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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Granted, making money online with affiliate marketing isn’t as easy as it was a few years ago, but it’s still one of the easiest ways to earn extra income or even build a home-based business for yourself. But it’s also easy to kill your affiliate marketing business potential if you get struck with the S-O-S plague that’s running rampant in the industry today…

S-O-S, or Shiny-Object-Syndrome, isn’t a virus, but it’s sure spread like one throughout the affiliate marketing world and, in fact, throughout online marketing in general. In fact, sites have popped up and become very popular just pushing affiliates to promote every new launch that comes along – often offering a variety of new products every day.

How do you know if you’re suffering from S-O-S? Take a look at what you’ve sent out to your audience for the last week, the last month… Is there a pattern to your messages, a logical flow of resources to help your followers continually build their business or move forward in their niche? Or do your recommendations jump all over the place with nothing connecting them except that each was a new launch, a first opportunity to get a link in front of them?

If it’s the former, you’re legitimately trying to help your audience and leading them towards their own business or personal growth – a recipe for success. If it’s the latter, though, you’re falling victim and taking your fans with you.

What’s so wrong about promoting each new shiny object as it comes along?

1) It makes it obvious you’re in this just to make money, with no concern for the well-being or progress of your followers.

2) It’s not a sustainable business model for affiliate marketing as a business, since there’s no inherent growth trajectory. To succeed in building your business you need to help them build THEIR business, and you already know having them grab a bunch of unrelated products will do them no good.

3) One thing about new launches – by definition, the products are untested. Some will be a hit while others will be a dud. Once a person buys a couple of duds through your link, that formerly hot targeted prospect will be but a faint memory and no longer a source of income for you.

4) These types of products are usually quickly assembled and rushed to market to fill a currently perceived need with little or no thought to longevity. The reason they’re marketed through this type of system is to maximize the immediate return from them – after all, isn’t that why YOU’VE been promoting them too? So all of the effort you put into getting your link out there is rendered useless as soon as it’s no longer a hot item, no longer worthwhile. You’ve effectively cut yourself off from any residual profit potential from the days or weeks you’re pushing these products.

5) Your income stops as soon as you do. You’ve become a hamster on the affiliate SALES wheel instead of a professional in affiliate marketing. And you’re certainly NOT building your home-based business – in fact, quite the opposite. As people tire of the hop-scotching and you lose credibility, you’re also going to be losing opt-ins as they find more value in the messages from your competitors. And as your audience shrinks and your circle of influence dwindles, so will your profits. You’ll find yourself doing more and more work for less and less income. Take a look around online and you’ll see a lot of marketers in that boat now, while more professional marketers sail on by them.

This isn’t to say there’s never a time to promote some of them… If something launches just when you’re in the middle of teaching about the subject you may find it advantageous to get your link out there. Especially if the product is being released by a marketer you know and trust. The point is don’t make them your focus – plan out your promotions, be sure you’re leading your audience towards their goals and use only those that aid you, and them, along that path. As is the case with any marketing your sales, and thereby your profits, will be in direct proportion to how effectively you help your customers along their chosen path.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Professional affiliate marketing requires the use of a great many different promotional methods, and a number of common techniques and tactics are in almost every affiliate marketer’s toolbox – blogs, e-zines, forums, etc. Yet one of the most powerful tools is used only by the most savvy affiliate marketing pros…

What most affiliates miss out on is using press releases – not because they don’t know the power of press releases, not because they don’t want to use them, but because they don’t know HOW to use press releases. Writing them in an acceptable format is tough enough, but once that’s done, how do you submit press releases? Where do you submit them, for that matter.

And the cost – wow, some placers charge a bloody fortune just to get them out there for you, while others are free or inexpensive but only get them out to a few low-traffic sites. Not worth the time and trouble to write one if no one is going to see it, right?

So here’s the simple solution for you – you want to be using a site called Complete Press Release. Why them? Because they will write a press release for you and submit it to the sites that matter, all without breaking the bank.

Of course, you can write your own release and get them to submit it for even less, but unless you’re an experienced writer, why bother taking the time and trouble to write it yourself when they’ll do it for so little… Once you see their rates, you’ll most likely never write another one yourself – it’s not worth your time to create it when they’ll do it for you that cheaply!

