Free Ways to Promote Your Affiliate Program

Written by Clay Mabbitt

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3.) Post to Affiliate Forums and Newsgroups Approach this method with caution. No one will be impressed if you post a blatant advertisement or a plea to join your affiliate program. If you find a forum that contains such messages, donít even bother making a post there. The forum probably isnít moderated, and almost certainly isnít read by many people. The place to include information about your website and program is in your profile (and in your signature line if other posters do so). A serious forum, read byrepparttar type of people you want to have as affiliates, will only contain posts with relevant and useful content instead of advertising fluff messages.

How can you add relevant and useful content? The first step is to read some ofrepparttar 102471 existing posts and get a feel forrepparttar 102472 general personality ofrepparttar 102473 forum. At best, reading old posts will spark questions that can be turned into relevant posts and generate interested responses. At worst, youíll see whatís been talked about recently, so you donít makerepparttar 102474 awkward mistake of asking a question that was answered a few days ago.

If no topics come to mind after reading old posts, a possible strategy is to ask forrepparttar 102475 advice of some experienced affiliates in how you could improve your program. Youíll find different ideas on what constitutes a solid compensation plan, tracking system, or incentive program. Beyond getting attention for your program, this is a great opportunity to improve your program by pickingrepparttar 102476 brains of people whoíve been inrepparttar 102477 game longer than you.

This list is obviously not comprehensive, but it contains a few forums worth investigating:

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Affiliate Opportunity Scams

Written by Rosalind Gardner

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Actually, you probably wouldn't want to join allrepparttar same programs. Many of these affiliate links lead to sites and products that you wouldn't want to buy yourself. Do you want to risk your business reputation by offering them to your site's visitors?

Don't forget thatrepparttar 102470 same offer is made to thousands of people every day, each of them looking forrepparttar 102471 same magic bullet -repparttar 102472 quick and easy business opportunity. That means that there are copies of 'your' site all overrepparttar 102473 web, and more coming online everyday. So much for being unique.

Not having a niche has another disadvantage. How many surfers will find your flea market affiliate link site when they are searching for 'handheld computer' or 'treadmills'? Approximately none. Niche sites get ranked byrepparttar 102474 search engines while flea markets don't get found.

All in all, these 'opportunities' are a waste of time and money, and benefit onlyrepparttar 102475 scheme's originator.

Real affiliate marketing opportunities abound, and many have excellent potential for earning serious income. Thousands of affiliate marketers enjoy very large incomes by promoting merchant programs and products.

While they avoidrepparttar 102476 hassles of carrying inventory, order processing and customer service - super affiliates do not avoid effort.

They know that success comes from investing time, effort andrepparttar 102477 forging of one's own path.

In other words, dorepparttar 102478 work, reaprepparttar 102479 rewards.

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