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Creating Wealth From Scratch

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Creating Wealth From Scratch

Creating wealth from scratch
is extremely tough for the majority of people, in fact if you look at the statistics of wealth  in the world only 1% of the worlds population have true wealth  and 99% of the population are suffering from a lack of wealth.

To start creating wealth you must have a wealth mindset and  what I mean by this is you must be able to think the right way to accept wealth to come into your life.

This is why 99% of the population struggle as they are constantly bombarded by media and politicians that the world is in chaos and this sends out messages to the “normal” person they should struggle.

Do politicians and bankers struggle?

Can they pay their bills and claim expenses?

Yes of course they can because they know the secret, if you can call it a secret to be able to have the power to control their own destiny.

To be able to control your own life and finances can be easy by altering your habitual thinking and stop following the herd and start to lead your life in the direction of becoming wealthy and succesful.

Every millionaire, multi-millionaire and most importantly billionaire have this way of thinking and of course to start getting the opportunities to become wealthy you must start doing the same.

Your habitual way of thinking, feeling and focus determines your lifes path and dominates if you can start creating wealth from scratch.

Start focusing on the good and positive and mix this with a feeling of strong and exciting emotion where you want to see your life heading.

Visualise your own success and totally commit to making your goals happen.

Creating wealth from scratch doesn’t have to be difficult but you must be able to deal with the setbacks, all self made millionaires who have created wealth have all had failures but the secret is to never give up.

You can do this too.

This article was brought you by Edward James who is a consultant for online / offline companies and helps the everyday man and woman become more wealthy and successful.
You can get Edward’s f.r.e.e eBook “The Secret Of Becoming Rich!” at the link below
http://www.secretofbecomingrich.com

How to Choose a Niche for Affiliate Marketing

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

How to Choose a Niche for Affiliate Marketing

Nowadays everybody wants to earn in the most convenient manner. Everyone seems to be looking for the easiest way to get the extra bucks they would need to fill in their increasing expenses. A lot of us are asking how can we earn extra easily and quickly. The answer is as simple as 2 words. Affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing came about in the early stages of the 20th century. It was like a little spec when it started and it proved itself to be effective therefore it expanded and now everybody seems to be enjoying the benefits of affiliate marketing.

If you are just new to the industry you might be asking yourself: What is affiliate marketing? Well, derived from the word itself – affiliate marketing is an affiliation between you and  a certain company that has this product or service they would like the public to know about through the power of online advertisement or promotion.  Companies will gladly pay certain individuals that could actually showcase their goods online through blogs, articles or in any manner that their products will be exposed.

Having this said, so what do you need in order to plunge in to the world of affiliate marketing? To tell you frankly, you might be surprised to know that it really doesn’t require much. Aside from a decent computer, you would just need an internet connection and of course a bit of your time to this chosen online business.

Where to start? Companies will gladly pay certain individuals that could actually showcase their goods online through blogs, articles or in any manner that their products will be exposed. That being said, it is obvious that you should have at least a website online. The more traffic you have on that website – the better.

Since affiliate marketing is an affiliation between you and a certain company, their product or service must be known to the public through online advertisement or promotion.  Let’s say you have at least 5,000 visits a day in your website – that will have a corresponding equivalent to your affiliate marketing capability.

That being said, it is obvious that you should have at least a website online. The more traffic you have on that website – the better. Since affiliate marketing is an affiliation between you and  a certain company, their product or service must be known to the public through online advertisement or promotion.  Having this said, so what do you need in order to plunge in to the world of affiliate marketing?

To tell you frankly, you might be surprised to know that it really doesn’t require much. Aside from a decent computer, you would just need an internet connection and of course a bit of your time to this chosen online business. Companies will gladly pay certain individuals that could actually showcase their goods online through blogs, articles or in any manner that their products will be exposed. That being said, it is obvious that you should have at least a website online.

The more traffic you have on that website – the better. Since affiliate marketing is an affiliation between you and a certain company, their product or service must be known to the public through online advertisements or promotion. So if you want your affiliate marketing to be successful, you need to have an established website first then the rest will follow.

