Make More Affiliate Sales This Way!

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In my city, there are usually little plastic baggies taped to gas pumps that have bright colored business cards in them that say "MAKE MONEY ONLINE FROM HOME..." and other things to that effect.

Then there is usually a website address (and sometimes even a phone number) as well.

If this person simply has their domain name forwarded to an affiliate link of a "make money online" product they could be making some good money from the traffic they are pulling from OFFLINE leads/customers...

You could take it further and have them go to a squeeze page that would allow you to collect their email address and then you could build a list!

This could probably be done in more niches than the "make money from home/online" niche.

Think about it... You could leave cards or fliers near the cash registers in any convenience store that will allow you to. You could promote weight loss products, health & fitness products, self improvement, auto related products, real estate & foreclosure eBooks, etc, etc.

Just make sure to have your website printed clearly on the card/flier and have it forwarded directly to an affiliate link or to your own squeeze page, landing page, etc.

Of course this is nothing NEW, but how many extra affiliate sales or leads can you bring in by promoting them OFFLINE?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenster
    I use offline all the time with CPA offers and make a really good amount for the effort put in. When I go to the supermarket, BAM put up flyers. Whenever I go out I always have my offline arsenal in my trunk.

    Sometimes a single flyer can make as much as 40 per day. Put ten up and thats a nice extra income stream.

    Offline is the most underrated promotion method for newbies...in my opinion
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    • Profile picture of the author Shane N
      Originally Posted by Kenster View Post

      I use offline all the time with CPA offers and make a really good amount for the effort put in. When I go to the supermarket, BAM put up flyers. Whenever I go out I always have my offline arsenal in my trunk.

      Sometimes a single flyer can make as much as 40 per day. Put ten up and thats a nice extra income stream.

      Offline is the most underrated promotion method for newbies...in my opinion
      Exactly right. I agree that it is hugely underrated and underused...

      I am glad to see another marketer using this method!

      Best,
      Shane
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      • Profile picture of the author stallion5
        Yes, this is actually how I feel as well. I really can't see it any other way.
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  • Profile picture of the author lowjo
    So true man.

    As soon as I find a good offer that converts well online I run (not walk) to offline marketing.

    I like getting those free business cards, there's a company here that puts their ad on the back. I only pay shipping (or I pick it up for nothing). I don't get too cute. Just a web address and some sort of headline and sub head.

    Then I leave a card everywhere I go, a paper trail, coffee shop...bank...etc.

    With some CPA and affiliate programs this works awesome and costs me no money and a tiny bit of extra time. I guess it's multitasking.

    If that converts well I might get some college kids to put up some bandit signs and flyers for a few bucks.

    Tons of ways to get the word out there.

    Best offers for me are always the good old sex (fat loss / diet), money and religion.
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  • Profile picture of the author abelacts
    Any good marketing idea is good no matter whether it is online or off. Thanks for sharing the idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author gussyboy
    Selling offline is fantastic, door to door flyers, putting flyers under cars windshield wipers is great (just go to a mall and start going at it).
    My friend made a killing off leaving flyers at apartments, it took him about 3 hours of legwork and made him hundreds in sales.

    Pick a good converting niche and just go for it. You will get some fresh air and exercise also (which is something that us online marketers can use).
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  • Profile picture of the author Blondmoo
    Baggies, "offline arsenal", getting exercise.....all great stuff guys

    @lowjo....religion offers convert well?, what kinds if you don't mind sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    It's amazing how old school techniques still work pretty well, and this includes postcards. If anything, they work better because you stick out like a sore thumb! Whenever I feel like getting some exercise (and exercising my 25+ page per minute laser printer...lol!) I whip up 100-200 flyers and then get to the mall or some crowded parking lot and just start sticking them on the car windshields. Of course this is not my primary form of marketing, but as Shane mentioned above, it's just my way of getting out from behind the computer and getting some fresh air and exercise, especially when the weather is cooperative.
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  • Profile picture of the author fitz10
    Great ideas guys. I live in a college town so needless to say there's plenty of flyers around advertising ways to make a few bucks quick. I should definitely try this strategy out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam Mlambo
    I can vouch that offline to online marketing works great.

    When i first started in IM I did a lot of MLM type stuff. I live in a college town so I posted up flyers on campus and built a downline with that strategy. I got into trouble though as I found out I was posting in areas that I wasn't allowed to.

