Creating An Affiliate Blog – About 5 years ago I paid a friend of my sisters to put a website together for me and ever since then I have been making a killing on the internet using websites that other people build for me. There are sites out there that you can post a work order on to have a website built and people will bid on it and build it for you. There are also websites out there that offer website creation tools that do everything for you and are extremely easy to use.
These are my personal favorites:
Elance.com – This is my favorite because you don’t have to do anything. All you do at Elance.com is put up a work order and people will bid on it and you choose the best programmer at the best price to put your website together. The prices are competitive and they will build your website fast and perfect. You don’t need to know any html or anything about building websites to get one built here because it is all done for you.
Site Build It – this is another good one and you don’t have to know any html. They will build an affiliate based website for you already set up to start making you money. The cost of having this done is $300.00
Plug in profits – 49.95 to set up and it does require some work
Xsitepro – this tool is $197.00. It does everything for you so you don’t need to know a thing about html or codes.
After building your website or having someone else build it for you you’ll have to choose a domain name for your website. Typically domain names are around $10.00. A domain name is what an individual would type in the search bar to be directed to your website (i.e.www.google.com).
Be sure to choose a domain name that suits your website. If you have a website about cell phones you would want to choose a domain name such as www.cellphones.com or www.topcellphones.com . After choosing a good domain name you’ll have to do a search to see if that domain name is available. You can search for available domain names and purchase domain names HERE.
After selecting a domain name you’ll need to have your site hosted by a hosting company. Hosting is kind of like space you rent on the internet. In order to have your website visible to the public you need to have hosting. You can get Host Gator – the best hosting service over the world.
After you have a website built you’ll need a good sales pitch or review to sell the products you are affiliated with. There are a few things that I do in my sales pitches and reviews that I have had a lot of success with.
The first thing I always do is surf the web and read other reviews and/or sales pitches on the product I am going to be promoting. This helps to get a good idea of what other affiliates are saying about the product and it always makes it much easier to write my own review.
Another thing I do regularly is go to online forums and see what everyone is saying about the product I am reviewing. This is good because on forums people typically post their honest opinion on a product or service and for the most part it is only consumers talking about the product, rather to buy the product or not where the majority of review sites are individuals just trying to make money as an affiliate of the product and these reviews are not always honest.
Once you read up on the product you are reviewing you are ready to write a killer sales pitch. This is the most important part of an affiliate site. When visitors come to your affiliate site and read your reviews they should get excited to purchase the product you are talking about. Remember the goal is to get visitors to click on your affiliate links and be directed to the site where they can purchase the product. Having a good sales pitch is vital to your success as an affiliate marketer.
There are 5 main things I try to do in every sales letter or review I have ever written. I have used these 5 strategies to write successful sales letters for tons of review sites and also for some direct mail advertising.
The first aspect of a good sales pitch that I always apply to my affiliate review sites is to cause a sense of urgency. It is always a good idea to make the reader feel that this incredible product at this incredible price is time sensitive and will not last forever. Doing this makes the reader believe that they have to act now and purchase the product or they might miss out on the deal. You want your visitors to purchase the product when they first come to your site because 95% of them who visit your site and decide not to buy today but think they will come back later and purchase your product will never come back. A good way to cause a sense of urgency is by using images. Create an image on your site and say something like ONLY 78 LEFT and have the 78 crossed out and write 54 beside it. Another good way to cause a sense of urgency is to say that the discounted price is time sensitive and that this deal will only last for another 14 hrs and 26 min. Make the 14 hrs and 26 min a countdown so as they are visiting your site they see that they are running out of time to purchase the product at the discounted price. Another way to do this is to set a date that the product will stop selling on or that the price will go back up to retail price by. If you are selling the product on the 1st of February you could say that the product will go back to its original price by the 16th of February, When the 16th comes simply change the deadline for another 10 or 16 days.
The second strategy that I use when writing a killer review site is to appear unbiased. You should approach the reader as a third party, someone who is just giving their honest opinion of the product. Make them believe that you are just an honest person trying to help them make an informed decision. By not appearing to be making any money from the sale of the product you will gain more credibility and trust from your readers. Would you believe someone who is making money each time they sold you a product or someone who is not making any money from selling the product and just wanted to help you make the best decision?
The third of the five strategies I use and probably the most important is to invoke fear into the reader. Make the reader feel that by purchasing any other products they will just be throwing their money away. Make them believe that if they don’t buy your product and instead buy a similar product from one of your competitors that they will eventually run into problems. This step works well when you are reviewing products in a field that is known for fraud because people are already scared of getting ripped off and they know that they will be taking a chance on any product they buy. Use this fear to your advantage. Say you were promoting a diet supplement. This is a field well known for fraud. You could write something like “fake diet pills exposed…they promise the world and deliver nothing” Then write an article about many unsatisfied customers of different types of diet supplements. When writing an article that is bad mouthing diet supplement companies be sure to not name names. Talk in general to avoid any legal matters. After writing a few paragraphs about how most diet pills don’t work and are just a waist of money you would want to talk about which ones you found actually did work (the ones you’re affiliated with of course). Be sure to put your affiliate links at the bottom of the page where you are talking about the products that you found actually do work.
