Friday, April 15, 2011

Affiliate Marketing Business: 5 Steps to Making Thousands Dollars With Affiliate Marketing!

by Duy N. Khanh,

First of all, I want to tell you that building an affiliate marketing business is one of the best ways to go if you're shooting for financial freedom. It has not only the power to make you some extra cash, but also the power to set you free from any money-related concern. However, to achieve that beautiful dream, we have to work first!
And in order to mature your affiliate marketing business to the level it bear fruits for you, you have to walk these 5 steps:

  1. Find out a profitable niche to enter: This step will ground a strong foundation for you and your business to reach high in the future. What makes a niche be profitable depends on its competition, its problems, the available solutions, and your ability.
  2. Set up a system that works on itself: This will be the engine of your business. Your aim should be to design it to work on itself, but don't stress too much on perfection, you can come back and fix it every time you want! Your ingredients will be a domain name, a hosting account, a one-page website, a free gift to give away, and an autoresponder.
  3. Drive traffic to your website to build your list: Because traffic is the life-blood of your business, if you fail at this phase, you fail to make money with affiliate marketing! And remember that you want targeted traffic interested in your subject not "nearly-targeted." Aim to build your list, it'll turn out to be your cash cow in no time!
  4. Promote related products to your list: But before doing so, try to give your list even more value to build your credibility. People are more likely to buy from whom they trust! And don't promote a weight-loss product to them if they're interested in playing guitar.
  5. Duplicate your success: This final step is important if you want to lift your income to a whole new high level. You can duplicate it to a new niche that you find profitable, or duplicate it in the same niche but with a new problem. By doing so, your income will expand tremendously!

These 5 steps are not a comprehensive guide to build up a successful affiliate marketing business. But once you know its structure, you'll find it's easier to focus your energy on the things that work. Believe it or not, the main reason that lead to people's failures is they don't have any idea about what they're doing!

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Quickest Way to Become an Affiliate Marketer

The quickest way to become an affiliate marketer is to set up a blog site. This method means that you don't need to learn how to write websites or use a complex programme like Dreamweaver. All you need to do is install free blog software like WordPress and then either download a free blog theme or pay for a more professional looking theme (around $50).
These are the steps you need to follow to set up an affiliate marketing blog:

  1. Decide on your topic. This should be something you are passionate about but should also have a large number of product that you can promote
  2. Decide on a domain name. Try and get one that's short, simple, catchy and relevant. When you find a great name that's available you may want to buy equivalent.
  3. Get a host for your domain. There are thousands of hosting companies. Preferably you should choose one that had a good bandwidth allowance and comes with cPanel. You should aim to spend $5-$10 per month on this.
  4. If you went for a host with cPanel, the process of installing a WordPress blog is very easy. You simply go onto the cPanel menus and find 'install WordPress blog'. Everything else is automatic. The host will inform you when WP has been successfully installed on your account
  5. Next you need to choose a pre-designed theme for your site. The WordPress website has thousands of free themes available to download. Just be aware that there have been reports that some of these free themes have carried viruses etc. If your willing to spend $50-$70 you can get yourself a really nice looking theme. I would recommend this as not only do these themes look better but they work much more efficiently as well and usually come optimised for the search engines
  6. Start writing content for your site. In other words, start writing blog posts. Divide your posts into different categories using the WordPress category tool.
  7. Create a custom logo or header and arrange the menus and widgets to optimise the website visuals. You could design the logo yourself using a programme like Photoshop or you could get a graphic designer to do it for you. Either way, it's the one thing that's going to make your site look really unique
  8. Sign up to some affiliate networks like ClickBank and Commission Junction. Select relevant programmes and copy the links into your articles.
  9. Up until now nobody really knows about your website so you wont have many visitors if any at all. You now need to get out and market your website. There are a number of different strategies you can employ to drive traffic to your website e.g article marketing, forum posting etc etc.
  10. To really give yourself a head start in Affiliate Marketing, I recommend that you download and read an affiliate handbook from one of the industries leading experts. You can find a list of the 2011 top affiliate handbooks by following the link below
Its a difficult task to undertake but what I've tried to do is to identify who's published the most popular affiliate handbook. I've searched through forums for peoples recommendations and this is what I've come up with. Here's a Link to a review of the top 3 affiliate experts of 2011:

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