A primer on affiliate marketing

The mystery of affiliate marketing

Have you ever considered affiliate marketing for your business? It’s considered one of the most effective ways to generate money online, but there are a few things you need to know in order to be successful.

The smart affiliate marketer plans and implements every action and knows how to increase the potential to earn residual income by utilizing the right tools necessary for a thriving affiliate marketing business.

Build a website

The first step in any successful affiliate marketing business is building a good, credible and professional looking website. Your website is the jumping off point of all your marketing efforts. Build a user-friendly website, which will attract your prospects and motivate them to click on the links to the products and services you are promoting and make a purchase.

Make an offer

The second tool in your toolbox should be offers and incentives. The internet has made it easier for small businesses to launch, but harder to stand out from the millions of others who are doing the same thing. Building an opt-in email list is one of the best ways to gather prospects. Offer a newsletter or an e-zine. Better yet, offer incentives to your prospects to encourage them to subscribe to your newsletters. You can present free software, free online videos, access to exclusive services and other freebies that will be helpful to your prospects. For example, readers who sign up for my mailing list receive three gifts (an audio download, report, and complimentary 30 minute discovery session.)

Content is king

Your talent and knowledge is another important tool to use to make your website a popular internet link to visit.  One of the best ways to do this – at no cost at all – is by submitting articles, with your website’s link at the resource box, to e-zines and free article sites. You will not only gain exposure, you will also have the opportunity to advertise for free, just include a link back to your site. The more sites you submit your articles to, the better your link popularity becomes.

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Robin Taney, (aka the “Get R.E.A.L Girl”) is the owner and founder of Studio 4 PR.  She works with creative, independent, and “kitchen table” entrepreneurs who are highly motivated to be found by their perfect client. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, and sign up for mailing list  You are welcome to use this post on your blog, provided you do not alter it in any way and include a link to this blog.

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