4 Tips For Starting Your Own Affiliate Website

4 Tips For Starting Your Own Affiliate Website

Google Appliance as shown at RSA Expo 2008 in ...Image via WikipediaIf you are interested in making money online, an affiliate website can make all of your dreams come true, you know that you will need a website to get started. The most important thing for a website is traffic. You can use an existing site or you can build a site specifically for your affiliate programs either way having a website is the first step. After that many are at a loss as to what to do next. Here are four tips that will help your affiliate site be a success.

The most important factor for your success is choosing a nice market. If your site is too broad you will have too much competition on the search engines and you will never make it. Choose a nice market and become an expert on that market. The best way to choose your market is to choose something you are interested in that has a relatively low number of results when you search it in Google. For instance do not sell party supplies sell, children’s theme party supplies.

Next you must pack your site with useful information. Tell people all about your product. Offer instructions for use or product reviews or in the case of party supplies, include tips and ideas for parties while offering affiliate links for all the supplies needed. The information is once you get people to your site the information that you have available is what will keep them there and it is what will drive them to buy from your affiliates.

Use targeted marketing for your site. However you choose to market you website, whether it is with article marketing, blogging, emailing, or pay per click, choose a target market and focus on them. Any traffic is great if traffic is what you are going for but you want sales so you have to attract people who are likely to buy what you are selling or else you are wasting you efforts.

Follow up with customers. Create a way to maintain a relationship with your customers. Offer a free newsletter. It will take some work to put a newsletter together but it will give you a chance to remind customers about your website and give them a chance to return and make another purchase.

Anyone can build an affiliate site but it takes insight into your target market and lots of work on developing an informative site in order to create a successful affiliate site and make money fast. These are some of the general tips for creating a successful.

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5 Mistakes Bloggers Make When Choosing An Affiliate Program

Image via WikipediaWhen people decide to join an affiliate program to make extra money, or to have a full time job, they often do so with illusions and 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 and avoid these mistakes at all costs. Then, you will be able to be more effective and make more money 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. 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.

#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.

#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.

#5 Fresh Ideas, Creatives
Many affiliate programs provide few ideas or creatives to their affiliates and 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 so affiliates could alternate ads and place different ads on different sites, 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!

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3 TIPS ON How to Succed with Affiliate Programs

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Dear friends, when it comes to promoting affiliate programs
we all follow a certain defined process. We first go to
google.com ,type affiliate programs in the search field. When
the results get displayed we look for “high paying” affiliate
programs. By “high paying” I mean those who pay 25% commissions.

Then we visit each and every website listed and join the
programs becuse they are free! to join. We put all sorts of
banners and text ads on our links page and expect to see a
check in our mail box the next morning.

Well, I am here going to reveal a very different way of
promoting affiliate programs. Let us revise the process
one-by-one.

Step 1> Search for affiliate programs with your favorite
search engine. Look for only those affiliate programs whcich
have products which interests you. For example if you are
interested in “radio controlled airplanes” then look for such
products first. Don’t start with promoting “herbal shampoos”
or “yoga cd’s” just because they pay 40% commissions.

Since you already know a little about rc planes it wiil be
much easier for you to promote various aspects of the
product.

So when selecting the affiliate prgram keep in mind the
following sequence

a)Product which you know about or are interested in.
b)Qulaity of the product. To know the quality of the
product it is advisavle to buy the product yourself
first.
c)The organisation associated with the product. Look for
the promotional material they are giving to affiliates.
This shows the confidence of the manufacturer in their own
product.
d)Commission structure. Some webmasters provide 2 tier
commission structure. Some have a threshhold amout before
the affiliates get paid. Here is a nice place to sart with.
This is a list which contains 50 affiliate Programs That Pay
AT LEAST 50% commissions.

Visit http://www.myfriendlyebooks.com/Aff/a1.htm)

Step 2> Design a simple landing page to “presell” the product
before sending the visitors to actual sales page. Now this step
is extremely imporant. Why do you to presell the product ?. This
is because this is internet. No one knows you here or has seen
you personally.

Normally when someone buys from the internet he is going to look
for similar 4-5 products before he gets to the final decision.
Here if he comes to your affiliate landing page it becomes
much easier for him to compare the product you want to promote
with similar 4-5 products in the category.

The landing page you have designed can have testimonials, which
you can borrow from the sales page. It can also contain your
own experience about the product. You can use before/after
situations for describing the benefits of the product. You can use
photographs of yourself using the product successfully. This
adds instant credibility to the product you want to promote.

Step 3>When the visitors reach your landing page you must have
a system to capture their names and email addresses. Because
as I said earlier there are many people who look for similar
4-5 products before buying. By capturing email addresse you can
“follow up” your subscribers later on using newsletters or
product features using email autoresponders.

The best way to capture email addresses is to provide a
free gift related to the product. This free gift can be
an eBook written by you or many webmasters already have an
ebook written for the affiliates. SO again this is a very
importan tpoint, join only those programs where you will find
a decent promitional material already prepared for the
affiliates.

That’s it friends. I hope these words were helpful. I wish
you good lick in your affiliate promotional journey

Copyright 2005 Shrinivas Vaidya

About the Author

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Shrinivas Vaidya is the webmaster of http://myfriendlyebooks.com
To help you start with right affiliate progrmas I have assembled
a list of 50 affiliate programs that pay AT LEAST 50% commissions.
You can access the listing for fr`ee at the followinf url.
http://www.myfriendlyebooks.com/Aff/a1.htm
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