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7 Things Smart Affiliate Marketers Do To Ensure That They Lead The Field! Part 1

Without a doubt, affiliate marketing is the easiest way to get started online. Even if you have no website, list or product, you can start making money in as little as 24 hrs.

All you need to do is promote products for other businesses and get paid a commission whenever prospects buy through your affiliate link.

And so, it is unsurprising that most internet marketing newbies start their online journey by promoting products as an affiliate.

Unfortunately for most of them, their journey takes an unexpected turn when they discover that there is more to affiliate marketing than initially meets the casual eye.

After posting affiliate links all over the web and not making any sells worth talking about, most people give up. In fact, many people do not even make a single sale. That is why there are so many inactive accounts on ClickBank!

But things do not have to work that way for you. With the right strategies in place, you can rise to the higher heights where successful affiliate marketers freely soar, far above the rest.

You can do that by implementing these four strategies that smart affiliate marketers quietly use every day. They are the first four of seven strategies. The remaining three strategies can be found in part two of this series.

Let us get into them!

1. Build a List

The very first thing you need to do in order to set yourself up to become a successful affiliate marketer is to build a list of prospects to market to.

The very worst thing you can do is send your traffic directly to a product sales page. Why is that? Well, if you send prospects directly to a sales page, about 1 or 2% of them will buy through your affiliate link.

The rest most probably will NOT buy. That means you would have wasted about 98% of the traffic you sent! You will never see those people again and you will have to run a fresh promotion to get more people to visit that sales page again.

But the bad news does not end there. You see, the true nature of the evil you do yourself when you market this way becomes even more apparent when you consider the concept of back end products. We will get to that in a little while.

Meanwhile, what is the better way to do affiliate marketing? It is as follows. Rather than sending prospects directly to a sales page, send them to a squeeze page where you can collect their email addresses.

Only after they have joined your list should you send them to the sales page. This way, if only 1 or 2% buy the product you are promoting, you still have free access to the other 98% of visitors who did not buy.

You can always follow up with them and remarket to them by giving them other reasons to buy the product through your link. Eventually many more will buy and you will make a lot more money in the process.

Furthermore, when you build a list, you can also offer your customers other higher priced products without spending any more money on advertising.

These are called back end products and they can make your online business far more profitable than if you only promote one product to every prospect you acquire.

The difference between an online business that sells or promotes back end products and one that does not is like the difference between walking and flying.

You will rise much higher if you promote backend products. They do not even have to be your own. They can be affiliate products. But you cannot promote them unless you have your own list.

So start building a list today!

2. Build a Relationship with Your Prospects

The next thing you need to do is to build a relationship with your list of subscribers. The reason for this is that building a relationship will make your subscribers more responsive to you and your offers.

If they know you and trust you, they will spend more money with you. Period. As Stephen Covey has pointed out, trust has speed. It has speed in the sense that when people trust you, everything works out faster.

Your online business grows faster, you make lucrative joint venture deals faster and you even sell higher priced products faster.

So how do build a relationship of trust with your subscribers. One of the very best ways is to provide them with a newsletter. You could publish it weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Personally, I prefer weekly.

A newsletter enables you to build a relationship because you provide your subscribers with helpful content that solves their problems on a consistent basis.

Eventually, they come to like you and trust the truthfulness of your content. You become a trusted expert or authority in their eyes.

When this happens, your prospects will become far more responsive to your offers. So start building a relationship with them by offering a quality free newsletter.

3. Make Your Bonus Your Product

This is perhaps the most popular marketing strategy for Super affiliates. And for good reason. It absolutely works!

Have you ever noticed what happens whenever there is a product launch in the internet marketing niche? I suspect you have.

Several top affiliates send you an email that says something to the effect of, If you buy this new product through my link, I will give you $50 000 worth of bonuses that will solve every online business problem you have, and will ever have.

What they are doing here is making their bonus the product you really want. But in order to get it, you must first buy the product they are promoting. Very smart. Needless to say, this dramatically increases their sales.

So why not do the same? Of course you may not be in a position to offer a $50, 000 bonus (yet).

But you could still add serious value to a product you are promoting by offering your course, eBook or report as a bonus to those that buy through your affiliate link.

If you do not have any of these, no need to worry. You can buy private label rights products and offer them as a bonus. With these products, you can claim authorship and ownership of a product you never created.

Better still, you can edit the product to create a completely new one. Slap your name on it and you are ready to go. You can get reports, ebooks and courses from Special Report Club or Easy Plr.
Just be sure to make certain that the product you offer as a bonus is something your prospects really want.

If they are already buying a product on the same topic as your bonus, that is solid evidence that they will want your bonus too.
And if they want your bonus, they will buy through your affiliate link. So make your bonus your product.

Summary

As you can see, these 3 methods are very powerful ways to increase your affiliate pay checks. So take the time to start using them in your online business.

It takes a mindset shift and a little more effort than just posting affiliate links all over the place. But eventually, you WILL come out on top.

And THAT, is worth the effort!

You have just discovered 3 things you can do to become a more successful affiliate marketer. Your next step is to learn how to build an online business around your affiliate marketing.

Why?

Because that’s the only way you will make consistent and dependable progress online.

My FREE report below will show you exactly how to do this.

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