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5 Tips To Becoming A Successful Affiliate Marketer

Updated on December 5, 2009

Everybody that is relatively new to affiliate marketing is looking for the magic bullet niche market that will make them an overnight success and instant millionaire, however there is more to it than that. It takes dedication, determination and hard work to accomplish your goals.

Over the years online, there are strategies that have been used that have been successful and these same strategies are still being used today because they work. These 5 affiliate marketing tips will help you to succeed in today's online world.

1. Have A Separate Website

Every product that you promote needs it's own separate website for promotion. Do not put everything together on one site to save on hosting fees. Your site should focus on the one product and nothing more.

You should have a well written product review as your content and if you have testimonials from other people, include them too. Do not make your content reviews sound like a sales pitch, but more like a news reporter giving the honest facts. You can turn your product review into several pages by making each page highlight a separate feature of the product that you are promoting.

2. Give Away A Free Report

Give away a free report or a free e-course in exchange for their email address. The form on your page to collect their information should be located at the top of the page, on the sidebar if possible, so that it can be easily seen and not missed.

3. Get An Autoresponder

You will need to have an autoresponder set up to send out your free report or e-course and your preset follow up messages to everyone that signs up on your form. If they didn't make a purchase with their first visit to your site, the follow up messages will remind them of the product they were thinking of buying when they landed on your site in the first place.

The follow up messages should not be pushy sales letters, but rather persuasive ones, and should include the reasons why the product will make their lives easier, better, or more entertaining. You get the idea. You want to use positive, upbeat adjectives. You want to impress upon them that they will be missing out on something huge, or meaningful, if they are not using your product or service.

I have found myself unsubscribing to newsletter fast, if all I receive are sales pitches without any useful content.

Remember to refrain from using the word "Free" or "make money" in your emails as the spam filters will throw them into the junk or spam mail or not deliver them at all. Yahoo and AOL are notorious for bouncing emails back as undeliverable.

4. Targeted Traffic

To get the kind of targeted traffic that is looking for your product, write articles that relate to it and submit them to the article directories. Remember to add the link back to your website in the bio/response box. That way, people that are interested in your topic will follow your link to your site because they are interested and want to find out more about the subject.

You can also submit short articles to blogs or forums that relate to your subject and post your articles. People that are already reading the blog or are forum members will follow your link back to your site to find out more.

Try to write 10 articles a week with at least 500 words. Make use of PLR articles that are sitting on your hard drive collecting dust and rewrite them. You could even turn these articles into the report that you are going to give away for free to your subscribers or you could turn them into an e-book to sell later.

Usually the conversion rate ratio is 1 sale for every 100 visitors, or 1:100, so if you can generate a 1000 targeted hits a day, the odds are, according to the researched statistics, that you will have 100 sales a day.

5. Set up a schedule for yourself.

Devote one day to writing your autoresponder messages. Day 2 load your messages into the autoresponder. Day 3 do nothing but write your articles. Day 4 submit your articles to the article directories. Day 5 submit articles to bulletin boards, blogs and forums. Setting up a schedule that works for you will help you to stay focused.

These tips are not difficult to accomplish, but they are time consuming, and they do require that you take action. They will not get done if you keep procrastinating, so set up your schedule, get to work, and then witness the checks that will start rolling in.

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      Alex 6 years ago

      a very well though out post

      new blog -

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      Roffi Grandiosa 6 years ago from Bandung, Indonesia

      very nice tips for being an affiliate marketing!

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      Neverbetter 7 years ago from Albany, NY

      Very good advice, Kona! I'm still trying to "put all the elements together" after gathering information about affiliate marketing for a long time. Your article put me one step closer....thanks!

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      KonaGirl 7 years ago from Slingerlands

      @G - Thanks for the invite, however, WA is for people that are new to marketing online. Don't get me wrong, it is an excellent product and is very helpful for people that are just starting out, however, I have been working from home for 6 years now and haven't the need for this program.

      @Monique - Thank you for your comments too. Please feel free to stop by, for my Home Business Infopreneur Resources for more information about information marketing from home.

      I do appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.

      Thank you.

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      bwh1 7 years ago

      Great advice, and maybe I mention my hubpage where you can check out Wealthy Affiliates the #1 place to learn affiliate marketing. Just click at my profile.

      YES, we have to learn that, just like anything else :-) (some still believe that there exist a push button solution to make money online)

      Thanks for considering.


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      Evolution Inc. 7 years ago

      Five Stars! *****

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      Monique Cloutier 7 years ago

      I searched for the exact phrase...

      "give away for free to your subscribers"

      in Google and you were 1 of only 3 natural sites which showed up in the results.

      You may want to capitalize on this by mentioning more about it in that way on your website.

      I think that is something many people may search on when looking for exactly this... "give away for free to your subscribers".

      I am a Super Affiliate among other things and I teach my online family and friends the same way of life.

      I was doing some preliminary research and stumbled upon your page.

      I will now be reading your Affiliate Marketing Tips blog post to see what you have posted on this topic so far.


      Monique Cloutier

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      eBook 9 years ago

      Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading it. I will be back for more!

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      knewf 9 years ago

      great advice!