Archive for April, 2009

In these days of Web 2.0 affiliate marketing, there’s no doubting that a blog is the fastest way to boost targeted traffic to affiliate links in any given niche – which is a blessing considering WordPress blog software is free. Installing it through your cPanel is fairly painless, but as I personally experienced, the automatic blog installs are great targets for hackers – we had three of our blogs hit in 2008 alone.

So as I watched WordPress expert Alex Sysoef develop his Expert WordPress software, I was quite impressed that it used a secure setup that didn’t include the standard installation codes. But what really caught my eye was his decision to include all the latest SEO (Search Engine Optimization) plugins to go with it.

Now blogs are already powerful affiliate marketing traffic tools – they allow you an easy platform to keep your readers updated with fresh content, they get indexed in the major search engines like any other web site, but then they also get listed in blog-specific directories, and in such massive traffic generators as Technorati and MyBlogLog. But it’s only when coupled with the latest SEO plugins that your blog really starts to rock as a targeted traffic generator – and Alex Sysoef’s Expert WordPress installs these for you too.

Best of all, this tool is a newbie’s dream – no technical knowledge is required whatsoever to install secure, optimized WordPress blogs with it, and Alex STILL includes videos to demonstrate exactly how to complete the 3 steps required. I sure wish this software had been available 4 years ago when I first started blogging!

So obviously it’s a no-brainer that you want this software as part of your affiliate marketing routine, that you want to install WordPress Blogs & their SEO plugins automatically. So once you see all the features of Alex Sysoef’s Expert WordPress software, I’m sure that you’ll be as surprised as I was that he’s giving it away for free. And that he has an upgraded version with more features that’s available for a low monthly investment.

Alex Sysoef’s Expert WordPress software really has to be the best traffic-generating software aid for affiliate marketers I’ve seen in the last year or two – I give it 5 out of 5 and suggest you download it now while it’s still free! Put your affiliate marketing – and any other blogging you do – into the big leagues today!

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Comments (9)

Affiliate Marketing? If so, are you making the biggest affiliate marketing mistake of them all?

We all know that going the affiliate marketing route is one of the easiest and most lucrative ways to make money online, and it can continue to add a large percentage of our income for as long as we’re working online. But most affiliates, even the big dogs, could be making a lot more money from affiliate marketing than they are, due to this one big mistake…

To listen to an Audio Version of this affiliate marketing article, click this arrow:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Most affiliate marketers fail to add a steady stream of highly-targeted action-taking prospects to their opt-in lists! Think about it for a moment – you place your affiliate links in a lot of places – on your sites, your blogs, in articles you distribute around the Internet, even on your accounts at LinkedIn, Twitter, MyBlogLog, Technorati, YouTube, etc.

Hopefully a lot of people click those links for you and buy the product you’re recommending – but then what? They’re gone, whether they bought or not – and in most cases you have no idea who they were or how to contact them again. Opportunity lost…

But what if instead, when people clicked those lnks, YOUR pop-up opt-in form showed up over the merchant’s site? Now obviously not everyone is going to opt-in, as with any site, but every one who does is a bonus for you – someone who already clicked one of your links and took action – what could be more targeted than that? 🙂

Now, if you’re new to Affiliate marketing that may seem a bit complicated – so let me show you what I mean. One of my favorite programs to promote to new affiliate marketers is 5 Day Cash Machines by Liz Tomey. Not just becase Liz & Jamie are close friends, but because she actually shows how she took a complete newbie and had her building a list and makng money her first 5 days online – pretty impressive, right?

But more important, look what happens when you go to the site through our link: Liz Tomey’s 5 Day Cash Machines! Go ahead – click that link, let the page draw in and wait a few seconds… Violla! Our pop-in form, light-boxed over Liz’s site!

Pretty cool, eh? Easy to see how this one makes you more money quickly, since you’re getting new signups from the same affiliate marketing efforts you’re putting in now – and keeps the merchant’s page open throughout the process. If I were to tweak the page the signup form takes you to, I’m sure I could monetize it more heavily too!

And it’s all done with push-button simplicity using the Power List Pro software – as you’ll see on that page, it’ll even create simple pop-ins for you if you’re not familiar with the process. It even has a function to create list-building JVs with other marketers – but you’ll have to read about that on the site, as it’s outside the scope of this article.

