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Successful Affiliate Marketing Is Not Free!

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While it is true that it doesn’t have to cost anything to be an affiliate marketer, most successful marketers understand that in order to become successful, they must be willing to purchase the tools that are needed for that success. Don’t be alarmed! Affiliate marketing is the least expensive business you can possibly get into.

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There are certain tools that will allow success to come to you a bit easier. The first tool is a domain name. For each niche in which you will market products and services, you need a domain name that relates to that niche. If you are selling cat products, you need a domain name that suits a site about cats. If you are also selling skin care products, you need a domain name that suits skin care information.

You will also need website hosting for each domain name. You can choose to purchase a server that will allow multiple domain names to reside on the same server, which is your cheapest option if you will have a large number of domain names. You can also get webhosting for each individual domain, which may be the least expensive option for fewer domains.

The next most important tool that an affiliate marketer needs is an autoresponder. You need this tool to manage the email list or lists that you will build. It is best to have an autoresponder that will allow you to have multiple lists. There are free autoresponder services available, but you will find that they are not usually worth the price (free), and paying for an autoresponder service is your best bet.

All tolled, your overhead each month should not run over $100, and it should be even less. Domain names are paid for either yearly or every two years. Hosting can be paid for on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis, as can autoresponders. Choose the payment option that saves you the most money, which is usually a yearly payment.

The service that Captain Affiliate uses most, for example, gives you webhosting for up to a dozen sites, unlimited pro autoresponders and even your own affiliate program manager so others can sell your products as affiliates too, all for about $20 a month. Chek out their site if you’re looking for the best hosting for affiliate marketing!

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7 Great Twitter Tips for Affiliate Marketers

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Affiliate marketing is a fantastic way to make money online, and Twitter is a great way to increase your affiliate marketing sales. Just be careful so your Twitter experience is a pleasant (and profitable) one

Here are 7 tips that affiliate marketers should keep in mind

1. Be personal with your tweets. Don’t send out the same tweet over and over or to different people. If people are tweeting about needing holiday presents, don’t send, “Hey! Shop at my site www.blahblahblah.com” to everyone! Tweets should be personal, not canned.

2. Be genuine with tweets. Don’t try to be something you are not.

3. If you do send a sales link, send it as a natural part of the conversation. If you chat with people, eventually they will ask what you do (or you can drop subtle hints) – then you can mention it.

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Twitter is an amazing & powerful tool that should be included in EVERY affiliate marketer’s strategy – done right, a single tweet can lead to hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in sales. Be sure to visit The Road To Twitter Success to learn how to master this hot Web 2.0 social networking site and use it to maximm advantage in your affiliate marketing strategies.

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Many affiliates don’t pay heed to this, but the fact is and will remain that the easiest way to sell a product or service as an affiliate marketer is to actually use the product or service yourself first. There are many reasons why this is true, and it applies to all areas of Affiliate Marketing.

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First, as an affiliate marketer you have hopefully chosen a niche that you have a keen interest in yourself. Otherwise, the chances are very good that you will not be successful in affiliate marketing. If you aren’t passionate about what you are trying to sell, how can you expect your potential customers to be passionate enough to buy the product or service?

Instead, make sure that you are in a niche that is of great interest to you. When you find an affiliate product that helps your problem or fills your own desires regarding this niche, and there is an affiliate program, purchase the product or service and check it out. Then, you can notify your email list that you have personally tried the product or service, and give them an accurate review of it.

By using the product or service yourself, you will also be much more effective in your copywriting. Your ads, your sales letters, your articles, your web content, your blog posts – in fact all of your affiliate marketing promotional materials – all of it will be more effective, because you can hone in on features of the product or service that are the most beneficial, from your personal point of view.

Don’t be afraid to spend money on the products or services you plan to promote as an affiliate. If the product does what it says it will do, and you are an active affiliate marketer – as opposed to one who does little or nothing to promote a product – you will most likely recoup this expense after making a couple of sales.

If the product does not work as promised, simply request a full refund, and don’t promote it to your customer base – or to anyone else. In affiliate marketing, as in any business endeavor, always hold on to your integrity. As you build relationships with your customers, they will depend on your recommendations. Don’t lead them down a path of broken promises – successful affiliate marketing dictates that you must know your affiliate products inside out and backwards!

