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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Maximizing Your Residual Affiliate Marketing Commissions

©2010 Doug Champigny, http://captain-affiliate.com
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Eventually every successful affiliate marketer realizes that promoting affiliate offers that pay residual commissions is a great way to boost your affiliate commissions – web hosting, autoresponders, membership sites and the like can pay out month after month from one original sale. In fact, any affiliate sale that leads to the buyer paying monthly fees should lead to residual affiliate commissions unless they’re set up on a cost-per-acquisition-based front-end-loaded commission structure.

Residual affiliate commissions are the best way for an affiliate to build their income long-term, since each month you’ve got residuals commissions coming in on top of the commissions you’ve made that month. Until you reach the advanced affiliate marketing strategies, though, most affiliates don’t make as much as they should from such offers.

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The reason is simple – they treat their residual affiliate commissions offers the same way they do the more common one-off sale offers. They promote it two or three times to their list, blog about it and then move on to the next offer, and this myopic view of how to promote residual commissions offers means they’re leaving a lot of potential profits still lying on the table waiting for a more advanced affiliate marketer to pick them up.

These offers usually pay the most for your time invested, since you usually continue to make affiliate commissions for months, even years, after you promote them. As such, these are the offers you should be spending more time on than most. Sending it to your list and blogging about it should be just the start of your advanced affiliate marketing mix for residual commissions offers – after all, the effect of the e-zine promos only lasts a few days at best, and your blog probably only reaches less than 1% of your potential target market.

Residual affiliate commissions can be maximized by using every long-term traffic building technique you know, from article marketing and social bookmarking to podcasting, video marketing, forum marketing, etc. It’s also a good time to considering using pay per click (PPC) advertising, since the lifetime value of each sale is higher than most single sales opportunities. Just be sure you calculate the average duration that each sale is sticking with the service or site so that you don’t over-bid on your PPC – it’s easy to lose money on a pay per click campaign if you don’t know what you’re doing and track your results closely.

But by using all of your advanced affiliate marketing arsenal, you can build up a strong funnel to continue leading targeted prospects to the site long after you’ve moved on to other promotions, leaving your long-term systems in place to keep you earning residual affiliate marketing commissions for some time to come!

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

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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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Professional affiliate marketers know that when you are choosing affiliate products and services to promote, you should use extreme care. By not being careful when choosing which affiliate programs to promote, you will be doing a major disservice to your current and potential customers, as well as yourself.

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Successful affiliate marketing involves a bit of front-end research… First, you want to look at the product or service. Is it a good product or service that will solve a problem or fulfill a desire that your market has? Is there are return policy? Is it priced to sell and is there added value? As a customer, is this a product or service that you would by for your self?

Will your customers be served? Is there a customer support ticket system or a toll-free number, as well as a support email address that your customers can use? You do not want to ruin your own affiliate mrketing credibility by offering a product or service that will not serve your customers well, or for which your customers will not be supported properly.

Once you are sure your customers will be well served, it is time to think about yourself and your needs. Is the affiliate commission high enough? Look for affiliate programs that pay at least a 30% commission, and preferably ones that pay 50% if possible. Is there the potential for a residual affiliate income? What about commissions from affiliate’s who sign up under you?

Next, read the affiliate agreement, as well as the terms and conditions. Will you be able to promote the products or services in the way that you choose? How often will you be paid and what method is used for payments. Under what circumstances will you not be paid.

Are sales and clicks tracked, as well as affiliate commissions owed and commissions paid? Is there a support forum for affiliates and/or an easy way to contact the affiliate manager? What about promotional materials? Are you provided with banners, sales letters, ads, articles, and free give-a-ways?

Finding out all of this information shouldn’t take more than just a few minutes of your time, and it is time well spent. Many hours and lots of potential affiliate commissions have been lost simply because affiliates don’t take the time to choose their affiliate programs with care. Your affiliate marketing is a BUSINESS – and like all businesses, doing your due diligence is a necessary part of affiliate marketing success!

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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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Why I Love Affiliate Marketing – Part 4
By Jimmy D. Brown of “Affiliatenaire

I’m sure by now you are well aware that there are those who
have reported HUGE amounts of money being made with their
online businesses. What you may not be aware of is the
amount of work involved in generating those “sales” (not
always net profit, mind you … this isn’t “spendable”
income in a lot of cases.)

That brings me to the fourth reason why I love affiliate
marketing…

** You don’t need to manage an entire business **

While it can be quite lucrative, running an entire business
with employees, inventory, partners, vendors, and other
associates can be a time-sucking, frustrating ordeal.

Imagine…

* Processing refunds
* Putting out fires when partners SPAM
* Managing day-to-day operations
* Overseeing projects you’ve outsourced
* Recruting new affiliates
* Training everyone to help you
* Paying taxes
* Taking care of the paper trail
* Doing all of the “stuff” that business owners do.

Didn’t you want to start an internet business to make
more time for important things in life?

Why not make a lot of money WITHOUT making a lot of extra
work for yourself?!

It can be a lot of extra work and stress. BUT, with
affiliate marketing, you don’t need to manage an entire
business! You are simply responsible for promoting your
affiliate link… someone else handles all the rest.

That’s why I love affiliate marketing.

You don’t need to manage an entire business.

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Jimmy D. Brown is the author of Affiliatenaire, teaching
you how to create big-time affiliate commission checks in
only 1-3 hours each week. Discover how you can get cash in
the bank without a website, experience or even an idea!

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Why I Love Affiliate Marketing – Part 3
By Jimmy D. Brown of “Affiliatenaire

Some people have the ability to persuade others and talk
them into just about anything. Especially when it comes
to influencing their buying decisions. They know how to
push the right hot buttons, say things the right way and
generally get consumers into an emotional frenzy to the
point they are ready to click an order button.

There are two key words in that paragraph that really need
to stand out in your mind: “some people”.

Not everyone has this ability. In fact, only a few do.

That brings me to the third reason why I love affiliate
marketing…

** You don’t need to write a world class salesletter**

Have you ever tried to write a salesletter? There’s a
reason why professional copywriters charge up to $10,000
(and sometimes even more) for a SINGLE salesletter. It
takes a lot of experience and skill to write a top-gun
salesletter, which is why most people have a hard time
convincing people to buy if they do create their own
products and website.

They simply don’t have the right salesletter in place
to make it all work. Without good copy, it really doesn’t
matter how spectacular the offer is, you’re simply not
going to get many sales.

SIDEBAR: The average conversion rate of site visitors
who become buyers is reportedly less than 2%. That
means 98 out of every 100 do NOT buy. That’s why
sales are so incredibly bad for a poor site … you
*might* get 2 sales out of every 300-400 visitors.

BUT, with affiliate marketing, you don’t need to write a
salesletter! You simply direct people to someone else’s
high-octane salesletter for THEM to convert your leads
into commissionable sales.

That’s why I love affiliate marketing.

You don’t need to write a world class salesletter.

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<"Jimmy D. Brown is the author of “Affiliatenaire”, teaching
you how to “create big-time affiliate commission checks in
only 1-3 hours each week. Discover how you can get cash in
the bank without a website, experience or even an idea!

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