Chances are, you've seen the affiliate
marketing arena change significantly over the last few years. It used to be that affiliate marketers could make
a viable living just by building simple affiliate websites, or review sites geared towards the over all
population of active consumers.
But things are changing drastically! If you
are not already aware of the higher standards set by the consumers in the market place, or you are
not familiar with the new direction in which affiliate marketing is heading then, you will miss
out on one of the greatest opportunities of your lifetime.
Believe me, you won't want to be left behind
in what many are calling the "the greatest revolution” in passive, lifetime profits ever!
You see, affiliate marketers are being forced to change the way that they build campaigns and target
customers, because consumers have changed their attitudes.
They are no longer satisfied with
paltry tidbits of information or quick once warmed over reviews that provide very little
value. They have demanded a different form of affiliate marketing that provides them with a very
personalized shopping experience.
They no longer want to be herded into groups,
or guided along by marketers who have not so hidden agendas of self-interest.
Consumers are finding it harder to know whom they
can trust online. So regardless of whether you have their best interests at heart you’ll need to work smarter
to establish the trust needed to make the sale.
Simply put if you want to make sales on par with the more established national brands then you need to act more
like the more established national brands that people have come to know and trust!
You are now going to need be just
as trustworthy and just as knowledgeable as the big brands if you want to make the same profits that
affiliate marketers used to make, with their tidbits of information or quick once-over reviews, just a few years
ago! Consumers are now demanding more from their shopping experience, including:
Trust - Consumers need to
know that they can trust the people and companies that they buy from. With an increase in identity theft and
fraud, they've grown leery of who they buy from, and how.
History - Consumers are
looking to purchase from companies with a solid track record of delivering the goods to their customers, and can
show they have an established a history of success in the marketplace.
Best Prices - Consumers of
today are far savvier, and they've learned the value in comparison-shopping. They'll spend time searching for
discounts and reviewing various offers before making their decision. They want the biggest bang for their
buck and they are willing to do some research to find it.
Simple & Convenient -
Consumers don't want to be forced into endless hoops and circles. They want their shopping experience to be
hassle-free, convenient, and simple, with products available on demand, and within a few clicks of the
Interactive Experience -
Consumers want a more personalized shopping experience. While they don't want to spend a lot of time navigating
through shopping sites, they prefer to buy from websites that offer recommendations, and similar products
that demonstrate the company's interest in helping them make sound buying decisions. Doing this offers a truly
tailored shopping experience that not only helps them find similar products, but in doing so sites like Amazon,
Best Buy and Wal-Mart have been able to collect invaluable data that tells them exactly what consumers
are looking for!
Let's take Amazon as an
In 2011, they sold over 40 billion in
products, surpassing any other year in their long history. And it only continues to grow.
This ever-growing trend serves as a
valuable lesson to affiliate marketers. If you really want to build wealth online and make money for years
to come, you need to cater to this powerful demand, and build your campaigns around the big brands that
people already know, and are already buying from!
Not only is it simply easier to cater to
these consumers because you already know what they are interested in buying, but also the actual markets are
incredibly massive! You could generate a year's income in only a few short weeks just catering to specific
Taking Amazon as an example once again, you
could spend a few hours browsing through some of their most popular categories and develop campaigns around
the hottest products.
You could also expand your outreach
and maximize your income instantly by setting up "holiday campaigns" or campaigns based on seasonal shopping
The potential for incredible, long-term
profit is outrageous. In fact, affiliate marketing has never been as lucrative as it is today. But you need
to make the switch both in mindset and in the way that you build your affiliate campaigns.
You will need to look at what the big guys
are doing and learn how to integrate these same strategies into your affiliate campaigns.
Let's take a closer look at the essential
components of building a profitable affiliate 3.0 campaign.
Promoting Big Brands – Digital
and Physical Products
While information marketing will always be
profitable, you can make even more money building
campaigns around reputable big brands and names that people recognize and trust.
Better yet, the type of products found on these
mass-scale marketplaces are often priced higher than e-books or other information products, giving you the
opportunity to make more money from every referred sale.
Start by creating a swipe file of all of the big
brands that you plan to promote. Then, create your affiliate account with each marketplace. It is important
to focus only on 2-5 marketplaces; so that you're able to stay focused and on track, while ensuring that you
don't spread yourself too thin.
Note: Make sure
you check out the commission on products before choosing a niche. 60% commission on an ebook
may come out to more then 10% on a larger ticket item!
Here are the top
marketplaces to consider:
ClickBank - http://www.ClickBank.com
Create your affiliate account here for digital
products. (If your niche is Internet marketing then this site is the place to start for trusted
Below are great sites to find digital and
physical products to promote...
Amazon - http://www.Amazon.com
Create your affiliate account here: https://affiliate-program.amazon.com
Macy’s – http://www.Macys.com
Create your affiliate account here: http://m.macys.com/campaign/affiliate.jsp
HSN – http://www.hsn.com
Create your affiliate account here: http://www.hsn.com/hsn-affiliate-program_at-4685_xa.aspx
EBay – http://www.EBay.com
Create your affiliate account here: https://ebaypartnernetwork.com/files/hub/en-US/index.html
Walmart – http://www.Walmart.com
Create your affiliate account here: http://affiliates.walmart.com/aff_home.jsp
Barnes & Noble
Create your affiliate account here: http://affiliates.barnesandnoble.com/
Create your affiliate account here: https://partners.shopping.com/app
Best Buy – http://www.BestBuy.com
Create your affiliate account here: https://signup.cj.com/member/brandedPublisherSignUp.do
Sears – http://www.sears.com
Create your affiliate account here: www.sears.com/sears-affiliate
Buy – http://www.Buy.com
Create your affiliate account here: http://www.buy.com/corp/affiliate.asp
Building Profitable Campaigns – 3.0
Since affiliate marketing has taken a drastic
turn in what is required of every affiliate campaign, we need to build our websites in a whole new way. Rather
than sticking up a bit of content, blended with advertisements and affiliate links, we need to reverse
engineer what successful marketplaces are already doing (spy on the big guys) to maximize sales and improve
the buying experience.
