Priest Willis, Sr is Director of Affiliate Marketing for Affiliate Mission – the fastest growing affiliate management startup in North Carolina. Priest started in affiliate marketing in early 2000’s where he started building a few niche affiliate sites.
Priest began his journey into affiliate marketing when he was building computers. He had discovered it was too laborious to build computers for people, but building a website made logical sense as they were becoming more and more popular.
It wasn’t long before Priest entered into the affiliate marketing arena, or as he likes to refer to it “Horizontal Money!” Meaning, websites generating income for you while you are sleeping. This form of income appealed to him as it didn’t involve “selling” to his friends and family as with most network marketing companies. It wasn’t long before he was generating more income from his websites than from building computers.
One of the largest affiliate programs in existence is operated by Amazon. It was also one of the first major companies to leverage affiliate marketing to expand its reach.
To understand the basics of affiliate marketing one simply needs to go to YouTube to get a grasp of what is working and what is not.
To get a deeper understanding of affiliate marketing you can visit http://www.affiliatemission.com
Ultimately the best way to learn how to market affiliate products is to simply do it! As you can read about it all day long, but until you put up your first website or video to promote a product, it’s all just theory.
The best products to start out with are the ones you are comfortable buying. It will be easier for you to talk about them in your content and appeal to an audience. Think of unboxing videos on YouTube.
Another factor when it comes to marketing affiliate products is getting approved by an affiliate network. Often when people are just getting started they can have a hard time being approved. The best way to overcome this is to personally reach out to the affiliate manager and tell them how you are going to market the products. Personal touches can make all the difference in the world.
A great platform to begin marketing affiliate products is on YouTube, as it is the #2 search engine. This is a powerful tool to utilize in your business as people are more inclined to buy a product based on the recommendation of an individual than from a brand itself!
Business owners can utilize affiliate marketing to complement their existing promotional efforts. The advantage of utilizing affiliate marketing for a business is to build up an army of salesmen who are 100% commission based on their sales. The best way for business owners to get started with an affiliate marketing program is to work with an affiliate manager. To work with an outsourced program manager to help you get started properly will cost between $1200 – $2000 a month.
This is in addition to the commissions that you will pay to the affiliates.
The key to success with affiliate marketing for a business is to look at the end of year of ROI not just short-term gains or losses. Additionally, it is important to have the right products for the right network.
To learn more about affiliate marketing visit: http://www.Affiliatemission.com
To connect with Priest directly follow him on Twitter
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