How to Have Your Best Affiliate Marketing Year Ever [Part 2]

Every blogger dreams about making more money from their blog, and there is no greater way of doing this than engaging in affiliate marketing, and selling your own products.  In the last post I shared with you some awesome tips on how to effectively promote third party affiliate products and services from companies; if you missed it you can catch it here –

How To Have Your Best Affiliate Marketing Year Ever [Part 1]

In this post I want to share with you 5 more blazing hot affiliate marketing tips, this time for promoting your OWN products and services through your own affiliate program.

Fact: not enough bloggers are creating their own products, but for those who are or have created their own products, they’re absolutely reaping the rewards right now as I’m writing this.

If you don’t have a product, you should think about creating one.  You don’t have to be a genius to come up with your own products or services, a simple eBook would suffice and requires very little technical know how.  Check out the following posts:

1. Bloggers: 7 Reasons Why You Should Create Your Own eBook

2. How to Create your own eBook using Content from your Blog

If you are already in the middle of creating your own product or service, or maybe you’ve recently launched something you want to sell more of, check out the following hot tips to help you increase sales.

Have your Best Affiliate Marketing Year Ever

Promoting Your Own Products and Services

1. Create your own Affiliate Program

The first and foremost thing to do is create your own affiliate program.  The reason being is that so you can let others help you promote your products and services.  Also it’s a great way to build genuine backlinks to your product landing page too.  If you’re not too sure where to start, check out the eJunkie Marketplace or Clickbank.  These two affiliate marketplaces in my mind are amongst the best places on the web to start building your own affiliate program.

2. Offer an Awesome Commission Rate

Once you have your affiliate program setup, it’s time to think about how much commission you’re willing to offer your affiliates for promoting your product or service.  Depending on the quality of your product, it’s got to be worth their while, so offer an attractive rate.  Something like 75 or 80% to begin with.

3. Offer a Globally Recognized Payment Gateway

PayPal… say no more… If you’re going to use a marketplace like eJunkie or JVZoo to set up your affiliate program, then these two uses PayPal to process payments, people trust what they know and PayPal has been around for almost as long as the internet has… almost, give 7 years.

4. Provide All the Marketing Tools

Ensure your affiliates have all the tools they need to get started with promoting your products or services.  I.e. banners, email templates, per-defined tweets, videos, etc.

5. Get to Know Your Affiliates

One of the biggest reasons why so many people fail to make money promoting their own products through an affiliate program, is because they simply don’t reach out enough.

Get to know your affiliates, when someone signs up send them an acknowledgment email, tell them if there is absolutely anything you can do for them you’ll do it.  Connect and engage with them on social sites and build a long lasting professional relationship with them; it will certainly pay off in the long run.

6. Create Affiliate Contests

Finally, affiliate contests are a great way to boost promotions, sales and increase profits, and it’s also a great way to reward your top performing affiliates.  Start small by rewarding with small cash rewards and who knows, one day you might be rewarding with great gifts.

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  • Anis

    Making money with affiliate marketing is the best way to make money blogging I agree. Its a lot of hard work though, nice post thanks.

  • Satyakam Pradhan

    Well explained points why we need to start our own affilates and move to the next stages of Internet marketing.

    • / Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Absolutely Satyakam, it’s one of the most exciting stages blogging as a business, creating your own products and starting your own affiliate program, best of luck mate.

  • Shahzad

    I’ve not yet started affiliate marketing on my current post. But will work on it sooner and hope your post will help. Just bookmarked it.

  • Samantha

    Hey Fabz I really enjoyed tip number 5, know your affiliates. At the end of the day they’re probably going to be the ones bringing in most of business and the sales to your products, so making a connection and developing relationships with them is very important. It would also encourage them to push harder to increase sales as well I think.

    • / Fabrizio Van Marciano

      Hi Sammy, thanks. Yeah it’s important to remember that your affiliates are out there working for your helping to bring you money and of course they’re getting paid a commission for it. But the relationship you develop with them could be the difference between success and failure.

  • / Fabrizio Van Marciano

    Hey Shazad, thanks so much for stopping by and I’m pleased that you were able to take something away from the post. Best of luck when you do start and don’t forget to come back here and let us know how you get on ;)