View Full Version : Different way of advertising....
10-13-2005, 05:35 AM
I was wondering why most affiliate schemes sound unprofessional. Statements like (earn £500) a week makes it sound like an easy job to do. while in reality it is hard work. I really think when you advertise your programme, you should sound more genuine and more sincere. Everyone knows that to earn money you need to do hard work - nothing is easy!
let me know your thoughts...
10-13-2005, 12:59 PM
Very good point. In addition to the fact that affiliate marketing is the "hardest easy work" you will ever do, the other thing that comes to mind is that "if it looks too good to be true - it usually is." Many of the affiliate programs I see that say "Make a million over night in your PJs. No work, just put up a banner" tend to be some of the scammiest programs.
10-13-2005, 08:02 PM
affiliate marketing is hard work indeed. So far i haven't seen anyone who's made a living off a website that has just affiliates.
Also no affiliate program can give u a gurantee on how much money you'll make since it depends on your websites traffic. In reality you won't make more then about 1 or 2 hundred bucks a month through affiliates, especially if your just starting out.
10-14-2005, 06:04 AM
I agree that you only get out what you put in unless you have a site with huge traffic already. At the same time I will disagree with Mystic (sorry :-))
After seeing all the poker tourneys now on tv I decided to create a new page on my website for this just over 3 months ago and see what would happen. I chose the residual payment rather than per aquisition because I feel poker players will stick around. In my first full month I made $46.80, $339.60 the second month and $605.96 in the third. I've now created a new site just for this because of my results to date.
All my traffic which really isn't that much (about 40 poker related hits per day) come from mainly google. I haven't spent a cent on advertising to date. I get about a 30% signup rate. They can signup for free and play in free tourneys that pay out real money so that I believe is why the percentage is so high. I can also earn from these free players if they do win and use that to play at the tables.
Anyway my point is if you affiliate yourself with something that has a good demand, is consumable as in repeat demand, offers you residual earnings and allows you to keep you clients you can make money. But I find rather than just a link or banner to their site you are far better off to create your own topic related page pointing out the highlights etc of what you are trying to sell and having your banners or links point to this page and from there to the company site.
What I have found is that if your existing website has good PR ranking even off topic pages promoting an affiliate program will get a boost from this within google. It doesn't seem to help though with yahoo or msn. But this can draw relevant searches to your site and hopefully make you some money.
Lets look at poker again and say your site is all about gardening. Putting a link or banner on will not get you many clicks let alone sales. But if you create a page on your site gardening.com/poker.html and ad the link to your index you will generate some poker related traffic to your site which naturally would convert much better. This works with any type of affiliate product.
I think why most people don't make any money is simply they add a link or banner to their site and think they will start earning from it. And that thought is pressed into their heads from what Junior said about the 500 a week in earnings. They see that and figure easy money no work needed. Instead there is even more work needed because you are competing not only with the company you are promoting but against all the other affiliates as well as their competition.
10-28-2005, 04:36 AM
I totally agree!
I dislike websites that use plain referral systems wherein they drive so much traffic into your site but there's no added value. User value is what we're actually looking for when it comes to affiliate programs. How much can that additional visitor/user add in terms of value to your website. Once you've figured that out, then you would be running a profitable and lucrative site!
Remember guys, nothing comes easy in this world! Everything has to be earned - even site referrals through affiliate programs!