Is Super Affiliate Status in Your Future?

From the J-O-B to your H-BB

The monotonous exercise of going to the office day after day to do a routine 9-5 shift – seems more like a chore at times – can often feel like an arduous task to those who have lived all their lives doing these jobs that have, at times, been described as being “in a rut.” This is why the convenience of working at home under amazingly flexible working hours is a alluring proposition to them.

Doing work from home that is as fulfilling as having a career working from a computer on the 19th floor of a skyscraper, is already a possibility in today’s technology-driven world. This is because the super accessible, super competitive, super connected, multi-faceted network we know as the internet has given birth to a business type that has provided some people with practically new lives as home-based business (H-BB) owners.

This particular business type allows people to work at home under flexible working conditions, and in an atmosphere where there is no boss to scream at, and put pressure on, them and all their co-workers about deadlines that must be met. In addition, working at home eliminates the clutter of messy paperwork which would otherwise need to be completed in the soonest possible time (ASAP?).

The affiliate marketing option

Conveniences such as those described above as being enjoyed by home-based business owners are being experienced by many in the affiliate marketing business, a business which is considered one of the newest ways to earn money without having to go through all sorts of uninspiring and laborious routines that exist with regular office jobs.

Those who have been in the affiliate marketing business long enough can attest to the fact that it can be a lucrative business. Indeed, one that can actually provide people with possessions (both luxury and of necessity) that they could not possibly have obtained or experienced under previously described workplace conditions.

The business known as affiliate marketing involves an affiliate marketer's promotion of a merchant's product site pursuant to an arrangement under which a website owned by the affiliate is used to advertise and market websites owned by the merchant through the affiliate program they use to automate their businesses.

Growing from basic affiliate to super affiliate

Under this scenario, whenever a visitor to the affiliate's site clicks on a product link (which leads) to merchant's website that affiliate is paid a commission in recognition of his/her efforts in helping the merchant make a sale. That having been said, it is important to point out here that systems employed to automate affiliate marketing make it seem easy, but doing it right and achieving success often take a lot of time, diligence and perseverance.

Those who want to get into this type of business should possess the skills necessary to be able tread through the industry with confidence and determination. And while there may be other factors new affiliates must deal with in order to really break through, knowledge of the affiliate marketing business, in general, and the chosen product/service in particular, is very important as it dictates the activities and level of success of those who participate in the business.

Those who have achieved success as affiliate marketers are considered leading figures in the business and are casually referred to as super affiliates. Essentially, a super affiliate marketer is basically a commercial e-mail communicator (marketer?) who has collected, and still collects, large databases of e-mail addresses through previously sent and ongoing newsletters.

Knowledge and tools of the super affiliate

But make no mistake, s/he has a thorough knowledge of the affiliate marketing business and industry, a knowledge which even exceeds that of affiliate managers. Anyone wanting to become a super affiliate should know that such an objective is not easy to achieve, since so much enormous sacrifice of time, energy and resources involved; this should not be a deterrent however, because proper focus and commitment should help any affiliate to master his/her marketing craft.

Of course an affiliate should have the proper tools if s/he expects to attain a super affiliate status; and foremost among these tools is your own website and autoresponder, if you are that aspiring affiliate. These tools will help a lot in facilitating the business: The website for promoting product links and banners; the autoresponder for building your own subscriber list.

Creating a loyal customer base and taking care of it is one of the secrets that successful super affiliates have protected for many years; in addition to that, establishing and maintaining good customer relations practices are among the most important activities (characteristics?) that would-be super affiliate must adopt.

Attributes of the super affiliate

Continuing to market to the people on your list is another critically important action an affiliate must take if s/he wants to succeed as a super affiliate. Sending out quality content in lieu of ads is an advantage, as products are marketed better whenever enough information is provided about them.

You've probably heard how important traffic is to any online marketing objective, and building traffic to an affiliate's website is really no different. Traffic is one of the most essential requirements in the affiliate marketing business; and getting maximum exposure to affiliate links/banners will allow the affiliate to build a strong relationship with visitors as well as customers, enabling him/her to market to them over and over again.

The most important thing a new or recently established affiliate marketer should remember if s/he wants to become a super affiliate s/he must treat affiliate marketing as a business first and foremost. If he is capable of doing this, then s/he will never have to go back to the dull and monotonous existence of the 9-5 shift. As super affiliate, an individual will have created the kind of business that will change his life forever, replace any existing job and be a model for others.

To Make Money in Affiliate Marketing

The nature of affiliate marketing programs

Affiliate marketing programs by their very nature, dictates that participants have the ability to work well with others; in the sense that these programs – also known in some circles as referral programs – are structured primarily on commission-based sales, and as such, those who are most likely to succeed in this type of business will possess outgoing, optimistic and colorful personalities.

A quick example of the referral programs comparison is based on you being an affiliate marketer, in which case it is probable that you would own a website from which to direct your site visitors to a merchant’s product page in hopes that they make a purchase. The redirection is what has been described as referrals for which you will be paid a fee or commission – depending on your arrangement with the merchant – if and when they make any purchases.

That having been said, affiliate marketing is much more than a mere referral service, since many affiliate marketers have created significant numbers of marketing and advertising campaigns for which they appropriate rather sizable advertising budgets. In other words, affiliate marketing is a business to those who run it as such, and a referral service for those who prefer to do the bare minimum; but keep in mind that it is also the kind of business in which you get out what you put in.

An affiliate program that fits you

If you already have a website set up, you can run an affiliate program from it, or you can simply build a site to promote a particular product/service ('product') on behalf of the merchants who own that product; and as long as the website brings in more cash than it takes to build or maintain, you really should be okay...and quite possibly just okay, if you only want to do the minimum.

Like any other marketing system, you will need to be careful in your selection of an affiliate program; because although one of the benefits offered by an affiliate program is providing you with another way to make money from your visitors, you might be more comfortable – depending on your level of skills and expertise – sending them to a partner taking a cut of your profits, instead of creating the resources necessary to sell them a product (salesletter complete with calls to action, sales funnel, ability to accept credit cards, etc.) which could get rather expensive.

Even though it may seem tempting to opt for programs with the highest commissions, those programs won't pay you anything if your visitors don't buy the products they are promoting and selling. So with that thought in mind, take a look at the following tips that could be helpful in your selection of an affiliate program that is right for you:

Program selection tips that could prove helpful

  1. Do not accept any less than 25% commission, since you can find many programs with great payment structures and high percentages of pay in just about any field.
  2. Look for statistical pages that list the number of click-throughs, sales and commissions earned (and paid) so you'll be able to see how you are doing.
  3. Always look for programs that offer a wide variety of tools to put on your web site, including banners, text links, and of graphics.
  4. Find out how often you'll be paid and be sure that the payment schedule meets with your own expectations. Some programs will pay monthly, while others will pay quarterly.
  5. Be sure that top level support is included. If they can't answer your questions in a quick and timely manner, you don't want to work with them.
In conclusion

Once you learn what you are doing in your interactions with the various affiliate programs, you can really make a lot of money, but that is not to say it will be easy. Nothing worthwhile ever is, especially generating great wealth. If you are just starting out, you should always use common sense and not rush into anything; and as you become more familiar with how things work, you should be well on your way to making a lot of money – and even more importantly – enjoying what you're doing to make it. If you have to work hard, you'll be glad you did.