“A” Is for “Affiliate”

A Is For Affiliate

Affiliates are an important part of the Internet marketing world.  If you don't already know by now, they not only help drive traffic if you have your own products, but becoming an affiliate can be one of the easiest ways to get started making money by promoting other people's products.

What is it?

An affiliate is an individual who sends traffic to a product creator's website. They are given a special website URL, called an affiliate link, which tracks how much traffic they send to the product website. They receive a commission for each sale that is made for their affiliate link.

There are many types of affiliate programs available. As an affiliate you can find programs for physical products, digital information products and even for services and membership sites. Affiliate programs are listed in affiliate networks like Clickbank, Commission Junction and Paydotcom, among many others.

What are three keys to being a successful affiliate?

Affiliate marketing is one of the most profitable ways to make money online. You don't have to worry about creating a product, paying for graphics, developing a sales letter or following up with buyers. You're only in charge of driving traffic. Here are three keys to being a successful affiliate.

1. Product.

Choosing the right product to promote as an affiliate is your first key step.  You have a wide range of products to choose from as an affiliate, but that doesn't mean that all of them will make you money. Before you put your time and energy into creating a marketing campaign for affiliate program, you should do some niche research. Is the niche popular?  Is there a lot of competition in the niche or will you be able to establish yourself pretty quickly? How does the sales page for the product look? Would you buy from the site? Carefully evaluating the niche and the product will help you find a product that will actually sell.

2. Prospects.

Building YOUR own list of potential customers is an often overlooked part of affiliate marketing.  Yet it is of paramount significance. Product creators will build lists from the people who buy from their sales letter. As an affiliate, you should be building a list as well. Before you direct your visitor to the sales page for the product, you should offer them something free in exchange for opting into your list. You can create a short report on the niche and give it away on a squeeze page before forwarding the visitor on to the sales page. By building a list, you can create a long term relationship with the visitor and offer them additional value and product offers.

3. Promotion.

Setting up your own blog is one of the best ways to promote affiliate programs due to the variety of ways you can use a blog. Smart affiliates know that their long term income comes from sales of multiple products in the same niche. One of the best ways to sell multiple products is to start a niche blog. Your blog can link to several different affiliate products so you have many opportunities to make money.

Can you give me an example?

After doing some research, you discover that solar energy is a hot (pardon the pun) topic. You start a blog on do it yourself solar energy. On the blog, you can write articles related to solar energy and link to the several solar energy products available on Clickbank. You can also give away a 5 Tips to Smart Solar Energy report on your blog to build your list.

Sales Page Basics in 11 Simple Steps – Part 7: “Don’t Hang Up Yet” Subheadlines

In our last installment, we went over giving your customers more. We found out if they want more. Now we're going to talk about “sub-headlines” and how they get people to (drum roll please) BUY!

Your primary goal for a prospect in reading your sales letter is for her to make a purchase. Right? In order for her to whip out the ‘ol credit card and buy, she's going to need to make it through your sales letter.

One of the major problems in sales letters is they get boring along the way. Unless your sales letter is well crafted (most aren't – but yours will be because you're reading this :o) the attention span of the reader tends to drift after about 30-45 seconds.

But wouldn't you like to know how to keep leads interested until they read the sales letter in its entirety? Here's how you can do it…

You just found out one of the tactics that I love to use to refocus the reader's attention to what I am saying. It's known as a “subheadline.”

You see, headlines aren't solely reserved for the beginning of your sales letter. They can be used effectively throughout the sales letter. In fact, I recommend that you use them.

A subheadline does several important things…

  • It pulls back the attention of a reader who is about to drift away.
  • It introduces a new idea or train of thought.
  • It works as a stand alone major benefit of your product.
  • It solves more of the reader's problems and answers more of her questions.
  • It basically does whatever you want it to do. 😮

I love to use subheadlines about 3 times per sales letter (more or less as needed — just don't go overboard). You want the subheadline to accomplish similar goals as your main headline. A subheadline should be written in such a way that it grabs the attention of “browsers.” Some readers will quickly skim through your sales letter — you want them to stop and take a closer look when they come to your subheadlines.

I like to do a couple of things with subheadlines that effectively re-grabs the attention of reader…

3.7.1 Ask a question. That's what I did in the above example. “But wouldn't you like to know how to keep leads interested until they read the sales letter in its entirety?” A subheadline is a great place to ask the reader a question. Interaction = involvement = interest = I've still got a shot at making the sale. :o) And whatever question you ask, follow up by leading them into the next paragraph…

Here's how you can do it…

Learn more…

Find out all the details…

Let me show you…

You will after reading this…

3.7.2 Make an “If” statement. Another great way to use subheadlines is to make an “if” statement. “If” you're willing to do this, then here is what will happen. It lets the reader know that THEY determine the outcome. They are in charge. Results are based upon their response. Here are a few examples…

If you're willing to invest 5 minutes of your time, then I'll show you exactly how to pull in 500 new subscribers each month…

If you can follow simple instructions, then there is no reason why you can't do this…

If you can write a shopping list, then you can create your own information product to sell online…

Up next, Part 8: But wait! There's more. There is ALWAYS MORE!. Ginsu knives beware!

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