Your website needs to provide visitors with a
tailor-made shopping experience.
While it would be difficult to create a
website that directly caters to every group of customers, it is important that we tie in the products
we're promoting with other relevant and similar products.
You've likely seen this action for yourself, if
you've ever shopped on Amazon.com.
When you add an item to your cart, Amazon will
provide you with a snapshot of products that are similar in nature. These products are based on what other
people, who bought the same item you purchased, also have purchased in the past.
Note: You can find that many of these personalized shopping
features are available very cost effectively by using Wordpress plugins. You could also
research the numerous shopping carts available online which come equipped with these kinds of
This system works in a number of different
ways that you can emulate:
1: It provides consumers with a quick
overview of related products based on genre, product type or category, encouraging consumers to purchase
additional products during one shopping session.
2: It helps consumers make sound decisions by purchasing additional products that augment the value of the items
already in their shopping cart.
For a laptop, this could be an additional battery or padded case. Think of this in the same way that you would with
traditional "one time offers" or "upsell offers" in Internet marketing. Once a customer has placed an item in their
cart, you make them a second offer that adds an additional product into their shopping experience. An item
that they may otherwise have never have noticed or searched for.
3: You provide social proof by listing
other products purchased by customers in the same market. When you add a product to your shopping cart on
Amazon, you will notice a product box appear that reveals "People who bought this product have also
bought…" and a list of other relevant products in the same category. This instills a sense of associative
community with consumers who will then consider adding these other products to their cart so that they're able
to have the same shopping experience as other buyers.
When you build your affiliate campaigns, you
need to consider these factors and do your best to tailor the shopping experience of the consumers who visit
Start by implementing other products into the
checkout process by offering up a suggestion list of other products in the same market or category. You could
also create a page showcasing the "Most Popular Products" in each category on your
It's important that you go above and beyond,
doing all that you can to personalize their shopping experience and to streamline up-sells and multi-product
campaigns into one.
Keep the shopping experience simple. You
want to focus on adding existing brands and popular labels and names that people already trust.
If you do that, you'll find far less resistance
in the marketplace and will be able to piggyback your campaigns off of reputation, credibility, and the
history created and maintained by these popular brands.
Don't convolute the shopping experience with an
influx of ads, third party offers or by promoting off-site products and services while they are
Your job is to guide them through the checkout
process, providing them with helpful information and streamlining the process. The easier you make it,
the more successful your campaigns will be.
Interaction = Unstoppable
Nothing will boost the success of your affiliate
campaigns as interaction does!
Can you think of ways that you can add
interactive elements into your websites without interrupting the shopper’s experience? Try looking at the big
name trusted sites, see how they use reviews, and affiliate campaigns that add value to a consumer’s shopping
For instance, one way of adding an element of
customer interaction is to install a "Live Chat" option on your site. This can be done easily (and affordably)
with a number of live help scripts and software programs that will help you connect with your
Make sure that your live chat does not
interfere with a buyers shopping experience, but
that it adds value to it by being available should a shopper feel that they need extra help, guidance or if they
have a question.
Many consumers have turned their attention to
shopping directly from big brands and popular companies because they feel as though it's the only way that their
purchase is secure, guaranteed and protected.
So, by adding in a live chat element to your
affiliate campaigns, you're demonstrating your commitment to helping and guiding those who are still
unsure about their decision to purchase.
And I would be totally remiss if I did not
mention CPA networks in a report about affiliate profiting.
As you gain experience and start looking for
even more ways to inject interaction (and profits) into your affiliate campaigns. Think of
integrating popular CPA network offers into your campaigns, and ads. CPA stands for “Cost Per
Action”, and includes everything from ring tones to survey’s, free trials, and more.
This type of affiliate marketing is a sure way
to make money from traffic and can be integrated into Affiliate 3.0 strategies easily with a little
For a time-saving, no nonsense “cheat sheet”
that will show you exactly what networks you should join in order to make the most money possible, as well as
how to implement profitable CPA offers into your affiliate campaigns instantly, with very little work involved,
download the complete profit-building blueprint from http://CPACashCrusher.com
Note: With CPA network ads, you can get paid as much as
$50.00 for every successful action* taken by a consumer.
necessarilyeven need to be sales!
Choosing Proven Markets &
It's important that your campaigns are
focused on proven winners and long-term markets
not just “name brands”.
Whether you are going to focus on digital
products and services or physical products, you will want to build a system around evergreen products so
that you can continue to expand your outreach without having to replace a product category, or continuously
monitor your existing campaigns.
Choosing the right products and categories
is essential to your success. It's the
difference between campaigns making $2,000 a week, or ones that makes $2.00 a day.
The time has come for serious affiliate marketers’ to change the way that they deliver content to
This report serves as a basic foundation that
will guide you into the many changes that are taking place in the affiliate arena, but it’s important that you
take action and join the revolution now so that you can set up a profitable system, for many years to