Now before you rush off to download and start using Power List Pro, let me explain when you WOULDN’T want to use it…

Most obviously, you wouldn’t use it to send links to your existing e-zine readers – why distract them with a popup when they’re already on your list? You want to use this on your blogs, sites and social media exposures, to move some of your followers there onto your lists, right?

Secondly, stick to products being sold through services like ClickBank when you’re using this software. More experienced affiliate marketers and web designers will recognize this as an advanced system of framing, meaning the person stays on YOUR site while viewing the merchant’s salespage. Once the buyer reaches ClickBank they get bounced out of the frame – but by then they’ve been cookied with your link and it’s too late for them to change it.

On the other hand, affiliate systems that work with PayPal and similar systems cookie the visitor as soon as they get to the salespage – being in a frame stops that from happening, as it becomes a ‘3rd party cookie’ since it’s not being delivered by the site they’re actually on. When they progress from there, they hit PayPal still in your frame, and the order won’t even process, never mind get credited to your account.

It’s important to note that this is true of ALL link cloaking that uses frames – save it just for ClickBank and use a simple PHP redirect for the others. So don’t let that stop you from using this powerful list builder – just remember to only use it for ClickBank links.

As I said above, there are more list-building functions to >Power List Pro than what I’ve covered here, but this is the most important use for affiliate marketing. Check out the other features listed on the site too, but be sure to download Power List Pro now & make it a daily part of your affiliate marketing strategies – and watch your opt-in list – and profits – skyrocket!

Technorati Tags: , , , , , ,

Comments (12)

Affiliate marketing is the easiest form of online marketing to get started with, has the lowest investment required, and can be applied to almost any niche instantly. Affiliate marketing is also one of the most lucrative ways to make money online – once you know how. And this new set of 12 Affiliate Marketing how-to videos provide a step-by-step tutorial that can get you up to speed fast!

Affiliate Marketing How-To Videos Tutorial

It’s been shown time and again that the fastest way to learn something is by watching how-to videos – and the same goes for affiliate marketing. Why stumble around trying to figure it out when people are already making money with affiliate marketing all over the world?

Far wiser to simply watch these affiliate marketing tutorials and skip the first major chunk of the learning curve! After all, most people could use more money now, right?

It can still take time to get up to speed and start making money online with affiliate marketing, to be sure – but why push that income horizon any further away than it needs to be?

Included with the videos and written transcript, two more affiliate marketing resources are included – Real World Affiliate Profits and Affiliate Compass – Finding Your Way To Online Success. Both of these e-books are designed to help you even more in your affiliate marketing efforts, so in total this package includes the 12 Affiliate Marketing How-To Videos, the Affiliate Profits Blueprint transcript and the two e-books, yet the whole bundle is priced the same as most e-books go for on their own…

Special Time-Limited Bonus – Master Resell Rights!

Best of all, during this initial launch you’ll also receive the Master Resell Rights to the bundle, meaning you can sell this package from your own site and keep 100% of the profits yourself! After the first few weeks this bonus will be removed and become a $20 upsell, so be sure to see if the rights are still listed as a bonus and download your copy before the price increases!

But really, when it comes down to it, it’s the affiliate marketing training that’s the real value here… Think of how much you can learn from 12 videos and 2 e-books – and how much you might be able to make with your own online business once you apply what you learn!

The Captain makes thousands EVERY MONTH with affiliate marketing – shouldn’t YOU be pulling in big affiliate commissions every month too? Get started down that road today – download your video training bundle now!

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Comments (13)

Article marketing is one of the most effective ways to market a product. Affiliate marketing with the use of articles is no exception to this rule. In fact, article marketing allows you to differentiate yourself from other affiliates who sell the same product or service.

To listen to an Audio Version of this affiliate marketing article, click this arrow:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Because article marketing is so effective, many affiliate program owners/managers provide their affiliates with articles to submit to the various article repositories on a regular basis. The affiliates, of course, replace the links within the articles with their own affiliate links for submission.

Article marketing accomplishes many different things. First, it can be used to establish yourself as an expert in the field that your topic relates to. Next, it can be used to drive traffic to your website, and third, it can be used to actually promote the affiliate marketing product in question.

