Monday, July 23, 2007

Minisites As Affiliate Marketing Selling Tools

By Luis Galarza, Affiliate Marketing Secrets Blog.

Are You Using Mini-sites As Affiliate Marketing Tools?

If not, you need to start right away... Mini-sites are not just for those online marketers selling information products or downloadable software or applications, affiliate marketers can also use mini-sites as powerful selling tools.

The process is very simple just create a good guide with quality content targeting a specific niche and them promote relevant associate programs through out the information (don't over do it), also use recommendation or resource boxes at the end of each topic with link to quality products (no more than 3), you can also add Google Adsense to the site for even more ways of monetizing your virtual real estate.

You can also use this mini-site or landing page technique by recommending or promoting only one affiliate program or product per site. but, it works better when you can recommend a couple merchants that selling the same or similar product but are offering different prices, bonus, or benefits.

For example; If you are promoting an Internet marketing ebook, you can also recommend some related books from

I don't recommend you to use a blog for this type of promotions, but if you have no money you can still use this technique by creating a Squidoo lense or site. Squidoo lenses are easy to rank high on top search engines like Google, just follow the instructions and you will be up running in less than 20 minutes.

Another choice is Microsoft Office Basic, which give you a free web site and a free paid domain name. You will need a free MSN or Hotmail email account to get your MS Office Basic site, plus you need a credit card just for processing.

Start promoting and boost your affiliate commissions today with mini-sites...

For more information advanced techniques click here.

To Your Success,

Luis Galarza and Anna Phommatham, Affiliate Marketers.

- Free Internet Marketing and Trends.
- Offline Marketing & Advertising.


Thursday, June 21, 2007

Affiliate Marketing Secrets: The Resource Should Be You

By Luis Galarza, Affiliate Marketing Secrets Blog.

Super Affiliate Marketing Secret Is Just Developing A Complete Resource Information Center For Your Niche!

It doesn't matter what kind of affiliate program are you promoting, and it doesn't matter if you are using list Building, blogging, article sites, or static information sites you need to become the last resource your niche will ever need by providing all the necessary content they need to help them solve their problem.

One thing you can learn from super affiliates is that they go beyond affiliate marketing to generate massive commission checks from each program they promote.
Like Donald Trump says "Think Big".

So, what type of information can you use to brand your site in your visitors mind as the best most unique resource of helpful content they could ever find? Here are few of the most important ones:

1. Relevant problem solving tips. You can do this with a blog or an online forum.

2. Relevant problem solving articles and online guides to help beginners and advanced visitors.

3. Relevant resources websites that can provide more information or tools that will make your visitors find solutions faster.

4. Relevant revenue program resources with merchant and products details, testimonials, prices, awards, benefits list for the merchant, benefit list for each product, A&Q's list, customer service contact information, etc...

5. Offer your sincere reviews and critiques about the merchant and their products. Mention the good and the bad... don't worry, mentioning stuff you don't like about it will boost your credibility which will turn in more commission checks.

6. Choices! Choices! And then maybe one more choice! This mean don't promote a single revenue program for each type of products, because if you give your customers a choice and help them decide which product or company is the best for them... at the end it doesn't matter where they buy from, either way you make money.

7. Provide a glossary, wiki, dictionary, or anything like it to help your site visitors find definitions to some words related to your product, company, or the revenue program on promotion. Don't assume they should know what your are talking about.

Just be creative and develop new ways to keep your customer coming back to your site.

For more information advanced techniques click here.

To Your Success,

Luis Galarza and Anna Phommatham, Affiliate Marketers.

- Free Internet Marketing.
- Offline Marketing & Advertising.


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Affiliate Secrets: Beginners Marketing Guide With Blogs - Plan 1

By Luis Galarza, Affiliate Marketing Secrets Blog.

Secret Beginners Guide To Affiliate Marketing Using Blogs! Plan 1

Here I want to provide you with a beginners guide or plan to start your affiliate marketing business today. This guide is specially for those netpreneurs or new online marketers who don't know where to start, what revenue program or online network marketing system (MLM) to promote, and also for those entrepreneurs who has been marketing other people's products for while without any success...

Budget Needed

All the tools and strategies I going to layout here are free or cheap but really effective. This doesn't mean you don't have to invest some time or a lot of time to get this running. You will be able to start in your spare or part time and them depending on how fast to can build a good monthly income you can start working on it full time.

So, how much investment money do you need? From zero, and up to $100... the little money you need will mostly for bringing traffic to your website.

