Affiliate Marketing Secrets

Secrets of Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is by far the fastest way to get started making money online. This is when you refer traffic to someone else's product sales page, they make the sale and deliver the product, keep 50% or more of the sales

Here's just a few benefits

  1. You're able to start instantly without having to make a product, write a sales letter, develop a website, create marketing materials, get a merchant account, or provide support
  2. It's complete hands-free for you because they handle the billing, support, maintenance, etc.
  3. There's no risk for you. The product owner has already done all the research , development and testing. So you know that your traffic will result in sales.

Looking at these benefits, it's clear that affiliate marketing is the way to go!

The downside is...

Once you send your visitors to the product sales page, they are gone forever. Less than 10% of the visitors your send will actually buy the product. The 10% or less that make a purchase now belong to the product owner. She can sell them additional products, but you can never sell to them again.

Is there are way around this?

It's simple: You must get your visitors' email addresses before you send them to the product owner's website. By getting their contact info, you can follow up increase your odds of making the sale by sending them back to the product owner's website multiple times. And if you want to do it like a pro, you'll give them some great content before sending them to the sales page.

Here's why you want to implement these affiliate marketing strategies:

  1. Owning a list of potential buyers gives you the ability to market additional products at the push of a button.
  2. You'll be warming them up by providing valuable information and then casually linking to the product sales page in the context of this information.

If you want to create an affiliate marketing system like this, you'll need the following:

  1. A squeeze page, and even better a Video squeeze page.
  2. Several high-quality content pages
  3. At least a 5-Part Email Followup Series

Instead of sending visitors directly to the product sales page, you'll send them to your lead capture page first. Your squeeze page adds your visitors to you autoresponder. This is how you start building your list, and at the same time begin sending them useful information. After subscribing them to your email list, it redirects them to your content mini-site.

You content mini-site builds the good will, so that when you send them to the product sales page, they are in a buying mood. While they're reading the content you've provided, your email system is already following up with them to send them back to the product website again and again.

All of this together increases your chances of making the sale by up to 500% so it's well worth the effort of setting it up. And once it's set up, it runs automatically - you just send visitors to the squeeze page, instead of the product website.

One option, if you're not up to the challenge of setting this all up yourself, is to let someone like Affiliate Silver Bullet do it for you. These kinds of services will build the whole system for you and then just give you a video squeeze page (with video), pre-written emails, content pages, etc. The benefit is that it's much less expensive then you could do it yourself, and it's instantly set up. One negative is that there will be other people using this same affiliate marketing system. However, the odds of you and them both finding the same visitor are so small, that it doesn't really matter.

Alternatively, you can use a service like Elance to "outsource" each of these components. Whichever way you decided to go, it's critical to get an affiliate marketing system like this in place, if you're at all serious about your business.

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