Money Making Strategies For Affiliate Marketing

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Affiliate Marketing is one of the most prominent methods for making money on-line.The first strategy to consider in order to successfully make money online as an Affiliate Marketer is Building a List.

This strategy is the most important step to continue to make money long term. If you do not already have some type of auto-responder system you need to get one. Avoid being cheap here, because your entire business will hinge on this one piece of software.

There are different ways you can build your list. You can buy leads from reputable list building companies and get them into your auto-responder. Most good list building companies will have an option to send an email to your auto-responder so you don’t have to manually input the lead’s information.

Another effective way of building your list is from the traffic that visits your website. Doing this step, which is probably the most effective, does require you to have a website in order to implement an opt-in list form. If your Affiliate program offers a list management service then you can send traffic to the affiliate’s URL, but I don’t recommend it as you will usually not be able to email the entire list with special offers.

To get the most of your opt-in form and get the most sign ups, you should place it inside your sales page text if possible. It usually should be located in the sales text after you present a problem. Auto-responder systems are necessary because they automate the mailing system allowing you to pre-write responses and follow-up emails that automatically go out to your lists.

The title of your auto-responder email series should address the problem by offering a solution. In the example below we will assume that I am selling a hosting package and I want opt-in subscribers to my email course for back-end sales.

Example: You can use the prebuilt websites or build your own. Many people think that building a website is hard, but I can show you how easy it really is. Take my 10 day email course “Build a Website with Ease”[sign up form here].

The second strategy to make money online is Driving Traffic to your website.

When I say traffic, I mean targeted traffic, people who are ready to buy, can and will make you money. People browsing the net for “free” anything are probably not good prospects. It’s effective to use programs and techniques such as Google Adwords, blogging, article writing and linking to drive targeted traffic to your website. Google Adwords is a resource offered by Google in which you can pay for your site to be shown alongside results when certain keywords are queried in their search engine.

The secret to using Adwords for your affiliate campaign is not to bid high on popular keywords. A better way is to find similar keywords that still describe your website, but are used much less frequently. These keywords will cost much less to bid on and will allow you to spread your money out over many different keywords, getting the most bang for your buck. You can use this handy free tool to find similar keywords:

Blogging is another way to drive targeted traffic to your website. To get the most out of this technique the blog should be hosted on the same website as the sales page which links to your affiliate program. After it’s setup all you have to do is fill your blog with good quality content.

Writing your own content is recommended that relates to your affiliate program and or products. Once you have created some content you will need to submit your RSS feed to as many blog search engines as you can. This will make your blog visible for other webmasters to use as content feeds on their websites.

This is a  win-win situation. It allows webmasters to have quality content on their website, increasing it’s value, while driving targeted traffic directly to you. This is done by the URL link that you placed under your name when the blog was written. What that means is your link is on a blog feed that is on hundreds or thousands of websites. Not only do people click those links but Google sees these links pointing back to you and thinks that you’re popular and you are rewarded with a higher page rank.

Article writing is basically the same as blogging except the information in an article will need to have more pertinent content and have many keywords that the webmasters are looking for. Upon completion you will submit (syndicate) it to content sites as opposed to blog search engines.

Content sites are places where webmasters go to find original content to offer their readers. If you are a good writer you may at some point build up a name for yourself and work out a deal with a webmaster to write exclusives for his site. His readers get great exclusive content and you get highly motivated targeted traffic.

Getting good Links is perhaps the most widely used form of increasing traffic and page rank. However, if done incorrectly you could end up hurting your Google page rank and ultimately loosing potential buyers. You will need your own website for this technique as you will need a ‘links’ page to place your reciprocal links on.

Many people unsuccessfully submit their URL links to link farms in an attempt to trick Google into giving them a better page rank. This does NOT work; in fact Google has been known to penalize websites for engaging in these activities.

The secret getting quality links, is to find websites in your niche market which have a Google page rank of 4 or above and enticing the webmaster to list your link on their website. You may think that you would be helping your competition, and it’s possible you would be. But your competing site would be helping you as well. It’s better to send leaving traffic to a partner than just having them close their browser window, and remember that too works both ways.

The strategies listed in this article do work and they will increase you sales and residuals if done correctly. Reciprocal linking, Blogging and Article writing are great ways to bring massive amounts of high quality targeted traffic to your website. These strategies combined with an effective sales page with an integrated opt-in email can make your business soar to new heights. You can and will make money with this system.

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