How Much Money Can You Expect To Make

On your first month if you do your job right you can expect to make a least 40 bucks or even more depending on your traffic, and then it will go up depending on your traffic, content, and blogging behavior.

Don't set any goals yet, until you find the perfect niche for your online business., this is the plan layout step-by-step:

1.- Review your knowledge and interest.
Do an inventory of your knowledge and interest and write down all your skill, interest, and anything you will love to learn. Make a nice list and then go to Google, Yahoo, and MSN Bing to search for each of those skills in your list, and pay close attention at the first 10 to 20 websites on the results. Check what they are selling or promoting and how they are doing it. Also, see the amount of competitors at the top of the search page, if this number is to big you better find a small niche in it. If it is too small, maybe it doesn't have a good demand, so stay away from those.

2.- Find the perfect niche market.
Now lets go to Submit Express keyword suggestion tool and write all those skills and interest with good demand up to 15 per line and see what people are actually using to search for those words online. Then look for more specific keywords which will represent your small targeted niche. Then again go to Google and search for that niche to see who you will be competing against to and how large is the competition. Also, check if there are PPC or Adwords sponsors on the top and right side of the result's page. Then go to Google Trends and check how the demand for such a niche is doing and what's the market is going to be in the next few months.

3.- Create the perfect USM (Unique Selling Message or Proposition).
USM (Unique Selling Message or Proposition) is not other thing than the main tag line of that will identify and separate your company, website, blog, product, or service from your competition's. This is really important because this can help you succeed or fail. Yes, you heard right here is a article I wrote in my main blog that will explain the use of USM better: "What Is Your Unique Selling Proposition"

4.- Find the best affiliate programs for your niche.
This is crucial for your success, so make sure you do your research on finding the an affiliate program that offers a high quality product or service, and at all possible that has a good company reputation. You can go to, and which are the best type of affiliate programs that you can promote together with content.

Other excellent associate programs can be found at the big networks:, and

Tip: Do not sign up with every single affiliate program out there, the trick is to find 2 to 4 good ones and stick to those and test results, then you can change or find another one.

6.- Create a list of good information resources.
This is really important because you will need as much information resources as you can find so you can be up to date with information about your niche that will help you write blog post or articles fast. Now the trick is to write the information in your own words, for better explanation about this article marketing strategy read "Google Knol: The Wikipedia Add-on Trick".

Here are some of the best resources:

5.- Build your niche blog.
There are a ton of blog services out there, some of them are pretty good. But, for this project I will recommend you to stick with Google Blogger, because even with it limited features Google give a good ranking to his own free blogging service. Make sure to use the "Lable" feature as a category/tagging for each blog post. Use a simple design, keep your links on the right for better SEO or search engine optimization, don't use any black hat SEO tricks on any of your blogs (Big NO, NO!), and don't use automatic blog post generators.

If you want to invest some money, here is what you can do: Get a web hosting account, buy a domain name, and you can have Blogger as your blogging tool, but all your post and articles will be save and sound in your own hosting account. Also you can download Wordpress (free blogging software with alot of features) and use your paid hosting account. Beware! Google hate some of Wordpress plug-ins, so careful, just add what you need.

Is also Movable Type by which is a paid blogging service that has some good features.

6.- Sign up with Google Adsense.
Google Adsense is a easy way to generate extra income from your blog, and if you test ad find the best places to put them for better exposure you can make a nice monthly revenue just from Adsense... Is no trick here just quality up to date content to keep your visitors coming for more.

To learn more about how to make money with Adsense click here.

7.- Let's blog.
Now is time to add some content to your blog. The first couple pages use them as the site information pages like: About the blog, Mission, About the author, etc.... Then add a link to each of those pages right under your current post element and before your RightBar Adsense block.

Now, check all your information resources and start adding content to your blog at least 2 to three post or articles per day, for the first month or so... Then you can go down to only one post per day. Now, make sure you post from Monday through Friday, because those are the best days to get visitors to your site, you can post every single day of the week but if you decide to do it just a few days per week those are the best.

8.- Micro-blogging.
Go to Twitter and get a free micro-blogging account and post a link with the title of your post for each post you right on your main blog... Also right a title with a link to the latest books about your niche from, this can help make some extra cash, plus create traffic to your main blog.

9.- Let's blog again.
Find other blog community services where you can post and have an instant audience for your blog posts. Then right part of your articles or a teaser description link them to the full article on your main blog using the title of the article as the link. Yeap, even more traffic...

