Most of the truly successful marketers have three competitive advantages :
They run successful Affiliate Programs (Part 1)
They own large Opt-In Lists and have large traffic (Part 2)
They create their own products (Part 3)
Step #1 – Three Affiliate Program Opportunities
Opportunity 1 – Using Own Products and Services Combining your own products with a successful Affiliate Program is almost a license to write your own checks.
Opportunity 2 – Using Resell and Master Rights Products Surprisingly, as you will see in step 4, you can create and run an Affiliate Program even if you don’t have your own products and services.
Opportunity 3 – Substitute Joint Ventures All successful Garmin Affiliate Program are joint ventures in miniature. Your affiliate partners require as much of your support and commitment as would any JV partners.
Step #2 – The Top Ten Features Of A Good Affiliate Program
It delivers consistent sales for Affiliates, by marketing products with high consumer benefits.
It operates on a Leveraged I’ncome Pay structure, which extends a number of levels deep.
It operates on a Residual I’ncome Pay structure giving Affiliates repeat I’ncome.
A good program has high quality marketing tools and incentives for the Affiliates.
It pays out big percentages of the sale to the Affiliates and it pays promptly
The administration function tracks and corrects affiliate issues quickly, and effectively.
A good program trains and supports Affiliates enthusiastically.
It offers Affiliates complimentary, high value, front and back end products for promotion.
It handles all end customer care issues. 10) A good program constantly tests new ideas to support and strengthen ties with affiliates and end customers alike.
Step #3 – “Own Product Affiliate Program”
Most people join an Affiliate Program on the strength and reliability of its compensation plan.
- Compensation Structure Planning :
Who can join the program Is it open to anyone or just selected, approved partners ?
Downline matrix structure for Leveraged I’ncome How deep is the matrix of downline earnings for Leveraged I’ncome ?
Residual I’ncome Payments Does the program pay Residual I’ncome, on repeat subscriptions for as long as the end customer renews ?
Minimum Payment amounts, and deadlines. Policy on payments, returns and deductions from Affiliate payments must be clear from the beginning.
Affiliate monitoring of the program Affiliates must be able to easily monitor referrals and earnings. Clear and accurate reports to Affiliates should be available online or sent by e-mail.
- Marketing Plans
Develop high quality graphical links that Affiliates can use on their own websites to point to your program. These include
Web Templates and copy
Write e-courses coaching your Affiliates on what works best in promoting your products and services.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that when they sign up the whole thing will run on autopilot.
- Legal Issues
Consult professional, qualified lawyers to help you draw up your program terms and conditions before you go to market. The upfront cost involved may save you greater expense in the future.
Step #4 – Resell and Master Rights Product Affiliate Programs
An Affiliate Program without your own products is possible, but use caution – it is less likely to be a huge earner, than one promoting your own stable of products.
Why would anyone join an Affiliate Program to promote a resell or master rights product, that they could buy and sell earning 100% of the profits ?
The answer is reduced effort, time and money.
An Affiliate Program for resell or master rights products saves the affiliate from having to buy, process, add value to and give customer service to the resell rights product.
It becomes an easy I’ncome stream that people may want to join.
The trick in this situation is to
Spot a product with selling potential, that is relatively scarce and has not been over marketed.
Create the Affiliate Program where the product owner has failed or is incapable of seeing the market opportunity.