Many vendors provide their affiliates with marketing tools to use in their promotions. But can these tools hurt your business?
You will read all over the internet people saying use affiliate marketing tools. They will tell you these tools help affiliates to make money online. But what about the articles, emails and the reviews some programs provide their affiliates. Should an affiliate use these tools?
The first step you should take to building a great foundation for your business is to build trust and honesty. Most affiliates want to get their links and plaster them all over the internet thinking they are going to get clicks in an instant. They use all of the promo tools without thinking about one thing, how many other affiliates are using the same tools?
The affiliate marketing tools that vendors provide are used by all of their affiliates. It could be thousands of affiliates using the same tools as you. That means if you use the articles, pre written emails, and product reviews, you risk damaging your business and your reputation. People see through this and they will know if you are real or fake and if you use these same tools as the other affiliates they will think you’re just trying to make a buck, not really care for them, and they will not trust you.
When building your foundation in your affiliate marketing business, you need to be unique. Don’t be like everyone else who uses fake reviews or emails claiming to have made $10,000 in an hour. Furthermore, I don’t recommend writing a review on a product you never used. You should never claim you used a product when you didn’t. There are thousands of people daily who do this and people reading it know the reviews are fake.
If you decide to use pre written articles, you should reword the articles and add some uniqueness to them. First off article directories will not let you submit duplicate content that’s posted somewhere else on the web and most people used these articles on their websites anyway. The articles lose value. Make sure you reword every article that you use and make sure you offer value to your readers. Your focus should be to offer help not making a buck. You get what you put in when it comes to this business. The more you give the more you’ll get in the long run.
When it comes to prewritten emails, you want to reword them or even write your own. Put you own flavor in your emails. Don’t make false claims and promises. There is no product or program around that can guarantee that anyone will make money, not even the top products on the market. Also you don’t know if some of your subscribers are receiving emails from other affiliates who may be using the same prewritten emails and promoting the same products as you are. This can happen and you will lose subscribers this way because they will lose trust in you.
As far as graphics, banners, and ads you can use these but with caution. You don’t want to use ads that have false claims like “make $40,000 in a month”. The best ads to write are ones that capture the attention of prospects and ads that will make someone want to click it without all the hype. In my opinion, I think people should use article marketing to promote because affiliate marketing is really about helping people, then success will come your way.
Don’t be like the average affiliate. When you do things your way and are creative and helpful, people will want to know what you offer and they will want more from you. This should be what you are aiming for.
The foundation of a successful affiliate marketing business is to know your market. When you know your market and what people need, you will be able to choose the best programs that have the right products to give people what they desire. It is just a question of finding a need or a problem and providing a solution.
You have to find a niche market that will provide you with the most success. Research this first before you promote or even pick a product, as this is where the money is. How do you discover a niche or specialized markets? You have to find out what the most pressing needs are or problems that need to be solved. This will be your demand. Then you go to the search engines and put in the same keywords and find out how many results show up. This will be your supply. Then you find a topic that is high in demand and low in supply. This will be your niche market. This is how people in any industry make a living.
Build a website or a blog which will be your landing page for your potential buyers. Develop it in to a helpful website which pre sells to your visitors and encourage them to click through to your vendor's website. When you pre sell to your visitors by having an informative and interesting website or blog they will then be more inclined to buy.
You need to capture the email addresses of your visitors and build your business list. You can do this by creating a free report or a newsletter. Place your subscription box on your website landing page and send traffic to it.
This is the key to success in building your affiliate business, finding problems and giving the solution. Your job is to get a high click through ratio to your vendor's site by pre selling. The affiliate business is a no selling business.
All affiliate marketers want traffic to their websites and blogs and want to improve their page rank in the major search engines. One way to get a higher ranking in Google and other search engines is to start building backlinks to your website. Backlinks are links from other websites that link back to your site. Most websites with good high quality backlinks are more important to Google than ones with low quality links. If you have popular websites that are similar to yours linking back to you, Google will send targeted traffic back to your websites.
The best way to build backlinks to your websites is to trade links with websites that have similar content to yours. You also want to make sure the sites have good content and make sure the site owners are not trying to trick Google just to get a higher ranking. If you link to a website that is not relevant to yours or the have little content to bad content, your website will become guilty by association and your page rank will become lower and you will not get any traffic at all. It is your responsibility to make sure websites have good quality content and links. Another thing to avoid is linking to sites that have a very low page rank. If the page rank is a zero or a one and you link to it you are only hurting yourself. The link will be of no value to you at all.
