An Affiliate Marketing Expert’s TOP 10 Money-Making and Business Building Resources for 2012

It’s time for my year end review on the products and services that I have personally used and recommended in 2012. This year was tough, I added some new programs but I included a few of the same ones from last year as they still produce results. 

These programs all meet my own personal criteria:

– Easy to Use
– Quick to get started
– Affordable
– Generate Affiliate income
– Easy to promote

# 10 on my list is Safelists

Safelists of ALL kinds!  You can earn ad credits, you can post ads, free Membership or upgrade to paid membership for my posting  privileges. Safelists are a newbie marketer or a low budget marketer’s answer to online advertising.

Just  a few of my favourites are:

Instant Traffic Generation:

Viral URL

ListJoe

Viral In Box

SafelistExtreme 

Bweeble

Viral PLR

#9  on my list is  IBO ToolBox

This is 90,000 person social network. It’s massive and responsive allowing you to network with top home business people and run ads. Awesome! 

# 8  on my list Safelist Genie

This ultra-easy to use program is a favourite of mine and of my customer’s. It can help you generate over 100,000 ad credits per day. Worth a look.

# 7 on my list is Adland Pro 

This site has been around almost as long as I have been an online marketer. It’s grown.  Get Linked from 16,000 + sites with one click. And submit to 80,000 Directories! Free Membership.

# 6  on my list is RoboForm
This software is a HUGE time saver for managing passwords so it makes doing daily promotions FAST!

# 5  on my list is AWeber

Every online marketer who earns steady money online knows the sheer power and necessity of list building.  Both List Building and List Sending Made EASY – and profitable. 
Write an offer, press send, make a sale. Brilliant

# 4  on my list is WarriorForum

Doing research? Need an expert, need a review, looking for a joint venture, need an opinion from people in the industry? Look no further then the Warrior Forum.  This is my go-to site when I need information directly relevant to the industry – real people –  the do-ers not just the talkers.

# 3 on my list is Safe-Swaps.com.

Manage your ads, buy solo emailings, or sell your own solo ads. Targeted, reviewed and results oriented all tucked into a popular Membership site. Love it! 

# 2 on my list is Fiverr.com

This site is a treasure box for any small business, or up start with a very small budget. You can buy unique specialized low cost marketing services, graphic design, copy writing and more starting at $5. It’s a great place to get started if you are new to online marketing and don’t have much of a budget.

# 1 on my list of top money-making programs is  Worldprofit.com

Last but certainly not least, of course I can’t write an article on my favourite and # 1 money-making programs and not mention my own company!
Worldprofit’s Home Business Training and Earn at Home Program is unique, popular and stood the test of time – going on for nearly 20 years now.
The training is LIVE each and every week accompanied by a self-paced online training program complete with advertising aids, resources, and software. This training program delivers actual in-the-trenches, tried and true experience and strategies that you can use to make money online from home. If you already have something to sell you can benefit from this training, and if you don’t you can use the multiple streams of income and money making programs recommended.
Get a free Associate Membership at http://www.Worldprofit.com

About the Author:

Sandi Hunter is the President of Worldprofit Inc., a company founded on a kitchen table in 1994.  Worldprofit provides training, software, advertising, education, support and resources for people all over the world who want to earn money from home using the web.  Worldprofit’s Home Business Bootcamp Training has grown to become  the # 1 choice for learning how to sell and make money online.  An Associate membership is free at http://www.WorldprofitAssociates.com

Affiliate Marketing Tips – The Limitations Of This Model

It’s rare that I will just flat out criticize a marketing model, which is not what I’m doing here, but if you’re an affiliate marketer or are thinking of becoming one, you need to know the limitations of this model. I’m not saying that you can’t make decent money with it, but it does have its limitations and you need to be aware of them. That way, at least you can go into this with both eyes open and a sense of reality.

Okay, so what are these limitations that I’m talking about? Well, for one thing, there is control over the process. Sure, you can choose any marketing method you like and even choose what product you promote. But regardless of what that product is, YOU are at the mercy of the product creator when it comes to price, commission structure, sales page, customer service and a number of other things.