    But yes this works great if you place your marketing materials at high traffic areas where you know your prospects will be going to.

    - Sam
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    @fitz10 - if you're in a college town then you have a real gold mine in front of you. I live one block away from a city university, and it's a great place to post flyers and have lots of eyeballs on them! Also, if you're in need of cheap labor for computer/technical tasks, etc. you have a never-ending source of people right there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Originally Posted by Shane Natan View Post

    In my city, there are usually little plastic baggies taped to gas pumps that have bright colored business cards in them that say "MAKE MONEY ONLINE FROM HOME..." and other things to that effect.
    I'm a little surprised they stay in place long enough to get results. I would have thought they'd be in the garbage within minutes.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shane N
      Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

      I'm a little surprised they stay in place long enough to get results. I would have thought they'd be in the garbage within minutes.
      Why would they be in the garbage in minutes? In fact I am seeing more and more of these popping up all over the place.

      Of course if you don't have permission from the business that you are leaving them at then you might have your fliers thrown in the garbage...

      Best,
      Shane
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by Shane Natan View Post

        Why would they be in the garbage in minutes? In fact I am seeing more and more of these popping up all over the place.

        Of course if you don't have permission from the business that you are leaving them at then you might have your fliers thrown in the garbage...

        Best,
        Shane
        Don't get me wrong, I like the ideas. I was referring specifically to the cards in a baggy left on gas pumps. I would have thought a station owner would see the baggy on camera and trash them right away. I assumed people were not getting permission to place the baggies on the pumps.
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        • Profile picture of the author dougp
          Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

          Don't get me wrong, I like the ideas. I was referring specifically to the cards in a baggy left on gas pumps. I would have thought a station owner would see the baggy on camera and trash them right away. I assumed people were not getting permission to place the baggies on the pumps.
          I agree, business cards on gas pumps :confused:. This is bad advice, as this is soliciting and also highly untargeted elementary marketing. A lot of things may seem like a good idea, until you actually tested it.

          Doug
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          • Profile picture of the author Shane N
            Originally Posted by dougp View Post

            I agree, business cards on gas pumps :confused:. This is bad advice, as this is soliciting and also highly untargeted elementary marketing. A lot of things may seem like a good idea, until you actually tested it.

            Doug
            Doug,

            I agree with both of you! I would never suggest to anyone to put baggies on gas pumps, however, I just wanted to mention that I've seen people doing it in my neighborhood... Which brought me to the main point -- What [smart & ethical] OFFLINE tactics can affiliate marketers use to make more sales?

            PLUS, I think if you have permission from a business (even a gas station) it would not be going against any rules, not that it would be the best form of marketing.

            Best,
            Shane
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  • Profile picture of the author Azzurro
    I've been using these advertising techniques for years, and it really does get sales, the best mediums that worked well for me were free pens and mouse mats with your company details on, it's all about exposure !

    Azzurro
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  • Profile picture of the author MJ Sterling
    Posters and flyers have worked well for me, and in one of my niches I've even had people buying stickers, car bumper stickers, posters, flyers, t-shirts that promoted my site.

    They would buy posters and flyers to hand out at events, slap up on walls and become activists for my stuff.

    It's a great feeling when your customers not only become fans but become almost evangelical about your products.

    In my eyes that's a sure sign they not only value my stuff for themselves, but it's so good they are willing to pay to promote it to complete strangers. Man I love my customers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shane N
    Originally Posted by petelta View Post

    haha, when you said that shane, it made me think about fitness for internet marketers niche lol.
    LOL. That is a niche that could totally use some exploration! I'm on it!

    Best,
    Shane
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  • Profile picture of the author iVentureBiz
    Something I've seen people doing around where I live is putting business cards in niche related book at the bookstore.

    They'll literally just walk up to a shelf of books on a subject (like marketing, business...etc) with a handful of business cards then just open to the middle of the book and stick a card right in... Kinda a sly tactic if I say so... No sure of the legality because many people might think the card is part of the book and think it's legit...

    And if it's a scam or something... well obviously that's no a good thing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shane N
      Originally Posted by Mark-d View Post

      Something I've seen people doing around where I live is putting business cards in niche related book at the bookstore.

      They'll literally just walk up to a shelf of books on a subject (like marketing, business...etc) with a handful of business cards then just open to the middle of the book and stick a card right in... Kinda a sly tactic if I say so... No sure of the legality because many people might think the card is part of the book and think it's legit...

