A Reality Check PRIOR to Launching Your New Affiliate Program

Building trust and gauging interest levels are two keys to launching a successful affiliate program. Merchants should not expect that top affiliates will flock to sign up and will spend their resources promoting your offer without addressing their basic needs:

  • Affiliates need to be confident they will be paid the commissions they rightfully earn.
  • Affiliates need to know there is sufficient demand for your offer and that an acceptable level of the prospects they refer to your site will convert to buyers.

Introducing what you have to offer the world of affiliates must be done with poise and tact in order to create a foundation of trust that will attract and maintain a solid team. Once your name and business is established as affiliate-friendly, finding marketers will be easier.

Even before launching your affiliate program and putting yourself ‘out there’ for affiliates to evaluate your website and what you have to offer, it’s critical that you work to maximize your conversion rates and possibly your average order sizes as well. You may not get a second chance to make a positive first impression, therefore your website needs to be ‘selling successfully’ before you embark on affiliate marketing.

An Affiliate Program is not a Panacea for Marketing

Often, new merchants especially, with be drawn to affiliate marketing because of its performance based commission structure and intend on having an affiliate program be their primary source of new customers. For most merchants, this is not a wise strategy. The possible exception is highly targeted niche products that typically have a very short product life cycle — like e-books and other electronically delivered products where merchants regularly share the majority of the revenue with their affiliates.

Merchants often adapt this approach because of the following fallacies:

Fallacy #1: “Since I’m paying only for performance (typically a percentage of referred sales) there’s no real risk or investment to launch an affiliate program.”

Fact: Launching and growing an affiliate program requires the proper exposure, management expertise and time to develop an active affiliate base — each of which require an investment. Furthermore, the typical affiliate program does not show a return on investment until three to six months from launch.

Fallacy #2: “All I need is an affiliate program and my affiliates will do all the marketing for me.”

Fact: For most successful merchants, a well-run affiliate program typically represents just 20 to 30 percent of their overall online sales.  Natural search initiatives, paid search (pay-per-click) programs, social networking, general/CPM advertising, email marketing and other channels should be undertaken in order to maximize your reach/sales.

In fact, I always recommend merchants engage in paid search marketing/pay-per-click ads prior to launching an affiliate program. What you learn when you engage in a paid search campaign (and your resulting website analytics) is critical in evaluating your strengths and opportunities.

Once you’re confident that your conversion rates and average order sizes are acceptable, then it’s time to move forward with your affiliate program. Prior to your actual launch, you’ll need to decide on a tracking solution, what your compensation terms for affiliates will be, and the types of promotions you will provide to your affiliates.

Jim Gribble of LinkProfits has been managing affiliate programs for over a decade.

Start by Hiring an Experienced Affiliate Program Manager

If you do not have the funds in your budget to hire a full-time in-house Affiliate Program Manager, then consider an outsourced affiliate program management company like LinkProfits. Generally, this is a much more cost-effective way to ensure the maximization of your program. An outsourced program manager can hit the ground running and truly knows what affiliates want and can connect with them on their level. Even more importantly, an experienced program manager already has connections and relationships with top affiliate marketing websites. This is what’s going to get your affiliate links the exposure needed to drive sales!

If you are a merchant interested in pursuing a robust affiliate program, I invite you to contact me to discuss your particular situation and objectives.

Green Screen Wizard Software is Holiday Fun — New Specials for Affiliates

The Holidays are the best time to promote Green Screen Wizard Software. Have you seen our program EPC lately? IT’S WELL OVER $100! That’s because November is the busiest month of the year for Green Screen Wizard sales. And to help you to maximize your commissions we have two Holiday Specials, a Coupon Code that’s valid for the whole month, and new product images and descriptions for you to post on your site.

Affiliates should let there readers know about Green Screen Wizard software. Over 20,000 professional photographers and photo hobbyists (and we’re all amateur photogs these days!) have already unlocked the magic of powerful green screen technology with our easy-to-use software. Plus, Green Screen Wizard offers exclusive photo backgrounds, portable green screens and money-saving bundles for all your chroma key photography and video needs!

