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Setting Up Your Affiliate Marketing Simple System

I think the best way to learn a system is to see it in action, so in the next chapter, I’m going to walk you through it with a live case study that you can see as you implement each step on your own.

But let’s first go over the basics of how you’re going to pull this system together.

First, you’re going to want to choose your niche carefully.  Like I said before – go with something that delivers ample opportunity, like the dog niche, health niche, dating, or golf to name a few examples.

What makes a good niche?  When I search for a niche I ask myself these questions:

·         Does it have a lot of affiliate programs whose pay is worth my time? Don’t necessarily go off percentages because you’d rather have 10% of a $500 product ($50 in commission) than 50% of a $14 product ($7).
·         Can I find or write a report about it to give away in exchange for their contact information? List building is where the long-term money happens for you.
·         Is there enough information on this topic for me to be able to pull together a year’s worth (or more) of continual weekly emails? (It’s been said it takes a consumer 7 different times of being exposed to a product before they buy).
·         Is the public buying in this niche? If so, what are they buying? Consumers like to be entertained, informed, and they want everything you give them to be easy. The last thing you want is to see a lot of sales only to realize they turned into fast refunds.
Next, you want to scout around and seek out the crème de la crème of affiliate opportunities for that particular niche. As a soon-to-be super affiliate, your name is on the line here – don’t dirty up your reputation by promoting less than stellar products to the subscribers who will be signing up to your list.

Ideally, you’ll get together a long list of hot products that convert well, that pay quite a bit, and that are evergreen in nature – providing commission to you for years, not a few months.

Once you have your niche and your affiliate research gathered, you’re going to work on creating plenty of content for two main areas – your blog and your email autoresponder system.

A good rule of thumb is to create at least one autoresponder email per week and one blog post per day. “But what about article marketing?”

You can feel free to do some article marketing too if you want but here’s my way of thinking about that now – why not put those articles on my own domain (my blog) and boost it up as an authority site rather than hand it over for free to an article directory?

I think too much emphasis has been put on article marketing when blogging should be at the top of the totem pole.

Aside from blogging, you’re going to queue up your autoresponder system with messages that will quench their thirst for information and also give you ample opportunity to cash in with your affiliate links.

You don’t need to be overwhelmed by the thought of writing a year’s worth of emails to your customers. You can find time to send out one a week or buy a pack of 52 articles on your niche topic that are made from PLR (Private Label Rights) and you’ll have a ready to use communication system.

Private Label Rights, in case you’re not familiar with them, are articles someone else writes, sold dirt cheap to multiple buyers.  You can put your name on them as the author and use them as is or alter them so that they’re unique to your subscribers.

Tiffany Dow sells packs of PLR niche content at her PLR Mini Mart (no membership required) that come with a 5-page report you can use as an opt in freebie plus 52 articles, helping you instantly achieve one year of communication with your customers and prospects.

In order to get those visitors to your site to actually sign up for your emails, you’re going to have to give them something in return. You can make it a report they instantly download or the promise to receive periodic lessons from you via email (ie: “Sign Up for a FREE 7-Week Course on How to Eliminate Stress for Good!”)

Note: The title of your report is more important than the content itself. Now this doesn’t mean the inner pages can be pure garbage. You want to show value after all.

But the title is what will pull them in. Use something such as, “The 3 Word Phrase That Will Get Your Dog to Change ANY Behavior You Don’t Like!” It sounds better than just, “Free Dog Training Tips.”

Plug your affiliate links into it and turn it into a PDF file using Adobe. You can get five free conversions here: When someone signs up for the free report, they’ll get a download link for it in their first email – and every week after that, they’ll get an informative, valuable email from you with another affiliate link in it.

Remember the second element of success with this system – the website?  Well it doesn’t matter if you put articles on a static web page or lots of small posts on a blog – but whatever type of page it is, it’ll have your autoresponder email capture form on it.

Some people use a separate, specially designed squeeze page that has nothing but a headline, bullet points, and the name capture form. I don’t care if you integrate it into a portion of your blog, but make sure it makes its way onto the page above the fold (meaning they don’t have to scroll down) so that you can start building your list.

Important: If you spend any extra time at all on anything in this system, spend it on your opt-in area. You want your visitors to convert into subscribers. And make sure you find or write valuable email messages and not trash.

With good content for your autoresponders, your subscribers will stay subscribed regardless of how often you market to them, providing you with more selling opportunities.

Don’t make the mistake of sticking AdSense all over the place – if you’re a serious affiliate marketer, you want any clickouts to be on high affiliate moneymakers, not piddly pennies per click!

Here’s a major mistake many marketers make. They think that since they’re building a website anyway, why not have as many moneymaking opportunities as possible so they at least earn something?

If you take this approach, you’re going to see a trickle of AdSense income build up over a long time rather than waves of affiliate commission flood in on a regular basis.

Not only that, but let’s say you build up steam and start seeing 2,000 hits a month – then 5,000, and so on. What if every single visitor clicked on an AdSense ad?

Sounds great, right?

Not really. Once those 5k visitors are gone, so is your moneymaking opportunity. Imagine adding 5,000 people to your niche list each month. Imagine those people investing in the $47 product you’re promoting for a 50% commission rather than a one-time $0.10 AdSense ad.

Sounds a lot better, doesn’t it?

After all is said and done you have one domain up with content, a free report to offer, and an autoresponder system in place, and you repeat it again and again. Affiliate marketers raking in the most money are planting seeds all over the place.

They don’t wait for one site to become mega popular - they have dozens of sites operating in sync with one another to churn out big commissions based on a growing subscriber base and a healthy myriad of affiliate programs to promote.

And don’t let it freak you out at the thought of building dozens of niche sites like this. It’s very simple to set up a blog on a domain and plug in PLR content to an autoresponder.

You might do the first few yourself and once the money gets rolling, outsource it to a freelance virtual administrative assistant as grunt work that you don’t want to mess with.

So now that you know the system in its basic form, let’s see it all unfold with a real niche. You follow along as I do my sample so that by the time you finish reading this course, you have one site completed and then you can repeat it and be on your way to increased (or first time) affiliate sales.

Read more: All about affiliate Marketing
Introduction to Affiliate Marketing 

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