What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Are They All Merely Myths?
No, The High-Earning Affiliate is Alive and Well
And You Could Become One
The affiliate model is a "high reward/low risk" Web site monetization option...
- you don't have to develop excellent products -- it has already been done for you. You simply judge and pick the best available ones, from the best available merchants.
- you don't have to spend large amounts to manufacture and store inventory
- no need to take and process a single order, or worry about getting paid (you don't even need a merchant account!) -- you simply send people to your affiliated merchants, then get paid when they buy
- you don't have to handle or ship a product -- your merchants do that
- you'll never have to answer customer e-mail (inquiries and support are 24/7 issues that can easily eat up 50% of your day)
- they cost nothing to join (beware of the few that do)
- your affiliate business can be started part-time, on a shoestring. Here's an example.
Sounds great... and the "affiliate model" has mushroomed since Amazon.com first brought it into public prominence in 1997. Millions of affiliates send billions of visitors to tens of thousands of companies in return for a payment. The affiliate industry has and continues to grow exponentially.
The Affiliate Credentials of SiteSell.com
One of the top Internet companies on the Web, we are 100% affiliate-driven. One of the top Internet companies on the Web, we are strongly affiliate-driven. Our "Affiliate Program" is regarded as one of the most original programs online.
So... if the affiliate model is so attractive, and so widely adopted, and growing so rapidly...
Why Do Most Affiliate Marketers Struggle To Earn
Yes, it's true that a small number of affiliates ("super-affiliates") are making some very large incomes. And a larger minority, do earn lower-but-still-substantial amounts.
But the truth remains... the vast majority of affiliates are struggling to earn.
So What's the Problem?
Affiliates struggle due to one or more of the following four problems. All four are avoidable/beatable, with the appropriate strategies and tools. Let's review...
Problem #1 -- Failure To Prepare
Most people fail at anything because of the tendency to FIRE-READY-AIM. They jump the gun and FIRE, rather than invest some time to get READY and then AIM.
Yes, it feels "unproductive" to prepare and set up a system... But it's how the successful succeed.
Part of your preparation should include considering going beyond the affiliate model.
The solution? Upfront thinking and planning...
- Develop best site concept/theme
- Brainstorm most profitable topics
- Select best related affiliate programs.
Problem #2 -- Dependency on Merchants
Not only is it easy to choose the wrong programs, it's easy to struggle with the right ones. Even great companies with terrific products often don't have the time to train their affiliates...
- No startup manual.
- No creative new ideas in a weekly newsletter... "Here are our banners. Please put them up on your site."
- No tools to help you do your job.
The solution? Successful affiliates do their due diligence in order to select the best companies. They also diversify into other, complementary monetization models.
Problem #3 -- No Site or Poor Site
Some folks attempt to market through social media and forums they frequent. Others try to build sites that may have one or more of the following problems...
- amateurish look and feel
- content that does not hold a visitor's attention and respect
- poor site structure and organization
- have little to no traffic
No Site or Poor Site = No Success
The solution? Take what you know, what you love, and turn it into a Theme-Based Content Site. Attract highly targeted, interested "PREcustomers," provide solid value through content, then refer them to your affiliate merchants.
Problem #4 -- Little or No Traffic
Now for a really big challenge... building traffic.
In the offline retail world, the old saying goes that "location, location, location" are the three most important factors for success. If you put your offline store on the right street corner, you're 90% of the way home.
Passer-by traffic. But...
When was the last time you saw someone casually stroll past a Web site? Never, right?
Because people choose to go to Web sites. They click on links or type in URLs. They make the decision. They have the power.
And many affiliates never figure out how to work with that power to attract tens of thousands of interested, motivated visitors every day.
The solution? If you know how, you can put yourself into their click path. The "Top 3%" affiliates all...
