Above all else in marketing: Traffic!
An affiliate marketer may have all the attributes needed to succeed in the business of affiliate marketing. That is to say, s/he may have the necessary drive, diligence and perseverance required to understand how the system works; and s/he may have all the tools necessary to maintain such a business, least of which is a really unique and interesting website which could earn him/her a fortune, if only the whole world could see it.
However, all these tools and resources would prove useless if the affiliate is unable to drive traffic to the aforementioned unique and interesting website. The inability to drive traffic to a website or product page would cause any affiliate marketing business to sink into oblivion; and with it, all the sales, dreams and fortunes that the affiliate could otherwise have realized with a constant flow of laser-targeted traffic to that site.
Getting people who matter to visit an affiliate’s website or product page is a difficult undertaking, especially when rivaling affiliates and other competing interests are taken into consideration; because the immensity of this incredible Internet marketplace, as well as the affiliate marketing environment, has given birth to as fierce a competition among affiliate marketers as any that exists; and each affiliate has his/her own “great” product to offer.
Based on such competition and and all the additional websites piling on top of each other, it begs the question, how would one individual be able to make an affiliate site stand out? The answer is, there are ways to accomplish this and we will discuss seven methods we believe would be most effective in driving laser-targeted traffic to a website. Keep in mind, however, that the affiliate would have to add an additional attribute – which we will label “passionate determination” – if s/he is to succeed.
Utilize search engines and exchange links
Optimizing for, and rely on search engines and what they can add to the affiliate marketer’s site. Here’s why: Search engines are the most popular resources on the Internet for driving free targeted traffic to a website and therefore must be utilized by any webmaster (website owner) who needs traffic. Managing to get top search engine rankings is vital in building popularity links; and the use of adequate and well placed keywords is important in attaining this goal.
Once a website is on top of the list, it is easily accessible to anyone who has an interest in the subject matter published to it.
An effective traffic generation method affiliates must utilize is link exchanging, which consists of contacting other webmasters (website owners/publishers) for a possible link exchange agreement and/or partnership. Locating websites that are similar in topic and content to the affiliate’s website is very important to this step and should be an affiliate’s primary task. Once there s/he should be able to establish communication by personalizing everything as much as possible.
It will then be possible to make reciprocal link exchanges between webmasters in whatever manner the affiliate marketer(s) prefer(s).
Invite traffic with relevant articles
The affiliate must write his/her own original, relevant articles and publish them on the site to which s/he intends to drive traffic. This is an effective way in promoting a website, because good content that is meaningful (useful?) and appreciated by readers will lead them to visit the writer’s website out of sheer interest.
Even more importantly, if readers have an interest in a particular topic and an affiliate can write compelling articles based around that topic s/he will have achieved that traffic-generation goal.
Affiliates should also establish joint ventures with other marketers. This method is one of the most effective ways of promoting a product or service, so why not a product page or affiliate website? Having the ability to partner through ad swaps or link exchanges is beneficial to both parties as it allows them to reach a wider customer base in a short amount of time.
When affiliates can cross market a specialized product or service to the customer base of each other, customer lists which can be in the range of one thousand to fifteen thousand subscribers and more, they create a “win-win” for all parties involved including the respective customer bases.
The leveraging of other affiliates’ marketing efforts
In order to leverage other affiliates’ work, and affiliate marketer will have to create his/her own affiliate program, whereby other affiliates would join the program and, in exchange for a reasonable commission and/or bonuses, would market and sell the first affiliate’s products and services through their own efforts. This is also know as leveraging, since utilizing the efforts of others will result in more exposure with less effort.
These affiliates, empowered to do the work means, allowing them to bring tons of traffic to a website, thereby skyrocketing sales; and both the affiliate and the website owner will benefit from the situation.
Build a subscriber list and customer base
The sixth traffic-driving method is to develop a list of subscribers that the affiliate can refer to periodically, because these subscribers would prove to be valuable assets for the marketer concerned. The use of autoresponders and personalized newsletters is one way of keeping track of subscribers, and preserving (servicing) them by providing information about new products, services and industry changes.
This is an essential task that should be done by every affiliate marketer who desires continuous website visitors, product sales and a successful business.
An affiliate’s thorough knowledge of the market in which s/he operates is as important in achieving success as any other tool or resource that affiliate may possess, and at times it could be the most valuable. It is important for traffic to be targeted to those who might have a special interest in the theme or topic of a given website. This is one method of creating a solid customer base. Once a potential customer shows an interest in a particular website by paying it a visit, the webmaster must not allow the visitor to waste time, but rather, s/he must show that visitor that his/her effort is worth it.
Traffic generating strategies are important in trying to make any affiliate marketing career propel forward. And if you are that affiliate, it is always advantageous to plan your moves; this is of course true of any business you might undertake, but it is especially true for the affiliate marketing business.
Whether you market and sell cars, books, real estate or widgets, it is of utmost importance that you know how to get potential buyers to see what you are offering. That’s known as exposure of your product or service to the marketplace; and once that is done you’re definitely on the right track to success.