Hits and Earn: Hit per Sale Ratio Affiliate Program Decisions

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Hits and Earn: Hit per Sale Ratio Affiliate Program Decisions

Congratulations! You have gone through the grueling task of deciding whether or not to try your luck with affiliate marketing, choosing the products you would be promoting, and establishing your affiliate marketing sites. The first few dollars have managed to come marching in, and you think it is enough. I know you are fed up with decision making and would rather just wait for the money to flow, but in order for you to succeed more, you have to make more decisions: that is what businesses are all about.

One of the best tools you can use to aid you in your affiliate program decisions is the hit per sale ratio. What is hit per sale ratio? Everyday, a number of unique individuals visit your site. Each unique individual is called a “click.” However, out of the hundreds, nay, thousands who visit your site, only a handful end up purchasing your product. This handful of people is called your “sales.” A hit per sale ratio is the number of hits you must get in order to get one sale. To calculate, simply divide all of the hits you get in a day by the number of sales you get in a day, and voila! You have the hit per sale ratio of your affiliate marketing sites!

But how, you ask, do you get anything important out of a simple number? Well, knowing your hit per sale ratio and making informed affiliate program decisions based on that is one of the best things you could ever do to elevate your affiliate marketing enterprise. You might find yourself wishing you had a higher hit per sale ratio by either having more hits everyday, or having more sales out of your current hits. You could actually choose from a million solutions out there, but in this article, the liberty has been taken to discuss two of the most logical affiliate program decisions you can make and to which a lot of other affiliate marketers can attest to.

ADVERTISEMENTS

Ads are great if you simply want increased hits, which can lead to increased sales, everyday. You should take note, however, that since you are working on increasing your profit, you should never shell out more cash than you can afford (you might especially be tempted to bet all or more than your earnings when you discover that the ads you pay for are significantly raising your profits). Do a simple computation of how much money you can spend on these advertisements, and base your decisions on these.

For example, if you have a total of 300 hits per day, to which only 5 are ending up in sales, which means it takes 60 hits before you could establish sales (this is your hit per sale ratio). And if each sale gives you a profit of $25, it means you are earning $225 per day. This is the maximum amount you can spend on advertisements. To play it safe, pay for something that is significantly lower than your current profit so that when your ads prove to be worthless, you still have a bit of cash to take home.

So let’s say you made the decision to spend $100 bucks on ads. That leaves you $125 assured take-home money, which isn’t half as bad as taking home nothing. Let’s say your $100 ad doubled your total hits per day, and thus, doubling your sales (from 5 sales to 10 sales). That would mean that you have a $450 figure as your total sales. Subtract the amount of the ad, and you have yourself a total profit of $350. Not bad, eh?

PAY PER CLICK PROGRAMS

Pay per click programs are programs you could establish with search engines for your products to appear on top of searches. You are bidding per click here (for the keywords you have chosen), and this means those who bid highest find themselves on the top of the food chain. This is a relatively tricky business, so don’t get caught up in false hopes.

Now, to our calculations. Supposing you have a hit per sale ratio of 60, and a profit of $25 per sale, like the last example. In order to know the total amount you can risk on bidding, simply divide your profit per sale by your hit per sale ratio. That leaves you with a $0.40 figure. Again, do not risk this entire amount into bidding. You would do well to bid half of your safe value just so you can still be reassured of a bit of profit even if this program does not work out. A $0.20 bid per click shouldn’t be bad enough.

You would find some affiliate marketing enterprises bidding dollars for each click. DO NOT DO THE MISTAKE OF FOLLOWING THEIR STEPS. Instead, find a way around them by bidding on different keywords. Always keep your profits in mind.

However, in the world of affiliate marketing, increasing your profits isn’t as easy as simple arithmetic.  You have to weigh your options well, and no one could ever teach you that as good as experience can. Try your different options as well as you can, make smart and informed decisions, and if you work hard enough, you might find yourself singing happily all the way to the bank.

