It doesn’t matter who you talk to, product owners always want more affiliates. Not only does it increase your sales and profits, but it also allows you to spend more time improving your product and less time marketing. The problem is that the secret has been out for a while and recruiting the top affiliates is more difficult than ever. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do in order bring in more affiliate marketers and just as importantly, keep them focused on your products. Here are 5 keys to reeling in more affiliates in less time.

1. Set the Right Payout
Affiliates aren’t in it for fun, they are running a business just like you are. In order for them to invest the time it takes to generate sales, they expect to be compensated. Setting the right commission level can be difficult, but it is something that needs to be taken very seriously. The easiest thing to do is investigate other programs within your niche and set a comparable rate of payment. Another option is to set either a very high initial payout or a lower initial payout with a higher potential of up-sell or recurring commissions.

2. Your Product Must Be Original
If you want to attract the elite affiliate marketers, then you need to give them something original to promote. Some affiliate marketers will promote anything, which is fine, but most of the serious marketers that have invested thousands building hyper-targeted lists and building relationships with their lists want to promote products that can’t be found anywhere else. Continue Reading

Creating an effective product launch strategy is essential, especially for membership sites. It will not only generate immediate income, but will also lay the groundwork for the ongoing branding and marketing efforts for the life of the product. Nothing is more important than establishing a solid reputation before the product is actually available to the marketplace. For decades, word of mouth marketing has proven to be one of the highest converting forms of marketing and that is exactly what affiliates will do for you. Plus, many affiliates will also engage in other marketing strategies such as PPC, social media networking, and much more. All of this advertising is risk free for you because you will only pay the affiliates who get you sales. Here is a quick look at 3 reasons that using the Magic Affiliate plugin will help you manage your affiliates and maximize the potential of your launch.

1.  Affiliate Communication

Nothing will kill your launch faster than misinformation. With the Magic Affiliate plugin, you are given multiple ways to contact and directly communicate with your affiliates. This includes automatically adding them to your list and leaving direct messages which they will receive in the affiliate members area. Some of the most common misinformation that can be eliminated include incorrect product reviews and incorrect product information such as launch date/time as well as price. If an affiliate represents your product incorrectly, it will reflect poorly on you not them in the eyes of buying public. Continue Reading

When choosing an affiliate plugin, it can be easy to notice the similarities that most of them have in common such as sales tracking. At the same time, it is very easy to overlook additional features and abilities that can boost your profits. Many of these features are subtle and many people will undervalue them. Here is a closer look at several of these features and how they can be used to boost your profits.

Along with tracking, the heart of the best affiliate plugins is communication. There are two separate features that you need in order to communicate effectively. The first is that you need to be able to automatically add new affiliates to your affiliate mailing list. This will ensure that they are alerted whenever changes are made. More importantly, you also need to have a way to communicate with them through the affiliate area. If you have both of these abilities then you can always find a way to boost your profits.

The problem that many people run into is that they can communicate with their affiliates but cannot get them to take action. In order to overcome this, you need to get them excited. The easiest way to do this is by sending them an email about an upcoming promotion, but only tell them half of the story. Let them know that the rest of the information is in their affiliate members area. If you do not have the ability to communicate with them both via email and from within their affiliate members area, then this strategy won’t work. That means that the affiliate plugin can make all of the difference. Continue Reading

When it comes to promoting your WP e-commerce site, making sure that get the most out of every dollar that you spend is more important today than ever. Not only does the economic environment have an impact, but so does the growing number of business who are advertising online. Fortunately, there are several techniques that historically have a very high ROI. Here is a closer look at ways to get the most sales from minimum investment.

1. Starting an Affiliate Program

An affiliate program has long been known to be one of the most cost effective ways to promote a WP ecommerce site. The primary reason for this is that you only pay an affiliate a commission once they have already generated a sale. By paying affiliates after they have already gotten you a sale, it is impossible to lose money. Plus, with a streamlined, quality plugin, like the Magic Affiliate Plugin, you can recruit and manage affiliates with minimum effort and time. As an added bonus, affiliate marketers are going to be linking back to your website with their affiliate links. This will boost your organic traffic as well.

2. Organic Traffic

Generating traffic organically can be a time intensive process, however the long term returns are huge. This is especially true if you have an army of affiliate marketers creating backlinks for you. However, even if you are trying to generate organic traffic on your own, you can get great results with a minimal monetary investment. As an added bonus, by creating quality content on your website as well as on other websites (to create backlinks), you will boost your online visibility and credibility which holds a high value by itself, even without the direct traffic.

3. Building a List

List building, for some, has “gone out of style” online. However the most effective online businesses definitely still make sure that they have a way to always be in contact with their customers. By someone signing up for your list, they are telling you that they are definitely interested in your products. It is the equivalent of walking into your store if you are a brick and mortar business. They are coming to you for information and because your products are of interest to them. Think of the emails or newsletters that you send out similar to a salesman on the floor. It is to build trust in your product, credibility in your business, and of course, generate sales.

All three of these tactics have a historically high ROI. This includes both the financial investment and resource investment required to start and maintain these types of strategies. While some of them will take some time to actually start generating sales, over the lifetime of these products, the ROI is incredible The best part is that all three of these strategies have been proven effective within every industry and for every style of WP e-commerce website.

When most people choose the right affiliate plugin for their WordPress site, they focus on the cost of using the software rather than the money that they can save over the long term. As with all business ventures, focusing too much on the short term can cost you dearly in the long run. Here is a quick look at how the Magic Affiliate plugin will help improve your affiliates level of satisfaction.

1. Integration
One expense that often accompanies new affiliate management software is the cost of integration. This could mean the cost of hiring a developer to alter the affiliate software, your CMS, or both. Keep in mind that you may also have to pay additional fees later on because there is no guarantee that a new WordPress Update won’t replace or alter your coding. The cost may not be limited to paying a developer either, it could also cause instability problems which will quickly drive away members. The Magic Affiliate Plugin integrates into WordPress with a matter of clicks. The setup is super-easy and be done in a matter of minutes. Plus, the Magic Affiliate team is constant staying on top of WordPress code changes, which means that you will have any necessary coding updates immediately. Continue Reading

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