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3 Easy steps to set up Affiliate Marketing Programs

Updated on September 9, 2009

Setting Up an Affiliate Program in 3 easy steps

The Most Proven and Successful Setup Method in these 3 easy steps for an Affiliate Program

Affiliate marketing will always be the cornerstone of most successful online businesses. Even if you are running a successful home-based business online at the moment, you will more than likely find that you are successful, not because you are writing about your business, but that you are selling your products through your website.

So for this reason, I have decided to write this short and helpful article to give the beginners and even the moderately experienced affiliate marketers an idea on where they may be going wrong with their affiliate marketing business.

Obtaining the products and the resources available to create traffic to your products is a much publicised business at the moment offered by just about anyone on the internet who has an audience willing to listen to the methods to generate large numbers of traffic to their products and there are some truly fantastic methods out there at the moment. You need to try most of them in order to hone your skills as an affiliate marketer and find the best and most suitable methods for your own marketing campaigns. However, we are not here to read about ways to generate more traffic, we are here to understand the most effective and proven methods to improve the numbers of sales once your visitors arrive at your products.

The 3 Easy steps to Internet Marketing

These 3 easy steps are the foundation of every successful internet marketer in the business.

1. The website

2. The email capturer

3. The Autoresponder

Step One - The Affiliate Program Website

The number one reason why most affiliate marketers cannot understand why their huge traffic numbers being sent to an affiliate link is the point of sale problem. By this we mean that your affiliate link will lead to the sales page of a particular product and it may not be the exact product that your visitor is searching for and theyre gone forever within a second flat.

The visitor has a need to be fulfilled and needs to be exposed to some of the information before hand in order for them to know in their mind that the product will satisfy their need. So the hope that a visitor is just going to be so in awe of the product sales page and just be suckered into buying the affiliate product is hogwash. A purchase is usually the result of requiring more information.

This brings us to the website.The website is the place you will direct your traffic to and then let your visitor decide what their specific need is based on the different types of products you are offering.Thus you will have a few review pages of the products and at the end of your affiliate product review, will be your email capturer block. The idea is not to send your visitor directly to the affiliate product to conclude the sale, but first to capture their email details so that you can send them updated products on a regular basis that they may be interested in.

Step Two - The Affiliate Optin Page or email capturer

The best way to get a visitor to part with their valuable email address is to offer them some sort of free report relevant to the topic they are searching for (The Internet is full of free reports that have master resell rights enabling you to pass them on) or valuable information. Once you have their email address, you are able to send them the affiliate link with the free report, therefore providing merit in your ability to satisfy their need, which is why the visitor arrived at your website to start with.

By the time you send the visitor the affiliate link to the sales page, they are ready to satisfy their need for the product. Now that you have their email address, you are able to send them a regular list of affiliate links supporting your products on the topic they have shown interest in.This bring us to the email autoresponder.

Step Three - The Affiliates Autoresponder

An email autoresponder allows you to now send regular product updates with your recommended affiliate products, by simply typing up an email and plugging it in to the autoresponder and sending it to a whole host of subscribers email addresses.The joy is that you only have to write it once and it is sent to your entire database.

By automating your business and not going in for the kill by funnelling traffic endlessly to an affiliate link, you are now able to provide a suitable platform by means of your website to offer a wide range of products on your chosen topic and also retain the visitors to your links. It is seldom found that the persons on a mailing list will not read an update from you if they have found value in your initial offering.

In Conclusion - Stick to the 3 Easy steps

The purpose of this article is not to bombard you with various options available to your in terms of design and types of products you can use, but merely to give you the basis for setting up your campaign. Unfortunately with any business venture, you will have to pay for a website and a domain hosting facility, but you will be able to close more sales in your affiliate marketing efforts if you just follow these three simple rules to setting up your affiliate marketing program.

Please feel free to read my other Internet Marketing Help articles below and request a specific topic by clicking on the Link at the top right under my photo called request a hub.


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      8 years ago from New Zealand

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