Wednesday, 25 February 2009

The Holiday Seasons For Affiliate Commissions

The holiday seasons are that time of year to build up a great deal of buzz and excitement around certain products and gift ideas and so in the holiday season including Christmas we can take advantage of the best selling products that appear on sites like Amazon and Ebay, these websites provide accurate insights into the spending habits of online bidders and shoppers.

And these online giants do not lie, not when it comes to making more and more sales from affiliates and the advertising it pays out on a regular schedule.

Affiliate commissions
rise when these online shopping companies divulge their best seller lists and top ten most popular items sold in a given period. Sales increases occur always in all the major holiday seasons, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and Easter. But seasonal fluctuations could be more prevailent on specific dates such as birthdays that share the same day for whatever reason or a date in the year that coincides with a yearly event.

Think about what is relevant for your site in terms of quality and and most popular based on bestselling lists and whatever means at your disposable, take a look at the Amazon bestselling list for a good example.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

If You Have A Blog For Affiliate Marketing!

Something really important I want to touch upon here and it is if you have a blog that you have been posting to for awhile and you have over a hundred blog posts at least or more then I have just found out something rather good in terms of updating and refreshing your blog that does help with getting more traffic.

As I have stated before I am a fan of the Problogger blog which helps others to improve their blogging in many ways and over there I was just browsing the archives of Darrens Problogger site and found a post on updating your blog post titles that really stood out in my mind.

Even more so now that I have slowly begun to go through my own blog archive on this very blog and update titles and check for spelling and other grammar errors aswell as just to generally update blog posts as they become out of date and not really relevant anymore.

Struggling To Focus This Year On Affiliate Promotions?

If you are struggling on your affiliate promotions this year then I think it is time you took a grip of yourself and only promote what you can.

Take a good long look at what you and your site are about and just focus on quality products for that, there is no need to focus on things that almost everyone else is doing too, just try and narrow down your affiliate promotions so that you can build on top of one thing rather than half a dozen, trust me, I know!

When I started, I had the best intentions of promoting what the top affiliate marketers were promoting, but then I soon realized that too compete with these top marketers you had to have some money behind you for advertising through ppc and other paid advertising and this was something I did not have when starting out.

The best way I can describe this to you is to think of the broadest and the most popular term for example if I search through the Google results by typing in a phrase like business it returns at present 2,420,000,000 results and that isa lot of pages, websites and blogs.

Now if I add words to the word business such as "Online Business" the search results go down to around 484,000,000 and this is still a lot of competition to compete with, so we need to really find a narrow niche by adding descriptive long tail type search words to see what results could be easy to get on the first page with a little work.

Try adding and changing keyword variations, like "scrap book online business" which at present returns 2,030,000 results, this is a workable number to see the first 2 pages and to check how your competition rank with their keywords, if you spot that the websites are weakly optimised it should take a couple of weeks to a month of writing content to get on the first page and out rank the rest of the others, even if they are ranking with solid optimised pages you can still get to the top of the results for that chosen keyword phrase it just takes a little bit more effort and persistence.

Struggling to focus on affiliate promotions is one of the top reasons why people simply give it up, they might start off with one or two affiliate programs, and then they have by the end of the month lots of affiliate promotions all getting tangled up against each other and this gets messy, especially if you don't see any earnings from the first few you signed up gets frustrating.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Setting Up Automated Residual Income Earning Affiliate Programs

Recurring income is the best when you set this up deliberately as an affiliate campaign, it can become automated over time and then requires a little effort to maintain.

Recurring income affiliate commissions is a required part of any affiliate marketers strategies. You have the long and short running campaigns that pay you one time, and then you add the residual affiliate programs on top and it's these affiliate programs that you need to help you in tough times.

The very fact that a is automated it becomes a low maintenance income stream that can be archived and just checked on now and again leaving you time to create more recurring income strands that grow over time. You see some of the top affiliate marketers do this with such an expertise that they seem to do it with little effort.

Setting one of these up is an easy to do thing, but first you have to find a good one that you know you can dominate or at least hold your own and earn yourself a piece of the residual income pie, examples of recurring income could be membership sites where the customers have to pay a fee each month or even year, they gladly pay for the information and resources that the membership provides, and if you've referred them, then you earn the set rate of that members fee.

Other Recurring affiliate programs are services that provide a need to the individual, such as web hosting, specific software and online newsletters with monthly product updates, it's just a case of getting the right sorts of people to the right promotions at the right time and frame of mind, that is marketing!

I always like joining an affiliate program and then they take the time out to describe the affiliate earning mathematic numbers, epecially in a recurring income scenario, you see that one member could earn you $10 each month and then they say the magic words "What if" you referred 100 people through your affiliate link and they bought the service, that's $1000 for a month. Then they go on and on doubling and tripling the numbers, but the $1000 has already sold me and I've signed up anyway!

Try if you can to look for high commission rates and also keep an eye on the fact that if you are a good affiliate and you bring in more sales and even traffic for the service then why not be cheeky and ask for a commission rate increase( I learned about this in Rosalind Gardners - Make a Fortune Promoting Other People's Stuff Online: How Affiliate Marketing Can Make You Rich