t have to promote your affiliate product at once, but find the chance to advertise and promote it as you go along. The same would be true for message boards, discussion boards and forums.
Create a free ezine or newsletter
Ezines and newsletters are periodical publications whose aim is to inform a group of people about a certain subject. In your ezines and newsletters, you don’t always have to promote your merchant’s product since doing so could greatly annoy your subscribers. Rather, find a way to insert your affiliate ads and links on some portions of the letter; but don’t forget to promote your ezine or newsletter on your website.
These are but a few guidelines on how you can increase your affiliate sales and continually grow your affiliate checks. Of course there are several other tips which can be incorporated into your marketing strategy if you think they would work; we won’t discourage you from utilizing them. What’s important is that you be able to find a way to attract more traffic to your site; induce your visitors to click on the ads on your site; and be able to promote your merchants’ products even outside the boundary of your website. If you can do these, there’s no you shouldn’t be able to grow your affiliate marketing business.