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Promoting Your Website

 

“If you build it, they will come” doesn’t apply on the internet. There are millions upon millions of websites and if you simply build a site and wait for people to find it, you’re going to be disappointed.

To generate any revenue from your website, you’re going to need traffic. In other words, real people who are visiting your site and clicking through on your affiliate links.

There are many different techniques for getting traffic, with entire training courses on just one or two methods.

There’s no way we could cover them all in this report, but we’re going to look at several that require little or no technical knowledge and can be done absolutely free.

Facebook

Facebook is a huge potential source of traffic, with over 900 million registered users at the time of writing this. While they offer a paid advertising platform, we’re going to use them to promote your website for free. We’ll do this through a Facebook Page.

You can create a Facebook Page for your website, or about the topic that you’re targeting. This page can be used as a “hub” for staying in touch with other people interested in the same topic.

Creating a Facebook Page is a simple process. When you’re logged into Facebook, look in the bottom right corner of the page for a link that says “Create a Page.” You might need to click the “More” link to see it.

Once you click the create link, Facebook will walk you through the steps to create the page. There’s not much too it, and it is all pretty self-explanatory, so don’t worry if you’ve never done it before – it’s quite straightforward.

Once you’ve created your Page, you can post things to it just like you post things to your own timeline. Anyone who is a fan of your page will see those posts in their timeline.

Getting people to like your Facebook Page (become fans) can be done in various ways:

  • Add a link to it on your website so people can “like” your page from there
  • Promote it in other places – Twitter, forums, email, etc.
  • Interact with other pages that are related to your market by commenting on posts, liking those pages and so on. Other people who follow those pages will see yours and a certain number of them will likely click through to check it out and wind up liking it

You can post links to your website, links to affiliate offers and other things on your page and as you get more and more fans, you’ll generate more and more traffic to those places.

Twitter

Twitter is similar to Facebook in that you can post updates and all the people who follow you can see them in their timeline.

You can build your network on Twitter in much the same way as Facebook. Search out other Twitter users who post about the topic that your website addresses. Follow them, reply to their “Tweets” and interact with them whenever you can. Some of those people will follow you back, other people who follow them will likely find you and you will be able to post updates for them to see.

You can post links to your website, affiliate links, interesting stuff you find and anything else that would be of value to them.

Forums

Market-related forums are a great way to get traffic back to your website. Most forums let you add a “signature” to your profile, which gets added to the end of every post you make. This signature can include a short ad of some sort, along with a link to your website, an affiliate offer or some other link that will benefit you.

Just make sure you read the rules & regulations of the forum before creating your signature. Most forums have rules about what you can and can’t do, and you want to make sure you’re not doing something you’re not supposed to.

The key to making forum marketing work is that you have to be a contributing member of the forum. You can’t just pop in and write a post or two every so often. People won’t get to know you and they’ll probably think you’re only there to promote the link in your signature (and they would be right!)

Instead, check in on a regular basis. Respond to other people’s posts, answer questions where you can and create new threads of your own. Building a relationship with people this way will work much better, because they’ll get to “know” you and trust you – making them much more likely to click through to see what you have to say on your website, or learn more about the product you’re recommending in your signature.

Blog Commenting

Blog commenting is similar to forum marketing in a lot of ways. Find several popular blogs in your market and spend some time each day commenting on posts, responding to other commenters and generally taking part in the conversation.

Most blogs will let you enter a website address when you leave a comment and it will link your name to that address. You can include your own website here or an affiliate link of some sort.

As with forum marketing, just make sure you’re adding value to the conversation. Don’t just say things like “Great post!” and expect to get any results. People aren’t going to click on your link if you just write stuff like that, and the blog owner might even remove your comments altogether.

These are just a few of the many different traffic generation methods you can use. If you’d like to learn more about the various ways to get traffic, there are lots of training programs out there, some that are specific to certain methods and some that cover many different techniques.

Earning $500 a Month As An Affiliate

This action plan may not sound like it’s all that complicated, and that’s because it’s not. It’s really not that hard to start earning regular affiliate commissions. The hard part is to stick with the process and don’t look for shortcuts.

Once you’ve been in the internet marketing world for a while, you’ll see lots of offers for the latest & greatest “systems” for making money.

Some of those systems will be legitimate and some will be smoke and mirrors. But if you let yourself lose focus on what you’re working on, you’ll never see the results you want.

Stay focused on the goal and don’t believe all the “push button” systems that you’ll see. It might take a bit of time, and may even a few attempts, to get the results you want but you will get them if you stick with it and learn from your experiences.

Promoting Your Website
Promoting Your Website

Where To Find Affiliate Offers

There are a number of large affiliate programs, or networks of more specialized offers, that you can use to find offers related to virtually any topic.

Amazon.com Associates Program

Amazon carries products in many different categories, and you can promote nearly all of them as an affiliate. The above link takes you to their US website. If you’re targeting other countries, most local Amazon sites (Amazon.ca,  Amazon.co.uk, etc.) have their own programs that you need to sign up for independently.

eBay Partner Network

The eBay Partner Network is similar to Amazon, in that you can promote products in all kinds of different markets. EPN is a good program, but be forewarned that it is difficult to get accepted and can take some time. If you want to sign up as an eBay affiliate, you should have an existing website that you can include in your application (and it should be high-quality, both content- and design-wise) and you should be prepared to wait for some time before being accepted.

Commission Junction

Commission Junction is a network that manages the affiliate programs for many other companies. You can find offers in various markets here. As with eBay, it’s best if you have a website already up and running before applying. Many vendors will only work with you if you have something to show them when applying.

Linkshare

Linkshare is another network that handles the affiliate programs for many other companies. Once again, it’s a good idea to have a website up and running before applying with Linkshare

ShareASale

Another network that works with vendors in various markets. ShareASale is not as difficult to work with as the previous couple of networks, so it’s not as critical to have your website up and running prior to applying.

Clickbank

Clickbank focuses mainly on products such as ebooks and other digitally delivered items. They handle the affiliate program for products in all sorts of different markets and niches, so if your market is one that is suited for information products, this can be a good place to find offers to promote. Their sign-up process is fast and straightforward with no real need to have your website up and running prior to joining.

Private Affiliate Programs

Many companies run their own in-house affiliate programs that won’t be listed in any of the above networks. If there is a specific product or service that you would like to promote, check their website to see if they offer an affiliate program. There will usually be a link to it from the home page or from the site map. If you don’t have a specific product in mind but want to find offers related to your market, the easiest way is to search Google for keywords in your market plus “affiliate” or “affiliate program.”

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