Many, if not most, Warriors are selling (or have sold) affiliate products that are systems or strategies for making money on the net. Yet many can't seem to make a steady income stream with it.
Here is a technique I've used for years that works incredibly well. But I do need to warn you up front that this technique is tough and it might make you squirm in your seat if you have never used it before.
Here is the step-by-step.
1. Find a worthy affiliate product to promote
A worthy affiliate product is one that you would, in fact, use yourself because you believe it has merit. The affiliate product strategy might even be be something you already know (rehash) and have used successfully in the past.
After I have made my initial affiliate product selection, I make it a point to contact the product's author and inform them that I will be promoting their product. Not that my personal contact will truly mean anything to the author, but it helps me evaluate their responsiveness and does build a bit of report, should I need it.
In order for you to properly evaluate this product, you will need to buy a copy or get a copy from the author. If you decide that the product is worthless after your own review, go get your refund. If it is good, however, consider this a worthwhile investment. In other words, don't be cheap or underhanded.
Read the product thoroughly and learn precisely how it is supposed to work. You are going to need this knowledge later.
2. Compare the product to the sales page or sales video
Does the product you purchased and evaluated match the claims being made in the sales presentation? It is in your best interest to be ruthless with your comparison. Remove the hype from the sales page... those oh so important testimonials and Clickbank account income statements. Is the promotion being offered honest, reasonable and realistic? If it looks good, go to Step 3.
3. Promote and sell the affiliate product
Use your favorite marketing methods to promote and sell this product so you can build up your list of customers. That's the easy enough, right?
Now... comes... the... killer... part
4. Wait 60 days and contact your buying customers
Swallow hard and send a personal email to your buying customers asking them them how they are making out with the product they purchased. In other words, ask them if they have made any money using this product. Yes, this move does leave your tender parts hanging out there in the breeze so you will need to prepare yourself.
Some of your customers will not respond at all but you will receive a range of real responses. Some may be the equivalent of a flying middle finger. Others will say they have done nothing with the system yet. Others still might be running into hurdles. Some will have actually made money!
Give pep talks to the lazy ones, offer suggestions, help the ones having trouble (which is why you should study the product) and congratulate those who have succeeded. If you are at a loss for how to help, contact the author on your customer's behalf.
Now, I know that most reputable authors of money making systems will provide their own technical support, but let me assure you of one thing. Your own personal contact with your customers will do wonders for your credibility as a marketer. Your actions have made it personal and your customers will be stunned by the care you have shown. Word of mouth spreads faster than any other system you could possibly devise. Positive word of mouth will make you money.
P.S. Here's #5. For after you get rolling
As you build your list of now, very loyal followers, you are going to find yourself in an enviable position. And here is how to use it to your financial advantage.
Continue to evaluate new affiliate offers as shown above. But add this twist. Find another good offer and present the sales page text to your known good customers on your list. Tell them that you have conducted a review of this product (which looks great!) and are considering offering to your other customers, but you need their help. Politely ask them to review the sales page to see if this looks like a product that they would buy. You will learn plenty from doing this and make a significant number of sales... even though all you have done is ask for their help.
It really doesn't matter whether your business is online or brick and mortar. To be successful you must engage your customers. Three core
factors contribute to this success in the IM world, just as they do in the "real" world. Credibility, customer support and great products. If you can throw in the added benefit of helping your customers make money, the benefits will astound you.
Final thought. For those of you who are thinking that this sounds like a lot of work, I can assure you... it is. There just are not enough hours in the day to do all that truly needs to be done. But is it all worth it? You bet it is! You will build your business and there simply is no better feeling than making money while helping someone else do the same.