Creating Unique Sites for Affiliate Marketing

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Creating Unique Sites for Affiliate Marketing

Establishing yourself in the affiliate marketing world is no easy task. However, once you have, the rewards are much greater than one could usually expect. Your products and affiliate marketing sites will get you that success you want. But how do you get them to do that?

You are probably just starting out with affiliate marketing by trying your luck with just one product, or like many affiliate marketers, marketing multiple products to maximize profits. Either way, you should acknowledge the fact that the method in which you utilize your affiliate marketing sites is a major determinant of your success.

Creating unique affiliate marketing sites for your affiliate products pave the best way for maximized profits. Unique affiliate marketing sites allow for your prospects to focus highly on the certain product they need or want, or the niche in which that product belongs to. Further reasons why you should create unique affiliate marketing sites (and how these sites should look like) for your affiliate marketing ventures are stated below.

WHY CREATE UNIQUE AFFILIATE MARKETING SITES?

1. TO GET YOUR PROSPECTS FOCUS ON ONE PRODUCT. Your prospects probably landed on your page because they were specifically looking for your product. They would want to know more about the product, and considering just how patient (which isn’t much) customers can get these days, they wouldn’t want to know anything more. Imagine how they would get if you placed the descriptions of totally unrelated products beside the one they were looking for (for example, sneakers beside a computer)? You wouldn’t want to know just how much that would hurt your profits, except that since you care about your profits, you have to.

By focusing on one product at a time, you give your prospects the chance to get to know your product more. Plus, unique affiliate marketing sites are quite easy to maintain and establish: at most, a day or two to get everything (links, layout, entries, photos, etc…) right. You’d be extremely surprised just how these unique affiliate marketing sites focused on promoting a single product could bring in profits disproportionately high compared to the effort that went into making them.

2. TO GET THEM TO FOCUS ON A CERTAIN GROUP OF PRODUCT. Sometimes, customers who aren’t satisfied with the features and benefits of a product want to find other alternatives. It would be such a sad thing if you can’t provide them with that. By grouping similar products together in one unique affiliate marketing site, you can pretty much capture the market, despite all its preferences and specific needs.

The only problem with establishing unique affiliate marketing sites focused on a certain group of product is that they are much harder to do than single-product sites. The work is tedious, and you might end up having to hire someone else to do the job for you, which calls for money—money you would rather earn than spend. The trouble also is that these sites may not work right away—it may take awhile before profits come pouring in—and this could get quite a bit discouraging. If you have the patience for everything (creating the site, waiting for profits), then you could try your luck at this.

THREE QUALITIES YOR UNIQUE AFFILIATE MARKETING SITES SHOULD HAVE

It isn’t enough to know what kind of affiliate marketing site to establish. Even if your site caters to a single product or multiple ones, they have to have a certain qualities to ensure success. To encourage profits, your unique affiliate marketing site should be:

1. USER-FRIENDLY. Create affiliate marketing sites that users could find easy to navigate. Keep links and buttons within acceptable reach, and at enough frequency.

2. WELL-FORMATTED. Do with a format or a layout that does well for the product you are trying to sell. Do not ever do the mistake of creating an affiliate marketing site meant for Big Bikes (ie, Harley Davidsons) with a layout composed of butterflies and pretty flowers (this is a thing for the insane to do).

3. ORGANIZED. Keep your unique affiliate marketing sites organized by placing appropriate links where they are most likely to be seen without interfering with everything else. Categorize your links and products as well (don’t just place hundreds of your links under one category). Keeping your site organized will entice your prospects to discover more, and click away.

Affiliate Markets Saturation: What It Is, How It Affects You and How to Avoid It

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Affiliate Markets Saturation: What It Is, How It Affects You and How to Avoid It

There is another word that can describe the nature of market saturation and that’s consumer desensitization.  Either term is bad news, especially if you’re involved in affiliate marketing. These days, affiliate marketing is considerably one of the best ways to generate income online. But if you must contend with affiliate markets saturation, is still there point to joining this industry at all?

What is market saturation?

