Saturday, March 31, 2007

10 Steps To Becoming A Super Affiliate

95% of all affiliates make $0 - $100 a year. I don't know
about you, but in my books, this is not a living. Becoming
a super affiliate and joining the 5% who ARE making their
living online is not difficult. Follow these simple steps
and you're on your way to joining the ranks of the super
affiliates.

1. Mindset: Get in touch with your grey matter. Program your
mind with positive, committed thoughts. If you believe it,
you can achieve it. It sounds a bit like a sales seminar,
but the bottom line is, if you don't believe you can make a
living online, you won't. You have to be committed. Commit
to yourself that you will develop an income online – no
matter what it takes. Think of your business as a bacon and
eggs breakfast. The chicken was involved, the pig was
committed!

2. Viewpoint: This is your business. Once you've
accomplished your first hurdle and committed yourself to
making this work, you have to look at your business from
the proper viewpoint. No rose coloured glasses here. This
is your business. You are the CEO of your own marketing
company. You can choose to offer your services to one or
several companies. Bottom line, you are responsible for
every action in your company. Every decision you make
affects your income.

3. Learning Curve: Expect it. Becoming an affiliate is
like going to college or university. You start at the
beginning, learn the basics and build on what you learn.
Take it step-by-step and you'll build a much stronger
business. Think of it like becoming a doctor. One doesn't
decide to become a doctor with the expectation of opening
a successful practice one week from now. It takes time to
learn the products or services you're marketing and it
takes time to learn to run your business.

4. Budget: Time and money. Set a general budget for both.
As a business owner, you'll use plenty of time developing
and promoting your affiliate business. Budget as much time
as you can each day and make sure you use your time wisely.
Set up a budget for your monetary expenses too. You can run
a business online with a shoestring budget; just don't
expect a mammoth income in the beginning. The more you can
invest in your business, the better. This doesn't mean
that simply throwing money at your business will make it
grow. Every dollar that goes out your door, needs to come
back in and bring another dollar with it.

5. Goals: s/he shoots - s/he scores! Your goals will get
you through the tough times. There'll be lots of days when
you feel like quitting. If you make your goals tangible,
you'll make it through the tough days. Money isn't a
motivator, but what money can buy, is. Set your goals for a
family vacation, a new car, boat, or home. It's much easier
to get excited about a shiny red corvette in your driveway
than $100,000 sitting in your bank account. Money is only
numbers on a piece of paper or a computer screen, but it
can bring you a luxurious lifestyle, and that's where the
fun is.

6. Nuts and Bolts: Once you've got your house in order,
with the proper mindset, you're looking at your business
from a realistic viewpoint, you've got an open mind and
you're ready to learn, you've set aside some time and money
and you've got pictures of your dream house, car and
vacation plastered on your wall, you're ready to go hunting.
The next step is to find a business that interests you and
offers an affiliate program with a reasonable commission.
For information products, one of the most popular and
profitable products online, you can and should expect a
commission of 40% - 50% or more.

Pick a product that interests you. Buy it and use it. Your
business is based on your recommendations of a product or
service. If you haven't used it, how can you recommend it?
Running around in circles after the newest, hottest selling
product of the day, only leaves you dizzy and broke. If
you like astronomy, becoming an affiliate of a star chart
company may be a good fit. Selling women's pantyhose may
not.

7. Look before you leap: Finding a company to represent, as
an affiliate is one thing, finding a company that respects
its affiliates is another. Do a bit of research before you
jump on the bandwagon. Send an email to the company as if
you're a potential customer. 24 – 48 hours is a good
response time. This shows that someone is actually running
the company. It also gives you an idea of their commitment.
Generally, the faster the response, the more committed the
company is to doing business. The quality of the response
is also important. Did the response answer your question?
Was it written in a friendly, professional manor? Did they
answer your question directly or simply send you to a FAQ
sheet?

8. Flip the switch: If everything checks out up to this
point, then your next step is to take action. Fill out the
affiliate application form and get your affiliate URL. Now
the ball is in your court. It's time to get down to brass
tacks. If you freeze now, you make no money and flush your
goals down the toilet. If you take action, you make it one
step closer to your goals.

9. If you build it – they will come: OK not really, but you
do have to build it. If you want to maximize your income
and be taken seriously, you need to own a website. Just
like a brick and mortar business, you need a professional
location to offer your products. Yes, you get an affiliate
URL when you sign up as an affiliate, but promoting an
affiliate link looks amateur and will help you LOSE 98% of
your sales. We'll cover this in point 10.

10. Follow-up = Sales: Only 2% of your prospects will sign
up or buy what you're offering, on their first visit. 98%
of your sales will be made from your follow up. There's a
very simple method for following up and making sales
automatically.

i. Check your favourite search engine to locate a free
ebook, software program or report that relates to your
offer. If you're promoting a website that sells peanut
butter, a free peanut butter recipe book would be a good
match. Your give-away must always relate to the product
you're promoting to maximize the results of this system.

ii. Build a page on your website to give away your free
peanut butter recipe book. Design the page as if you were
designing a sales page. Make people's mouths water until
they want the recipes so bad they'd gladly pay for them,
but then give it to them free. All they have to do is fill
in their name and email address in the simple form and
you'll send their recipe book to them instantly via email.

iii. As soon as your peanut butter prospect fills out the
form on your site and clicks the send button, they are
taken to your affiliate URL where they can buy peanut
butter. At the same time, the peanut butter recipe book is
sent to their email address.

iv. Now your peanut butter prospect receives an email from
you each week with new tips and useful peanut butter
information. This information positions you as a peanut
butter expert and gives you the opportunity to promote your
peanut butter affiliate website once a week, to hot
prospects. This is where you'll make 98% of your sales.

Although this may seem like an overwhelming amount of work
for the beginner, it's all very simple. The whole process
is run from an autoresponder, a simple piece of email
software that automatically sends your prewritten email
messages on a predetermined schedule.

Your success as an affiliate is determined by you. 95% of
the people that read this simple guide will do nothing with
it. 5% of the people that read this guide will put all the
pieces in place and start making a living as an affiliate.
All you have to decide is which side of the coin you want
to be on.

To your success

Phil

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