How To Attract Affiliates?

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Hi all,

I have been the IM industry for just a few months and I am glad to be part of this community. My interest is in the photography niche market and I have just launched my product called The Photography X-Factor.

Sales is pretty good but I am trying to crack the code on how to recruit more affiliates. Commission is at 70% which is high for photography niche market and promotional tools are available.

I even tried putting ads on Clickbank's marketplace (photography category) but response is not good. Are there any FREE software or methods to recruit more affiliates? Apparently grabthesipder software is not available anymore =(

Thanks.

Gerald.
#affiliates #attract
  • Profile picture of the author dadamson
    I get good results through Google Adwords, but you have to ensure you not only have a great commission level for affiliates, but you should also have a great affiliate portal with instructional videos/pdfs for your affiliates to take in.
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  • Profile picture of the author imfusa
    You can either do it via PPC source like dadamson said, or do seo and attract the affiliates with a good commission.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul nicholls
    gerald

    i will let you into a little secret which hardly no one uses

    if you want to build your list up full of buyers for free and have lots of affiliates promote your product then do this:

    go to google, type in your keyword

    change the page to show 100 results so less messing around

    scroll through and open in a new tab every single site that you come across that have an opt in form on there site (you know they are building a list)

    email all of them and give them a free copy of your product then tell them if they want to send it to ther subscribers they can have 100% of the commission

    you will build your buyers list by spending no money

    also if you have a good funnel set up ie, an upsell or downsell you will still make money on the back end even if your giving 100% commission on the front end

    this strategy can be adopted IN ANY NICHE

    its simple but it works, and if you offer people a free review of your product within your niche they will appreciate it very much

    the better your product and the more value your product gives then the better this method works

    ive just saved you tonnes of time and money lol

    ive used this method b4 and it works really well but completely un tapped

    hope this helps

    paul
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    • Profile picture of the author Noel Cunningham
      Originally Posted by paul nicholls View Post

      gerald

      i will let you into a little secret which hardly no one uses

      if you want to build your list up full of buyers for free and have lots of affiliates promote your product then do this:

      go to google, type in your keyword

      change the page to show 100 results so less messing around

      scroll through and open in a new tab every single site that you come across that have an opt in form on there site (you know they are building a list)

      email all of them and give them a free copy of your product then tell them if they want to send it to ther subscribers they can have 100% of the commission

      you will build your buyers list by spending no money

      also if you have a good funnel set up ie, an upsell or downsell you will still make money on the back end even if your giving 100% commission on the front end

      this strategy can be adopted IN ANY NICHE

      its simple but it works, and if you offer people a free review of your product within your niche they will appreciate it very much

      the better your product and the more value your product gives then the better this method works

      ive just saved you tonnes of time and money lol

      ive used this method b4 and it works really well but completely un tapped

      hope this helps

      paul
      You beat me to it Paul - I was just about to mention this

      This is a great way of getting affiliates Gerald but it is a numbers game so be prepared to put the work in. You may not get replies from a lot of the emails you send but you only need a handful of big affiliates to promote for you and you'll be onto a winner...

      I do hope your collecting the emails of your customers so you'll be able to promote to them again in the future??

      Good luck with it - Noel.
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    • Profile picture of the author geraldsoh
      Originally Posted by paul nicholls View Post

      gerald

      i will let you into a little secret which hardly no one uses

      if you want to build your list up full of buyers for free and have lots of affiliates promote your product then do this:

      go to google, type in your keyword

      change the page to show 100 results so less messing around

      scroll through and open in a new tab every single site that you come across that have an opt in form on there site (you know they are building a list)

      email all of them and give them a free copy of your product then tell them if they want to send it to ther subscribers they can have 100% of the commission

      you will build your buyers list by spending no money

      also if you have a good funnel set up ie, an upsell or downsell you will still make money on the back end even if your giving 100% commission on the front end

      this strategy can be adopted IN ANY NICHE

      its simple but it works, and if you offer people a free review of your product within your niche they will appreciate it very much

      the better your product and the more value your product gives then the better this method works

      ive just saved you tonnes of time and money lol

      ive used this method b4 and it works really well but completely un tapped

      hope this helps

      paul
      Hey Paul,

      Thanks a lot. This is definitely a NINJA TECHNIQUE! I will try this method and get back to you on this. Thank you so much.

