Or – How I came to the conclusion I was an idiot for not starting sooner.
Is the Money in the List?
Without a doubt. You will get sick of hearing it, but if you will start here you will save yourself months or years of resisting what you will eventually wind up doing, and your path to a sustainable work at home lifestyle will be much shorter. When you start affiliate marketing, start list building.
Now, that is not to say that you will not come across some programs that will swear you do not need to worry about list building, but pay attention here: the first thing they will get from you is your email address and they will put it to good use, as they should, in marketing their program and possibly other offers to you.
When you start affiliate marketing the great thing is that you do not need a product to begin making money.
There are thousands of viable products available that you can make a great income on. It does not matter what your interest or your niche is, there are plenty of products waiting for you to earn commissions.
If you have a good product of your own to promote, that is also easily done as soon as you begin to advertise correctly online.
And as for affiliate programs, nothing could be simpler to get started with. Sign up, promote it, and watch as the money starts coming in (hopefully).
This is all great, but then what? After that find another product and start all over again.
If however, you have been active with list building when you find or create this new product, you will already have hundreds or thousands of people to offer directly to. This will be targeted traffic, the best kind! You can shoot them a quick email and have immediate money in your pocket.
You can start advertising this product and add even more people to your list for your next great idea. This process tends to snowball into even more sales and bigger list. And it won’t be long before your primary income will be from your online business.
How do you start building a list?
Not so difficult once you learn the process. Put a couple strategies in place to run continually, integrate list building into your product promotions, and you will see progress immediately. Here are the basic steps:
- Create a squeeze page. This is a simple one-page website that is designed to capture your visitors’ name and email address. Also known as a lead capture page.
- Offer a quality free incentive to get them to decide to give you their email address and maybe name to receive the freebie. This can be a free report, a free subscription to your newsletter, or e-book.
- Integrate these addresses into an automated email system known as an autoresponder.
Don’t worry, none of this difficult.
There are even done for you, plug and play systems you can use.
Email them regularly, making sure that you are offering them something of value. Some ideas: useful information, free reports, free software, online tools, physical products, and creative ideas that you come across. Occasionally suggest your product and offer a link to your product or affiliate page. Offer your product with a strong sales message and watch the sales begin.
Do not oversell to your list. This will be your most valuable asset do not jeopardize it. Giving good solid information and only promoting worthwhile products will begin building trust with the folks on your growing list.
This is important, treat your list as a group of friends that you want to help with the information that you are providing.
Just follow the golden rule and treat your list as you would want to be treated and you will be on your way to success.
Have a great day…we’ll get to the nuts and bolts of list building in the next article. Meanwhile, check out the Videos tab and you’ll find a great place to start building your affiliate empire!