What is an affiliate?
An affiliate is someone who makes a commission when they help to sell a product for someone else.
When you become an affiliate for a product, you get a special link to the product page. When anyone clicks your link and buys the product YOU get a percentage of the sale price.
Being an affiliate marketer is one of the easiest ways to make money online.
- you don’t need to have your own product
- you don’t even need a website, though you will be more effective if you at least have a blog
Affiliate marketing is simply helping to sell somebody else’s product and splitting the profits. All you need to do is presell the product and get people to click on your link.
You can become an affiliate for many different things
Physical products generally generate a small commission, downloadable products tend to generate significantly more, between 50% and100%
Basic Steps of affiliate marketing
find a hungry market, a niche where people are already buying
find suitable products – through clickbank, paydotcom or private affiliate programs
Always mask your affiliate link – either redirect the affiliate link, or buy a domain name and redirect the domain name to the affiliate product. Then no one can substitute their link for yours and you are less likely to lose your affiliate commission.
Why be an affiliate?
It’s relatively easy to promote an already proven successful offer and earn a commission.
You don’t know everything! Why try to create a product on every facet of your niche when you can earn just as much money by promoting someone else’s really good offer? Affiliate products are a great source of passive income.
Set up a lead capture page rather than send potential buyers straight to the merchant’s page.
Research shows that it takes, on average, 7 exposures to an offer before someone actually makes a purchase. Set up an autoresponder series and give away something related to the product you are promoting to get folk on your mailing list. THEN continue to give away useful information and recommend suitable products to people on your list.
Build a list of highly targeted buyers – find products that solve problems and recommend those products.
I’m following Jimmy D Brown’s affiliate training, he takes you step by step through the process and demonstrates every aspect of affiliate marketing. It is great training, specially designed so that complete beginners can follow the steps, yet revealing effective strategies that will help you to make more money with affiliate marketing. Here is a link to Jimmy’s affiliate marketing training.
I highly recommend that you only ever promote products that you either use yourself and know to be good, or have good knowledge of and can genuinely recommend. If you want to succeed online you need to become a trusted source of information.
If you really want to succeed with affiliate marketing I suggest you get training from people who are making a good living as an affiliate and can show you how to do what they do. This is a link to an affiliate training webinar that you won’t want to miss
Here are some of the products that I promote – note that some of these products are free. It’s relatively easy to give away quality products that are free. Why send people to a free product? It gives them a taste of what to expect from the paid products and helps to effectively presell a paid product. Free products are a great way to build know, like and trust.
Shopping carts/affiliate management programs
http://lynnelee.com/7minutearticle/ How to write articles quicker than you ever thought possible
http://www.articlemarketingstars.com How to get your articles on page one of Google and make more money with them
http://lynnelee.com/articlemarketer/ – Use this service to distribute your articles to over a thousand sites
http://lynnelee.com/infoproductdashboard step by step product creation at a price that you can afford
http://lynnelee.com/nicheology/ – excellent free training to help you find your niche build your list and launch new products
http://lynnelee.com/instantteleseminar/ – I use Instant Teleseminar to host free teleseminars that earn me money when listeners buy the afiliate products I recommend. Each audio becomes another product.
http://lynnelee.com/unselfishmarketer/ – This is where the internet marketers go to get products to sell to you – a great sourcce of resell rights and plr
http://lynnelee.com/CreateAnECourse/ This is a free resource that shows you how to create an ecourse in just 1 day
http://lynnelee.com/MakeYourWordsSell/ A very useful free download that will help you to sell more online
http://lynnelee.com/presell This free ebook shows you how to presell, folks rarely buy the first time around.
http://lynnelee.com/salesarmysecrets/ If you want to set up your own affiliate program, this will help you to create an effective affiliate program
Website and blog creation
http://lynnelee.com/sbi – how to build a website that gets visitors
http://lynnelee.com/squidootraining/ Free video training on how to get started with Squidoo
http://lynnelee.com/hostgator/ – website hosting with cpanel
http://lynnelee.com/typepad/ Typepad is a professional blogging platform. You don’t need to be a techie to use it.
http://lynnelee.com/KeywordElite/ This is a great keyword research tool that makes it easy to work out the best keywords to target.
http://lynnelee.com/nichebot/ – brilliant keyword research training
http://lynnelee.com/wordtracker7daytrial/ – a 7 day freel trial of the full Wordtracker keyword research tool. You need this – Do not start promoting affiliate products until you have done keyword research and know what keywords people use to search for the information you are promoting.
http://lynnelee.com/Aweber/ – the autoresponder of choice for many professionals
http://lynnelee.com/discovercpanel/ Video training that equips you to manage your own websites.
http://lynnelee.com/tellafriend/ A free tell a friend script to help you spread the word further
http://lynnelee.com/membershipsite/ The easy way to create a membership site. You can get this up and running in less than a week! All you need is some articles an autoresponder and a Paypal account.
http://lynnelee.com/marketingtutorials Free traffic tutorial
Ebook cover creators
When you create your own reports you need a a virtual cover. These two products will help you to produce good looking covers without needing to own phtoshop. Choose the one that you prefer
Resell rights products and PLR articles
http://lynnelee.com/resellbootcamp – video training that shows you step by step how to sell resell rights products
http://lynnelee.com/articleunderground a great source of keyword rich artilces and excellent keyword training
http://lynnelee.com/coachinggiveaway Everything here is free. You will find some very useful guides
Internet marketing training
http://lynnelee.com/AffiliateClassroom/ – affiliate marketing training
http://lynnelee.com/shortreports/ these short reports from Jimmy D Brown won’t break the bank and will help to plug the gaps in your internet marketing knowledge.
http://lynnelee.com/podcastsecrets How to make money with podcasts
http://lynnelee.com/truthaboutmakingmoneyontheinternet Kathleen Gage offers great internet marketing training. You can still get the replay of this very informative free teleseminar
http://lynnelee.com/20ways/ 20 ways to make $100 a day online
http://www.howtoheargodwithjournaling.com How to create an effective web presence and do it from a Christian perspective. I highly recommend you get involved with Jireh Marketing. You can have a $1 trial for 7 days and explore what’s on offer.
Non internet marketing products
http://lynnelee.com/hearinggodsvoice a downloadable book that will help you to hear God more clearly
http://lynnelee.com/journal – online journaling software – I use it to keep track of everything – a great way to organise info
http://lynnelee.com/negativethoughts – Christian meditation audios
http://lynnelee.com/wellness – The lowdown on wellness – a free audio
http://lynnelee.com/7keys Christian life coaching at its best
http://lynnelee.com/freechapter How to get started with hearing God through journaling