Market saturation, specifically that which relates to affiliate marketing, is simply that point in a business opportunity’s life when demand for a product or service evens out and begins to decline. This may be due to certain factors, such as:

Increase in the number of distributors in a limited area. This usually happens if an affiliate program does not exercise control over the distribution of its products in specific areas.

As more and more distributors enter the arena, the market becomes bombarded by the same products. Since there are only so many people to purchase, subscribe or participate, it wouldn’t be long until affiliate market saturation occurs.

Decrease in product demand and customer interest. There are many reasons why demand for an affiliate product occurs but if it does happen in light of affiliate markets saturation, it could be because customers are no longer interested in its novelty.  This is especially true of products that were successfully launched and accepted due to hype.  Interest will later plateau and gradually wear off.

Appearance of competing products in the same market segment. Competition can do wonders for your affiliate marketing business. It can also affect it in a negative way. The affiliate product you’re selling now may have great response but should a similar product appear in the future that will compete directly with you for market presence, you could be in for some serious neck-to-neck race.

Now imagine if 10 or 15 other similar products appear on the market…

Avoiding affiliate markets saturation

Although in many areas of business market saturation is inevitable (witness the downfall of many multi-level marketing programs), it doesn’t have to take your affiliate business hostage.  There are a few factors you will have to consider carefully so you will know how to steer clear of opportunities that may not offer you the results you wish to produce.

Recognize product potential and customer demand the first time.

A lot of your success in any affiliate marketing business rests on how well you can recognize an opportunity.  Not every affiliate product has a high market demand and as such, cannot be considered lucrative.

The number of customers who have interest in the product will also matter. If you can find a way to bring the two together, you will be able to zero in on a product that has real potential. This usually means you will have to focus on selling to a niche market.

Choose a product with high demand but low areas of sales.

To avoid affiliate markets saturation, look for a product that has a potentially huge market but is only being sold in limited areas. That way, you’ll be able to take advantage of higher sales on your part than if you chose a product that is being distributed in hundreds of other stores not just online but offline as well.

Find another way to view it.

Affiliate markets saturation doesn’t have to have a negative implication. It would be a lot easier to deal with if you view it as the maturation of your market. It’s like selling cosmetics. When you first started out, your main market was composed of women in their teens and 20s. You sold well and enjoyed brisk and repeated business.

A decade later, some of these women are already in their 30s. Response to your advertising efforts is no longer the same and you probably doubt their efficacy. So what went wrong?  Have you saturated the market that easily?

If you look closely, you will find that the market has indeed changed – women who were still in school or just starting out in their careers are now full-fledged career women, mothers or owners of their own businesses. Their needs have changed as well. The market hasn’t become saturated – it simply evolved. As a product and service provider, it is now your goal to redefine your business in order to meet this newly evolved market’s needs.

The same is true in affiliate marketing. Consider carefully whether your market has evolved with the times. If it has, find out what type of changes you can implement in your advertising or promotions that will appeal to this market segment. Better yet, why not look for products in another affiliate marketing program that can meet this market’s new requirements?

Article Your Way Through the Marketing World:Article Marketing to Help in Affiliate Marketing

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Article Your Way Through the Marketing World:Article Marketing to Help in Affiliate Marketing

Article marketing has been around way before online media has been invented. Business establishments have been known to promote their products and services through the written media even before the internet was invented. And with the onset of the internet, online article marketing has become an easier means of promotion compared to its older predecessors.

Not only is online article marketing free (like most of its predecessors), it is non-seasonal (meaning, people can read your articles the whole year round, without exception as to what season your article is most applicable to), and can exist for even much longer than you will.

Many online business pursuits, affiliate marketing among them, have made use of the ease and the accessibility which online article marketing offers them. However, this same ease has jeopardized many qualities good ol’ fashion articles used to have: fun, quality, and creativity, among others. Many article writers have apparently forgotten the fact that their articles are trying to serve real life people, and not virtual search engines.

If you are into affiliate marketing, you are reading the right article. If you are into online article marketing to help you promote your products, all the better. This article will help you outline the qualities your affiliate marketing articles should have to provide the best profits for you, without sacrificing your potential customers’ trust.

