Sunday, March 9, 2008

3 Secrets to Affiliate Marketing Success

Secret Number 1: Affiliate Marketing is a Business Not a Hobby

You need to treat affiliate marketing as a business. This type of business takes full-time effort and perseverance in order to succeed. There is a process involved and systematic steps to take. Some of these steps include:
a. obtaining a domain name
b. obtaining a website
c. obtaining a host web server
d. locating products and services to promote
e. writing or purchasing web content
f. select your method(s) of advertising
g. record keeping and tracking

Secret Number 2: Choose the Right Affiliate Program

You must do homework and research in selecting a product or service. You may not want to select a product or service based only on the potential of large commissions. Review it. Find out if there is a demand for the product or service that you want to promote. Do people want that particular product or service? It's important to give customers what they want, not what you want to sell.

You can find out what customers want by researching what people are buying. For example, if you are promoting a nutritional supplement, you can find out the types of products that people are buying by going to a retail store. You can speak with the sales people and find out what people are buying. You can also go online and review pharmacy and health food store websites. These websites can tell you what products are popular, and which ones people are buying.

In addition, it is helpful to read magazines and newspapers, and watch the news. You can also conduct a survey through your website in order to get the pulse of your customers and understand your products or services. There are companies that provide online surveys.

Secret Number 3: Focus

It's best to start with one affiliate program, understand the system, and get your marketing strategy down. After you get the process down, you can repeat yourself with other programs over and over. Some people get in over their head by jumping into several affiliate programs all at once and never get the process down.

Affiliate marketing can be a successful online business. However, it must be treated as a business. It must be approached with a business mindset. Further, one has to choose the right affiliate program, one that has a strong target market, focus on that program and after success is achieved, duplicate it with other affiliate programs to the point where your business is stream lined and runs effortlessly.

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