"Boon or a Bust"

Written by Bob Osgoodby

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Now - can you use a site that is not your own domain? While notrepparttar preferred route to take, it is "head and shoulders" aboverepparttar 102643 link you get fromrepparttar 102644 affiliate program. Most ISP's give you web space free. Learn a little HTML code and you're in business. Or, if push comes to shove, hire someone to do it for you. Let's face it, if I see a URL that I recognize as an affiliate program, and I've been there before, I will simply "click away".

The old saying, that if a "salesperson sells themself first,repparttar 102645 sale of their product or service follows shortly thereafter" is certainly true. Establish yourself onrepparttar 102646 web and inrepparttar 102647 newsletters/ezines as someone who can be trusted, and is knowledgeable in their field. If people get to know and trust you, your recommendation to join your affiliate program will carry a lot more weight.

Now that you have control over your web page, you should have a guest book that visitors can sign. Now you have their email address. Folks, these are literally worth their weight in gold. You can now send them email about upcoming events on your web site, and not be accused of spamming.

Run a contest on your web site -repparttar 102648 prizes don't have to be offrepparttar 102649 wall. An ebook (and there a number available free) can be your prize - and again more email address. Write a free newsletter/ezine and publish it on a regular basis - even more email addresses. As long as there is content of interest, they won't mind a gentle reminder to visit your web site.

Consider a "non-competing" partner to help you withrepparttar 102650 site or to write articles forrepparttar 102651 ezine. It makes no difference to you if there is another link to another affiliate program on your site. If they are willing to sharerepparttar 102652 work in return forrepparttar 102653 link, it is to your advantage. The key here is "non-competing".

So - are affiliate programs a "boon" or a "bust"? If you simply join and sit back waiting forrepparttar 102654 money to flow, it isrepparttar 102655 later. If you are a "take charge" type of person and are willing to work a little, it can be a great opportunity.

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11 Tips for Joining Affiliate Programs

Written by David McKenzie

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7. See ifrepparttar affiliate program gives examples of howrepparttar 102642 top affiliates are doing. This can be a great pointer to whether it is good or not. If some affiliates are earning many thousands per month, it is a good affiliate program.

8. Along these lines, also see if they give examples of what marketing methods these successful affiliates are using to getrepparttar 102643 best results.

9. An affiliate program that offers a special monthly newsletter just forrepparttar 102644 affiliates is great. Here you can get extra tips and techniques that are working well.

10. See if they offer email notification when you make a sale or get an affiliate signed up under you (if it is a 2-tier program). It is good to see `You have made another sale' in your inbox.

11. Ensure top level support is given. If they cannot answer your query straight away make sure they can respond within 48 hours.

There is tremendous demand for affiliate programs and choosingrepparttar 102645 right one is no easy task. Make sure you do plenty of research before joining one.

David McKenzie of http://www.brisney.com For great ideas on promoting your web site or marketing your affiliate programs subscribe to our Free twice monthly newsletter by sending a blank email to mailto:brisney@brisney.com

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