Here is the first of many residual income affiliate program articles.
In this article you will learn...
1. What affiliate marketing actually is.
2. Where to go to find products to promote.
3. What to do when you find that affiliate market opportunity.
4. How to start affiliate marketing without websites.
5. How to avoid affiliate marketing frauds.
So let's find out what defines affiliate marketing.
According to Wikipedia: Affiliate marketing is a marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate's own marketing efforts. Basically this means that you get a pre-determined amount of money for selling other peoples products. This is general a percentage E.g 75%, but in other cases this is an already established figure. E.g you will get $1 for every click you send the business owner, via CPV (cost per view) or CPA (cost per action) we will get back to these later.
Where do you go to find products to promote?
The three main places are Market-to-go (MG), Click Bank (CB) and Pay Dot (PD), they are the best free affiliate programs, the reason these three are great to start with is that you don't need any previous experience to sign up with them. Other places such as "Yeah CPA" and "Wolf storm media" require you to have an established list, website and track record. They won't just let you join either, they will check you out, search you, look at your site, ask for proof in some cases and with "Yeah CPA" you have to submit a letter of at least 300 words to one of their managers (daunting yes but I had to do it, and totally worth it if you do CPA).
What to do when you find that affiliate market opportunity
With (MG) all you have to do is go to the website. There you will find twenty or more proven opportunities that you can opt in, and start promoting right away. You now need to choose a product to promote. This is made easy on (MG) and (CB) as they have a search box and very good advanced search features. Make sure you choose a product that you are passionate about, E.g if you liked dogs you wouldn't want to promote cats. When you find your product you need to make sure it sells by doing a quick search on it or looking at how the product is doing via the gravity (on CB). We will teach this in in more detail in another lesson.
How to start marketing without websites
Ok you have a product but you don't have a website or even know how to make a website, you are screwed right? Wrong there are a few ways you can promote for free without a website.
1. YouTube, make a video promoting your product and have a link to your product in your video, lots of people do this now days, but that isn't a bad thing, it's a good thing. If it didn't work no one would do it.
2. Promote it on your Facebook page, make an event with your product on it and make it seem like the only way to get it is through you for a limited time. Or make and actual page for your product and people can like it and buy it from your link.
3. Twitter, make a twitter page and talk about your product on there with a link to the product or Facebook page.
How to avoid frauds
1. Stay away from affiliate programs that have a bad track record, don't sign up to an affiliate program if it costs to join ever, and there are plenty of free ones out there anyway. In fact just stick to Market-to-go (MG) when you start this will save you time and money and you won't be a victim of affiliate marketing frauds.
"Enjoy Your Coffee"
There is a new trend in entrepreneurship - starting an online business. Finding top online business ideas to suit an individual's income needs, aspirations and personal skills is a sure-fire first step to success. Choosing an online business that is backed by personal passions, experience and a marketable skill set is a recipe for success for wannabe internet entrepreneurs. Below are three low-cost online start-up ideas to kick off a profitable online business.
1. Provide a service.
Those with an interest in writing, graphic design and social media, among other skills, can transform their marketable skills into an online service business. Building a portfolio showcasing the quality and capability of work is essential in helping potential clients make an informed hiring decision. A professional website is a crucial asset in attracting clients. Marketing one's services and steadily applying to relevant projects through online job boards is a necessary component of starting and maintaining a successful and profitable online service business.
2. Flip Blogs.
Starting a blog flipping business requires a multitude of skills, making it a perfect business opportunity for a jack-of-all-trades. Those that dabble in website design, online marketing, writing and SEO are generally able to experience the most success in this line of work. The first step in creating a blog flipping business is purchasing existing blogs that have potential but are under-monetized and are in general need of a rehab. Then several months of continuous work is required to bring the blog's income, design and traffic up to par with expectations. Finally, the blog can be sold to an interested buyer through an online marketplace or private sale. A successfully flipped blog can generally sell for up to 10 times the current monthly income.
3. Sell Handcrafted items.
Nearly everyone has a hobby that can be turned into an income-producing online business. Crafters that make items such as quilts, cloth diapers, jewelry and other handmade items in their spare time can create a business by selling their handmade goods to online shoppers. Indie marketplaces can help place handcrafted items in front of thousands of hungry buyers daily. In order to increase the chances of success, sellers should educate themselves on online marketing methods, taking quality product photography and shipping practices. Learning these seemingly mundane skills is often the difference between success and failure.
There are thousands of online business ideas to choose from - some with a higher start-up cost than others. However, the most profitable online business ideas will generally be the ones that are centered on a personal passion or an enjoyable skill. Building an online business requires countless hours of work and enduring frustrating learning curves, therefore choosing something enjoyable will make the hours pass by faster than plunging into foreign waters for the simple sake of profit. That's all for now, "Enjoy Your Coffee"
Website promotion is important to attract large population of prospect buyers. The company should interact with the market for it to be known. Some businesses misinterpret the fact that putting the business online means that they will not venture anymore to any form of promotion. No, it is wrong. It doesn't stop there. Companies should always find ways on how to make their websites known to the world. How is it possible then?
Promotion can be done through search engines. By registering the business to the search engines, there are bigger chances of seeing it by the audience. It is also very helpful in gathering new prospects. The internet has 24/7 availability. Putting the website in the search engines such as Google and Yahoo can optimize the business availability online. All the customer has to do is put the product he is looking for and the search engine will provide the necessary details to choose from. The company has to make sure that they are selling a specific product, for example, coffee maker so that if the customer will type it, their website will be included by the results generated by the search engine. It is important because it will further create confusion on the part of the customers if not applied appropriately. Also, it will lessen the chances of getting the customer.
Another way to promote website is through banners and links in other sites that points back to your own. This is actually a partnership of two companies exchanging links and banners. Social networks are playing a major role on this one also. This is very effective because many people around the world are members of Friendster, Facebook and Twitter so there are bigger chances that they will click the company's banner. Links and banners are very popular so the more creative the promotion is; the more noticeable it will be to the viewers. It will obviously entice the prospect to see the company's website and the product it offers.
Articles, blogs and reviews are also effective in promoting the company's website. Write-ups are considered as one of the most efficient tool in influencing other people. Companies should participate in article distribution websites. All write-ups must be positive and full of encouragement so prospect buyers will be enticed to check the website for themselves. It is also important for a business' website to have its own blog. It will be helpful on the part of the customers and prospects to gather information about them. Furthermore, it can increase the number of visitors in the website so there are many more prospects to entertain.
The first priority is to direct all measures towards growth in sales. The growth in sales should be greater than the average industry growth. The internal and external communication networks are to be developed step by step. Website promotion is the way to generate sales and making customer. All forms of promotion should be compatible with online environment and has to be updated continuously. "Enjoy Your Coffee"
Michael Stanley, 55