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If you had your own way to build your list and added your own web site, then you have COMPLETE OWNERSHIP. Your list is YOURS so if you quit a program not a problem, bottom line is that list (your baby) is going with you.
Now, don't go into panic mode and think that I am saying Affiliate Programs are useless...That is NOT what I am saying. What I am trying to get across to you is...YES participate in them, but work smarter...not harder.
Doesn't that make sense to you?
Excellent, now about YOUR site...
Visitor's are looking for CONTENT...NOT a hard sales effort being thrown at them. What are YOU more receptive to, someone who provides you with good information so that you are better able to make an informed decision. Or, someone who is trying to hard sell you. If you go for good information choice, then what makes you think rest of us are any different?
So, you have a site of your own. A site that is not an exact replica of your affiliate page but one that is theme-based with content that relates to your program(s). One that has opt in tools like a Report/eCourse or Subscription that is building a good list for you.
Let me give you an example of what I mean.
Let's look at an Affiliate Program that sells leads. You make a commission off of lead packages you sell.
On YOUR SITE (not your affiliate page) you could have a theme built around "leads." Your focus could cover:
1. How to generate your own leads, 2. What to look for when purchasing leads, 3. How to follow up with leads, 4. What to follow up with, 5. Teach someone proper way to follow up...
Through your content you have taught your prospect everything they need to know about leads. You have developed a trust with them and by sharing this information you have become "lead expert" in their minds.
Wrapped within content of your various information, of course, your Reports/eCourses and maybe even a Subscription to your newsletter... these are your tools for building your list. Also built within your content you mention your affiliate program in a non-threatening or hard sell way. In doing so, you now have a prospect that is open to clicking to your affiliate page and buying what you have to offer.
You even have potential to add income streams. Looking at list above you could sign up for an autoresponder program, because a prospect is going to need that…and who better to get it than through you, right?
The main thing is, what started as one income stream (your original Leads Program) has now developed into 2-3 income streams.
And of course, let's not forget about YOUR LIST that follows you wherever you go.
Does that make sense now???
By all means participate in Affiliate Programs, they are an excellent source of commissions for you. But, market them right way, through your own site, where you can plug-in opt in tools to build a list and build a relationship with ALL your visitors and prospects.
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