Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Affiliate Marketing Strategy

The more I become acquainted with the profession of affiliate marketing, the easier it becomes - this post is about an affiliate marketing strategy that I have developed from the process of personal experience, as well as learning from other successful affiliates.

The best part is that it involves little (sometimes no) cost at the beginning, and allows for business and profits to grow over time, allowing the funding of other, more profitable paid techniques.

What I recommend is to start out with something called "bum marketing" - so named because of the fact that it costs absolutely nothing.

There are folks out there who work online that say, "If you don't spend the money, you spend the time." Well, to some degree that is true and bum marketing does take some time, especially in the beginning/learning stages. However, there are a number of benefits to it that definitely outweigh the time involved.

To better define "bum marketing": It mainly involves writing and posting articles on high-profile (but free) websites and allows for the marketer to be listed highly in the search engines in a relatively short period of time. The articles are related to some service or product that is desired by people, and links to either more information on it, or directly to the product and produces sales.

It's really a great technique.

Why do I recommend it as a first step of an overall affiliate marketing strategy? For a number of reasons:

1. It allows someone just starting out to become familiar with the world of affiliate marketing without having to spend a dime.

2. It allows people to market what they already know something about and/or enjoy, making it easier to discuss and market online.

3. Most very successful affiliate marketers use this method, even though they can afford more expensive methods because it is so effective and helps in their overall campaigns.

The best place that I know of to post an article is a site called Squidoo.com. This is a great place to place your written articles, since it is so highly profiled by Google. It also allows free placement of links, and even allows you to make money with eBay and Amazon by adding simple modules to what is called a "lens" (basically your own article webpage).

Okay, so that's the basic first step. After this is accomplished, many affiliate marketers then move on to Google Adwords (pay-per-click) advertising or the like, using the money they make with the "bum" (article) marketing to fund any expenses along the way.

There are a number of details to learn about this, and there are also a number of other free/low cost techniques to make money online relatively quickly.

But don't expect it overnight - be willing to put some work and learning into it.

Final Note:

If you are thinking seriously about affiliate marketing, you must learn to do it the right way, or a lot of time and money can be wasted. Putting this strategy in place will greatly assist you to get started. With that in mind, here are some links that I highly recommend that you look at closely in order to have all of the information you need - from the bottom of my heart, I want for people to succeed with their own online affiliate marketing businesses, and these resources will help immensely:

Starting a Paid Affiliate Business

Simple Article Marketing Strategy

If you are very interested in affiliate marketing for the long-term, you really need this resource - it includes all of the tools and support you will possibly need:

Free Internet Wealth Guide & Wealthy Affiliate University

May the internet forces be with you!

Tonya B.

1 comment:

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