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Affiliate marketing success requires integrity. Have you seen Internet marketers that don’t appear to have a conscience? You most likely have. How would you feel about yourself if other people viewed you that way? It certainly wouldn’t be anything to be proud of, and it is something that you want to avoid.

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A conscientious affiliate marketer does not market affiliate products or services that essentially rip the customer off. They make sure that what they are promoting is of the highest quality, and that the company serves the customers well.

Conscientious affiliate marketers are honest and fair in all of their marketing and copywriting. They do not lead customers or potential customers to believe something that isn’t true. They do not use hype to market products. They use the facts and the true benefits of a product or service to sell it.

If you are a conscientious affiliate marketer, you will always be fair in your business dealings with others, such as joint venture agreements. You will not attempt to cheat anyone out of anything at any time. You will also be fair when dealing with affiliate managers. You want what is due to you, but you should return any overpayments that are sent to you immediately.

A conscientious affiliate marketer does not steal other people’s affiliate links. You don’t want anyone to replace your links with their own, so you shouldn’t do this to any other hard working affiliate either.

A conscientious marketer does not spam people – for any reason. They follow the rules that are set forth in the affiliate agreements and adhere to the terms and conditions for affiliates for each product or service that they sell.

Nobody ever really gets ahead by being dishonest. It may appear that they do, but that falsified success is very short lived. If you want to be successful for the long term, you must have a conscience and put your customers and their needs ahead of your needs or the company’s needs.

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If you hope to be a successful affiliate marketer, it is important that you sell what you know. This entails not only using the product or service that you hope to sell yourself, but also being passionate about the products or services you are offering, as well as the niche that those products or services fall in.

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If you hate sports, don’t try to sell sports related items. If you hate cooking, don’t try to sell cooking related items. A customer’s passion and excitement about a product comes from the excitement and passion that is portrayed in the promotional materials. You can’t pretend to have passion that you don’t have effectively enough to make a lot of sales.

So, instead of looking to see what the popular affiliate marketing niches are, think first about what interests you, as a human being. Make a list, and then look to see if anything on your list is a market that has a lot of interest.

Don’t be put off if there are a lot of affiliates advertising products or services within your niche. This only means that there is money to be made in that market, and you can get right on in there and get your share of it, if you are passionate enough about the products and services that you are selling.

The more you know about a niche, or the more interest you have in it, the better you will do in your affiliate marketing. It’s just a proven fact that you would be wise to adhere to. It is also important to try the products or services yourself, before you recommend them to others. Again, this only serves to make you a more effective affiliate marketer.

To be successful in affiliate marketing, don’t try to fool the masses. If you try to pretend to have knowledge in a niche you know nothing about, those potential customers – who are passionate about this niche – will see that, and your credibility will be ruined. Stick instead with what you are passionate about, and simply sell what you know.

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Professional affiliate marketers know that when you are choosing affiliate products and services to promote, you should use extreme care. By not being careful when choosing which affiliate programs to promote, you will be doing a major disservice to your current and potential customers, as well as yourself.

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Successful affiliate marketing involves a bit of front-end research… First, you want to look at the product or service. Is it a good product or service that will solve a problem or fulfill a desire that your market has? Is there are return policy? Is it priced to sell and is there added value? As a customer, is this a product or service that you would by for your self?

Will your customers be served? Is there a customer support ticket system or a toll-free number, as well as a support email address that your customers can use? You do not want to ruin your own affiliate mrketing credibility by offering a product or service that will not serve your customers well, or for which your customers will not be supported properly.

Once you are sure your customers will be well served, it is time to think about yourself and your needs. Is the affiliate commission high enough? Look for affiliate programs that pay at least a 30% commission, and preferably ones that pay 50% if possible. Is there the potential for a residual affiliate income? What about commissions from affiliate’s who sign up under you?

Next, read the affiliate agreement, as well as the terms and conditions. Will you be able to promote the products or services in the way that you choose? How often will you be paid and what method is used for payments. Under what circumstances will you not be paid.