      The money is in the list =)
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    • Profile picture of the author Centurian
      Originally Posted by paul nicholls View Post

      gerald

      i will let you into a little secret which hardly no one uses

      if you want to build your list up full of buyers for free and have lots of affiliates promote your product then do this:

      go to google, type in your keyword

      change the page to show 100 results so less messing around

      scroll through and open in a new tab every single site that you come across that have an opt in form on there site (you know they are building a list)

      email all of them and give them a free copy of your product then tell them if they want to send it to ther subscribers they can have 100% of the commission

      you will build your buyers list by spending no money

      also if you have a good funnel set up ie, an upsell or downsell you will still make money on the back end even if your giving 100% commission on the front end

      this strategy can be adopted IN ANY NICHE

      its simple but it works, and if you offer people a free review of your product within your niche they will appreciate it very much

      the better your product and the more value your product gives then the better this method works

      ive just saved you tonnes of time and money lol

      ive used this method b4 and it works really well but completely un tapped

      hope this helps

      paul
      Yup. Great advice Paul.
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    • Profile picture of the author infomaniacs
      Originally Posted by paul nicholls View Post

      gerald

      i will let you into a little secret which hardly no one uses

      if you want to build your list up full of buyers for free and have lots of affiliates promote your product then do this:

      go to google, type in your keyword

      change the page to show 100 results so less messing around

      scroll through and open in a new tab every single site that you come across that have an opt in form on there site (you know they are building a list)

      email all of them and give them a free copy of your product then tell them if they want to send it to ther subscribers they can have 100% of the commission

      you will build your buyers list by spending no money

      also if you have a good funnel set up ie, an upsell or downsell you will still make money on the back end even if your giving 100% commission on the front end

      this strategy can be adopted IN ANY NICHE

      its simple but it works, and if you offer people a free review of your product within your niche they will appreciate it very much

      the better your product and the more value your product gives then the better this method works

      ive just saved you tonnes of time and money lol

      ive used this method b4 and it works really well but completely un tapped

      hope this helps

      paul
      what a great post! Thanks for sharing this info
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    • Profile picture of the author shawoon98
      Originally Posted by paul nicholls View Post

      gerald

      i will let you into a little secret which hardly no one uses

      if you want to build your list up full of buyers for free and have lots of affiliates promote your product then do this:

      go to google, type in your keyword

      change the page to show 100 results so less messing around

      scroll through and open in a new tab every single site that you come across that have an opt in form on there site (you know they are building a list)

      email all of them and give them a free copy of your product then tell them if they want to send it to ther subscribers they can have 100% of the commission

      you will build your buyers list by spending no money

      also if you have a good funnel set up ie, an upsell or downsell you will still make money on the back end even if your giving 100% commission on the front end

      this strategy can be adopted IN ANY NICHE

      its simple but it works, and if you offer people a free review of your product within your niche they will appreciate it very much

      the better your product and the more value your product gives then the better this method works

      ive just saved you tonnes of time and money lol

      ive used this method b4 and it works really well but completely un tapped

      hope this helps

      paul
      Let me make it easier for you. Google search:
      "* keyphrase *" "sign up" "subscribe"

      Finished. I've just saved you lots of time...
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  • Profile picture of the author chase
    If you're looking for another free source of traffic and trying to raise your profile then consider writing a press release and submit them to PR directories or write some articles and submit them to high page rank article directories. Also consider being active in your photography niche related forums and actively participate there and place your affiliate programs benefit in few words in your signature with your link.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pecan
    Is your product easy to promote?

    Do you give affiliates any guidance? Articles to use? A keyword list with PPC ideas? Pre-written emails?

    Do you have a vendor profile set up with info like conversion rates, refunds, etc.?

    These things help invite affiliates.
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Richardson
    Something my mentor drove into me.

    WIIFM - Everyone's favorite radio station.

    Everyone asks there selves this, weather you're buying, looking to promote an offer etc...

    Whats In It For Me!

    The fact that you're offering favorable commissions is a good thing, but also think about what else you could do for them.

    You could do lots of stuff... Offer them the product in exchange for a review.

    So not only are they getting 70% commissions, they are also getting the product now... See where I'm going with this?

    Think outside the box. Look for blogs within your niche and contact the owners directly. Build a relationship.

    Then when it comes to bringing out your next product, you've got a pool of JV partners who you've already built a good relationship with who will be happy to promote for you again.

    It may seem tedious at first, but it's all about leverage.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author geraldsoh
      Originally Posted by Josh Richardson View Post

      Something my mentor drove into me.

      WIIFM - Everyone's favorite radio station.

      Everyone asks there selves this, weather you're buying, looking to promote an offer etc...

      Whats In It For Me!

      The fact that you're offering favorable commissions is a good thing, but also think about what else you could do for them.

      You could do lots of stuff... Offer them the product in exchange for a review.

      So not only are they getting 70% commissions, they are also getting the product now... See where I'm going with this?

      Think outside the box. Look for blogs within your niche and contact the owners directly. Build a relationship.