INFORMATIVE ARTICLES

The main focus of online article marketing is to provide prospects with information at the click of a button. Your prospects do have a tendency to be impatient, so make your articles concise. Focus your articles on the product features and benefits your readers would most probably want to know about. If you feel you have enough skills as a writer, you might wish to omit some really good information about the product, and write in such a way that your readers might want to read more.

And never forget that not all information are created equal—some information are more beneficial than others, depending on the type of product you are promoting. Some products require a thorough discussion of the features, whereas a simple discussion of a product’s benefits might be enough for other types of products. The prospects should benefit from online article marketing, too, and if you have to, place yourself in your prospects’ shoes and try to imagine what kinds of things they would rather get from your articles.

QUALITY ARTICLES

Article writers nowadays are beginning to forget just how important quality is when it comes to written material. This isn’t to say that you have to be a major in journalism or a Nobel Prize winner in Literature to get to write well. The internet is bombarded with article-writing tips, a lot of which are even focused on online article marketing. If you still aren’t confident enough, you might wish to hire someone else for the job. Always remember that quality, and not quantity, articles will be best for your affiliate marketing venture.

WRITE FUN ARTICLES

How many crowded parties have you been to your entire life? And in how many out of these parties did you actually remember the names of all the strangers who attended? See how easy it is to remember the guy with the great sense of humor, or the girl with great conversational skills? Leave the same impression with your online article marketing efforts. Make your affiliate marketing prospects remember you. They may not buy anything off your hands right away, but the moment you sell them something they feel they need, the chances of them hesitating given their knowledge of your written humor is quite small.

POST IN ARTICLE DIRECTORIES

This might just be the best way for you to get your articles read by as many people as possible. If you do decide to post your articles to as many article directories as you can handle, please have the decency to write articles that deserve that much exposure. Reading a badly written article is, well, bad enough, but having it posted all over the World Wide Web?

No one needs, or wants, a badly written article, all the more, hundreds of the same thing. Do yourself a favor and don’t simply kiss your success in the affiliate marketing world by posting hundreds of useless words online.

SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZE YOUR ARTICLES

Article marketing is entirely useless if you can’t get people to read your articles. Make your articles easier to find online. Imagine what keywords your prospects are most likely to enter when looking for your products. Establish them in appropriate places throughout your article. And don’t forget the quality of your articles. Never ever forget.

Affiliate marketing has now become a much easier venture to undergo, especially with article marketing aiding its efforts. You can be successful in either of these ventures (affiliate marketing and article marketing) if you work hard enough. Following the tips mentioned won’t hurt as well. Always remember that in the world of business, success is never too far away.

Affiliate Marketing Parasites:Choosing the Perfect Web Hosting for Your Affiliate Sites

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Affiliate Marketing Parasites:Choosing the Perfect Web Hosting for Your Affiliate Sites

OK. So you have finally decided to become an affiliate marketer. You have finally settled on what products you are actually going to sell. Now, how to promote them?

Very little, if any, arguments exist as to the best way of promoting your affiliate marketing products—web sites. Yes, yes, the gazillions of websites, not to say affiliate marketing sites, out there make it quite difficult to end up on your page right away, but you don’t have to fret: with the power of search engines, pretty much everything is possible nowadays. If concepts such as “web hosting” and “creating your own affiliate marketing site” are relatively alien to you (as it is for quite a lot of people), then this article is for you.

Affiliate marketing can be easy if you know how to utilize relevant help well. These relevant help include, and are pretty much dominated by, web hosting. Web hosting come in as many shapes and sizes as affiliate marketers and their needs, which is reasonable, seeing as one way or another, an affiliate marketer really does have a specific web hosting that will cater to his or her needs perfectly.

Why would you need web hosting anyway? Affiliate marketing is a profession, and in order to be competent enough for your prospects, you need to appear as professional as possible. You need your own domains to promote your products beautifully. If you have multiple affiliate marketing products, you need as many affiliate marketing sites. In order for these affiliate marketing sites to work as they should, you need all the help you can get (especially if you know little about these technical web stuff). So how do you determine the proper web hosting?

