Affiliate Marketing - First site! Help needed...

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Hi all,

I'm creating my first serious affiliate marketing site, and I need some help. I'm still a bit confused on what's best to present to the users...

Fortunately, I was able to get [product]review.com, but here's the thing I don't get...

Should I put my face + name on the blog as well and personally vouch for it? Or should I keep the site as a faceless "official review" style?

The product sales page doesn't have testimonials either (which I've emailed the creators to send me if they have any), but really I think I need some advice from experienced affiliate marketing folks about what are good things to present.

Quick background: I've taken JBudd's SEO Mastery course, plus watched the Affiliate Marketing tutorial in the 7-figure networker (which I didn't really like...sorry, Angelito!), so I feel I'm past the very basics, but you could tell me for sure

I'd put the website URL here, but I'm not sure if I'm allowed... I'm seriously not trying to sell anything to you here - I'd just really like to get advice from the knowledgeable warriors. If you'd like to check out the site, PM me and I'll give you the URL.

Thanks a lot,
Ted
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    PM me the URL so I can get a look at it.
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    I offer CPA coaching and investment opportunities for those SERIOUSLY interested in making money directly or indirectly with affiliate marketing. PM me for details.


    Read More about CPA/Affiliate Marketing on my Blog
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  • Profile picture of the author mahmoud assem
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    • Profile picture of the author tedsheibar
      Thanks, Justin. PM'd.

      Mahmoud, I can see that if it was a continuity program, but this is an affiliate site. They don't really need to contact me, right? Or is that wrong?
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  • Profile picture of the author Bizzoyce
    Depends on what you want to do, Putting your name and face on something means you believe 100% on your product. You will use all legit ways of getting traffic to your site or Backlinking etc. You will not spam anything on anyone's sites. If you do anything outside of whitehat you might ruin your name. But if you are going at it as if it was your baby then go ahead.
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    • Profile picture of the author tedsheibar
      Thanks, Bizzoyce. I have no problems using my face + name, it's just that I've seen lots of affiliate blogs that only have "admin" as the author.

      The other thing is that if I wanted to branch out into different niches (like, say, teeth whitening), how could I put my face + name on that if I was also doing a financial product blog? Am I really only limited to my own interests?

      Thanks again
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  • Profile picture of the author Jermaine Tabor
    You can actually use your name as a brand. Think mikefilsaime.com .

    He has many products of his own and I've never once heard this guy
    say he's not a marketer or entrepreneur.

    Some pointers for your review site is to write down everything you like
    about that product or service.

    Then write down how every feature you just listed will benefit you.

    If you can try to find one good bonus that will give the main product
    more mileage and aid the buyer further into what he/she's trying to
    accomplish with said product/service.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad789
    Ted - Brad here.

    I just listened to some PodCasts on this very subject. Passive Income PodCast had a guest that insisted that you had to "connect" with your market and establish a real relationship.

    Of course he was speaking about a long term - mutually beneficial relationship. He was very ethical and was selling physical products. Believe it or not - pasta sauce by mail & according to him doing quite well.

    Anyway, he is a chef and said sales were terrible for years - until - 1) he bought the partners out and 2) he personalized his approach with his market. Sounds like Dave from Wendy's and other famous CEOs who sell out and watch the business tank - no personal relationship with customers. The CEO just like Dave buys back in - reestablishes the market presence and all is right with sales again. A powerful lesson in my opinion.

    So here is my take - put your face out there - handsome as it is - it should also have a pleasant smile. Over deliver every time you interact with any customer.

    The last point the speaker made was it took years to get the business going. Lots of work to build content and creditability. It was the loyal following that he said started with 50+ views per day in 2006 until he now has a list of over 25,000.

    Some of that 25,000 got his product free. He would give it away to those who wrote and said they just couldn't afford to join his membership site - but loved his work. Retirees, widows etc. Never got public credit - but most of us believe what goes around comes around.

    He over delivered - and eventually reaped what he had sown.

    Hope this helps you form your own ideas on how you want to present yourself and your services - long term - to your market.

    Wish you great success and fortune.

    Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad789
    Ted - Brad again

    Just found your URL and site. Fantastic work - I simply couldn't be more impressed.

    Oh yeah - nice mug too

    You are on to something - best of luck !

    Cheers !
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  • Profile picture of the author loveday101
    Definately put your face and signature on the blog.. It makes it more personal and puts a face behind the blog..
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    Please do not use affiliate links in signatures

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  • Profile picture of the author wgempire
    I put my ugly face and name on almost all of my sites, just lets the reader know who you are, it doesn't matter what you look like but they will know they are dealing with a real person.

    I would only personally vouch for a product that you have used and stand behind, some may disagree but I feel this business is all about credibility.
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by tedsheibar View Post

    Hi all,

    I'm creating my first serious affiliate marketing site, and I need some help. I'm still a bit confused on what's best to present to the users...

    Fortunately, I was able to get [product]review.com, but here's the thing I don't get...

    Should I put my face + name on the blog as well and personally vouch for it? Or should I keep the site as a faceless "official review" style?

    The product sales page doesn't have testimonials either (which I've emailed the creators to send me if they have any), but really I think I need some advice from experienced affiliate marketing folks about what are good things to present.

    Quick background: I've taken JBudd's SEO Mastery course, plus watched the Affiliate Marketing tutorial in the 7-figure networker (which I didn't really like...sorry, Angelito!), so I feel I'm past the very basics, but you could tell me for sure

    I'd put the website URL here, but I'm not sure if I'm allowed... I'm seriously not trying to sell anything to you here - I'd just really like to get advice from the knowledgeable warriors. If you'd like to check out the site, PM me and I'll give you the URL.

    Thanks a lot,
    Ted
    My face aint on my blog, but my name (nick I use with friends and family and real last name) is. It's on the "about" page, and I sign my name when I respond to comments. My name is attached to the e-mail account I use for the site. I've actually noticed that some people look up my name in association with my blog. I aint got nothing to hide, so I don't care. I don't, however, have a pic up--only because it's hard to decide between them when you're not that photogenic...ha, ha, ha.

    Joey
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  • Profile picture of the author owenlee
    by putting a pic should increase the confidence of the visitor...but by how much im not sure as i do not know your niche..it also depend the pricing of the product...
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  • Profile picture of the author tedsheibar
    Thanks, guys. These are some awesome responses.

    It sounds like the majority says to not fake it, and I agree with that. It does nobody any good (neither the user or any other affiliate marketer) to use a fake name or faceless site to try and convince people to exchange their money for the product/service.

    Brad789, thanks for the good words man!
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