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

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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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If you want to find true success in affiliate marketing, you must learn and practice the art of pre-selling. Pre-selling essentially means that by the time your prospect clicks on your affiliate link, they have their credit card in hand, ready to make a purchase. In affiliate marketing, this means that they must be ready to make a purchase before they even see the affiliate sales page that is provided by the company that owns the product.

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Pre-selling can be done in a variety of ways, but the majority of pre-selling is done from the affiliates own website. While you will most likely have affiliate banners on your site, linked to the affiliate sales page for the product, this alone won’t pre-sell your visitors. You need content to pre-sell!

You need good, reliable information that not only relates well to the product or service being sold, but also relates to your potential customers problem or desire. The content should lead to a sales page for the product or service you want to sell. This sales page should be one of your own making, where you can let potential customers know the real value of the product or service, from your personal standpoint.

You might also offer additional free information, such as free ebooks or reports, which will include your affiliate link. Teleseminars are also a great way to pre-sell a product or service. Selling products and services takes work. Never doubt that for one second, no matter what anyone else might tell you.

When you find a product or service that you want to market, make a sales plan for it. You will need articles, content for your site, ads, sales letters, and give-a-ways. Start producing or gathering these things, and plan how you are going to pre-sell the product or service.

You have to be willing to get out there and convince your affiliate marketing prospects to buy the product or service, by pre-selling them. Make a pre-sell plan and put it into operation. You will be pleasantly surprised at the positive results you achieve, when you compare it to the results you were getting with your affiliate marketing promotions before you started trying to pre-sell products or services.

For more extensive information/instruction on pre-selling for affiliate marketing, see this free guide on Pre-Selling For Affiliate Marketing.

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