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Super Affiliate Marketing and Higher Commissions

Do you want to be a super affiliate?

An Article Underground member just sent me an email with a few questions about affiliate programs, high ticket items and Adsense. I thought I’d share the info with you guys as well!

“Can you make more money with higher ticket items/higher payouts? Which affiliate programs are best? Are banners really less effective than text links?”

My thoughts came flowing… this is not a guide or lesson – just some of my thoughts.

It depends on your niche(s) and web site themes, so there are no fixed answers for the best affiliate programs, however the idea is to stay away from LOW payouts and low percentage of sales – a 5 or 10% commission is generally just not worth promoting unless you are easily selling something for $1,000. or more.

How hard is it to get that payout??? Do you have to work hard for it?

In most cases – getting conversions requires work – so larger payouts are generally a safer bet and often require the same amount of work or less.

This all changes if you have HUGE TRAFFIC NUMBERS to work with. But then again – it also depends if the traffic is highky targeted or not.

Sure – you can make money promoting free smiley giveaways with a $1.75 payout per lead – but ONLY if you have HUGE traffic – because it is very unlikely you have a web page or site that is smiley targeted and gets huge traffic.

General – mainstream – untargeted traffic is not bad to have – but your conversion rates will be muc less and you will need to work pretty hard to find something that converts. Not everything will.

Unless you have insane volume and huge traffic numbers, it’s very hard to make money off pennies, dimes or even dollar payouts. That said – if you can get a lot of conversions very easily with an IRRESISTABLE OFFER for little effort or money spent – that’s different. But it’s a rarity.

In all honesty – it’s pretty much a crapshoot. You need to throw stuff out there to see what converts and what sells.

That is why I often have difficulty giving training with specifics. The variables always make things hard to pin down. There are so many variables.

What kind of traffic. What are they visiting for? Are there looking for information on a broad topic or a specific tight keyword phrase???

While it never hurts to have a large amount of untargeted traffic – it is almost always preferable to have some or even a LITTLE traffic that is VERY TARGETED – because you can find something that is more likely to convert. Match a product that is what that visitor needs and you will have higher conversions.

Which affiliate programs/networks??? (continued – read more of this article…)

Secrets Webinar Invite: Seasonal Niche Profits

Seasonal Niche Profits – a lot of money is out there!

Are you ready to make tons of money during the mad Halloween rush during September and October??? Are you hip to the new products coming out and planning ahead so you’ll have pages ranking on Google when the products get released???

Whether you answered YES or NO – you must attend this free webinar I am hosting with Brian G. Johnson on Thursday, Sept. 3rd, 2009 (or watch the replay).

The Secrets webinar is on this Thursday, Sept. 3rd at 4 PM EDT called “Secrets to Free Search Engine Traffic: Taking Advantage of Seasonal Trends and Product Launches”

That’s 1 PM California Time – so it’s right in the middle of the day! (Good for me! I hope it’s good for you!)

It’s the first “Secrets” webinar and features myself and Brian G. Johnson spilling our guts and revealing the true secrets that can bring us huge holiday profits!

Brian is an Article Underground member and as you may or may not know, is the mastermind behind “Commission Ritual”, a killer training course on how to create niche sites that bring in huge money during holidays like Halloween! (continued – read more of this article…)

Less Resistance = More Sales with CPA

I have some really valuable information about a new product on CPA Offers called Zero Friction Marketing which I am thrilled to share with you.

If you buy ZFM from my affiliate link – I’d be happy to give you a complimentary bonus zip with 800 articles from the back issue vault at Article Underground. Details at the bottom of this article.

If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a few days you may have been exposed to some of my training materials which discuss “where the money comes from”. I’ll link a few of my tutorials at the bottom in case you missed them.

I myself discovered CPA Offers about 2 and a half years ago and understanding and using CPA has improved my profitability significantly.

Understanding CPA can make the difference between pulling in nickels and dimes for your efforts or grabbing dollars. Lots of them!

I’m not just blowing smoke, as knowing the best way to monetize your traffic is huge! And I am not just telling you this because I want to sell you something.

I truly believe that if you want to make the most possible earnings from your web sites and traffic that you need to monetize your pages with the highest converting offers and get your visitors to take action! They need to convert! It’s essential if you want to make money!

Putting Adsense ads on your pages is ok and will bring you a few bucks here and there. I am not saying that is bad – it’s just not always the best way to pull in cash. And promoting products from Clickbank or Commission Junction is ok, but they often cost a lot and require a purchase for you to earn money.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could give away stuff and still get paid???

>>> Zero Friction Marketing  (continued – read more of this article…)

Hot Underground Tip – Adwords URL Placement Targeting

Adwords Placement Targeting Just Got Easier!

