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Things to know while starting an Affiliate Website

October 15, 2009 2 comments

Today, internet marketing has become a very popular industry worldwide.  This has made a lot of companies to start selling their products online through affiliate marketing agencies. A large number of affiliate agencies have come up and we also have a good figure for the number of affiliates earning money from the comfort of their homes by way of affiliate commissions.    Any one having a website can start earning money through affiliate programs. But there are also many who have failed in affiliate marketing because their websites were not properly designed. Also designing an affiliate website is a lot different from other websites as there are certain important factors to be considered.    Let us have a look at some of the ways of starting a successful affiliate website.    The first thing to do is to get a website up and running. To get accepted by the best affiliate companies it is necessary to have a proper working website. This website need not be hi-fi; a basic website will do the job. Never think about using free WebPages for affiliate marketing as it may not appear professional.    The next step is getting approved by the affiliate program. To get approved you should design the website in a way that it suits the theme of the product you are going to promote. Your site will be reviewed by the affiliate company based on how well it meets certain criteria of the company.    Use an attractive headline for your site. The headline is the first thing that a visitor is going to notice, so it should be able to attract the attention of the visitor.    Focus on targeted traffic. See that your web content targets traffic related to the niche of the product you are promoting. Suppose if you are selling hair loss pills, your site should have content related to how you can cure hair loss problems.     Get your site to rank higher for targeted keywords. This can only be achieved by using unique, relevant and useful content that is regularly updated. Also you need to follow search engine optimization principles like using the right keywords, submitting the site to search engines etc     Do not use “direct marketing” kind of slang in the content; instead the content should persuade the reader on clicking the ad links rather than forcing them to click.     Last but not the least; include a FAC section in your website. Providing such an option to clarify the doubts of visitors will not only make you site look more credible but also professional.     All you need to do to start a successful affiliate income generating website is to use the right approach suitable for affiliate programs. Along with a little bit of originality, you also need some patience as it can take some time for the site to become popular with respect to the targeted niche. Once this is achieved there is no looking back, you are sure to acquire success in your affiliate marketing efforts with a good income flowing in on a regular basis

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How to Join a Good Affiliate Program

October 3, 2009 1 comment

An affiliate program is one that pays you for posting ad banners and links on your website.  There are many affiliate programs on the internet, many of them come free. All you need to is signup with the affiliate program and you will be given banner or ad links to put up on your website, blog, newsletter etc. Whenever someone buys the affiliate product through your links you get a percentage as affiliate commission.

Why should you join an affiliate program? – Joining affiliate program is very easy thing to do. All you have to do is post a link or banner on your website or promote the affiliate product on your site using various internet marketing methods and you will be paid a share of the profits for every sales made through you. Joining affiliate programs can be a great and easy way of starting your own internet based business.

Choosing the right affiliate programs – Finding a good affiliate program for your website can be a really tough job. As there are scores of such programs available online it can be very confusing to choose the right one. Also you have many bogus affiliate companies who may cheat you after getting your signup fee. Hence you need to take your time before choosing the affiliate program. Here are some tips you can use to choose the right affiliate program.

Check the reputation of the affiliate program – Before joining the affiliate program you should refer affiliate marketer forums and check the reputation of the program. Check whether they are paying the commissions promptly

Sell only quality products – Whatever you sell is going to affect the brand image of your own affiliate website. So see that you sell only quality products that are reasonably priced.  Hence you need to research the products well before deciding to promote them.

See that the program offers good Commissions – Affiliate marketing companies should give you at least around one fourth and above of the profit they earn through you. Anything less than this is too low.  Check what the other affiliate companies are offering before you jump in.

Check the payment options – It depends on how you want to receive the affiliate commission. There are various ways of receiving your payment. It can be through paypal, check, or bank deposit. You need to check whether the payment options of the affiliate company is suitable for you.

Finally, verify whether the affiliate company gives a proper explanation on how the affiliate system works. If they themselves don’t know how it is going to work then you can better find some other program as it could well be a fraud affiliate agency.

