1. Tons of Free Content
I made it so easy that even someone who had never entered the niche could create a site, spin my reviews/emails, use my high traffic researched keywords and start earning within 72 hours of signing up at clickbank. I know what converts with my audience, and I provide the free content in order to give new affiliates a leg up over the hurdles of learning a new niche.
2. Newsletter for Communication
Besides providing a 13 step course on selling my products, I also use a newsletter to alert affiliates of upcoming deals on my products, as well as ping them for feedback. Several have given me tips and ideas for improving my sales page that have proven invaluable. One even thanked me by creating a favicon and another provided me with some free coding. Affiliates who know what they are doing will always want to help you out to improve their own conversionsm, so give them an easy way to contact you by staying in touch through a newsletter!
3. One on One Assistance
Making myself available for one on one discussions over skype, ventrillo or even just chatting on gmail led to a lot of great discussions which aided affiliates in either making sales or improving their SEO/traffic generation. College kids could turn their passion for gaming into an income stream, and this was actually the largest demographic of my affiliate base. They have lots of free time and a need to earn money, why not convert them into affiliates?
4. Natural Growth
Once you have the systems in place to help out newbie affiliates, the bigger ones start to show up due to noticing your gravity increases. If the newbs could do it, you can bet a month's salary that the bigger guys knock your product out of the park.
5. Your Turn!
What do you do to grow your affiliate network and help new or old affiliates? Do you stay in touch and keep communicating?