All of this is out of your control. If the price changes, more to the point, drops, then that means you either promote it for less commission or you promote something else. If the sales page changes and that change affects conversions, again, you suffer…and so on. All those things are out of your control.

Then of course there is the competition factor. When you’re promoting your OWN product or service, any other affiliates out there promoting YOUR product are making money for YOU. When you’re promoting an affiliate product, all the other affiliates out there promoting that SAME product are making money for the product creator. They are YOUR competition. So it’s a completely different world promoting your own product. There are more opportunities to earn, unless of course you’re promoting MANY affiliate products. But then that means more work for you.

So as you can see, there are some serious limitations to promoting somebody else’s product. Naturally, on the plus side, you don’t have the hassle of product creation, which some people couldn’t do if they wanted to, and you don’t have to worry about support after the sale. That’s all in the lap of the product creator. And, you do have your choice of literally hundreds of thousands of products…some with some very hefty price tags.

As I said, you can make good money as an affiliate marketer, but it has its limitations and in many ways is harder than creating your own products. However, if you understand this going in, you’ll have a decent chance of NOT getting discouraged and may actually make a success out of your affiliate marketing efforts.

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Affiliate Marketing Tips – Why Doesn’t ClickBank Notify Me Of Sales?

If you’re an affiliate marketer, you’re probably wondering why ClickBank doesn’t notify you when you get a sale, similar to what PayDotCom does. Well, there is a very long story behind this. If you’re an old timer, you probably remember the days when you got notifications as an affiliate. For you new people, this article explains what happened and why you will probably never see an affiliate sale notification from ClickBank again.

When I first started promoting ClickBank products, back in 2003, I was getting these affiliate sale notifications by the truck load. It was a great feeling. But then I started wondering about those super affiliates who were probably getting ten times as many notifications as I was. Their email boxes must have been stuffed to the brim. And then that got me thinking some more. What about those new affiliates who didn’t know that these were coming and just happened to get their email boxes stuffed with similar notifications that were actually spam. You know which emails I’m talking about. It’s very hard to tell the difference between the two.

Well, you guessed it. A lot of these affiliates, thinking the email from ClickBank was just more spam (thank you spammers for screwing up our lives), reported these emails to their ISP. Apparently, enough of these emails were reported that ClickBank actually had some problems with THEIR ISP. As a result, they had no choice but to discontinue sending affiliate sale emails as they couldn’t risk having their hosting pulled out from under them. That would have been a major catastrophe. Anyway, that’s the story. That’s why you don’t get affiliate sale notifications from ClickBank.

Okay, so what can you do about it? Well, what you can do is put a tracker on your affiliate links. No, it won’t tell you if somebody actually clicks through to the payment page, as that goes through the vendor pay link, but it will tell you how many people have been to your affiliate link. If there are no clicks for a given day, you know that there is little possibility of a sale. Yes, there are exceptions that I won’t get into here. However, if you get many clicks, a simple check of your ClickBank account at the end of each day will let you know how many sales you’ve gotten.

No, it’s not perfect and it does require you to do a little bit of work, but it’s the best we have given what we have to work with. Like I said, you can thank the spammers for these headaches. I’m curious as to how PayDotCom hasn’t been hit with the same problem as I still get sales emails as an affiliate from them whenever I make a sale.

Maybe that’s a question I should ask Mike Filsaime one day.

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Affiliate Marketing Tips – Why Don’t My Products Convert?

This article addresses one of the biggest frustrations that affiliate marketers have. They find a product that supposedly has a high conversion rate and yet, when they promote it, it doesn’t convert for THEM. Why not? What are they doing wrong? Are they doing anything wrong? Well, I’m going to let you in on a few secrets that I am sure are going to surprise you. After you read this, you shouldn’t have any questions as to why the product you’re promoting isn’t converting.

At the top of the list is the lie. Yes, the lie. See, numbers don’t tell the whole story. Many people will pick a product purely on how popular it is with other affiliates. In the case of ClickBank products, that would be indicated by the gravity score. Well, I have a news flash for you in regard to ClickBank gravity scores. They can be SERIOUSLY manipulated. In other words, a product that LOOKS like it converts well may not convert very well at all. See, gravity only shows how many affiliates made at least one sale in a given period of time. It DOESN’T show how many hops they had to get in order to make that one sale. So the figure, even if accurate, can be very misleading.

