Making Money with Affiliate Programs – Part III
By Nowshade Kabir ©Rusbiz.com
Whether you are a newbie to Internet or a proud owner of a website, affiliate
programs are great opportunities for you to make money online. It is an interesting
concept that allows affiliates to develop a source of income and the program owners
to sell their products more effectively.
As an affiliate your job is to drive traffics to the program owner’s site.
You get a commission from each sale made to a customer that originated from
your marketing efforts.
Once you become interested in making money through affiliate programs and do
some research you will come to know that there are many affiliates, who consistently
make thousands of dollars month after month.
James Martell, who also wrote a handbook on affiliate marketing, claims that
he makes over US$ 40K each month from his 30 over niche affiliate sites.
Phil Wiley lives in a remote area near Australia’s Great Barrier Reefs but
it does not create any barrier for him to make a comfortable living from his
Rosalind Gardner, author of the Super Affiliate Handbook, made over US $400,000
last year alone by promoting different affiliate programs.
There are numerous examples like these, but the question is do all affiliates
make that much of money? Is it truly possible to make your living by promoting
The truth is very few of thousands of affiliates are successful in making good
amount of money from affiliate marketing.
If you follow the tips stated below scrupulously your chance to become a super
affiliate will increase considerably.
Try the product first
Don’t just start promoting an affiliate program because they offer handsome
commission! Internet marketing is a complex and time consuming process! If you
decided to spend your valuable time and ingenious brain in promoting a product,
you better check out the product first. Try the product! As a consumer if you
feel that the money spent on the product is really worth it, then you probably
found a right affiliate program to market.
Sell products consistent to your website’s content
If the visitors are coming to your site and spending time, that means they
like the content of your pages. If you offer them something which is relevant
to this content, chances increase dramatically that they will check out that
Write ad articles and text ads for the product
Don’t use banners to promote your chosen affiliate programs! Our eyes are so
accustomed to see banners that in very rare case, nowadays, we click on a banner.
Use text ads instead! But don’t just use the generic ads supplied by the affiliate
program owner. Spend sometimes in creating the text ads. While writing the text
ads, think how you can relate the content of the page with the text of the ad.
Write articles about the subject matter of the affiliate product and use links
within the article. Studies show that the ad articles have good click through
response. You can submit these articles to other websites and create a viral
marketing process for your affiliate program.
Get a domain name for the affiliate program
If you are getting result from promoting an affiliate program and would like
to get more serious in marketing this particular program, get a domain name
for this program and use it to redirect to the link given by you affiliate program
owner. Here is why you should do this:
Many people don’t feel comfortable with the idea that you will get a share
from the sales made to them. A domain name convinces many of this type of people
that you are not merely promoting an affiliate program, rather you have something
to do with this product or better yet, some even might consider that you are
not making anything out of a sale.
Redirect a buyer to a page with relevant products
If you sell a product of your own from a website, once the buyer finishes the
purchasing process, i.e. charging credit card, redirect him immediately to a
page with products that compliment the product he or she has just purchased.
The idea here is to try to sell more products to the same buyer while he is
still in the buying mood.
Build mini sites for the niche products
One of the best approaches in promoting affiliate programs is to build mini
websites dedicated to these programs. Here are the steps you should take:
• Choose a market segment
• Choose niche products for this particular market segment
• Build a content rich mini website specifically oriented to this segment
• Promote related affiliate programs through this website
Use free materials, programs etc. to attract visitors
People love free stuffs! Especially, if there are values in them! Many affiliate
programs supply free materials like articles, e-books, programs, etc. in order
to help affiliates market their products. Use these materials sporadically to
lure customers. If you don’t get any worthy free materials from the program
owners, search for free relevant materials on the Internet. You will be amazed
to see quantity of free e-books, articles and other materials that you will
be able to dig out!
Create exit Pop-Up pages with specific and targeted offers
If the visitor of your site is leaving, why not showing him a page with highly
specific targeted product offers? Best idea is to create several pages with
highly targeted products for different pages. If the visitor browsed through
a certain page, that means the content of the page some how interested him.
If he decides to leave the site right after viewing this page, it definitely
makes sense to show him an exit pop-up page with products consistent to the
content of the page.
Build a directory of e-books, articles, and affiliate programs
Information is the number one reason why people spend time online. It’s not
always easy to create large amount of contents required to satisfy the need
of the visitors. Why not use materials created by others for this purpose? Besides,
you can also use those materials to promote affiliate programs of your choice.
You can add materials to your directory yourself and you can also ask visitors
to submit their materials in relevant categories.
Post Pay per click ad on the most successful affiliate program
If an affiliate program generates considerable revenue promote this particular
program more aggressively by posting pay per click ad for this program.
Overture and Google Adwords are the best options available for pay per click
Affiliate programs are great way of making money online! However, don’t expect
an overnight success! Like any other business, here also you require proper
planning and persistence. Most super affiliates confess that, in general, it
takes one to two years of hard work to become successful in this field. So do
your homework before jumping in!