Tuesday, September 11, 2007

So You've Joined An Affiliate Program To Make Money Online, Now What?

Copyright © Michael Laleye

Affiliate programs are primarily centered around a website or blog. The idea is that the website serves as the information base for the program. People come to the website and learn about the products and program. If they are interested they buy or sign up. That is what is so hard. Most of the time people will scan an ad and see a hundred others just like it, so they ignore it and move on. They need something to catch their eye. They want it to be different. Once they get to the website the information better be clear and explain it all or else they will simply walk away. Good marketing will not only lead them to the website, but peak their interest enough that they willingly read through the website and learn more on their own. Here are 3 tips for marketing your affiliate program on the internet.

1. Create a website, blog, or lens
Creating a website gives you a place to promote your affiliate links and also put your customer in the mood to buy or click your affiliate link. When people find your website or blog they are usually looking for information. If your website provides quality information on the product or knowledgeable information about the topic then your visitors will be more likely to click your affiliate links and create a sale for you. A free blog can work just as good as a website depending on the product or service you promote, you can choose from a variety of template designs, and they are free to operate.

2. Search engine optimize your website or blog
Search engine optimization(SEO) is the process of improving the volume and quality of traffic to a web site from search engines via natural search results. By choosing the one word or phrase that describes your affiliate product or service you have partly search optimized it. The basic concept is to weave that phrase of word into your website content to let the search engines know what your website is all about. You also have to submit your site to the search engines themselves to speed up the time it takes for the search engines to find out that your website is even on the map. Once you've done that you can get the search engines to start sending traffic to your site by placing links to your site or blog on other sites related to your affiliate program's products or services, using your main keywords as text links.

There are many ways to link to other websites such as writing articles and submitting them to article directories. You can list you website in any of the thousands of directory listings, and you can post to online forums. The phrase or keyword that describes your site might be a popular one on internet search engines and if so it's not likely you'll see any free traffic from it right away because of heavy competition from other sites that have been around longer and are already optimized. Finding a low competition keyword in the same niche will allow you to get picked up by the search engines quicker. There are tools online that will allow you to search for popular keywords and find lesser competitive variations of your main phrase: you can go to http://tools.seobook.com/general/keyword/ to try it for yourself.

3. Think long term
With a long term marketing and growth strategy in mind and with free traffic from the search engines your business will be able to run on autopilot. Learning the skill of search engine optimization can bring thousands of visitors to your affiliate program website or blog. The better you are at SEO and the more visitors your website or blog gains over time from your linking efforts, the more you can expect your affiliate commissions to grow. This snowball effect is one of the best ways to make money online with affiliate programs.

Did you find those tips on how to make money online with affiliate business programs useful? You can learn more about how to grow your affiliate business using search engine optimization here: SEO Made Easy

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