10.- Free Marketing Tactics.
Use blog ping services to add your up to date content to blog networks and directories every time you add a new post. Here are the ones I use:
- Really good, and can be use on every single update.
- This pinging service works excellent. Here you can ping up to 20 different sites, the only problem is that the results can't be bookmark for one-click pinging.
- Another popular one that can aslo be use on every update.
- Good service but you can only use it one time per day.

11.- Low Cost Marketing Tactics.
Open an account with Google Adwords and set up a few campaigns on sites with relevant audiences like yours. Do not set up a campaign for search results until you learn how to use this advertising medium the right way. To learn more about using Adwords to advertise your website just click here.

12.- Track, and test, test, test...
Everything you do on the blog layout, Adsense positions, PPC or Adwords advertising, and every affiliate Internet marketing needs to be track and test at least for a months, then do small changes, keep track of those changes, and test again... Your goal is to improve visitor retention, and affiliate or Adsense revenues.

More updates later...

For more information advanced techniques click here.

To Your Success,

Luis Galarza and Anna Phommatham, Affiliate Marketers.

- Free Internet Marketing and Trends.
- Offline Marketing & Advertising.


Saturday, June 09, 2007

AFFILIATE SECRETS: Marketing Material In You Own Words

By Luis Galarza, Affiliate Marketing Secrets Blog.

Super Affiliate Marketing Secrets - Don't Use The Merchant's Marketing Materials!

What do I mean? Simple, every online merchant with an associate program have hundreds and even thousands of affiliates promoting their products with the merchant's marketing materials and tools. All those marketers are competing with you to get that commission check, so how can you win this online rat race?

Well, like in any business online or offline, for you to become a strong competitor is by making your offer stand out from the crowd. The same thing applies to affiliate marketing, this is one of those secrets use by top marketers when promoting someone else products or services, which is using you own marketing materials and tools.

So what are the tools that you need to create yourself? Here are some of the most use promotion tools you need to create:

- Banner Ads.
Make sure to refer to the main benefit of the merchant's product or service. Don't mention the name of the item or URL so viewers don't by pass you and write the web address them self on their browsers. Remember that you need to make them click!

- Email Autoresponder Campaigns.
Generating your own opt-in list is one of the best ways to promote other people's stuff, because even if they don't buy the first time, now you have their permission to send follow up emails. Also, you will be able to promote other products too... Just try to build a strong relationship with prospects and current customers, become a resource and you will increase email click through response rate.

- Email Mini-Courses.
- Email Solo Ads For Ezines.
- Email Classified Ads.
- Articles.
- Products Reviews.
- Blog Posts.
- Title Ads or Sales Headlines.
- Adwords or PPC Ads.
- Reports or eBooks.
- Direct Response Videos Ads.
- Video Demo or Tutorials.
- Webcast or teleseminars.

By creating your marketing materials you can increase your conversion rates, and have a big advantage over other affiliate marketers promoting the same products.

For more affiliate advanced promotion techniques click here.

To Your Success,

Luis Galarza and Anna Phommatham, Affiliate Marketers.

- Free Internet Marketing and Trends.
- Offline Marketing & Advertising.


Tuesday, June 05, 2007

AFFILIATE TIPS: Product Recommendations To Increase Your Commissions

By Luis Galarza, Affiliate Marketing Secrets Blog.

Learn How To Use Affiliate Program Product Recommendations To Boost Your Bottom Line, Which Mean Larger Commission Checks For You!

In the world of affiliate marketing or an affiliate marketer, there are many methods in which you can boost your earnings and maintain the account that you have worked so hard for to gain. Most of the strategies and tactics can be learned easily. You don't need to go anywhere far from your home or office computer. They are available online, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week of any given year.

One of the more successful ways of increasing affiliate marketing sales conversions is through the use of associate program product recommendations. Many marketers know that this is one of the most effective strategies in promoting a certain product for better conversions.

When your customers or website visitors has enough trust in you and your expert advice, then they will definitely trust any of your recommendations. You need to be very careful in using this approach, though. If you start marketing everything by recommendation, your credibility will actually wear out, and will make your visitors or customers go somewhere else. This is seen especially when recommendations are seemingly exaggerated and without much truth in it, or simple when is over use.

Do not be scare to talk about things that you do not like about a given product or service. You won't lose any trust points, actually this will make your recommendation more realistic and will tend to increase your credibility which will turn into a sale.

