My own landing page or direct to affiliate site?

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I am thinking of trying some affiliate marketing and I have read a quid that recommends writing articles which point to a landing page you have created with blogger or wordpress. This is where you would try to persuade the visitor to click through to the affiliates sales page.

Although this sounds fine, would it not be better to just link directly to the sales page? I would have thought a good sales page would convert much better. I think I remember reading that ezine articles does not allow you to link directly to a sales page with an affiliate link though. If this is true, could you just link to a page that does a redirect directly to the sales page?
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  • Profile picture of the author lakshaybehl
    No you can not. And that is why you need a separate landing page that you create...
    • Profile picture of the author johnmiley
      You can try a re-direct, but Google won't let you get by with it for too long (not likely anyway)--since they've updated their policy on this recently.

      I'd suggest you create a quick landing page (blog is fine), with a bonus (free report, PLR article, etc) with an op-in, to capture subscribers' names.
      Your blog title can be very close to the product you are promoting (i.e. you're promoting widgets and your blog is "super widget bonus").

      You could put up 300 words or fewer, on your landing page, with an opt-in form from Aweber or similar vendor to capture names of visitors. Set up is quick and they offer a one month trial--$19.95 a month otherwise (or close to that).

      Once you have names, you can follow-up with your clients; otherwise, if they don't buy on their first visit, you don't have any recourse to follow-up with them.

      It's the eternally simple equation everyone recommends, so I wouldn't re-invent the wheel on this.

      Hope this helps!
    • Profile picture of the author KaiWei
      Does that affiliate program you are promoting capture the email of the visitors that you direct to them and YOU HAVE ACCESS TO?

      If so, forget about building a landing page and just direct them to the merchant's site. I tried capturing the emails at my own side and then direct them over to the merchant before, and here's my take.

      Unless you have good copy on your landing page or have some sort of a reward for doing so, visitors are not going to sign up, much less reach the sales letter.

      Have a free audio interview with the creator of the affiliate product or free eBook to complement whatever the affiliate product you are promoting. If you don't have anything for them to entice them to give you their emails, they won't.

      And I don't really recommend you use blogger or wordpress to build your landing page. You use either platform chances are your landing page will have links which will distract your visitor from clicking on your opt-in form button, unless you make sure all the unnecessary ahref links are removed, which I personally find it a pain.

      I recommend you just design a simple HTML page using Frontpage, have no links other than the opt-in form button for them to sign up, or a ABOUT link giving a short description about your website/why you are recommending the product, and put in another opt-in form on that ABOUT page.

      Remove as many distractions as possible.
    • Profile picture of the author zoulkifl
      ***This following post is mostly based on personal experiences.***

      It depends on your business model really.

      If you just want to earn commissions and not worry about anything else than just direct all traffic to the sales page.

      Now if you want to maximize your efforts get your own squeeze page to collect names. Then you can promote the product to them as much as you want to. Just don't over do it. You can promote other services and products that cater to the same niche.

      So all the traffic that you direct to your squeeze page can be leveraged.

      Hope that helped.
  • Profile picture of the author napoleonfirst
    You are better off using your own .com domain. Create a logo and a professional website. You can buy templates if you like it. Also know your product and your market. Create a good endorsment of the product and you ctr will be good.

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