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Affiliate marketing is just starting to come into it’s own as a true, professional industry but back in the early days of the web it was different story – hundreds or thousands of affiliates were groping around looking to find what would work – and one of the true victors that emerged from that fray was Rosalind Gardner. Her Super Affiliate Handbook is probably still the best-selling guide to affiliate marketing on the market, and Ros continues to offer help and advice to all affiliates as her own business grows.

In fact, Rosalind Gardner’s Net Profits Today blog is SO helpful that it made my list of Top 20 Internet Marketing Blogs to Follow in 2010! And just today Rosalind posted her Affiliate Marketing Predictions for 2010 – here’s the video:

 

 

Be sure you watch the video right through – it runs about 7 minutes. It’s easy to see not only her enthusiasm for the industry, but that Rosalind Gardner is one lady who truly cares about her readers and video audience and is all too happy to pass along the helpful information she’s learned in her years as the Super-Affiliate Queen. And some of the facts she shares here from Forrester Research are astounding – astoundingly great for affiliate marketers, that is!

Do yourself a favor to help your affiliate marketing business grow in 2010 – follow these simple steps right now:

  1. Watch the Rosalind Gardner video above;
  2. Follow Rosalind Gardner on Twitter;
  3. Bookmark the Net Profits Today Blog; and
  4. Subscribe to Ros’ e-zine to get regular helpful affiliate marketing tips!

Disclaimer: Sorry, but there are NO affiliate links or sales links in this post. I haven’t lost my edge, so don’t worry – I’m just that big a fan of Ros’ and think her information can really be helpful to EVERYONE that’s in any way involved in affiliate marketing. I PROMISE I’ll have my usual glut of money-making affiliate and sales links in future posts, so don’t abandon the ol’ Captain now, ok? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I ran a series on The Power Of Free In Affiliate Marketing here on the blog back in September – if you read it, you’ll remember I said the game had changed suddenly, and that Free was going to be the new buzzword for successful affiliate marketing. And boy, has it ever!

Take, for instance, UK marketing golden boy Lee McIntyre – the teacher who retired young and built an online business into the 6-figures a MONTH range. He’s currently letting his VIP affiliates give away the videos of his ‘Inside Out / Upside Down’ Internet marketing training bootcamp just to make more people aware of his various coaching programs and products.

Now this may not seem like a big deal, til you realize the marketing bootcamp was just held in August, so the info is extremely current – and that those attending live paid $997 a seat to hear this same training! Just pay for the DVD to be shipped to you and you get the full bootcamp on video, without flying to the UK, paying for the hotel & meals or paying the $997 to get in! Think I’m kidding? Get your marketing bootcamp DVD right now from Lee and see for yourself!

Or take another example – Mark Hendricks’ Internet Super Stars Conference being held in Orlando Florida in January 2010. This is one powerhouse event – so much so that even your ol’ Captain hisself is going to be speaking on Power Start 2010, then running a hands-on workshop to get Internet marketers and affiliate marketers up to speed FAST in January. (Hope I’ll get to meet you there and help YOU more directly!)

Anyway, as part of the lead-up to the event, Mark is holding a series of webinars with the speakers to show how much value there is to the event and demonstrate that each is a true expert in our respective fields. Each of these webinars could be a standalone $97 product, yet Mark has created a Free Membership level and is allowing full access to the recordings plus live access to the remaining webinars as they happen. And there’s absolutely no obligation to attend the event – the free members get access to these pre-event recordings whether they’re attending the event or not.

Naturally I hope you’ll come to the event and meet me, tell me about your online activities to date and let me offer you some free advice on how to quickly kick it up a notch – but even if you can’t make the event, at least get the free recordings to listen to!

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There are a number of ways to make money with affiliate marketing. Some use articles, some do videos or podcasts, blogs are always a great idea, and your opt-in mailing list should always be your biggest source of affiliate marketing commissions.

But just WHAT you’re promoting makes a big difference too – for example, a one-off sale is usually much easier to make than selling someone into a membership, while a membership sale can mean good repeat (residual) commissions. In most cases the higher the price tag the higher the commission payable, but most affiliates find the difficulty goes up in proportion to the item’s price.

Once in a long while though, a different type of affiliate offer surfaces, as evidenced by Russell Brunson’s 12 Month Internet Millionaire 2.0 This is one you want to jump on right now, because the opportunity only lasts ONE WEEK.

From now until November 11, 2009, Russell is sharing his seminar from StomperNet that details how he went from 6-figures a year to 8 figures a year – heady stuff, and definitely a great watch for every Internet and affiliate marketer! And he’s letting you watch the video for free!

