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Affiliate marketing is one of the easier ways to make money online, but building bigger affiliate marketing residual commissions can be a tough slog if you don’t know the key. For most affiliates, especially those just getting started, your blog is that key to bigger residual commissions.

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These days there’s a plethora of advice about making money online. They’ll tell you to use your social media accounts to get sales – but if you’ve tried affiliate marketing on social media you already know how hard it is to get people to click your affiliate links. Others tell you your e-zines will make you the bulk of your money, and that’s true – once you have a big enough, tightly-targeted opt-in list. But just how do you build that list, and how do you make money online while you’re still building it?

And then there’s the whole issue of residual income opportunities… In order to get ongoing monthly commissions, you have to get people to take action on offers that charge them a monthly fee. Generally speaking, these are the hardest affiliate sales to make, as most buyers would rather pay once for something upfront rather than add to their ongoing monthly overhead.

So what’s the answer, the key to making bigger affiliate marketing residual commissions? Your blog. And why is your blog the key?

  • People on social media sites aren’t there to shop – they’re there to socialize and be entertained and informed. Getting them to click a marketing link is much harder than getting them to click through to a blog post that interests them. Use that blog post to warm them up and THEN send them to your affiliate link.
  • You can use your blog post to pre-sell the opportunity you’re about to lead them to. Discuss the importance of reliable, affordable hosting for their business websites before sending them to a hosting solution. Discuss the advantages of ‘being in the know’ before recommending that finance & investment membership site. Focus on how healthy they can be and how sexy they’ll look once they’re really fit before suggesting they join that exercise forum. If they’re thinking about all the benefits of membership when they click your affiliate link you’ll have a much better chance of turning that reader into a customer that earns you recurring affiliate commissions.
  • Use your blog sidebar to offer visitors related materials for free when they join your opt-in lists. An e-book, audios or videos can be a powerful incentive to a targeted prospect, and once they’re on your list you’ll be able to reach them time and again. Remember, over time your lists will evolve into your biggest source of affiliate commissions, so make sure your opt-in box is in the sidebar where it’ll show up on every post you make!
  • With a bit of thought you should easily be able to come up with half a dozen or more features and benefits of the offer you’re promoting and you can focus on one in each of a number of posts for that same offer. Do 2 or 3 posts in a row like that when you first start as an affiliate for the site then space the rest out, using one for every 3, 4 or 5 posts you make.
  • Finally, remember that each post remains online and archived on your blog, waiting for new readers weeks, months or years from now. If you’ve done proper search engine optimization (SEO) on your posts as you go along, there’s a good chance they’ll stay in the search engine listings for good, each another sign post leading back to your blog.

From there, just be sure to get as much targeted traffic to your blog as you can. Set up a ‘revolving door’ – link from your social media sites and e-zine to your blog, and be sure to have links to your social media profiles and your opt-in form on your blog. The more legitimate help you can give people on various sites online, in your e-zine and on your blog, the bigger your affiliate marketing residual commissions will be!

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Have you ever walked into a store, bought 100 of something, then walked out with only one or two of them – or paid for 100 gallons of gas but then only pumped 2 or 3 gallons of gas into your tank? Sounds pretty silly, yet thousands of affiliate marketers do the same thing every day when they buy traffic that goes directly to their affiliate links.

Are you guilty of this major affiliate marketing mistake? Do you buy Cost Per Click (CPC) ads, ads on social media sites, solo e-zine ads, banner ads on websites, premium listings in search engines or any other such types of ads, all linked directly to your affiliate links? Let’s take a look at why this is so glaring a mistake, in light of it being so common amongst affiliate marketing methods…

Typical results for online advertising of products goes as follows: you buy 1,000 clicks from a targeted source, and of that thousand visitors you get sales from 1 – 2% of them – maybe 4 – 6% for a great offer or a spectacular result of 10% if the product is unique, timely, priced right and comes with powerful bonuses, right? Sounds both good and profitable – and it often is.

But what about the other 90 – 99% of those clicks you paid for? These people read the offer and rejected it for whatever reason – yet you still paid for them to view the site. Now they’re gone and you’ve derived no benefit whatsoever from the majority of your advertising budget. Sounds a lot like those silly examples above, doesn’t it? But what option do you have when you’re trying to build a profitable affiliate marketing business, especially in the early days of your online business when you don’t yet have a viable opt-in list to build your commissions with?