- make the content of their Web pages "attractive" to Search Engines
- track how each page performs on the major Search Engines, from submission, through spidering, indexing and finally to how each page ranks
- develop more than one way to drive traffic
- analyze Click IN and Click Through patterns meticulously, as if their businesses depended on it (because it does)
- follow key traffic stats from a good log file analyzer
- execute well, having assembled or created a wide variety of expensive tools.
Do these solutions sound out of reach for you? They used to be, not any more...
Level the Playing Field
SBI! is the only product that provides you with the process and all the tools necessary for "Top 3% Level" affiliate success.
How does it work? "It" does not work... you do. Let's summarize...
SBI! takes what you know and love, and helps you turn that into your own unique content on your own unique Web site. You use the SBI! system of no-tech-skills-needed tools to execute the flawless step-by-step process to build a theme-based content site.
SBI! automates the tedious elements of site promotion and management so all your time is devoted to building your business... not fighting technology and complexity. A series of professional, integrated tools are further designed specifically to maximize your ROI. The site generates targeted visitors who quickly become warm, willing PREsold prospective clients for the merchants you recommend.
Get rich quick? No. You've come to the wrong place if you're looking for that.
Easy as pie? NO. While SBI! does remove all the technical barriers (HTML, FTP, CGI, Search Engine mastery, etc.), please remember... you are, after all, building a business. So it is not "quick and easy" or "get rich quick" or "guaranteed to make you $1,000,000 in 6 months." Sorry.
Are you motivated? Willing and ready to work to build your Affiliate Marketing business? If so, SBI! delivers. Actually it OVERdelivers success... we guarantee it.
How Do We Define "Success"?
Build an Affiliate Site That Works
The lifeblood of a growing affiliate business is traffic. So here's our definition of "success"...
Hundreds of visitors per day, every day, generated by you, growing to thousands as you continue to create high-value, high-ranking content related to your site's theme.
Total beginner or seasoned affiliate marketer? It does not matter. Start from scratch and see success grow before your eyes, through the affiliate programs of other companies, who do the actual selling and shipping of products for you...
- without any programming or design knowledge/experience
- without being a Search Engine "guru"
- without needing to have a single product of your own.
Use SBI! to turn your knowledge or hobby into an income-generating, theme-based affiliate site.
Your site delivers great content on a particular set of topics (all related to your site's theme). People find your content through your high rankings at the Search Engines (and other techniques). They click on your related merchant links. Your merchants pay you commissions for the sales and your visitors are delighted with the products and convenience...
Passionate about cooking with hot spices? Chili peppers, cayenne... the hotter, the better? Brainstorm the most profitable topics, and deliver hot and sensual content. Establish your voice and style. Deliver quality, in-demand material. You'll be surprised at how quickly a following develops. And then...
You're ready to monetize (cookbooks through Barnes and Noble, cookware, food processors, and so forth). Blend in Google Adsense and you're off to a fast start towards a profitable Web site... one you'll love building.
Maybe vintage, racing hot rods are your obsession? Create a site about roadsters -- no, create the site about rebuilding roadsters ("how-to-rebuild-roadsters.com"). Refer your ever-growing, highly motivated traffic to related merchants (auto accessories, car dealers, etc.).
Or how about photography? See how this "Top 1%" SBI! owner does it.
How about travel? Build a site about family-traveling or exotic locations. Refer traffic to priceline.com, book stores, and other merchants who sell travel-related products.
Music... Fashion... Games... Electronics...
Or more esoteric interests like organic gardening, Aussie football or children's birthday parties!
The platinum guide to affiliate success. SBI! the perfect affiliate business-building solution and the only one that automatically generates droves of warm, willing-to-buy visitors.
SBI! virtually guarantees affiliate success. All that's needed is motivation.
Create worthwhile sites that give something of value to readers
Build truly high-value content that pleases both human readers as well as the Search Engines. Add to the collective wisdom online.
Your pages will generate targeted traffic into your site. You refer them on to affiliated merchants. That traffic flow is called a "clickstream." You tap the clickstream for income.
There are no limit to the possibilities. Create sites about whatever excites you. Then convert that content into traffic, and that traffic into dollars.
