15 Reasons To Run From Or Join Affiliate Programs!

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Networking From Home

There are HUGE perks to promoting affiliate programs as your own home-based Internet business. Have you ever looked into it? If you’re like most it probably sounded too risky or even scammy. Yeah, that might be a new word. But you get the picture. So come along with me to look at 15 of the most exciting reasons torun from or join affiliate programs.

1. No Production Costs 

The cost to develop and produce a new product is beyond prohibitive for almost anyone who wants to start a home-based business. So with affiliate programs, production costs aren’t even an issue. The product has been developed and proven – all on the merchant’s nickel. Is that speaking to your bank account?

2. Low Cost Set-up 

Compared with building a brick and mortar store, starting a home-based business on the Internet is relatively cheap. You probably already have a desk, Internet-connected computer and word-processing software. This is all the equipment you really  need to get going to make some easy money with affiliate programs. 

3. No Fees or Licenses 

I often compare doing business as an affiliate, with distributing a line of products in the real world. There are two big differences. One, a distributor must often pay for a license to distribute hard goods within a limited geographic region. Two, affiliate programs, on the other hand, are usually free to join.  The biggest difference is they tend to be digital. A geographic market reach is limited only by your ability to promote your website. More, digital products are ready for immediate delivery!

4. Sell Almost Anything 

What isn’t sold online? That list must be shorter than the one describing all that IS sold online. There are thousands and thousands of affiliate programs selling everything under the sun. That makes it easy to find products related to your current or planned web site. Just consider what you ordered last year for Christmas?

5. No Sales Experience Required 

When I started my affiliate business, I had absolutely no online sales experience. That really wasn’t a problem. Most of the companies I affiliated with provided really great marketing material. So using their sales copy, I was able to get my first affiliate site up in less than a day. This is stuff they make available to affiliates. How easy does that sound?

6. No Employees 

Got a project you want to hire out? It’s easy to find freelancers in every computer-related field to work for you from the comfort of THEIR own homes. They do amazing things at prices you wouldn’t believe. You pay only for the project.  That means never having to worry about ongoing employee-related benefits or deductions.

7. No Merchant Accounts 

Setting up a merchant account takes money and time. But it’s not necessary for affiliate marketers! Merchants foot the bills for payment processing. An affiliate doesn’t have to lose sleep over chargebacks, fraud or losing your merchant account.

8. No Inventory 

As an affiliate marketer, whether you sell large items or just digital there are no storage concerns. You never stock anything!

9. No Order-Processing

Forget the problems associated with collecting and storing names, addresses, credit card numbers, etc. The merchant does all that, or your autoresponder.

10. No Shipping 

The cost and hassle to prepare and ship products to customers worldwide could be staggering. Affiliates never have to worry about packaging supplies or postal rates. 

11. No Customer Service 

Do you hate the prospect of dealing with nasty people or customer complaints? Don’t worry about it! The merchant handles the snivelers.

12. Make Money While You Sleep 

What other business allows you as a sole proprietor to keep your doors open with money rolling in 24/7/365? Can you name one? Even when you’re on vacation or sound asleep.

13. Worldwide Marketplace 

The Internet is the world’s largest marketplace. You can drive more visitors to your online site in a day, than a small-town merchant will see in his or her brick and mortar business in a year. Maybe a lifetime.

14. Minimal Risk 

If the product you chose isn’t making money? Dump it. Take down your links and promote another! It’s that easy. There are no long-term contracts binding you to products that don’t sell. You know that quote decades old. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

15. High Income Potential 

In a typical job, you’re told how much you’re worth and what you’re going to be paid. With your own affiliate business on the Internet your income potential is unlimited. You earn based on your desire, effort and imagination. No other business is so inexpensive to start. Yet offers such high profit potential without investing years of labor or money.

Affiliate programs enable you to work from almost anywhere in the World! But there’s noplace like home! So there’s 15 reasons. Ready to run…or join?

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Entrepreneurship!

25 Perks Of An Affiliate Marketing Home Based Internet Business!

A home based Internet business is a great idea for many people who would like the perks of staying at home while still earning an income that allows them to live comfortably. With all the recent opportunities that are now available through the Internet, a home based business on the Web is often an excellent way to flexibly earn a living.

There are many advantages to having a home based business. Most of all, a business you work from the comfort of home allows you to stay there without ever having to get out of your bathrobe. No ties! No more suits or sport coats. No dresses or pantsuits for women. None needed thank you! A home based business on the Net also creates a really flexible schedule so that you, the owner of that business, can do your work at any hour of the day or night. For some the most productive time is in the wee hours of the morning when everyone else is asleep. More on that in a few minutes.