      Then when it comes to bringing out your next product, you've got a pool of JV partners who you've already built a good relationship with who will be happy to promote for you again.

      It may seem tedious at first, but it's all about leverage.

      Good luck!
      Hey Josh,

      Thanks for your advice. Yes, I've heard of this WIIFM thingy. Photography is a competitive niche market. I have contacted a few bloggers but most of them prefers to market their own products instead.

      Nevertheless, I will continue to build relationship with them. In IM niche, 100% is quite common, but I think nobody has done this before in photography niche. I will try it out!

      Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tonylee93
      Originally Posted by Josh Richardson View Post

      Something my mentor drove into me.

      WIIFM - Everyone's favorite radio station.

      Everyone asks there selves this, weather you're buying, looking to promote an offer etc...

      Whats In It For Me!

      The fact that you're offering favorable commissions is a good thing, but also think about what else you could do for them.

      You could do lots of stuff... Offer them the product in exchange for a review.

      So not only are they getting 70% commissions, they are also getting the product now... See where I'm going with this?

      Think outside the box. Look for blogs within your niche and contact the owners directly. Build a relationship.

      Then when it comes to bringing out your next product, you've got a pool of JV partners who you've already built a good relationship with who will be happy to promote for you again.

      It may seem tedious at first, but it's all about leverage.

      Good luck!

      I agree a great deal with this! the whole thing about affiliates is that they need incentives to make you money and to make themselves money! I recommend maybe making more for them! For example:

      Write up some free reports

      Ebooks, Or video tutorials

      To show them how to earn even more with your niche and affiliates system.

      If they see that it is easy to earn more from your affiliate program maybe they will recommend some people to join the team!

      Also try Sending them all some emails Thanking them and making them feel like they are apart of a team! Interact with your emailing list and they will work hard for you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
    Offer generous commissions and make sure YOU actually sell your product and it converts.

    Main thing is to make sales yourself - if you can't sell your product most affiliates will not be able too either!
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    • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
      Originally Posted by Chri5123 View Post

      Offer generous commissions and make sure YOU actually sell your product and it converts.

      Main thing is to make sales yourself - if you can't sell your product most affiliates will not be able too either!
      This.

      And, promote their products as well! If you make someone 10k in sales from their product, it will be much easier to approach them and say, how would you like to promote my product as well?

      That's how the best affiliates get it done.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    I would find niches related to yours in clickbank (but not exact) and see if they have a list, and tell them your product will go hand in hand with theirs.

    We have done this over the years with some great results.
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    • Profile picture of the author geraldsoh
      Originally Posted by celente View Post

      I would find niches related to yours in clickbank (but not exact) and see if they have a list, and tell them your product will go hand in hand with theirs.

      We have done this over the years with some great results.
      Thanks Celente!

      Will try this method out after contacting the vendors in the photography niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jennycall
    I would like to give you some tips:
    - Find complimentary sites
    Complementary sites are a sites that sell products or services that compliment your offerings. If you sell gardening tools, a site that sells books on gardening tips would be a perfect affiliate. If you sell software, try looking for sites that sell computers or computer parts. Finding sites that already attract your target market, and can benefit from recommending your product or service to their visitors, is the goal.
    - Find content sites
    There are many sites that do not sell any kind of product or service but are mainly content-oriented sites. Such sites promote an idea, concept, study or belief. Content sites that are used as a resource for your target market are ideal affiliates.
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    • Profile picture of the author Noel Cunningham
      Originally Posted by kinnethharring View Post

      There are several sites on the Internet dedicated to listing Affiliate Programs. Get your program listed in these directories -- and Affiliates will come looking for you!
      Yup- some of more prominent ones being Clickbank, JV Zoo, DigiResults

      Your getting a lot of great advice here Gerald so hopefully you'll see some positive results from you efforts Just to add that you'll need to persevere when your looking for affiliates to promote for you. Now, you will probably recruit a lot through the different affiliate program platforms but my experience is that most of these affiliates deliver little in terms of sales...

      If you combine everything you've got in this thread and actively head hunt them yourself you've giving yourself a good chance. If you can get one sizeable Affiliate on board your sales will take off!! - Noel.
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  • Profile picture of the author JJP
    A second tier program can be a great bonus for potential affiliates. It can provide affiliates with an ongoing stream of revenue while allowing them to concentrate on other marketing efforts.
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  • Profile picture of the author geraldsoh
    Originally Posted by illinimatt81 View Post

    I'm a bit confused by the give 100% commission strategy in the long term. How do you convert that traffic into revenue for yourself? I get the strategy to get affiliates quickly, but what ends up being in it for you to do this?
    Giving 100% commission is more of a list building tactic. Affiliates will be happy if you give them 100% commission. Yes, you lose some $$$ on the front end. But when you build a large list....you earn $$$ from the back end products =)