Content Traffic PREsell Monetize
And have fun doing it. It's the best "job" in the world.
It is the only product in the world that takes you step-by-step through the powerful, natural process of Content Traffic PREsell Monetize
SBI! provides all the tools that you need to execute C T P M flawlessly, integrated seamlessly into the step-by-step process.
All you have to do is deliver content about your theme/niche. SBI! handles all the behind-the-scenes technology and complexity of building and marketing your Web site, which frees you to focus on what you know best... your business.
SBI! provides all the information, strategies and tools needed to progress from brainstorming to content-development to traffic-building. It eliminates the complexities and technologies, allowing you to focus on building your business.
SBI! empowers you to own your niche. That means...
Own your free, targeted, motivated traffic.
Grow YOUR business by growing your own niche-oriented traffic.
Monetize your traffic in non-affiliates ways, too (ex., Google AdSense).
Protect your income, and build equity, by diversifying into new monetization models. What if your merchant partner goes bankrupt tomorrow? Or reduces commissions, fails on their payments or shuts down their program entirely?
Not only do you own your self-produced targeted traffic, but you'll build a large e-zine list. Hundreds, then thousands, will sign up for your zine, allowing you to build trust over time.
PREselling through valued content establishes credibility. So your recommendations carry weight. The difference in Conversion Rate between visitors who arrive PREsold via an in-context text link vs. a banner can be quite high. Test, analyze, adjust.
The bottom line? This business is YOURS. If one of your merchants (ex., Amazon) becomes unstable or treats its affiliates unfairly, you switch to a competitor (ex., Barnes and Noble). Or you can emphasize an entirely different monetization model (ex., Google AdSense).
The key, of course, is owning your own traffic. Before you can can PREsell... before you can earn affiliate income... you must grow your own traffic.
Build Other Streams of Revenue, Too...
Diversify: Add New Income Streams
To Your Affiliate Marketing Business
To monetize as large a percent as possible of your visitors, diversify beyond the affiliate model. Google AdSense is a "must" add-on if your main business is to be an affiliate, and others are available (more on this later).
From RC cars to roadsters, from children's birthday parties to high-end audio/electronics, the niches (and themes related to those niches) are infinite. But no matter what niche your affiliate marketing business occupies, monetization must start with significant volumes of relevant traffic...
Once you have traffic, the next question is...
"Since I Own My Traffic Now,
And Only a Small Percent Will Buy,
How Else Can I Monetize That Traffic?"
There isn't any doubt that SBI! delivers the traffic. And yes, that is the lifeblood of your Affiliate Marketing business. But remember... in a wider sense, you're in "business."
Like countless offers that we all see every day, most of your high-volume, PREsold traffic will not ultimately be interested in your merchants' products. Enough will, of course, for you to grow significantly.
But why not monetize your traffic by offering other products and/or services? In other words, develop a mix of supplementary monetization models. Diversify your business into multiple streams of income.
Here is how to build a diversified monetization mix. Consider each monetization model carefully. Depending on your particular niche and Affiliate Marketing business practices, some will apply to you. Some won't.
Google AdSense offers yet another way to monetize a purely informational theme-based content site. Pick fewer (i.e., only the best) affiliate programs related to your niche. (AdSense and SBI! are an excellent match -- SBI! builds targeted, themed traffic, while AdSense monetizes it with ease.)
As a matter of fact, the ideal diversification strategy is most likely to combine AdSense with a few top-notch affiliate programs, blending in a finder's relationship or two. Now you can focus on building your Affiliate Marketing business, and on diversifying it into a broader, more stable, full-fledged business.
It all adds up to a strong, stable way to monetize an "infopreneurial" site.
With proof like that, it's fair to say...
There is no stronger, more cost-effective way to build your affiliate business, whether you merely want to convert a hobby into a money-maker instead of a money-spender, or whether you ultimately want to quit your day job.
Affiliate Marketing Is Just The Start
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