Affiliate Marketing- What are the essential must have tools for the affiliate marketer
You’ve decided that you want to start an online business and a short while after doing some research into how to start find yourself in a virtual sea of information. Foremost in your mind are the questions that most who embark on this journey have:
What does it take to become a successful internet marketer?
What are the ingredients of an affiliate marketing success story?
Is there a shortcut to Affiliate Marketing Success ?
While many may try to lure you into a purchase by flashing banners promising instant success,in reality the answer is no…although Affiliate Marketing is touted to be the easiest and most effective ways to make money online….. its not as easy as it sounds
It takes time and knowledge, but with affiliate programs by the thousands, flashing advertisements of how to make money instantly overnight that many starting out buy purchasing every offer only to find that the promise of instant riches is usually only true for the seller.
There is an old saying that “you cant roller skate in a buffalo herd” and the same holds true for the affiliate marketer.
The more popular an instant get rich product becomes the harder it becomes to actually realize any actual profit from it as the market becomes flooded with it.
So the question really becomes:
How do I find reliable sources of information that won’t cost me a small fortune to learn the process.
What Are The Basic Tools That I need to start building a business?
Having a basic overview of the process will help clarify the essential tools that you need to start and then in subsequent articles and videos, I will concentrate on each individually …
After consulting some of the most successful affiliate marketers in the business, including Sterling Valentine,Marlon Sanders,John Thornhill, among others … the following are:
The top four must have tools/ingredients for the successful affiliate marker:
Must Have Tool #1: Your Own Website
The most important and indispensable tool in Affiliate Marketing is your own website.
The first step in any successful affiliate marketing business is building a good, credible and professional looking website. It should be a user-friendly website, which will appeal to your prospects and encourage them to click on the links to the products and service you are promoting and make a purchase. Therefore, you must first concentrate your efforts in building a website that will cater to what your prospects need.
The most important thing you should consider is that almost all web users go online to look for information, not necessarily to go and buy something. Above all else, make your website full of original, relevant and useful content.
People will love articles that are appealing and helpful. Keep in mind that, in the internet, content is still king and good quality content will not only build your credibility, it can also help you achieve a higher search engine ranking. By posting relevant and useful articles, you establish yourself as a credible expert in the field, making you a more trustworthy endorser of the product or service you promote. Establishing a good reputation is a good step in building up a loyal consumer base.
To help build that website and to learn the process by actually doing I am creating a Toolkit to take you through the process from start to finish using free tools to start you off without spending a great deal of money . You can learn more about it at http://neilsonsweb.com.
Now you can purchase all of these ready-made but I believe that by creating with the free tools and a free HTML editor helps you to learn the process on a shoestring budget using your own creativity.
Must Have Ingredient/Tool #2:Motivational Incentives
Competition is extremely tight in the internet world. You must always be one-step ahead of your rivals to ensure that you capture a significant share of your target market. Therefore, you must use every possible means to encourage people not only to visit your site but also to click and proceed to the websites of the products and services you are promoting. Building an opt-in email list is one of the best ways to gather prospects. Offer a newsletter or an e-zine. Better yet, offer incentives to your prospects to encourage them to subscribe to your newsletters. You can present free software’s, access to exclusive services and other freebies that will be helpful to your prospects.
Must Have Ingredient/Tool #3 : Autoresponder
Of all of the tools that are needed, this is one that is indispensable. You need to build a client base list so that as you build your product list you can then offer to them.
Create a relationship with them, by sending surveys and questionnaires as to what they need and provide relevant emails containing information addressing that need and put your product as a secondary offering — perhaps a linked banner or website at the end of the email.
Just sending out email after email of nothing but affiliate offerings will quickly get you off their list!
Use http://surveymonkey.com in your emails to find out what they really need
Must Have Ingredient #4: Link Popularity and Targeted Traffic
The importance of driving highly targeted traffic to your website cannot be emphasized enough. The all-important web traffic is at the top of the list of the most important entities in the internet world. Attracting people to your site should be the first step you should carry out. Do everything to achieve a high search engine ranking. Link Popularity is one of the factors that search engines use to determine search engine rankings. Therefore, to enhance your link popularity, you must launch an aggressive reciprocal link campaign.
One of the best ways to do this – at no cost at all – is by submitting articles, with your website’s link at the resource box, to e-zines and free article sites. You will not only gain exposure, you will also have the opportunity to advertise for free, just include a link back to your site. The more sites you submit your articles to, the better your link popularity is. Make your articles original, relevant and useful so that more websites will pick it up and post it.
These are but a few of the many tools/ingredients that an affiliate marketer can use to maximize earning potential.
The possibilities are endless and are limited only by your imagination, creativity, resourcefulness and determination.
And by the way in my newsletter I’ll let you know who to submit your story to when you do succeed…. to gain even more targeted traffic!
Notice I said when and not if….?? Remember.. determination.. never give up and know that you will reach your goal!
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