How to Succeed with Affiliate Programs
When we started our internet sales business years ago, it
was already challenging to create income with free affiliate programs. Since then, it has gotten exponentially
more difficult. If you wish to monitize your sites by sharing products, it is important to only choose reputable
affiliate programs that are stable and offer high quality, in demand products. There are also multi-tier marketing
affiliate programs, too.
We hear from people almost every month, asking how to create a website that actually makes money online…creating
the site is the easy part. Being patient for your site to build trust with the search engines is another.
You also need to publish quality content that people are searching online. It is also very important to build
a good reputation with theme related web sites. You want your visitors to book mark your pages for future
reference, and also peer websites to link to your compatible information. You will also want to monitize
your website if your goal is to earn money online. One way to do this is through reputable affiliate programs
that are within your website’s niche.
Over the years, we’ve found some programs that excel. We would like to share those with you.
Affiliate Program Mistakes and Success Tips
One of the biggest mistake affiliates make when they first start out is to rely too heavily on banners and
content provided by the product creator or developer. It’s logical, to do this, but there are better methods
than placing the same content on your site as the merchant. By by placing duplicate content on your site,
your site viewers will have to read the same information twice and duplicate content does not offer anything
special. It won’t likely help you earn a commission.
Work actively with the merchants, and learn what products people are most interested in that are also within
the theme of your website. When creating links, have them land on a specific product page. Write your own
copy. You can personally review a product, or hire other reviewers to provide an in-depth description of
the benefits of the product. Suggesting the benefits and offering direct product page linking and direct “add
to cart” linking makes shopping more efficient for your site visitor.
Unfortunately, some merchants still do not grasp how important this is. In some instances we do use duplicate
content, but it is best to rewrite the information in your own words. And never use a merchants homepage
content. Also search their site informative articles. You can then summarize the information by rewriting
in your own words and then link to their site. Better yet, try the products and write your own testimonials.
Sometimes this isn’t possible, such as the case when promoting products that are for specific health challenges.
But when you can add your own personal information. Your site visitors can learn about the product first
Also, use tasteful banner ads. Less is more, so forgo the flashy ones and look for smaller tasteful banners.
Text links convert much better than banners so be sure and always place a text ad even if you have a banner.
If your banner is tasteful it will be appealing rather than distracting and you will have more opportunity
to direct your visitors to the merchant site for further information and product purchase.
Another affiliate program tip is to seek merchants that offer multi-tier and two tier marketing programs,
your visitors may decide they would also like to earn commissions by sharing these high quality products.