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Making Money with Articles: Where to Find Affiliates For Your Niche Website

To make money with articles that you place on websites, you will also need a variety of good affiliate links that will help to generate revenue. It is important that you know where to find affiliates and that you choose the best affiliates for you and your niche site.

When you pick an affiliate, it is important that you determine which companies you will profit best from based on the frequency that the product is likely to sell. There are several types of affiliates and some will offer you more money from a sale than others will. Before you get hazy-eyed by dollar signs, however, remember some products are bound to sell more than others. If you sell on product four times a year from a little known company that gives you $100 per sale or sell a well known product 3 times a week at the rate of $10 per sale, then you will make much more money with the $10 per sale product. Often times large well known companies will offer a very small profit per sale because they are established and know that their product is likely to sell well. Small, unknown companies, on the other hand, need all of the promotion they can get. Also, because they are unknown, their products are likely to sell less frequently.

The most important rule when picking affiliates to promote on your site is to pick products that would be of interest to those who would likely visit your niche site. Otherwise you will be promoting a product to a group of people who do not even want nor need it. If your niche site targets parents of young children, then promote baby products. If you niche site targets gardeners, then promote gardening products. If you promote baby products to gardeners, you are almost guaranteed to not make a profit no matter how much money the affiliate company offers for a sale.

Lastly, there are two main ways to find an affiliate company for your niche website. You can sign up with a company that manages the accounts of hundreds of companies, big and small, and apply for the products within these accounts or you can do a web search for companies that would match well with your niche, visit their websites, and see if they advertise an affiliate program. ps see how to get more info on affiliate marketing here.

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Affiliate Revenue – Effective Marketing

Spider bots creep through websites slurping up keywords and phrases. They check for back links to other sites and work to properly evaluate the site for ranking in their search engines. This process is taking place on a continual basis and demonstrates something potentially exciting for those who are participants in affiliate revenue programs.

The fine strands that hold the web together for search engine data is representative of the multiple fine strands that can be created in a networking environment for affiliate revenue businesses. One strand is never quite enough so when many strands combine the overall effect if positive for all involved.

When you are able to establish aggregated inbound links from affiliates your primary website can receive a higher trust ranking in search engine placement. The greater the trust factor in your site the greater the trust factor for customers and prospects. The greater the trust factor among customers the great conversion rates you will find.

For the affiliate this scenario still remains a positive especially if they place a concerted emphasis in developing their affiliate revenue website with keywords and phrases that are in keeping with the primary thrust of the product or service.

There are many sites that are developed without paying any attention to keywords or knowledge based articles that can enhance the visitor’s opinion and understanding of the product. In essence their approach is a bit like a fisherman who throws his line in the water, but never bothered to put any bait on the hook. The fish gaze at the bare hook, but the call to action (bait) is missing and the fish eventually move on to something more inviting.

Too many sites are like that hapless fisherman; they want customers, but lack any meaningful bait (call to action) for the customer to consider. Without that the customers tend to venture off elsewhere wondering why they dropped by in the first place.

You don’t have to be hard sell to initiate a call to action. The call to action can be as simple as “Let’s get started,” or “The next step”. Simple or elaborate – a call to action is imperative.

When you sign on as an affiliate it is similar to agreeing to be a salesperson for the product you’d like to receive commissions from. It would be nice if the money would come in without really having to work for it, but the truth is this scenario is very rare. You have to work at marketing the product – and your website. Proper Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques are one of the best long-term ways to get your site noticed.

Affiliate revenue works for many individuals because the Internet is based on the cyber-quilt concept of various computers and servers making up a network of receptive computers that is increasingly friendly to online commerce.

If you want more affiliate revenue from the affiliate program you work with then you need to be willing to drum up some business. What can you do to make that happen? See what new here

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Affiliate Revenue – Tapping Into The Cash Cow?

Commercial radio stations will sometimes fill up their advertising slots with a type of commercial known as Per Inquiry (PI). This type of advertising guarantees absolutely nothing up front, but the radio station does receive a commission when a listener uses an individualized toll free number to purchase the advertised product.

The reasons some radio (and television) stations accept this type of advertising is because there is the potential for revenue whereas that potential goes away if they choose not to accept this type of advertising.

This is the same premise behind affiliate revenue strategies online. In this scenario businesses offer other, secondary, website owners the potential to earn income when the secondary website is successfully used as a portal between the potential customer and the primary website.

