Test and Track your Affiliate Campaigns

If you’re going to make the transition from affiliate to super-affiliate, you need to know exactly how your campaigns are performing. To this end, testing and tracking is of utmost importance. You need to test everything – banners, ad copy, styles of your landing page, colours, ad positioning, email content etc.

Test your autoresponder messages BEFORE they get sent out to your list. I’ve lost count of the times that I’ve received emails that begin “Dear {firstname_fix}” because the marketer has mis-typed the special name tag, or because the mistake was in the original message published by the vendor and the marketers failed to test it.

Read and re-read your reviews as if you were a prospective buyer trying to decide whether the product is for them or not. A good review is like a recommendation. Would you buy the product based on your recommendation?

Consider split-testing. [Read more...]

October 13, 2011  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Affiliate Marketing  No Comments

Launch Your Affiliate Marketing Campaign

If you’ve been following the previous parts of this course, you’ll be ready to launch your promotional campaign. The reason why around 95% of beginning affiliate marketers fail is that by the time they get this far, they give up. So if you want to be amongst the 5% who are successful, keep at it. What a pity to have come this far and done all the work, and not see it through to the end.

If you want to become a super-affiliate, then you need to be able to launch a campaign pretty quickly. When a new, hot product comes out that can be promoted and sold by affiliates, you better believe that there will be affiliates out there who can create a campaign and launch it within hours or even minutes of the release date.

If you can establish a formula for what you need to [Read more...]

October 9, 2011   Posted in: Affiliate Marketing  No Comments

Traffic Sources

With the exception of marketing to lists (you ARE doing that, aren’t you?), whatever method you use to promote affiliate products, you will need traffic.

If you promote products through a website (eg reviews, articles), or ads on your website then it’s a lot easier to set up ways to direct traffic to your site. If your promotional methods include AdWords or similar systems, then it becomes a lot more difficult as it is not easy to determine where your ads will show up.

Getting traffic to your website is not as difficult as many people will lead you to believe. If your site is a blog, its traffic level will pick up if you post often as the blog directories are pinged each time you post.

Other ways of getting traffic include:
Article Marketing: Add links and a call to action in the resource box of articles published on article directories [Read more...]

October 5, 2011   Posted in: Affiliate Marketing  One Comment

Design Your Affiliate Sales Process

There is one thing that should always be in your marketing strategy, whatever you are doing, and that is Building a List.

As an affiliate, the easiest way to make sales by far is to send your promotional material to a list of interested people. As long as you promote good quality, useful products, there will always be a certain percentage of list members who will ultimately buy the products you promote.

So list building should be an integral part of your sales process.

Any site that you create that is related to your niche should contain some means of list-building. That is with the exception of actual sales pages, of course. Perhaps you plan to run a blog containing product reviews etc. Add an opt-in form so that people can subscribe to your blog posts and other information that you care to send them. You might need [Read more...]

October 1, 2011   Posted in: Affiliate Marketing  No Comments

Find Affiliates in Your Niche

Continuing from my previous post about using tried and trusted techniques to get your affiliate marketing career going, I am now going to cover how to spy on the competition and “borrow” their techniques.

First of all, it is worth investing in a notebook in which you can scribble down notes, URLs etc as you go. Or if you prefer, open a text editor on your PC (eg Notepad) and use that to take notes, copy text etc. If you don’t do this, you won’t be able to go back and visit useful sites again in the future. They will be in your browser history list, but they will be scattered amongst less useful site that you visited along the way.

First of all, search for items that feature highly in your niche and look at the results pages. There will be ads on the results pages for [Read more...]

September 27, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Affiliate Marketing  No Comments

Get Your Affiliate Marketing Career Moving

Most people start with affiliate marketing because it’s easy to start up, can be done for very low initial outlay, it can be quick to produce a return, and it can be very profitable. However, still over 95% of affiliate marketers fail to make any money online. So why is this? The main reason is that they don’t use the tried and trusted methods that are actually taught by numerous marketers. Instead they try to reinvent the wheel.

Any business is easier to get started if you have some money to make an investment in it, but affiliate marketing can be done on a shoestring budget. Money that you make from your initial attempts can then be used to finance better promotion, outsourcing, software tools etc.

If you want to become a super affiliate you need to knuckle down and get to work. As time goes by, [Read more...]

September 23, 2011  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Affiliate Marketing  No Comments

We Sell Your Ebooks – You Collect The Money

Are you writing an ebook, or have you written an ebook, but don’t have the faintest idea how to sell it and make money online? Don’t know anything about setting up web pages, writing sales copy or creating a download page? Help is at hand!

Now you don’t need to know any of that technical stuff, because We Sell Your Ebooks can do all the work of selling it for you, and it won’t cost you a penny to get your ebook in the system and making money.

If you’re serious about selling ebooks online, you would usually have to go through the process of writing sales copy and a download page, submitting your ebook to an affiliate program for approval, and creating promotional material for affiliates. Once you had done all that, the affiliates in the program would promote your book and you would receive your share [Read more...]

September 23, 2011  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Affiliate Marketing, ebooks  No Comments

Free Affiliate Marketing Mini-Series

From tomorrow (23 September 2011), a new series of articles about Affiliate Marketing techniques will start to appear on this site. Each article discusses a single aspect of the Affiliate Marketing process and should help beginners get started, and set on the road to becoming a super-affiliate.

So don’t forget to come back tomorrow and every few days after that to read the whole series.

September 22, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Affiliate Marketing, Training  No Comments

Clickbank Trademark Use Guidelines

Any product that contains a reference to Clickbank must contain a disclaimer to the effect that there is no connection between the vendor and Clickbank, and that the product is not approved or endorsed by Clickbank.

Over the years I have seen numerous ebooks containing a suitable disclaimer that states that Clickbank is a registered trademark of Keynetics Inc.

At the time of creation of the products, this was part of the disclaimer supplied by Clickbank.

Having read the updated Product Promotional Guidelines on the Clickbank site, I see that this has now changed and the standard disclaimer that they provide has replaced “Keynetics” with “Click Sales”.

So if you are currently writing an ebook or other product that mentions Clickbank, you might want to check that you have included the latest disclaimer as supplied by Clickbank, the wording of which is…

CLICKBANK® is a registered trademark of Click Sales, Inc. and used by permission. [Read more...]

September 19, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Clickbank Merchants  No Comments

Make Your Own Software – Review

Most online marketers today will agree that it’s all very well selling other peoples’ information products as an affiliate, but things really start to happen when you are the vendor and an army of affiliates start selling your product.

Most people immediately think of ebooks, videos and audio files when it comes to creating their own information product, but software is not out of the question, even if you are not a programmer.

The software market is huge – especially software that performs tasks that are usually time-consuming or tedious, or provide a means of doing something that would require some kind of training to do yourself.

Let’s say, for example, that you are selling something online. You can write sales copy, but you have no idea how to turn into a web-site. Software that takes your sales copy and creates the website for you would solve your problem.

This type of [Read more...]

September 14, 2011  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Reviews, Software & Services  No Comments