More importantly to affiliates, though, is the affiliate offer that goes with it. As soon as you sign up to watch the video you’ll be given an affiliate link of your own, and Russell is paying out $1.00 for each person you refer that watches the free video.

Did you catch that?

The $1 per person is paid to you for those you refer to the free video – not for anyone buying anything! So you’re making money without any sales taking place! Why would he do something like this – pay YOU for sending viewers who may not buy anything?

Next Wednesday, Nov 11th, Russell is launching version 2.0 of Russell Brunson’s 12 Month Internet Millionaire, and he’s counting on converting enough of the free leads to make back his money – and pay our commissions on those sales as well!

So not only do you make money if they eventually buy, but you’re ALSO making money online just by sending people to that free video – a free video that will teach viewers a LOT about how to structure their business to make a lot more money over the next year or two.

And that, fellow affiliates, is the easiest way to make money as an affiliate – by sending people to a free resource that will truly help them. And in this case it’s even easier, since you’re making money just for them watching the video – whether they buy later or not!

But again, this whole Pre-Launch only lasts 7 days, so get your affiliate link NOW and get it out there today! No matter how easy a promotion might be, you’ll never make any money online if you don’t take action! After all, my affiliate link to this promo is throughout this blog post, so I’m just suggesting you do as I do if you want to make more as an affiliate marketer!

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Jeff Dedrick’s Send Button Profits launches today, and this launch really shows off The POWER OF FREE in a launch – in fact, Send Button Profits takes The POWER OF FREE to a whole new level!

In yesterday’s post, I documented all the Free Pre-Launch Gifts Jeff Dedrick was giving out as part of this launch – training videos, an e-book, video squeeze pages, etc – just to announce his upcoming site and to get people onto his advance notification opt-in list…

OK – so that much isn’t all that new, it’s been that way on the big launches all summer – Resell Rights Fortunes, Affiliate Jump, ClickBank Pirate, etc. And each of those launches has been successful in spite of the recession, in large part thanks to The POWER OF FREE in their pre-launch affiliate promotions. So what makes Jeff Dedrick’s Send Button Profits so different?

AT SEND BUTTON PROFITS, THE PRODUCT IS FREE TOO!

That’s right – the site is launching with the main offer being about $5,000 worth of products, training and services for free – buyers just pay the shipping charges of $10 or $15 to have it shipped to them!
Of course, there are upgraded levels you can order, from monthly memberships all the way up to coaching with Jeff Dedrick & Liz Tomey, plus incredible OTOs for 100 or 200 e-books, but the greatest value to most Internet marketers is the information in the package they get free – including 9 webinars that pack one heck of a lot of information you can put to use right now!

There really isn’t anything more to say, other than affiliates will also love the brandable e-books, pre-written ClickBank product e-mails and opt-in pages there – but you’ll have to explore the various options and services yourself to see what, if anything, you want to order other than the free bundle – THAT’S a must-have for Internet marketers & affiliate marketers alike!

Captain Affiliate with Jeff Dedrick of Send Button Profits
Captain Affiliate (left) with Jeff Dedrick of Send Button Profits

And in case you’re wondering, I’m not just hyping this based on what I’ve been told… Since Jeff & I are friends and The Captain’s a well-known super-affiliate, I’ve had free access to the site for the last couple of weeks to poke around inside and check everything out. Jeff figured if I saw what’s in there and what it can do, watched the videos you’re getting and played with the software you’ll have access to, I’d be excited enough to promote his launch heavily – and he was right!

Go ahead, right now, and order your free package – there’s only 3,000 in the first production run, and almost 20,000 on the announce list, so those who hesitate will have to wait til more are printed. You already know the advantages to being in their first, so secure your free copy right now!

But here’s the real power of this – get in right away, grab your affiliate link and get it out to your own opt-in list, blog about it, tweet it and start making money from the site right now – do it right and you just may cover your costs to take the full OTO, the monthly membership, etc.

Son’t wait til the site’s been running for 6 months or a year – get in now and get the word out so you can benefit from it directly as well!

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See The POWER OF FREE In A Live Pre-Launch Right Now!

ยฉ2009 Doug Champigny – All Rights Reserved.

Earlier Posts In This Series:
The POWER OF FREE In Affiliate Marketing – Part One
The POWER OF FREE In Affiliate Marketing – Part Two
The POWER OF FREE In Affiliate Marketing – Part Three

The timing on this one couldn’t be better – a mega-launch by Jeff Dedrick, one of the best-known Internet marketing superstars, that uses The POWER OF FREE heavily for his pre-launch promotion!