      And if it's a scam or something... well obviously that's no a good thing.
      That is definitely a sneaky tactic that I wouldn't dare attempt myself... But I'm sure it puts a few bucks in their pockets.

      They are siphoning off of the hard work that the author, publisher and distributor invested into getting those books on the shelves!

      Best,
      Shane
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      • Profile picture of the author staceykephart
        Originally Posted by Shane Natan View Post

        That is definitely a sneaky tactic that I wouldn't dare attempt myself... But I'm sure it puts a few bucks in their pockets.

        They are siphoning off of the hard work that the author, publisher and distributor invested into getting those books on the shelves!

        Best,
        Shane

        For a business opportunity that I was involved in before, that was actually one of their suggestions! Putting business cards within niche books and magazines, and diaper bags.

        It is kind of funny, but one time I tried it with my own business cards. I went into my local Walmart with my business cards stashed in my purse. I went into the book isle, and seriously felt as if I was breaking the law. I only placed a few cards inside a few books, but boy was I scared that security would question what I was doing.

        I felt so embarrassed, even though no one acknowledged seeing me do it, I just felt as though I was doing something wrong. Never again! As I laugh to myself now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brenden Clerget
    Not sure if this was on this post yet, didn't see it, but you could couple that with a squeeze page with a CPA offer of some sort that redirects to the product. White hat only, no iframes of course.
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  • Profile picture of the author Quattro
    You gotta be careful how you promote offline though. Spamming flyers on car windshields can't be legal. So you should look into your local laws on flyer distribution.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Anderson
    hello all.
    i have a suggestion that works with other products and you could adapt it for this method.
    i am planning to set up a "get a free website" booth with this idea to build myself a list.
    BUT THE ADAPTION HERE WILL WORK
    what you do is pay to set up a booth inside your supermarket, gym,club pub or wherever. naturally it must be in a place where you will get traffic and preferably the correctly targeted traffic. naturally a local flea market works just as well.
    stalls are cheap.
    then you need to have a very professionally designed booth, never ever put up a crappy cardboard and string booth. printed adverts etc.
    then you have a pigeonhole type system where you have topics that the visitors can choose the "special offers" or promotional offers that are in their favorite topic.
    horses for courses. you can have affiliate links, your own e books, CPA and other promoted stuff.
    then (here is the sneaky one) you offer 2 that they have to pay you one dollar for the opportunity. you tell them that those are limited and you can only do 200 the whole weekend, and that they are $1 or $2 each. or even more.
    people will pay i promise you and with a bit of luck your booth and printing expenses will be paid for and your traffic then becomes free.
    if you hooked them up to a list, and also offered them free (plr) ebooks as a bonus if they "x" you could get a lot of customers.
    just an aside here - make the card or flier that you give out of a high quality and put only bullet points on them, as all you really want them to do is get to the site.
    if you really wish to ramp it up choose a young product like a cpa sunglasses promotion and then employ a young hot staff member to get your list/ fliers moving.
    have fun with it.
    rob
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    • Profile picture of the author Shane N
      Originally Posted by Rob Anderson View Post

      hello all.
      i have a suggestion that works with other products and you could adapt it for this method.
      i am planning to set up a "get a free website" booth with this idea to build myself a list.
      BUT THE ADAPTION HERE WILL WORK
      what you do is pay to set up a booth inside your supermarket, gym,club pub or wherever. naturally it must be in a place where you will get traffic and preferably the correctly targeted traffic. naturally a local flea market works just as well.
      stalls are cheap.
      then you need to have a very professionally designed booth, never ever put up a crappy cardboard and string booth. printed adverts etc.
      then you have a pigeonhole type system where you have topics that the visitors can choose the "special offers" or promotional offers that are in their favorite topic.
      horses for courses. you can have affiliate links, your own e books, CPA and other promoted stuff.
      then (here is the sneaky one) you offer 2 that they have to pay you one dollar for the opportunity. you tell them that those are limited and you can only do 200 the whole weekend, and that they are $1 or $2 each. or even more.
      people will pay i promise you and with a bit of luck your booth and printing expenses will be paid for and your traffic then becomes free.
      if you hooked them up to a list, and also offered them free (plr) ebooks as a bonus if they "x" you could get a lot of customers.
      just an aside here - make the card or flier that you give out of a high quality and put only bullet points on them, as all you really want them to do is get to the site.
      if you really wish to ramp it up choose a young product like a cpa sunglasses promotion and then employ a young hot staff member to get your list/ fliers moving.
      have fun with it.
      rob
      Thank you very much for this informative addition to the thread. This is exactly the kind of promotions that I feel would work AMAZINGLY well...

