The Real Secret of Affiliate Marketing (Part 1)

Affiliate MarketingIf you have a blog or marketable item to sell, affiliate marketing could be just what you’re looking for to reach your prospects. Affiliate marketing gives the online entrepreneur the ability to tie into other marketers and websites such as Amazon.com, ClickBank, Commission Junction, etc. and make money by selling products through your website or your email contacts AND through other websites and email contacts.

How does it work? Glad you asked.

Most neophyte web marketers believe they can simply build a website or blog then sign up for a few affiliate programs and roll in the dough. The hope and pray people will show up on their site and magically folks will be interested in what they’re selling. In an effort to drive traffic to your site and build up your unique hits per page, you’re willing to spend a lot of time and money taking advice from the “pros”. The sad truth is, while there are plenty of “experts” out there who will sell you their latest how-to “get-rich-quick” as an affiliate program and ways to make money on the Internet…99.9% of these guys are selling…well, to put it bluntly, CRAP.

It’s the old adage, “If it sounds/looks too good to be true, it probably is.”

Secret One to Affiliate Marketing

If you have a product or service to share, what really works in affiliate marketing is your list. Your list is the database you have in your auto responder of people who’ve signed up for your free newsletter, gave you their email address for your free eBook on, “how to (you fill in the blank)”, or your list of folks who downloaded that free study about ….

Every person who has asked you to send them something for free and you’ve, rightly, sent them back an email requesting they confirm they want your offer, is fair game to send sales offers.
Now, before you go out and fire off a broadcast email letting the 100 or so people you have on your list your old socks or those Beanie Babies you’ve been trying to get rid of are for sale—take a breath and let me show you how this can REALLY work for you.

If you don’t have a product or service to sell, not to worry as affiliate marketing can fill that hole for you as well.

Two Scenarios for Making Money in Affiliate Marketing

There are two scenarios I’d like to run past you on how to REALLY make money as an affiliate. Scenario One will discuss how to get your product or service out to thousands even if you don’t have a large list of folks on your email database. Part 2 will continue next week. See you then.

Keith is the resident writer and troublemaker at Empowered Pros.
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