How can they keep the rate so low? Partly because of the volume they handle, partly because there’s no affiliate program, so they don’t need to pay out any commissions on your order. I know, it’s rare that the ol’ Captain will recommend anything that doesn’t have an affiliate program, but this tool is just too good to pass up, even if I’m not making an affiliate commissions for sending you to their site. In exchange for you being a regular reader of my blog, I owe it to you to bring you the best affiliate marketing training, tips and resources, so here’s my advice…

Whether you use them to promote your blog, your squeeze page or directly to one of your affiliate links (or all 3), get the power of press releases going for you right now. Not only does it give you exposure in media you’re not able to reach otherwise, but it gets you some powerful authority backlinks as well.

And yes, I use the site myself for press releases for my niche marketing – and now so can you… Head over to Complete Press Release now and see what they’re all about – I’ll see you there!

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Have you recently been trying to figure out why a new breed of affiliate marketing names are showing up above yours in affiliate contests? Are your affiliate marketing efforts being blown away by younger affiliates and work-at-home moms? Chances are you’ve been disadvantaged by competitors that are using social media far more effectively than you are!

Most online business owners who have been running their online businesses for any length of time use social media and social bookmarking sites in a very limited, one-off manor, not yet realizing many of their traditional marketing techniques have lost a lot of their power in the last couple of years. Article marketing and video marketing are still very reliable – but then those really were the start of the whole social media trend, allowing for comments, feedback and discussion and allowing others to share and/or embed the content. Isn’t that the premise that made sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest profitable?

So social media isn’t new – but it’s come out of it’s infancy and is now flexing it’s online muscle. Billions of page views are generated by the big social media sites, and they’ve become a major source of traffic generation for online marketers who have mastered the art. But how are YOU doing at mastering social media marketing strategies?

Sure, you know about Facebook, Twitter, Google+, EzineArticles and YouTube – but what about Pinterest, Tumblr, Klout, Kred, Feedage or StumbleUpon? Do you know how each works, and which do help your affiliate marketing results and which don’t? More importantly, do you know how to tie them together into a cohesive marketing effort to build your traffic and your branding right now, while building an empire of online material for unstoppable long-term traffic to your sites and affiliate promotions?

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Well, not to worry… Having heard that same story over and over again from people at all levels of affiliate marketing, I decided to reveal my strategies for dealing with it all, since it’s working well for Teri & me in our niche marketing efforts. Better still, I’m going to let you download Niche Social 2012 for Free! Just follow that link to the site, and just for signing up for my free newsletter you’ll be able to immediately download this power-packed, no-fluff, 37-page guide to socail media marketing…

Most social media guides either focus on one site or just lightly discuss each – Niche Social 2012 shows you how to quadruple your online presence for free, then how to use the various social sites to promote those. From Twitter & the 3 other free resources you need to manage Twitter effectively right on through, every step ties all your marketing into a tightly-knit marketing mix that’s unstoppable when you stick to the plan.

Try out the strategies in Niche Social 2012 today – you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the results! And if you think of it, once you’ve got the system in place, come back and let our audience know how it works for you, ok? Thanks!

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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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How Can The ClickBank Crash Course Help Your Affiliate Marketing Business?

When I put the ClickBank Crash Course online at http://www.affiliate-jumps.com this week, most of the initial interest was from marketers looking for the information it contains about how to create products to sell on ClickBank, how to get targeted traffic to their products on ClickBank and/or how to write effective sales copy for salespages on ClickBank.

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And that’s natural… After all, this is a complete ClickBank Success Library – 15 e-books covering the ClickBank market & mindset, creating text-based products, audio products and video products to sell on ClickBank, even how to build membership sites to sell there. Also included are three e-books on copywriting and two reports on search engine optimization – specifically on SEO strategies to use vis-a-vis your ClickBank products & supporting sites.

The 15 E-Books in the ClickBank Crash Course

The 15 E-Books in the ClickBank Crash Course

So How Does The ClickBank Crash Course Help Affiliates?

Helping You Pick The Best ClickBank Products To Promote…

This amazing collection of powerful information about ClickBank is easily the most comprehensive ClickBank training resource around – agreed? So if it’s able to teach merchants everything they need to know about creating and marketing products in the ClickBank marketplace, it only makes sense that it’s also a great guide to choosing which products to promote on ClickBank!