      I agree that the more targeted the traffic; the better. However, some niches seem to appeal to the masses as well (who doesn't want to make fast cash or get FREE sunglasses?!)

      Best,
      Shane
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  • Profile picture of the author gre8test007
    Some would think it's an old fashion way of getting free traffic, but from my point of view
    what counts is the result... and yes it does pay
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Personally, i fancy forgetting your cards in the bus or some pub areas.
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  • Profile picture of the author Texson5
    Originally Posted by Shane Natan View Post

    In my city, there are usually little plastic baggies taped to gas pumps that have bright colored business cards in them that say "MAKE MONEY ONLINE FROM HOME..." and other things to that effect.

    Then there is usually a website address (and sometimes even a phone number) as well.

    If this person simply has their domain name forwarded to an affiliate link of a "make money online" product they could be making some good money from the traffic they are pulling from OFFLINE leads/customers...

    You could take it further and have them go to a squeeze page that would allow you to collect their email address and then you could build a list!

    This could probably be done in more niches than the "make money from home/online" niche.

    Think about it... You could leave cards or fliers near the cash registers in any convenience store that will allow you to. You could promote weight loss products, health & fitness products, self improvement, auto related products, real estate & foreclosure eBooks, etc, etc.

    Just make sure to have your website printed clearly on the card/flier and have it forwarded directly to an affiliate link or to your own squeeze page, landing page, etc.

    Of course this is nothing NEW, but how many extra affiliate sales or leads can you bring in by promoting them OFFLINE?

    This is really a great idea, wish I would have thought of it sooner.

    Jess
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  • Profile picture of the author scfc16
    I've seen a lot of that type of marketing lying around in Manchester. It is a good way to get a few extra page views, but it usually doesn't convert to a sale. I have tried leaving cards in internet cafes before, and it actually works better - Call it a case of curiosity caught the cat.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pat Blank
    I do the card-in-book thing at the library. Lots of desperate people at the library, and free computers. I know the library staff and I very nicely got permission.

    I find that bright colors and an ugly design get the best response.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shane N
      Originally Posted by Pat Blank View Post

      I do the card-in-book thing at the library. Lots of desperate people at the library, and free computers. I know the library staff and I very nicely got permission.

      I find that bright colors and an ugly design get the best response.
      Interesting... Like a bright neon orange or hot purple-pink card with a bold black URL and a bullet point or two? I could see that working!
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    There are so many ways that you can promote your site offline, it is pretty amazing.

    You can order a sticker for your car.
    You can place your site in the paper.

    If you have some great ideas to do offline marketing, anytime you have a new idea in your mind, write that down.

    Tal
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    • Profile picture of the author Goodworker
      Not sure if it's the same in the USA, but in Europe, many supermarkets have bulletin boards, people stick their business cards up there as well.
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      • Profile picture of the author Shane N
        Originally Posted by Goodworker View Post

        Not sure if it's the same in the USA, but in Europe, many supermarkets have bulletin boards, people stick their business cards up there as well.
        It's done here in the USA for sure... Just maybe not as much as you see it in Europe? However, it's becoming more and more popular and I think I will start implementing the bulletin board method in the upcoming months.

        I will certainly report my results back to the community!
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    • Profile picture of the author Shane N
      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      There are so many ways that you can promote your site offline, it is pretty amazing.

      You can order a sticker for your car.
      You can place your site in the paper.

      If you have some great ideas to do offline marketing, anytime you have a new idea in your mind, write that down.

      Tal
      Sticking your website in the newspaper actually seems like a great idea... Especially for the "Business Opportunity" niche... Definitely something to consider. Thanks for the input!
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  • Profile picture of the author Spoon Man
    Here is an idea. You can go to local restuarants and ask permission to put your business card on their bulletin board. I see it all the time where i live.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shane N
      Originally Posted by Spoon Man View Post

      Here is an idea. You can go to local restuarants and ask permission to put your business card on their bulletin board. I see it all the time where i live.
      That works too! You could also ask to put a business card at each table, or near the cash register, by the front door, restrooms, etc. Restaurants might be a good place to promote a weight loss niche product or CPA offer!
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