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15 Proven Ways to Promote Affiliate Products – Part 3

Today I want to finish up my 15 proven ways to promote affiliate products series. This will be article three of three.

In the first installment we discussed ezine advertising. This is a highly targeted way to reach a proven audience. You know these people are interested because they’re reading these ezines.

Pay-per-click advertising is still very useful for affiliate marketing. Banner advertising is an overlooked resource. Viral marketing is a powerful way to get the word out to a lot of people in a short period of time.

We also discussed getting traffic from search engines in part two. We discussed doing other forms of email marketing in addition to solo ads and ezine advertising. We also discussed joint ventures even if you’re a newbie, doing teleseminars and publishing your own ezine.

Let’s get into the last six ways.

The first is marketing on forums.

Forums are groups of people who meet together online to discuss a particular topic.

It could be a fan forum for a particular movie star. It could be a way of doing business like franchising, internet marketing or affiliate marketing. It could be almost any topic under the sun.

The key with forum marketing is not to go in there with guns blazing making the best offer you can make. That’s what they resist. They want you to participate first. 

Help first and then ask for help or look for opportunity. There is an exception to that. You might go to a forum in order to learn something. Let’s say you go to an affiliate marketing forum so you can learn how to be an affiliate marketer.

It’s 100% OK to ask all the questions you want and get help. Once you have some knowledge and success under your belt, give back by helping people.

One of the great keys to forum marketing is to make a special offer for that forum only. The Warriors have a section called Warriors Special Offers. You can make special offers just to the members of that forum. It’s a very effective technique.

Blogging is a wonderful way to get the word out about how you feel and what you think about particular products.

If you can type, you can blog. The key with blogging is to share from your heart and your head.

Don’t try to sound like someone else. Don’t try to be someone else. Just say what you’re thinking and feeling. If you’ve been ripped off or hurt, it’s OK to say that.

If you’re frustrated, it’s OK to say that. If you found a resource that gives you hope and real help, it’s OK to say that, too. On your own blog you can promote as overtly as you want to.

If you’re a real fan of a particular site, you can say, “I love this site. Here’s why I like it. Here’s the help I got from it. Here’s a link where you can learn more.”

A great resource I want to share is Blogger.com. They have cool templates. You could have a blog literally 15 minutes from now. If you can type, you can blog.

Article marketing is an incredibly powerful way to sell affiliate products.

It’s one that most people struggle with. Why is that? I think it’s because they don’t learn enough about it.

An article can’t be an ad. You can’t overtly say, “I think Aweber is the best auto responder on the planet.” You have to say, “Here are five reasons you need an auto responder.”

Let me encourage you to write articles once a week. People call me and say, “I’m going to do article marketing. I’m going to write two articles a day.” That’s a lot of pressure.

That’s a lot of pressure even for a person who loves to write much less for someone who sees it as a chore. Set a goal to write an article once a week and submit it. If you wrote an article once a week since the time you first heard the term “article marketing” you’d probably have 50 or more articles under your belt right now.

Remember to submit your articles to article directories like ezinearticles.com and to ezines also. When you submit your article to an article directory, you’re one of thousands of articles. When your article runs in an ezine it runs alone. You get more focused attention from interested readers.

Social media is a great free way to get the word out about products you believe in enough to promote.

Remember that it’s a conversation, not a pitch. You have to go in and get to know people.

It’s like walking into a giant party. You have to walk up to someone and say, “Hey, I’m John. This is what I do. Who are you?” Get to know people. Then you can make an offer.

“Give and then look to receive” is the rule in social media. That’s one of the keys of social media. You want to give and then look to receive. This is just like in forums.

Give of yourself. Give of your knowledge. Be yourself. Don’t try to be a super salesman or big-time marketer. Be yourself.

If you don’t know something, ask. If you like something that someone said, say that to them. People love that.

Classified ads are a great way to promote affiliate products.