Tuesday was the start of the 1-week pre-launch, and by Thursday over 7,000 people had opted in already – and that should at least double by the time of launch this coming Tuesday! Take a look at Jeff Dedrick’s Send Button Profits pre-launch page, then continue on here…

It started on Tuesday with a free Internet marketing report and a dozen free video squeeze pages. Not content to let it rest at that, on Thursday Jeff changed the free offer to the current video which shows 9 Ways To Make Money while Building Your List. Powerful info indeed, and available for free when you opt in to the site.

He didn’t get rid of the free report & squeeze pages though – after the video viewers are invited to download them directly from Jeff Blog, so they get the video and the other two gifts – talk about overdelivering value and paying it forward with Free resources!

And even then, while the pre-launch is just one week long, Jeff still isn’t finished with The POWER OF FREE – he changed it up with YET ANOTHER FREE GIFT Today (Sunday)! The new announcement in this video is so powerful and amazing you should watch the video right now!

So Jeff has truly hammered The POWER OF FREE with this pre-launch, tying it in with over-delivering every step of the way. First he offered the report but gave both it and the squeeze pages; next he’s currently offering the free video training but also giving the first three gifts, and again there’s still another surprise coming…

He’s firmly entrenched in people’s minds that he over-delivers, and has given them value worth hundreds or more for free. And as each new gift is added he invites those who’ve already signed up to come get the new gift too, getting marketers into the habit of returning to the site every few days. And in return he’ll have built a new list of over 20,000 action-taking marketers in one week – how many marketers can lay claim to that?

But to truly maximize the benefits from The Power Of Free, Jeff recruited a number of the biggest names in Internet marketing to help him promote the pre-launch and the launch itself. How did he get us to send him all these leads? By offering up well over $10,000 worth of prizes for sending specific numbers of opt-ins during the pre-launch period.

And THAT’s another important power-tip: Notice that Jeff’s JV bonuses aren’t a contest, and they are for opt-ins. The former is important because your partners are just trying to reach their own goals, not competing against others – which means even newer marketers have a shot at winning prizes. Too often they’d look at a contest and think ‘I’ll never beat those big guys to be in the top 5’ and you lose the potential traffic from that partner.

The latter is important too – by rewarding them for opt-ins you’re being fair – if it’s based on the number of buyers then your own conversion rate plays too big a factor in whether people get to their desired prize level or not. If a big dog sends you 3,000 leads but you only convert 10 people, you’ll leave a bad taste in your partner’s mouths… They won’t be happy with just 10 sales anyway, but a $500 or $1,000 gift for getting you those 3,000 opt-ins sure helps to ease their pain… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now chances are you can’t afford to put up $20,000 or $30,000 worth of prizes like Jeff did, but you can still find prizes more suitable to your current level. Think in terms of the same ratio Jeff is using – $20-30k to get a list of 20,000 – that’s $1.00 to $1.50 per subscriber. Assuming in the launch itself he’ll make say 50ยข per subscriber, that means he only needs to make 50ยข to $1.00 per subscriber to make his investment back – which can easily be done in 2-4 months. Then he’s still got the bulk of the list and everything from there on is profit!

And one final tip for you before I close this post off – think like the big dogs in everything you do! If Jeff just considered what he’d make during this launch, he wouldn’t have had as big-ticket prizes, wouldn’t have had as many partners, and wouldn’t have gotten as many subscribers or sales. Instead he looked at the lifetime value of each subscriber and upped the ante while still making sure he’d profit from all this as time goes on. Don’t ask yourself ‘Will this make me some money today?’ – ask instead ‘Will this make me a LOT of money over time?’

Head over now and get into Jeff’s stream and watch the rest of the launch – you’ll love what this site has to offer you, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The POWER OF FREE In Affiliate Marketing – Part Three

ยฉ2009 Doug Champigny, http://Captain-Affiliate.com. All Rights Reserved.

Earlier Posts In This Series:
The POWER OF FREE In Affiliate Marketing – Part One
The POWER OF FREE In Affiliate Marketing – Part Two

OK – so far we’ve looked at The POWER OF FREE as used as an incentive for the big Resell Rights Fortunes launch, and as used for ongoing prospecting with the free WordPress SEO Blog installer and Mike Paetzold’s free WordPress Q&A. Today let’s look at another way sites are using The POWER OF FREE to help their members on an ongoing basis – this time by creating new free reports each month.

Chances are you already know a lot about using products with Private Label Rights, but in case PLR is new to you, having Private Label Rights means you get the original source code for a product (e-books, videos, audios, etc.) and can alter them as you wish, add your name as the creator of your altered product and so on. As a result, these are usually the most expensive form of rights you can buy for any given product – in fact, most don’t even offer them.

So it comes as no surprise to me that people are flocking to join Mike Steup’s Niche Audio Club. Mike runs a great membership there where paying members get a new audio e-book every month, along with the transcript in e-book form, the site to sell it from and more. But Mike also has a free level of membership where members get just the e-book in text version with PLR each month.

