How to earn bigger commissions with internet affiliate programs
"My $3 Check" How to Earn Bigger Commissions with Affiliate Programs"
By Jim Daniels
This morning I cashed a monthly commission check for $3.00. It
was from an affiliate program I joined over three years ago.
At the same time I made that deposit, I cashed two more monthly
affiliate checks. The others were in the amount of $2620.00 and
Now before I continue, I want to make one thing clear. This article
will NOT try to drag you into my programs. I won't even mention
their names during the article. And I do not mention the checks
to brag. Heck, I consider those just the beginning of things to
come. I mention them only to prove that real money can be made with
You just need to understand what makes the difference
between those $3 checks and the fatter ones.
This article will reveal that answer. It will also teach anyone
interested in affiliate programs how to secure an ever-growing flow
of income, using the very same techniques that have been bringing
me affiliate success.
Let's jump right in...
The first reason most folks make tiny (if any) commission checks
from the affiliate programs they join is because it's one of the
first things they do online. And it can put them in blinders.
Take it from me. When I was a newbie, the first thing I did was
sign up with a few affiliate programs. (Yes, one of them still sends
me tiny checks like the one mentioned above.)
So there I was, a newbie with dollar signs in my eyes...
I found my way to my first affiliate site and signed up. Their commissions
calculator had me excited when it revealed my first million would
be made before the Y2K bug hit. (Little did I know, it would be
closer to the Y3K bug using $3.00 commission checks to get there!)
But I was green. And there's nothing wrong with that in itself.
Everybody is green online when they're first starting out. But the
problem was, I had no idea what it would really take to make money
as an affiliate. So I floundered. Until I learned the things you
MUST do in order to grow fat monthly commission checks.
Here they are...
1. Forget about marketing that free site they give you when
you sign up.
What's that? Don't promote the affiliate site they build exclusively
for that purpose?
Right. See number two. 2.
Build your own website and promote it first.
The top affiliates in every program are promoting their own website
first. And it's not just because those mile-long affiliate URL's
are ugly. The fact is, people respond more positively to affiliate
programs when they find them through a real web site. If you build
a website that looks attractive and trustworthy, you'll clear the
first hurdle to making money online. (Whether it's through affiliate
programs or not.)
Now I'm not saying you have to build a giant affiliate directory
site like top affiliate Allan Gardyne of www.associateprograms.com.
On the contrary, a simple site that focuses on YOUR area of expertise
is the best starting point. Once you've put together an attractive
and informative site, you can link strategically to a few select
Which leads us to the next key...
3. Join the right program(s).
Remember that $3.00 commission check? That was earned from a program
where I managed to sign on a network of 1000 other marketers. Yet
I never earned a commission check over fifty bucks.
The reason is simple. The commissions were 5% or less on each level.
Too low to earn serious bucks.
When you're considering joining an affiliate program, use this
short list of requirements:
well-known and established company
related to what your site is about
25% or more commissions on sales
If you can get the following two features as well, you'll have
a better chance at success:
recurring commissions (like hosting or autoresponder services
where customers pay monthly.)
two tier programs (where you earn from sales of sub- affiliates)
Once you've found the right affiliate program and you've built a
site of your own where you can link to it, put together a basic
plan like this...
A. At YOUR site, don't just pop up the free banners the affiliate
Every other affiliate is using them too! Instead, actually "recommend"
the products, services and program(s) you're in.
B. Tell your visitors why the product or service is so great
and how it has helped you grow your business.
C. Once you've earned some decent checks, tell your web site
visitors how much you're making with each program.
That's what they want to know! If you've yet to earn money with
the program, at least tell them why you joined and the great people
behind the program.
Tip: If the program is two-tier, remember that selling the product
or service will earn you more in the long run than signing up other
resellers. Consider signing up other affiliates only AFTER you've
marketed the services.
D. Write a personal welcome message for all your new customers
and email it to them the day they sign up.
E. If the program is two-tier, write a personal welcome message
for all your new sub-resellers and offer the facts on affiliate
marketing to them.
If you want, you can email them this very article. Just include
the short footer in the gray box below.
The above plan of action works. I use it with my top affiliate
programs and the commission checks grow every month.
And remember, affiliate marketing can present a tremendous income
generating opportunity, if you do it right. Take this knowledge
and grow your own fat affiliate checks!
Article by Jim Daniels of JDD Publishing.
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