Setting up your own affiliate program will increase your income significantly. This allows you to reach tens of thousands of people who would probably not have heard of you otherwise. You are just one person, and you cannot possibly sell as many of your own products on your own as you can with the help of others. This is also known as partner traffic to your sites. Here is how you can get started.
As soon as you have one product to sell you are ready for your own affiliates. The first step is to set up your program. If you are using a shopping cart to build your list and sent out both autoresponder and broadcast emails, this system has the capability to house your entire program. I have done this for the past two years, and recently made some dramatic changes to it based on the affiliate program training I received from Dr. Jeanette Cates. I also had someone help me with the parts I was unable to do myself, such as adding graphics to each page and making sure it was all in the right folder. Within two days my affiliate program was updated and ready for my affiliates to promote.
A great long-term strategy is to think of this as an ongoing program that will increase your income exponentially over time. In your affiliate center, which can be set up easily on a WordPress blog, you want to have some tools ready for your affiliates to use to promote your products and services. These can include text links, banners and other graphics, tweets, articles, brandable reports, and sample emails. You also want a plan that will take your affiliates step by step through the process of promoting your products over a period of time.
As an affiliate myself I will tell you that we want everything to be made as easy as possible for us. By providing us with the exact steps we need to take, and a checklist to make sure we are doing it correctly, we will spend more time and effort in promoting.
You must also train the people who will be promoting you. A monthly webinar works well for this, and make sure it can be replayed for those who cannot make the live call. Remember that you only have to set up the tools one time, and your affiliates will be able to access them forever. The one hour of training each month is a small investment to make when it comes to building your online empire.