Let’s face it. When you consider the Internet works 24/7/365, does it really matter when you work? Granted there are the peak hours when posting things that is most important. Now this is especially helpful for Moms and Dads who want, or need, to spend certain windows of time with the gang! The flexibility of a home based business also creates a lot of choices, especially when deciding the when of doing things, such as vacations. All of a sudden you don’t have to take what’s left after the “elite” have taken the choice slots.

There’s no question about it. Some might actually see a home based Internet business as risky. And let’s be honest. If you don’t pay attention to the “P’s” and “Q’s” things can go south in a hurry! So it has to be looked at and run like a business…period. That means the bookkeeping, tracking of advertising, always looking to see what’s new, writing articles to keep your subscribers and customers happy, are parts of staying in business. The beauty of it all, is you can hire things done.  

That is the ultimate goal for most home based Internet businesses. Becoming automated. The even more exciting news, is it is being done more and more as programs, freelancers, software, are constantly being created and developed to make it happen.

So the idea of being able to work as one’s own boss is the goal. A home based business on the Internet creates a private environment, which is adaptable to your liking rather than adjusted for a corporate setting. But here’s a fact that seems to be overlooked. Studies have consistently proven that home based workers in any facet of business, are more productive. That just simply means without all the meetings, coffee breaks to relieve the boredom, and constant interruptions in an office environment, you get more done. Especially…when you love what you’re doing!

It’s not unusual for a family to get everyone involved in a home based business. Think of the lessons kids can learn at home about being independent. Not having to depend on Corporate America at all! Isn’t that a gift you would get excited about handing down to your kids? You know it is. The one thing to consider is that all the educational institutions are geared for one thing. To teach and train youth how to take part in serving an employer, as opposed to being independent and serving the public. Think about that for just a few seconds. 

An Internet business clearly requires diligence on the part of the owner. Being very self-motivated is almost a requirement to get things done. Remember, there’s no boss…just you! You’re it, and ain’t it great! These days it is almost inconceivable that someone doesn’t have a working knowledge of the Internet. This is now your “main machine.” The door to freedom as it literally unlocks the world. More than ever it makes it possible to be competitive with the Big Guns! The Equalizer!

That’s key, but you know as well as anyone how fast it all changes. The time of obsolescence between the time a new digital product is created and hits the market, and the new version comes out are constantly shorter. Then by the time you find out it may nearly be time for that newest iteration. If your business depends on the Internet, and it does, you have to find a way to stay on top of those changes. 

Additionally, to be adequately prepared, you must be willing to stay well informed about the products or services that your home based Internet business plans to offer. Picking and choosing the newsletters, blogs, Face Book sites by other successful affiliate marketers will help you do that. You just have to be choosey about the ones you pick. Make sure they resonate with you. Don’t be bashful about asking questions. Keep in mind, any owner of a online business will tell you that the business itself does take a lot of time and effort to maintain properly. It may be on auto-pilot some day, but it’s going to take work to get there. The end game is what makes it worth all the struggle.

So what are the “perks” of having your own home based business on the Internet? Check this list to see if anything is lacking.

1. Be you own boss

2. Work from the comfort of home

3. Work from anywhere

4. Low investment compared to brick and mortar business

5. The Internet is an equalizer in business

6. It’s easy to hire freelancers from fiverr.com, upwork.com to do many things affordably

7. No commute to work in traffic

8. No 9 to 5

9. Work when you want

10. Get the family involved

11. Using affiliate marketing as your tool offers consistent passive income

12. While it doesn’t happen overnight, persistence pays

13. Offers financial freedom

14. No schedules makes doing what you want when you want possible.

15. Profit potential far faster than traditional business

16. Nothing equals being successful from home

17. You have the opportunity to teach others

18. Once your “list” is active, know you can always create income with a blast to the list with a new product

19. You and not a boss determines where you go with your business

20. You can represent products from amazon.com, walmart.com, target.com, BestBuy.com, and hundreds of online retailers

21. Earn commissions simply by referring a prospect called CPA

22. Represent digital products from ClickBank.com, Commission Junction cj.com), Rakuten.com, Shareasale.com, and more

23. Never have to ask for a day off

24. Know the confidence of creating your own source of income

25. Being the person your friends will look up to

There are more. These are just a few good reasons. You can think of others to add to this list, and you should. How big is your ‘want to?’ Is the hunger there? Then start! Part time, weekends, get a GIG on fiverr.com, or jump into a ‘done for you’ program from Patric Chan with ‘CB Passive Income License Program’ or another by Charlie Page with his ‘Affiliate Marketing On Auto Pilot’ program. More importantly, start! Or like a famous company says, “Just Do It!




