When you become a member of an affiliate program, you're taking advantage of an opportunity presented by others. These 'others' are businesses who have already done the hard work of developing and building an enterprise. They have spent the time and money to come up with different products and services. They now look to extend and deepen their reach in the marketplace through affiliates.
As an affiliate marketer, your mission is to develop your business, based on their previous work. You have the foundation of the affiliate parent's program to get you started. Using their tools, systems and resources you then build upon this foundation daily.
You have the opportunity to grow your affiliate business in many ways. You will definitely advertise your products online and offline. You may also engage in article writing. You then implement an article marketing campaign via a good article distribution service. Of course, there's blogging, social forums, pay-per-click, and other methods for growing your business.
Another way you build is through developing a downline team. A producing downline team is your ticket to the land of greater income. Being an affiliate marketer means presenting the affiliate program as a land of opportunity to others.
Let's face it; countless people are looking for ways to supplement their income. The affiliate program you are part of may be exactly what they need. Therefore, it pays to promote the affiliate program opportunity as vigorously as affiliate products.
The following are seven ways to "sell" your affiliate program opportunity to others:
Sell It As Potentially Career Changing
Many people have left jobs and made affiliate marketing their full-time endeavor. Just present the opportunity honestly. Show potential downline members the potential of the program. Let them know it will take a lot of work; but let them know there is a window of opportunity. Let them know it's possible the opportunity can become their "job" they go to every day.
Sell It As A Way Out Of A Rut
Some people feel caught in the same-old, same-old. They are uninspired in their current situations. Present your program as way for them to try something new. Often people are looking for outlets to earn a little money that are very different from the jobs they currently perform.
Present your program, as something new to try that won't cost them any money to start. What do they have to lose?
Sell It As An Opportunity To Earn Money Doing Something They Love
Your affiliate program may relate to a passion someone has as a hobby. They may be health and fitness enthusiasts. Maybe you are marketing fitness equipment or vitamin products. Match these enthusiasts to their interests, your program. Let them know they can earn an income and it won't feel like work.
Sell It As A Work-at-Home Opportunity For The Family
Many families enjoy doing things as a team. Your affiliate program opportunity can be something a family can work on together. Their combined efforts will benefit the family as a whole. Who knows, it may become a full-time venture for everyone involved. If they have the business acumen and work ethic required, the possibilities are endless.
Sell It As A Step Along The Way
Sell your program as a learning experience that can also build an income. Let potential downline members know that an affiliate opportunity can teach one many aspects of business. They will learn advertising, promotion, article writing, sales and marketing, and such. In essence, the program is their classroom that can serve them well in other business and personal endeavors down the road. On top of all that, they can earn money while being in class.
Sell It As A Way To Take Control
Many people long to be in charge when it comes to their work life. Sell the affiliate program as a way for people to become sole proprietors. Let them know they can now run their own business with little or no start up costs. Let them know they are the boss they answer to each day.
Sell It As A Challenge
Some people love to tackle things that are not easy, but offer great rewards. Therefore, present the affiliate opportunity as a challenge to their talents. Show them that monetary and other rewards are plentiful in your program. Show them that it takes a certain person to achieve the highest sales levels of the program. Appeal to their sense of adventure and encourage them to take the challenge.
Present your affiliate-marketing program as a land of opportunity. Don't make lofty promises about the program that are unrealistic. Do present the clear benefits of the program that can help others earn an income. Many who see a legitimate opportunity before them will seize it. Help them to do just that. Then be that affiliate mentor that helps them succeed.
Jim Slader manages the affiliate program at Article Marketer, the largest article distribution service on the Internet. Earn commissions on a product that virtually sells it; become an Article Marketer Affiliate today. Join the winning team: it's quick and easy .