Advanced Affiliate Marketing – Creating Residual Streams of Affiliate Commissions

©2010 Doug Champigny, http://captain-affiliate.com
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The holy grail of affiliate marketing is residual commissions – making money month after month or year after year from one initial sales effort. Most notable amongst affiliate offers paying residual commissions are website hosting plans, autoresponder services and membership sites, many of which charge a monthly fee and pay affiliate commissions for the lifetime of the account. Nothing is nicer than going into a month knowing you already have hundreds or thousands of dollars coming in that month before you’ve started doing any promotions. Retention rates vary widely amongst such sites, from a few months in a membership site to the years many people stay with their hosting company or autoresponder company, assuming the service is good of course.

But recurring billing is not the only way to earn residual streams of affiliate commissions, however. You can build ‘set-and-forget’ systems to bring in commissions from one-off sales too, again often lasting into many months or years after your efforts to promote them. The trick here is to set up ongoing traffic systems that will continue to generate affiliate marketing leads and direct them to the salespages.

To do that, first set up your affiliate marketing funnel with an opt-in to an autoresponder e-course that promotes the product in question. Next you have to decide which traffic sources will bring in the long-term targeted traffic needed to create an ongoing stream of affiliate marketing leads.

Sites like Twitter and FaceBook are extremely busy, but they’re also based on a steady stream of posts, which means your message scrolls off the main pages in minutes or hours. But blog posts, podcasts, videos, articles, etc. stay online and available for the long term, as do Squidoo lenses, Google knols, Hub pages and the like. These are the sources of the long-term targeted traffic needed to build opt-in lists with a steady stream of affiliate marketing leads. And that steady stream receiving your promotional e-course is the foundation of your recurring stream of affiliate commissions.

To make it easier for you to get started, pick up these 5 list-building reports with PLR – each comes with a professionally-designed squeeze page, confirm page and download page, so most of the work is already done for you. If you don’t yet have a professional autoresponder service or a place to host your new pages, I heartily recommend Hosting4Marketers.com, whom I’ve been using for years now.

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Advanced Affiliate Marketing – Building Affiliate Marketing Funnels

©2010 Doug Champigny, http://captain-affiliate.com
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When first starting out in affiliate marketing, it’s common to use a blog post, an article, a video or an e-mail to promote affiliate offers. Before long, however, it becomes clear that this is no longer enough, especially if you want to reach the large affiliate commissions earned by those practicing advanced affiliate marketing strategies.

The solution to this transition from affiliate newbie to professional affiliate begins when you learn to build affiliate marketing funnels to promote merchants’ products and services. These funnels not only increase sales and thereby increase affiliate commissions, but also help you to build an opt-in list of targeted affiliate marketing leads for your future promotions as well.

The affiliate marketing funnels may seem daunting at first, but with a bit of practice they’ll become routine. Your affiliate marketing funnels begin with a free report that will appeal to your target market and is offered to them for opting into your mailing list from a page known as a ‘squeeze’ page. Once they have joined your list and confirmed their e-mail address, they are forwarded to the download page to get their report.

While on the site they’ll have seen your affiliate ads on the confirmation page and on the download page, plus any links or ads you’ve included in or with the report. And after signing up to your autoresponder they’ll receive your pre-written series of e-mails, which should include additional helpful content along with your affiliate marketing promotional materials. While some of your affiliate marketing leads will drop out of the series early, others will stay in your loop a lot longer as long as you make sure to include useful, helpful, targeted information along with your pitches. And the greater number of contacts you have with each targeted lead, the higher the possibility that you’ll make the sale and collect your affiliate marketing commissions, all on autopilot.

Once your affiliate funnel is in place, all that remains is to drive as many targeted affiliate marketing leads into it as you can, using all of the standard traffic-generation strategies and techniques. With each funnel you should be able to improve your autoresponder series for higher conversions and be able to drive more targeted prospects into your funnels.

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To see one such funnel in action, download Doug Champigny’s free guide to Building Traffic and Lists. For direct help from this super-affiliate marketing mentor, enroll in Doug Champigny’s Affiliate Marketing PowerStart Coaching program and learn to make money online using effective affiliate marketing strategies and techniques.

