Affiliate marketing has always been the easiest way to get started making money online, but it’s getting even simpler to start your own affiliate marketing business online…

Now don’t misunderstand – it still takes time, effort and money to get going, but at least the current trend is evolving toward ‘push-button simple’ resources that could really ramp up your affiliate commissions while shortening the learning curve dramatically. When I first started online full-time over a dozen years ago, you had to learn it all – and all on your own. No experts existed yet, and we ‘online affiliate pioneers’ had to pretty much make it up as we went along.

And while there are obvious advantages to being a ‘senior statesman’ in affiliate marketing, the fact remains I REALLY wish that today’s tools had been around back then, that someone else had blazed the trails and already created these powerful resources so I could have just focused on making money online!

So what would I have done so differently? First, I wouldn’t have built over 150 websites – in fact I probably wouldn’t have built ANY static sites. I’d have focused instead on driving traffic to squeeze pages, both to build my lists and to build my affiliate commissions.

Now we know the best way is to offer a free report to attract targeted visitors who opt-in to our lists to download the free report. That gives you the virtual real estate on the confirmation page and download page to pitch your affiliate links, plus puts the targeted prospects into your pre-written e-course designed to sell them into that and other products, all on auto-pilot. You have to get the traffic to that squeeze page – the rest runs automatically.

But writing that report, setting up that squeeze page system and then writing the followup e-course still sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? And dealing with the autoresponders, squeeze page hosting, etc, just adds to it, right? Well Cindy Battye and Soren Jordansen thought so too, so last year they came out with ClickBank Pirate, a service that looks after all of that for you, leaving you free to just focus on driving the quality traffic to the video squeeze pages they set up for you. A MAJOR step forward towards making affiliate marketing push-button simple!

A huge leap, especially for those just starting an affiliate business – no need to learn HTML, PHP, FTP or any other refugees from their alphabet soup – they could simply sign up, get their links and go to town with it – and many new and experienced affiliate marketers have done just that and done very well by it – myself included!

But for experienced marketers who aren’t lazy (we’re a small but important group 😉 ), it wasn’t yet perfect… You see, while Soren & Cindy do a GREAT job at the automated followup – and the Captain doffs his cap to them for it – the fact remains the list is on THEIR server, under THEIR control. Yes, they keep putting new offers out to the people, ALWAYS using YOUR affiliate link, but then it’s not you who decides which offers to promote, and you have no way to promote your own products to that list. Hmmm…

So this year they developed an additional resource, much like ClickBank Pirate, that both goes great as an additional resource to CBP and addresses that issue too. Affiliate Silver Bullet gives you that many more squeeze pages to send people to, but also gives you the choice of having them host & run it all or downloading the components and running it on your own webspace, building your own list through your own autoresponders. And with services like Hosting4Marketers offering both hosting & autoresponders for just $20 a month, it’s really no big leap to choose that option once you have a bit of experience – experience easily gained pushing the ClickBank Pirate and Affiliate Silver Bullet pages they’re already hosting for you!

That makes that whole end of the biz push-button simple – but now what about the traffic-generation aspect – what’s new to help you build traffic, especially targeted traffic so vital to your affiliate marketing success?

First, you need a home base – your place on the web, your affiliate marketing base camp as it were. Once again, it’s become push-button simple to set up your own affiliate blog, thanks to the WordPress software and Alex Sysoef’s free secure blog installer – in fact, take the $17 upgrade there and installing blogs becomes a one-button simplicity – and that’s as push-button simple as you can get!

Turning that new blog into a powerful and profitable affiliate marketing blog IS NOT push-button simple, however – but don’t despair because at least it’s a lot easier than it was until recently. Mike Paetzold is an expert at all things WordPress and has been affiliate marketing for years now, and he’s recorded a 10-video set of step-by-step how-to videos on affiliate blogging called Profitable Blog Steps. While it doesn’t do the work for you, at least it shows you what to do, from researching your topic to picking your affiliate programs and CPA programs to creating your posts!

Even then, things like automating your sidebar advertising have become simple, using the new services like Jeff Dedrick’s Automated Traffic, which lets you choose various ads for affiliate products from ClickBank and then rotates them for you each time a new visitor hits your blog – sweet, eh? 🙂

Beyond that, article marketing, podcasting and video marketing all attract more traffic, more recognition and more signups, which is why we teach all 3 in the PowerStart Internet Marketing coaching program. And social media sites have become another major source of targeted traffic, and therefore affiliate commissions. Use guides like my Advanced Marketing on Twitter to learn the best and fastest ways to draw traffic from those sites. Use Squidoo, HubPages, and write Google knols – use my affiliate marketing knol and Internet marketing knol for examples.

So while affiliate marketing success as a whole isn’t push-button simple just yet, many parts of it now are and great guides exist for the remainder – check out the resources listed here and use them to help you build or start an online business of your own today!

About Captain Affiliate:
Captain Affiliate is the affiliate marketing alter-ego of world-famous Internet marketing mentor, coach and speaker Doug Champigny. Keep up online with Doug through his:
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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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See The POWER OF FREE In A Live Pre-Launch Right Now!

