Once you have an affiliate content website ready for your market, it’s time to begin driving targeted traffic to it! You can do this a number of different ways, and in this segment of the report, we’ll explore the most cost effective strategies to jump-starting your campaigns. Article Marketing One of the easiest ways of launching an affiliate campaign is by using article marketing directories.

With article content, you can simply submit it into the larger article directories and within minutes of being approved, can begin to see traffic flowing to your landing pages. In exchange for providing them with free content, you get to include some text and links in a section at the bottom of each article called a resource box.

EzineArticles.com (http://www.ezinearticles.com) is the biggest, most popular, highest-traffic article directory. They have tremendous authority in Google, and articles often rank extremely well, so they can get a lot of traffic. As long as your articles are structured so that you are providing solid, useful content with a link back to your website showcased within the resource box, article marketing is a simple and effective strategy to generating prime traffic. Another important thing to keep in mind is that you should always use anchor text within your resource boxes, rather than a direct link to your site. Anchor text will help you rank for many different keywords rather than just your website URL itself.

Your author’s resource box needs to be as strong as your article’s headline and contain information that will pull a reader in and motivate them to click on your link and visit your website. Essentially, a resource box is very much like a fast-track commercial.

You have only a few seconds to motivate them to read further and explore your website. Here are the top five article marketing directories that I personally use for all of my campaigns:

  • www.EzineArticles.com
  • www.GoArticles.com
  • www.ArticlesBase.com
  • www.ArticleCity.com
  • www.ArticleDashboard.com

You can always choose to save time by hiring an Article submission service to automatically submit your articles for you. One popular resource is available at: http://www.SubmitYourArticle.com

Ezine Advertising

Advertising in newsletters can be a cost effective and very powerful method of spreading your affiliate links throughout the market very quickly. When purchasing ezine (or newsletter) advertising, you always want to try to purchase “solo” ads, so that you are able to broadcast an article tied in with your affiliate link, without having to compete with other advertisers.

Here is a partial list of ezines that offer solo advertisement spacing:

  • http://soloadsonly.com/
  • http://www.bizopzine.com/
  • http://probiztips.com/
  • http://www.rent-a-list.com/

When contacting newsletter owners to promote within their broadcasts, you want to find out how many subscribers they have, as well as how many times they’ll run your ad. You also want a good idea as to their overall open rate, and whether there are specific days where they’ve seen a higher response level.

To find more ezines to advertise in or to find ezines that are targeted towards non-IM niches, consider the following directories:

  • http://www.directoryofezines.com/
  • http://www.ezinelocater.com/
  • http://www.ezinehub.com

Feeder Sites

If you want to push your marketing message out to your niche market quickly, and absolutely free – you’ll want to turn to feeder sites. Feeder sites are free remotely hosted web services that allow you to create simple websites or web pages, such as Squidoo, available at http://www.Squidoo.com, who provides a free “hub building service” to anyone wishing to create a content rich web page. Feeder sites are such a popular method of building targeted traffic campaigns because of how quickly they rank in the major search engines.

Since these websites are deemed “authority sites“, they’re already ranked high in engines like Google.com, and so by creating your sub-page on their server, your page will be discovered by search engine spiders, and ranked very quickly. When creating your Squidoo lens, be sure to take advantage of the various modules that you can include on your page, and place a prominent link back to your main affiliate content page as well! In addition, break up you content into short articles, and avoid linking to any related products until after the initial launch is over, since your focus is on funneling this traffic through your affiliate link to the products order page.

For each feeder site, upload 1-2 keyword rich articles and spice up your pages with images, videos and use built in modules or plugins whenever possible.

When you’ve finished creating your feeder pages, ping each URL to get the traffic pumping in.

You can do this with either

  • http://www.Pingomatic.com or
  • http://www.PingGoat.com

Here are the top feeder site resources to help you get started:

  • Blogger: http://www.Blogger.com
    Wordpress: http://www.Wordpress.com

WikiDot

This is a great way to get your sites ranking in the search engines quickly is by creating an account at http://www.Wikidot.com

Weebly

Create free websites and blogs, switch designs instantly, and features a drag and drop interface, Weebly helps you rank higher in search engines especially Google. http://www.Weebly.com

WetPaint.com

Wet Paint features free wiki based websites that allow you to start your own social website instantly. Very good site for backlinks and ranking.

LiveJournal.com

Another free blog platform that will allow you to customize it from top to bottom including free themes and modules. You now have the basics of creating profitable affiliate marketing campaigns. The next step: Take action! It all begins with choosing a single product and creating a quality content page that highlights the strengths and benefits of that product.

Then, once able to generate targeted traffic to your content page and you’ve seen results, begin working towards expanding your outreach by creating additional affiliate campaigns, focusing on new products and evergreen markets. Affiliate marketing is an exciting industry to be a part of, and if you take consistent action in developing campaigns, creating high quality content and keeping a pulse on market trends and demand, you’ll quickly reap the rewards. I wish you the very best of success in your affiliate marketing career!



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  1. Excellent blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a
    paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused ..
    Any ideas? Thanks!

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