I have a really cool find that I think you’ll be glad I shared with you!

It’s an awesome new tool I just bought myself called Placement Intelligence and there is a detailed video that shows exactly how it works. 

>>> Watch the 13 Minute Video Here

I’m so excited about Placement Intelligence and what it does that I just had to share it with you guys because this product and the marketing technique is really flying under the radar! This tool is just so cool and such a well kept secret that you must check it out yourself before the masses get ahold of it!

Are you familiar with Google Adwords Placement Targeting??? Have you ever tried using it to get cheap yet highly targeted traffic???

Chances are NOT because most people get roped into running PPC ads on Google Search which is ULTRA competitive and much harder to master. It’s pretty complicated.

Adwords Placement Targeting is relatively new and is kind of an underground secret technique… not exactly as popular and well known as running simple PPC ads on Google Search or even advertising on the Content Network.

Placement Targeting allows you to run Adwords ads on SPECIFIC URL’s of sites that are showing Adsense ads. This in itself is huge because it allows the kind of targeting that marketers like us dream about. (continued – read more of this article…)

Getting More Conversions by Promoting Offers with Videos

Promoting Offers and Products with videos is an easy way to boost conversions and make more money!

I’ve been taking a lot of training and have learned about some great methods to boost conversions and make more sales! 

This video promo tactic applies to both PPC and Natural Traffic and Free Search Traffic.

A great way to get MORE PEOPLE to buy your stuff or click on things is by explaining to them exactly what have and what you want them to do

* tell them what you have * tell them what you want them to do.

Thanks Frank Kern for making it so easy to understand… it’s amazing how simplicity can often work wonders!

OK – so why not create a video and tell your visitors what you have and what you want them to do??? It’s so easy!

People love to watch videos and you can help them understand what you have and why they need it.

Ideally you do this in a video. You show them!

This also applies to preselling them with copy on a web page instead of a video – but videos are easy to do and are very persuasive. People don’t always read copy… they skim…

The general idea is you find an offer to promote and then you create a web page with a video and you tell your visitors what you have and what you want them to do.

If you do it right – a lot of people will do what you asked.

Your conversions will be very high.

Much higher than if you HIDE the offer or don’t attmpt to PRESELL the prospect :’>

Remember the old saying – ask and you shall receive???

Well – if you don’t ask – you won’t get anything!

So go ahead and tell people what you have and what you want them to do.

Of course it doesn’t hurt to have good reasons why they should do what you want. (continued – read more of this article…)

Amazon.com wants the PPC MONEY all for themselves!

>>> 4-17-14  Amazing Selling Machine has re-opened – make sure you get my big bonus!

Amazon.com wants the PPC MONEY all for themselves!

Amazon.com has a great associates program and while I haven’t been doing as much recently with it as I had done in the past – it is still lucrative and brings me in some decent money on a regular basis. Best thing about my amazon earnings is I don’t do any new work for it – it’s old work (passive income) that still pays me money over time!

As you may have heard Amazon Associates will have some new rules to be playing by… originally I was more concerned, but just found some clarification. As far as I can tell it’s not so bad.

When I heard there were changes for associates and that they were no longer paying on some referral fees I was concerned. What is their new policy???

I just found this and thought you may be interested in this clarification of what they are doing in regards to PPC advertising by associates.

As far as I can tell – it is ONLY direct linking they are trying to stop paying on… we can still do landing pages.

This is from their page:

“Q: How do I know if this change will affect me?

A: If you are using paid search advertising services like Google AdWords, Yahoo Search Marketing or Microsoft adCenter to send users directly to the www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com or www.endless.com website, this change will affect you. If your own website has links to Amazon’s US or Canadian sites and you are using these or other similar services to send users to your own website, you should not be affected by this change as long as you comply with all terms of the Operating Agreement. “

and

“Q: If my paid search advertisement directs a user first to an interstitial page, then to www.amazon.com, www.endless.com, or www.amazon.ca, will I earn referral fees?

A: No. However, if you place paid search advertisements to send users to your own website, and then your website displays links to www.amazon.com, www.endless.com, or www.amazon.ca in accordance with the Operating Agreement, you may earn referral fees for qualifying purchases made by users who click on your paid search ad, click through to your site, then click through to an Amazon site.”

Here is the URL I found this on – there is more on it… go have a look for yourself.

https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/gp/associates/promo/paidsearch.html

This mainly affects affiliates who had been using datafeeds and such to do direct linking and running ads on PPC.

So – at least we now know they will still pay if the users come from our sites or landing pages… my question is – do you think amazon will be profitable with a PRESELL page if we can’t do direct linking via PPC???