In essence when you become an affiliate you are provided a means to track incoming traffic. If the individual purchasing a product started the process at your website then you will be credited for the sale. In turn, you will receive a commission for that sale. In an online environment this can be done hands-free.

Because you can only receive money on sales completed using your site it is important to make sure your site is as well developed as possible. This means your site not only has to look great, but it should rank well in search engines.

You may be asking yourself why someone would even be interested in developing an affiliate program. After all, why would they need to pay you for something that is featured prominently on their website.

One of the key principles in business is the need to advertise your product. Affiliate revenue programs provide a relatively inexpensive way to advertise a product.

Secondary sites willingly agree to place product information on their website, they further work to present the product in a very positive light. Some affiliate revenue sites will dedicate an entire website to the product. For the primary site this provides an incredible vehicle for advertising. What’s more, the originating site owner pays absolutely nothing until the product is sold through this secondary site.

Many primary site owners have found that it is both cheaper and more effective to pay an individual for actual sales than it is to pay for advertising that may or may not deliver customers.

This process allows virtually any site owner to claim a stake in revenue that has typically been reserved only for advertising agents. ps see what new here

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Affiliate Revenue – A Web Design Test Case

Maybe you have dreamed of personally developing a website for either personal or business use. If this is true of you then you might consider affiliate revenue sharing programs as a means of trying out your web designing skills while offering you the opportunity to offset, fund entirely or even make additional income through an affiliate revenue program.

Web design through web building software can be a relatively easy and inexpensive way to learn web design skills. You could, of course, build a website for personal reasons, but the discipline of developing an ecommerce site can be helpful in practicing Search Engine Optimization (SEO) skills.

This web design test case can be enhanced when you have the potential of a residual income stream essentially paying you for learning the skills of web design.

Web builder technology is a useful tool because it is intuitive for customers who have never personally developed a website and can help guide them through most design difficulties they may encounter.

The ultimate web design is customizable in many ways allowing essential creative freedom in design while maintaining proper flow and balance for the overall site.

When a website is optimized well in relation to accepted SEO techniques the result is high placement in search engines and greater traffic to your site.

Should you work to make an affiliate revenue program your test case for web design you always have the ability to develop additional sites and cross-link those sites to assist in even greater traffic building efforts.

For many entrepreneurs there is a fear about the possibility of developing a site without the aid of the long established web master. However, by accessing an affiliate revenue program you have both reason and opportunity to develop a site on your own.

REASON – It is only by developing the site that you actually have the opportunity to derive a return on your site design investment.

OPPORTUNITY – When you develop a site and your SEO strategies start to bring in more traffic you begin to see the possibilities that may exist in a business of your own.

Many individuals have even developed a series of affiliate revenue sites. These sites have, in some instances, exceeded typical monthly expenses for their families. This didn’t happen overnight and it certainly didn’t occur without a solid SEO strategy, but in many cases an individual can make a living working exclusively with affiliate revenue sharing programs.

Web design using web building software combined with an interest in affiliate revenue programs can be a combination that pays off in increased web design expertise as well as residual payments that have the potential to exceed your current standard of living.

You’ll notice I used the word ‘potential’. Affiliate revenue programs vary widely in success and SEO strategies can take a while to realize maximum results. While affiliate revenue programs can perform beyond expectations they can also be stagnant in results. Research the product you are wanting to sell and ask for some actual figures (not best results) to gain a clear idea of the expectations you should have when signing on as an affiliate. ps check out my free ebook

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Mistakes Affiliates Make-help For Newbies

Mistakes affiliates make result generally from a lack of knowledge. Yes, we know there are many ebooks showing affiliates the way to go. But remember, even the gurus had a learning curve. Gurus made mistakes too.

The key for affiliates today is to learn as much as they can even as they join affiliate programs. The major portion of affiliate sales are raked in by only 5% of the affiliates! Please don’t let that information discourage you.

Newbies especially, be encouraged. Here is the other side of the coin! A research firm Forrester Research, indicates that we affiliates will have more then $280 billion dollars/year to divide up amongst ourselves by 2021. Walk don’t run, take your time, and learn the ropes. There is hope for us! But try to avoid the following:

Affiliate Mistake #1

When you promote, be sure to promote the product. Nothing else, just the product. Let the wealthy people who captured you into their program be concerned about promoting the program. You just focus on selling the product. That’s what affiliates do.

While you’re at it, endorse the product. You are your chief weapon in your marketing arsenal. Did you know that? Well you know it now. Tell them about the product. Let them know how it has benefited you. Endorse, endorse and endorse some more!

