Tips For Frustrated Affiliate Marketers
by Isaiah Hull
Do you go through affiliate programs like most people
go through pairs of socks? Many Internet marketers do.
In fact, 97% of all Internet marketers never make a single
cent advertising opportunities on the Internet. They jump
from one opportunity to the next and never see results.
If you want to break free from this cycle of failure--if
you want to earn a living off of your Internet ventures--continue
reading. I will tell you exactly how you can earn money
from any legitimate affiliate program.
In order to get the most information from what I am about
to explain to you, you must accept that these methods
are not intended to be "secrets." These are
scientifically-proven, best-practice methods that all
top marketers use. If you want results, you will have
to do and continue to do the following five things:
1. Know your product. Do not advertise for a product or
affiliate program that you are not currently using. I
cannot even count the amount of affiliate programs and
product offers I have rejected immediately from people
who know very little about what they are actually promoting.
If you want to make money selling a product or service,
you have to use it, understand it, and be able to convince
your prospects that they should own it. If you yourself
do not believe in it--because you have not even tried
it--then you will have a hard time convincing anyone else
it is worthwhile.
2. Know your field. You must continually become more knowledgeable
about the market in which you are selling your product
or service. For instance, I try to read at least 50 pages
on Internet marketing each day to complement the marketing
I do. This keeps me learning about my field. The best
part about this is that you can do it without spending
any money at all. The Internet is loaded with free content
sites where you can find free ebooks and special reports
on any subject. The Internet is also loaded with affiliate
program promoters who are out-selling you. Use google
to find these sites and then reverse engineer them--pick
apart the source code, page setup, and content layout
to find out how you can become more like your competition
who is outselling you.
3. Focus your efforts and limit your innovation. As much
as "limiting your innovation" may go against
your business instincts, it is an absolute must with a
limited marketing budget. Figure out what works for you
scientifically by measuring your advertising results.
When you find something that works, stick with it. If
you are getting traffic from reciprocal links, continue
to build them. If you are getting constant sign-ups from
your newsletter, improve your newsletter and order more
leads. Do not stray far from your original plan. Preset
the amount of innovative ideas you want to try out each
night, but center your marketing efforts around getting
better results from methods that have already worked for
4. Spend money wisely. The Internet is loaded with scams
and bad information. It is really easy to be tricked into
blowing money on "get rich quick" schemes and
information that you can find in free resources. I personally
have spent thousands of dollars needlessly. But do not
get me wrong; I am not saying there are no legitimate
affiliate promotion services or information products out
there: I am saying that the vast majority of them do not
work as well as they say they do. So hold onto your cash.
When you find a product that multiple people have personally
recommended to you, then consider buying it. Otherwise,
conserve your cash for purchasing services or products
that will produce hard, definite results, such as email
leads for your newsletter or phone leads you can contact
personally to promote your program.
5. Remember that your success is dependent on your choices
and your work alone. If you get upset about not becoming
successful with a specific affiliate program, do not blame
the program--blame yourself. Do a thorough analysis of
what you could be doing better and how you could be making
every single day. There are people who do not pay any
money at all for promotional services and yet are still
able to make a living just from using free tools on the
Internet. If they can do it, there is no reason at all
why you cannot. Joining a marketing group or forum in
your field will help you realize this reality. Seeing
and talking to people who are succeeding in your field
will remind you that it is entirely possible to make money
online without having a million dollars to begin with.
While there are some "secrets" to getting more
sign-ups and site visitors, the bigger part of affiliate
program marketing is following a sound business plan.
If you keep the five concepts I have listed above central
to your marketing campaign, you will not fail. But, if
you continue to market sporadically--switching from product
to product and method to method--you will never break
out of that 97% who never make money.
About the Author
Isaiah Hull publishes Home Business Tips Newsletter, a
fresh and informative ezine that focuses on building successful
internet businesses and promoting affiliate programs.
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