I’m so popular, The circus ran away to join me!

Whaaaat?  That makes no sense at all.  Now that I have your attention, I want to take a couple of minutes and explain why I am so big on affiliate marketing.

There are lots of ways to make money online today.  Some easier and some better than others.

  • If you have any marketable skills like writing or drawing fiver.com can market your services to others.
  • Write an info eBook and sell it online.
  • Create a product and a funnel with upsells and down sells and sell it.
  • Or you can be an affiliate marketer.

Now here is why I like affiliate marketing.  It is probably the easiest way to make money quickly online.  And I believe it is one of the best ways to be able to quit your day job and live the online lifestyle. 

  1. The product is already made for you.
  2. Most often it comes with a webpage and splash page already set up.
  3. It usually offers a good commission schedule.
  4. All you have to do is promote it and collect commissions.

I really believe it will be the business model of the future.

Now how do you pick a good affiliate plan to work on. 

  • Pick one that has been around for several years. Forget the next shiny object that comes out every day.  Most of them don’t last long, then you must start all over.  Or the builder takes your money and leaves town.  So, Pick wisely.
  • Check out their history as much as you can who built it, how long has it been in use.
  • If in doubt, follow the crowd. If it is a big seller it is probably good and stable that usually means it sells well and people are making money using it.

Now, let’s talk about some tools you will need to run your business.

First, you need a reliable product.  Something that a lot of people need and are looking for.

Then you will want some way to track the effectiveness of your ads   There are a lot of ways you can track ads some are free programs some cost a few dollars.  It is like anything else the more you pay the better results.  I like Hits Connect.  It is a good tracking service that gives you a lot of information in a lot of different ways.

And lastly, you need a good autoresponder.  If you think you can get away without one you are kidding yourself.  Your main goal is to create a list.  I know you have heard the phrase the money is in the list.  Well, I’m here to tell you the Fortune is in the Follow Up.  What will an autoresponder do for you?

  • It will compile your list for you so you can easily communicate with your listies.
  • You can create a list of emails to be sent out automatically for you. The reason, the experts tell us it takes about 7 times for people to see your offer for them to actually purchase it.
  • Most autoresponders will help you create a splash page for you to collect people’s emails for you.
  • Most autoresponders will offer some sort of tracking for you but usually, it will be limited. That is why I recommend a separate tracking source.

Now the downside to an autoresponder they can get expensive.  And some offer different ways to capture your lists using either a single opt-in or double opt-in.  

There is a lot of discussion over which is best.   As a brief explanation, a single opt-in is the person who gives you their email and bang they are on your list.   The double opt-in is when the person gives you their email and then has to confirm that they gave it to you. 

Yes, it is an extra step and you might lose a few people but the ones that confirm are serious that they want your information and are less likely to complain about spamming them.  My opinion is I like the double opt-in myself.

If an autoresponder scares you because it sounds complicated I have a training course on autoresponders that I normally charge for but for the next 6 days, you can get it for free.  Click on the banner below.

If you have any questions let me know I’d love to hear from you.
Vern Rudolph

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I have been helping people find the best ways to work at home since 2007. I work only with established companies that have been around for a while. Companies that have a track record of paying commissions on time and are good for support when necessary. I am always for support whenever there is a problem.
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