The fourth step when writing a good review that will sell is to build a dream. Make the reader excited about purchasing your product. They have to feel that by purchasing your product their life will change in one way or another. If you were reviewing an e-book about how to make money online you could talk about how much better their life could be working just minutes a day at their computer in the comfort of their own home or about how they will be able to retire early and live the life they always wanted. If you were reviewing weight loss supplements you could talk about how much better their life would be if they lost that weight or how much better they would feel about themselves after losing the weight. You basically want to say that this product will give you everything you’ve ever wanted and more….. BUT YOU MUST ACT NOW. Be sure that when talking about what the product could do for them you do not make any promises or say anything like “if you purchase this product you will lose 20 pounds in the first month” instead you would want to say something like “this incredible break through diet pill COULD help you lose UP TO 20 pounds in your first month”.
The final step when writing a good sales pitch or review is to act like an expert. Read up on the product you are reviewing and be sure to include facts in your review. You want to say that you have tried numerous different products and the one or 2 products that you are reviewing are the only ones that actually worked. Talk about what they have that the other similar products do not. For example if you were writing a review on diet supplements you would want to talk about the different types of ingredients and the mixture of ingredients that the diet pill has in it which makes it better then all the rest. You could talk about how it is 100% natural or about how it does not contain the harmful ingredients that the other brands have.
Another thing that I always try and do when writing a review for a product is to relate to the customer. If I am writing a review for diet supplements I would say things like “Have you tried other diet pills out there that promise weight loss and deliver nothing”, or “I have tried tons of weight loss programs just like you and every time I have been disappointed”, or “Over the past couple years I have tried many different weight loss programs. I have tried proper dieting and workout programs. I have tried just about every diet pill on the shelf, I have even thought about surgery, but finally I found the 1 product that actually works”. You want to appear that you were in the same situation as they are but that this miracle pill helped you finally loss the weight and you would recommend it to any one who has tried everything and has had no results. By relating to them and saying that you had the exact same problem you begin to build a friendship a form of trust between you and the reader. People would much rather buy products from some one they can trust rather then someone who is just trying to make a sale.
If you use all of these strategies in your review there is no reason your site shouldn’t convert like crazy. Remember that the two most important things to your success as an affiliate marketer are your ad campaigns, and your actual written review of the product. If you can do both of these better then your competition you will be a huge success as an affiliate marketer.
Another thing that I like to do when putting together a review site for a product I am affiliated with is to use more then one product. If I were putting together a review site for weight loss supplements I would go to 3 or 4 different weight loss supplement websites and sign up for there affiliate programs. The reason I always use more then 1 is to give my customers options. If you give them options and use my 5 strategies they will not think that you are making any money of the sale of the product and will trust your review and hopefully take your advice. After signing up for 3 or 4 different affiliate programs you would want to figure out which one pays the highest commission and promote that one as your number 1 pick and the second highest paying as your number two pick and so on……
Another good tip is to apply for seals of approval from respected companies online. Doing this will build a sort of trust between you and the customer because they see that you have other respected companies online saying that you are legit. Even if you have to pay for a seal or a trophy from a reputable online source it is well worth it. Building that trust between you and your customers is half the battle.
I believe that the fastest and easiest way to make tons of money online is by promoting informational products. If you use the strategies I show you throughout this chapter you could build an incredible review site that will sell and create some killer ads to get traffic to your site in just a few hours. If you do it right you could be making money within the first day. That’s how easy it is.
Another good tip that I have used in the past is to give affiliate rebates or offer free stuff when someone purchases the product through your affiliate link. If you get paid 75% commission on a $100 product you will be earning $75 per sale. If you offered anyone who purchased the product through your affiliate link a $25.00 rebate you will still be earning $50.00 per sale. Most people do not do this so by offering rebates you could increase your sales by up to 200%. The only thing you have to keep in mind when offering rebates is that people do ask for refunds on occasion. Most online companies have a 45 day money back guarantee so you will have to make it clear that you will not give them there rebate until after the 45 days. When the 45 days is up have them show you the receipt and check your records to make sure that they didn’t ask for a refund then simply send the their rebate by paypal or money order. Most people will not even remember to ask you for their rebate after 45 days that is why you could easily offer a much bigger discount and still make a huge profit on each sale.
Now you know all about affiliate marketing. You have created an affiliate site and are armed with all the information you need to write a killer review. Now all you need is a company with a product that you are interested in affiliating with and then you’ll be on your way to making boatloads of money. This next section is going to show you everything you will need to know to pick the right product to promote.