When starting out in affiliate marketing or marketing your own product, writing articles is a great way to generate backlinks to your website or blog. You should write several articles a week and submit them to popular article directories. Many of the popular article directories have high page ranks and if you associate yourself with them, you will be on your way to successfully building good quality backlinks to your websites. The more you have, the better your page rank will be. Also when you comment on a blog or site that is relevant to yours you can build backlinks. Just make sure to comment to blogs with great content.
Join a two tier affiliate program to help you boost your affiliate profits. In a regular one-tier affiliate program, you will make commissions based on what sales you make. But in a two-tier affiliate program, you make your commissions from your efforts and you recruit other affiliate marketers and when they make sales, you will get a percentage of all the commissions they make for a lifetime.
You can build an income off of other people’s efforts just because you recruited them. And guess what, you make money off of your competition! This is because those you recruit will be promoting the same product you promote. Make sure the two-tier affiliate programs you join pay their affiliates good for each sale they make. This way people will want to sign up as an affiliate and they will promote the products.
There are very effective ways an affiliate can promote products. But the most important thing we need to worry about is using honest ways to promote products. You have to be honest if you want to make money online. If you are trustworthy, you will make a nice steady and passive income as an affiliate.
Now none of these ways will make you $20,000 in a month, but with time and effort you will make good money. Below are great ways to get started in your business:
You can write articles to help you promote any product. What you do is provide helpful tips on the subject you choose that is related to the product you are promoting. Using articles to promote can help you gain trust and build and audience. It is also better than using ads. People trust articles more than ads. Articles boost your ranking in search engines and people would rather find solutions to their problems than being bombarded with ads all the time. In the long run, you will profit with writing articles.
Build a blog
You could provide helpful tips in an informative blog. You build your audience and trust in this way also. People will follow you and the search engines like new content. When you post new content, you will get higher rankings. People will share your blog with others through social media, increasing your followers and chances of making money.
You can share some of your experiences through email marketing. You can send out solo ads for free. There are also paid solos ads that cost little money and you can promote and get decent results with them. Or you can allow people to subscribe to helpful newsletters. Just make sure you are not trying to sell to people. Presale instead.
You can write effective ad copies and get great results if you do it correctly. Don’t try to hype up the ad by saying you can make $50,000 in a month and don’t exaggerate. No one makes big money as an affiliate overnight. Be real and people will trust you. I recommend trying the other methods first before you use advertising sites to promote products.
Build a helpful website
Build an informative website. You can put some of your helpful articles on the website and provide helpful tips and videos related to your niche or product. Make sure you worry more about providing great content and info and not so much about seo or keywords. Although these are important, you want to make a site for people. People are not dumb and they will know if the site is for them or the search engines. Then submit your site url to directories such as Dmoz or share your site on Facebook or Stumble Upon.
Writing reviews is a great way to tell people about a product. NOTE: Only Write Reviews If You Actually Used The Product
These are helpful ways to get you going. And remember the affiliate marketing business is about building trust. It is not all about making a quick sale.
Best Business To Start
One of the best ways to make money online is through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is a lucrative business you can start now (if you haven’t already) and can bring in income for years to come. How ever, many people who get started in the affiliate marketing business don’t know where to start. Some even been in the business for a while and still have not made their first dollar. In my posts, I am going to give some very valuable information on how to make a steady in come in this business.
One of the first things I want to talk about is finding interest. What are you interested in? When you are promoting a product or service, it is better to promote something of interest. You will have more success when you promote something you like or you have knowledge in. there are many companies out there that will pay you to promote their product and services.
Apart from finding something you like, you have to find a need. You have to do research and find a need or a problem and solve it. People are looking for solutions everyday and you hold the power in you hands to provide the solution. For instance people struggle with their weight day in and day out. You can provide helpful information that truly helps them through an article or a video and promote a high quality product that helps people to achieve their weight loss goals and make a commission.
Affiliate marketing is not about selling a product, it is about pre-selling and providing people with helpful, valuable, and informative tips direct them to your affiliate link then let the vendors do the selling. The selling is the vendor’s job, NOT the affiliate. If you want to be successful in affiliate marketing, you are going to have to put the needs of the customer first. In order words you have to give before you can receive.