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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How To Create A Sustainable Work-At-Home Affiliate Marketing Business Through Recurring Commissions!

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

When first starting out in affiliate marketing online, most new marketers make the same mistakes – they throw up a few banners and expect to earn great income, they tweet about a new e-book that’s just come out, they post in forums with that affiliate link in their signature and hope for the best.

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While each of those and similar methods may or may not create sales and result in some commissions coming in, none of them are leading toward a sustainable online business model. In order to build a strong, well-oiled affiliate marketing endeavor, it’s necessary to focus on residual income, not simple one-off sales promoted once or twice.

Most successful individuals in the field look for services to promote, services with on-going billing that then pay recurring commissions. Some of the most common of these include web hosting, membership sites, services like autoresponders, etc. These are opportunities that tend to be used by the widest section of your target market, and as such have the highest potential income for you.

It’s simple to see the power of this – if you promote an e-book and it sells, you make your set rate – say 50%. But if you’d sold a site hosting package to someone and they kept their site there for two years, you might have made that same commission 24 times! Retention rates vary by the type of site, with hosting and autoresponders usually keeping their clients longer than the average paid membership site does.

If you promote a site with a retention of 1+ years, for example, and can generate an average of 5 sales per month, you’re being paid for 5 sales the first month, 10 sales the second, 15 sales the third, etc. – you’re still just selling 5 sales per month, but the renewals keep building if the people stay with the service. Likewise, if you stop promoting that service today, you’ll receive a declining amount from your renewals each month, but could potentially go on to receive income from it for a year after you moved on to other projects.

Now don’t pass up on hot opportunities that spring up along the way, but be sure to focus most of your efforts on recurring income possibilities to try and bullet-proof your online business… It’s the best way to make sure your time, money and efforts invested are best reflected in your affiliate marketing success!

About The Author…

Internet Marketing Mentor and Speaker Doug Champigny

Doug Champigny, a.k.a. Captain Affiliate, is a world-famous Internet marketing coach, mentor & speaker and the creator of the PowerStart Marketing 4-week Internet Marketing Crash Course. To learn more about Doug or to book him to speak at your next event, contact him through his blog at http://DougChampigny.com.

 

 

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The Most Important Skill For Successful Affiliate Marketing

©2009 Doug Champigny. All Rights reserved.

We’ve been discussing the need for affiliates to build their opt-in lists, and talked about the fact that failing to do so is the main mistake made by affiliates. But to be successful as an affiliate, both for making money online and for building your opt-in list, one very important skill must be mastered – the most important skill for successful affiliate marketing.

In fact, this one skill is the main ingredient in the success of all online businesses, and the most important tool in your affiliate marketing skills toolbox: the ability to drive massive amounts of targeted traffic to your links! Whether you’re sending that targeted traffic to a free report on a butterfly-marketing type of site, a free download to entice them to join your list, to your blog in whatever niches you operate in or directly to your affiliate links, the number of targeted visitors you can mobilize quickly is going to be directly reflected in your affiliate commissions.

The good news is that many of the most powerful tools and techniques used by traffic masters are free, or require a very low investment – one that can often be made back on the first couple of affiliate promotions you do after including the new tool into your marketing mix, leaving you with pro tools with no net cost in short order.

The bad news (for some) is that it takes work – true effort – both to learn these various promotional techniques and to apply the tactics to any given affiliate opportunity. If you thought affiliate marketing was a way to make a lot of money online with little or no effort, you’re sadly mistaken and have probably been reading the salespages of online scammers, not professional super-affiliates. None of us got to where we are today without a lot of effort, even those who are able to outsource a fair bit of what they do – just learning what’s needed and how it must be done is necessary before you know what to outsource!

Now this doesn’t mean you’ll have to use every one of the traffic generation strategies in every affiliate marketing promotion you get involved in – far from it. Some techniques are short-term, bringing in targeted traffic almost immediately but then tapering off or stopping altogether, while others take time to build momentum, but can keep supplying visitors for weeks, months or even years. Tweets on Twitter are a good example of the former, while article marketing and video marketing are better examples of the latter.

So it stands to reason that if you’re promoting a 3-day sale, or even a week-long event, you’ll want to rely on your short-term, immediate-response tools. If you’re promoting a product or service that will be ongoing, especially one that pays residual commissions, you’ll want to use them all. Start with the techniques that bring instant traffic, then shift your focus to the mid- and long-term sources to ensure you continue to make money from your efforts for that opportunity. The higher your recurring commissions the less time you need to focus on making quick bucks, and the greater amount of your affiliate marketing activities that can be focused around list-building, pre-selling and getting involved in pre-launch joint-venture opportunities.

Start right now, today, and set the goal for yourself of learning as many different ways to drive targeted traffic as you can using both free and paid traffic sources. As your knowledge grows so should your ability to mobilize targeted visitors almost on demand, and that’s one of the biggest keys to achieving the super-affiliate status and big affiliate paydays you’re dreaming about now!