Affiliate Mistake #2

Stay away from the heavy hitters. If your specialty in the offline world was marketing that doesn’t mean you’re going to be great in the online world. Swim in the waters where the small grunts are first.

As you learn a few online tips and tricks, then you can wade into deeper water. But don’t go out too far! The deeper waters of the Internet are known to be shark-infested.

Affiliate Mistake #3

Are you capturing names and addresses? No! You’ve gotta be kidding me! You’re letting money slip through your fingers. Answer this? Would you rather buy from someone that you trust, or someone that you don’t trust? Yeah! I figured so.

Collect those emails and start to build some trust with your very own list. Take your time with this. Don’t rush them. Don’t bug them either. Work on that list immediately.

Affiliate Mistake #4

Keep track of the promotions you do. Some will be duds. There’s nothing worse than throwing money after an unprofitable promotion. What makes it worse is that you may have a profitable promotion that you aren’t paying much attention to but should be.

Affiliate Mistake #5

While you‘re working on your affiliate programs what’s happening with your own product? What was that? I didn’t hear you? No? Okay, what do you like to do? Quite frankly you may not be able to pursue what you are passionate about.

But there must be something you can do? Everyone on the topside has a gift. Is it plumbing? Gardening? You must have something up your sleeve. If it’s something you’re passionate about, and it works online, you may have arrived. But you won’t know until you take action.

Let’s be realistic. You’re going to make mistakes, you’re human. Allow me to encourage you with this; there is more money out there than the mistakes you can make. You’ll be an expert one day. And when that happens you won’t be able to get out of the way of those affiliate commissions. ps check out my free ebook

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Affiliate Marketing Is Revenue Sharing

One of the most popular and undeniable methods of earning money online is the setting up of an affiliate marketing business. Anyone who is determined, resourceful, and willing to learn can become successful in affiliate marketing. But how can affiliate marketing result to earning money? First, the business of affiliate marketing can be described as a joint effort of two businesses. That is, affiliate marketing is basically a relationship between two businesses in which, the common purpose is to increase visitor traffic. One business is called the Advertiser, and the other is called the Publisher or the Affiliate.

The financial relationship of the Advertiser and the Publisher is based on revenue sharing. The Advertiser will place ads in the website of the Publisher. These ads are links towards the website of the Advertiser. And when a visitor clicks on the link, the Advertiser will pay the Publisher. The payment or compensation given to the Publisher will be based on any of these arrangements.

Cost Per Click

In “cost per click” or CPC, the Advertiser has arranged to pay the Publisher or Affiliate each time a visitor ends up in the Advertiser’s website from the link in the Publisher’s website. What actually happens is that the Publisher has articles or products that have attracted Internet users. And while the Internet user is in the website of the Publisher, this Internet user will be aware of the existence of the Advertiser’s website.

In the ads or banner of the Advertiser, there will be one or two sentences that will entice the Internet user to visit the Advertiser’s website. Of course, the Advertiser may have several Publishers and it will have a system that will identify which Publisher has referred the visitor.

Cost Per Lead

In “cost per lead” or CPL, the visitor that was referred by the Publisher must sign-up or fill-up a form before the Publisher is entitled to a commission or compensation. When the visitor signs-up, he becomes a lead for the Advertiser to more target clients. Since a lead is more valuable than a simple visitor, the compensation given to the Publisher for each lead is relatively higher than the pay for each visitor.

Cost Per Acquisition

In “cost per acquisition” or CPA, the visitor that was referred by the Publisher decides to purchase the products or services from the website of the Advertiser. The visitor becomes a paying customer. When there is a paying customer, the Advertiser earns income. And when the Advertiser earns income, a part of it is shared with the Publisher in the form of a commission. ps check out my free ebook

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6 Essential Tactics To Maximizing Your Affiliate Profits!

Here are six essential practices to maximizing your income as an Affiliate Marketer!

If you are like most new affiliate marketers, you have signed up as an affiliate and posted links and are actively promoting products but you are making few sales. Here are things that you can do to start making real profits:

1 – Build your own Website:

You need to build your own website to promote the products. Make sure it has its own paid for domain name (mybizsite.com), not a free site like (mybizsite.othersitename.com). If you have been using free hosting, people looking at your site will not take your business seriously. If you don’t know how to build a website there are many services that offer simple website building programs for a small fee or you can hire someone build a site for you. Check out elance.com where website designers will bid for the opportunity to build a site for you!

