Do You Know How The Changes At EzineArticles Make You A Better Affiliate Marketer?

©2011 Doug Champigny – http://captain-affiliate.com
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As a recognized super-affiliate and affiliate marketing mentor & speaker, it’s only natural that I use article marketing, including posting my articles at EzineArticles.com, as part of my affiliate marketing promotional mix. Natural because article marketing works, provides residual traffic for years, and because EzineArticles is the biggest & highest ranked article directory online.

Let me say right up front that if you’re looking to be lazy – using PLR articles, spun articles or those written by authors with poor spelling or bad grammar, forget it! EzineArticles have top-notch editors and systems that will boot you out faster than you can say ‘adios’! If you ARE looking to be a lazy affiliate, go get an offline job – the days of lazy marketers making a killing online ended a few years back (after declining since the 1990’s).

The EzineArticles Changes Affecting Affiliate Marketing

Two of the changes made this year at EzineArticles affect affiliates, and in fact all online marketers. First, the articles you submit must be at least 400 words now. This shouldn’t be a big deal, since we marketers tend to be overly verbose anyway! 😉 If you can’t write intelligently about a product, service or topic using AT LEAST 400 words with no fluff or keyword stuffing then you don’t know your topic well enough to consider promoting it – go back and study the issue more before trying to use it in your affiliate marketing mix.

The second change is the big one – you can’t use your affiliate links in your Author’s Resource Box now. This won’t affect super-affiliates as we’d never put our direct affiliate link out there like that anywway. And this is what YOU need to change in how you’re doing your online marketing if you’ve even THOUGHT about putting your naked affiliate link online anywhere…

Affiliate Marketing Pre-Selling On Your Blogs

For years now, brilliant marketer Ken Evoy has been teaching members and affiliates at his SiteSell operation about pre-selling… The concept is simple – you attract the prospect to your own site where you ‘warm them up’ and get them into a buying mood before sending them through to your affiliate link.

Why is pre-selling so important? First, someone coming from your articles or social media marketing efforts are in ‘reading mode’ – not ‘buying mode’. Secondly, many salespages are 2nd rate at best, with most not even that good. Pre-selling gives you the opportunity to up your conversion rates by helping to overcome this downfall. But most importantly, this system means you’re developing backlinks to YOUR sites or blogs and the traffic is flowing to YOU first – then hopefully on to wherever you’re trying to direct it. Better SEO rankings from the backlinks are a big plus to everything you do from today forward, and if a prospect isn’t overly interested in the product or service you’re promoting they may just find something that DOES interest you in the sidebar or basebar links.

Higher search engine rankings, more traffic, higher conversions, residual sales, better branding & bigger commissions – any of these align with your affiliate marketing goals? Guess maybe Ken was on to something, eh? LOL (There’s a LOT more to SiteSell – for site owners AND affiliates – but this one piece of advice by itself is worth more than he charges… )

So now you can see that the changes at EzineArticles.com really are in the best interest of their reading audience AND you as an affiliate marketer because they’re helping to motivate you to professionalize your online activities and take your affiliate marketing to the next level!

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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! 🙂

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ClickBank Pirate Affiliate Marketing Blogs Announced
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It was announced today that the Clickbank Pirate memberships will include 1-touch affiliate marketing blogs as a standard member’s feature when Clickbank Pirate launches Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 11am Eastern. In this video, Doug Champigny, AKA Captain Affiliate, gives a quick sneak peek video tour of the new affiliate marketing blogs from Clickbank Pirate:


(View The Clickbank Pirate Affiliate Marketing Blogs Video at full size.)

Clickbank Pirate is so impressive, as soon as I was granted early access to the members’ area I agreed to participate in the launch JV – and since this is an affiliate marketing training blog, you already know every link to their site is an affiliate link (After all, if I wasn’t affiliate marketing non-stop, what would qualify me to be your affiliate marketing mentor? 😉 ). But that gives you an idea of how strong the backend is on this puppy – I’ve yet to see an affiliate marketing site that I think measures up to Clickbank Pirate in terms of making it push-button simple for affiliates to handle all of the technical aspects of an affiliate sales funnel – for all intents and purposes, all that’s left for a Clickbank Pirate member to do is generate targeted traffic into their funnel…

Blogging For Affiliates: Post, Ping Tweet – Rinse & Repeat!

