Affiliate
 Marketing
Guide for the
 Beginner


    By Anthony Barnes
    Affiliate Marketing
            2008
Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner

Disclaimer page - Please read carefully before using this guide


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Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner

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Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner
This guide is an attempt to point out to the beginner, some of the pros and con...
Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner
When choosing the right affiliate marketing niche for your purposes, the follow...
Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner
This section is not intended to be a gratuitous promotion For Ewen Chia, rather...
Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner
In relation to promoting your affiliate product, search engine optimisation wil...
Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner
In a previous article, I spoke about affiliate marking. You can view that artic...
Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner
I did speak earlier in this article about the possibly of selling your EBook pr...
Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner
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  1. 1. Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner By Anthony Barnes Affiliate Marketing 2008
  2. 2. Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner Disclaimer page - Please read carefully before using this guide This EBook guide is written with the intention of helping the beginner through the first steps into the Affiliate Marketing Business. All care has been taken in the preparation of this information and for the most part, is a result of very recent first-hand experience on the part of the author. (2007-2008). A note on the suitability & performance of this product As this business is extremely fluid in nature and in a constant state of change, any users of this guide must accept it as is, in its entirety with all errors, omissions, mistakes and limitations. No warranties or guarantees of any kind are offered with this guide. Additionally, any suggested income figures are not guaranteed or warranted in any manner whatsoever. This business will be as successful in direct proportion to the level of work and effort applied by the prospective marketer. It is also worth mentioning that this guide is offered at a price which only covers distribution costs and on a non-profit basis. The author does not derive any income from the sale of this or other EBooks offered for sale. If you are in any doubt about the suitability of this material please do not use it. Instead, return it to the author for a full refund. If you have obtained this eBook free of charge, obviously you cannot return it for a refund. Instead you should destroy any printed copies by shredding or other suitably secure methods and delete any electronically stored copies from your computer and or storage devices. However, the preceding references to the suitability of this material and warrantees or lack thereof, are still relevant. Thank you, Anthony Barnes. *Anthony Barnes - Affiliate Marketing 2008* Page 1
  3. 3. Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner Non-exclusive rights to the use of this material You are hereby granted the non-exclusive rights to use this material re-sell this material and / or give it away. Please pass it on un-altered and in its current and entire form. Thank you for your co-operation. For information on my personal affiliate marketing business, please visit my web site at this address; http://affiliatemarketinginternetprogram.com *Anthony Barnes - Affiliate Marketing 2008* Page 2
  4. 4. Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner This guide is an attempt to point out to the beginner, some of the pros and cons involved with setting up your own home based online / internet business. After lots of searching and pulling what's left of my hair out, I came across affiliate marketing. This is a concept in which you become an affiliate or partner with another online business operator. You sell or market goods or services provided by your affiliate and get a commission for your work. Positives Now this is the good part -- If you do your homework, you can find deals where your commissions are up to 90%!! Not bad huh? Between 50% and 75% commissions are common place too. It depends on the popularity of the vendor’s goods and the calibre of affiliate marketer that they wish to attract. Another good aspect of this type of business is that you have no office, shop, factory or other physical place of business. So you don't pay rent or mortgage repayments. Nor do you have any employees or the associated costs and headaches. No inventory or stock to worry about either as this is the responsibility of your affiliate or partner. In most cases, they are selling digital products anyway. Together with these positive attributes, you also have no problems with being paid the right amount and on time. Affiliate's find each other, more often than not, at places like Clickbank. After setting up a free account there, each time you make a referral sale, your account is credited with your agreed amount of commission. Cheques are then sent to you every two weeks. Top affiliate's can make up to six figure incomes for working at home, sometimes in their pyjamas or their underwear. The very low start-up costs are another positive for online / internet based businesses. If you have a computer and an internet connection, you are well on your way. Negatives On the negative side, most of the online / internet opportunities out there are portrayed as get rich quick, or become a millionaire over night type of deals. Of course, this is very rarely, if ever possible. People seeking to get involved in this field more often than not start out believing that they can just press a button and the money starts rolling in. Again, this is almost never the case. To become successful, affiliate marketing does require some effort, work, expertise and the right methods. A trustworthy partner or affiliate is also vital to your success. A little knowledge in HTML is also very helpful. You will also need to become familiar with search engine optimisation. To make affiliate sales, you need to bring potential customers to your web site. Lots of them! This is done by gaining a high ranking for your business web site on the popular search engines. This requires sound practices and time to establish and in most cases just can't happen overnight. This also needs to be followed up by email campaigns with an auto responder system. These facilities are generally provided with web site hosting. Conclusion Like all businesses, or any other activity for that matter, if you are prepared to do some research and are prepared to roll your sleeves up and do some work, you can become successful. So keep trying and don't give up on your dreams! *Anthony Barnes - Affiliate Marketing 2008* Page 3