WHAT DO YOU REALLY NEED?

Web hosting, as said, comes in all shapes and sizes. They all vary in their services, domains (some web hosting options come with a free domain), bandwidth, disk space, site templates, features (cPanel, spam checkers, search engine optimization, and website analysis tools, among others), customer and technical support, and price. It can get pretty confusing, considering just how complex the entire web hosting thing could get. Here are some good steps to follow to determine the right web hosting solution for you.

1. The first thing that you have to do is to remain sane and calm. Relax. The more you fret, the greater the chances are that you’ll settle for web hosting that cannot serve your needs.

2. The next thing that you have to do is list down your needs. Get them from reliable resources, such as fellow affiliate marketers, or other affiliate marketing sites. Also, look at your own affiliate marketing venture—how many products do you have, and how much do you think you can afford to pay for your web hosting? Take some time doing your research. The more you speed things up, the easier it would be for you to miss out on details.

3. Now that you have your needs, find a web hosting solution that provides for them. A lot of web hosting now cater specially to affiliate marketing sites and needs, and you might want to check them out first. There are many web hosts out there, and you need to keep your head straight to find the one that is perfect for you. Keep your list of needs with you all the time. You will have to take a good look at them over and over again before you find that one web hosting solution perfect for your future affiliate marketing site.

TO STAY OR NOT TO STAY…

You might find that listing your needs and matching those with a web hosting solution may not be enough. As a cliché might put it, there is no better teacher than experience. When looking for a web hosting solution, you might find hundreds that will cater to your needs, but since you only need one, choose the one you think best, but keep the contact information of those who came pretty close.

After a few months of sticking with your initial choice, however, and you aren’t as satisfied as you thought you would be, don’t be afraid to move on. Anyway, transferring your web hosting from one to another isn’t as difficult as others say so. Your new web host might even be willing to help you with the move.

This isn’t the only case wherein you might find that you need to leave your current web host. You might discover that over the years, your changes have changed, and the web hosting solution that once satisfied you no longer does. Move on. And do so with a light heart. Your affiliate marketing future might depend on that move.

Understanding the Key Elements to Building a Solid List

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Understanding the Key Elements to Building a Solid List

…Affiliate Marketing Leads

Once you go into affiliate marketing, you will find that one of the key concerns you will have to focus on is building your leads.  Leads often come in the form of e-mail addresses, behind which are real people with very real potential to become your customers, subscribers or members.  Having a solid list of leads is assurance that you will be capable of reaching a ready market and generating income from there.

The importance of affiliate marketing leads

Companies with a product or service to sell spend billions of dollars on advertising alone.  That’s right – billions.  The purpose of spending such a huge amount of cash is mainly to build buzz about a product, expand the market and ultimately, bring in better sales.

In affiliate marketing, the cost of advertising is comparatively small and is paid for by the affiliate company.  So as an affiliate, that is no longer your concern.  Your only job is to look for a market to promote to that will respond to you positively so you can earn an income in return.

Unlike in a real world business, this market will come in the form of affiliate marketing leads.  The quality of these leads, along with the type and number of positive responses they offer will determine whether or not you’ll succeed in affiliate marketing.  If you hear someone say, ‘the money is on the list’, he or she is actually referring to the list of leads.  Without this, you cannot hope to sell, much less earn.

Building your affiliate marketing leads

It’s not rocket science, true, but affiliate marketing can be tricky nevertheless.  It’s a proven business model and many affiliates have had considerable success in their chosen programs.  However, like all businesses, there are also certain factors upon which your success in building your list of affiliate marketing leads rest.  Consider these factors carefully:

Your reputation

As a new affiliate marketer, you will find that it will take a while before you can build your affiliate marketing leads.  All new marketers have gone through this since enjoying the patronage of a solid number of followers will not happen overnight.