2 – Write reviews of the products you are promoting:

You need to know the products you are promoting! It is crucial that you purchase all the products you are promoting so that you can write honest reviews about them. Let potential customers know that you are using these products and why they are worth buying! You then need to post these reviews on your website, in your newsletters and in articles.

3 – Get yourself a Blog:

I recommend that you get a Blog and link it to your website. This will allow you to create discussions on the blog about the products you are selling and list any updates to your regular website. Blogs that are updated and posted to regularly (I recommend every other day) are indexed quicker by the search engines than are new websites, and after the blog is indexed, the pages you have linked to the blog will also get indexed. This is a very powerful way to get your site indexed and to get more links to your website. I recommend posting link to your website at the end of each post you make to your blog. This will give you even more links to your site

4 – Write Articles:

One of the best ways to become an expert on your product is to write articles on the Internet and include a link to your website in the resource box. There are many places to submit articles and the more you write the more exposure to your website; more click thorough of your affiliate links and purchases of the products you are promoting which will in turn make you more money.

5 – Join forums on the internet related to your products:

Go to google and search; forums (your affiliate products), Join the forums you find After you join the forums make sure you use your signature in your posts and threads .You then need to have your website links in your signature line. Make sure you post regularly! It is important to post relevant and useful information in the forums. You will find an incredible amount of free, useful information in the forums. They are an indispensable resource. I highly recommend this tactic! Signature links are also indexed by the search engines and will provide you more links to your site thus increasing your ranking in the search engines and driving more traffic to your site!

6 – Use text links not banners or buttons:

Due to the enormous use of pop-ups and flashy banners that we see each time we visit a website, It’s much more professional looking and effective to have a text link with a few lines about the products you are promoting. Stay away from banners and pop ups, Most web surfers are sick of pop ups and have pop up blockers built into their browsers

Utilizing all of the above mentioned tactics will help your affiliate commissions grow
Significantly! ps check out my free ebook affiliate marketing blueprint

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5 Affiliate Mistakes to Avoid that will Increase Your Sales

Affiliate Marketing is one of the best ways to make money from home and affiliate programs provide anyone with internet access a chance to make a living on the internet. Affiliate programs are usually free or very cheap to join, easy to get started and typically pay commissions on a regular basis, so more and more people are turning to them as a means to start a home based business. However, there are a few mistakes affiliate marketers tend to make that hurts their business tremendously.

Avoiding some of these common mistakes made by affiliate marketers should quickly and easily improve your chances of making sales and increase your affiliate commissions. Here are five of the top mistakes made by affiliate marketers:

1) Not researching the affiliate program before your start promoting it

It really is amazing just how many affiliates grab the first affiliate program that comes there way or signup simply because it has a high commission rate or promote it just because every other marketer is promoting it. If the program does not compliment the overall theme of your site, you will find it difficult to convince your visitors and subscribers to purchase the product. Why would they want it if it does not have anything to do with the area you are targeting?

2) Not using your signature file correctly

Many affiliates add a signature file to all of their out-going email messages and forum posts but they do not do it correctly. Twenty lines of text full of affiliate links to a bunch of different products is not considered a good signature file! In fact, it can very easily be considered spam. Try keeping your signature file under five lines with an attention grabbing or intriguing first line and overdo it on the links.

3) Not writing your own ad copy

There’s nothing worse than seeing the exact same advertisement all over the internet or in email messages from ten different marketers. How much perceived value will your message have when it arrives and the reader is seeing it for the tenth time? Take the time to tweak the ad to suit your target audience and subscribers before sending it out. Personalize it to make the ad your own so it doesn’t even seem like an advertisement anymore.

4) Not paying for your own domain name and hosting account

Even novice internet users can tell a free hosted site when they see one. It’s very unprofessional and suggests to your visitors that you haven’t made any money online and probably don’t know what you’re doing. If you haven’t even taken the small step towards setting up your business properly then how can your visitors trust you? Less than $10 a year for a domain name at GoDaddy.com and maybe $5 per month for a small hosting account won’t break your bank account. In fact, it will probably help to add to your account in the long run.

5) Not capturing your leads before you send them on to the affiliate product site

If you spend your time and money marketing to get someone to click on one of your affiliate links then they leave the product site without purchasing, what have you gained? Nothing! You have just lost the time and money it took to get that one click-through in the first place. Set up a squeeze page so you can capture your lead’s email address before you send them on to the product site. That way if they don’t buy you can follow up with them later and try again (and again and again and again). This can be priceless!

