Traffic Generation For Affiliates

While most people will tell you to use pay-per-click advertising, article marketing and building a website, here’s a shortcut method to get your started and quickly. Videos can get you into search engines fast.
Use one of these tools to get started:

– Camtasia Studio has a 30 day free trial
– CamStudio which is free and located at http://camstudio.org
– Jing that works on the Mac or PC
– Web Cam
– Sony Movie Studio
– Movie Studio 9

Now that you have a selection of products, a website or direct links to a vendor’s website, it’s time to promote. First, you will want to get into the video arena.

I know you probably weren’t expecting that. But, people are video junkies, and if you want to get people engaged, you will need to go where the traffic goes.

If you need to go free Jing is the second easiest way to record from screen to video. If you’re good with Powerpoint, you can create a slide show, narrate it about your site and simply read from a script. These are the easiest type of video to create, and when used correctly, they are traffic bringers.

Set your monitor resolution to 800×600 for recording. Record your videos at 800 x 600, resized to 480 x 360 with SmartFocus. You want them to be quick, and talk about the product you are promoting.

The bottom third is very important in videos. You want to tell them about your domain name or the domain of the affiliate site. If you don’t have a site of your own, go to SnipUrl where you can put in your affiliate link, and it will give you an output.

For instance, if your affiliate product is for Maverick Money Makers, and your affiliate link is
http://XXXXX.PUBLISHER.hop.clickbank.net, your SnipUrl will be www.snipurl/MaverickMoney.

The SnipURL can go in the lower left part of your video, and remain there for the duration. As you talk about your website, all you need to do is use SnagIt to capture pictures, which you put in your Powerpoint presentation and capture as video.
Add a couple of transitions, and you are in the video arena. These short video reviews are what you upload to all of the video sites.

Things to remember:

– Make sure that the name of the video is your longtail keyphrase or product name plus a word like deals. (ie. Salmon deals, Rolex watch deals)

– Make sure that the keywords and keyphrases are submitted and enclosed in quotes as well as without quotes.

– Make sure that you submit them with the URL leading back to your website

– In the information section, be sure and put your website, or SnipURL if you don’t have a website that leads back to the affiliate product.
Pay-Per-Click Advertising

If you don’t have a website, landing page or place to send prospective traffic, pay per click or PPC advertising is an excellent method to drive sales via your affiliate link.

Again, you will want to use discretion so that you don’t wind up losing more money than you gain in sales. The largest PPC outfit is Google. Those little advertisements that you see on people’s websites, plus on the side of the search results are called PPC advertising.

Advertisers pay a set amount per click in order to appear on sites. It is considered contextual advertising, because the advertising is related to the information being presented either in the search results or on the website. For instance, you won’t get an advertisement for ice cream on a site about auto parts.

Adwords & Contextual Advertising

Advertising with Google is easy and deceptive to newcomers. Easy, in the fact that it is very easy to use; deceptive because if you aren’t very careful you could lose a lot of money trying to get advertising that makes you money. Here are some techniques so that you can use the Adwords system and make money.

The site is located at: http://adwords.google.com

You can sign up for an Adwords account by clicking the Start Now button and filling in your information. Sign up for a standard and not a starter account. Adwords is pretty easy to use. Many people will want to start out with 100s of keywords and will take everything suggested by Adwords keyword tool.

Avoid this method and stick with a few terms that are laser-focused on your product or service.

Use the Adwords keyword suggestion tool or other keyword tool like MicroNiche Finder, Nichebot and Keyword Elite to find about five or six terms that are tightly related to your product.
You will want these keywords/keyphrases to be low competition, high traffic words. The software just mentioned are designed to find keywords like this for your product.

You will want to drill down on your keywords. For instance, if your product is about dog health, don’t just look at the keywords “dog health” and dogs. Look for things like “relief for dogs from fleas”, “best dog food” or go into a specific breed like “cocker spaniel health”, or “best dog food for beagles”.

While you will get fewer visitors based on these keywords, the ones that will arrive will be very interested in your product. When you look at products, you will want to take this into consideration as well.

List your keyphrases and base your advertisement around these keyphrases. You will ideally want to get them into the title of your advertisement as well as in the listing for Adwords to use when listing when your ad will appear in the search results and on people’s websites.

Use the Adwords keyword suggestion tool here:

https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal

Select keyphrases that are relevant but not very competitive. Remember, that although you may only get 100 visits a day from a keyword, conversion rates are 1-2%, so that will usually equal a sale.
This is why you don’t want to promote a product that is much cheaper than $30. If your commission is 50% to 75% of $30, that is $15.00 to $22.50 on each sale.