Think about it for a moment – if you know how to create the best products for that marketplace, it’s easy to judge which products should excel there, right? And if you’re looking to really dominate ClickBank as an affiliate marketer, it’s best to make sure you’re only promoting products that not only are genuinely helpful, but also best suited to that market’s audience.

Helping You Evaluate The Merchant’s Sales Copy…

Once you’ve read the 3 ClickBank Copywriting Secrets e-books you’ll know what the salespage should look like for the products you want to promote – and you’ll be able to judge whether the merchant’s page is up to the task or not. How effective the salespage is directly affects your conversion rate and, as such, determines how much or how little pre-sell you’ll need to do before sending your targeted prospects through to your ClickBank hop link.

Helping You Get More Blog Traffic

Every super-affiliate (and even most newbie affiliates) uses an affiliate blog to attract targeted traffic and pre-sell prospects before sending them off to salespages – online or offline, effective pre-selling is simple Marketing 101 curriculum.


“Affiliate blogging helps you build targeted opt-in lists, brand yourself and establish your credibility as an expert within your niche…”


Affiliate blogging helps you build targeted opt-in lists, brand yourself and establish your credibility as an expert within your niche – so obviously the better your blog does the greater your targeted traffic and, all else being equal, the better your affiliate sales and the bigger your affiliate commissions.

With 3 reports on copywriting secrets and 2 reports on search engine optimization strategies, this package is a potential goldmine for learning how to blog more effectively – affiliate blogging included – even though those 5 e-books represent only 1/3 of the entire ClickBank Crash Course!

It’s The Info You Need To Succeed!

This is vital information to your efforts on ClickBank, whether as a merchant or as an affiliate marketer. Download your ClickBank Crash Course now and upgrade your affiliate marketing results starting today!

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What They Don’t Tell You About E-Mail Marketing For Affiliates…

©2011 Doug Champigny, http://captain-affiliate.com
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Affiliate marketing information abounds online, as does information on almost all aspects of e-mail marketing. E-mail marketing resources tell you how to build opt-in lists, how to build squeeze pages, how to write free reports to put on those squeeze pages, how to use social media marketing to drive traffic to your opt-in list-building pages, how to load up your autoresponder messages so they go out automatically and so much more… But what DON’T they tell you about e-mail marketing for affiliates?

Consider this scenario: You’re new to affiliate marketing and have been reading various blogs, e-books and reports on using e-mail marketing as part of your affiliate marketing promotional mix. You’ve learned, correctly, that a list of targeted leads who have double-opted-in to your list will normally become your largest source of affiliate commissions. You follow their advice, put up your squeeze page and starting pushing it like crazy using Twitter, FaceBook and all the other important social media websites – and the signups to your opt-in list start rolling on in…

Now what???

Oh yeah – you have to either upload a series of messages into your autoresponder or start sending out broadcast e-mails. Great! You can just tell them about… ahh… umm… Gee, being brand new at this, what do you write? You don’t have the knowledge base yet since you’re just getting started affiliate marketing. So how can you write informative, helpful e-mails to send out?

If you’re targeting a niche like car racing, baby showers or snowboarding you may have enough experience to get started – just make an ordered list of what people need to know and start writing your e-mails. But many starting out in affiliate marketing want to target the Internet marketing / online marketing / making money online crowd, since that’s the niche they’re most interested in themselves. But you’re new to affiliate marketing and e-mail marketing – so what do you send?

Fortunately there’s an easy solution…

Send them the information they need written by experts. You don’t want to steal, err, ‘borrow’ other marketers’ e-mails, that’s both unethical and illegal. You could send articles from the article directories, but you have to state the author’s name and link so that builds their credibility, not yours. What you need are PLR resources you can put YOUR name and links on and load into your autoresponder.

PLR, or private label rights, mean you can take that product and use it as if it were your own creation – in most cases you have almost the same rights to it as if you wrote it yourself. And since you will be reading each e-mail before adding your name and affiliate links, you WILL already have that knowledge by the time it starts going out to prospects, so it’s not like you’re sending about anything you don’t already know. Bingo – legal, ethical and it’s YOU sending them YOUR information.