And now, with the announcement of these push-button affiliate marketing blogs, even the task of driving targeted traffic became somewhat easier – post to your blog including a link to your squeeze page, ping it and start tweeting the link on Twitter. Do another post, ping it, tweet it on Twitter. Post, ping, tweet – rinse & repeat! Clickbank Pirate sure makes affiliate marketing easier, doesn’t it?

Plus, your Clickbank Pirate affiliate marketing blog already has your affiliate ads embedded on each page, as you saw in the video above. Even if that’s all that was involved in Clickbank Pirate it would still be worth what little they’re asking for membership when the doors open August 4th – but that’s just one very small part of it! I’d be disappointed if I thought anyone reading this, or hearing of Clcikbank Pirate elsewhere, didn’t join upon launch if they have any intention of making money online or starting a work-at-home business full or part time.

Think about it… If one is new to affiliate marketing, this saves thm having to learn how to set up squeeze pages, set up autoresponders, write the follow-up e-courses, build their pre-sell pages and now even having to set up & optimize their own blogs! It takes months, sometimes years for a newbie to learn how to do all that, time that they aren’t earning what they could be and should be. Clickbank Pirate lets them have all that within 48 hours of becoming a member!

But there’s another reason I’m so fired up about Clickbank Pirate, besides making it easier for you, my affiliate marketing students, to start making money online and make money so much faster… For super-affiliates like the Captain and other seasoned marketers who already know how to do all that, this system lets us skip those steps, saving us both time and either effort or outsourcing costs and letting us focus on the part of the biz we love best – MAKING MONEY! 🙂

You see, for a real Type-A personality marketer, it’s the marketing we love – and the perks it brings when you’re so good at it. Sure, we know the technical junk is part of that success, so we do it – it’s a big part of what keeps us ahead of the rest of the pack. And don’t ever doubt it – if you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes! But this way we can stick to promoting our new Clickbank Pirate affiliate marketing funnels – blogging, tweeting, e-mailing, creating and distributing articles, videos, podcasts, press releases – all the true online marketing tactics and techniques.

And saving time by skipping the tech headaches helps us refine our skills too, since we’re spending a greater amount of time actually marketing. Plus our strategizing will improve, since our mindset stays locked on the marketing. If you’ve been affiliate marketing for any length of timed building your own sales funnels, you know that doing design, coding, FTPing, installing blogs etc requires an entirely different mindset – a headset of slower action, more attention to tedious details, greater frustrations – all of which means it takes longer to get back into your success groove when you get to return to your marketing activities.

How often has a great promotional strategy hit while you were marketing, only to be forgotten while you set up the next piece of virtual real estate? How often have you agonized over whether the article you just wrote should be submitted, used on your blog or put into your autoresponder followup? Or had a great idea for an e-mail, only to realize you already covered that topic in your e-course?

Well no more – now that the e-course, squeeze page and salespage are already completed for you, EVERY idea you come up with can be acted on immediately, put to proper use in your marketing effort! If you’re still not completely frothing ast the mouth to get in there, you need to stop and think… How much time have you spent writing your followup campaigns? How frustrated have you been trying to perfect your squeeze pages and get the autoresponder & followup pages in place? How much time have you lost worrying your salespage or pre-sell page into a suitable state – and what was the conversion rate on it when you were done??? And now for the biggie – if that time had been spent simply driving targeted traffic to professionally built squeeze pages and pre-sell pages, how much more would you have earned in the past year?

OK – so we both know this service is easily worth a few hundred a month minimum. But fortunately for us both, it’s not going to be anywhere near that high – in fact just a few affiliate sales through the Clickbank Pirate system each month keeps us in the black, and everything beyond that is profit, baby!

I could still go on and on – but before the Captain starts gushing like a virgin first mate, head on over to the Clickbank Pirate site and set sail on your own success voyage – just remember to bookmark this site and our sister site, Simple-Clickbank-Profits.com, for a stream of ongoing help in refining your affiliate marketing skills and keeping on the bleeding edge of affiliate marketing in general. Go on now – there’s nothing the captain would like better than seeing you pull into port a year from now riding your own success, mooring alongside us on our infrequent dockings at the port of the offline world!

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