Combine Email Marketing
with Your Affiliate
Affiliate Programs are huge today and rightly so. They provide
people with the opportunity to make a residual income with
very little cash output, and of course everything is already
done for you. All you have to do is promote. Now, this article
isn't focusing on Affiliate Marketing, but it does suggest
a few effective ways for maximizing YOUR LIST building potential.
You already know that in order to be successful online, you
need a list...and when I say list, I am referring to YOUR
LIST. (You will see why I highlight YOUR in a sec). Makes
sense...right? I mean which would you rather have, a nice
warm, accepting list of individuals with whom you have built
a good relationship with and who are receptive to your recommendations?
Having to continually go out and drive new traffic to your
site in order to make that sale? Think about the process you
go through for a second. You join an affiliate program, use
their ads and place classifieds in newsletters. The link you
use is sending prospects to your affiliate "page."
From there, your affiliate program gathers into the "system"
only those who; buy or sign up. You are only able to build
a list based on those two criteria and because of that, you
are missing out. You are missing out on those "others" who
have been to your page and maybe aren't ready to buy, but
would be if ONLY they had some additional follow up contact
with you. Even if you wanted to contact these "others," you
aren't able to because your affiliate program doesn't allow
you to make any changes to your (or rather their) web page.
Which means that you are not able to maximize on your list
So, how do you fix this problem?
There are actually a few things you can do. First of all,
let's start with your mindset. This is the key. What I want
you to do from here on out is always ask yourself this one
"How/what must I do to add on to "MY List."
If you are using classifieds to market your affiliate program,
then ask yourself that question and instead of sending prospects
to your affiliate page, send them to a Report/eCourse instead.
See what just happened? You have now added a name to YOUR
list, instead of sending them to your page and risk the chance
of losing them altogether.
There is another way to help you build your list and market
your programs at the same time. Create a theme-based web site
of your own.
I hear the groans. I know one of the reasons affiliate programs
are so big is because they have a page for you. But let me
explain why you really need a site of your own.
How many of you have been playing a little leap frog...jumping
from program to program because nothing is making you money?
It's ok to admit it because you aren't alone, there are 1000s
of people in the same boat.
Stop and think for a second the effect all this jumping is
having on you and your chances of making a residual income:
1. You are not focused, and
2. You are ALWAYS starting over from scratch.
Aren't you tired of that?
That is the whole intent of having a site of your own. One
that is based on a theme and loaded with good, quality content.
One that allows you to build a list that is YOURS.
You don't have that full capability with an Affiliate
If you quit the program or "knock on wood" they bite the dust,
and trust me it does happen. Then all that hard work you put
into marketing that program has been lost. You don't own the
page, you don't own the list, so as a result you are always
starting over...each and every time.
If you had your own way to build your list and added your
own web site, then you have COMPLETE OWNERSHIP. Your list
is YOURS so if you quit a program not a problem, the bottom
line is that list (your baby) is going with you.
Now, don't go into panic mode and think that I am saying Affiliate
Programs are useless...That is NOT what I am saying. What
I am trying to get across to you is...YES participate in them,
but work smarter...not harder.
Doesn't that make sense to you? Excellent, now about
Visitor's are looking for CONTENT...NOT a hard sales effort
being thrown at them. What are YOU more receptive to, someone
who provides you with good information so that you are better
able to make an informed decision. Or, someone who is trying
to hard sell you. If you go for the good information choice,
then what makes you think the rest of us are any different?
So, you have a site of your own. A site that is not an exact
replica of your affiliate page but one that is theme-based
with content that relates to your program(s). One that has
the opt in tools like a Report/eCourse or Subscription that
is building a good list for you.
Let me give you an example of what I mean. Let's look at an
Affiliate Program that sells leads. You make a commission
off of the lead packages you sell. On YOUR SITE (not your
affiliate page) you could have a theme built around "leads."
Your focus could cover:
1. How to generate your own leads,
2. What to look for when purchasing leads,
3. How to follow up with leads,
4. What to follow up with,
5. Teach someone the proper way to follow up...
Through your content you have taught your prospect everything
they need to know about leads. You have developed a trust
with them and by sharing this information you have become
the "lead expert" in their minds.
Wrapped within the content of your various information, of
course, your Reports/eCourses and maybe even a Subscription
to your newsletter... these are your tools for building your
list. Also built within your content you mention your affiliate
program in a non-threatening or hard sell way. In doing so,
you now have a prospect that is open to clicking to your affiliate
page and buying what you have to offer.
You even have the potential to add income streams. Looking
at the list above you could sign up for an autoresponder program,
because a prospect is going to need that�and who better to
get it than through you, right? The main thing is, what started
as one income stream (your original Leads Program) has now
developed into 2-3 income streams. And of course, let's not
forget about YOUR LIST that follows you wherever you go.
Does that make sense now???
By all means participate in Affiliate Programs, they are an
excellent source of commissions for you. But, market them
the right way, through your own site, where you can plug-in
opt in tools to build a list and build a relationship with
ALL your visitors and prospects.
by Denise Ryder