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5 Affiliate Mistakes to Avoid that will Increase Your Sales

 
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 8:24 pm    Post subject: 5 Affiliate Mistakes to Avoid that will Increase Your Sales Reply with quote

5 Affiliate Mistakes to Avoid that will Increase Your Sales

Affiliate Marketing is one of the best ways to make money from
home and affiliate programs provide anyone with internet access a
chance to make a living on the internet. Affiliate programs are
usually free or very cheap to join, easy to get started and
typically pay commissions on a regular basis, so more and more
people are turning to them as a means to start a home based
business. However, there are a few mistakes affiliate marketers
tend to make that hurts their business tremendously.

Avoiding some of these common mistakes made by affiliate
marketers should quickly and easily improve your chances of
making sales and increase your affiliate commissions. Here are
five of the top mistakes made by affiliate marketers:

1) Not researching the affiliate program before your start
promoting it

It really is amazing just how many affiliates grab the first
affiliate program that comes there way or signup simply because
it has a high commission rate or promote it just because every
other marketer is promoting it. If the program does not
compliment the overall theme of your site, you will find it
difficult to convince your visitors and subscribers to purchase
the product. Why would they want it if it does not have anything
to do with the area you are targeting?

2) Not using your signature file correctly

Many affiliates add a signature file to all of their out-going
email messages and forum posts but they do not do it correctly.
Twenty lines of text full of affiliate links to a bunch of
different products is not considered a good signature file! In
fact, it can very easily be considered spam. Try keeping your
signature file under five lines with an attention grabbing or
intriguing first line and overdo it on the links.

3) Not writing your own ad copy

There's nothing worse than seeing the exact same advertisement
all over the internet or in email messages from ten different
marketers. How much perceived value will your message have when
it arrives and the reader is seeing it for the tenth time? Take
the time to tweak the ad to suit your target audience and
subscribers before sending it out. Personalize it to make the ad
your own so it doesn't even seem like an advertisement anymore.

4) Not paying for your own domain name and hosting account

Even novice internet users can tell a free hosted site when they
see one. It's very unprofessional and suggests to your visitors
that you haven't made any money online and probably don't know
what you're doing. If you haven't even taken the small step
towards setting up your business properly then how can your
visitors trust you? Less than $10 a year for a domain name at
GoDaddy.com and maybe $5 per month for a small hosting account
won't break your bank account. In fact, it will probably help to
add to your account in the long run.

5) Not capturing your leads before you send them on to the
affiliate product site

If you spend your time and money marketing to get someone to
click on one of your affiliate links then they leave the product
site without purchasing, what have you gained? Nothing! You have
just lost the time and money it took to get that one
click-through in the first place. Set up a squeeze page so you
can capture your lead's email address before you send them on to
the product site. That way if they don't buy you can follow up
with them later and try again (and again and again and again).
This can be priceless!

Now that you know these five affiliate mistakes to avoid you
should be able to make more sales and increase your affiliate
commissions by a significant amount. So get out there and become
the super affiliate marketer you always knew you could be!

About the author:

Trent Brownrigg is a successful affiliate marketer and home
business consultant. Achieve your work at home
dreams at http://www.work-at-home-jobs-iowa.com and he will
personally help you succeed.
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