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Critical Affiliate Marketing Tips – Starting The Right Way

 

The first thing you should do if you want to start affiliate marketing the right way is buy the product for yourself. If you have been drawn to affiliate marketing by reading that it is possible to make money without spending any cash of your own, it will seem like a backward step to suggest that you start by spending money. There is a good reason why you should seriously consider taking this advice.

What do you know about the product you will be promoting? If you haven’t tried the product, all you will know is what other people have told you and the “other people” are probably the owner of the product and his/her marketing team. Don’t you think they might be just a little bit biased? The truth is that even if the product was a complete turkey, they’d still be telling you it’s an eagle. The only way you will really know what a product does, is to buy it and test it out yourself.

It is only when you have purchased and used the product that you will be in a position to promote it effectively because you will then know exactly what it can do as opposed to what the owner would like you to believe it can do. You will find there can be a huge difference between the sales pitch dreamed up by copywriters and the actual performance of a product. Being an actual user of the product means you will be in a position to write genuine reviews on the product instead of regurgitating the advertising blurb.

The following is what happened to me a few months age when I found a new product (an e-book) that looked as if it would be very helpful to many of my website visitors.

After reading the sales letter, I was already mentally composing my review and anticipating earning loads of affiliate commissions. By the time I had downloaded my copy of the book and read a couple of chapters, I had thrown out my plan to promote the book.

One of the first things to strike me was that the book contained many typographical errors and obvious spelling mistakes. Call me picky but, if a person asks me to pay for a book, I don’t think I’m being unreasonable in expecting it to be free from typos and spelling errors. It got worse: I didn’t have to read far before I noticed some passages that made no sense; it was obvious that something had gone wrong during a cutting and pasting operation, and this had not been detected during final proof-reading. In fact, I doubted that anyone had bothered to proof-read the book before publishing.

The content turned out to be just a rehash of old ideas plus some out of date references. One of the author’s recommendations was to produce articles to be passed off as your own work by pasting together paragraphs lifted from articles by other authors. From the overall style of the book, I could tell that much of the writing had been created by using that very technique (hence the number of cut and paste errors). That, despite the so-called author’s protestations to the contrary, is plagiarism and plagiarism is pure theft.

Hopefully you will never find such a huge gulf between the sales page and the actual content in any affiliate product you decide to promote but, if you don’t buy the product and test it, you will never know whether you are promoting a turkey or an eagle. Your customers will. Your reluctance to invest in a sample of the product could cost you your credibility and recovery from that is much harder than recovering the cost of the product out of future sales.

Don’t be a bit reluctant to submit for a refund if you run into a situation like this. That’s way ClickBank and other sites give a 60 day money back guarantee to avoid products that don’t measure up. It happens. The internet and all the sites like Sharesale, Commission Junction, all have money back guarantees. More importantly, they have those guarantees because it is a policy insisted on by VISA and the other Credit Card Merchants.

Always use your credit/debit card, even in preference over PayPal. A dispute can always be filed with your bank. When using your card backed by VISA, MC, Discover, and the other major cards. Not so if it happens to be a draft on a checking account. PayPal is not always so easy when it comes to a dispute. Deal directly with your bank where you are the customer. This is altogether different. Remember this if you have any problem getting a refund from an independent vendor. Your bank will help by creating a fraud claim.

The first step is contacting the vendor to request a refund. If there is any resistance, simply call your bank and ask for the fraud department. Be sure and have all the vendor information. Generally they will issue a 45 day credit to your account while they investigate the claim. A vendor generally does not want to have adverse dealings with a bank. They will hope a customer will cave in and go away. A bank is a horse of a different color.

So when it happens to you, and it will, be encouraged by the power of VISA and the rest. They know from decades of experience if they keep you happy, you’ll keep spending money.



How To Use 5 Tips For Success With Affiliate Marketing!

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Purpose!

How can you make affiliate marketing work for you? And is it possible to have a successful affiliate marketing strategy to make the effort worth your while? You bet. So here are a few tips to keep in mind. These will help you on your way to achieving success in affiliate marketing.

