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Top Affiliate Tactics: Introduction
Hi and welcome to Top Affiliate Tactics, where you will discover over 8 powerful methods you can use to offer a boost to your affiliate commissions from selling other people’s products and services.
This guide discusses some of the methods you’ve probably not heard of, whereas other methods you’ve thought would never work. In a real essence, it’s really only a matter of doing it right and you can make a living off affiliate marketing.
Which is really fascinating, because you can earn big commissions just promoting products you DON’T even have to create!
Of course, like everything else in life, it takes multiple practices to reach the top level. But I assure you that through the coming pages, I can help you reduce your learning curve significantly and you will make less guesswork… and mistakes!
I have written this book as short and precise as possible. Because I know you’re a very busy individual (and it takes no guess), and above all, I also know that you’re excited and that you can hardly wait.
Without further ado, let’s quickly cover the first of the 8 methods you can use in boosting your affiliate promotion… and the commissions!
Using Classified Ads
The process of using classified ads to generate sales for any product – whether it be an original product or an affiliate product – is often over-simplified and discouraged. This is, in part, because it actually is one of the harder ways in which you can advertise.
It requires you to use a small amount of words to communicate an important point, which will either make or break your ability to garner interest in the product in question. In most cases, supposed experts will discourage you from using classified ads because they themselves have never had much luck using them – NOT because classified ads aren't a viable method of advertising.
So how can you use classified ads correctly to generate a considerable amount of traffic to your affiliate product sales page?
The first step entails finding viable places to advertise. Again, many of the so-called experts will jump in and either tell you to use free sites or that free sites never work. The truth here, too, is somewhat in between: free sites can work, but you must use them carefully. For instance, if you want to generate traffic from sites that allow you to post free classifieds, you will have to find ones that actually receive traffic themselves.
One example of a site that receives a massive amount of traffic, but also allows you to post classified ads for free is craigslist, which you can find at the following URL: http://www.craigslist.com
As long as you post classified ads in the proper section, you can do it completely free of charge. Additionally, you can do this on each of the craigslist sites for the metropolitan areas in the United States.
Another place you can post free classified ads is Yahoo. You can find this feature at the following URL: http://classifieds.yahoo.com/.
Again, as long as its on topic, you can post a classified at for whatever you want.
Now, with this in mind, you will want to consider the best way in which you can construct your classified ad. I personally suggest creating a headline or first line that uses psychological triggers.
Remember! With classifieds, you're not paying by the click. It's either free or you're paying for a certain period of time or impressions, so your goal should be to generate as many clicks as possible, so use words like “cheap,” “free,” “proven,” and “shocking” to draw attention to your ad.
Once you have successfully drawn attention to your ad through the headline, you will then want to seal the deal by providing viewers with a reason to click through, provided that your affiliate product is something they will want to buy. You can do this by explicitly stating a quantifiable benefit in the second line of the classified ad – and then stating a crucial feature in the third line.
Once you have gained some experience posting ads on free classified ad mediums, you will want to move on to major electronic publications, including large e-zines and authority sites; however, before you do this, you could be confident in the classified ad and your conversion rate.
Leveraging with E-zine Advertising
Warning! If you're ever bored and want to stir up some trouble, go to an Internet marketing forum and post a question asking how well E-zine advertising fares in comparison to other marketing methods.
The answers you get are likely to be diametrically opposed. This is not only because each marketer has his own product to sell – and it is in his best interest to justify the purpose of that product – but it is also because there has been a genuine debate raging for the past few years about the effectiveness and direction of E-zines and E-zine advertising.