This benefits the free members by giving them a new niche e-book to customize and sell each month, and it benefits Mike by giving him a large free membership base, the more successful of whom will eventually upgrade to his paying service to increase their offerings and profits each month. Mike pays it forward by giving away new free PLR e-books each month, then is rewarded with new paying members as they see how high-quality his materials are and how much they can make with them.

This next example is a completely different animal… Regular readers of this blog know that ClickBank Pirate is one of my favorite new sites, both to promote as an affiliate and as a user of their services. CBP differs from Mike’s site above in that their services are only available to paying members – so how are they using The POWER OF FREE? That’s the key to what they do for their members each month…

As a paying member, each month you get one or more new ClickBank products to promote as an affiliate. CBP provides a free report for you to give away for free that’s related to the product or it’s niche, and designs the professional squeeze page and follow-up system to help you sell the ClickBank product to your prospects – all you do is drive targeted traffic to that squeeze page.

Here’s a few samples of the type of free reports they provide, and the squeeze pages they design for them. Take a look at at least a couple of them so you get the idea (don’t worry, they open in a new window so you don’t lose your spot here):

โ€ข Commissions Blueprint

โ€ข Free Website Builder

โ€ข Micro Niche Finder and

โ€ข ClickBank Pirate itself.

Go ahead and take a look at those if you haven’t yet – you’ll see how professional the squeeze pages are and how the reports are in line with the product being promoted. If you go ahead and grab the free resources there you’ll also find that they are professionally written and first-quality all-round.

So in this case, instead of the members getting free resources, members make their commissions by referring people to free reports THEY can download. A neat twist on The POWER OF FREE, don’t you think?

So in these first three posts on The POWER OF FREE you’ve seen how various sites are using free gifts and free services as incentives to build sales, and how this can benefit you as an affiliate. In the next post I’ll give you concrete steps that you can take right away to put The POWER OF FREE to work for you in your own online marketing starting right away! Be sure to bookmark this blog or subscribe to our RSS feed to make sure you don’t miss it!

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The POWER OF FREE In Affiliate Marketing – Part Two

ยฉ2009 Doug Champigny, http://Captain-Affiliate.com. All Rights Reserved.

In Part One of The POWER OF FREE, we looked at how the recession spawned a sudden change in affiliate marketing and how the Resell Rights Fortunes launch was the first to capitalize on the changes. Today let’s look at how smart online businesses are using The POWER OF FREE to their benefit on an on-going basis…

While I’m a pro-blogger with a number of blogs I author, no one can keep right up to speed on every aspect of every area of online marketing, so for advice and a heads-up on WordPress issues I rely on two close friends who specialize in the technology, Alex Sysoef & Mike Paetzold. Both are close friends I first met at JVAlert Live events and have developed a deep respect for over the years.

Neither being shy about freely sharing their expertise, Mike runs an excellent free WordPress Q&A on BlogTalkRadio each month, while Alex is letting you download his free Expert WordPress blog installer, which he provides along with the training videos on how to use them.

This fits right in with one of the important points we made in Part One – the ‘free line’ has been moved, and today your free gift HAS to be something that’s of obvious value, something that proves you’re an expert in your field, and something you could easily be selling for a good buck if you had chosen to.

Do these two qualify? Of course they do! In Mike’s case, he’s giving you direct one-on-one access to his encyclopedic knowledge of WordPress – and his experience in using blogs to further develop his own Internet marketing and niche marketing efforts. Access to that level of expertise is often restricted to high-end coaching programs, yet Mike fields your questions for free through his show.

Alex’s Expert WordPress fills the bill too – plus has the added bonus of being unique! I’m not aware of another blog installer available, free or paid, that also installs the plugins you need for the full search engine optimization (SEO) effects for each of your blogs. Alex could easily charge $97 to $197 for the installer, with a $100 upsell for the SEO package – yet he lets you download the software for free!

Like the free incentives we discussed yesterday, both Alex and Mike have helped move the free line by giving away resources you’d have had to buy before the recession. But what’s more important is the differences between today’s examples and yesterday’s. While the Resell Rights Fortunes gifts were set up specifically for a big launch, Mike & Alex have created free resources that draw in targeted prospects day after day and will continue to do so for months, or even years, to come.

The upside to them is obvious – building their opt-in lists, branding themselves worldwide as WordPress experts and having the opportunity to pitch their wares to a growing circle of influence. And unlike launch bonuses, these gifts work their magic long-term.