1. Identify the Market Demand:

Don’t choose affiliate programs based on trendy products, or ‘of the moment’ items. Do your research. Identify areas of demand, and choose your programs in accordance with what people want, but also keep in mind your long-term strategy for business. Demand for products does not indicate ‘trendy.’ Learn what ‘Green’ products are to help know the difference.

When it comes to online affiliate marketing, it would be in your best interest to offer a range of products and/or services to clients. Most stores don’t get rich by only selling one thing to people, so why should it be any different in the online world? That said, start with one. Focus on that product until you are successful. Then begin to add to your portfolio.

2. Offer Multiple Products/Services:

People want to hear opinions from other real people before they buy something. This is especially true if it’s a large or unusual purchase. Give the pros and the cons. Just talking about good things will make you sound like a commercial. So be honest, be thorough. Watch your affiliate marketing program grow into the successful business you want!

3. Promote a 2-Tier Program:

If possible, try to steer yourself toward developing a two-tier affiliate marketing program in your business. By using sub-affiliates, they can do the hard work for you – promoting the products – and you can sit back and wait for the commission from their sales to roll in. You’ll need to keep them motivated, of course, and be very attentive to managing your sub-affiliates. Done well, this can be a very rewarding strategy.

4. Deliver What You Offer:

When it comes to sales, your products or services need to be delivered in a timely manner, meeting or exceeding the customers’ expectations. This is how you develop long-term relationships with buyers. This keeps them coming back for your products time after time. 

Delivering exactly what you offer will also help when it comes to word-of-mouth advertising – something very valuable in the online world. Remember, there is quite a rush when these products show up. A digital product in their inbox. Or a physical item delivered by FEDEX or UPS.

When possible, it’s always a revealing idea to read reviews about the product. How the program owner handles customers is totally revealing. It can prepare you to know if it has high returns and how they’re handled. It may be the red flag to look at other programs.

5. Be Honest: 

If you can, review what you’re selling! Obviously in affiliate marketing, this means that you’ll have to buy and try the product yourself. No matter if it’s digital or a hard product. An honest and unbiased review is always more appealing to a potential buyer than just making a cold purchase. A video review today is one of the top options to do this. Just two or three minutes can be more than sufficient. Don’t worry if it looks professional. You want to look more like the next door neighbor anyway.

 

Above all, remember the affiliate ‘Golden Rule’ to success. The money is in THE LIST! You might do many things wrong, but not getting those names could be the worst. Decide how you want to do it, then just do it!

 

Secrets To Discover Your End To Being Broke!

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Hi! Alan here. Let’s get something out of the way right from the start. I’m not coming here with some “rags to riches” story to convince you I’m the expert at anything. Never was homeless, but came pretty close in 2008. Have definitely seen the ups and downs financially.  I’m far from destitute and just as far from wealthy. Retired on a pension, with no guarantee how long that may last. As politicians continue to rob Social Security and anything else the can put in their collective pockets at our expense. 

Right now income is OK. However nothing lasts forever. What is additional income will end soon, creating a definite shortfall. This is something I’m not willing to let take control of our lives. As long as there are alternatives there are choices. I’ve found a way to beat the odds that is safe, ethical, and doable. That can be done from home on my laptop. Even from my iPad or cell phone. Read on to learn more.

There is a secret to the more month than money syndrome. You know that feeling of where do you come of with the extra money to pay whatever is left lacking. What do you leave out? Food? Insurance? VISA, Master Card, AMEX, or Discover bills? Then there’s Macy’s, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target. Lunch money for the kids, a battery for the car at $140+. Doctor visits, co-pays, the hospital bills, HOA fees and on.

There’s that desperate feeling too of downsizing that’s rampart all over the place, and your company is not immune. The stress day to day whether you’ll have a job tomorrow always looms on the surface. You’ve never loved working in that cubicle, and there’s always the feeling from your boss that your work is never quite good enough. The evaluations always manage to find something that is negative, and needs improvement.

After 10 years it’s a drudgery to get up, fight the traffic on the commute coming and going that takes 45 minutes each way on a good day. A J.O.B. that feels like it’s going nowhere, and you have no idea what you would do if it ended. Scary…right?

There is a solution. You’ve heard about it. In fact it’s just possible you know someone who’s actually doing it. But it has always sounded risky, sorta scammy. And it’s always easier to depend on the sure thing even if it’s got plenty of negative factors.