Look at these great Holiday packages we’ve put together! There’s something for all types of photographers!

Give them the Green Screen Wizard Holiday Gift Special for only $79.95! (Save $104) The Holidays are a great time to do Green Screen Photography and Green Screen Wizard is fun for the whole family! Everything you need is in the Green Screen Wizard Special Getting Started Kit! It contains: a copy of Green Screen Wizard Lite a $50 value, a 5×7 Popup Screen a $34.95 value, the Essential Background DVD a $69.95 value, and the Christmas Backgrounds Collection with Snow Globes a $30 value. Click to learn more about Green Screen Wizard Photography!

Get your own Green Screen Studio for the Holidays!! Just add a camera and some studio lights and you have everything you need to setup a professional Green Screen Studio. You get: A copy of Green Screen Wizard Pro Studio with editor (normally $199.95), Essential Background DVD (normally $69.95), Christmas Backgrounds with Snow Globes (normally $30), Ken’s Sandwich Overlay Collection (normally $39.95), and Portrait Mega Disk (normally $49.95). Special price is just $240 (SAVE $150!!). Click to learn more now!

Plus, your readers can use this coupon code to save even more!

Take 20% off all software and background disks at Green Screen Wizard, where it’s easy to get started producing green screen effects for photography and video! Enter GSPP20XMAS during checkout. Expires 1/3/14. Click to try a Free Demo today!

We’ve also created new art for our software boxes and new text link descriptions as well:

Click to learn more and try a Free Trial!Green Screen Wizard Software Full Version offers the latest in green and BLUE screen software power and control behind an amazingly simple and accessible user interface. It provides professional photographers, as well as photography enthusiasts, a simple way to do green screen removal and substitutes their choice of digital background. Green Screen Wizard is a self-contained chroma key removal program that does not require Photoshop or other photo editing application to produce beautiful green screen photos. Learn more now and try a free demo!
Click to learn more and try a Free Trial!Green Screen Wizard Pro Studio Editor In addition to having one of the best green screen removal systems, the Green Screen Wizard Pro Studio’s proprietary Airbrush Editor puts ultimate flexibility and quality at your fingertips. Its special brushes allow you to restore lost green areas, adjust brightness and contrast in specific areas, fix unwanted screen shadows, and do unprecedented fine hair restoration. Other ‘powertools’ allow you to magically smooth face wrinkles, generate realistic shadows, create 5-layer sandwich overlays, fully annotate and create magazine covers or attention-getting ads, and much more. Impress your friends and clients with your artistic images – you don’t have to tell them the new Green Screen Wizard special effects tools made it a snap! Learn more now and try a FREE DEMO!
Click to learn more and try a Free Trial!Green Screen Wizard Photoshop Plug-in offers the same green screen software power but it is encased in a Photoshop plug-in. It provides professional photographers a green and BLUE screen solution inside of Photoshop. The unique "Three Layer System" makes it easy to edit your Green Screen Image. And as a plug-in, you can take advantage of all of the Photoshop editing capabilities. In addition Photoshop can read and save many more file formats than Green Screen Wizard standalone. Learn more now and try a free demo version!

Green Screen Wizard links and promotions are available on three different Affiliate Networks:

Please click here to learn more about our Affiliate Program on the ShareaSale Network.

Please click here to learn more about our Affiliate Program on the LinkConnector Network.

Please click here to learn more about our Affiliate Program on the eBay Enterprise (formerly Pepperjam) Network.

The Green Screen Wizard affiliate program is managed by LinkProfits. Please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime with your questions or comments — we want to hear from you! Our valued affiliates earn from 10% to 20% commission on sales that average $150. Green Screen Wizard consistently has one of the highest EPCs of any program.

Dr. Sears “Primal Force” Specials Released

PRIMAL FORCE targets the areas in your body that need help – the vital areas of your life vulnerable to the changes in our modern world. Problems with fat gain, heart health, inflammation, joint pains, sexual potency, mood, energy levels, mental health and more. We are committed to using the best science available to relocate and reacquaint you with the native nutrients you need for optimal health.