Now that you know these five affiliate mistakes to avoid you should be able to make more sales and increase your affiliate commissions by a significant amount. So get out there and become the super affiliate marketer you always knew you could be! ps check out my free ebook page on affiliate marketing blueprint

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3 Indispensable Tools to Catapult the Affiliate Marketer’s Sales

Before plunging in and dissecting the three most important tools you’ll need to succeed in Affiliate Marketing, let me first list at least some of the questions which any hopeful affiliate marketer worth his/her salt should want answered before even considering entering this profitable field.

  1. What does it take to become a successful Affiliate
    Marketer?
  2. What are the key ingredients of an affiliate marketing
    success story?
  3. Is there a shortcut to Affiliate Marketing glory?

These are the kinds of questions that play around in the minds of hopeful affiliate marketers, and I’ll do my best to answer them in this article.

Although affiliate marketing is touted as one of the easiest and most effective ways to earn money online, it’s not as easy as it sounds.

The wise affiliate marketer plans every action and executes it the best way he can. Having the right tools can spell the difference between becoming a major success story, or winding up beaten and penniless, as many do.

It is vital that the potential affiliate marketer accept the fact that only by using the right tools will his/her Affiliate Marketing business become a profitable venture.

We have consulted some of the most successful affiliate marketers in the business in this regard and they have generously revealed what are, in their opinion, the top three Key Tools for a successful affiliate marketing business. Straight from them to you, these are discussed below.

 Key Tool #1: YOUR OWN WEBSITE

The most important and indispensable tool in Affiliate Marketing is having your own website. The first step in any successful affiliate marketing business is building a good, credible and professional looking website.

Your website is the jumping off point for all your marketing efforts. Thus, you must first build a user-friendly website which will appeal to your prospects and encourage them to click on the links to the products and services you are promoting (and, hopefully, make a purchase).

It is vital, therefore, to focus your efforts on building a website that will cater to what your prospects need.

The most important thing you should always keep in mind is that almost all web users go online to look for information, and not necessarily to buy something. Above all else, make your website full of original, relevant and useful content.

People love articles that are appealing and helpful. Remember that, on the internet, content is king, and good, quality content will not only build your credibility, it can also help you achieve a higher search engine ranking.

By posting relevant and useful articles, you establish yourself as an expert in that field, making you a more trustworthy endorser of the product or service you promote. Establishing a good reputation is a tremendous step in building up a loyal customer base.

 Key Tool #2: USING INCENTIVES

Competition is extremely tight in the internet world. You must always be one step ahead of your competition to ensure that you capture a significant share of your target market.

Therefore, you must use every possible means to encourage people not only to visit your site, but also to click and proceed to the websites of the products and services you’re promoting.

Building an opt-in email list is one of the best ways to gather potential prospects. Start your own newsletter or ezine.

Then, offer value-added incentives to your prospects to encourage them to subscribe to your newsletter. You can give away fr.ee software, access to exclusive services, a fr.ee eBook, or even free access to any product you may have tried to market in the past which didn’t sell well – this could be your own product, or one to which you have resell rights.

The fact that it didn’t sell well for you doesn’t mean that your prospect won’t find it a valuable gift…particularly, when it’s free!

 Key Tool #3: LINK POPULARITY

The importance of driving highly targeted traffic to your website can’t be overemphasized. The all-important web traffic is at the top of the list of the most important properties in the internet world. Commit this to memory.

Attracting people to your site should be your first, and foremost, order of business. Do everything to achieve a high search engine ranking. Link Popularity is one of the factors that search engines use to determine search engine rankings.

Thus, to enhance your link popularity, you must launch an aggressive, no holds-barred, reciprocal link campaign.

One of the best ways to do this, at no cost at all, is by submitting articles with your website’s link in the resource box to e-zines and article directory sites. This will not only bring exposure, you will also have the opportunity to advertise for free just by including a link back to your site. The more sites you submit your articles to, the better your link popularity can be.

Work diligently to make your articles are original, relevant and useful, so that more websites will pick them up. It’s impossible to put a price tag on the exposure these efforts will bring you.

There you have them…

These are but three of the many tools that an affiliate marketer can use to maximize his/her earnings potential. The
possibilities are endless and are limited only by your imagination, creativity, and resourcefulness.

And, it goes without saying, you’re encouraged to explore other ideas, and adapt other strategies besides these, in order to help you become a high rolling, well paid, affiliate marketer.