When you see that one person driving a shiny new sports model, you wonder if he hit the lottery or what? Just a year ago he was just like you. Now you don’t see him as much, and when you do it’s always around the expensive restaurants, stores, and all the places you can’t afford. What no to know what his secret is? Being fed up with a J.O.B. and ready to do whatever to make a change!

He discovered how to make money on the internet. You know, online, with Google, Amazon, eBay and a host of others. Sure, you’ve seen the scams. Maybe even spent some money to discover it’s not all it’s cut out to be. Too technical, or instructions not clear enough. Or it could be the support was not all it should have been. Lacking in expertise when you needed help. Like thousands of others you gave in a decided it’s not for you.

Ok, so what if there was a program that even you could figure out. Especially if it was so simple anybody could do it? If they weren’t afraid to try it. Would an extra $250-$300 monthly make a difference in your life? That’s only $65 to $75 a week! Would that take some strain off that end of the month monster? Bet it would.

So what’s the secret? It’s called Affiliate Marketing, sometimes referred to as Internet Marketing. The concept is simple enough. There are literally thousands of companies online like Amazon, Google, Best Buy, Macy’s, Walmart and more, all looking for affiliates or associates to help them sell their merchandise. What’s more, they will pay a commission when an item you have promoted sells. Yet you never handle a product, customer service, complaints, and you are your own boss!

How’s that sounding so far? You’re wondering what’s the catch…right? Well we’ll get to that later. Here’s a little more of why this works and how literally anyone can do it. If they really applied themselves. By that it means if they wouldn’t give up at the first obstacle. There are always those in life, no matter what you do. However, having enough money to confront those obstacles makes the effort to get past them more than worthwhile.

It’s a fact the 1 in 3 are now working from home. Why? Because no matter how good our economy is, an employee simply does not have the financial clout of the past. No matter the number of degrees with their name on them. Professional IT’s with years of experience are looking for jobs. Because a cheap labor law trick allowed companies to hire IT Pros from India. At one forth of the salary, putting Americans out of work! 

At the same time the cost of doing business for retailers has gotten so expensive, many like Macy’s, even Neiman Marcus, are closing down hundreds of stores. Payless Shoes is closing 1000 stores for 2017. How many people does that add to an overflowing pool of job seekers? What are their choices when no companies are hiring? Even as we hear of 500,000 jobs being added, are they jobs that would support you?

So when you can become an affiliate/associate for Amazon, eBay, Walmart, and thousands of retailers both online and off, right from the comfort of your home, why not? There is bound to be so much you don’t know about this online phenomenon. It will boggle your mind! Amazon will pay a 5% commission for the price of a product your referral buys. That may not seem like much fro a $25 blender. How does it sound for a $2000 refrigerator?

Then there are other companies like Law firms looking for clients. They are looking for leads, and willing to pay maybe $100 just for a name that could be your referral. No sales! No products! Just that name, because it’s potentially worth thousands of dollars to them.

There are programs for beginners that are affordable and simple to learn. Most require a website, and/or the ability to create videos. Some are really good at clear instructions, making it so possible to succeed without investing more than $0-$50 dollars to get started. Are there other costs to do this? Sure, such as website hosting, and outsourcing SEO optimization which most of don’t have the expertise to do. It is still affordable.http://

By now the thought has entered your mind if this is so simple why doesn’t everybody do it? Well, that’s the catch. It’s called the “Fear Factor.” It’s a risk, meaning there are changes that have to take place. Sacrifices that have to be made. Discipline and a never give up determination. Working on developing a campaign instead of sitting back watching cable. Maybe having to sacrifice sleep to have quite time. Concentrating on posting ads or finding who to select for outsourcing your SEO. 

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Future Will Thank You!

It’s about change. That thing we fight against the hardest. Once seen on a marquee was this slogan. “It’s easy to change. It’s just easier not too!” Like those New Year’s resolutions. Diets. Unfinished goals. Good intentions. Changes that rarely happen. Why? There’s the million dollar question. The above slogan is the million dollar answer.

It’s like most addicts. They will continue in their addiction as it is easier to be dependent on the drug of choice. Until, if ever, the pain of staying in that addiction becomes greater, than the fear of facing the unknown future. Human nature is no different. The assumed safety of security is like a drug. Whether it be a J.O.B, a contractor, where there is dependency on another in some form. How different than when you know how to source multiple streams of income, never again being dependent on an employer or one source.