  5. 5. Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner When choosing the right affiliate marketing niche for your purposes, the following information on health related topics is very interesting indeed. Wise Online Entrepreneurs know that the best selling products online are health products and health-related eBooks, books, tapes, newsletter subscriptions, etc. Now World famous Dr. Suzanne Gudakunst has just released her latest “shocker!” that makes it possible for just about anyone to profit from this fact. She’s making it possible for someone to get a fully-operational online “store” that specializes in “health-related” goods and services. Literally now anyone can get a complete Internet “health” business in a box! This complete website has a main product as well as up to 17 separate products that all centre around breakthrough health products. And where YOU can earn some really HUGE CASH! It seems that Dr. Suzanne has really done her homework (especially for YOUR benefit!) First she correctly determined that according to Forrester Research (which is perhaps the most powerful & accurate online research database to date!) “health-related” products and information is by far the most sought after things anywhere online. Nope! — Despite what you might have thought, “sex,” “porn,” and “UFOs” are NOT the most searched for items on the Internet (but “health stuff” is hands down!) Second, Dr. Suzanne’s “Top Secret Fat Loss Secret” shook the entire World with its release recently - and she’s even made a special lead-capture page that you also get central to this amazing site! Why is this important? Simple: because Dr. Suzanne’s affiliates are making millions right now with what is perhaps one of Click Bank’s HOTTEST products (and this same product is the central seller at your new health e-Biz site!) Third, the site you get also acts as a “database” that never stops growing so that you get 10,000’s of customers you can continue to sell to over and over again other things! *Anthony Barnes - Affiliate Marketing 2008* Page 4
  6. 6. Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner This section is not intended to be a gratuitous promotion For Ewen Chia, rather an extract from the author’s recent experiences to be passed on to the reader in good faith. To give yourself the very best chance of succeeding in the internet affiliate marketing business, you really should have a look at the Autopilot Profits System by Ewen Chia. This system has the right tools and resources to enable an average person to create a thriving online business. Ewen Chia provides you with step by step, easy to follow tutorial videos and comprehensive instructions and resources for you to succeed. Don't worry if you are not totally familiar with HTML or other technical stuff. If you have a computer, an internet connection and the desire to create a successful online business, you have everything that's required on your part. The Autopilot Profits System has everything else necessary to get you up and running quickly and easily. Now don't get me wrong. This is not a get rich overnight type of deal. You will have to make some effort and do some typing, cutting and pasting etc. Nothing complicated or extremely technical though. But the effort that you make will be rewarded in the form of money flowing into your bank account! A pretty effective motivational tool for most of us! You will also be very pleased to find out that getting started in the Autopilot Profits System is not expensive at all. I was absolutely thrilled that it has been possible for me to get my online business up and running for less than $100. What other successful business can you start up for that little outlay? I'll tell you again friends; Ewen Chia's Autopilot Profits System is going to change your life! Ewen is the right man to become partners with and to get your online business into the fast lane. I'm so glad that I discovered the Autopilot Profits System and Ewen Chia. And I am sure that you will be too! *Anthony Barnes - Affiliate Marketing 2008* Page 5
  7. 7. Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner In relation to promoting your affiliate product, search engine optimisation will be a term you will be hearing a lot more about now and in the future. In simple terms, to generate sales and profits, you will need to drive customers to your web site. To do this you need to gain high rankings on the popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo, MSN and Alexa. There are various methods of accomplishing this such as; Pay per click advertising on Google. (However I have heard this referred to as Google idiot tax.) Producing your own short documentary videos and posting them on popular video hosting sites. YouTube, GoFish, Daylimotion, Yahoo Videos, Myspace, Stickam and Google Videos. Produce your own Lens at Squidoo. Squidoo is unique in the social bookmarking world as they allow and encourage advertising and promotion of personal business activities. A very good resource. Craigslist is an online classified ad site with a big focus on the San Francisco Bay area. It is free to post a classified ad here and is another good resource which should be used by affiliate marketers. Online forums in the niche market which you are focusing on are a good way to reach and share with likeminded people. Don't hard sell in this environment though, or you will risk being banned. Becoming an expert author on your niche market and submitting articles to article directories is another great resource which should be used by the affiliate marketer. Ezine Articles, GoArticles and Article City are the three top article directories. They have high standards and guidelines for article submissions, but they are held in high regard and will drive traffic to your site for a long time to come. Ebay is also an excellent way to promote your affiliate product through their online auction ads. Produce your very own EBook and sell it at auction on Ebay. They have a massive worldwide audience which you can turn into traffic for your own site. You will have to make a good profile or 'MyWorld' page and even consider writing an Ebay guide on you niche market to help other Ebay users. This will greatly increase you credibility. Your profile can contain links to your sales site as can the product that you are selling. Then you are likely to get traffic from your product when it is purchased, when it is on-sold by these purchasers and also from viewers of your profile. Ebay ads are relatively inexpensive too. Social bookmarking sites are also a good place for affiliate marketers to gain exposure. There are just too many of them to mention in this article and different rules as far as what you can post. It is worth mentioning here the relatively new term quot;MicroBlogquot;. Sites such as Twitter, Pownce and Tumblr allow their users to post short posts with links, pictures and RSS feeds. These sites are currently getting spidered by the search engines so are definitely worth the attention of the affiliate marketer looking to drive traffic to their sales site. All of the sites mentioned above are viewed by the popular search engines as quot;authority sitesquot;. The search engines consider what is being posted at these sites to be the latest and greatest and as such they are all indexed regularly. This is of course where you want to have your greatest exposure. Catch the wave of popularity and ride it all the way to the bank!!! I sincerely hope that someone out there finds this guide useful and maybe even interesting. You have my best wishes in your pursuit of online success. Anthony Barnes. *Anthony Barnes - Affiliate Marketing 2008* Page 6
