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Traffic Generation, your ticket to freedom! – Part 2

17 Jul

TRAFFIC GENERATION, YOUR TICKET TO FREEDOM!

How to Cash in With Your Own Sales Funnel

Traffic generation is multifaceted, today we’re gonna talk about another technique that will greatly increase your chances of success. It’s a little off the beaten path; but you need to get creative if you truly want massive results.

Chances are at some point, you’ve made a little money as an affiliate recommending a product or service to people and earned a commission every time somebody opted in using your referral link.

If you’ve done this before, you can see that being an affiliate is a quick and easy way to make money; but you’ve probably also realized that the real money isn’t necessarily in being an affiliate, the big bucks go to the ones running the affiliate program.

There’s nothing wrong with that either, it’s how free enterprise works; but what if you had your own sales funnel instead of relying on somebody elses? You’d have hundreds if not thousands of affiliates all working for you (even as an affiliate).

When you create your own funnel you have access to all the leads that run through it, so if the business folds or someone decides to copy what you’re doing and ends up knocking you off the leader board, you can just regroup and start over.

It’s also a good way to generate traffic for two reasons.

One, it’s extremely effective.

Network marketers often have their own lists and have already built relationships with their subscribers. So when they recommend your program or product to their list, you can expect to see higher than normal conversion rates.

Second, it’s a great way to generate traffic because you don’t pay up front for it, you only pay out in commissions when somebody signs up.

It’s like this, if you took out an ad someplace, you’d have to pay for it first . . . and the amount you paid would be the same no matter how many people actually visited your site; but when you’re paying affiliate commissions, you get to build a customer list, and you only pay commissions on actual sales.

(Are you getting excited yet?)

Because of the unique advantage, if you’re honest, you should be paying as high of a commission as possible to your affiliates and give special consideration to big earners that are producing results.

From time to time you’ll even see smart marketers offering 100 percent commissions like we do. The real money isn’t made on the front end, it’s made during the upsell process. It gives people an inside look so they can decide for themselves. People don’t like to be sold anymore, they like to buy after doing their own due diligence.

Sometimes proposals are made immediately to new customers as one time offers. You can go that route if you’d like to it’s still considered good business practice; but smart marketers put the prospects needs first.

Regardless of what type of traffic generation strategy you use, you’ll wanna stay in touch with existing customers. If you practice attraction marketing principles and give people the freedom to make their own informed decisions, you’ve got a better chance of them getting to know, like and trust you. That’s the goal. When you strike that balance, upsells are pretty easy.

Starting your own affiliate program

So how do you start your own affiliate program, and where do you find affiliates?

If you’re selling a digital product, start up costs are pretty low and it’s easy to get up and running in no time.

You can use Clickbank which does all the tracking for you and cuts the checks to both you and your affiliates. Their fees are a little higher than some of the other solutions out here, but since they handle everything for you, it’s kinda worth it.

The downside is, unless you personally recruit them, you don’t know who your affiliates are unless they actually make a sale. That can get dicey because you want people to be informed and at least making an effort to represent you in a way that is helpful to your long term success.

Paydotcom is a popular affiliate tracking program available to people with a Paypal account. The upside is that you get listed in their market place when you use their service, which is great! The downside is that you’ve gotta pay affiliates yourself each month. I’ve found it to be the practical solution for me personally. You just need to hold payment to affiliates back for a couple of weeks in case anybody wants a refund.

Sidenote: If you don’t care about being listed in the market place and you’re tech savvy (which I’m not), then you might consider running a script on your own site that works in tandem with whatever payment processing system you’re comfortable with.

You could actually get the benefits of all these solutions (like being listed on both Clickbank and Paydotcom), then you can set up multiple affiliate programs. Just make sure that you use different domains or at the very least different landing pages on your website.

In other words, only use one payment processor on a page, you don’t want any affiliate payout confusion.

Recruiting Your Sales Force

Once you’ve set up the affiliate program, the next thing to do is recruit affiliates.

Of course you want proven affiliates who are known to make sales; but don’t limit yourself by getting greedy. Plenty of people will sign up and never even promote their affiliate link. That’s okay though you’re goal is to help others escape the matrix too, to give them the tools and training they need to succeed; but you want to focus primarily on those who take action on their own without coaxing them along.

Babysitting affiliates just cripples their capacity to produce.

It’s kinda like when a butterfly is trying to escape out of the cocoon, if you go and slit it open, it’ll drop to the ground and never learn to fly.

Moving on.

Just being in Clickbank and/or Paydotcom could land you a few affiliates. Getting yourself listed in affiliate directories may help too. Advertising your affiliate program on your own site is a good idea (but not on the sales page, your current affiliates will worry about hijacking and commission theft).

Another way to do it is to “hunt”, to actively look for and recruit affiliates. Write personal emails to them or call them up on the phone to ask if they’d partner with you. I know it’s not popular; but it’s an option. 😉

Just like with joint ventures, you’ve gotta make sure the proposals are tipped heavily in their favor, that you focuses on the their needs first. . . not yours.

With heavy hitters, you might even consider initially giving them full access to your product for free. Most honest people won’t recommend something without using it themselves and since they’re doing you a favor, it would be a huge insult (and pretty short-sighted on your part) to ask ’em to buy your product in order to review it.

You can look for potential affiliates all around your niche. Don’t be afraid to talk to other marketers who have their own products, blogs, sites, newsletters and forums because they’ll probably already have an audience to sell to. Check the market places at Clickbank and Paydotcom to find other authors. Run a search in Google for your niche’s most popular keywords, and just approach the people who hold the top spots on the first few pages (as well as those who are advertising using pay per click).

“Success is the child of audacity”

Keep an eye out for super affiliates on leader boards in other companies. If what you have is truly remarkable, chances are they’ll take a look. Practically every marketer is at least involved an affiliate program at some level, and they can only promote so many products. What’s different about yours? What makes your affiliate program not only different but better than other affiliate programs? Do you have exceptionally high conversion rates plus high commission pay outs? Cool contests?

Make a compelling argument and just ask, it can’t hurt.

And finally, you’ll want to make it as easy as possible for an affiliate to promote. The best ones will likely write their own ads rather than using the cookie approach; but that doesn’t exempt you from providing your downline with the tools and training they’re gonna need like capture pages, swipe copy for email campaigns, ad content and banners that they can use to promote etc.

Some affiliates who won’t directly use your affiliate tools may still use them as a foundation to build their own campaign around. Giving your affiliates these tools saves them a lot of time and heartache. The more time you can save them, and the easier it is to promote your product, the more likely an affiliate will come on board (and stick around).

One more thing.

This may seem extremely obvious, but it’s worth saying anyway: pay your affiliates promptly! If you say you’ll pay in 30 days, then pay in 30 days. Better yet, pay every two weeks or even weekly. Some vendors even choose to pay daily.

Don’t jerk your affiliates around and give them excuses as to why you were even one day late with payments. When the affiliate promoted, they fulfilled their end of the bargain – if you want to fulfill your end, you need to pay promptly, keep your word.

Of course using Clickbank.com makes this point moot because like I said, they take care of your affiliate payments for you. If you might have even a little trouble paying your affiliates on time then use Clickbank.

Part three Coming Soon! 😉

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