Not $7, Not $97, Not Even $997. You Simply Can't Afford This...

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I put on my kevlar skivvies today so feel free to fire away at this thread. This "secret" information is definitely not for newbies to IM and I'm unleashing this info to the brave of heart only. Here goes... get your darts ready!

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.

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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.
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  • Profile picture of the author KA
    Great post! I was thinking just yesterday of contacting the people who had bought my product. I think what I sell is really a quality product but I was still scared of unleashing a torrent of refund requests.

    But you are so right. Those people who have bought are the best source of marketing information.
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  • Profile picture of the author sanjaywadhwa
    Hey,

    That's a very daring thing you are asking to do. But I see a lot of merit in what you are saying. You would know that the ones making money are your raving fans. The ones struggling can succeed when you coach them and they become your raving fans too.

    More importantly, your list will know that you are for real. I am looking to put this to test. I am scared, but what the heck, what's the most that can happen?

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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Well, this is basically what I did with my own products that I sell. I'd
      occasionally send out emails asking buyers how they're doing.

      For the most part, apathy wins out.

      Most don't reply.

      Of the ones that do, most say they haven't got around to it yet.

      Of the remaining few (and I mean VERY FEW) some say they made no money,
      some say a little money and some say doing very well. The last group is
      like 1 out of 1,000.

      The reason I said did up top is because after doing it long enough, I
      began to see that it was, for the most part, a waste of time.

      For starters, the ones who did respond, most of them would email me
      anyway with questions that I would answer as quickly and honestly as
      possible.

      I began to see that it was the same dedicated people on my list, over
      and over, who I'd hear from.

      So I stopped doing it. I still welcome people to email me and I respond to
      each email, but there is just too much other stuff to do to send out emails
      after every sale asking how people are doing...especially since not every
      buyer signs up for my list and the last thing I want to do is spam anyone.

      It's a double edged sword and one that I've decided to put in the closet
      permanently.

      But yes, as an affiliate, if you really want to build good will with the people
      you sell to, your advice is one hell of a way to do it and isn't for the
      faint of heart.
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  • Profile picture of the author AidenChong
    Originally Posted by DeadGuy View Post


    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.
    Now I would pay $997 for this! Thanks for the idea!

    Originally Posted by DeadGuy View Post

    If you can throw in the added benefit of helping your customers make money, the benefits will astound you.
    This is also a killer, combining with the quoted method above! Thanks for sharing this up
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    • Profile picture of the author DeadGuy
      Dear AidenChong ~ "Please make checks payable to...."
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      You are making this work at home stuff way harder than it is. Ready for some sanity? Clear your head and start over.

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  • Profile picture of the author AidenChong
    LOL! Paypal email please! JK !

    Odd enough that you're not a war room member... I wonder why...
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  • Profile picture of the author Bosco
    Thanks.

    A few questions:

    Do you wait 60 days because most refund offers are no longer in affect?

    How do you handle the ones who give you the middle finger (seeing that you
    can't remind them they can get a refund).

    When you ask for 'reviews' of the latest product sales page that you 'might' be
    promoting, do you end it with a sideways smiley wink...(or is that just to be
    understood / implied?)
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    Have you started ANY prepping yet? Got some back up food and water at least? (Just askin')
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    Originally Posted by DeadGuy View Post

    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.


    This sounds to me like great customer service. The question I have is with building the list of buyers to contact. This list is the product seller's list. How are you sending it to an AR?

    There was much discussion of this in another, recent post...
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...Hmg2CZBSTT0AIg

    :-Don
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  • Profile picture of the author IMChick
    I would put a back end coaching program or an upsell on this idea as 'part 2'. It would be especially valuavle for most of the people who haven't had the time to check it out yet. Give them a mini-series of product training emails first, then present a new product.
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  • Profile picture of the author graemewallis
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    Sounds like a lot of good information and a lot of hours of hard work. But of course it all pays off in the end. Thanks for the advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeadGuy
    Bosco...

    No. The 60 day waiting period is from my many years at this and it really has nothing to do with the refund period. 60 days is a reasonable period of time to wait in order to give people enough time to try out the product. If you try anything less, you will be flooded with assistance responses and nothing more. This has been my experience, for what it's worth.