But that comes at a price… When it’s just for a launch you create your gift and it’s done. Ongoing traffic-generating gifts aren’t usually that simple, as these cases in point demonstrate. Mike has to stay on top of every WordPress update and give of himself and his time every month to prepare for the call and actually host it, and Alex has to monitor changes to WordPress and the plugins and be sure he updates both the software and the instructional videos as often as necessary to keep it effective and cutting edge.

If you’ve used WordPress for more than the last 15 minutes you’ve probably already had at least one update to attend to – so you can imagine how much time goes into maintaining those two free resources. Not a problem when you’re being paid to keep up, but to do all that to maintain something your give away for free takes a special dedication and a true desire to help as many people as they possibly can. Kudos to them both – from me, and on your behalf as well!

The benefits to those availing themselves of these free resources is immediately obvious to all, and now you see how it helps Mike & Alex and what’s involved in maintaining their free resources. But what’s in it for you, the affiliate?

Most importantly, by promoting products from marketers like Mike and Alex you know you’re promoting true experts in the field. And not just experts – but DEMONSTRATED experts your readers will have no trouble identifying as experts. And you benefit too, by association with the best in their field.

Secondly, you know that customer service before and after the sale will never be an issue – no one puts that much effort into attracting quality targeted traffic just to blow them off with bad service. Not having to wonder about how many refunds will come after the sale is a big plus for ANY affiliate promotion… In affiliate marketing we work too hard for our commissions to sit back and watch them evaporate after the fact!

And third benefit is more intrinsic, but no less important… Big Dog Marketers like Alex & Mike who put that much into products & services they simply give away aren’t fools – they test & track everything they do to be sure they make the most of their time online – and FROM their time online. Think they put any less effort into testing, tracking and tweaking their products and salespages?

Obviously not… So while that doesn’t guarantee you’ll make a fortune in commissions every time they launch a product, or even that every product will be a hit, it DOES mean chances are you’ll make as many sales as possible for their products, given your prowess at driving targeted traffic and how tightly focused your prospects are to the products you promote.

And finally, have you considered creating a high-valued resource like these in support of one of your best ongoing affiliate marketing opportunities? Pick ones with recurring income potential that won’t go out of style or become outdated – say hosting or a membership site – and create a service or product like these to keep a steady stream of targeted prospects seeking YOU out for a change!

So to sum it up, in Part One you learned how The POWER OF FREE makes you more in JVs and affiliate promotions during site launches, and today you’ve seen two simple ways to use The POWER OF FREE as ongoing tools for your own sites or as affiliates.

Next Up: In The POWER OF FREE In Affiliate Marketing โ€“ Part Three we’ll look at a couple of sites that have added a viral component to their POWER OF FREE resources to make them even more valuable – see you then!

To your Profitable Affiliate Marketing…

Doug Champigny
http://Captain-Affiliate.com

PS – Before leaving today (but after hitting the Retweet button above ๐Ÿ˜‰ )be sure to download Alex’s free Expert WordPress installer and bookmark Mike’s BlogTalkRadio show. After all, might as well get as much benefit as you can from being here today, right?

And speaking of which, be sure to leave your comments as well – both to help me be sure you’re getting all the info you need for your successful affiliate marketing, and to get yourself the one-way backlinks to your site. Naturally, this IS a ‘DoFollow’ blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy! DC.

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The Power Of FREE In Affiliate Marketing!

ยฉ2009 Doug Champigny, Captain-Affiliate.com. All Rights Reserved.

Affiliate marketing has changed since the onset on the global recession. Not just evolved, but changed suddenly, leaving many affiliates behind and confusing a lot of newbies who are seeing their confidence eroded as the techniques they’ve been taught fail time and again.

Understand this right now: If your affiliate marketing strategies are based on information more than a year old, on tactics people still teach from a few years ago, or on methods you’ve been using for years, your commissions have dropped significantly or been completely wiped out, and your efforts going forward will be increasingly less effective.

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If you’ve been in the biz for more than a couple of years, you don’t need me to tell you your affiliate commissions have dropped – either you’re working 3 times as hard now and accepting a lowered lifestyle or you’re looking for a full or part-time job to supplement or replace what was a full-time income until recently.

If you’re new to affiliate marketing and following advice from one of the gurus or super-affiliates who are still milking their success from a few years back, as most are, then you know you’re not experiencing nearly the results they told you you would, even though you’re following their instructions to the letter, right?

Well, fear not. For all the changes, there are still more affiliates making more money online today than ever before. But the business has both evolved continually over the years and changed suddenly a few times…

When Teri & I started affiliate marketing 12 or so years ago there was very little competition. A simple banner at the top of a page on your website pretty much guaranteed traffic to your affiliate link, and thereby some commissions each month. When we started blogging 5 years ago, a graphic in the sidebar drew traffic and a blog post could simply be the first half of the text from a salespage, followed by your affiliate link to that page – and it got results.

