Affiliates can make your job as an Internet marketer a lot easier. If you can find hard-working, successful affiliates, then you can essentially sit back and let them earn you money. The problem is that you have to locate such affiliates, get your product in front of them and convince them that your product is worth their time and effort. Some great places to find Internet marketers to sell your site are Internet marketing forums. Two of the best ones are the Warrior Forum and Digital Point forum. There are tons of others. If you type in the phrase “Internet marketing forums” in quotes, you should be able to come up with a good list. You can also check Big Boards, which lists forums in various niches.
Placing a small link on your site, either on the bottom or the top, that says “Affiliates” can also be effective. This link will go to your affiliate information page. This page is where you will talk about your product and try to convince people to become your affiliate. It should list the percentage of the profits that you are going share. You will also need to mention what payment processor or affiliate program that you will be using. Tell people where they can sign up for your affiliate program. Now, linking your affiliate information page from your sales page, kind of controversy. Many affiliates don’t appreciate it because they know quite well that other Internet marketers will simply purchase your product through their own affiliate link and even though they brought the visitor to your web site, they will not get paid. Therefore, you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons of recruiting affiliates from your sales page.
You will also want to add your web site to various affiliate directories. These are directories that list various affiliate programs. Internet marketers can look through them and decide which products they want to promote. Once you get your product or web site in front of potential affiliates, you really have to sell them on the viability of your product. Show them the keyword research that you have performed. Let them know that there is a need for your product and that there is money to be made.
Provide excellent, professional looking resources such as banners that are attractive and colorful. Write out some pay-per-click ads, e-mail advertisements, text links and have some e-book images available.
Now submitting your web site to affiliate directories can be a daunting task. There are quite a bit of them and you may not know, right off, which ones are worth your time. There is a service that will do this for you. It is called Affiliate Announce. They will submit your web site to various affiliate directories. They also will write a press release for you and send it out. This can be very expensive. Prices start out at just under $300 and go up to almost 800. Unless you are actually already making a really big profit, it may not be worth the investment, especially if it doesn’t pan out. You may want to just recruit affiliates at Internet marketing forums, find the top affiliate directories and submit your information to them. You can create your own press release and send it out yourself. You can also hire an individual to submit your site to various affiliate directories for much cheaper than using a service such as Affiliate Announce.
Again, affiliates can make you a ton of money and will do all of the hard work for you. Therefore, you really should consider creating your own product and recruiting affiliates to promote it. If you have a good sales letter, are promoting a product that is in demand, provide good advertising tools and are generous towards your affiliates, you shouldn’t have any problems getting attracting people to help you sell your product or service.