Also, you need to know that if your visitors are really interested in what you are offering, they will be more than delighted to get more information to see what is good about the product, what is not so good, and how the product will help them solve their problems.

When you are recommending a certain product, there are some things to remember on how to make it work effectively and for your advantage.

You need to be seen as the true and leading expert in your market.

You have to remember this simple web conversion equation: Price resistance diminishes in direct proportion to trust. Meaning, if your visitors feel and believe that you are an expert in your niche, they are more inclined to click and buy the product. But, if you are not exuding any confidence and self-assurance in endorsing your products, they will probably feel that same way and will go in search of another product or service which is more believable, or even go look for another expert on the field that has more accurate information about the product.

So, how do you establish yourself as an expert?

Very simple, by offering unique and new solutions or relevant content they would not get anywhere else. Sometimes you will need to show proof that what you are promoting works as promised. Also, by displaying prominent testimonials and endorsements from respected and known personalities, in related fields of course can help on boosting their confident on the product or service.

Always try to avoid hype at all costs.

Because it is better to sound low key and confident, than to scream and seek attention the wrong way. Anyways, you would not want to sound unprofessional and have that thinking stick to your potential customers and clients, now would you? Best to appear cool and self-assured at the same time will give you a better shot for the sale.

Another thing you need to keep in mind is that prospects are not stupid. They are actually turning to experts and may already know the things that you know, or even know more. If you back up your claims with hard facts and research data, they would gladly put down hundreds, or even thousands worth of money to your endorsements. But if you don’t, they are smart enough to try and look at your competitors and what they are offering.

One thing to do before you add recommendations to any affiliate product, it is given that you should try and test the product and support. You don't want the risk of promoting junk products and services. You need to think how long it took you to build credibility and trust among your visitors. All that will take to destroy it is one big mistake on your marketing.

Is better to promote recommendations of products that you have 100% confidence in. You can test the product support before you begin to ensure that the people you are referring it to would not be left high and dry when a problem suddenly emerge.

Take a closer look at your affiliate market and look at the tactics you are using right now. You may not be focusing your marketing on the recommendations that your products need to have. You plan of action is sometimes not the only thing that is making your program works, don't forget that.

Start implementing product recommendation in your affiliate and Internet marketing mix and be among those few marketers who have proven that this strategy work. For more advanced promotion techniques click here.

To Your Success,

Luis Galarza and Anna Phommatham, Affiliate Marketers.

- Free Internet Marketing and Trends.
- Offline Marketing & Advertising.


Monday, May 28, 2007

AFFILIATE TIPS: Link Cloaking To Protect Your Affiliate Program Links

By By Luis Galarza, Affiliate Marketing Secrets Blog.

Affiliate Link Cloaking Or Be A Victim Of Commission Theft Or Hijacking!

Just like you heard, out there are a lot of low life people that will do anything to make a buck on the web, specially knowing that is to easy start an online home based business for free using affiliate programs. Hope this affiliate tips can help you defense your money.

This type of people will use illegal programming codes to hijack your affiliate link and change it with theirs, which will turn your internet marketing efforts into profit for them...

Link hijacking is one of the most use tactics to steal other marketers commissions, using their efforts, but is not the only one. There are also link bypass, and link replacement.

Link Bypass
This is when your website visitors will try to bypass your affiliate link by typing the merchants URL directly on their browser.

Link Replacement
This is when another merchant visits your site or blog and notice an ad from a new company or product that is being offer at an affiliate network that his part of. So, he replace your affiliate ID with his to get a rebate or commission from his own purchase.

So, how can you protect your affiliate program links and commissions?

Simple, by cloaking your affiliate link... The two most popular ways to do this are: One is using special link cloaker software that make it easy for you without any programming knowledge like Covert Your Links. Another way is to use free web link cloaking applications that can help you cloak your links like Link Brander.

For more information about link cloaking techniques visit Affiliate Link Cloaker and for advanced promotion secrets click here.

To Your Success,

Luis Galarza and Anna Phommatham, Affiliate Marketers.

- Free Internet Marketing and Trends.
- Offline Marketing & Advertising.


Saturday, May 26, 2007

AFFILIATE TIPS: How To Marketing Cell Phone Affiliate Programs

By By Luis Galarza, Affiliate Marketing Secrets Blog.

Let The Consumer Tell You How To Promote Cell Phone Affiliate Programs The Right Way!

When you trying to apply Internet marketing strategies to promote cell phone affiliate programs you need to know why people are buying or not buying cell phones online. Why most consumers or business professionals go online to find information and reviews about mobile phones but still ending purchasing the cellular in their local offline wireless retail store...

