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    If you had to give one key to successful affiliate marketing, what would it be?

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    don't copy other people

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    sell stuff

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    Complain frequently that sales are not being tracked.

    Congrats on the shirt Gordon


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    Spend time, money or both- it's not a quick fix

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    Don't quit your day job

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    Domain Addict / Formerly known as elbowcreek Thomas A. Rice's Avatar
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    Find a niche that has a decent commission, and build for that specific niche.

    A page a day keeps the creditors away.....

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    Lots of hard work and long hours.

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    You've already done one of the most important thing: you've joined ABW!

    Read old posts here, you'll learn a ton!



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    Thank you all for your help! It is much appreciated.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by jtkeane:
    If you had to give one key to successful affiliate marketing, what would it be?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Content. Look at your site and ask yourself: "What am I offering on my site that would make people want to visit? Would I spend any time at this site if I stumbled on it? Would I come back?"

    Your visitors need a reason to visit. Just having a site that sells stuff isn't enough.

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    2005 Linkshare Golden Link Award Winner  ecomcity's Avatar
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    Build a web site that you yourself would bookmark if you were a shopper. Pick out a niche' merchant category where the spammers and the S/W only BHO affiliates, like ebates -gator and WhenU don't make it hard to earn money, because they flock your referrals like flies or mosquitoes.

    Mike & Charlie ...

    If they won't adopt and feed a bird ..flip them one! BBQ some Gator and remember to flush WhenU..

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    jtkeane,

    Hi and welcome to ABW.

    One key? Educate yourself as much as possible on everything that is affiliate marketing.

    It's Your Money. You earned it. What are you going to do to make sure you get to keep it?

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    Seek, find and work closely with an honest AM at a good merchant

    Welcome to ABW !!

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    jtkeane,

    Hi and Welcome to ABW!

    Most important ... HMMMM ... C4 already said my answer

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    2005 Linkshare Golden Link Award Winner  ecomcity's Avatar
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    Andy set that hook real deep ...."Seek, find and work closely with an honest AM at a good merchant"

    Mike & Charlie ...

    If they won't adopt and feed a bird ..flip them one! BBQ some Gator and remember to flush WhenU..

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    Learn SEO

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    Use all the great information that performics, linkshare and befree provide that lets affiliates know the inside scoop on what merchants are performing at what level in the network so you can know which ones to avoid.

    In CJ - they actually give this information but it's easiliy manipulated to the upside and some use techniques to inflate their numbers so they look much more appealing than they really are - so don't pay much attention to that either. However, you can take solice in knowing that the dogs at the bottom of the list are really dogs and should be avoided "unless they are new and non established".

    Use the information provided by the networks concerning merchant information very carefully. Pay particular attention to the details that stipulate what the cookie duration is and when the cookie is invalidated. Also pay close attention to the section on the merchants policy for partnering with parasites. You will typically earn less on merchants that partner with parasites (we call um pp merchants) than the honest "A1 Merchants" who consider their Affiliates 1st. Got that - A1 Merchants vs PeePee Merchants choose carefully.

    Use all the information provided in network reports that outlines what you're selling the most of and tweek and tune your marketing around those areas. Some products offered from a merchant produce and some don't! Use all that great info provided to tweak your marketing for what is working and cull out the ineffective marketing and replace it with something else.

    These things collectively are the most valuable tools you can use in becoming a profitable affiliate. It's just a shame that most networks don't provide the information you need to really succeed!

    It seems the networks have designed a system that predominently takes advantage of unknowledgable and new affiliates and yes even merchants by NOT providing basic information to help you be successfull.

    Not providing this type of information allows them to continue to collect fat fees from crappy merchants who they push on you as well as a percentage of the sales from parasites that they push onto merchants that take credit for your sales by overwriting your cookies. Funny huh....

    There in lies your challenge - understanding the way the system really works and learning how you can best avoid the pitfalls and lies that are bestowed upon you by the networks, and many crooked peepee merchants.

    Stick around ABW and you'll learn the key items that you really should consider but it takes "alot" of time and effort.