Are sales and clicks tracked, as well as affiliate commissions owed and commissions paid? Is there a support forum for affiliates and/or an easy way to contact the affiliate manager? What about promotional materials? Are you provided with banners, sales letters, ads, articles, and free give-a-ways?

Finding out all of this information shouldn’t take more than just a few minutes of your time, and it is time well spent. Many hours and lots of potential affiliate commissions have been lost simply because affiliates don’t take the time to choose their affiliate programs with care. Your affiliate marketing is a BUSINESS – and like all businesses, doing your due diligence is a necessary part of affiliate marketing success!

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For people who know that they want their own online business, and a full time career working from the comfort of their own homes, affiliate marketing offers a wonderful solution. Often, people know that they want to be in business for themselves, but they don’t have any ideas for a product or service to offer, and even if they do have an idea, they don’t have the funds or the ability to create the product or service.

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With affiliate marketing, the greatest advantage is that you don’t need your own product or service. You simply promote someone else’s products or services for a commission of the sales. There are generally no start up costs, and no overhead, other than the need for a computer with an Internet connection.

Other costs are minimal, at best, and include the cost of an autoresponder, a domain name, and a website. An affiliate marketing business can literally be started for under $100, if you already have a computer. Starting a full blown internet business, on the other hand, where a product or service must be created, can cost thousands of dollars.

Even after a business is started, the cost of maintaining the business and serving customers can become astronomical! The headaches of running such a business become intense as well.

With affiliate marketing, you can avoid all of that. Delivery of the product or service is someone else’s responsibility. Running the business is someone else’s problem. All of that overhead is someone else’s concern. All you have to do is market the product or service.

You will of course need to keep your own records regarding your income and expenses, but when it’s all said and done, your job is simply to market the product or service, and to let the company handle the rest of the work. You also won’t have to deal with refunds, even though such refunds will affect your affiliate commission.

Another advantage of affiliate marketing is that while it is desirable to have your own domain name and website, it isn’t required. You can market affiliate programs without a website at all, using free blogs, writing articles, publishing your own newsletter, and purchasing ezine ads – all of which will direct potential customers to the affiliate sales page, through your affiliate link.

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“No Experience Necessary?” If you’ve been in the affiliate marketing game for at least five minutes, you already know that experience is necessary if you hope to be successful in affiliate marketing. You may not need experience to sign up for an affiliate marketing program, but you definitely need a degree of skills and/or knowledge to sell the product as an affilaiate!

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The good news is that there is not a long learning period to learn how to do affiliate marketing successfully. If you pay attention to what others are perfectly willing to teach you, learning affiliate marketing is essentially a series of ‘hands on’ exercises that lead to success.

There are many, many courses available about Affiliate Marketing. Before you purchase a course, you should ask questions and get recommendations from other people that you trust concerning the course or courses in question. Some of the affiliate marketing courses that are available are outstanding, while others are pure junk.

It is also important that you purchase more recent courses, as opposed to those that were published in the past. The Internet changes fast, and the way affiliate marketing is done on the Internet changes just as quickly.

Some of what worked in the past will always work, such as article marketing, but other affiliate marketing techniques are out-of-date and no longer effective, like free classified advertising and free for all links advertising.

Essential things you need to know to be successful at affiliate marketing include: how to write ads, how to advertise in ezines, how to write articles or have them written for you, how to choose great affiliate programs, and possibly how to do teleseminars and make joint venture deals.

Also, do not assume that once you finish an affiliate marketing course you will not need to take another one in the future. As marketing changes, you will need to learn new skills. Stay up to date on the most current technology, as well as the most current affiliate marketing techniques. Schedule learning time weekly and keep practicing your craft – experience online is the best way to develop your affiliate marketing skills!

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The easiest affiliate marketing sales to make are continuously eluding 95% of all affiliates – not because most affiliates don’t approve of them or choose to ignore them, but because they are outside the realm of most affiliates’ experience.

I’m talkin, of course, about affiliates commissions made on the backend after someone downloads a free gift. The affiliate either gives away the gift or refers prospects to a free gift, and makes their affiliate commissions on anything the person then buys, either through links in the gift itself or from the One-Time-Offer on the download site.