To attract a solid list of affiliate marketing leads, you will have to become a recognized business entity in the industry.  Without a reputation, potential leads will find it difficult to trust you or at least do business with you.  Faced with a choice between buying from a popular marketer versus an unfamiliar one, wouldn’t you rather buy from the person you know than from a total stranger?

The same is true with your affiliate marketing leads.  They will need to recognize you as a reliable merchant or affiliate before they agree to buy, participate or become one of your recruits.

Web traffic

Another key element that affects the number of affiliate marketing leads you can obtain is the amount of traffic your site receives.  A high web traffic figure is beneficial in two ways – it allows you to obtain comparatively larger affiliate accounts and increases your potential of building a bigger number of affiliate marketing leads.

Without a good number of traffic to your website, you might have to either focus on using strategies to build it first or join a networking service offering affiliate programs instead.

The affiliate product

There are two things that affect how well you can build your affiliate marketing leads.  One is the product’s value and the other is how well you yourself understand the product.

The choice of an affiliate product is critical to every affiliate.  An affiliate product that has a proven or at least a potential for good sales will be far easier to promote and generate income from.  It will also make it easier for an affiliate to build leads with, since prospects will be more willing to respond to it.

A good understanding of what makes the affiliate product attractive and valuable enough is also key to attracting more leads.  Being able to explain why and how a product works on your website or articles, for example, will help you sell it better, especially vis-à-vis other products competing for the same market.

The niche or target market

One common concern among affiliates is market saturation – that point in time when a specific segment of the market becomes flooded with the same (or at least similar) products and services.  So much so that it becomes increasingly difficult to sell, much less to convince prospective buyers to consider the product or service you’re trying to promote.

You can avoid this, however, by focusing on generating affiliate marketing leads from specifically targeted segments of the market or niches.  Consider selling or promoting products that appeal to a specific group of people who have a common yet largely unmet need.  Competition for this market is relatively low and with the right kind of strategies, you’ll find that this niche can be especially lucrative.

Factors That Affect Your Affiliate Marketing Commissions

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Factors That Affect Your Affiliate Marketing Commissions

If you hate statistics and are involved in affiliate marketing, you will probably be disappointed to know that it is a very essential component to your success.  For one, you will have to understand statistics in order to determine the viability of a program.  You’ll also need it to find out whether or not you can be hopeful regarding the financial side of your business.

Statistics will also help you determine how you can win in terms of affiliate marketing commissions, without which your program will be inadequate and your efforts useless.  You’ll also need to learn how to ‘read’ the numbers so you can maintain a sufficient balance in the factors that affect your future income.

Increasing your affiliate marketing commissions

Earnings from affiliate marketing programs come in the form of commissions, similar to the type of earnings that salespeople receive based on the sales they generate.  Commissions are a type of performance-based income, in that the amount will depend on how much an affiliate can produce based on the sales brought in by his leads.

There are several factors that will affect the amount of commissions you’ll earn from an affiliate marketing program. These are:

The choice of affiliate marketing program

Not every affiliate marketing program pays the same amount of commissions to its affiliates.  Affiliates will have a choice of programs offering a low pay scale ranging from about 5 to 15 percent per sale or performance while others may pay as much as 60 to 75 percent, depending on the type of products or services being offered.

All things being equal, choosing the program that pays a higher commission will result to higher sales.

This can be tricky, however. If you have the niche or at least a good market following, taking advantage of affiliate marketing programs that pay higher commissions will be a no-brainer.  However, if you cannot capture the desired market, you might have to experiment with a combination of programs that will bring in the kind of income that is satisfactory to you.

By maximizing your ability and opportunity and building your reputation in the process, you will be able to earn a decent income and solidify your presence at the same time.

The type of earning opportunity an affiliate program can offer will also make a difference in the amount of commissions you can hope to earn.  Two-tier programs, for example, offer a better income-generating opportunity than flat programs.  Two-tiers offer two income sources, generally from commissions on sales of a product or service and from recruitment of a new affiliate.  Income from recruitment can either be a one-time cut (usually a flat rate) for recruiting each new member or a commission off of those members’ future earnings.

