Many people start out trying to make money online through affiliate marketing, but unfortunately most people lack a reliable affiliate marketing strategy – a “plan of action” that they can follow (and more importantly .. stick to!)
If you are going into any kind of business, whether it be online or offline, a plan is absolutely essential if you want to increase your chances of succeeding.
So before you do anything else, I want you to ask this question of yourself…
What’s YOUR Affiliate
Unfortunately, I see far too many people desperately trying to make a few extra bucks online and failing miserably.
This isn’t always the fault of the affiliate marketer … It’s often the fault of the person “teaching” them.
How many times have you seen a clickbank product with an affiliate tools page that just gives you a link and tells you to “use it” and you’ll make hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in commissions?
Sounds easy, huh?
If you want to give yourself the best chance of success, you need to sit down and think through your process before you waste time sending spam emails to friends and family, trying to convince them to buy the next big thing.
Here are a few things to consider …
1) What market are you going to promote? Is it a market you know about and can write about?
2) What product are you going to promote? Does it have a professional appearance, a record of good conversions, and good reviews online?
3) Are you going to do a direct promotion? You should consider sending traffic first to one of your squeeze pages so you can build a list and follow up with your leads.
4) How are you going to drive traffic? Are you going to use pay per click (Google Adwords) or are you going to focus on getting free traffic to your website?
Plan Your Way To
Affiliate Marketing Success…
It may not sound very ‘sexy’ or fun, but developing a good affiliate marketing strategy is not only going to give you a better chance of actually making money, it’s also going to make it easier for you to work.
Once you have a set of instructions or blueprints to follow, you no longer waste time sitting at your computer, wondering what to do.
Remember, if you want this to be a successful business you have to treat it like a business – and that may mean coming up with your own business plan.
If you find difficulty doing this, imagine that you were going into see your bank manager to ask for a loan.
This is a great excercise because it FORCES you to think in terms of having a real business. After all, would you go into a bank, looking for a business loan to just “sell stuff”?
Affiliate marketing *is* a great way to make money online. Even as a product owner myself, I put a lot of focus on promoting other products as an affiliate, but you need to know how, what, where and why you’re promoting a particular product.
What Are YOUR Favorite
Affiliate Marketing Tips?
One of the reasons I enjoy writing and sharing content like this is I know I’m helping people get over many of the hurdles with starting online.
But if YOU have your own suggestions or comments to share with others, whether tips and tricks, or things you are doing, feel free to share them using the comment box below.
They say two heads are better than one … so imagine what 10, 20 or even 100 heads could come up with!
To YOUR Success,
— UPDATE —
I just watched this free video on a really cool technique for making more money with affiliate promotions (or even your own products). It is a “pre-launch” video for a product but the free content is REALLY good and something that you can start applying today. Click the link below to watch it …