So the objective of this site is to introduce you to Affiliate Marketing, with links to resources to investigate. Where you can get tutorials, webinars, and loads of information how it’s done before ever investing a cent.

I will only offer those I have experience with or know that are legitimate. In many cases you will learn along with me. It’s almost guaranteed I will also learn form you. The teacher always becomes a student! There’s no charge at this point to take advantage of this site. At some point in the future it could become a membership site only for a monthly fee. The again it may be more successful as a free resource site. There are many great resources out there. You just have to dig to find them. You’re here, so join in!

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Is this the opportunity you’ve desperately been looking for, dreaming about? Could this add $1000 monthly to your income? What if it could create $5000? Would that bring your wife home? Learning how to create $5000 makes it possible to double or triple the amount. Would that bring both of you home? Never to have a J.O.B. again? Bet it would!

Getting started has little to no cost if you have a website and a youtube account. With 5 billion youtube views daily it’s almost a cinch you have both. Did you know that youtube is taking over as a search engine as they compete with Google for that traffic? Pretty amazing. Who would have thought that youtube would be bigger in that respect than Google, or even Face Book? This is what constantly evolves on the internet. You can be a part of that evolution. 

For starters have a look at free tutorials from affilorama.com. They are huge, even offering free membership for those wanting to become affiliate marketers. If you’re willing to invest a few dollars and have some technical savvy, Internet Jetset may be the choice for you. Another for the beginner is tubeloom.com. All of these are programs I am familiar with and currently using.

There will be reviews posted of these programs to reveal real time experiences, both positive and negative. Keep in mind these are my experiences. That does not suggest you will have the same. 

  

Discover Your 5 Best Tips For Success With Affiliate Marketing!

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Mansion?

How can you make affiliate marketing work for you? And is it possible to have a successful affiliate marketing strategy to make the effort worth your while? You bet. So here are a few tips to keep in mind. These will help you on your way to achieving success in affiliate marketing.

1. Identify the Market Demand:

Don’t choose affiliate programs based on trendy products, or ‘of the moment’ items. Do your research. Identify areas of demand, and choose your programs in accordance with what people want, but also keep in mind your long-term strategy for business. Demand for products does not indicate ‘trendy.’ Learn what ‘Green’ products are to help know the difference.

2. Offer Multiple Products/Services:

When it comes to online affiliate marketing, it would be in your best interest to offer a range of products and/or services to clients. Most stores don’t get rich by only selling one thing to people, so why should it be any different in the online world? That said, start with one. Focus on that product until you are successful. Then begin to add to your portfolio.

3. Promote a 2-Tier Program:

If possible, try to steer yourself toward developing a two-tier affiliate marketing program in your business. By using sub-affiliates, they can do the hard work for you – promoting the products – and you can sit back and wait for the commission from their sales to roll in. You’ll need to keep them motivated, of course, and be very attentive to managing your sub-affiliates. Done well, this can be a very rewarding strategy.

4. Deliver What You Offer:

When it comes to sales, your products or services need to be delivered in a timely manner, meeting or exceeding the customers’ expectations. This is how you develop long-term relationships with buyers. This keeps them coming back for your products time after time. 

Delivering exactly what you offer will also help when it comes to word-of-mouth advertising – something very valuable in the online world. Remember, there is quite a rush when these products show up. A digital product in their inbox. Or a physical item delivered by FEDEX or UPS.

When possible, it’s always a revealing idea to read reviews about the product. How the program owner handles customers is totally revealing. It can prepare you to know if it has high returns and how they’re handled. It may be the red flag to look at other programs.

5. Be Honest: 

If you can, review what you’re selling! Obviously in affiliate marketing, this means that you’ll have to buy and try the product yourself. No matter if it’s digital or a hard product. An honest and unbiased review is always more appealing to a potential buyer than just making a cold purchase. A video review today is one of the top options to do this. Just two or three minutes can be more than sufficient. Don’t worry if it looks professional. You want to look more like the next door neighbor anyway.

People want to hear opinions from other real people before they buy

something. This is especially true if it’s a large or unusual purchase. Give the pros and the cons. Just talking about good things will make you sound like a commercial. So be honest, be thorough. Watch your affiliate marketing program grow into the successful business you want!

Above all, remember the affiliate ‘Golden Rule’ to success. The money is in THE LIST! You might do many things wrong, but not getting those names could be the worst. Decide how you want to do it, then just do it!

5 Mistakes To Avoid & 5 Tips To Choosing The Right Affiliate Program

 

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Passive income! Goodby J.O.B.

