The Forbidden Fruit: Marketing Credit Cards Online

Written by Joe Lloyd

A common question and topic of discussion among Internet marketers is, “What market should I go after?” The number of answers to this question are as varied as there are grains of sand inrepparttar Sahara, but there is one thing that I have noticed in my eight years marketing online: people tend to shy away from and even be scared of ultra-competitive markets.

What type of markets am I talking about? Well, there are quite a few. Industries like travel, web hosting, and dating come to mind. One just has to look atrepparttar 150652 typical commissions being offered to marketers to promote these types of products to realize that there is quite a large mark-up on these services, and therefore mounds of competition.

However, there is one industry that trumps them all:repparttar 150653 financial industry. Whether it is mortgages, loans, or investments, there is simply no other market that even comes close torepparttar 150654 amount of fierce competition and ultra-high commissions than financial products. The financial market that I'd like to discuss in this article isrepparttar 150655 credit card market.

"In Short, It's Where The Money Is... Literally."

Credit card companies have been marketing their cards online sincerepparttar 150656 early days of affiliate marketing. Back then, they had affiliate programs that would pay out anywhere from $10 to $20 per completed credit card application. With increased competition, and more people putting their trust intorepparttar 150657 web than ever before, this situation has drastically changed.

Now, online marketers can pull in a commission of around $30 to $40 for each referral and completed application. This is more than doublerepparttar 150658 commissions being made as recently as five years ago, and more accurately reflectsrepparttar 150659 high profit margins and lifetime value ofrepparttar 150660 customer torepparttar 150661 credit card company.

With such high commissions, hordes of marketers flock to push these offers on PPC networks such as Google Adwords and Overture, skyrocketingrepparttar 150662 bid levels up to astronomical heights. It is for this reason that many less brazen marketers shy away from this market, and may even feel intimidated by it. But rest assured, even with such a high level of market penetration, there is ample opportunity for a savvy marketer to experience very handsome profits.

5 Ways to Promote Affiliate Programs

Written by Jason Gazaway

After having chosen several programs to join, you probably realize that customers won't knock on your door - you have to come to them. By promoting your affiliate programs successfully, you build your own success!

So what should you do to promote your affiliate programs? Here are five methods which have succeeded for millions and can succeed for you, if you choose to followrepparttar same steps as those millions before you!

#1 Create your own marketing affiliate program materials.

Many people userepparttar 150526 marketing materials provided byrepparttar 150527 program they signed up for. Guess what? Thousands of people are using those same materials, those same ready-made websites and those same advertisements. People are easily bored and those ads get old really, really fast. Create something brand new and all your own!

* Create your own promotional website instead of using a stale, pre- packaged website. This is not very expensive andrepparttar 150528 returns can be huge!

* Create your own brochures and pamphlets. Whether using email or mailing materials to prospects inrepparttar 150529 old-fashioned way, be sure your material is fresh and new.

* Create compelling business cards. The business cards you hand out to contacts that you network with should also be fresh, new, and causerepparttar 150530 person readingrepparttar 150531 card to feel compelled to contact you. A simple byline such as "Information on Becoming an Overnight Success" can be all it takes to make that person call you for more information.

* Write original articles and submit for publication to ezines for exposure of your fresh material.

#2 Generate Leads from an Opt-In Email List

Sure, you can buy names from email lists, but are those people even interested inrepparttar 150532 type of product you have to offer? Probably not! Create an opt-in mailing list by allowing prospects who come to your website to choose to receive a free newsletter. This gives yourepparttar 150533 opportunity to include information inrepparttar 150534 newsletter about your products. Why is thisrepparttar 150535 best way?

* Allows contact with people who have at least some interest inrepparttar 150536 product you are promoting on your website

* Generates mailing list for future products you may promote

* Saves tons of money compared to buying mailing lists!

After all, think of all those flyers that come inrepparttar 150537 newspaper. What do you do with them? If you are like most people, you throw them away because they don't pertain to you. If allrepparttar 150538 flyers in your newspaper were placed there because you, personally, had expressed interest in them, you probably would read them all! This isrepparttar 150539 difference between random mailing and mailing to prospects that share an interest in your product type!

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