Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make a real income working from home. This is one of the few businesses where you are almost completely in control of how much your affiliate marketing commissions are. With the seemingly infinite possibilities that the internet offers, all you have to do is find one or two effective strategies and implement them consistently and your commissions will skyrocket.
One warning though, while it is true that you can make virtually unlimited commissions with affiliate marketing, please don’t fall for the scams or hype that tell you that you don’t have to do any work and that you can be making a six figure income in 30 days. Don’t believe it… That is simply not true. While affiliate marketing is an relatively easy business to learn and run successfully, it will take work and time to get your business to the point you want it to be, just like any other business.
How Can You Increase Your Affiliate Commissions?
There are several things you can do to increase your commissions, but one of the best, and most simple, things you can do to earn higher affiliate commissions is: build an opt-in list.
Many entrepreneurs don’t realize that up to 98% of the people who visit a website not only won’t make a purchase… they probably will never be back. In order to convert more of your visitors into customers you need multiple contacts with them. Having multiple contacts with them can lead them to trust you and feel more comfortable about spending their hard earned money with you.
But how do you do that if 98% don’t buy?
You build your own email list. The easiest way to do this is to get yourself an autoresponder account. An autoresponder will allow you to put the entire process on autopilot. It will be like having your office open 24/7. When you set up an autoresponder account you can upload a series of emails into the autoresponder and they will go out over a period of time, whatever period you set up. That way you will be building trust by providing the people on your list with valuable information. And in addition you can, very subtly, remind them that the product you are selling can help them achieve the results they are looking for.
How Do I Get Them On My List?
When you have an autoresponder you will need to get your potential buyers to opt-in to your list. This is important because by them opting-in to your list, they are giving you permission to contact them by email so you avoid any spam complaints. But how do you get them to opt-in?
First you need to have some kind of capture page where you make them an offer and there is a sign up form for them to subscribe. Many times, the affiliate program that you are signed up for will offer promotional material for you to advertise their products, including a capture page or splash page. If they don’t, you can have them made up relatively cheaply online at a place like Fiverr.com. Once you have a capture page you need something to put on it that will entice them to subscribe.
One of the most common practices is to bribe them to subscribe! Don’t worry, its nothing illegal. You offer them something of value in return for them subscribing to your email list.
It doesn’t have to be anything expensive in fact it does not have to cost you anything if you can create it yourself. It just needs to be something with a high perceived value… something that they will find helpful and consider valuable. A free ebook or report can be a great bribe. Just make sure that the free gift you give them isn’t a piece of junk that you threw together in 10 minutes. Provide them something of real value so they will trust you and feel more inclined to not only sign up on your list, but purchase products from you in the future.
Don’t Kill Your Mailing List!
A common mistake people make with their list is to make every email they send out nothing but a sales pitch. If you do that they will unsubscribe and you’ve lost a potential customer. Instead, give them valuable hints and tips in the emails and include a signature file at the end which can contain the ad. This technique will work much better than if you’re always asking them to dig into their wallet. You can also send out special offers, only for subscribers, in addition to the regularly scheduled emails that are set up.
Affiliate marketing is a great way to make a living on line. I have been using affiliate marketing for over twenty years to add income to my business efforts and it is not hard to do once you get the hang of it.
Yours in success
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