  8. 8. Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner In a previous article, I spoke about affiliate marking. You can view that article on page 3. If you can remember back to that article, I spoke about the concept of marketing products on behalf of others, (your affiliates) and being paid a handsome commission for your efforts. I would like to state once again in this guide, that in my humble opinion, this is a great way to earn extra income from your own online business. For the specifics involved with this type of activity, please refer to my last guide. Now, I also mentioned that you may well be marketing information products on behalf of your affiliates, which are delivered electronically. In fact you could say that they are totally within the digital domain. That is, unless you decide that you need or want to print them, they remain a quot;computer filequot; in one format or another. In this article, I want to elaborate on these quot;electronic information productsquot; or quot;EBooksquot; which I have previously spoken about marketing on behalf of others. So should you be writing, producing and selling your own quot;EBooksquot; or quot;electronic information productsquot;? Yes! You’re absolutely right! You definitely should be! Why do I say this so enthusiastically? Because for little or no additional costs, you can write your own EBooks with a word processor on your computer. I know you have a computer, or you wouldn't be reading this guide. Most, if not all computer users these days, have a word processor program already installed. But if for some reason you don't have one and don't like the idea of paying lots of money to buy one, you can download an excellent open source product called quot;Open Officequot; completely free of charge. The Open Office suite has a fully functional word processor, spreadsheet program and presentation program. They are packed with features and in most cases are completely compatible with high end, highly expensive office programs that you would purchase from a computer or electronics retailer. To find Open Office, all you need to do is an internet search. In addition to a word processor, you will need a PDF creation program. There is another open source product which I can highly recommend called quot;PDF Creatorquot;. Once again, you will have to do an internet search to find it, but it is definitely worth the effort. When this program is installed, you access it's functionality by printing from your word processor. That is; when you select print, PDF Creator will be listed as one of the printers available to you computer. You simply print your word processor document to the PDF Creator printer listed in your printing options and presto! You have a PDF version of your document. As you may already be aware, PDF files can be viewed with the Adobe Reader program. This can be downloaded from Adobe, or other sites which offer free content. Yes, it's also free of charge. So now you have a product which can be easily and quickly delivered to anyone in the world who has a computer with an internet connection. Can you see the potential of this concept? If you have a specific interest and knowledge of any activities such as businesses, sports, crafts or hobbies, you could share your knowledge with millions of people across the internet. As for the specific content of your EBook or electronic information product, well, that is really up to you and possibly beyond the scope of this guide. However, I would like to mention that whatever it is that you have a special knowledge of, eg. sewing, cooking, child care, restoring / repairing automobiles, fishing, golf, knitting, pottery, yoga, model trains or whatever other hobby, sport or field of business you can think of, there will definitely be someone out there interested in your expertise on your particular topic of interest. They are probably doing an internet search for this information right now! *Anthony Barnes - Affiliate Marketing 2008* Page 7
  9. 9. Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner I did speak earlier in this article about the possibly of selling your EBook products. While this is definitely possible, maybe even a lucrative business opportunity for some, from marketing prospective, you may also wish to consider the benefits of providing your content free of charge. Yes, free of charge. I realise that this may seem a little bit odd-ball to some. But consider the good will that you will derive from offering your expert knowledge and opinions free of charge! Your readers will love you and will be dying to get their hands on your next publication! Of course you can offer your free expert knowledge in your EBook, a service that your readers (potential customers) will love, while at the same time, you can carefully and strategically offer your telephone numbers, your email address and other business contact details so that your readers can seek further expert advice from you at your going rates. So remember, it's not a dumb or stupid idea to offer your information products free of charge. You’re are offering good will and indeed, offering part of yourself to your readers and potential customers. In a way, you will be creating a better, more trusting environment in which to make future sales. *Anthony Barnes - Affiliate Marketing 2008* Page 8
  10. 10. Affiliate Marketing Guide for the Beginner The author of this publication, Anthony Barnes, is an up and coming affiliate marketer. He regularly contributes articles on this topic at Ezine Articles where he holds the status of “Expert Author”. Additionally, he administers, maintains and contributes articles and other content to several of his own websites. Thank you for your interest in this EBook product. I sincerely hope that you gain as much pleasure from reading and using it, as I did from producing it. Yours sincerely, Anthony Barnes. *Anthony Barnes - Affiliate Marketing 2008* Page 9

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