Greeting Card Creation – Maximise Your Commissions From Affiliate Programs

Maximise Your Commissions From Affiliate Programs

The majority of affiliates are not earning much money from the affiliate programs they belong to. It doesn’t have to be this way. Here are a few tips and techniques that will help you to maximise the commissions you receive from the affiliate programs you belong to.

Choose your affiliate programs with care.

The most critical thing you need to do is choose your associations with care. If you do this wrong, you limit your ability to earn good commissions before you even start.

The programs you choose must fit with the product or service range that you are offering. It is important that they are natural add ons to what you are selling. Alternatively, they must complement the theme of your site. For example, if you offer web design services, a natural add on could be an affiliate program for web hosting.

If you do not offer your own products or services, then your web site needs to convey useful information on a topic of your interest. Affiliate programs relating to this topic of interest would be good add ons for your site. For example, if you have a poetry site, useful affiliate programs could be poetry books, greeting cards, or flowers.

Limit your choice of affiliate programs initially so you can concentrate your efforts on learning how to market them effectively. Having too many programs will dilute your focus and make it harder to learn what works best. Once you are successfully selling and making reasonable commissions from your initial choices, you are then in a better position to choose new programs to add to your site.

Don’t choose based on what pays the highest commission. Instead, put yourself in the shoes of your customer and choose what would best serve their needs. When you do this, you will choose programs that will sell very well and make you more commission in the long run.

Personal recommendations.

Once you have decided on a small list of programs you think are suitable, buy the product or service yourself before making your final choice. This will enable you to test the service delivery and product quality to ensure that it is totally suitable for you to recommend to your customers and visitors.

Your credibility with your customers will be damaged if your refer th
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em to another merchant who does not provide them with good service or product quality. Therefore, always test the product or service before you give a personal recommendation.

Most marketing experts say that the best way to sell products through an affiliate association is by personal recommendation. Once you have used the product, you are then able to write a review that tells your customers or visitors what you liked about it and how it helped you. A personal recommendation will sell more than any advertisement.

Opt In Lists v. Web Sites

Your advertising message will produce a stronger response from people that already know and trust you. Therefore, your own opt in list or ezine is going to be more effective than your web site at generating commissions. If you don’t have a means of staying in contact with your customers or visitors, you are severely limiting your income producing potential.

Banner links on web sites are less effective than text links. More people will click on a text link than a banner. With text links, you are able to pre-qualify people before they visit your affiliate partner’s site, and you will find that more convert to sales.

Advertising

To supplement your promotional activities, consider advertising that gets people to visit the details of the affiliate program on your site, or alternatively, sends them direct to the affiliate site using your affiliate link. Paid ads in ezines can be relatively cheap and can provide you with highly targeted prospects for your promoted product or service.

Many ezines accept paid advertising. Check out List Resources.com http://list-resources.com/ who has a directory of sites that list newsletters and ezines. Another option to consider for low cost ezine advertising is the “2 Bucks an Ad Program” http://www.ksinclair.com/2bucks.htm

Free classified ads are another option but are less effective than targeted ezine advertising. Ensure that you update or change your ads every couple of days to keep them near the top of the listings. Also, check out The Grandfather Of All Links FREE Advertising Directory which has over 10,000 + places to advertise for free. http://www.ecki.com/links

Some find Google Adwords or similar services very useful for generating affiliate sales. However, use caution and test carefully before spending large amounts of money on this service.

Track Your Results

Always test and track the results of the ads and promotions you run. Use the information gained to fine tune your efforts. If you don’t track your results, you will not know what is or is not working for you. The best decisions are made based on good information.

Search on Google to find a service to track your advertising and promotion activities. Use free trials where possible so that you can test their services with your next adverting or promotion campaign before spending your money on the service.

Conclusion

You can maximise your commissions from affiliate programs. You need to carefully choose the programs you will participate in based on what would best suit your customers or visitors. A personal recommendation is the most effective selling tool especially if it appears in your own ezine or opt-in list. Other advertising tools should also be used to enhance your earning potential. Always test and track your results so that you can maximise what works best for you.

By: Kevin Sinclair

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Article by Kevin Sinclair, CPA, of Personal & Business Success Resources. Visit his website at www.mlm.ksinclair.com/ .

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The 7 Scrapbooking Supplies Essential For The Serious Scrapbooker
 by: Caroline Smith

Buying scrapbooking supplies has never been simpler, with the huge variety of products available online these days. From albums and paper to all kinds of embellishments, the internet can be a fantastic place to buy your scrapbook supplies. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced scrapper you should be able to find a huge variety of scrapbooking accessories and equipment to help you put your creative ideas into practice. Web sites are also great places to find lots of free scrapbooking ideas to inspire you to try out new techniques and experiment with different page layouts.

There are so many scrapbooking supplies on sale these days that it can be a bit daunting for new scrapbookers to know where to start! The seven essential items that are needed for all scrapbooks include album, refill pages, cardstock and acid-free adhesive. Good quality scissors are important, and a paper trimmer can be very useful. Acid-free, permanent pens are crucial for journaling and other annotations. Then there is the huge variety of scrapbook materials designed for decorating your pages, including stickers, frames and die cuts, as well as paper piecing patterns and stencils. You can use your imagination and have a lot of fun with embellishments!

One way to save time when deciding on what supplies you need is to buy a pre-packaged scrapbooking kit. Ready made kits come in a big choice of themes, and contain a coordinated selection of products related to a specific theme, such as weddings, travel or babies. Using a kit can make it quicker and easier to plan your scrapbook layouts, at the same time giving you the flexibility to come up with a unique look and add your personal touches. If you like to use digital scrapbooking software, there are loads of downloads and CDs available to help you build your pages on your computer.

The Internet is a brilliant source of all sorts of scrapbooking supplies and ideas to help you preserve your treasured photos in a unique and memorable way.

About The Author

Caroline Smith is an author and regular contributor to http://www.free-scrapbooking-ideas.com – An online resource packed with hints and tips for all scrapbooking enthusiasts.

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