©2009 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… 😉

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 50¢ per subscriber, that means he only needs to make 50¢ 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! 🙂

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The Advanced Twitter Marketing System is being showered with accolades from Internet marketers and affiliate marketers worldwide – here’s a new video posted in support of an Advanced Twitter Marketing System interview with one of Internet marketing’s fastest rising stars, Joel Osborne

Advanced Twitter Marketing can take your affiliate marketing on Twitter into the black in as little as 3 or 4 days – and there’s proof for that in the testimonials from gurus and newbies alike on the Advanced Twitter Marketing site! And don’t miss the interview Joel did – he’s made it a free download from http://www.joel-osborne.com/advancedtwitter/ so listen to the interview now, then get your own copy of Advanced Twitter Marketing now!

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Affiliate marketing success requires integrity. Have you seen Internet marketers that don’t appear to have a conscience? You most likely have. How would you feel about yourself if other people viewed you that way? It certainly wouldn’t be anything to be proud of, and it is something that you want to avoid.

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A conscientious affiliate marketer does not market affiliate products or services that essentially rip the customer off. They make sure that what they are promoting is of the highest quality, and that the company serves the customers well.

Conscientious affiliate marketers are honest and fair in all of their marketing and copywriting. They do not lead customers or potential customers to believe something that isn’t true. They do not use hype to market products. They use the facts and the true benefits of a product or service to sell it.

If you are a conscientious affiliate marketer, you will always be fair in your business dealings with others, such as joint venture agreements. You will not attempt to cheat anyone out of anything at any time. You will also be fair when dealing with affiliate managers. You want what is due to you, but you should return any overpayments that are sent to you immediately.

A conscientious affiliate marketer does not steal other people’s affiliate links. You don’t want anyone to replace your links with their own, so you shouldn’t do this to any other hard working affiliate either.

A conscientious marketer does not spam people – for any reason. They follow the rules that are set forth in the affiliate agreements and adhere to the terms and conditions for affiliates for each product or service that they sell.

Nobody ever really gets ahead by being dishonest. It may appear that they do, but that falsified success is very short lived. If you want to be successful for the long term, you must have a conscience and put your customers and their needs ahead of your needs or the company’s needs.

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The easiest affiliate marketing sales to make are continuously eluding 95% of all affiliates – not because most affiliates don’t approve of them or choose to ignore them, but because they are outside the realm of most affiliates’ experience.

I’m talkin, of course, about affiliates commissions made on the backend after someone downloads a free gift. The affiliate either gives away the gift or refers prospects to a free gift, and makes their affiliate commissions on anything the person then buys, either through links in the gift itself or from the One-Time-Offer on the download site.

Let me give you a prime example of each…

Twice a year, the big FreePLR giveaway offers great free products with unrestricted private label rights from some of the best-known names in Internet marketing. After joining the FreePLR Affiliate Program, you, as an affiliate, send your link to your list telling them about the 20 free gifts from people like Willie Crawford, Jeff Dedrick, Doug Champigny & Nicheology’s Paul Evans. Once your referral signs up for the site, they are shown a $47.00 OTO for 50 additional e-books they can download. Should that person decide to take that OTO, your affiliate commission is 50% or $23.50 for each sale.

This is very powerful for you as an affiliate – your subscriber wins because you showed them where to get 20 free PLR products, the site wins by getting a new member and a new sale, and you win from both happier list members AND the commissions from the OTO sale.

Will every referral end up taking the OTO? No, of course not. But that’s no different from any other affiliate promotion you do – only a small percentage of prospects you send to any one offer will buy, and this is no different. So why not remember to promote the higher-end giveaways like the FreePLR event, both to give your list great free resources and to boost your affiliate earnings?

The second option works equally well – you give away a free resource that has your affiliate links already branded inside the e-book. Since you’re the one giving away the e-book, you can choose to leave it online year-round – just schedule any promotions you do for it to run between the giveaways you promote, as opposed to at conflicting times.

Now don’t worry – it’s not like you have to create these e-books yourself… There are various places you can get them already ready to go, provided by the merchant themselves and ready to brand with your own affiliate links. The source I like best for them, since it covers a number of topics and a number of different affiliate programs, is run by well-know Internet marketing ‘big dog’ Jeff Dedrick.

His brandable e-books site provides numerous brandable e-books for you to give away after inserting your own affiliate links in them. In fact, Jeff even provides the squeeze pages for you to give them away from! This basic service is free, and there are higher-level services available too if you decide to opt for one of the paid levels of membership. To see what all’s available free, just take a look at Jeff Dedrick’s Viral E-Book site here.

So there you have it. Affiliate marketing will never be easier than just giving away free resources. I’m sure by now ideas for promoting these through your mailing lists, article submissions, blog posts, tweets, podcasts and videos are running through your head – after all, what can be easier to promote than valuable products for free.

Making money as an affiliate just doesn’t get any easier than this, so why not add a few of these to your current affiliate promotions and boost your affiliate commissions almost on autopilot? 🙂 To get started, join the FreePLR Affiliate Program here, then get your free brandable e-books from Jeff Dedrick’s site here.

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