Building Internal Support

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After you have figured out how to set up a site and joined some affiliate programs, make an announcement in your office that you are willing to help any of your co-workers to dorepparttar same. By helping your co-workers to set up their own sites and instructing them about affiliate programs, you will be establishing more awareness and support for your program.

You should be publishing a monthly newsletter to your affiliates that includes mission critical news, tips, success stories, and co-marketing plugs for complimentary affiliate programs. Send your newsletter to every affiliate, as well to all ofrepparttar 102606 people in your company (if your company climate permits).

Organizerepparttar 102607 company behind your program The results for your affiliate program will be very tangible, so show that qualitative and quantitative information with everybody. Don't be shy about tooting your own horn, because nobody else is going to do it for you.

Broadcast those affiliate milestones to your company at staff meetings and make them ask themselves, "How did we ever operate withoutrepparttar 102608 affiliate program?" When you get positive feedback aboutrepparttar 102609 program, share it with everyone. As Oscar Wilde once said, moderation is a fatal thing, nothing succeeds like excess.

It's impossible for you to find every site that may become your next great affiliate. So ask aroundrepparttar 102610 office for co-workers to refer potential affiliates to you. Their job is also to work with Dot Coms in your industry, so they likely know some gems that you have not come across.

Also encourage suggestions aboutrepparttar 102611 overall program - send details ofrepparttar 102612 program to everybody fromrepparttar 102613 receptionist torepparttar 102614 CEO and ask for feedback. Voila - you've gotrepparttar 102615 company interested in your job and you've got some additional questions forrepparttar 102616 affiliate FAQ.

You will find that internal support is imperative torepparttar 102617 success of your affiliate program. Not only will it make your life and job more pleasant, but it will also assist you in perfecting your program.

Shawn Collins ClubMom Affiliate Manager 646-435-6513

Affiliate manager time savers

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Justrepparttar FAQs Many questions from affiliates could have been answered by your FAQ document. But they weren't, because very few people actually bother to read them. Since some people do read them, you should have an exhaustive list of questions and answers that is easily accessed by your affiliates.

If you don't know what people are going to ask, try asking a select group of affiliates and co-workers to navigate through your program and ask them to each write down 2-3 questions. Answer these questions and you've got a FAQ. As your program grows, you will receive questions from your prospective affiliates - whenever you answer a new question, be sure thatrepparttar 102605 question and answer are added torepparttar 102606 FAQ.

You've still got that issue about nobody reading your FAQ, but there's an easy solution. E-mail your FAQ out torepparttar 102607 members of your affiliate program two to four times per year.

Educate to elevate Another measure you can take to reducerepparttar 102608 need for your affiliates to contact you is to provide them with educational resources, such as e-books and tutorials. If you share resources with your affiliates aboutrepparttar 102609 dynamics of affiliate marketing, and other tangentially related topics, not only will you minimize contact from affiliates, but you will also be contributing torepparttar 102610 improvement of your affiliate sites.

One new resource, "Affiliate Marketing 101," by Wayne and Kim Porter, is designed for those new affiliates that need some hand holding and a basic education in affiliate marketing. Pass these free excerpts along to your affiliates, and it will enable you to focus more on your key relationships.

Another free e-book that affiliate managers can share with their affiliates is "Search Engine School." I created this resource for ClubMom affiliates after receiving repeated requests for information on driving traffic. This e-book consists of easy, step-by-step lessons to help your affiliates achieve better placement inrepparttar 102611 search engines.

There's really no excuse for disregarding all but your super affiliates. Not only is it bad business to ignorerepparttar 102612 critical mass of your program, but it's invariably easy to curry favor withrepparttar 102613 Up-and-Comer and Onesie affiliates by answering their questions before they ask them. In order to properly manage your program and all of your affiliates, you've got to manage your time. And now you know how. As Francis Bacon once said, "knowledge itself is power."

Shawn Collins ClubMom Affiliate Manager 646-435-6513

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