Take a look at the PLR e-courses at Optin-List-Building.com. As I write this there are already 18 different e-courses there, all of them dealing with aspects of online marketing, and all ready to use for e-mail marketing for affiliates – there’s even an e-course on affiliate marketing itself! And all come with those PLR rights…

Most of the series are 5, 6 or 7 days, so you can use them as a stand-alone e-course or combine 2 or more into a longer course. Each also comes with a ready-made squeeze page and confirmation page, so you can use those to help build opt-in lists too. And to top it off, you get a salespage & download page as well, because each course also comes with resell rights.
In other words, you get to learn from the e-course, use it to build opt-in lists, use it as content to send to your subscribers, and use it as a product to sell yourself – 4 different ways to profit from each course!

And THAT’S how to overcome what they don’t tell you about e-mail marketing for affiliates – download your PLR marketing e-courses now and get cracking – your affiliate marketing commissions are waiting!

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Affiliate marketing has low entry costs, and as such it’s a natural for many people looking to start home based businesses. And while it’s true that the most effective way to start affiliate marketing, as I teach in my affiliate coaching program, is through setting up niche blogs, one can always start home based businesses for free and build to that point as revenue permits.

So how do you start affiliate marketing without a website or blog? Start by deciding which niche you want to target first. It’s best to start with a topic you know a lot about, but that isn’t strictly necessary. As long as it’s a subject that interests you you can find the info you need online, in books, in magazines, etc. Then do a quick search for those topics and related areas at the major search engines – is there evidence of it being a viable niche? Forget the generic search results – are there paid ads above the results? Plenty of pay-per-click ads down the right side of the first few pages? Pay-per-click is an expensive form of advertising online, so if there are plenty of people using it in those niches you know there’s money to be made in those niches. Don’t guess – check it out!

Once you’ve found good niches that interest you and have a good advertising base online, look for affiliate programs that target those niches. Start at the big directories like ClickBank and LinkShare, then search for your keyword and put ‘affiliate program’ after it, such as ‘waterskiing affiliate program’ or ‘scrapbooking affiliate program’. Find some you like and set up an account. Be aware that some programs require you to already have a web site, so those you’ll have to leave til later. But get your links from those who don’t have that requirement and save them in an easy to find folder on your computer.

Now you start writing articles on the topics of interest within your niche – what we in the biz call article marketing. The articles are written in the third person and are NOT salespitches or salescopy – they’re good, informative articles between 350 and 800 words long. The idea is to give such great info that the people reading your articles will want to click your links at the end of each article to get more information. And because these articles are part of your affiliate marketing process, those links will be YOUR affiliate links. Your article topics don’t have to be advanced – remember that in every niche you have beginners, those with some experience and experts, plus those just starting to enquire about that niche, those whose curiosity is just now leading them to research the field.

Don’t pretend to be an expert – you’ll be setting yourself up for ridicule and lose credibility in the niche if you aren’t really knowledgeable. No one minds an article by someone just sharing information, so there’s no need to pretend to be an expert if it’s not true. Besides, there are few true experts in any niche, so as an affiliate marketer those aren’t your targeted prospects anyway – you’re after the bulk of the market. For broad appeal, aim at the newbies, the middle ground and the fairly curious in your niche.

The idea is to write articles and put your link(s) in the final paragraph, such as: Click to find out more about building your own wine cellar. If that were the product you wanted to promote, your article might have been about how to build a wine cellar, why you should build a wine cellar, 10 things you need when you build a wine cellar, temperature control when building a wine cellar, planning to build your first wine cellar, etc. Notice that each article suggestion revolves around what the product covers – building that wine cellar. That way you attract a very targeted audience that have the greatest likelihood of buying the product. Simply writing about great wines wouldn’t suffice, because too many of your readers would be those in apartments, in condos, those who already have a wine cellar, etc. Plus, the tighter you target the sub-nice the product applies to, the better your chances of good search engine rankings, since you’re no longer competing with everyone in the whole broad niche.