Search engine optimization was easy because the directories told you the truth about how they rank websites, whereas today you only need compare any search results to what they state are their ranking criteria to know you haven’t been told the truth, either intentionally or by lies of omission.

By now, I’m sure you’re wondering about all this… How can what I’m saying be true when it flies in the face of what most of your tutors, guides and mentors are telling you?

There’s a simple test – compare what they’re telling you to what you see actually going on online. Have they released a new product in the last 6 months? Not a Master Resell Rights product, but one they actually wrote? Do their blog posts teach you instead of just selling you? And most importantly for affiliate marketing – are you still seeing their names on the leaderboards of various JVs and affiliate launches?

On the other hand, some have been giving you valuable advice all along, but for the most part it’s been too vague and general for most people to integrate the ideas into their strategies. The most valuable information you’ve been given vis-a-vis the current state of online marketing is:

1) Pay It Forward.

2) First Give, Then Collect.

3) Teach your audience so they know WHY they need the product you’re recommending and HOW to use it once they have it.

But the question was always ‘Just how do I implement that in my daily activities?’

Let’s start by taking a look at some of the biggest launches this summer…

In June, Resell Rights Fortunes launched – and as an affiliate marketing opportunity, I think this was the best launch so far this year. Not only did we make more on this launch than any other, but so far the residual commissions have added another 40% to what we made on the launch!

So how was the launch made so successful? First, Socrates created two powerful videos showing relatively unknown ways to build your opt-in list faster. He put them online 2 weeks apart, allowing his launch partners 2 weeks to send traffic to each video, and cookied each visitor for the affiliate. Then he added in a short e-mail course that gave them more powerful information without pitching anything.

When the time came for the launch, he already had a new 5-figure opt-in list of marketers from those promotions, and he did his best to convert as many of those leads to sales as he could to help out both the affiliates and himself.

To keep the JV partners and affiliates motivated, he ran TWO contests during the pre-launch – one for the most referrals during the whole pre-launch and another for the last few days of the pre-launch. We took home a notebook and a flip cam from those two contests, so obviously we were happy with it – especially since those were on top of 4-figure commissions the first week the site was open.

So let’s take a look at how the POWER OF FREE made this a successful launch:

From the Site Owner’s perspective:

Socrates put more into making this launch successful than any of the other events we’ve promoted. First, he gave away thousands of dollars worth of prizes to his affiliates and JV partners – prizes based on pre-launch opt-ins, not on sales. If the launch had flopped, he’d still be on the hook for all of the prizes.

Secondly, for the new prospects he gave away the content of those two videos – powerful list-building strategies he could easily have turned into a product and sold. Yet by giving them away free, he both built his opt-in list and demonstrated his expert status to the visitors his partners sent to the site.

From the Affiliates’ perspective:

We were able to warm up our lists, blog readers, Twitter followers, etc. to the site by offering them not a product for sale or a membership to join, but instead by sending them to free information on how to build their lists faster. Since everyone in online marketer always needs to be building their opt-in lists as quickly as possible, this was a very powerful free gift we could give them.

Then, two weeks later there was another video showing them yet another way to build their lists. Not only did those who visited the first video return, but an almost-equal number of additional people went to watch the second video, and were able to watch the first video as well – Socrates invited them to view the first video as part of his followup sequence.

Then Resell Rights Fortunes launched – a new PLR and MRR membership site, launched at the height of the recession when most membership sites where losing members in wholesale fashion… The result?

Resell Rights Fortunes launched with over $100,000 in memberships sold the first week! Granted, if it hadn’t been (and still is) the best site for marketers to get their PLR and MRR products, with innovative search technology that makes the site much quicker and more profitable for members to use, the launch wouldn’t have been as hot – and we certainly wouldn’t be making as much in residual commissions because the members wouldn’t be staying as long as they are.

But even with the best membership site and the highest member value online, the site still would have flopped – or been very small – if it hadn’t been for the free resources that Socrates used to attract targeted prospects, and the free gifts he made available to his affiliates and JV partners during the month-long pre-launch. And the affiliates who promoted the launch wouldn’t have had nearly the success we did if we hadn’t had those free videos to send people to in the first place.

THAT is the POWER OF FREE in affiliate marketing. No longer is it enough to just send people to a salespage to make your living, and no longer can site owners expect to have big sales without paying it forward by offering both solid, valuable information for free upfront and using that free information to demonstrate their expertise in the niche and assure people they’re not buying into one more source of overused and rehashed material.