Our affiliates start out earning 15% commissions on sales that average over $75. Affiliates who demonstrate the ability to drive sales can earn much higher commission percentages — up to 35% for top publishers! We support your promotion efforts with awesome content, graphics and great deals for your audience. Below is our current coupon code for October.

Click here to apply to our affiliate program on Commission Junction!


Click now and save $5!

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Below are our very best offers! These great Content Links are available to all our CJ affiliates. Get these deals out to your audience and watch the commission start rolling in!

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Wake up refreshed and feeling like yourself again with the doctor-designed herbal formula Native Rest. It includes a Jamaican herb that helps ease your worried mind to fight occasional sleeplessness. A natural nutrient blend helps reset your sleep cycle, and it works so quickly, you can take it right when you’re ready for bed. No daytime grogginess and no drain on your brain cells like you get from sleeping pills. Just the best night’s sleep of your life. Click to learn more!

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If your energy, drive and ambition have tanked along with your love life… then fixing low testosterone, or what some doctors call ‘low T’, is only half the battle. There’s another piece to the puzzle that most guys — and doctors — miss. Adding that extra piece gives you more than just a temporary bump in energy. Dr. Al Sears, MD, developed a solution that gives you a boost of physical AND mental performance — Primal Max. It gives you the kind of swagger most men can only wish for. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Click to learn more!

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If you can’t feel your CoQ10 working, you’re wasting your money. The awful truth is, most CoQ10 on the market is in a form your body can’t use. It never makes it into your cells where it can do the most good — and you don’t get the protection you need. That’s why Dr. Al Sears, MD, developed Accel — a powerful, usable form of CoQ10 that is 8 times more potent. You’re your heart and cells the support they need, and feel the difference for yourself. Click to learn more!

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If you want to lose weight, you can try spending hours at the gym — biking, running, sweating — or you can just try the secret ingredient in Primal Lean. It’s a formula designed by Dr. Al Sears to send the “I’m Full” signal to your brain, and help your body build muscle and drop fat. Try Primal Lean today — and if you don’t find yourself staring in the mirror at a leaner you, without being hungry, you’ll get your money back. Click to learn more!

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Current Primal Force partners should log into their Commission Junction account in order to retrieve your links.

The Primal Force affiliate program is available through Commission Junction.

Our valued affiliates earn up to 35% commissions. Please click here to apply to our Commission Junction program.

 

Stock Market Volatility Means Continued Popularity of EquityFeed’s State-of-the-Art Trading Tools

Visit EquityFeed to learn more!Subscribers to EquityFeed’s suite of real-time data tools for the individual investor gain a big advantage over other investors. They give serious retail traders the newest-breed of powerful trading tools that are unmatched in the industry. Tools that allow traders to filter markets in real-time and find trading opportunities that would otherwise be completely invisible. Market volatility over the next few years will translate into huge profits for those who have the tools and the know-how…

The latest evolution of EquityFeed provides subscribers with:

Timely market data through an information platform that’s rock-solid in terms of stability, accuracy and as near zero-latency. We’ve achieve this through our algorithmic-grade ticker plant and proprietary client-side compression technology.

Data this is clean and simple to use. Reducing clutter makes it easier for you to access the data you need to make trading decisions. Unlike others, we place a very strong focus on aesthetics. Our new, super-slick User-Interface clearly reflects that.

A trading platform that is constantly under improvement with an unwavering commitment to innovation and education. EquityFeed traders are more successful because we provide web tutorials and weekly webinars to help our subscribers get the most out of EquityFeed.

If your site attracts individual traders with a desire to control their financial destiny, then we have an excellent opportunity for you…

Through EquityFeed’s Affiliate Partner Program you can recommend EquityFeed on your site, in your BLOG, or in your subscriber newsletters. When your readers subscribe to EquityFeed’s suite of investment tools, you’ll earn 20% of the subscription fees paid by your referrals for each and every month they remain active! This translates to earnings as high as $480 a year for just one referred subscriber!

There is absolutely no cost for you to participate as one of our valued affiliate partners.

Your site visitors will appreciate your recommendation of EquityFeed’s real time data-driven investment tools for the individual trader. Our tools will help them to make better informed decisions that will flow right to their bottom-lines!