The solution is not only simple & elegant, but works equally well for super-affiliates and those just looking to start affiliate marketing. Set up your own blog, post about the product or service, and link to the product using your affiliate link – then use your paid advertising to send targeted traffic to your blog post. Suddenly you’re deriving at least SOME benefit from every click you paid for with your hard-earned advertising budget! How?

  1. The people who would have bought anyway will still buy,
  2. Effective pre-selling in your blog post can double your conversions, making buyers out of some who wouldn’t otherwise have bought,
  3. Some may not buy that product, but instead end up buying something else they see in your sidebar ads or in another of your posts,
  4. Some may subscribe to your e-zine or RSS feed, giving you more chances to put your links in front of them,
  5. Some may not buy, but find your post or overall blog worthy of mention on their social media pages,
  6. Those active on social media sites may use easy links on your blog to follow you on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and similar sites, and
  7. 100% of that traffic has just seen your name, your blog and your writing, branding you worldwide over time!

Easy to see the impact this can have on your affiliate marketing commissions, isn’t it? If you don’t have your own hosting for a blog, get that & unlimited autoresponders in one great package from http://hosting4marketers.com or if you don’t know how to install a blog get a free secure WordPress blog installer here. And by making that one small change in your marketing technique you can potentially invoke and derive profits from all seven of those points and stop paying for worthless traffic – starting today!

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Got a tip from Marlon Sanders yesterday, went and checked it out and snapped up my copy right away – and I definitely suggest you do the same…

Putting products online can be difficult for newbies, and managing an affiliate program is beyond a lot of those who’ve already got products online. And even if you know how to run an affiliate program, it can still be tricky and tiresome tracking it all, looking after the affiliates at the end of each month, etc.

But now, there’s a truly simple affiliate program that even a newbie can use, because it’s all done by a blog plugin! And it’s an instant commish program like RAP but much, much easier to set up and use. Use it to put your products online, to get affiliates (1-button click to get their link), manage OTO’s – it even tracks all the info for you and displays it in your blog dashboard.

Set it to 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% – the affiliates get their commission right away, so there’s no need for you to deal with any of that… Now you can have an affiliate program right from your first, or next, product. And Bryan is even giving you 3 Master Resell Rights products to use with it so you can get started right away.

Watch the video and you’ll see how easy it is to set products up and get them online.

Super-Affiliate Tip: Set this up on a new blog on a new domain, and load up a few $7 products at 100% commissions, then get as many affiliates to promote it as you can – even use it in ad swaps, etc, giving your swap partner 100% commissions anyway – when they see the money rolling into their PayPal account, you’ll see many of them start promoting your offers too.

And while you don’t make any money on those orders, you also have no additional work – they get paid directly, so there’s no accounting and affiliate payments involved from your end. What you ARE doing is getting them, in exchange for them getting 100% of the profits, to bild you a new list of known buyers, a list you can use in your ongoing affiliate marketing. This could potentially become your lowest-cost, highest-quality source of affiliate leads!

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New Video – Affiliate Marketing Super-Blogging

Affiliate marketing can be done in any niche market, and super-affiliates tackle a number of new niches to check them for profitability. Here’s a new video to show you one of the tricks to affiliate marketing super-blogging…

That shows you how you can take your affiliate marketing activities into a new niche in just one evening, yet automate your new niche blogs to run on autopilot for months to come…

Whether you’re using your own articles, articles from the article directories or PLR articles, you can see how getting more and more posts up with your affiliate marketing links on every page can skyrocket your affiliate commissions if it’s a profitable niche. Since your blog will ping the directories every time a new post goes live, you’ll know before long if the niche is hyper-responsive…

If it turns out to be a profitable niche, take your affiliate marketing efforts up a few notches, using all of your affiliate tools to make as much money from it as you can. If the niche isn’t very responsive, you’ve only invested that one night’s effort, so it’s not a big setback.

As to the tools I used in the video, the Adsense Alive blog theme and the Stealth plugin for masking your affiliate links are both part of the Adsense Alive PRO Pack. The most important part, though, and the part you’d need to automate any existing affiliate marketing blogs you already have is the Article Post plugin…

You can go right to the Article Post plugin order page, or if you want more information on how the plugin can be used in your affiliate marketing and Internet marketing mix, I’ve added more detail (and another video demonstration) on the Fastest Way To Blog page.

If you try to tackle new affiliate marketing niches without automating your efforts you’re going to be risking a lot more time and money – use my Affiliate Marketing Super-Blogging system to minimze the risks and let you test a LOT more niches quickly and easily. It’s the best way I know to find new sources of affiliate marketing commissions!

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