How To Become A Successful Affiliate Marketer

So, you have heard about affiliate marketing. You have heard how millions of dollars can be made with affiliate marketing. You have heard how easy it is to make unlimited cash through affiliate marketing. Now, you want to jump on the bandwagon and earn some of those huge profits for yourself. It is easy, right? After all, you don’t need to create your own product, you just promote somebody else’s product and sit and wait for the affiliate checks to come in. Nothing could be easier.

This concept has enticed many thousands of people towards affiliate marketing with many thousands of people being bitterly disappointed. Most people earn almost nothing with affiliate marketing, and that is simply because they do nothing once they have placed their merchants’ ad on their website.

To be a successful affiliate marketer you need to work at it. Affiliate checks won’t just come in if you sit and do nothing. You MUST do something. You have to think of ways to promote your merchant’s products better. You have to think of ways to induce people to click on the link or ad provided by your merchant and, you have to think of ways to increase your affiliate sales.

If you are new to affiliate marketing and do try to follow the laid back approach of just sitting and waiting for the affiliate checks to roll in, then, I’m afraid, you are on the wrong track. It just isn’t going to happen. Sure, you may get one or two sales, but this will hardly cover your hosting account.

How are you going to achieve better commissions from your affiliate sales? Here are some guidelines that may help you to continually grow your affiliate checks.

Become an expert on your affiliate product

It goes without saying that if you know a lot about your affiliates’ product then you will be able to promote it better. The best thing you could do, on this score, is to purchase the product for yourself. You will be able to tell your customers, first-hand, the benefits of the product, what it has done for you, your experience at using the product. You may even write reviews and testimonials, or, personally endorse it. The least you can do, is thoroughly research the product and promote it that way.

Host Your Own Website

Try to get your own domain name which is short and easy to remember. You wouldn’t expect a visitor to remember a long and incomprehensible URL. With the millions upon millions of domain names registered today and being registered every day, it is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve this, but with a little creativity and determination, it can be done.

You may also want to think about creating your own private website and offer access to anybody who clicks on your affiliate links. Visitors usually get interested with these private websites. Also, it gives you a chance to promote your back-end affiliate products.

Write Your Own Affiliate Ads

Many merchants wouldn’t usually mind you writing and designing your own ads, although you may have to get permission from them before presenting the ads on your own websites. It is only polite to do so. Writing and designing your own ads will give you a greater advantage over the other affiliates who are promoting the same products.

Participate In Chat Rooms, Discussion Boards And Forums Related To The Product

Chat rooms or forums may have been something that you ignored at one time. If so, it is high time you started to focus your attention to them. There are many forums in all sorts of areas. Try to find one that is related to your affiliate product and join in the discussions. You do not have to promote your affiliate product at once, and certainly read the Terms and Conditions of the forum or chat site with regards to promoting affiliate products beforehand. Some forums have specific areas on the board for affiliate promotions. If you have thoroughly researched the area of your affiliate product, you will be able to offer sound advice or expertise. You will find the chance to promote and advertise your affiliate product as you go along.

You may be able to add your affiliate links in your signature line, but again, be sure to read the Terms and Conditions of the specific forum.

Create Your Own Ezine or Newsletter

When you create your own newsletter or ezine, you will be able to promote it on your website. Offer an incentive for people who sign up to your newsletter. Your newsletter will be a periodical that will provide valuable information in the areas of your affiliate products. A word of warning though, make sure you do not over-promote your affiliate products in the newsletter itself. This may greatly annoy your readers and they may unsubscribe. It would be much better to find a way to promote your ads and links in another portion of the newsletter. Again, try to promote your newsletter as much as you can, maybe in the chat rooms or forums.

These are only a few guidelines to continually increase your affiliate checks, sales and commissions and I’m sure there are many more that you can think of and if they work then I won’t discourage you from attempting them. The three most important things that you will have to do, is to find out:

1. How to attract more attention and traffic to your site.
2. How to induce your visitors to click on the links and ads on your site.
3. How to be able to promote your merchants products, even outside of your website.

If you can do these three things, then there is no reason why you should fail in your affiliate marketing attempts.

By Gary Packer, taken from www.goarticles.com