When people decide to join an affiliate program to make extra money, or to have it as a full time income, they often do so with illusions of all the glitter various programs promote. With no idea of how the affiliate program actually works. Read the following top 5 mistakes people make when it comes to choosing an affiliate program. Avoid these mistakes at all costs. Then, you will be able to be more effective and make more money. That will be the best effort for your time. So it is definitely worthwhile to read these warnings and avoid them.

#1 Don’t Compete, Support

Too many affiliate programs compete against their competitors which wastes money and puts affiliates out of business. However, if you are part of an affiliate program the more affiliates the better for getting more information and more money. If there are a lot of affiliates, it’s because they’re making money.

One of the worst things to do is choose an affiliate program that believes in competing against other affiliates. Instead, choose an affiliate program that agrees with supporting and growing other affiliates to have a larger network and access to more affiliates.

#2 Little Reward

Another mistake people frequently make when choosing affiliate programs is choosing a program that offers little reward for the individual’s hard work. Too many affiliate programs pay too little and as a result affiliates find it difficult to make the money they should be making. Look for an affiliate program that has a good pay rate for your work.

How do you know that? That is the due diligence that must be done. If you’re a “newbie” these are things you have to know. Charlie White with DOE, which stands fro Directrory Of Ezines could be a truly great source. Charlie is a stand up guy. He has been in this business for 15 years, and owns the company he started with.

#3 Old Statistics, if Any

You want an affiliate program that offers good, solid, real time statistics, not old statistics or ones that are no longer valid. There are not many affiliate programs out there that provide the kind of statistics an affiliate manager needs, but do your best to find an affiliate program that offers the most.

There are always “scam” reports. Some good, others just really promoting the program. It’s always a good idea to look through these…with caution. Some may actually be competitors of the program you’re considering. You have no way of knowing that as a beginner. So take all such info with a grain of salt.

#4 No Support

Too often affiliates find themselves waiting days for an answer to an e-mail and an important question for their business. You want an affiliate program that guarantees you support round the clock if possible or at least within 24 hours. If not, keep looking for an affiliate program that wants to help you help yourself.

One way to accomplish this would be to look to see if a support link is offered for questions. How do you find that link? Search through all the pages on the sales page offering the program. If a support link is not available then I have even spent the money for the program. Knowing full well if a 60 day money back guarantee was available or not.

 

Once inside and reviewing the program, I find a question. Then I email support to see how fast they get back to me. If I’m not serious about the program, then I submit to cancel. Some may frown on that, but it’s my time and money. If that’s the only way to ask questions so be it. Most sites will have a ‘contact us’ link at the bottom of the page.

#5 Fresh Ideas, Creative’s

Many affiliate programs provide few ideas or creative’s to their affiliates. So thousands of web pages end up with the same advertising. However, affiliate programs would have a better success rate if many different ads were made available. That makes it possible for affiliates to alternate ads. Placing different ads on different sites is a plus, depending on the products sold.

Commit these five mistakes to memory so you know exactly what you are looking for in an affiliate program, as well as what to avoid. You will be much more successful and happier as well if you do not get caught in these traps!

5 Tips To Choosing The Right Affiliate Program

Affiliate programs can be a great way to make money online. You don’t have to spend time developing your own product, worry about taking orders, or take care of customer service.

If you already have a high traffic website or run an e-zine you can stand to earn a steady flow of commissions every month without a lot of extra work on your part.

To help you get started promoting affiliate programs, I’ve provided the following 5 tips to help you choose the affiliate programs that are right for you.

1. Choose affiliate programs that match the content of your site. If your site targets a niche market then choose affiliate programs that offer products to that niche market.

2. Choose affiliate programs that pay a high commission. For example 30%-50% on your direct sales.

3. Join affiliate programs that pay two-tier commissions. This enables you to not only earn commissions on your own sales but also on the sales of people who you introduce to your affiliate

program.

4. Join affiliate programs that offer a line of products so that you can earn commissions on up-sales. When your referrals come back and purchase other services or products as well.

5. Join programs that offer their affiliates great marketing support. Many programs offer their affiliates pre-written ads. To use, get ideas from, sales letters, marketing courses, and articles for use in promoting their services.

Remember, the best affiliate programs will see theirs as a partnership with you. By combining high commissions with excellent support. That way you can start earning money promoting their products as quickly as possible.