Here is what a online consumer said about why he didn't purchase his new cellular phone on the web:

"When i was looking to buy a cell phone online, the challenge I had was finding a site that showed cell phone's that you didn't have to buy the 2 year contract. I would have bought online if I could find a site that offered more options and compared services and plans. I'm sure its around in some way but i gave up in finding it."

There it is! You see, one of the main problems that regular consumers have when going online looking for information with their mind ready to buy a wireless phone from whoever haft the best information resource site, not the best price... and why most of the times they go back to their regular offline store.

Here are some affiliate marketing recommendations:

1.- Reviews
Provide a extensive review of each cell phone affiliate program you are promoting providing all features and benefits if someone buy from them.

2.- Offer Choices
Give people the power to decide by letting them compare merchants, cell phones, brands, plans, and more. This will give you a better opportunity to increase sales conversions.

3. They Don't Know This
Most cell phone buyers don't know that online merchants offer better deals than any local offline wireless store. Your job is to make sure they know this right away when they visit your site.

4. Call To Action
Well you got your visitors to your site, you provide them with the tools, and information they needed it to make the final decision on their new mobile phone purchase. So, now what? You don't want them to go back to their local store, don't you? So, you need to make sure you tell them where to get it and why to get it now!

By adding a simple call to action like "Get It Here Now" or "Buy This Cell Phone Now!" makes a big different to conversions... So, don't forget to close the sale!

Cell Phone Affiliate Program Marketing Mistake To Avoid

Don't use call to action link text like "Click For More Info", "Click Here", "Full Details", or anything like that... Why? because you already give them all the details they needed to know, the next step is for them to purchase the cellular phone, and done!

One of the best cell phone affiliate programs to join is, because their program have a complete resource of marketing or promotion tools that can help you build your online cellular phone business.

Want more advanced affiliate promotion secrets click here.

To Your Success,

Luis Galarza and Anna Phommatham, Affiliate Marketers.

- Free Internet Marketing and Trends.
- Offline Marketing & Advertising.


Monday, April 23, 2007

AFFILIATE TIP: Focus Maximum Affiliate Marketing Success

By Luis Galarza, Affiliate Marketing Secrets Blog.

Affiliate marketing number one mistake is the lack of business focus by the entrepreneur... most new online marketers when they find how easy is to start their own online based business from home promoting affiliate programs they go crazy signing up for every single affiliate program they find on their way, this made them loose all the focus and push their Internet business venture into the failure hole.

There are ways to market different associate programs (a minimum amount) and hit success, but when you just starting out and want to get those juicy checks you've seen the gurus promoting you need to focus on one program at a time...

It's true that experienced Internet affiliate marketers do have the ability to plan a marketing campaign for several products or programs, sometimes even promoting unrelated to their subject products, at the same time. They can do this is because they'd already learned and applied certain fundamental skills, and have developed a system for themselves which works to bring in sales with too much effort, but to get to that point you need to learn as much as you can about the up and down of your trend.

However, when you starting out in this business you need to learn what works and what doesn't. And to do this successfully you need to focus your Internet marketing efforts to a single product. By focusing on a single product your limit the risk of failure to a very low level, and you can discover the online business strategies that work a bit faster.

Just think for a moment if you were in a police officer. You're working on a new drug dealer case and need to determine its drug operations, members, suppliers and so on.

Would it be faster and easier for you to succeed this by working with just that one drug case, or by jumping through multiple other cases all at the same time...starting one investigation and then jumping over to another one midway through?

Ofcourse, it would be easier to work with just one drug case investigation, right?

Well, that's the approche you need to take when marketing affiliate programs. Just like the different points on your drug case investigation, you've also got different points in every product promotion you want to market online. The points include planning how to get web traffic, increasing conversion rates, advertising results tracking and so on.

So, how much data do you want towork with? Do you want to check tracking of, say, Google Adwords performance for ONE affiliate program...or for a dozen of them in more than one niche?

This is exaclty where a lot affiliate marketing beginners get themselves into problems. Because they try to track all of this information at once, get overwhelmed by it and then give up their dreams.

To Your Success,

Luis Galarza

About The Author: Luis Galarza is a successful Affiliate Marketer and the co-founder of the Affiliate Cash Secrets Club membership where he provides Free affiliate internet marketing training and tools. To subscribe to his free affiliate marketing training go to:

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