Some affiliate marketing programs may also offer recurring commissions, in which an affiliate can earn each time their lead or member renews a subscription or a membership.  This type of program means you can hope to earn for as long as your leads or recruits continue to use an affiliate product or service.

Since choosing these types of affiliate programs can make a huge difference in the amount of commissions you can earn from an affiliate marketing program, it makes more practical sense to consider carefully the type of future earnings you can potentially generate.

The product

Affiliate marketing commissions will also depend on the type of products or services the program offers.  A product that has the misfortune to belong to a market that’s already heavily saturated will be difficult to sell.  On the other hand, a popular item can mean large sales if you have a strong and ready market.

Find out how you can perform based on the statistics offered by the affiliate marketing program you wish to join.  ClickBank, for example, allows you to view a product’s potential based on its past performance.

The market

Affiliate marketing commissions rely heavily on how effective an affiliate’s sales and marketing strategies are.  In many ways, they will also depend on the relative popularity of the affiliate and on the type of market he chooses to sell to.  A small but highly targeted market is more likely to bring in higher commissions for an affiliate while a fairly large but generic market may not produce the same results.

The conversion period
Once you have selected the best and most profitable affiliate marketing program in terms of commissions, your next concern would be how to shorten the conversion period for your customers.

The conversion period refers to the time from which you bring in your lead until the time that he performs a desired action.  This action can vary – a lead may subscribe to a service, purchase a product, participate in an online poll or become a recruit.  Since the incentive that drives leads to perform a specific action can vary, conversion periods can last anywhere from a very short 24 hours to about 30 to 60 days.

Your job as an affiliate is to persuade your leads to shorten their conversion period and thus increase your affiliate marketing commissions within a reasonable amount of time.

How to Be an Affiliate Marketing Rockstar?

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

How to Be an Affiliate Marketing Rockstar?

Have you been living the rat race life for quite a while and now you’ve grown tired of the boss breathing down your neck and the exhausting office politics? Or maybe you simply need an extra source of income? Whatever your reason may be, if you want some good decent income going your bank account’s way, doing affiliate marketing can be a very viable path to follow.

What exactly is affiliate marketing? It is a technique posing as a business opportunity that lets those with entrepreneurial spirit explore the world of passive income through marketing products for other businesses. You can earn through commissions.

So if you think you’d like to give affiliate marketing a try, how do you ensure your success in this field? Here are some very important tips you should follow:

– Choose your niche well

One of the most important factors to consider in doing affiliate marketing is choosing the best affiliate company or products to market. It can make or break your earnings. If you have a certain field that you’re most interested in, the easier you can go through the process of deciding what affiliate program to join. So start making a list of your interests and see what affiliate programs come up from that list.

– Create a website that gets followed

One of the best ways to make the most bucks in affiliate marketing is through the creation of well-designed websites. Make sure that your site is easy to navigate and compels targeted visitors to convert – either to sign up under you as referrals or to purchase the products you are marketing. A quality landing page that has a call to action for your targeted visitors to do what you need them to do has excellent content that can either be texts that reviews the product, a video tutorial that lets visitors learns how to benefit and use the product well and a very conspicuous opt-in form.

– Use the power of freebies

Useful content is what you can use in making the word free mean money to you. When you offer free content, like say, free reports, when the right people get hold of this report, it can translate to more referrals or purchases.

– Learn how to get targeted traffic to your site

You can’t benefit from your well-designed website, no matter how good your content and freebies are if you don’t have the right visitors. So how do you drive targeted visitors to your site? You can do off-page search engine optimization or also known as link building. Whether use blogging, social networking and word of the mouth just to get the attention of the right people.

There are different ways on how you can successfully make people go to your site through this means – article marketing or the use of written content and submitting it to directories for publishers to pick it up and drive people to your site, you can set up and maintain social network accounts and let people know about your affiliate sites, or you can tap on your contacts – especially the new media savvy ones like popular bloggers and or community managers to spread the word about your sites.

If you follow all of the abovementioned bits of advice, it will be hard for you to fail as an affiliate marketer.


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