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How to Use Coupon Codes to Boost your Earning from Affiliate Programs

By Affiliate Hat On September 23, 2011 No Comments

Probably the number one benefit of doing affiliate marketing is that you don’t actually need to create anything to make money online.

Products or services? You don’t need to develop one; just pick the affiliate products you are passionate about and tell everybody about the products (and of course, ask them to buy via your affiliate links…)

Websites or blogs? You don’t need to have one; sure, establishing a site can help a lot, but it’s not the only way to make money via affiliate marketing.

There are 1001 ways to make money online promoting affiliate products – one of the most effective ones is incorporating coupon codes in your affiliate marketing campaigns.

Coupon codes 101

Coupon codes are essentially discount codes that are redeemable only if you “mention” them when you purchase the products or services. When you shop online, when you are about to check out you are often asked to enter coupon code to redeem discounts or any other perks.

Let me ask you this question: Where are you looking for such coupon codes? It’s only common sense – you would answer: Coupon sites! Or if you are an adventurous shopper, you can Google for – in example – “GoDaddy Coupon codes” and there you go – plenty of sites to browse for the GoDaddy coupon codes popping out on your search engine result pages.

If you are promoting one particular product, you are usually given an option to use particular coupon codes to help you attract buyers to buy from you. I am actually interested in affiliate programs that launch monthly coupon codes available to all affiliate marketers. No hassle, no fuss.

In some affiliate programs, you can even make your own coupon codes – usually allowing you to take a portion of your affiliate income margin to be given to your customers. For example, if Affiliate Program X is offering you 30 percent affiliate income, you may want to share 10 percent to your prospects in the form of discounts.

Obviously, I tend to avoid affiliate programs that don’t offer the option for us to promote coupon codes to help attracting prospects.

How to make money from my coupon codes?

It’s pretty straightforward, really – if someone buys a product you are affiliated with using your coupon code, you will get the affiliate commission. It’s that simple.

So, for example, if you join a web hosting affiliate program offering the ability to use Web Hosting Coupon codes to promote the hosting provider, you might want to get people to use the coupon codes to sign up for the web hosting service.

Okay – I’ve got the coupon codes to promote my affiliate products… what next?

So, now you surely want to get your coupon codes to be visible to as many eyeballs as possible, right? There are actually some ways to do it, but one of the most cost effective ways is by submitting your coupon codes to as many coupon sites as possible.

The premise is this: By submitting your coupon codes to such coupon sites, you can get your coupon codes exposed and well-buzzed to the coupon site visitors… and the search engines! We know that the search engines are the main vehicles to deliver targeted traffics that convert well. With that being said, it’s only logical to submit to high-trafficked coupon code sites.

I hope this blog post can help you earn more from your joined affiliate programs! Please share your experience in using coupon codes to attract prospects by commenting on this article :)


Make Money With Amazon: Amazon Sniper

By djfunkyslick On September 17, 2011 No Comments

One of the best programs out there for affiliate marketing tips in my opinion, is Google Sniper. If you are an affiliate marketer, you have no doubt heard about this program. I am not going to go into this program right now because I want to discuss another affiliate how to guide.

Amazon Sniper

It’s no secret there are affiliate marketers out there making a killing. Some make 6-7 figures a year; from home; on their computers. The American dream baby. Amazon is a gold mine in my opinion. All you really need from a basic point of view; is a product and a place to promote it.

But how do you do that? Truthfully, the secret to ANY sniper program; Google or Amazon, is in the micro-niche. Period. What I mean is; you can’t pick cars as your product and expect to make money. BUT….if you drill it down and choose the 1967 Mustang as your product; BANK. Why you ask? Because you have narrowed it down and selected a product that is targeted to a specific group of searchers.

Within choosing this micro niche is your keyword research. This is the second most important aspect of your affiliate marketing campaign. You absolutely have to have a low competition, high search keyword or phrase. Oh, and it has to be a buying keyword. What this means is; your phrase should be ” how to lose weight,” not “lose weight.” The first one shows that people are searching how to lose weight and may be looking for product aids to help them.

I know it sounds a bit daunting; however, with the right guide, you can make this as easy as pie and start an empire of affiliate sites. I searched around for an awesome Amazon sniper guide and I found one. I want you to check it out and start building your affiliate site.

This first guide is all about picking the right product to promote. <——–that link will take you right to the tutorial guide and get you on your way. Stay tuned for part 2 where I take you into keyword research and give you another great tutorial.


Affiliate Campaigns and Twitter

By djfunkyslick On September 16, 2011 No Comments

Have you utilized Twitter to market your affiliate products? How have measured that reach and success? If you have had no real way of monitoring your online marketing efforts via Twitter; hold on to your affiliate hats.