Discover How To Avoid Mistakes Affiliates Make-Help For Newbies

Mistakes affiliates make result generally from a lack of knowledge. Yes, we know there are many ebooks showing affiliates the way to go. But remember, even the gurus had a learning curve. Gurus made mistakes too.

The key for affiliates today is to learning as much as they can even before they join affiliate programs. The major portion of affiliate sales are raked in by only 5% of the affiliates! That 5% drives 20% of  annual revenue according to publishers. So don’t let that information discourage you. The pie is huge and growing.

Newbies especially, be encouraged. Here is the other side of the coin! An Independent Survey Commissioned by Rakuten to Forrester Consulting, estimates this unique industry will grow to $6.8 billion by 2020. No one affiliate is getting all that. There’s plenty to go around. So if you’re looking at joining the Affiliate Network now is the time! Walk don’t run, take your time, and learn the ropes. There is hope for all! But try to avoid the following:

Affiliate Mistake #1

When you promote, be sure to promote the product. Nothing else, just the product. Let the wealthy people who captured you into their program be concerned about promoting the program. You just focus on selling the product. That’s what affiliates do.

While you’re at it, endorse the product. You are your chief weapon in your marketing arsenal. Did you know that? Well you know it now. Tell them about the product. Let them know how it has benefited you. If you don’t have the product, then start looking at reviews until you feel you know it forwards and backwards. It’s not enough to talk about it. You have to convince your prospective customer you “know” it. Then endorse, endorse and endorse some more!

Affiliate Mistake #2

Stay away from the heavy hitters. If your specialty in the offline world was marketing that doesn’t mean you’re going to be great in the online world. Swim in the waters where the small fish are first.

As you learn a few online tips and tricks, then you can wade into deeper water. But don’t go out too far! The deeper waters of the Internet are known to be shark-infested. 

Affiliate Mistake #3

Are you capturing names and addresses? No! You’ve gotta be kidding me! You’re letting money slip through your fingers. Answer this? Would you rather buy from someone that you trust, or someone that you don’t trust? Yeah! I figured so.

So many start off buying into programs with no clue about how to even do due diligence. The thought is the program is going to do it all for you and it will teach you how to do it. If there is one thing to remember in affiliate marketing it is this. THE LIST IS KING!

If you do anything, learn how to create your list. Without it, chances of any significant money is not likely to happen. Learn how to collect those emails and start to build some trust with your very own list. Take your time with this. Don’t rush your subscribers because they are your gold. Don’t bug them either. But start work on that list immediately.

Affiliate Mistake #4

Keep track of the promotions you do. Set up an Excel spreadsheet to do this. Some will be duds. There’s nothing worse than throwing money after an unprofitable promotion. What makes it worse is that you may have a profitable promotion that you aren’t paying much attention to but should be. That will be easy to spot on a spreadsheet where everything is organized in a fashion easy to read trends.

Affiliate Mistake #5

While you’re working on your affiliate programs what’s happening with your own product? What was that? I didn’t hear you? No? You don’t have one? Okay, what do you like to do? Quite frankly you can pursue what you are passionate about. Being creative is the key. Think out of the box. While you may not be able to create a product to sell ice cream online, become an affiliate for a company that does.

So there is something you can do. Everyone on the topside has a gift. Is it plumbing? Gardening? You must have something up your sleeve. If it’s something you’re passionate about, and it works online, you may have arrived. The key to making it work, is “dare to do what you love to do.” But you won’t know until you take action. So often an idea that begins as something seemingly simple, morphs into a Napster, or Face Book.

Let’s be realistic. You’re going to make mistakes, because you’re human. Allow me to encourage you with this; there is more money out there than the mistakes you can make. Remember, $6.8 billion? You’ll be an expert one day. And when that happens you won’t be able to get out of the way of those affiliate commissions.

Affiliates sell products others create. Eventually every affiliate learns how to create their own. ClickBank is full of vendors who have done just that. Keep in mind that you can promote hard products for Amazon, Walmart, Target, and many many others. Digital products may capture your fancy. Simply because your customer gets an immediate rush seeing it in their inbox. No waiting for delivery. High anticipation. Low anxiety.

Starting out as an affiliate where you are paid based on someone clicking on your ad, link, or from an email, will get you paid one time. However this doesn’t necessarily help you build your list. The vendor benefits from that email. Still, it’s a start. Walk before you run. Getting to the finish line is what matters. Learning as you go will pay dividends beyond what you can imagine right now. 

You’ve read this. Now go take action!