However, one must be very careful when using articles to promote a product. The article must not be a sales letter disguised as an article. This won’t work. Instead, write the article about the topic at hand, such as a problem that the product will help, or a desire that the product will fulfill, and then recommend the affliate marketing product at the end of the article.

Another way to promote affiliate products within an article is to make the article a review type article, where you compare three or four different products or services. Of course, you will provide affiliate links for all of the products that you review, but you should be honest about how well each product or service addresses the problem or desire.

If you do not write, and the affiliate program does not provide articles for your use, you should consider hiring a ghost writer. Ghost writers are relatively inexpensive, and can turn out quality articles on a regular basis, which will include your affiliate links.

Finally, you should write or have articles written for you consistently. Ideally, you should have one article per week to submit to the article directories, and these articles should also be sent to related e-zines that accept submissions as well.

For More On Article Marketing:

Free Article Marketing Overview

Article Marketing Overview – a simple guide to the basics of article marketing, for those not familiar with marketing using articles. Overview & e-zine are free for your signup. Confused by all the hype over Article Marketing? Not sure if Article Marketing is right for you? Wondering what the article format is for successful Article Marketing? And just what the heck IS an ‘Author’s Resource Box’ anyway?

Well, don’t fret, my friend – the answers to that and a whole lot more about Article Marketing are including in this short report & audio, designed to give you a quick overview of article marketing.


Doug Champigny's Beginners' Key To Understanding Article Marketing

Understanding Article Marketing – For more serious affiliate marketing using article marketing, “Doug Champigny’s Beginners’ Key To Understanding Article Marketing” covers all the essential aspects of article marketing and explains why it is the most effective way to promote a business today.

Download this amazing resource and you’ll quickly learn all the article marketing tips, tricks and techniques you need to use article marketing as an effective weapon in your affiliate marketing arsenal. If you intend to build a successful affiliate marketing business online, this e-book is a must-read!


Submit Articles To Hundreds Of Directories At Once!

Article Marketer – Serious article submssion for serious affiliate marketing! What holds most affiliate marketers back isn’t the time it takes to write an article, nor the cost of having one ghostwritten – it’s the tedious hours of submitting that article to enough article directories to make that article an effective affiliate marketing tool. Article Marketer’s article submission service makes that a non-issue!

Now affiliate marketers can upload their article to one site and have it distributed to tens, hundreds or thousands of article directories for them, by the most respected, most trusted and most efficient article distribution company online – and for way less than their competition! With an upgraded membership you can submit an unlimited number of unique articles at once – even set deadlines for when to start delivering them and when to stop distributing them if you want!

(Captain’s Tip: If you can afford it right now, take the lifetime membership – for one simple payment you can submit unlimited articles for years to come without ever making another payment, meaning you’ll never have to hesitate in your article marketing if money gets tight at some point!)


Serious affiliate marketing plans always include article marketing, especially since you can start article marketing even before you have a website or blog of your own – in fact many part-time affiliate marketers use ONLY article marketing for their promotions – but since the Captain’s blog is aimed at serious affiliate marketers, my advice is to use article marketing as just one technique in your professional affiliate marketing plan of attack!

Technorati Tags: , , , , , ,

Comments (13)

At first glance, affiliate marketing looks like a tough business to prosper in. You may ask how you can succeed and profit from affiliate programs when there are so many other people selling the same products or services. Actually, there are many ways to beat the competition, but the first thing to realize is that the affiliate marketing competition isn’t as fierce as you may think.

To listen to an Audio Version of this affiliate marketing article, click this arrow:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

First, you should know that of the people who sign up for an affiliate program, only about 10% of them will actually work to market the product or service. The other 90% either won’t do anything at all, or won’t do anything the correct way. So, your affiliate marketing competition isn’t as fierce as you thought it was.

The question, however, is how you can get ahead of those who are indeed marketing the product or service. Let’s start with your website. Even all of those who are actively trying to market the product or service won’t bother to have their own website or blog and domain name. Simply having these puts you ahead of many of the affiliate marketing wannabes.

Next, look at the sales copy that is used to sell the product or service when someone clicks on your affiliate link. First, is it effective? Will this sales page actually make sales? Second, note that all other affiliates will be directing traffic to a page that is identical to this one, no matter how they do that directing. For affiliate marketing success, write your own sales copy, and put it on your own site, and from there link to the affiliate sales page.