But aside from gravity, there is another problem. Let’s assume the gravity is accurate and that the product truly does convert well. Why isn’t it converting for you? Well, there are several possible reasons. I won’t go over all of them but I will tackle the two main ones. First, there is the quality of your traffic. Where are you showing the offer? I can tell you from experience that there are certain methods of promotion that will bring you tons of eyeballs to your offer but almost no sales. And then there are other methods that, while they don’t bring nearly as many views to your offer, convert much better. So you have to look at the quality of your traffic.

Assuming the traffic is good and targeted well to your offer, there is still one more problem. See, affiliate marketers are at a bit of a disadvantage. The offer they’re showing to their prospects is the same offer that every other affiliate is showing. There is no difference. So buying from you specifically becomes a crap shoot. Let’s face it…what are you providing to the prospect that every other affiliate ISN’T providing? If you can’t come up with something for an answer then you are seriously hurting your chances to convert.

Ultimately, you need to learn some affiliate marketing advantages that will give you the edge over the competition and turn those great converting products into great converting products for YOU. In my signature, you can get some more info on this subject.

If your product isn’t converting, yes, it may be the product’s numbers are a lie or at least a misrepresentation of reality. But it also may be simply that you don’t have an edge over other affiliates.

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3 Simple Steps For Newbies To Start In Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is an arrangement between an online merchant and affiliate, in which the affiliate earns a commission for generating sales, leads and/or clicks for the merchant’s web site.

Affiliate marketing works in a win-win situation for the merchant and the affiliate. The merchant gains opportunities to advertise his products for free to a larger market which will increase his sales. The more hard-working affiliates he gets, the more sales he can expect. By getting affiliates to market his products and services, he is saving himself time, effort and money in looking for possible markets and customers.

When a client clicks on the link in the affiliate website and purchases the product, recommends it to others who look for the same item or buys it again, this way the merchant leverage his chances of earning. On the other hand, the affiliate marketer benefits from each customer who clicks on the link in his website and who actually purchases the product or avails of the service provided by the merchant. Usually the affiliate gets commission per sale, which can be fixed percentage or fixed amount. The best is that it won’t cost a single dime to join an affiliate program.

If you want to be an affiliate marketer and make money out of the Internet, you may follow these three most basic steps to start your effective affiliate marketing campaign.

Your first step is to identify a particular niche you are interested in or passionate about so you won’t be bored and forced to develop your affiliate web site later on. Focusing on a specific area you known well, it will help you bring out your best. Here are a few places you can research on – ClickBank Marketplace, AssociatePrograms.com, LinkShare.com, CJ.com etc

Secondly is to look for good paying merchants and high converting products .Make a list of good paying and high converting affiliate programs for your chosen niche and create a website. In choosing the products, you must also consider the support they are giving – Marketing materials may include articles, text links, banner ads, classified ads, reports, etc.

There are many affiliate networks and affiliate solution providers that can give you info on the most profitable products and best paying merchants. So be wise enough to choose the right affiliate program.

Now that you have decided which products to promote and the merchant you are supporting and have created your own web site with a domain name and reliable hosting, you are ready to promote. This is the toughest part, since it is through this that you would be able to increase traffic to the business website, sales and of course, profit. In affiliate marketing, it is possible to earn large sums of money in a short span of time if you use the right strategies and methods.

On how to promote the products would need a separate discussion. You must continue to educate yourself by reading books, courses or other articles online about the best and proven advertising techniques.

Remember, there is no quick path towards success. Affiliate marketing may seem very tempting due to numerous encouraging testimonies of merchants and affiliate marketers alike who have benefited from it, but it really involves in a great deal of hard work and persistence. You also need to be creative and flexible.

Most affiliate marketers don’t understand this, so when they don’t make sales, they quit, look for other programs and carry on the same mistake. In the end, they said that affiliate marketing is just one of those scams in the Internet. You can work your way to great success if you employ the right strategies in affiliate marketing. You can make money as an affiliate marketer if you willing to do what it takes.

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