In this blog post I'm going to be doing something a little different, as I teach you what I believe are two of the biggest secrets for affiliate marketing success. These are list-building and making an attractive website. I feel that these two fundamentals have the power to take you from a position where you might be struggling to make money, and move you all the way up to potential super affiliate territory!
If you just can't wait to get cracking, then you should get Mark Ling's FREE 5 Step Method for Making $10,000 per Month Online report here. This is an awesome report, where Mark lays out some of his most powerful (and most proven) secrets for making a full-time living online from affiliate marketing. Get it here for free - because it will be gone soon.
The Money Is In The List
You've probably heard people say that "the money is in the list". Well, this is certainly true! Building up a large email list might seem like it could be a frustrating process, but trust me - it's worth every bit of effort.
Here's why you need to start building your list(s):
- Get repeat customers. Someone who comes to your site and purchases without joining your list may never come back again. However, a list subscriber could potentially buy two, three, four, or five different products from you (maybe even more). Provided you've got a great autoresponder sequence and an active list, they will keep buying from you over and over again.
- Lower buying resistance. It can be incredibly difficult to tempt customers into buying from you in the first instance. However, with repeated mailings their buyer resistance will lower, meaning more sales for you. It can sometimes take customers ten viewings of your offer before they decide to buy - but with a list you can continue to soften their resistance.
- Build passive income. Once you've got a large list and a good autoresponder series, you can literally sit back and watch the money roll in. You'll reach a point where you can calculate that each new lead is worth $5 per year, for example. At this rate, with 10,000 list members you would make a passive income of $50,000 per year. See the power of list building now?
One of the biggest teaching points in Mark's 5 Step Method is list-building. In fact, you could call this the "foundation" of his method. You can read more about it here.
List building definitely works - and you don't need huge amounts of traffic or lots of money to get started. You can get an Aweber account for just $1 for the first month here, and then start building your list! For example, my Xbox 360 repair site only receives around 30-40 visitors a day from free SEO traffic, but my list is consistently growing at approximately 5 members per day. All I have to do now is "set and forget", using simple squeeze pages and opt-in forms.
I cannot repeat enough how important it is to start building your list, if you want to make REAL money online!
Building Attractive Sites
Perhaps the only thing more important than building up your list is ensuring that you are making attractive websites that are jam-packed with content that adds value for your readers. Gone are the days of being able to slap together any old site with ghastly frames, flashing banners, and ugly fonts, and then getting high search engine rankings.
These days if you want to do well as an affiliate marketer, then you need to build websites that look great and offer lots of useful content and information to visitors. Provided you can do this, then you will have a far greater chance of finding affiliate marketing success!
A big part of Mark's free 5 Step Method for Making $10,000 per Month Online report is looking at ways that you can make your sites much more attractive and enjoyable for visitors. This actually goes hand-in-hand with list-building, as you will notice your subscriber figures increasing at a greater rate when you have an attractive site on offer.
So how do you build an attractive (and functional) website? Here are some tips:
- Ensure that you have a good header image, which brands your site and makes visitors feel at home
- Use web-friendly font groups that are easy to read
- Make sure that the color scheme of your site is modern and attractive
- Use photo slideshows and widgets to display rich media to visitors
- Always place an emphasis on using your site to provide quality content to readers
- Embed videos and images that assist your readers and create an attractive content flow
This might all sound rather difficult to achieve - but don't fret! It is actually not that difficult to do, providing you are using the right site building tools and methods.
Here are some examples of functional and attractive sites that provide great content:
This is a screenshot from my "set and forget" Xbox 360 repair blog.
And another one from my profitable Diablo 3 niche blog.
If you find this screenshot familiar - it's from Mark's own Enlightenment Gateway site!
Now none of these sites required any form of programming or coding knowledge - they were all built using WordPress and our upcoming AffiloTheme. Provided you can switch a computer on and follow some basic instructions, then you will be able to make a website that is equally as attractive!
What's The "Secret" Of The Secrets?
So what are the secrets to building a profitable list and creating attractive and functional websites? You could spend thousands of dollars on expensive courses and training products - or you could get Mark Ling's free 5 Step Method for Making $10,000 per Month Online.
Inside, you'll learn exactly how to build a profitable affiliate marketing business, based around a very simple system that you can rinse and repeat for massive income. This report is only available for a very limited period of time, so make sure you get it here - before it's gone for good.
If you enjoyed this post, or if you have any questions or queries, then leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you!