Saturday, November 18, 2006

Using Affiliate Programs And Smart Marketing To Make A
Residual Income

Copyright © Michael Laleye

Affiliate programs are a great way to make a residual
income. They allow you to take part in an established
system that has already been tested and built up. All that
is left to do is take control and build a down line.
Combine an affiliate program with smart marketing and it
equals a great way to make residual income.Affiliate
programs are often misunderstood. Originally the idea of
building a down line and making a residual income off
recruiting people was called a pyramid scheme. These
pyramid schemes didn’t work because they relied solely on
recruiting and not at all on selling. The main idea behind
them, though, was a good one, so the affiliate program was
created. An affiliate program is more than building a down
line of people, it also is based on selling real and useful
products. Affiliate programs work because a person earns
money through their down line and through product sales.

Affiliate programs are also very easy to get started in and
most are completely free with no costs to get started. Most
programs offer a website and plenty of help and advice on
how to get the business going. A person gets help from the
people in their up line, too. The biggest challenge,
though, is marketing. No matter how much help a person
gets, they still have to master marketing on their own.
Nobody can really teach someone how to be a successful
marketer, they just have to learn it on their own.

Marketing involves learning how to use the tools provided by
the program to get customers and sign others up for the
opportunity. The affiliate program will provide a person
will written ads and their own website, among other things.
The website is the central hub of all the marketing efforts.
The main goal should be to get people to visit the website.
Once there they will be able to buy products and sign up to
be an affiliate. The hard part is not getting people to buy
or sign up, but to get them to the website in the first

A person has to take the ads and other marketing tools and
place them where people will see them. One of the biggest
marketing platforms are search engines. Most affiliate
websites are a simple website, but with a little work a
person can optimize it to make it rank high on the search
engines. A good way to get started is to add a blog to the
website and write entries everyday. These entries should be
keyword rich and informative. Search engines like articles
or blog entries and will assign the site a higher ranking if
they have them. Another way to go is to place links and ads
on other websites. A person should choose websites that
compliment the affiliate program, but that are not in
competition with it. By using these marketing methods a
person should be able to get a good start in marketing.

Affiliate programs and good marketing efforts can really
help to get a good start in residual income. Building an
affiliate program will take some time, but they are made to
produce a great residual income.

Michael Laleye is a part of the Plug In Profit Group
responsible for helping ordinary people
earn thousands in affiliate commissions every month.
Michael has developed
A site where you can find work at home business ideas
and opportunities from the most respected and best
paying affiliate companies online.

Home Based Affiliate Business