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Affiliate Marketing Insider: Are You Next?

Affiliate Marketing Insider: Are You Next?

Are you the next affiliate marketing insider?  Do you think you might have what it takes to become the next “go-to” person in the affiliate marketing industry?  If so, what steps are you planning to take that will solidify your status as the ultimate inside man when it comes to success in the affiliate marketing game?

Before you begin mapping out your quest for affiliate marketing domination, there is one vital point you need to consider when you apply for the position of affiliate aficionado:  Perception is EVERYTHING!

You don’t neccessarily have to be an expert on a particular subject to be perceived as one – especially when the internet gets thrown into the mix.  Of course, being an affiliate insider means that you are required to be up to date with industry news, new product lauches and the latest insider information.  This information is not only valuable to you as an affiliate yourself, but it’s also information that can be attached to a price tag – people will pay for insider info!

To become the next affiliate insider, consider setting  a daily schedule of visiting other insider blogs and communities.  Taking part in the forums, participating in contests and comment regularly on related blogs will quickly bring eyes and ears to you and your philosophy.  This might take some time initially, but once the buzz has begun you will have no problems attracting hungry affiliates who are willing to read – and subscribe to – your content.

Visibility is key when joining the ranks of gurus and guru-wannabe’s.  If you are dedicated to your market and eliminate all fear of breaking new ground or potentially rubbing someone the wrong way, you will earn the respect of your peers.

Remember, nobody has ever found success in this world by being a follower.  You must be original with your thoughts, methods and concepts in order to maintain your level of industry status.  The second you start sounding live everyone else, you are sure to lose your insider badge – so be yourself and you’ll be just fine!

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How To Choose Low Risk Affiliate Programs

How To Choose Low Risk Affiliate Programs

Beginning your journey into affiliate marketing can seem quite daunting at first.  You need to get a website or blog and decide how you’re going to present – and market – the product you are promoting effectively enough to generate targeted traffic and earn steady commissions.  Many people think these are the first steps towards making money online, but in actuality you need to conduct some research on the potential markets, followed by finding a suitable affiliate program.

A big problem inexperienced affiliates face on a regular basis is putting all of their eggs into one basket, and then suffering loss when that company goes out of business.  Remember, affiliate programs come and go, so it’s vital that you go with a company that is low risk and reliable.  Here are some questions to ask yourself before choosing your next affiliate program:

What’s their track record like?

How many owners has the company had?  How long has their affiliate program been active, and during that time how consistent have their numbers been?  How many affiliates do they currently have?  These are all relevant questions you can ask any affiliate manager or webmaster prior to signing up for their program.  Stability is important.

Do they have adequate affiliate resources?

The last thing you want to do is build a killer website to promote some product, only to find out that their affiliate center consists of 2 banners and a text link.  This is not going to cut it and will only cost you time and money down the road for custom graphics etc… A professional affiliate center will have different sized banners, pre-written text ads, articles and even mini site templates for you to use.  The more resources for you, the better!

How diverse is their program?

Can you link directly to specific product/category pages?  Or are you limited to home page linking only?  Being able to link directly to a product is key if you want to maintain a steady CTR (click through ratio).  What about their payment options?  Are you paid once a month or weekly?  Do they allow payment via Paypal or are you limited to direct deposit or check?  If you’re planning to make a living with affiliate marketing – these questions will save you tons of accounting time down the road.  Researching the points I listed above will insure your ride is smooth into affiliate stardom!

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Green Affiliate Marketing = Growth Opportunity

Green Affiliate Marketing = Growth Opportunity

It’s no secret that going green and the eco friendly lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular during these tough economical times.  The real question though is how does this – if at all – affect the affiliate marketing and make money online industries?  Well, it would take an idiot not to see the opportunities presented with green affiliate marketing.

As this niche continues to expand and grow, so does affiliate marketing.  With each new green product there is a chance for affiliate income.  As businesses expand, so does the need to reach a broader audience and with progressive “go green” companies sprouting everyday, publishers have more than enough space to make their mark.

One of the more prominent factors affecting the green affiliate marketing boom can be traced directly back to the consumer.  When financial times get difficult the consumer naturally begins to seek out ways in which they can be more economical.

Whether this means eating only local, organic produce or installing solar panels on their roof to subsidize the cost of electricity – the consumer is becoming more aware of their footprint and the different ways they can save time, health and money.

Luckily for us, many of the major affiliate networks are up on the latest consumer trends and spending habits.  This means that finding “green” advertisers wont be difficult as an affiliate.  Clickbank is a great place to start – and though consisting of mainly digital products – it’s still very lucrative to get into promoting digital info products.  After all, most people come online when they are looking for an answer to a question – why not be there to tell them about some of the great communities and companies which can provide them with a solution?

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