Newbie affiliate marketers make the common mistake of underestimating just how much promotion it takes to generate sales.
To further complicate things, sometimes even when they understand the value of promoting they don’t get the results they want, and this can be for any number of reasons which I will discuss here.
Let’s tackle the first issue, promotion. How much is enough?
Think of it this way, promotion is as vital to the life of your business as BREATHING is to you keeping YOU alive.
Notice that big companies never STOP promoting? Why does Coke need to spend 5 MILLION on a Super Bowl Ad? Doesn’t everyone know what Coke is? The reason is simple. You must keep your product, your brand, your service in the eyes of the buyer. Stop, and the buyer buys something else from someone else. Each morning while watching the morning local news, the commercials I see repeatedly are for McDonald’s breakfast wraps. McDonald’s wants their brand to be what I remember as I’m heading out the door, I can just stop there on my way to grab breakfast.
Now let’s look at affiliate marketing in this same context. You can be trying to make sales from any number of affiliate products or services, business opportunities, advertising, Amazon, movies, website hosting, traffic, pet products, leads, books, toys, and so forth. You’ve got lots of competition. This means you must promote constantly, the reality that successful marketers know and embrace is, that you can’t ever stop.
This may come as a surprise to some. Often I see new marketers, go hard promoting for a week or two, then take time off, then they are back blasting off a few posts, their interest wanes and that’s it they’re done. Average business life expectancy for new marketers can be as brief as 30 days. Too many people expect instant spectacular results from a half-assed effort. You want to make more sales? Learn about effective marketing strategy and adapt a system for marketing – then stick with it. Promote more products, promote more often, promote in the places where you will get the BEST results. There is money to be made – a lot of money – from reputable online sources – not just today but for years to come if you learn how to be a smart marketer.
The good news is that once you have a system for promoting it doesn’t take you as long to do it. You can spend some time early in the morning or late in the evening on your lap top sending out your ads, doing your postings, updating your social media accounts. One of the advantages of being an affiliate marketer is that the company handles orders and customer service, this allows you to focus 100% on advertising and promotion.
Now let’s talk about the where, what and how of promotion that will bring you results.
Get accounts at:
Once you have the accounts set up don’t forget about them. Try to post at least every 48 hours. What to you post? Product reviews. Testimonials. Articles. Recommendations and so forth. Blatant ads won’t work in most places so be creative and be clever.
Get acccounts at popular Safelists and Exchanges. Safelists are free to join, you can earn advertising credits, or pay for low cost advertising targeting the home business market. Safelists are very effective for promotion of landing pages so be sure to include an offer, a lead form, and an optin.
Here’s a few to get you started
Do a Bing Search for more – there are lots and lots of options for Safelist marketing.
Classified Ad sites are worth your time and so too are Online Forums.
Do a Google search to find sites that are free to join and post.
Speaking of Google, as a small affiliate marketer with limited advertising dollars, forget about buying Google Ads unless you have a bottomless pit of money to spend on advertising. It is far better value to buy low cost solo ads, classifieds, login ads, banner ads and sponsor ads at sites related to your market, such as the Safelists mentioned above.
Blogs. You can get a free blog but I don’t recommend it as you have no ownership or control. The company providing your free blog can simply remove it whenever they like if they don’t agree with something posted on the blog, or if their policies change. Better to get your own hosted blog, with an actual website address branded to you. Hosted blogs are inexpensive and using WordPress makes it very easy even for non techies to manage their own blog. For example my hosted blog is http://www.SandiHunter.com and this is a WordPress Blog that is easily managed and updated. What can you post to your blog? Everything? Why blog? To get better search engine ranking and to brand yourself, and to generate leads. If your blog is niche based, meaning the content is specific to a certain topic this is even better for search engine indexing and ranking. On your blog you can post your products for sale, your services, your reviews, your recommendations, articles, images, offers, news, and more. They key to blogging is to post new original content on a regular basis.
So now you understand that to earn consistent online income you must commit to promoting consistently. What you may not know is where to start, and exactly what to do. That’s where we can help you. Now it’s time for you to put a system in place so you can achieve the results you want. Successful marketers promote constantly to breathe LIFE into their business. They are hungry for leads because leads result in sales. They understand that a business only grows when continually watered, nurtured and fed. They learn how and where to market effectively by getting help in this process using a system that works, a proven system like the one developed over many years at Worldprofit. This is a comprehensive training system that teaches you the marketing skills required to achieve your goals for growing your successful online business. Find out more about how Worldprofit can help you grow your profitable online business at http://homeprofitcoach.com/associates
About the Author.
Sandi Hunter, is Co-Founder and President of Worldprofit Inc. Started in 1994, Worldprofit has helped people worldwide grow their own online business with comprehensive training, support and resources from newbies to more seasoned affiliate marketers.
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