    Overall, "this is a crooked game" and if you can develop a site that attracts and draws visitors that is tuned for making sales - you will be rewarded with the firm knowledge that "you get stole from every day" and this is perfectly acceptable by both "your trusted third party networks" as well as the pee pee merchants.

    If you don't have a strong backbone for swallowing things like above, or really good design and SEO skills - well, you better run and forget this place and save your self respect.

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    PeePee merchants with PooPoo policies allow our earnings to be flushed down the crapper.

    Why give parasites unlimited cookie durations and credit for sales where they divert our users and overwrite our cookies. PP merchants directly support what many consider unfair trade practices and thievery!
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    Find out who your competition is and bury them by doing better than them.

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    sell, sell, sell


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    I think that the key to successful affiliate marketing is trial and error - try many different approaches while keeping accurate data that allows you to optimize your efforts.

    You have to use as many sources for your information as possible and be efficient in managing your findings. Make sure that, for every change you implement, you look at the effect it has on your results and really narrow down what that means. For example, if you start promoting a new sponsor at the same time as you implement a site redesign, how will you know if your conversion rate is effected by the merchant or your site's new approach?

    Also, I've seen some affiliates be very successful at one approach and others do horribly with it. Some lessons don't need to be repeated but you have to figure out what works on your site with your users and nobody else can tell you that. The forums are useful for identifying the bad guys (although the good guys often go unmentioned) and learning about different programs and promotional tools. However, don't make the mistake of assuming that everything said in the forums is worth its weight in gold. If everyone here was a perfect affiliate marketer, we'd all be retired. Many of us will offer good advice and others might just be here to vent.

    Happypoon brought up a good point about the information you are provided by 3rd parties that, I think, says something even more important - choose your partners wisely. As you collect your data and make changes, keep a close eye on your relationships and determine which partners seem to have your best interests in mind. Over time, you should narrow yourself down to comfortable relationships with partners that help you to be successful. If you spend minimal time managing your relationships and more time continuously improving on your results, you will grow much faster and more securely. The sooner you eliminate people that waste your time or negatively effect your efforts, the sooner you can concentrate on and achieve growth.

    In short...

    1) Keep track of what works.
    2) Keep track of what doesn't work.
    3) If it works, do it some more.
    4) If it doesn't work, stop doing it.


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    Figure out what works.

    Research successful marketing strategies and keep trying things until you know exactly what you need to do to be profitable.

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    I 2nd Elbow and Andy. I second everyone good tips.

    Many times successful affiliate marketers recommend that you find a good niche market. Here is a pretty good article I found on Marketingnewz.com

    How To Find A "Hungry Market" Of Buyers Wanting To Throw Money At You

    By Noel Peebles
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    Article Date: 2003-08-21

    Make no mistake; there are literally thousands of potential tightly niched "hungry markets" out there. Markets abound! People are ready and waiting to throw money at you.

    Your first job is to find a "hungry market" - and discover what it is the market wants. Then, and only then, do you consider what kind of products or services you might be able to supply to that market.

    Read the rest of the article here:
    http://www.marketingnewz.com/marketi...oneyAtYou.html

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Another tip I heard once was to check for NEW Yahoo stores and see what's popular. You may discover a niche someone else discovered that you would not have thought of. Then build some content around the niche and find a good affiliate program with products that people interested in this niche would want to buy.

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    If you also want to know some things NOT to do here's a pretty good article.

    Most Common and Costly Mistakes That 95% Of Affiliates Make! From WebProNews

    By Phillip P. Brewer
    Contributing Writer
    Article Date: 2003-08-07

    Affiliate Programs! They are the best thing that has come along since sliced bread. They single handedly give everyone a chance to get a piece of the Internet pie.

    They are Free to join, easy to implement and pay a commissions on a regular basis. Combine all of that with an extremely wide variety of products and services and their appeal becomes very obvious.

    It's no wonder so many folks are willing to attempt to promote them. But, 95% of all affiliates are making 1 or more mistakes that can literally cost them thousands of dollars each year.

    The following is my personal list (in no particular order) of the 5 most common and most costly mistakes Affiliates are making everyday.

    Read the rest of the article here:
    http://www.webpronews.com/wpn-10-200...iatesMake.html


    Haiko - this forum needs HTML turned on.


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