Friday, October 24, 2008

6 Steps to Success With Affiliate Marketing

6 Steps to Success With Affiliate Marketing
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One major problem affiliate marketers have is their tendency to join multiple programs and never follow through after that on any of them. Simply joining an affiliate marketing program is not enough. To make money with a internet home business as an affiliate marketer you need to follow through with action that can be broken down into several key steps. So, let's take a look at what steps you should take after you have joined an affiliate marketing program in order to succeed with a internet home business.

1. The first thing you want to do is write down your major goal for each particular affiliate program you join. When you write down your goal bear in mind that the amount you can achieve depends to a large extent on the amount of time that you have available to put into your affiliate business. Set high goals by all means, but place them within a realistic time frame. Most affiliate marketers join a program to make money, but initially your goal might be something simple like get 100 visitors a day to your website. So you could make longer term and shorter term goals. Let each short term goal be a step that takes you closer to your long term goal with the affiliate marketing program.

2. Once you have a goal for the program that you joined you are going to need to choose one of the products on the affiliate website to focus on selling. Most affiliate programs offer various categories you can choose products to sell from. Your main objective here is to choose a single product, ideally it should be one that is in demand and one that interests you.

3. The next step is extremely important! You need to create a website that will specifically address the niche market for the affiliate product you chose to promote. Your website doesn't have to be very many pages long, but it should be very precise as to why a person would want to buy this particular product from you. You will increase your odds of creating a good website if you purchase the product and try it out beforehand.

4. One thing you definitely want to have on your website is a sign up form to build a mailing list. For this reason you'll need to subscribe to an auto-responder such as GetResponse, Aweber or one of their competitors. An auto-responder is a service where you can store the contact information of your visitors and send them newsletters on autopilot. If you don't want to build a website yourself you can always hire someone to do it for you. There are many people who offer their services freelance on the Internet and you can search Google to find someone to build your site.

5. Next you should start your own blog and relate it to the theme of your website. is an easy way to start a blog and Word Press is an excellent alternative. Both blogging platforms are entirely free. Your goal with your blog is to add fresh content as often as possible. Each time you post, include a link in the article that points visitors back to your main website. Your fresh content will attract readers as well and serve as search engine bait. Your blog is also an excellent place to add a sign-up form to your autoresponder and build your list for future follow up.

6. The final step is to put together a marketing campaign to promote your affiliate products. You will want to promote your website and your blog independently of each other to increase the amount of traffic you can draw to your business. These are six basic steps to get you to start your internet home business in an active manner so that you can to get your affiliate business off the ground as quickly and efficiently as possible

John McRae works from home researching affiliate programs and ways to increase his retirement income. You can view his site Your Work From Home Help Center for ideas to increase your income and ways to increase traffic to your web site

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