Friday, April 11, 2008

3 Things Every Affiliate Marketer Needs To Survive Online

by Rick Byrd

Every affiliate marketer is always on the lookout for the successful market that gives the most payout. Some marketers think there is one magic formula that is readily available for them to succeed online. Unfortunately, it is a little more complicated than that. Good marketing practices that have been proven over years of others hard work and dedication is the best way to survive online for the long haul. There are tactics that have worked before with online marketing and are continuing to work in today's online affiliate marketing world. Following these top three marketing tips, you will be able to increase your affiliate sales and survive in the affiliate market online.

The three proven tactics you must follow are:

1. Use a unique web page to promote each separate product you are marketing. It is best to not lump all of products you are marketing together just to save some money on web hosting. It is best to have a site focusing on each and every product and nothing more.

Always include product reviews on your website so visitors will have an initial understanding what the product can do or provide for those interested in buying them. Also, include testimonials from users who have already successfully used the product. Be sure that these customers are more than willing to allow you to use their names and photos on your specific site you are marketing.

You should also write articles highlighting the uses of the product and include them on your website as additional pages. Make the pages attractive compelling and most importantly include a call to action. Each headline should attract the readers attention so they are compelled to read more or even contact you. Highlight your special points. This will help your readers to learn what the page is about and want to find out more information.

2. Offer free reports to your readers. Position the offer for the free report at the very top right side of your web page so it cannot be missed by the reader. Sign-up with an auto responder and create auto responder messages that can be e-mailed to those who input their personal information into your sign up box. According to research, a sale is not typically closed until the seventh contact with a prospect.

Only two things can happen when a reader reaches your web page: 1) a closed sale or 2) the prospect leaves your page, probably never to return again. By sending useful and timely information into their inboxes, you will remind them of the product you are marketing and they found an initial interest. Be sure that the content of your message is directed toward specific reasons to buy the product. Do not make your e-mails sound like a sales pitch.

Focus on important points like how your product can make life and things easier and more enjoyable. Be sure your subject lines are compelling enough to get your prospect to open and read your email. Avoid using the word "free" because there are still older spam filters that automatically dump the e-mail into the junk before it can be read. Your job is to convince those who signed up for your free report that they will be missing something big if they do not purchase the product or service you are marketing. An important reminder here is to make sure you are truthful and honest about the product you are marketing.

3. Get the kind of traffic that is targeted to the affiliate product or service you are marketing. If the person who visited your website has no interest whatsoever in what you are offering, they will be among those who move on and never come back and that is okay. For targeted marketing efforts, you need to write articles for publication in e-zines and e-reports. This will allow you to locate publications that are focusing on your target prospects.

Write a minimum of 2 articles per week, with at least 300-600 words in length. By continuing to write and maintaining these articles you can generate as many as 100 targeted readers to your site each a day. Always remember that typically only 1 out of 100 people are likely to buy your product or get your services. If you can generate as much as 1,000-targeted hits for your website in a day, that means you can make 10 sales based on the average statistic.

The tactics above are not difficult to apply, once you have a game plan. It just requires a little time and an action plan on your part.

Try to use these tips for your affiliate marketing programs.

About the Author

Rick Byrd is an Internet entrepreneur that will teach newbie affiliate marketers how to make money online.

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