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Advanced Affiliate Marketing – 7 Ways To Increase Affiliate Marketing Commissions

©2010 Doug Champigny, http://captain-affiliate.com. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

One thing every affiliate marketing business owner wants to do is find ways to make more money online, yet the truth is that most have overlooked one or more of the most common ways, or have simply stopped using some of the basic promotional techniques that made them successful in affiliate marketing to begin with. So even though you’ve reached a successful advanced affiliate marketing plateau, make sure you’ve neither missed nor forgotten these 7 affiliate marketing tips.

1) Always be building your opt-in lists. Building an opt-in list is usually the most profitable affiliate marketing strategy in terms of both making money online and the highest earnings for time invested. Affiliate marketing newbies often wait too long before building an opt-in list, and affiliate marketing pros often let it slide to lesser prominence in their marketing mix. Either is a major mistake – start building an opt-in list from day one, and never let it slip to secondary priority.

2) Use affiliate marketing blogs as your home base online, and drive as much targeted traffic as you can to your blogs and squeeze pages. Use your opt-in list to drive your affiliate marketing leads to affiliate offers, but use all of your other traffic-generation strategies to get people to your blogs and get them onto your list – turning that targeted traffic into affiliate marketing leads on your opt-in list is the way to build your business most securely.

3) Stay tightly focused on your niche. Yes, you will see great offers on products and services in other niches, but don’t confuse your readership by jumping all over the place. They count on you to be the expert in one tightly focused area, not to inform them of every good product available online. If you want to start promoting products in a different niche as well, create separate affiliate marketing blogs and opt-in lists for each different niche. You know what your affiliate marketing leads are targeted towards, so stick to just that niche every time you contact them.

4) Before promoting any service or product, consider whether it would truly be helpful to the majority of people on your opt-in list. Too often affiliates start basing what they promote on what they can potentially make from that offer instead of what’s best for the prospect. Long term success comes from helping your affiliate marketing leads find the solutions to their problems, not from trying to get them to spend as much as possible.

5) Try to achieve a good price-point balance in your affiliate marketing promotions. Remember that many of the people on your list may not be able to afford products or services costing hundreds of dollars, but also realize that you aren’t going to achieve your dream lifestyle on $2.98 commissions, either. Keep a balanced mix of free, low-end, mid-range and high-ticket products in your affiliate marketing stream to help everyone reach their goals, yourself included.

6) Network heavily, both in person and on the social networking sites. In every industry there’s some truth to the saying that ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’, and affiliate marketing is most definitely an industry where this holds true. From learning new strategies to being amongst the first to hear about new affiliate marketing opportunities and big joint venture launches, having friends in the business is a necessity to be successful in your advanced affiliate marketing activities.

7) Re-invest in your affiliate marketing business. If you’re serious about becoming a super-affiliate you need to operate your affiliate marketing as it’s own business, not just as a hobby or another job. To keep moving forward you’ll need to re-invest a percentage of everything you’re making online. You’ll need various new software programs and memberships, new tools and resources for building your lists, additional hosting for your growing empire, and you’ll need to upgrade your computers every couple of years. Plus, to get known a lot better and meet the people who can help you take your business over the top, you need to attend the live industry events as often as possible and network with the big dogs, plus get into coaching programs or hire a mentor to help you move up faster.

8) And here’s a bonus tip for you… Do a time audit on yourself every so often to see how much time online you’re actually spending building your affiliate marketing business and how much is just time frittered away on other pursuits and interests. If you’re planning on replacing an 8-hour a day job with your own online home business and to make double, triple or ten times what that job paid, you’d better be willing and able to spend a focused 8 hours a day or more on building your affiliate marketing business. After all, if it could be done in just an hour or two a day, why would anyone do anything else for a living?

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Super-affiliate marketing mentor Doug Champigny has plenty of free advanced affiliate marketing information for you on his Affiliate Marketing Training blog, or you can learn the processes directly under his tutelage through his PowerStart Affiliate Marketing Coaching Program. And be sure to introduce yourself to Doug Champigny when he makes one of his many live appearances onstage at a marketing seminar, conference, convention or workshop near you!

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