5 Rock-Solid Methods For Increasing Your Online Income From Affiliate Programs" © Copyright 2003 by Mosiekk Conley
What you are about to read... are some my most personal and tested strategies for increasing my income from affiliate programs.
It seems that question I get most from my subscribers to my newsletter is:
"How can I make more money from affiliate programs?"
The answer to this question is so simple that I almost feel guilty about what I am going to share with you.
The most common problems I see with most people that are promoting affiliate programs are:
1. No preselling! 2. 20 different affiliate program links all on one page. 3. No personal endorsements. (this is a big one!) 4. Lacking additional incentives. 5. Targeting wrong people.
And list could go on and on...
Tip #1 - Separate yourself from other affiliate marketers.
Meaning what would make me want to buy from you instead of other sites that I see promoting that same product.
In sales there is something that is called a USP.
Simply put, what sets you apart from everyone else selling same or similar products?
If you are selling air conditioning units, you would want to tell me exactly how your units will be even better than next guys air conditioning units.
You want to make your customer feel as though your A/C units are best thing since "sliced bread" without distorting truth.
If you don't, then your potential customer may go somewhere else to get an even better deal.
An easy way to accomplish this is through use of added incentives.
One ingenious, idea that comes to mind when selling A/C units, is to offer a free jacket with every A/C unit.
Basically signifying that air will be so cold that your customers will require a jacket.
Another idea would be to offer a free trip to Las Vegas.
These may seem like over-the-top suggestions but whatever it takes to separate yourself from others in your market is necessary to realize your true income potential.
Tip #2 - Putting Your Ad In Front of RIGHT Audience.
Again using A/C units as an example, it would be a grave mistake to advertise to people who live in Alaska.
Well because most of people that live in Alaska most likely wouldn't have any use for A/C.
It really doesn't hot enough to warrant using A/C.
Therefore, your efforts would most like be wasted on them. You would probably serve yourself better by advertising in New Mexico, Nevada, or some other place that would be better suited for A/C.
What I see on internet, is people promoting their affiliate links on those "Start Page Exchange Programs."
While these programs seem to bring in tons of traffic, it is not targeted traffic.
For starters, most of people using those programs don't really even see offers that show up. Then to top it all off, if they do see them they are probably in a totally different market, so they really have no use for your particular program.
Tip #3 - K.I.S.S. - Keep It Stupid Simple!
I couldn't think of any other way to put this.
Make it as easy as possible for your customer to get what he/she wants.
When you have other things that can either detract or take attention away from your offer, you lessen your chances of making that sale.
As mentioned earlier, when most people see just a page full of affiliate links, they are more likely to go somewhere else.
Personally, I feel like affiliate is just trying to get my money and not trying to help me.