Don’t spend more than an hour a day posting classified ads. Free ad posting sites generally don’t work for selling products. They can work for testing copy.

If you have five ads and you want to test the headlines, you can post those to a free classified site. If you get any hits you’ll know which headline pulled better. I talk to people all the time who spend eight hours a day posting on classified sites.

They don’t sell anything. The reason is when people want to buy things they don’t go to a classified ad site. They do a Google search.

Here’s an insider secret: Most free classified sites have ads that you can pay for. They are sponsor ads. Those do work. Go for that. Don’t go for the free ads.

You can bonus it up.

My favorite technique is to add a unique bonus that people can only get if they click my affiliate link. Offer a bonus that people can only get if they click your affiliate link.

How do you do that? You can use private label products. You can create a product. There are a lot of ways to do it.

Choose something that complements the product you’re promoting. That’s one of the keys. That’s a very important key.

I hope you enjoyed reading this series as much as I enjoyed writing it. Have a blessed day.

 

Charlie Page
 

Happily married for 44 years, Charlie is the dad to two wonderful daughters. He is the author of 12 books on Internet marketing and creator of over 16 membership sites. You can see all Charlie offers using this link Click Here

  • Ray Holmes says:

    Thanks for this article Charlie. I have just started to build a blog ( thanks to help I found in CommonSense Blog Blue Print ) in the hope that I might pick up a few affiliate sales. I like the idea of offering a PLR product as a bonus for people who click my link. What I would like to know is when I purchase a PLR product how do I deliver this to people who respond ? Do I have create a message with a download link in my Aweber list ? Or can I use a text link in my article that would take them straight to the product ?

    • Charlie Page says:

      Hi Ray,

      You can do that via Aweber if you are building a list in exchange for the PLR product. Otherwise, you can create a thank you page on your blog and put a link to the PLR product there.

      Charlie

  • Anna says:

    Charlie, good information as ever. Marketing is a very skillful and exciting business. I am still learning how to master it.

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  • Carlos says:

    Charlie,

    Although I love the content and will soon be one of your stalker fans (just kidding)…just wondering why everyone refers to videos? Were there once videos here that are not any longer? And if so…why is that the case? Why’d you take them down? Better seo in text format or was costing an arm and a leg in streaming fees or something? Thanks so much for putting out such jam packed content. Everytime I leave your blog my head is swimming with ideas and I’m always pumped with inspiration.

    • Charlie Page says:

      Welcome Carlos. I do have some video on the site and will be adding more. It’s possible that some members of my sites are commenting on my blog about video inside the members’ areas. I have not purposely removed videos. There is better SEO with text but that is easily corrected when using video.

      I’m happy you find the blog useful and look forward to being of service to you.

      Charlie

  • I like viral marketing, a great way to get your message out there as quickly as possible, especially if you’re into seo and are waiting for search engine traffic to kick in, great post by the way!

  • Hi Charlie,

    You video on the 15 Ways to promote affiliate products was so helpful to me.
    Thank you very much.

  • Linda Sophia Clark says:

    Hi Charlie,
    Thanks so much for all the stuff you send ,
    all of it good sound advice and quality videos, Hope to be able to afford some of the great
    promotions you have available some day Charlie,

    Thinking of getting into offline marketing
    Also as love to interact with people…
    Do you have any advice on this topic ??…

    Regards

    Linda

    • Charlie Page says:

      Linda,

      It will depend in part on what you are promoting. When marketing offline and wanting to provide personal interaction there are options ranging from phone contact, which provides the most leverage of time to hotel-type meetings which produce amazing results when done well.

      Hope this helps.

      Charlie

  • Mark M says:

    Yet another good vid Charlie.
    Thank you.