Let me give you a prime example of each…

Twice a year, the big FreePLR giveaway offers great free products with unrestricted private label rights from some of the best-known names in Internet marketing. After joining the FreePLR Affiliate Program, you, as an affiliate, send your link to your list telling them about the 20 free gifts from people like Willie Crawford, Jeff Dedrick, Doug Champigny & Nicheology’s Paul Evans. Once your referral signs up for the site, they are shown a $47.00 OTO for 50 additional e-books they can download. Should that person decide to take that OTO, your affiliate commission is 50% or $23.50 for each sale.

This is very powerful for you as an affiliate – your subscriber wins because you showed them where to get 20 free PLR products, the site wins by getting a new member and a new sale, and you win from both happier list members AND the commissions from the OTO sale.

Will every referral end up taking the OTO? No, of course not. But that’s no different from any other affiliate promotion you do – only a small percentage of prospects you send to any one offer will buy, and this is no different. So why not remember to promote the higher-end giveaways like the FreePLR event, both to give your list great free resources and to boost your affiliate earnings?

The second option works equally well – you give away a free resource that has your affiliate links already branded inside the e-book. Since you’re the one giving away the e-book, you can choose to leave it online year-round – just schedule any promotions you do for it to run between the giveaways you promote, as opposed to at conflicting times.

Now don’t worry – it’s not like you have to create these e-books yourself… There are various places you can get them already ready to go, provided by the merchant themselves and ready to brand with your own affiliate links. The source I like best for them, since it covers a number of topics and a number of different affiliate programs, is run by well-know Internet marketing ‘big dog’ Jeff Dedrick.

His brandable e-books site provides numerous brandable e-books for you to give away after inserting your own affiliate links in them. In fact, Jeff even provides the squeeze pages for you to give them away from! This basic service is free, and there are higher-level services available too if you decide to opt for one of the paid levels of membership. To see what all’s available free, just take a look at Jeff Dedrick’s Viral E-Book site here.

So there you have it. Affiliate marketing will never be easier than just giving away free resources. I’m sure by now ideas for promoting these through your mailing lists, article submissions, blog posts, tweets, podcasts and videos are running through your head – after all, what can be easier to promote than valuable products for free.

Making money as an affiliate just doesn’t get any easier than this, so why not add a few of these to your current affiliate promotions and boost your affiliate commissions almost on autopilot? 🙂 To get started, join the FreePLR Affiliate Program here, then get your free brandable e-books from Jeff Dedrick’s site here.

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Why I Love Affiliate Marketing – Part 5
By Jimmy D. Brown of “Affiliatenaire”

The word “overhead” is not a favorite among those who run
businesses of any kind. Nobody likes the expenses of
operating a business. And nobody really talks about them
much when it comes to promoting all of the “money-making”
products and services online.

But, don’t kid yourself, there’s a lot of overhead.

That brings me to the fifth reason why I love affiliate
marketing…

** You don’t need a big budget to make it work **

Do you have any idea how much money is spent running an
internet business? There are monthly fees for…

* Autoresponders
* Hosting
* Management
* Advertising
* Scripts
* Much more

There are regular fees for…

* Licensing
* Outsourcing
* Support
* Customer Service
* Maintenance
* Development
* Recruting
* Much more

It’s not uncommon to spend tens of thousands (even
hundreds of thousands) of dollars in operational
costs — which is fine if you’ve been in business
a while and are making the bucks. However, if you’re
a newcomer, it can be taxing on your budget!

SIDEBAR: I paid one girl over $30,000 last year
just to oversee one small part of my business.
No one talks much about it, but there ARE a lot
of expenses involved before you get to the
“bottom line” of profit.

BUT, with affiliate marketing, you don’t need a big
budget to make it work! You can simply use a variety
of free and low-cost marketing methods to generate
clicks to your affiliate link.

That’s why I love affiliate marketing.

You don’t need a big budget to make it work.

…………………….

Jimmy D. Brown is the author of “Affiliatenaire”, teaching
you how to create big-time affiliate commission checks in
only 1-3 hours each week. Click here to discover how you can get cash in
the bank without a website, experience or even an idea!

…………………….

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