Twitter Analytics

“According to PC World, this new tool will be a great asset for businesses, as it can help them determine whether an online visitor found the website through Twitter, a search engine or some other source. This is useful, the source says, because companies will be able to launch “incentive and affiliate programs, which would have been impossible to implement in the past.”

Seeing as this really was not plausible before, the magnitude of this project could be immense for your affiliate campaigns. These analytics will allow you to tweak your affiliate marketing efforts and target the places that are going to bring you a better ROI. After all, return on investment is the key to success in business…..online and brick and mortar.

Twitter announced they would be rolling out Twitter Web Analytics in the near future. you should know by now that a successful affiliate program monitors and analyzes…ALWAYS. Doing so saves you money, puts your money in the right place…and gets your affiliate offers out to the right people. Geo targeting is a huge benefit when you are talking about making real money online.

As far as I am concerned, affiliate marketing is the easiest way to make money online. Someone else has created the product already; all you have to do is promote it. Learn how to do that…and you can make a fine income. Hopefully you are learning some of those how to’s here at affiliatehat. That is after all, our main goal.

I do not have a specific date that Twitter Web Analytics will be released, however it is stated that it will be soon. I hope you jump on board and utilize these types of free tools to aide in making you money.

 


Ethical Affiliate Marketing: Don’t Cookie Stuff!

By djfunkyslick On September 7, 2011 No Comments

If you want to make fast cash once, be an unethical affiliate marketer. Lie and cheat your way to money. However, if you want to make a lot of money over and over again; practice ethical affiliate marketing. Don’t be a cookie stuffer!

What Is Cookie Stuffing?

Also goes by the term force click. Cookie stuffing is an unethical affiliate behavoir and many affiliate programs now incorporate this into their terms of use. If a merchant determines you practice cookie stuffing, you can be booted out of the program altogether. If it’s a high paying gig, you lose big time.

What is being described is the practice of automatically simulating a physical click of an affiliate link. Cookie stuffing is commonly used to describe a simulated click happening on a web site versus a simulated click happening through adware. Occasionally people will use the term in conjunction with adware.

When a simulated click of an affiliate link occurs, the clickstream happens as it normally would if a real person had physically clicked the link. The affiliate link is sent to the respective Network (or Merchant in the case of an in-house program) servers, the click is recorded and tracking cookies are placed on the end user’s computer. Hence the term cookie stuffing since in many cases the most obvious sign that something has happened is the appearance of the tracking cookie(s) on the computer.

There are many ways to technically automate or simulate a physical click of an affiliate link. The term cookie stuffing generally encompasses any of the various ways of achieving a simulated click of an affiliate link.

My simple practice is this; operate your affiliate business with the utmost integrity and ethical behavoir. You can make a serious amount of money with the right program and marketing. This should be treated as a real and viable business venture on your part.

You wouldn’t want your brick and mortar business succumbing to scams right? You would want real, live and breathing customers. Treat your affiliate marketing business the same.


Want To Make Affiliate Money? Think Shoes

By djfunkyslick On August 27, 2011 2 Comments

Not your typical type of affiliate program, I know. However, after doing some research, I think shoes are a great way to make some affiliate money.

Affiliate Shoe Programs

When deciding what affiliate program is going to make you money; you need to first consider the demand. Are people going to want or need your product? Without the want or need, you have no offer. Rather, you will end up with a junk offer.

Now, where shoes are concerned, everyone wants shoes….NEEDS shoes. Work, play, fashion….people love their shoes. And people will pay ridiculous amounts of money for good shoes. This is where you come in. You, as a shoe affiliate will offer them exactly what they need.

As an affiliate marketer, you know all about the Clickbanks and Amazons; but sometimes you need to narrow down a bit further. Define a niche. So, if you select shoes as your next affiliate program, drill down more and select heels…or athletic. Not absolutely necessary, but it will drive more targeted traffic your way.

So, I found a few shoe affiliate programs that will help you make the most of your marketing and profiting efforts. Good payouts, great selections of shoes and reputable companies as well. The LAST thing a successful affiliate marketer does is use scam, junk companies or products. If someone buys a shoe from you and the heel falls off on the first wear..you are done.

You have lost a customer for life and your word of mouth marketing just got a swift kick in the teeth…with that broken heel. I found a great resource for shoe affiliates, listing some of the top programs for you to join, that are not your everyday affiliate hubs.

Check out this one for instance:

Shoebuy.com is my final pick of shoe superstores. I don’t think you can go wrong with advertising shoes from this site. In addition to having a great selection, they’ve got terrific service and low prices. In addition, you’ll earn a whopping 17 percent commission on every sale. Check them out on Commission Junction.

The link below will take you to the best resource for shoe affiliate programs I could find. It’s relevant, up to date and top notch information. Thanks to Jeff Greer for compiling this list.

Shoe Affiliate Programs