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Monday, May 18th, 2009

Affiliate Tip #3: Bring Something to The Table!

Affiliate Tip #3: Bring Something to The Table!

istock 000000048122xsmall 150x150 Affiliate Tip #3: Bring Something to The Table!Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of five quick affiliate tips by guest blogger Robert Plank. Videos of each are also posted at the end of this article. Enjoy!
– Michel Fortin

Affiliate marketing is not a “push button solution”… it’s just a different type of selling than product launch marketing or AdSense marketing.

You are not going to be able to just sign up as an affiliate to some program and expect to make money… you have to DO something with that link!

The big formula for internet marketing is:

List + Traffic = Offers.

When you sign up for something as an affiliate, that affiliate product or service is your offer. Once you have that offer, you need a list and you need traffic if you ever expect that offer to convert.

You’d be surprised at how many people forget this step!

For this reason, I don’t recommend promoting affiliate offers right out of the gate in internet marketing. Build up a list first, even if it’s built from a small $7 report or a free ethical bribe.

Join list building giveaways, place your signature link at the bottom of your forum posts, comment on blogs, leave testimonials for products you own, publish articles about your niche… do whatever you can to get as many eyeballs in your niche in front of that opt-in box. Add an e-mail subscription box to sites that need it, such as your blog.

Bottom line: build a list first, and then send offers to that list once you’ve built up 100 subscribers or more. Does that sound like a lot? Okay… then focus on 8 subscribers a day.

Do you think that with forum, article, blog, and giveaway marketing, that you could get a measly eight subscribers in a day? If you can, then keep it up for 12 days and you have yourself 100 subscribers primed and ready to receive your affiliate offers.

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  • http://twitter.com/nicheprof nicheprof

    My buddy @RobertPlank shares an important tip for new marketer on @MichelFortin’s blog but build a tribe not a list http://budurl.com/yzsy
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    I like that you’re focused on practical steps and measurable daily goals.

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    I like that you’re focused on practical steps and measurable daily goals.

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    Building a list: key for Affiliate marketing, by Robert Plank. http://bit.ly/GDoqa
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    Affiliate Tip – Bring Something to The Table……http://bit.ly/GDoqa
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    Affiliate Tip #3: Bring Something to The Table! – http://tinyurl.com/o6dbc6
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