That’s it for today – next post I’ll show you how the POWER OF FREE is being used by Expert WordPress, ClickBank Pirate and the Niche Audio Club to benefit their members and their affiliates on an ongoing basis – tune in then!

To your Profitable Affiliate Marketing…

Doug Champigny,
http://Captain-Affiliate.com

PS – If you’re not already a member of Resell Rights Fortunes, be sure to check it out today – I’ll be showing you how to use it effectively to boost your affiliate commissions in the new affiliate marketing paradigm and how it lets you master the POWER OF FREE strategies with ANY affiliate marketing promotions you get involved in. Watch for those posts coming soon – same profit time, same profit channel! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Beat Other Affiliate Jump Members With Advanced CPA Pages Tactic!

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OK – If you’re a regular reader of this blog, my Internet Training Blog or our e-zines, chances are you’ve already joined the Affiliate Jump CPA Network. By now you should have watched Friday’s video on Creating Affiliate Jump CPA pages, so you know they can be set up in mere seconds, right?

Today I’m going to show you a big-dog trick to beat the other Affiliate Jump memebers, and most other affiliates making money online with CPA ads, by making your CPA pages more attractive to the search engines – and we all know how just a bit of SEO can raise your standings in the Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs) and what a difference that can make to your targeted traffic flow from the engines!

Affiliate Jump CPA Pages: The SEO Problems

On pretty much any web page that’s auto-generated and hosted for you on the new wave of Web 2.0 affiliate marketing membership services (Affiliate Jump, ClickBank Pirate, etc.), the page is ready for you to promote in seconds – but you don’t have access to the html coding for the page to do your SEO on.

Since you can’t build custom meta tags, add in custom Alt text on photos, use title tags in text links, or even do much with the anchor text on links, the SEO value of the page is the same as anyone else’s – and even lower if you’re not one of the first 5 or 10 copies of that page the search engines find. This is the case for the sample page I showed you in that first video, the Work From Home Opportunities page I built in seconds while making that video.

Now, don’t misunderstand, I still highly recommend the system, and not just because it’s already making me money. These days search engine traffic is taking it’s rightfull place in professional affiliate marketing results: just one more piece of the solution. For all but true newbies, it’s no longer the ‘Holy Grail’ of targeted traffic, however. Why just in the Total Traffic Tips webinar I did with Willie Crawford we discussed 15 different ways to drive targeted traffic using Web 2.0 sites.

So giving up the SEO benefits in exchange for Affiliate Jump’s instant CPA approvals, auto-generated ads, auto-generated CPA offer pages et al is still a great trade-off. Even if you could get accepted into tradional CPA networks, had the copywriting and design skills to put together pages they’d approve of and all the rest, this system does in minutes what it took days or weeks to accomplish on your own – just waiting for approval to start usually took days!

Affiliate Jump CPA Pages: The SEO Solutions

But now what if there was still a way to affect the SEO of your pages – minor tweaks in the areas you DO have access to? After all, it wouldn’t take much to step ahead of the pack if all the rest are the same, right? Well I have a treat for you today – a big-dog method of differentiating your pages, customizing CPA pages for better rankings in the SERPs…

Video: Advanced Customization of Affiliate Jump CPA Pages:

Pretty amazing, eh? How simple it is to add all that search engine spider bait to the page, work in a bit of pre-sell for the visitors to the page, make the offer a natural followup to a content page – and still all done in less than 5 minutes!

Here’s the new Work-at-Home Opportunities Page I created in this video – see the difference? Not tough to see why that bit of effort can have powerful SEO benefits, is it? And that bit of pre-sell leads the prospect to the ads after giving them some solid information first. If you’ve been affiliate marketing for long, you know that effective pre-sell multiplies conversion rates – and this should be no exception.

If you’re already an Affiliate Jump member, take a look in your account and decide what you want to use as your CPA offers, then before you begin, choose or write the copy you want to put above the CPA ads. DON’T make it a pitch – make it good, solid, highly-targeted & helpful information relevant to the prospects’ needs if they’re pursuing information about the CPA ads’ field of coverage. And make sure it’s unique, not unaltered PLR you got somewhere. We’re talking potential long-term SEO benefits here, so put the time in to do it right!

And if you’re not already an Affiliate Jump member, now you’re ready to join armed with knowledge to make the membership that much more advantageous to your affiliate marketing efforts. Don’t let Lady Opportunity dance merrily past you – get your Affiliate Jump membership right now and start applying your newfound big-dog tricks today!

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Clickbank Pirate just launched a little over 24 hours ago – but response has been so phenomenal they realize how badly they underpriced it – and are planning to fix that PRONTO! Right now you can join Clickbank Pirate and lock in at their launch rates: $47 for the first month and then $27 a month thereafter. But that changes tomorrow morning, August 6th at 6am Eastern. Here’s the note they just posted in our JV area:

Clickbank Pirate ends launch discount, plans 40% price increase tomorrow

Both the inital payment and the monthly rates are going up by almost 40%, to $67 initially and $37 a month thereafter.