More benefits of our Partner Marketing Program include:

Our “Return Day” cookies are set at 365 days, so once you refer a prospect you will continue to receive credit for any resulting sign-ups for up to one year — regardless of how they return to our site.

Our performance tracking is real-time and you can check your stats 24/7. Plus, we use a trusted-third party, ClickInc, to handle all of our program tracking needs, so you are sure to receive proper credit for all your referred sales.

LinkProfits has managed the EquityFeed Affiliate Partner Program since its inception in 2008. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Program Manager, Jim Gribble, any time if you have any questions, comments, or if you would like to discuss any special promotion opportunities. Jim is here to help you to maximize your earning with our program and is always just a phone call or email away. Please click here to apply to the EquityFeed Affiliate Partner Program.

Valentine’s Bundle + Coupon = Nice Commissions!

Are you promoting Green Screen Wizard’s Valentine’s Day Special? It’s a complete getting started package!

Just look what’s included:

You get a 5×7 Pop up Green Screen, the Lite version of Green Screen Wizard software and 120 backgrounds from our most popular collections, including 30 ‘sandwich’ overlay backgrounds for incredible realism and 20 fun magazine covers. This getting started bundle is sure to make your first chroma key photo experience a good one. Special price is just $79.95 ($184 if items are purchased separately). Click to learn more now!

Your Referrals Save Even More with this Month’s Coupon Code!

Affiliates can maximize their earnings when they promote our monthly coupon codes. February’s coupon code below MAY BE COMBINED with the Valentine’s Day Special saving your referrals even more at the same time helping you to earn even more when conversion rates and number of sales increase as a result. 

Take 10% off ANY PURCHASE at Green Screen Wizard, where it’s easy to get started producing green screen effects for photography and video! Enter GSPP10FEB during checkout. Expires 2/28/11. Visit GreenScreenWizard now!

The Green Screen Wizard affiliate program is managed by LinkProfits.Our valued affiliates earn a hefty 20% commission on sales that average $150. Green Screen Wizard consistently has one of the highest EPCs. Please click here to learn more about our Affiliate Program on the ShareaSale Network.

Have Some Valentine’s Day Fun with Green Screen Wizard!

Click to learn more about the Green Screen Wizard Valentine's Day Special!

Green Screen Wizard has just released their Valentine’s Day Special — it’s a complete getting started package! Just look what’s included:

You get a 5×7 Pop up Green Screen, the Lite version of Green Screen Wizard software and 120 backgrounds from our most popular collections, including 30 ‘sandwich’ overlay backgrounds for incredible realism and 20 fun magazine covers. This getting started bundle is sure to make your first chroma key photo experience a good one. Special price is just $79.95 ($184 if items are purchased separately). Click to learn more now!

Save Even More with this Month’s Coupon Code!

Affiliates can maximize their earnings when they promote our monthly coupon codes. January’s coupon code below MAY BE COMBINED with the Valentine’s Day Special saving buyers even more at the same time helping you to earn even more when conversion rates and number of sales increase as a result. 

Take 10% off ANY PURCHASE at Green Screen Wizard, where it’s easy to get started producing green screen effects for photography and video! Enter GSPP10JAN during checkout. Expires 1/31/11. Visit GreenScreenWizard now!

Professional Results yet Simple to Use!

Green Screen Wizard raises the bar in chroma key software — rather than simply overlaying pictures, Green Screen Wizard’s Reality Integration fuses the images, making much more realistic photographs.

Green screen software is commonly used by filmmakers for video special effects. Now, for the first time, Green Screen Wizard puts this highly-specialized chroma key software into the hands of photographers — easily and affordably!

Green Screen Wizard is powerful enough for the professional photographer, yet it’s easy to learn and fun for the photo hobbyist!

The Green Screen Wizard affiliate program is managed by LinkProfits.Our valued affiliates earn a hefty 20% commission on sales that average $150. Green Screen Wizard consistently has one of the highest EPCs. Please click here to learn more about our Affiliate Program on the ShareaSale Network.