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How to Become a Successful Affiliate Marketer

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Part 1

by Lyn Leckie-Matassa
November 03, 2006

Once you decide you want to be an affiliate marketer, you need to make a few decisions. Let’s say you don’t have a website and you would like to be an affiliate marketer and make money by selling other peoples products online. You will need to find affiliate programs that are reliable and sellable.

An affiliate program must have a good reputation and must pay you good commissions per sale. You must be paid regularly and often to sustain an income online. If your desire is to quit your day job and become one of those people who seem to laze around and do nothing but play on their computer then forget it. To be a successful affiliate marketer you need to do some work.

When you decide to be an affiliate marketer you need to be willing to put in the time and effort up front so that you can reap the rewards for years to come. Are you prepared to work hard now so that you can play hard later and with lots of extra cash?

Ok, you want to make heaps of money and I am going to show you how in as simple as possible. The first thing you need to do is search out for the best affiliate programs. Now I have already done that for you and you can join them for free. You want to try and join programs that are free. You don’t want to be out of pocket now do you? The free to join programs that I recommend details are in my resource box. So step one is done for you we now have the affiliate programs, now we need to know how to make money with them.

As you can see if you join any of these programs that they have a login section where you can get all the details on what they offer and how much they are willing to pay you per sale and also you will get all your affiliate links. These affiliate links are very important as they are embedded with your user id number or name and when someone clicks on the url they are directed to the relevant sales page and when they purchase you get the commission from the sale.

Now you have had a look at what the affiliate programs offer you, you now want to pick a product or decide if you want to recruit to build your down line. For this example we will be selling an item. We have the url which has our id number in it and we have our product now for arguments sake we will say our product is a Natural Cleaner. We need to post ads using our affiliate link so that any sales will be linked to our id. We also need to write about 3-5 articles on natural cleaners and how good they are for the family and the environment. Then we need to submit these articles to the article directories and in the resource box use our links. You need to be careful here as some article directories do not allow direct affiliate links.

You can decide whether you are going to use free measures to market your links. Yes you can do it all the free way but you need to be prepared to work at it. This means submitting articles by hand. The best way to get your links out there is by way of article marketing. The more articles the more links. An article could be picked up from an article directory and end up giving you thousands of links. This means the chances of someone actually seeing your article and clicking on your link is greater.

You should try and write an article a day and submit it for 90 days. The more articles you can write the better. Articles tend to get picked up quicker by the search engines too, whereas a website can take up to 2 months or even longer to be listed. I would suggest 5 ads a day for your product as well just re write the ad as much as possible.


How to Become a Successful Affiliate Marketer

Part 2

Now we will look at how to become a successful affiliate marketer who has their own website and wants to build their down line and earn income from their affiliate sales.

Two of the affiliate programs I recommend also have the facility for you to advertise the business and build your down line, when you’re down line make a sale you also get a percentage of commission. To find out more information you would need to have a look at the programs. Lets say for arguments sake you have a website and you promote different sorts of affiliate programs and products. In order for you to be successful you would need to do a few things.

The most important thing is that you need to write articles about your programs and what they have to offer and why someone should want to join them. The fact that they are rated number 1 and 2 for 2006 as the best affiliate programs is a selling point. The fact that they pay great commissions and they have been in business for a long time is also important. This article must then link back to your website. Your aim is to get people to your website so that they can then see what you have to offer. The more links you have the more likely you are to get to page one in the search engines for your chosen keyword. If you do manage to get to page one for your chosen keyword then the likelihood of you making money is increased dramatically.

You can get an article submitter to submit your articles to over 900 article directories but this will cost you. If you don’t have the money but you have the time then submit them by hand to at least 5-10 article directories. I recommend doing a search on Google for the best article directories.

You also need to advertise your website on classified ad sites to generate targeted traffic. You can do adword campaigns if you so desire, but they are not necessary. If you have an opt-in list then you will want to offer them the opportunity to make money online and become and affiliate for free. You would also want to from time to time send your opt-in list the sales emails to try and make a quick sale.

I would also recommend getting links back to your site by using forums and having your website linked in your signature to your chosen keyword. You should aim for 5-10 posts per day. Please ensure your posts ad value as you don’t want to get into trouble for being a spammer.

Your website needs to be setup so that people can easily navigate and get the information they want. You need to stay focused on your goals and that is to increase links to get people to your sites and to your products and down lines. Then you need to show you’re down line how to replicate what you have done so that you can grow your business to a full time income. Then the more people you teach to do the same and they teach to do the same your business will grow even when you stop. You want your business to still be making you money when you’re on holidays and enjoying life.

My aim is to become a super affiliate and earn over $1,000,000 a year; we all need to have a goal to strive for. I'm well on my way to my goal are you? If your not then get cracking and join a great program and make yourself some money.

How to Become a Successful Affiliate Marketer

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