5 Tips For Making Money Online In Affiliate Marketing

If you’ve read about the various benefits of affiliate marketing, it’s easy to imagine becoming filthy rich overnight. While it is a great way to bring in some extra revenue, it’s also a fiercely competitive method. To make money online in affiliate marketing, there are five things that you should keep in mind.

Don’t Get Overly Ambitious

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when getting started is signing up for too many affiliate programs at once and trying to market them all. If you start out this way, you can be very easily overwhelmed and your ability to promote any of the products well will suffer. At first, just choose a few quality products by understanding the needs of the market and finding what fits in with your site’s niche.

Take Advantage of Various Sources of Traffic

It’s very common for affiliate marketers to display ads solely on their websites. Although there isn’t anything wrong with this in and of itself, you should be aware that there are all kinds of alternate sources of traffic that you can take advantage of to promote your products. After all, the more traffic you direct to the sales page, the more likely you will be to make sales.

For example, you can use Google AdWords to direct traffic to your products’ sales page. All you have to do is create an ad with your sales page URL as the link. It’s important to remember that this method will require you to keep a constant eye on your conversion rate in order to make sure that you’re bringing in more money than you’re spending on the campaign.

Test, Track and Measure

Many online marketing experts recommend that you use multiple avenues of product promotion in order to determine what works and what falls flat. Split testing and measuring how well each campaign performs allows you to decide on the more appropriate course of action. Just tweaking a few things can have a dramatic impact on how much you make. Be sure to experiment with the placement of ads on your site since they’ll be more noticeable in some areas. In most cases, your affiliate programs will provide you with statistical data, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of your own software for tracking conversions.

Research Product Demand

No matter how hard you try, if the product that you’re promoting isn’t in demand, you’re not likely to get many sales. It’s recommended that you take the time to do some basic research to see if a particular product is something that your audience would be interested in. If you receive a considerable amount of traffic, you may want to try conducting a poll or survey to find out directly from you customer base.

Find a Good Merchant

Every time you promote something through affiliate marketing, you’re also vouching for the business or the person who sells the product so don’t take your selections lightly. If your audience purchases a product that you’ve recommended to them and they’re not happy with it, it can seriously hurt your reputation. They’re probably not going to take any more of your advice and may even recommend that others stay away from your site as well. If you go with products that are sold by reputable companies with a record of quality, you’ll benefit from improved customer satisfaction.

Earning money online as an affiliate is very competitive and can be costly if you don’t have the right affiliate marketing tools. These tools must be able to brand you as authentic and knowledgeable in the affiliate marketing industry. Although, it takes tons of time to become successful and earn money online as an affiliate, This time can be minimized for you with the right affiliate marketing system. Visit [http://networkmarketingsmarts.com] and find out for FREE how you can be in profit with 60 days.

Direct Marketing Mastery: Direct Response Lessons From The Coach Who Never Punts! (Yes Really)

In the middle of the Christmas break and the harsh Australian summer, there is a seldom watched event in these parts that I find totally fascinating.College Football Bowl Season.Maybe I should have grown up on the American continent considering my love of some American sports – the again, Australia is a great place to live.Early in bowl week I was watching a fairly minor bowl game, and I found myself down a wormhole trying to understand various football offences.I’d drifted around and I found myself reading about Kevin Kelley head coach of the Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas who NEVER punts because it is statistically disadvantageous, he almost always onside kicks. There is a video on the YouTube about him where he talks about his philosophy.After watching the video I had to admire the guy. Didn’t care what anyone else thought, the conventional wisdom says he is dead wrong. Yet he knows he has statistical advantage on his side -so he acts in accordance with it.And the guy just wins with it.To me, this is an outflow of the same core problem as understanding your direct marketing metrics and statistics.Strangely, there are sports stats fanatics who are rejoicing because this guy is implementing what they’ve worked out.Moneyball comes to football.Marketers are not fond of sharing their numbers and even more marketers are fond of not knowing their numbers, so in marketing (especially for small business) there is probably never going to be a parallel group of statisticians telling us what we *should* do.We need to be able to work out how to do it ourselves.Have you ever known you should do something and not do it because someone told you not to?Your job as a marketer is to stack the odds and payoff of success in your favour as much as possible. Marketing is about taking calculated risks in order to grow your business.When someone says ‘know your numbers,’ that is only the first step. Those numbers need to create a picture for you. And then you need to be able to understand how you should act in light of those numbers – is a $200 cost of sale too high? Is it acceptable or is it highway robbery?Can you improve conversion so that cost of sale comes down? Can you change your business so the $200 cost of sale is acceptable?However, many times when we seek advice we often get told not to do things because of the beliefs of the person we explained it to.Understanding your numbers and then having the conviction to act based on the information they provide is certainly going to be a breakthrough in almost every business.

How to Market Smart During the Holiday Season

Most companies and individuals enjoy receiving cards in the mail. They tell us that someone is thinking about us or appreciate us, and add to the sense of joy during the holidays.

Many people have their cards on display throughout their homes and places of business, presented on the fireplace mantel or strung across windows. Why not have one of your personalized holiday cards added into the mix of holiday decorations.

Whether you are B2C or B2B, if you aren’t doing so already, send out festive cards printed with your logo to your current clientele. A simple card is the perfect way to show your appreciation to your clients, and your vendors as well. Everyone enjoys receiving a traditional holiday card and your small token of thanks will be repaid by having that card displayed for all to see. You never know who else might see your card and be interested in your product or service

Now is also the perfect time to introduce yourself to prospective clients. Many businesses may be able to make a powerful and personal impact this upcoming year, that all started with a simple Season Greetings and business card.

You can enhance your existing client database by talking to a list broker who will be able to find new consumers or businesses within your area to send greeting cards to. You will also have the option to add selects and better target your prospective customers. Experienced list brokers have access to thousands of effective B2B and B2C mailing lists. Whether you are a small, independently owned business or a large corporation it can’t hurt to spread a little holiday cheer to new prospects, especially if you are already planning to send out cards to your current clientele.

Be sure to have your logo printed somewhere on the card, but not to big. You want the festiveness of the card to be the focal point, so it will be put on display. Your logo is the secondary focal point, so you will be remembered.

You don’t want the card to be a full on advertisement of your business or service. Then it becomes no different than a promotional pamphlet or postcard, and will go unnoticed amongst the holiday joviality. If you have marketing material you want to present, stuff it inside the card. You can include a pamphlet advertising your business or include a New Year’s promotion. You can take it one step further and include a small gift, like a branded pen or something similar. You may be surprised how far a small gift can go!

Remember, massive amounts of mail get sent over the Christmas period and in the process many items get lost or delivered late. The earlier you get it out the more chance you have of it being opened and put on display.