How To Continually Grow Your Affiliate Checks
But does affiliate marketing really work this way?
Some marketing ‘experts’ tell you that as an affiliate, all that is required of you is to simply place the merchant’s ad on your website.
Then after that, you virtually do nothing but wait for anyone to click on the merchant’s ad and later collect your profits.
Easy, right? Well, not so much…
Most affiliates earn almost nothing from their affiliate promotions simply because they do nothing.
Remember that affiliate marketing is just a form of marketing, and you’ll definitely need to market your merchant’s product for you to earn something. It is a tough marketplace out there.
Successful affiliates in any affiliate program simply don’t sit there and wait for money to come.
Why? Because there is no money in simply sitting and waiting.
If you want to be successful in affiliate marketing and if you want to continually grow your affiliate checks, you’ve got to do something. You have to trade value for money. Are you adding value?
Think of how to promote your merchant’s business and products better than the other guy. Think of ways of getting people to click on that link or ad. Get good at copywriting.
Think of ways of how to make your affiliate sales increase! Set goals. Brainstorm ideas that will set you apart and stand out from your competitors.
Don’t fall into the ‘easy go lucky’ pit that most unsuccessful affiliate marketers fall into. That is definitely the wrong track to take.
Here are some steps and guidelines to make your affiliate program work better and gain more commissions for you.
* Become an expert on your affiliate product.
You can promote your merchant’s product better if you know a lot of things about it. To become an expert, the best thing you can do is purchase and use your merchant’s product yourself. This way, you can tell your customers about your first-hand experience using the product. Best case scenario.
You can even write a testimonial or a personal endorsement testimonial about it. But if any condition does not permit you to purchase the product, you should at least make a thorough research about it and find out what users of the product are saying.
* Host your own website.
Or at least have a domain name that is short and easy to remember. Don’t expect a visitor to remember a very long and incomprehensible URL. There are plenty of other websites to get their information from.
So, don’t expect him or her to visit your website any time soon. That means less traffic for your page and the less chance for your affiliate ads and links to be clicked.
You can create a private website as a bonus for purschasing through your links, and offer access to it to anybody who clicks on any of your affiliate ads. People love bonus items. The more the better…
Private membership websites also give you another venue to create value, encourage trust, and regularly promote relevant back-end affiliate products.
* Write your own affiliate ads.
Many merchants usually wouldn’t mind if you write and design your own ads for their products, for as long as you ask permission from them and present them your ad before posting it on your site.
This gives you a greater advantage over a lot of other affiliates who will be using the same old merchant’s ‘available to everbody’ promotional features. Remember that when you stand out, you attract attention.
* Participate in chat rooms, discussion boards, and forums related to your product.
Focus on providing value in communities, groups, and forums in your niche. Use their traffic to attract attention. Use your signature lines to promote responsibly.
* Create a free ezine or newsletter.
Ezines and newsletters are periodical digital publications whose aim is to inform a group of people about a certain subject. Again, find a way to provide value. Solve the problems your target market is experiencing, and promote the relevant products or services that will help them succeed. Always promote your ezine or newsletter everywhere on your website.
There are a lot of other good tips for increasing your affiliate sales. What’s important here is that you find a way to:
1. attract more quality targeted traffic to your site
2. get your website visitors to click on your offers
3. promote your products outside the boundary of your website with an optin ezine or newsletter
If you can do any of these, there’s no reason for you to fail in affiliate marketing. Keep working on it, keep improving your offers, and adjust strategies as you go. Here’s to your success!