    There is actually little point in conversing with with those who send flaming emails. Simply apologize and ask them if they requested a refund. No more, no less.

    Your question about asking for customer input is a great one! Certainly, I would like to make additional sales as a result of sending out the sales page. But, I really do want the feedback. You would be surprised at the number of of constructive responses you receive from this. Additionally, it isn't at all uncommon for your customer to pass the sales letter around asking for additional critiques. Underhanded? Maybe. Effective? Yes.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheNightOwl
    Suggestion:

    If you're promoting a ClickBank product, why not offer a bonus that compliments the product you're promoting. Use Adrian Ling's CB List Automator to add them to a buyers' list.

    Then, if they've opted in to get their bonus, you have explicit permission to contact them -- as opposed to the "technical-permission" to do so as someone who purchased through your referral; something some folks may not take kindly to -- and you don't have to rummage through your CB account exporting emails, etc.

    Then send out some kind of "stick bonus" (Marlon's term) and some other useful no pitch info once every couple of weeks which focuses on one part of the product and urges them to complete that next step. Maybe even include some extra online tools or give away some PLR stuff you have which will help.

    Then, after the 60 days (after only having contacted them half a dozen times), send an email regarding their success stories, etc.

    Send them to your blog -- great place to elicit exactly what they're having difficulty with so that you can help them and, if appropriate, recommend another product to help with those sticking points.

    Not to mention nurturing that relationship. Provided you're not trying to bang them over the head with pitch after pitch.

    Hope that helps,
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    • Profile picture of the author AidenChong
      Originally Posted by TheNightOwl View Post

      Suggestion:

      If you're promoting a ClickBank product, why not offer a bonus that compliments the product you're promoting. Use Adrian Ling's CB List Automator to add them to a buyers' list.
      Yea. That's such a cool tool man. One can make much more money with that piece of powerful tool and it's good that it automate the whole process!
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    • Profile picture of the author DeadGuy
      Originally Posted by TheNightOwl View Post

      Suggestion:

      If you're promoting a ClickBank product, why not offer a bonus that compliments the product you're promoting. Use Adrian Ling's CB List Automator to add them to a buyers' list.

      Then, if they've opted in to get their bonus, you have explicit permission to contact them -- as opposed to the "technical-permission" to do so as someone who purchased through your referral; something some folks may not take kindly to -- and you don't have to rummage through your CB account exporting emails, etc.

      Then send out some kind of "stick bonus" (Marlon's term) and some other useful no pitch info once every couple of weeks which focuses on one part of the product and urges them to complete that next step. Maybe even include some extra online tools or give away some PLR stuff you have which will help.

      Then, after the 60 days (after only having contacted them half a dozen times), send an email regarding their success stories, etc.

      Send them to your blog -- great place to elicit exactly what they're having difficulty with so that you can help them and, if appropriate, recommend another product to help with those sticking points.

      Not to mention nurturing that relationship. Provided you're not trying to bang them over the head with pitch after pitch.

      Hope that helps,
      TheNightOwl
      Depending upon how I approach the actually selling of an affiliate product, I do offer backend bonuses to those who have made a purchase. This is the typical "Once you have made your purchase, send your proof of purchase and get BONUS X at no cost...." This has been an effective way of getting the optin. Thanks for the heads up! I'll look into the CB List Automator. This has always been done manually in the past.

      As far as our follow up messages go, the autoresponder series takes care of this. This series does include helpful product usage tips (when we can truly provide good information), pep talks and such, with only a minimum of additional product promotion. Sending the additional sales page to them for their review is being interjected manually, and only if there really is a good product to follow up with.

      I tend to error of the abundance of caution side when it comes to sending our pure promo stuff. Nothing burns out a list faster than hammering the the heck out of everyone with a constant barrage of product offers. Honestly, there just are not that many great products worth promoting on a continuing basis, even though my own email inbox is flooded with daily "once in a lifetime" opportunities. Yours probably is too.
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  • Profile picture of the author zcode
    You are right, the buyer is king. It's important to make much profit to customers, not only to enrich themselves.
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