How can you better serve your affiliate marketing prospects and customers? Go the extra mile. Write articles, free reports, and short ebooks and give them away to prospects, and make sure you include your affiliate link. Submit articles weekly to the various article directories as well, and contact e-zine publishers about publishing your articles.

Another effective affiliate marketing strategy is to offer a bonus that nobody else is offering. You will have to create the bonus yourself, but you also have the option of purchasing a resell rights package or product that relates to your niche, and giving it away to customers who order through your affiliate link.

Look at what your affiliate marketing competitors are doing – and make sure that you are doing that and more. Keep a constant watch, and always make sure that you are doing more or offering more than they are, and you should always beat your affiliate marketing competition.

Remember that even though affiliate marketing is an online business, it’s still a business. And like any other business, affiliate marketing success requires time and effort – the more you put into your affiliate marketing business the greater your affiliate marketing success and profits!

Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Comments (13)

If you want to find true success in affiliate marketing, you must learn and practice the art of pre-selling. Pre-selling essentially means that by the time your prospect clicks on your affiliate link, they have their credit card in hand, ready to make a purchase. In affiliate marketing, this means that they must be ready to make a purchase before they even see the affiliate sales page that is provided by the company that owns the product.

To listen to an Audio Version of this affiliate marketing article, click this arrow:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Pre-selling can be done in a variety of ways, but the majority of pre-selling is done from the affiliates own website. While you will most likely have affiliate banners on your site, linked to the affiliate sales page for the product, this alone won’t pre-sell your visitors. You need content to pre-sell!

You need good, reliable information that not only relates well to the product or service being sold, but also relates to your potential customers problem or desire. The content should lead to a sales page for the product or service you want to sell. This sales page should be one of your own making, where you can let potential customers know the real value of the product or service, from your personal standpoint.

You might also offer additional free information, such as free ebooks or reports, which will include your affiliate link. Teleseminars are also a great way to pre-sell a product or service. Selling products and services takes work. Never doubt that for one second, no matter what anyone else might tell you.

When you find a product or service that you want to market, make a sales plan for it. You will need articles, content for your site, ads, sales letters, and give-a-ways. Start producing or gathering these things, and plan how you are going to pre-sell the product or service.

You have to be willing to get out there and convince your affiliate marketing prospects to buy the product or service, by pre-selling them. Make a pre-sell plan and put it into operation. You will be pleasantly surprised at the positive results you achieve, when you compare it to the results you were getting with your affiliate marketing promotions before you started trying to pre-sell products or services.

For more extensive information/instruction on pre-selling for affiliate marketing, see this free guide on Pre-Selling For Affiliate Marketing.

Technorati Tags: , , , , ,

Comments (10)

It is true that as an affiliate marketer, you are not required to have your own website or domain name. You can choose, instead, to market the products and services using your affiliate links and/or replicated affiliate websites. However, you will find as you delve deeper into the world of affiliate marketing that having your own website and/or blog is essential to your success.

To listen to an Audio Version of this affiliate marketing article, click this arrow:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

With your own website, you can use your own domain name to promote the products and services, instead of affiliate links. People tend to avoid affiliate links when they see them in ezines and on forums. But they don’t seem to have an aversion to visiting a person’s website or blog.

When you promote affiliate products and services using affiliate links, you can only promote one product or service at a time. This means that in order to make the income you want or need to make, you will be spending all of your time marketing – every free minute you have will be marketing.

However, if you have a website, you can promote the website, and not the products. First, people like free information. Fill your site up with that, and along with the content, throw in banners and links to the related affiliate products and services. It is much easier to promote one website or blog than it is to promote ten or twenty affiliate products or services.

Having your own website and domain, for each niche that you are doing affiliate marketing in, makes you appear more professional, and helps to establish you as an expert. It also gives you the ability to write your own sales copy so that you don’t have to depend on the sales copy provided by the affiliate manager or merchant.

This, in turn, gives you the ability beat your competition – those affiliates who are selling the same products and services that you are selling. You can present the material and the product or service in a way that they can’t unless they have their own website or blog. For the best place we’ve found for hosting an affiliate marketing website or blog, visit Hosting For Marketers.

Technorati Tags: , , , , ,

Comments (12)