Monday, July 14, 2008

Affiliate Programs and Business Opportunities = $$$ in YOUR Pocket

Affiliate programs and business opportunities are excellent ways to make money. They can be used to supplement your income and if you're good enough, to replace it completely. Affiliate programs and business opportunities give ordinary everyday citizens like you and me a chance to proclaim financial freedom and strike it out on their own. Financial freedom, more time with family and unlimited income are all reasons for getting involved. Being able to pay bills without stress is another added benefit as is the ability to set your own hours and paycheck amount.

Choosing a program or opportunity is the first step. You must ask yourself some basic questions BEFORE you sign up.

Choosing a Program
  • What are you looking for in a program?
  • How long have they been around?
  • How stable and trustworthy are they?
  • Are you going to be doing this long-term?
  • How much time must I invest in order to get a return on my investment (time and/or money)?
  • How soon will I see a return?
  • What kind of support will I have?
  • Is my upline going to support/guide me?
  • What kind of pay structure do they have?
  • When and how will I be paid?

These are just a few, but definitely not all questions that MUST be answered prior to choosing a program in order to achieve the best results. Now comes the easiest part. Signing up.

Sign-up, Registration and Set-up

  • Fill out the form and keep track of your user/ID information.
  • Confirm your email address if asked and log into the program website.
  • Set up your payment and other required information

Now comes the most difficult part of the program; promoting your program/opportunity to the world. You have multiple methods of promoting your business or opportunity.


  • Offline (newspapers, magazines, trade papers, postcard mailings, flyers, business cards, word of mouth)

  • Online (website banners, email ads, safelists, website search engine submission, referral marketing (your downline helps you by promoting their site), blogs, link and banner exchange services, PPC (Pay-Per-Click) advertising.

The next part is actually the easiest; spending the money you make :-). Smile all the way to the bank :-).

Pay to the Order of: YOUR Name Here

The information is not by any means a comprehensive list. It is merely a guide to help you choose a program and give you a means to get started in affiliate programs and opportunities if you have not already done so. As I stated in my profile, I am here to help and will do all that I can to help people whenever and wherever I can. Here are some extras to kick-start you if you have never tried joining a business opportunity or affiliate program. Shorten your learning curve by using the information below.



  • A tip to help cut down on searching for people interested in your program is to build a referral list. This is called a safelist. The people on this list MUST double-opt-in (confirm that they want to be part of the list twice) in order to be placed on the list. They are also agreeing to accept emails in exchange for sending them. Over time this list can grow large and so too will your businesses. After people know you for a while they will follow you into your new businesses.

  • Join social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, Yuwie!, Zen Zuu, and DirectMatches to build business relationships, friends and referrals. Most of them allow you to create a blog and/or add links to your websites in your profile. Sites like MySpace have MILLIONS of users. You can join different groups/communities within these sites. Find a group or community that is in line with what your business opportunity is about.

  • Autoresponders are an excellent way to build referrals and close sales or generate sign-ups. They sent a series of programmed messages to prospects over time. Each message is designed to remind the recipient of the opportunity that you are presenting. Aweber, LoopResponders and FreeAutoBot are just a few programs that offer autoresponders. LoopResponders has preprogrammed messages for various programs like Free1Up.

We hope that this has been very helpful to you. If you find this information useful, please pass it on so that others may benefit. Thanks.

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Yours in success,

Joseph R. Mays
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