    Mark M

  • Ralph says:

    Hey There Charlie!
    Just watched the three videos. Uplifting. Inspirational. Solid,straight talking content! Earlier,I printed off the PDF of your MegaBook ” Ezine Marketing Live”. Thanks for providing it! As it’s way past 11pm over here I’ll dive into it during my breaks tomorrow.
    DOE Membership is getting ever closer and I don’t believe that light at the end of the tunnel is a train anymore! Can’t wait to start working with you-your emails keep me focussed!
    Thanks again and Best Regards,
    Ralph.

  • Jose says:

    I got the whole scoop – all three wonderful videos in one sit! Thank you Charlie for making this possible!. That’s what I call excellent customer/member care. No a piece of hype here! That’s why I keep my life-time membership to the Directory of Ezines, aka DOE.

  • adsense sites says:

    Affiliates is also a great way to make an extra income. Your ideas are also an inspiration. thanks

  • FREE 10-page Income-producing e-book says:

    Charlie,

    Thanks for the solid information you provide. You speak nicely and clearly and explain yourself well, so it is easy to understand your lessons and learn from them.

    I have joined your DOE lifetime membership and look forward to working with you in the years to come.

    Kind regards,

    Barry

  • Tudor says:

    Hey Charlie,

    Can you please tell me, what program did you use to make the video and what video player to embed it? I think the quality of the video is extraordinary and it would help me a lot. By the way, what microphone did you use to record the video?

    All the best,
    Tudor

    • Charlie says:

      Tudor,

      Happy to help. I’m on a Mac and I use Keynote to do a presentation and then record it using a program called Screen Flow. Screen Flow is a screen capture program like Camtasia. I use a Plantronics headset for the microphone. This has proven to be an easy and fast way for me to create videos. I upload my videos to Screencast and use their embed code to display them on my blog.

      Hope this helps.

      Charlie

  • Michelle says:

    Always good marketing ideas. I always learn new stuff or am reminded about a marketing method that I could now add to my list. I look forward to your videos.

    P.S. You have such a down-home soothing voice and delivery. Therefore, you come across as very authentic.

    Michelle 🙂

  • Carlene Grimshaw says:

    Thanks Charlie

    I appreciate how insightful your videos are. The information provides proven tips, and techniques for internet newbies. Your instructions will make the mind-boggling IM path ahead a whole lot easier!

    With Gratitude

    Carlene

  • Dave M says:

    Yet more great tips for us to use . Thanks for sharing this cool info with us Charlie. Much appreciated.

  • I am confused by the: Mail (willnot be published) (required) What does that mean? I filled something on it last time and the summit Comment part rejected everything I wrote down etc, I do not even know if it will accept what I filled in this time!. The Video was good and informative.

  • Kevin says:

    Hi Charlie,

    It’s time to come clean, when I 1st signed up to your newsletter I did so using my alias, Kevin London with the email address above. Since then I joined DOE (Kenn Laurie) so I would very much appreciate that you remove kevlon55@hotmail.com from your mailing list.

    I’ve enjoyed receiving these emails and I look forward to working closer with you as a member of DOE.

    Thanks for your cooperation,
    Kenn Laurie
    kennj@videotron.ca

  • Geena says:

    dear Charlie

    I have read one of your webinar’s.It was very helpful.
    As a total beginer ,I am greatfull for everythink that you give for free.
    so I can find my way around in this big industry.Couple months before my friend had to open an email account for me.So just that you at what stage i am at the moment.I am from Serbia,Belgrade.Do it has nothing to do where I am from,just
    that it was not interest me before.
    thank you again Gina

  • Hi Charlie

    Again, good solid marketing advice. Just like the marketing strategies I teach I would suggest people go back through your videos and pick a few methods or techniques that really interests them about how to market and try those.

    I see a lot of times people trying to do too many forms of marketing all at once and they get stopped dead in their tracks from being overwhelmed. I definitely agree with your teachings of keeping it simple. Choose one or two things and then go after it.

    Best regards

    Frank A Trueblood
    WhoIsFrankATrueblood.com

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