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WHAT IS AFFILIATE MARKETING?
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How To Create A Profitable Affiliate Program In 72 Hours--OR LESS
Associate Program (APs--also called Affiliate Programs and Reseller Programs) are among the hottest moneymaking opportunities available on the Internet today. Easy to join, you can be up and running within an hour.
Success in the AP marketplace is not certain. Like any other business venture--AP marketing success takes time, effort, and a certain amount of investment before you receive a profitable return.
Several articles have been written in the last six months about how to build a successful Associate Program business. In fact, I've written one of these articles [you can request a copy of "Developing a Strategy That Will Earn You $3000.00 From Associate Programs!" at mailto:email@example.com].
One subject that hasn't been addressed is how the average person can get an affiliate program up and running with a minimal investment. In the next few moments I am going to show you exactly how you can set up an affiliate program in less than 72 hours. With the exception of product development or acquisition, your expense will be less than $100.00!
As a bonus, your bookkeeping responsibilities are going to be limited. You see a third party, for a very minimal processing fee, will do payment processing and affiliate recording keeping.
Ready to learn how to make some money? Great! Let's do it!
STEP ONE--GET YOUR PRODUCT
What are you going to be selling?
For starters, you will need a product or service that can be delivered almost immediately via the Internet! Your options here are not as limited as you may think. Perhaps you publish a newsletter and want to increase your advertising revenue. Maybe you've written an e-book and would like to earn some extra $$$ for all your hard work. If you are a programmer, you might have a handy software tool that you'd like to share with the masses. It could be that you own the reprint rights to somebody else's product and would like to sell these and start earning some income!
For the purposes of this illustration, I have created an affiliate program for selling advertising space in my Ezine, *The Success In Life Newsletter."
There are hundreds of other authors/programmers who provide resell rights for their products. You've just got to take the time to find the RIGHT ONE. Unless you've got a product in hand right now, it could take a day or two to find something that you want to resell. But it will be worth the effort.
(Please note that I am making NO promises as to how much money you will make selling this product. I am offering this simply to illustrate how quickly and easily you can set up your very own affiliate program. When you've finished with this little project, you'll be able to repeat this technique for ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE you want to market.)
Now that you have a product (or at least know what to look for) it is time for...
STEP TWO--BUILD YOUR SALES PAGE
First you need web space! If you have a domain--that's
great. For our purposes, however, even one of those free sites will do. [Remember--I am just showing you how to get started! When you've finished this little project you'll be able to repeat it over and over again in a much more sophisticated manner.]
1) Establish a FREE account right now with a free web host. This should take you a little less that 30 minutes!
2) Write a sales letter to sell your product. If you need help here I suggest you click over Yanik Silver's *Instant Sales Letters* site. Yanik provides a terrific arsenal of powerful, moneymaking fill-in-the-blank sales letter templates guaranteed to sell your product or service. Learn more at-->http://www.roibot.com/w.cgi?R250_sales
[Hint: Most of the better reprint rights distributors will provide you with proven sales letters].
3) Use a site creation tool to build a simple sales page to promote you product. Avoid flashy graphics pictures. What you need in the sales letter/information about the product you are selling, and a link(s) to your payment-processing page.
Here's my example: http://ezinesuccess.com/advertise/silads.htm
STEP THREE--ARRANGE FOR ONLINE PAYMENT
You want to get paid for your product--right? That means you need to provide people with the ability to pay for the product or service you provide.
You do want to pay huge fees for processing, order tracking, or special equipment--right? You'll have NO FEES for tracking and processing affiliate sales. You'll have NO MONTHLY FEES for using this service-->no sales, no fees! You'll pay less than $40.00 to set-up your affiliate account and a minimal % for every sale you or your affiliates make--that it!
The company is called ClickBank. They will allow you to start accepting credit cards online! They also have incredibly easy instructions for using their service to start your own affiliate program. Getting set up with ClickBank took less than an hour. Learn more at http://hop.clickbank.net/?nieporte
Your affiliate partner can open a FREE account at the above link and then start selling your product or service--being compensated at whatever percentage you determine. ClickBank not only processes the credit card, they also track affiliate sales and pay your partners. Here's how it works!
Your affiliates join FOR FREE--and are provide/select an affiliate ID-->expressed below as XXXX.
You provide them the site URL and they simply insert their ID where the XXXX is listed below. Then they promote that link in whatever legal fashion they desire-->and get paid whatever % you determine up to 50%.
You have now entered the world of being an affiliate program owner. Congrats!
About the Author
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