    The money is in the relationship with the list!
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  • Profile picture of the author bighostchennai
    Facebook ppc is also good way to promote affiliate links apart from that stumbleupon.com and forums are valuable place to promote affiliate inexpensively.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikelukjaniec
    Post a text, or banner ad in a photography focussed ezine! This will target the type of people who would be interested in your offer!
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  • Originally Posted by illinimatt81 View Post

    I'm a bit confused by the give 100% commission strategy in the long term. How do you convert that traffic into revenue for yourself? I get the strategy to get affiliates quickly, but what ends up being in it for you to do this?
    The main profits are in the backend plus other offers that is why.
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  • Profile picture of the author James B
    I would first, figure out, where to place the affiliate tab. If its easy to locate, then your going to have more people clicking and registering.

    After you set that in place, figure out what incentives to provide with how to promote your product/service. Create, a system "save.yourself.time.energy.money" and you`ll want more then the average results. People need proper training, and if it easy to get, it will spread quickly.
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  • Profile picture of the author surferchris
    Give a better commission, and they will jump right at it. You are building your list in the process which will certainly benefit you.
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  • Profile picture of the author travelerjim
    Quick question, I have got some products at CB with their max 75% commission but have had very few affiliates sign up. If I moved them to digiresults and made the commissions 100% what would the increased interest be on the part of affiliates? I know there are many factors involved here, but I am beginning to wonder if the digiresults affiliates focus in a major way on the commission percentage.....
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  • Profile picture of the author Usmile
    If you are using gmail I suggest to set an alerts about your market. By doing so, it will be easy for you to find people and webmasters who happened to be interesting about your deal. You may also maximize the power of social media to advertise and meet potential partners.
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  • Profile picture of the author geraldsoh
    Thanks guys!

    To sum it up, a vendor "should" give high commission payout (100% is the best) for fast list building purpose. Of course, one needs to prepare some upsells or backend offers to earn some $$$.

    It's a matter of networking and relationship between a vendor and another product owner.

    Thanks again for all your kind thoughts, opinions and ninja methods!

    Looking forward to more HOT replies!
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  • Profile picture of the author Paydot
    Apologies for a rather late reply but better late than never as they say!

    Firstly the actual product or your service does matter, so make sure you have a good looking website with easy to use navigation and order process in place. Affiliates are in this business for a reason and they can see a high or bad converting offer by miles! Often merchants are forgetting about how important their role actually is!
    • Do you know what are your top 5 competitors are?
    • Is the commission you are paying competitive enough when compared your program details to your top 5 competitors?

    Very good way to find targeted affiliates is by searching your competitor brand + reviews in search results. Let's say your main competitor is called 'Brand Z', go to the Google search and search for Brand Z reviews. This way you will find sites that have already reviewed your competitor offers and can be considered as targeted affiliate base that you can approach.

    Offer affiliates a product sample if needed!

    What you definitely shouldn't disclose from looking at is the cookie length. Keep in mind that the longer the cookie used is, the more affiliates it will potentially attract!

    One of the main things however affiliates usually look at is the EPC (Earnings Per Click). If this is something you are struggling with. Make sure you work on your website conversion improvements or increase commission for important to you affiliates.

    If your main affiliate recruitment is done by manually contacting affiliates 1 by 1, make sure you experiment with your subject line in the email and the actual content that comes with it. Sometimes very short and straight to the case emails work a lot better than longer informative emails.

    Hope this helps!
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    • Profile picture of the author TerranceCharles
      Instead of having to attract them yourself, find a Qualified and well known JV broker who will find them for you for a small fee
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      • Profile picture of the author Paydot
        Originally Posted by TerranceCharles View Post

        Instead of having to attract them yourself, find a Qualified and well known JV broker who will find them for you for a small fee
        Sounds very easy! We have been testing a few different recruitment services for one of the niche specific Networks we run and it seems to be very hard task to find someone who can deliver. We have always achieved better results by doing it ourselves through a base of internal AM's.

        Is there one specific service you recommend?

        Cheers
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        • Profile picture of the author TerranceCharles
          Originally Posted by Paydot View Post

          Sounds very easy! We have been testing a few different recruitment services for one of the niche specific Networks we run and it seems to be very hard task to find someone who can deliver. We have always achieved better results by doing it ourselves through a base of internal AM's.

          Is there one specific service you recommend?

          Cheers
          That works great to contacting them directly. You can find certified JV brokers on a public Facebook group called "Tobri Internet Marketers" or here on the forum. However, you can get in touch with some of my favorites Willie Crawford, Mike Merz, and Roxie Thomas. I hope this helps
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