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Doug Champigny is a well-known marketing coach, speaker, super-affiliate and targeted traffic expert, and the author of the Captain Affiliate Affiliate Marketing Training Blog. For more advice from Doug on driving targeted traffic, visit the Top Traffic Tips website.
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Affiliate marketing on Twitter, or anywhere else for that matter, has certain techniques and tactics that make one more successful than other affiliates. For example, affiliates following the Advanced Twitter Marketing System are going to do better than those following common Twitter operating practices.

But what many people forget is that affiliate marketing, and all Internet marketing in general, is a business – and like any business, you’ll never get more out of it without putting more into it! Unsuccessful affiliates look to the super-affiliates and figure either they’re just lucky or they have some secret trick they use…

Well, truth is they do have a trick – but it’s no secret. It’s called hard work! Far too many would-be affiliates fail because they either don’t put in the effort it takes for successfull affiliate marketing, or they are putting in effort, but with no discipline to keep them on track and avoiding time-wasting and commission-shrinking activities.

Let me demonstrate a perfect example – the launch of the Advanced Twitter Marketing System. The product launched 1 week ago today, and 12 affiliates have sales there in that week. Mike Paetzold is in first place, followed closely by Joel Osborne – and they’re both far well ahead of the other 10 affiliates.

Now the playing field started out level – all of the Team Champigny affiliates had access to the Advanced Twitter Marketing affiliate resources. All of those with sales so far have been blogging it, tweeting it, some have put buttons and banners on their sites or blogs and others mailed it to their e-zine lists. Some of the affiliates behind Mike & Joel are newbies, while others are pros with bigger lists and more experience. They both have other sites, products and affiliate programs they promote, so it’s not that they have more time available – although both ARE full-time Internet marketers.

Based on all of that, they should be about middle of the pack, right? So what shot these two to the lead right off the bat and kept them there? How did they achieve super-affiliate results with their promos to date? BOTH TOOK THE EXTRA STEP TO BE SURE THEY SUCCEEDED IN THEIR AFFILIATE EFFORTS!!! Rather than just settle for the same amount of effort the others put in, and settle for the same income as the others, both went one step beyond what any of the others has done so far!

What type of extra effort does it take to lead in affiliate programs? Here’s what they did to pull out in front: Mike Paetzold held a teleseminar where he interviewed me about the Advanced Twitter Marketing System and then opened up the lines for a callers’ Q&A session, and made the replay available here. Joel Osborne recorded an interview on the subject and made it available here, then also recorded an affiliate video and put it online at YouTube. Each also created related bonuses to give away to those buying the Advanced Twitter Marketing System through their links.

The results speak for themselves – Mike and Joel pulled well ahead of the pack the very first week out of the starting gate, and created resources that will continue to build their response as time goes on. They used Twitter & their e-zines to get sales started immediately, followed up with their recordings for both instant and long-term sales and used blog posts the same way. As a result, they’ve made more affiliate commissions from the Advanced Twitter Marketing launch than any of the other affiliates. As I write this, both show up in the first 2 pages of results for Advanced Twitter Marketing on Google as well, meaning they’ll continue to draw targeted traffic – and additional profits – from the search engines as time goes on!

So the next time you see some super-affiliate buying another house, another sports car or another yacht, instead of being envious or figuring they’re just lucky, remember Mike and Joel – and how with not much extra effort they pulled ahead – just because they DID put that extra effort in. If you want the great perks that affiliate marketing affords the super-affiliates, watch what Mike and Joel do and be just like them – successful!

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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.

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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!

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Many affiliates don’t pay heed to this, but the fact is and will remain that the easiest way to sell a product or service as an affiliate marketer is to actually use the product or service yourself first. There are many reasons why this is true, and it applies to all areas of Affiliate Marketing.

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First, as an affiliate marketer you have hopefully chosen a niche that you have a keen interest in yourself. Otherwise, the chances are very good that you will not be successful in affiliate marketing. If you aren’t passionate about what you are trying to sell, how can you expect your potential customers to be passionate enough to buy the product or service?

Instead, make sure that you are in a niche that is of great interest to you. When you find an affiliate product that helps your problem or fills your own desires regarding this niche, and there is an affiliate program, purchase the product or service and check it out. Then, you can notify your email list that you have personally tried the product or service, and give them an accurate review of it.

By using the product or service yourself, you will also be much more effective in your copywriting. Your ads, your sales letters, your articles, your web content, your blog posts – in fact all of your affiliate marketing promotional materials – all of it will be more effective, because you can hone in on features of the product or service that are the most beneficial, from your personal point of view.

Don’t be afraid to spend money on the products or services you plan to promote as an affiliate. If the product does what it says it will do, and you are an active affiliate marketer – as opposed to one who does little or nothing to promote a product – you will most likely recoup this expense after making a couple of sales.

If the product does not work as promised, simply request a full refund, and don’t promote it to your customer base – or to anyone else. In affiliate marketing, as in any business endeavor, always hold on to your integrity. As you build relationships with your customers, they will depend on your recommendations. Don’t lead them down a path of broken promises – successful affiliate marketing dictates that you must know your affiliate products inside out and backwards!

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