It has been shown that affiliates will convert on average 1% to 2% per 100 visitors if they have done adequate keyword/keyphrase research.

It will generally convert the same on a $30+ item as it does on a $15.00 product. The amount of money you earn will only change due to the commission level and price of product.

Ad Variations

When you have your keywords in hand, go to Google and search on those keywords. Put the keywords between quotation marks and watch what comes up on the right hand side. This will give you great ideas on how to word your own advertisement.

Look at what ad is in the top spot 3 spots. Look at the titles they are using and see how you can word your advertisement similarly so that you get good clickthroughs. Then when you put together your initial ad, make some variations and track how many clicks each ad is getting. Keep the ad that performs the best.

When you are just starting out with Adwords, keep your bids low. Bid as little as $0.05 cents per click where you can, and just make sure that you get on page one of the search results.

Look towards doing advertising on websites only and forego the search results, because it is counted in 1000 impressions at a price and your money can go a longer way.

URL Display and URL Actual

One nice thing to remember is that you can put your Clickbank ID and URL in the Destination URL section of the advertisement. In the Display URL, you place the actual website URL of the affiliate products vendor.
Example:

Display URL: www.maverickmoneymakers.com

Destination URL: http://xxxxxx.maverick66.hop.clickbank.net/?tid=MAVERICK

That word “?tid=MAVERICK” on the end of the Clickbank ID is called a traffic tracking device which allows you to track how your campaigns are going. Both Clickbank and Adwords will allow you to track your advertising campaigns so that you can make a decision about what’s working and what needs to be changed.

To track within Adwords, you will need to choose a keyword that you want to track in Adwords. Click on Edit Keyword Settings. Then you have a URL that you can add a tracking ID to which in this case would be “?tid=MavAd1” for Maverick, Ad #1. You only have 8 letters that you can use, so whatever you decide, it should be easy to understand and decipher.

Yahoo and MSN’s Adwords Equivalent Contextual Advertising

While not much is said about the contextual advertising that is available through Yahoo and MSN, it does exist. As an alternative, you might want to consider advertising through them. The same rules apply, the competition is less and you may wind up spending a lot less for the same amount of advertising.

In order to figure out if it’s worth the money, you can sign up for accounts with both MSN and Yahoo pretty easily and try it out. They also run a lot of specials and give away coupons worth various amounts of money just to get you to try their service.

Yahoo PPC Service:

http://sem.smallbusiness.yahoo.com/searchenginemarketing/

MSN Adcenter: https://adcenter.microsoft.com

While these are lesser advertised, contextual advertising outlets, you can get a lot of mileage from them, and all kinds of traffic you might have missed if you focused on Google alone. Remember, being successful as an affiliate means thinking outside of the box.

Facebook and Myspace Advertising

Often overlooked and very good places to advertise are Facebook and Myspace. While I wouldn’t advertise the How To Make Money Online e-books, they are great places to advertise other digital products.

If, for instance, one of your products is Jamorama from Clickbank, it is a “learn to play guitar online” service that is made for young people, is done totally online and would make a great Myspace advertisement.

Squidoo and Hubpages

If you don’t have a website and you want to have an intermediary page that gives more information and pre-sells the product more, you can use either Squidoo or Hubpages. They are free to build, takes about 60 seconds and requires no HTML ability to use.

Tons of people build Squidoo lenses using articles that expand on the products and services that they are promoting.
In this way, a person doesn’t click through your link straight to the pitch page of the vendor and only think that you are trying to sell them something.

Through the use of these intermediary sites, you can add value to the product or service with a personalized set of information that is tailored to make the product more understandable.

If you decide to build a Squidoo page for your affiliate product, most people will do a review of the product or write an article outlining the benefits of using/reading/listening to the product. In this way, it is more personal and less salesman-like.
Web 2.0 Social Networking

By using Web 2.0 social networking, you can announce and spread the word about your affiliate product. Instead of sending them directly to the vendor’s site, you can use Squidoo, Hubpages and other social networking sites like Ning and Scribd.com to Presell the product through writing articles and converting them into mini websites.

Instead of advertising the vendor site, you will advertise your intermediary site and use it to list build and follow up through an autoresponder.

The easy way to list build is take a picture of one of the aWeber or GetResponse forms using a program like Snagit, and upload the picture and make it a clickable link to a squeeze page. You can build a squeeze page using Weebly.com which has a drag and drop interface that makes it extremely easy to build web pages with autoresponder forms embedded in them.

You then have people click, go to your landing or squeeze page and fill out the form. On the landing page, you can further outline the benefits of the product you are promoting.

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