Affiliate Marketing Tips - Crucial Factors for Affiliate Marketing Success
By Michael Lee

Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to start making money on the Internet; that's why people are always looking for the latest and most effective affiliate marketing tips and methods to apply.

Affiliate marketing is relatively easy to start because you don't need to create any product, you don't need to write a sales letter, and you don't have to worry about inventory and delivery. All you need to do is pick a product, promote it and earn affiliate commissions.

Having said that, a lot of people still find it hard to make money with affiliate marketing. The reason is because a lot of people don't know how to go about it despite the avalanche of products available on the Internet for promotion.

I've come across a lot of affiliate marketers who sign up to lots of affiliate programs and just leave them without promoting. If you are like that, you can never make money as an affiliate.

Affiliate marketing, just like other forms of making money online, requires constant promotion. You have to regularly promote your affiliate campaigns using the methods you know if you want to establish a lasting affiliate business.

In this article, I'm going to be revealing to you for free, the vital things you must do to succeed in your affiliate marketing business. This means that if you do these things, you will succeed in your business; but if you don't do them, your chances of success are small.

Affiliate Marketing Tip # 1: Build Your Own Website

The number one mistake most affiliates make is that they don't build their own website. They promote the affiliate links they are given directly. That is a likely path to failure.

It is important to build your own website. Be it for review purposes or just a squeeze page. You have more chances to succeed on the long term with your website than without your own website.

Even if you don't have the funds to invest in a website, create a blog using blogger.com or wordpress.com.

Affiliate Marketing Tip # 2: Create a Reviews Page

This is popularly known as pre-selling. It involves creating a web page where you will do a review of the product you are promoting before sending them over through your affiliate link.

On your review page, make sure you reveal clearly how the product has helped not only you, but also many other people. State clearly the benefits of the product and put people in the mood to buy before they go over to the product they are promoting.

This will help in increasing your conversions because you are not hard-selling, but you're writing as an unbiased reviewer aimed to help the readers in evaluating the affiliate product. To see a sample of a product review, click here.

Affiliate Marketing Tip # 3: Create a Squeeze Page

If you're not new to Internet marketing, you would have heard the statement "The money is in the list". It's very true. If you have a responsive opt in email list, your affiliate marketing campaigns will surely succeed.

An opt-in list is a database of names and email addresses of people that have asked for more information from you. Their details are filed in an autoresponder. The most reliable autoresponder used by the most successful marketers is aweber.

When you have such a list, all you need to do is to send emails to them promoting relevant offers. You no longer need to spend money on promotion. This is what the big Internet marketers do. They have their own loyal list of subscribers they can turn to over and over again.

To effectively collect email addresses, you must create a compelling squeeze page. A squeeze page is a web page dedicated to capturing the names and email addresses of its visitors. I'm sure you've come across them before. Click here to see an example of a squeeze page.

I highly recommend that you prepare a 7-day course and/or give away free reports discussing a topic related to the affiliate product you're promoting, in order to entice people to subscribe. (Luckily, you can give away the rebrandable reports or create a course from the wide selection of articles available at http://www.20daypersuasion.com/affiliateforce.html)

Create a webpage, write an attention-grabbing headline of the free course you are promoting, and write the major benefits they will get after they subscribed. Then put the all-important opt-in form to collect email addresses of interested people.

When people opt into your autoresponder, gently mention your affiliate link after every message. After they have received the course and branded reports, you may write about 5 to 7 follow-up messages that will go to your subscribers to remind them of the offer.

Make sure you start building your own opt in email list to increase your chances of making a "killing" with your affiliate marketing campaigns.

Affiliate Marketing Tip # 4: "Bribe" Your Visitors

"Bribing" your website visitors and subscribers with similar products is a great way to increase your conversion rate. If you have any existing product related to the affiliate product, you can offer it for free if they buy through your affiliate link.

If you don't have an existing product, you can buy private label rights products and offer them as bonuses.

These affiliate marketing tips have been proven to work over the years. Use them and your affiliate marketing business will surely succeed.

About the Author:
Michael Lee manages one of the top money making affiliate programs online. He gives highly profitable and free affiliate marketing tips, tools and resources to help you make money with his reputable Clickbank affiliate program at http://www.20daypersuasion.com/affiliateforce.html

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