Monday, July 19, 2010

Affiliate Programs - The Blueprint to a Consistent Payday

by Brian Lett

For anyone who promotes affiliate programs, please realize from this instance that if you want to experience any sort of long-term success, you are going to need a website. Of course, you cannot simply build a website and hope that targeted visitors will automatically show up. You can have the best looking website in the world. However, if you do not properly promote this website, no one will ever know that it exists. Below are some things that you can do to bring publicity to your website, and thus make money with the affiliate programs which you promote.

1. How many of you can tell me what the number one product is on the internet today? Any guesses? Well if you guessed "information", you were correct. There is nothing which is sought after more than relevant information on the internet. Therefore, when potential customers in your niche market are searching online, they are not necessarily searching for the affiliate product which you are marketing. Rather, they are searching for information on subject matter related to your niche. Thus, it is important that your website provide that information, otherwise, they will go elsewhere. You first have to get the attention of your market by giving them what they are looking for initially, then you will market to them. This will become more clear later on in this article.

2. Do you know what a, "Call to Action" is? If you have a website, make sure that you have one. Essentially, a "Call to Action" tells your visitor what you want them to do next. Often times a visitor enters a website not knowing where to look or go next. Your "Call to Action" is what directs them to where you want them to go. This is extremely effective, and under utilized by most website owners.

3. It is absolutely critical that you develop your website with members of your niche market in mind. Make sure that your pages possess content which is highly relevant and informative to members of your niche market. Your website will be regarded as a valuable resource if you take these steps.

4. This fourth point is a big one, so please pay close attention. Essentially, the prior three points should be in place for this fourth point to have effect. At this stage, it is important that you make the most out of the traffic which is arriving at your website. The way that you will do this, is by collecting the names and email addresses of visitors to your website. Relax, we are going to do this in a legal way. How we will do this, is by offering something of value to our visitors, such as software, a newsletter, an eBook, or an online course. As you can see, all of these will need to be delivered to their email address. Therefore, in order to receive your no cost offer, our visitors will need to provide their email address. Just make sure that whatever you offer is something of value to your niche market. Doing so will enable you to build your customer base, and will give you a market for your affiliate programs for years to come.

5. Pay attention to the analytics. You have to determine which marketing methods work, and which do not. A great way to do this is by installing Google Analytics on your website. This is a cost free service which is absolutely invaluable. It enables you to track and record where you visitors come from, and what they are doing once they land on your website. Such information is valuable to the success of the affiliate programs which you promote because you will find that visitors who are more engaged become the best customers.

About the Author

When internet promoters publicize Affiliate Programs , they tend to place too much focus on the product and not enough focus on their own marketing efforts. The fact of the matter is that you will find a myriad of amazing products on our Affiliate Network, however, your success will come down to your marketing efforts.