About 5 years ago I paid a friend to put a website together for me, and ever since then I have been making a killing on the Internet using websites that other people built for me. There are sites out there that you can post a work order on to have a website built and people will bid on it and build it for you. There are also websites out there that offer website creation tools that do everything for you and are extremely easy to use.
After building your website or having someone else build it for you, you’ll have to choose a domain name for your website. Typically domain names are around $10. A domain name is what an individual would type in the search bar to be directed to your website.
Be sure to choose a domain name that suits your website. If you have a website about cell phones you would want to choose a domain name such as cellphones.com or bestcellphones.com. After choosing a domain name you’ll have to do a search to see if that name is available. You can do a search and purchase a domain name here.
After you have a website built you’ll need a good sales pitch or review to sell the products you are affiliated with. There are a few things that I do in my sales pitches and reviews that I have had a lot of success with.
The first thing I always do is surf the web and read other reviews and or sales pitches in the product I am going to be promoting. This helps to get a good idea of what other affiliates are saying about the product, and it always makes it much easier to write my own review.
Another thing I do regularly is to go to online forums and see what everyone is saying about the product I am reviewing. This is good because on forums people typically post their honest opinion on a product or service, and for the most part it is only consumers talking about the product, whether to buy the product or not, whereas the majority of review sites are individuals just trying to make money as an affiliate of the product and these reviews are not always honest.
Once you read up on the product you are reviewing you are ready to write a killer sales pitch. This is the most important part of an affiliate site. When visitors come to your affiliate site and read your reviews they should get excited to purchase the product you are talking about. Remember the goal is to get visitors to click on your affiliate links and be directed to the site where they can purchase the product. Having a good sales pitch is vital to your success as an affiliate marketer.
One of the best things you can do for your affiliate site is put a video of you talking about the product and what it can do for your customers. You can get the video producing software from GVO, where you can get all the tools you’ll ever need to be successful.
There are five main things I try to do in every sales letter or review I have ever written. I have used these five strategies to write successful sales letters for tons of review sites and also for some direct mail advertising.
The first aspect of a good sales pitch that I always apply to my affiliate sites is to create a sense of urgency. It is always a good idea to make the reader feel that this incredible product at this incredible price is time sensitive and will not last forever.
Doing this makes the reader believe that they have to act now and purchase the product or they might miss out on the deal. You want your visitors to purchase the product when they first come to your site because 95% of them who visit your site and decide not to buy today but think they’ll come back later and purchase your product will never come back.
A good way to create a sense of urgency is by using images. Create an image on your site and say something like ONLY 78 LEFT and have the 78 crossed out and write 54 beside it. Another good way to cause a sense of urgency is to say that the discounted price is time sensitive and that this deal will only last for another 14hrs and 26 min.
Make the 14 hrs and 26 min a countdown so as they are visiting your site they see that they are running out of time to purchase the product at the discounted price.
The second strategy that I used when writing a killer review site is to appear unbiased. You should approach the reader as a third party, someone who is just giving their honest opinion of the product. Make them believe that you are just an honest person trying to help them make an informed decision. By not appearing to be making any money from the sale of the product you will gain more credibility and trust from your readers. Would you believe someone who is making money each time they sold you a product or someone who is not making any money from selling the product and just wanted to help you make the best decision?
The third of the five strategies I use, and probably the most important, is to invoke fear in the reader. Make the reader feel that by purchasing any other products they will just be throwing their money away. Make them believe that if they don’t buy your product and instead buy a similar product from one of your competitors that they will eventually run into problems.
This step works well when you are reviewing products in a field that is known for fraud because people are already scared of getting ripped off and they know that they will be taking a chance on any product they buy. Use this fear to your advantage.
Say you were promoting a diet supplement. This is a field well known for fraud. You could write something like, “Fake diet pills exposed…they promise the world and deliver nothing”. Then write an article about many unsatisfied customers of different types of diet supplements. When writing an article that is bad mouthing diet supplement companies be sure to not name names. Talk in general to avoid any legal matters.
After writing a few paragraphs about how most diet pills don’t work and are just a waste of money you would want to talk about which ones you found actually did work (the ones you are affiliated with of course). Be sure to put your affiliate links at the bottom of the page where you are talking about the products that you found actually do work.
The fourth step when writing a good review that will sell is to build a dream. Make the reader excited about purchasing your product. They have to feel that by purchasing your product their life will change in one way or another. If you were reviewing an eBook about how to make money online you could talk about how much better their life could be working just minutes a day at their computer in the comfort of their own home or about how they will be able to retire early and live the life they always wanted.
If you were reviewing weight loss supplements you could talk about how much better their life would be if they lost that weight or how much better they would feel about themselves after losing weight. You basically want to say that this product will give you everything you’ve ever wanted and more…. BUT YOU MUST ACT NOW.
Be sure not to make any promises or say anything like, “If you purchase this product you will lose 20 pounds in the first month”. Instead, you want to say something like, “This incredible breakthrough diet pill COULD help you lose up to 20 pounds in your first month”.
The final step when writing a good sales pitch or review is to act like an expert. Read up on the product you are reviewing and be sure to include facts in your review. You want to say that you have tried numerous different products and the one or two products that you are reviewing are the only ones that actually worked. Talk about what they have that the other similar products do not.
For example if you were writing a review on diet supplements you would want to talk about the different types of ingredients and the mixture of ingredients that the diet pills has in it which makes it better than all the rest. You could talk about how it is 100% natural or about how it does not contain the harmful ingredients that the other brands have.
If you use all of these strategies in your review there is no reason your site shouldn’t convert like crazy. Remember that the two most important things to your success as an affiliate marketer are your ad campaigns and your actual written reviews of the product. If you can do both of these better than your competitor you will be a huge success as an affiliate marketer.
Here is one last secret tip. Not many people know about his, so keep it between you and me. I like to give affiliate rebates when offering a product for sale. If you get paid 75% commission on a $100 product you will be earning $75 per sale. If you offered anyone who purchased the product through you a $25 rebate you will still be making $50 per sale. Most people do not do this, so by offering rebates you could increase your sales by up to 200%.
The only thing to keep in mind when offering rebates is that people do ask for refunds on occasion. Most online companies have a 45 day money back guarantee, so you will have to make it clear that you will not give them their rebate until after 45 days.
When the 45 days is up, have them show you the receipt and check your records to make sure that they didn’t ask for a refund, then simply send them their rebate by PayPal or money order. Most people will not even remember to ask you for their rebate after 45 days. That is why you could easily offer a much bigger discount and still make a huge profit on each sale.
Now you know all about affiliate marketing. You have created an affiliate site and are armed with all the information you need to write a killer review. Now all you need is a company with a product that you are interested in affiliating with and then you’ll be on your way to making boatloads of money.
These are my personal favorites:
GVO – This is my favorite because it is more than just a site builder. You get a nice hosting account that is huge as far as disk space and bandwidth are concerned. You also get a free autoresponder, a free video producing system, a free prospecting system, a free lead capture system, a free private conference room (to put on your own seminars), and Blogger Builder (which builds your site).
Elance.com- All you do at Elance.com is put up a work order and people will bid on it and you choose the best programmer at the best price to put your website together. Expect to spend at least $250+ to have a site built, plus you don’t get any of the above marketing tools that GVO gives you.