3 Steps to success with Affiliate Marketing

Every affiliate marketer is always looking for the successful market that reaps the largest paycheck. Sometimes they look for a magic formula but a simple plan works much better. Affiliate marketing isn't rocket science, but you do need to have a strategy. It takes proven marketing practices, hard work and dedication.

Proven methods for online marketing continue to work today. With these top three affiliate marketing tips, increase sales and do extremely well with affiliate marketing online.

Practice #1 - Always use unique web pages to market each separate product you're promoting. Don't lump all your products on one website or page. Web hosting is very inexpensive and you'll do much better by having each product displayed on one site.

Always include a product review on your website. This will help visitors to feel that someone has used the product and believe in it.

Always include testimonials from people who have tried the product. Be sure the customers are willing to give you permission to use their information on your site. If you're just starting out, you can likely find testimonials on the product owner's website.

You can also write articles highlighting the use of the product and include them on the website as additional pages. Make the pages attractive, compelling and include calls to act on the information. Each headline should attract the reader to encourage them to read more or even contact you. Highlight the special points of the product.

You can offer free reports to your prospects. Position them at the top side of your web page so they are sure not to miss them. You can use these as autoresponder messages as well and send them to all of the prospects that enter their information in your autoresponder sign up box. Research indicates that a sale is closed on the seventh contact. So, you should always have an autoresponder.

Practice #2 -- Two things can happen when a prospect lands on your website: they will either purchase from you or they will click away from the page, never to return. When you send helpful information to them on a regular basis, you'll build a relationship and remind them of your product. Always ensure that the content of your messages are directed towards the benefits and specific reasons to buy the product. Never make your messages sound hyped up like a sales pitch.

If you offered the free reports mentioned above, make sure that they opt-in to your autoresponder before they can download the reports. Focus on important points like how your product can make life and things easier and more enjoyable. Include compelling subject lines in your email messages. As much as possible, avoid using the word "free" because there are still older spam filters that will dump the message before your potential customer can ever read it.

Practice #3 -- Focus on targeting the traffic for your website to your product. If the person visiting your website has no interest whatsoever in what you're offering, they may never come back. Write articles for publication in e-zines and e-reports. This way you can locate publications that are focusing on your target customers and what you write may just grab their interest.

Try to write a minimum of 2 articles per week, of at least 300-600 words in length. By continuously writing and maintaining these articles you can generate as many as 100 targeted readers to your site in a day. In fact, if you click on one of the links in the resource box below, you can learn how to generate a lot more than 100 readers with one article. Always remember that only 1 out of 100 people are likely to buy your product or get your services. If you can generate as much as 1,000 targeted hits for your website in a day, that means you can make 10 sales based on the average statistic. If you consider that you can make about $25 on an average priced Clickbank product and you multiply your daily earnings by 30 days per month, that's $7,500 per month. Not bad for a little bit of persistence and article writing.

The methods I've shown you are not hard. All that's required is a little bit of time and making sure you take action.

You can utilize these ideas for several affiliate marketing programs. You will find you can create a lucrative income if you just have a simple plan and a bit of determination. Most affiliate marketers fail because they do not plan or they chase get rich quick schemes. Try these tips and you'll be amazed when you see how much you can create with just a little bit of consistent effort and a good plan.

By: Ginger Coleen