Top Affiliate Marketers Tips
By Mike Banks
Monday, November 15, 2004; 1:20pm EST
No doubt you�ve heard of the 80/20 rule � which states that 20
percent of affiliates generate 80% of affiliate income, and
conversely, remaining 80 percent of affiliates generate only 20
percent of all income for most affiliate programs.
There are ten basics that will put your affiliate marketing in the
top 20 percent of affiliate earnings. Ten suggestions that will
transform your affiliate income from a trickling creek that barely
covers your hosting fees, to a roaring river of extra disposable
TOP AFFILIATE MARKETERS DO MOST OF THESE TEN ITEMS
1.Top affiliate marketers cloak web site links
Cloaking affiliate links should not be necessary, but is. Oddly many
site visitors refuse to visit your links if they see an affiliate
code appended to the URL when they hover their mouse over a link on
your web page. Sometimes they will type the affiliate domain
directly to the browser address bar while removing your affiliate ID
from the URL. To short circuit this odd behavior, simply cloak the
URL. How? Visit this Link Tool: http://WebpositionAdvisor.com/tools/link_cloaker.php
2.Top affiliate marketers write & distribute articles
Writing articles about your market niche is essential to gain
reputation as an expert in your field. But the biggest benefit comes
not just from writing those articles, but from having those articles
published by other web site owners and ezine publishers. Your
article gains you both reputation and links from other web sites
from the resource box appended to the end of each article. Here are
major article distribution sites.
3.Top affiliate marketers focus on a market niche
Filling a web site with content reflecting a narrowly focused
product or service niche is a well known method of gaining web
traffic in your area of specialty. An excellent resource that can
help you determine relevant and focused areas to fill your site with
is called NicheBot. They offer innovative tools to research and
pinpoint market niches for your web site based on the WordTracker
Database and Google.
4.Top affiliate marketers use autoresponder series
Autoresponders are incredibly valuable tools that allow you to send
a timed series of email messages to those that sign up for them.
Most often those autoresponders are sent through a third party
provider. Some of the top providers are Sendfree.com and aweber.com,
for a tutorial covering autoresponder basics, visit:
5.Top affiliate marketers create web pages to pre-sell
Creating either testimonial pages or review pages that discuss and
pre-sell the product or service you are affiliated with is the
best method of getting increased orders for your chosen affiliate
programs. Many programs actually provide either an article or
recommended text to sell their products for you and allow
reproduction of those articles with your links embedded.
6.Top affiliate marketers gather email addresses
The best affiliates collect email addresses on their web site by
offering free reports via the above mentioned autoresponders or by
giving away ebooks or through newsletter signup forms. The best use
all of these methods or more to build their list of email addresses.
This also allows you to contact potential customers that would
otherwise never see your site again after clicking away to the
affiliate program web site.
7.Top affiliate marketers advertise SOMEWHERE
Depending on your market niche you should advertise using PPC and/or
ezine advertising. Some categories of Pay-per-click can be
prohibitively expensive, but advertising somewhere is all but
mandatory to gain substantial additional traffic to your site. There
are some great bargains in ezine advertising and some less popular
PPC engines other than Yahoo�s Overture and Google�s Adwords. Try
7search, Kanoodle and FindWhat for lower Bids than the big boys of
8.Top affiliate marketers optimize for search engines
Search engine optimization is becoming more complex as more and more
webmasters participate, but the basics applied to your site can
increase visibility dramatically over time. The most critical of the
many SEO techniques is to use title tags that reflect individual
PAGE content. Many webmasters write a master title tag and apply
that site-wide. This is the worst thing you could do for search
engine ranking. Learn more SEO: http://SearchEngineOptimism.com/SEO_Tutorial/
9.Top affiliate marketers give away ebooks or freebies
Everyone knows by now that giving something away is a great traffic
generator and allows you to gather email addresses to allow contact
of potential customers at a later date. This strategy is employed by
EVERY successful web-based company at one time or another. Think of
all the free things YOU have collected online over time.
Screensavers, software, ebooks, discount codes, toolbars, white
papers. They work!
10. Top Affiliate marketers have their own mailing lists
The best of affiliate marketers have their own newsletter or ezine
and gather email addresses on their site to build their list of
subscribers. Having this list allows regular contact with potential
customers interested in your site, your product and your market
niche. If you don�t write your own material or think you can�t
produce weekly content, there are hundreds of authors out there that
will gladly product articles for you. The article distribution lists
provide free content and ghost Writers provide high quality content
for a fee.
If you implement ALL the above techniques, you are guaranteed to
become one of the top affiliate marketers on the web. Then you can
create your own product telling everyone how YOU did it, create your
own affiliate program and have hundreds of us selling for you.
About the Author
Mike Banks Valentine operates WebSite101 where you can learn more
through an extensive Affiliate Marketing Tutorial
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