I’m of two minds about this – first, I like my readers being able to get into these sites and get the resources for the lowest price possible, but second I want to see the resource owners making enough that it’s worth their while to keep the site updated with fresh content regularly. And I have to admit, this resource is powerful enough, to me, to be worth the membership if I had to pay $97 or even $197 a month for it – after all, it doesn’t take many Clickbank affiliate sales to cover that off each month, and that doesn’t even include what I’ll make on the CB Pirate affiliate program itself!

Think I’m kidding? Look at the math…

Pick a product from those Clickbank Pirate affiliate sales funnels they provide you with that sells for $37 a month or more and pays 50% commissions or better, earning you at least $18.50 a sale. If your combined affiliate marketing efforts just get you an average of 1 sale per day, that’s 30 sales in that month, or $555. Your first YEAR’S payments are $67 for the first month, and 11 payments of $37 – a total of $474. So as long as in ANY ONE MONTH during that first year just ONE of their funnels brings you a sale a day, that one product, in one month, has covered your annual CB Pirate investment!

And that’s with just one of the funnels – they start you off with 6 and add from there. And those calculations are based on joining after the price hike tomorrow – if you get in at the launch rate, it takes even less to break even! Now obviously I can’t say you will make that, or anything – only YOU know what you’re capable of right now, how much effort you intend to put in and how much you intend to learn about professional affiliate marketing over the next year.
My point here is that as little as 3 sales of any one product per month can keep you in the black on this one!

For affiliates, of course, this can also be good news – as the price rises, so do your Clickbank Pirate affiliate commissions paid out to you through Clickbank itself. Get regular sales going every month their and you’ve got an affiliate commissions payment coming every two weeks, paid through the most trusted name in affiliate marketing: Clickbank!

The good news for you is that every Clickbank Pirate member is automatically enrolled in their affiliate program, and full resources are provided to help you make money on that end of this site as well – after all, the more you make referring new members the more they make too, so it’s in their best interest to help you sell more memberships every month.

So, lets cut to the chase here… Do I honestly think the Clickbank Pirate site is worth joining and worth promoting as an affiliate? No matter what I say people burned by others won’t accept it, so lit’s pretend you’re from Missouri and show you… Here’s how much time and effort I feel it’s worth ME putting into promoting Clickbank Pirate as an affiliate:

1) The links in this post are, of course, affiliate links.

2) Other blog posts I’ve done promoting Clickbank Pirate:

4 other blog posts and 3 videos on thisaffiliate marketing blog.
3 blog posts on my Internet marketing blog.
2 blog posts on my Clickbank Marketing blog.
2 blog posts on my Marketing BlogZine.
1 blog post on my Advanced Twitter Marketing blog.

3) Promotional videos created and uploaded to Simple-Clickbank-Profits.com, YouTube, Bebo and Motion Box.

4) New report entitled ‘Clickbank For Newbies‘ published and being given away for free; both the squeeze page followup pages and the report itself have ads for ClickBank Pirate prominently included.

5) Various tweets about Clickbank Pirate on both my @SuperAffil and @CaptnAffiliate accounts.

You see, unlike a lot of the ‘experts’ today, I walk the walk before I talk the talk. So far I’ve invested the time to do 13 blog posts, create 3 videos and upload them to a total of 5 different sites, published a new report and built the squeeze and follow-up pages, tweeted the links and e-mailed our opt-in lists a few times. And the site is only 32 hours old so far… longer-term strategies like article marketing will be brought into play next.

Mind you, this also shows why I say the amount of effort you put in plays a huge role in what you make from affiliate marketing – if you do any less than what I’ve shown there, don’t expect to get anywhere near the same results I do – and keep in mind that I’ve been in marketing & advertising for about 30 years now, offline and now online for the past 12 years.

But I’m not asking for your faith based on my extensive credentials, but based on actually seeing me DO exactly what I always suggest to you. Anytime you wonder whether an affiliate marketer is giving you the straight goods or just looking to make a buck off you, look around to see if THEY are doing what they suggest YOU do. The Captain may not reveal EVERY trick or tactic he uses outside of his high-end mentoring, but for every suggestion I DO make on how to promote affiliate opportunities it’s always easy for find examples of me doing them too!

So when I say you should be promoting Clickbank Pirate and the affiliate funnels you get with your membership, know that I’m right there in the trenches with you, both guiding your efforts and putting in the grunt time myself! ๐Ÿ™‚

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