So these are some of the factors you should consider before joining an affiliate program. Making sure that you choose the right affiliate program will not only ensure that you get into the right affiliate business but also save a lot of wastage of valuable time and money.

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Some Tips For Success In Affiliate Marketing

October 1, 2009 1 comment

Today there are enough of affiliate marketing tips on the Internet. Also, the number of new affiliates is rapidly increasing like never before and the competition is fierce. We also have a good number of novice affiliates leaving the affiliate marketing arena after getting dejected with poor returns. The reason is, people expect to taste instant affiliate marketing success which is not actually possible. It is more about hard work and how well you use affiliate marketing ideas. The following content hopes to guide entry level affiliate marketers who may have come here looking for some guidance.

Pick a topic that you are good at – Always select something that you are interested in selling. This may not give you commission but it can surely make the job of building your affiliate website a lot easier.
Select what you sell – Go for quality products, not quantity. This will help you build a reputation for your site.
Buy a domain name – After selecting the product that you are going to sell, buy a domain name relevant to the niche of your website. Do not go for free WebPages as they will look unprofessional.
Select a genuine advertiser – As there are many bogus affiliate programs out there, you need to verify the legitimacy of the program before joining. Also ensure that the affiliate programs you choose offer good commissions.
Cloak your affiliate links – Not many people will like to click on links if they know that somebody else is making affiliate money out of it. So see that you use cloaking software to hide your affiliate links. You can download cloaking software for free on the internet.
Participate in forums – Participate in forum discussions related to your product so that you can meet people related to the niche of your website. Do not use a direct marketing approach. Instead, you can use a friendlier and less aggressive way of opening a sale. You can also put together a mailing list of potential buyers and promote your products via email.
Use unique content – See that your affiliate site content is unique and interesting to help your site rank higher in search engine result pages. Your website should answer common problems faced by people with respect to your product or services. People search for solutions all the time and if your site provides the answer they may well be routed to your site via a search engine.

Improve you website traffic – You can submit your affiliate site to major search engines. This will help improve the visibility of you site. Use search engine optimization to improve the keyword usage in your site.

Remember, newbie affiliate partners will have a lot of work to do like getting your self educated about affiliate marketing, setting up the affiliate site etc. And you will not get paid overnight; you may have to play the waiting game for sometime. Just like any other business, you will succeed only with perseverance and work hard. Be patient, follow the right affiliate marketing practices and in the long run you will surely be rewarded with good affiliate commissions.

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What is affiliate marketing?

September 10, 2009 1 comment

Affiliate marketing is a comparatively new marketing strategy that has evolved in the internet. Since the success of an online business relies on the amount of targeted traffic it receives, affiliate marketing has become a very popular method of obtaining targeted traffic from other related and non related business sites. The affiliate websites that link to the larger business site drive targeted traffic to it. Upon conversion of the lead, the affiliate sites are paid a pre agreed percentage as commission.

There are various advantages for both in affiliate marketing. The concerned product site receives a large amount of targeted visitors, there by increasing the sales many times without having to do all the promotion on its own. The affiliates that promote the product site on the other hand receives a good sum as commission for just letting its visitors reach the product site and earns money without having to invest in products or services. Affiliate sites can generate high income if they are willing to put in some effort to promote the products of the mother site.

Even without taking much efforts affiliate sites can still drive traffic to the product site by just promoting their own websites. However, the conversion rate will decrease in this case as it would not be a targeted traffic. Still the affiliate site could receive commissions on the product sale initiated through it. This is known as the passive income which is unique to the affiliate marketing. Most product sites in the internet offer affiliate programs where website owners can participate. All you need to do is advertise the product of the mother site and provide a link from which your visitors can reach it and purchase products.

There are several factors that you need to consider before joining an affiliate program. Some of them include the kind of product you would promote, if the tracking cookies are good, whether a monthly report is sent to you, what would be your commission, method of payment, threshold if any, and the kind of support offered to you by the product site.

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