Now you want to get those articles published and have them starting to draw attention from targeted prospects. Your first step is to find those article directories that will let you use affiliate links – many won’t, insisting you can only use links to your own sites or directly to other sites without an affiliate link. To be honest this makes no sense to me – it seems an article directory should be concerned with the content of your articles and ensuring they only link to legitimate sites, not what type of link you use to get people there. And yes, I DO put my money where my mouth is on this point – our own article directory has no issue with you using affiliate links as long as your article has strong, useful content and links to an appropriate site. So start by submitting your article to the Articles-and-Content.com article directory and then as many others as you can find willing to take them, especially any article directories specific to your niche.

But you’re not done yet – there are a LOT of articles on a LOT of directories, and you want yours to stand out. Fortunately most article marketers aren’t pros, and they think that submitting their articles is all they need to do. As both an article marketer AND an affiliate marketer you know that content is 10% of the job – the other 90% is driving traffic to your content – lots of good highly-targeted traffic. Announce each new article as it’s published in the directory, using Twitter, FaceBook, Google Buzz, StumbleUpon, Digg, etc. The more you can use these free sites to promote your articles, the greater your following can build – and the greater the chance the search engines will find a link to your article and index it that much quicker for you.

And just as the icing on the cake, as it were, every so often promote your author account at those directories as well. There’s usually a page that lists and links to all of your articles, so that’s the page you want to promote aft6er every 5 or 10 articles you publish.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that article marketing seldom leads to massive, immediate traffic or even quick small sales. It’s an empirical process, with each article bring in another trickle of results, and as in nature trickles combine to streams, streams combine to rivers, etc. Over time you can develop a huge body of work online, all capable of adding to the targeted traffic and thereby to the affiliate marketing commissions stream you’ll receive.

It’s seems a huge task when starting out, but think of it this way… One article a day is over 350 per year, 2 articles a day is over 700 a year, and if your can keep your article marketing efforts to an average of just 3 articles a day you’ll have published over 1,000 articles by one year from today. As article marketing expert Willie Crawford would say, that’s over 1,000 signposts pointing to your links. And as a super-affiliate, I say that’s over 1,000 links pointing to your bank account! 😉

Go. Do. Profit. Prosper. – I’ll see you at http://www.articles-and-content.com!

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Advanced Affiliate Marketing – Extend Your Article Marketing Efforts Through Podcasting

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One of the secrets to advanced affiliate marketing is to find ways to multiply your marketing reach without having to multiply the effort and time you put into your marketing strategies. For example, if you can invest 20% more time to reap 50% or 75% more sales, you’ve multiplied your efforts while saving time and are headed toward bigger advanced affiliate marketing commissions.

A perfect example of this is the relationship between your article marketing and your podcasting. Since both your targeted readers and your targeted listeners are both interested in the same niche, it stands to reason that both would enjoy access to the same content. And with independent directories for either type of media, chances are high that each attracts an audience of affiliate marketing needs not reachable by the other format.

Here’s how it’s done, and why it works so well to boost your affiliate sales. You’ve done your keyword research, chosen your topics for your articles and written 5 or 10 articles to start. Handle them exactly as you always would, submitting them to the top 1-3 directories you want your articles to appear on. Then put on your headset or pull out your microphone and record a version of each article as an MP3 file, being sure to include an audio version of your Author’s Resource Box at the end with any URLs spelled out for people to copy down or type in.

When you’re happy with the recording, post it to your blog along with the summary you had written for the article or a similar paragraph or two of teaser copy designed to get your visitors to click the player and hear the article. Then, just as you did with the original article, submit your podcasts to the various podcast directories.

And that’s all it takes for this advanced affiliate marketing strategy. Because all the original research and content had been done to create the articles, all that needed to be done to create podcasts was top read the article and record it as an MP3 file. Thus, with very little extra work you’ve potentially doubled both your reach within your target market and the number of affiliate marketing leads you derive from it.

If you wish, multiply your effect once more by taking this advanced affiliate marketing strategy one step further. Now that you have both the article and the audio, import the audio into your video editing software as the soundtrack and match up the text from the article to it along the timeline. Render it with or without a custom background and you now have a video version of the article as well, one you can now use to target additional affiliate marketing leads, this time through the video sharing sites.

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Podcasting & Vlogging Your Way To Success Online!

 

Super-affiliate marketing mentor Doug Champigny is the author of the podcasting & vlogging how-to guide and teaches newbies and affiliate marketing pros alike how to use these advanced strategies 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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