Setting Up the Foundations of Your Affiliate Business
Long-term business success is not coincidental or based on luck. It is a product of effort, planning, and strategy. Proper planning is necessary for gaining a sense of direction in securing funds. Use resources at your fingertips by building a small business around the skills you already have at hand to sell a service or product that people need rather than want.
Think about a free subscription (Opt-In) which with a little advertising can become a need for information to learn from for your customers. However, the creation of too much information content can be a waste of time if you’re not careful. My training will cover the Five-Offer Funnel to make sure your business successful if marketed correctly and you’re not wasting valuable time with too much material when the object is to get started as quickly as possible with great content.
If you’re thinking about a business to have lots of videos and eBooks to get customers started with an online business, make sure your system is working beforehand and that your online payment system is structured 100% correctly and your automated email system is working in order of emails that go out for your marketing to succeed.
I know that my personal work with eBooks for customers is important because I want to motivate and connect with customers by creating my Opt-In for free which is part of the foundations of my business, to launch the whole business starting with a free opt-in so that I can offer much more later after the Opt-In.
The next step for an offer after the Opt-In is called the Micro-Offer which is the second offer of the Five Offer Funnel Marketing strategy and is based around getting some money back from advertising you may already have spent from your Opt-In adverts. More about that later……
I always ask customers to navigate to my shopping cart via landing pages to download the Opt-In where no payments are needed because it’s the foundation of my business at the start of the marketing process in a system that works.
It’s something I needed to do business-wise, to disable payment options for credit cards in PayPal and let customer just place email addresses into the cart payments and then download the Opt-In for free so customers can grab the training and get started and for me to collect emails for future campaigns.
As mentioned above, your other option is when you have decided on your business content and product or training information for customers you may want to advertise it with a landing page which is easy and takes a couple of hours to reach perfection.
You can collect emails with as little as a subscription form with a little about what your selling and then hitting the live button and placing a few Facebook ads out to get opt-ins as fast as possible via your landing page to your niche audience that could be your customers if your send out a good Facebook ad.
You can also build your foundations by tapping into information online about starting a business for no money or at least a little and follow a path that you can afford even if it’s a struggle, to begin with.
After a few sales you will soon be able to invest more into your business so remember its always possible to source information about starting a business online for free. You can think about cheap deals such as Mailchimp for your email campaigns and landing pages and Big Commerce for your shopping cart both with excellent live chat for customer support and both start at a reasonably affordable price from beginner to advanced.
If it’s an affiliate based page you’ll be having attractive landing pages for your content and reviews so the customer can click through to a more in-depth review and learn more about what you selling. In Wealthy Affiliate, there are some fantastic ideas from members so get on over there and get involved with some comments and earn points to have your website commented on.
Getting things Done For Free
You can source any equipment you may need from a friend or family member such as webcams, microphones, and software that might be needed. Do virtually all the work yourself and be independent to learn, implement and complete your business.
Read as much as you can about starting a business and making money. Think about a website as a starter website to enter your product content into until you have links to add, pictures or any other content that you need to explain and deliver your niche online business and learn how to grow each and every day.
As my businesses grow, my technique to learn is to study my niche and read as many books about marketing and online business creation as I can. These days it’s much cheaper with Amazon to find second-hand books at an affordable price, even new books are cheaper than they were before Amazon.
Of course, having people to work with is great and there will be plenty of time when you start your Facebook community to reach out for more people to join in with your success and learn from you. That’s right you can become an online mentor too.
Interact with Your Customers
You can become your customer’s mentor and charge them for training when your foundations and businesses are all completed. You can build a rapport with people in your Facebook group and even advertise to them, offering training and you could even design competition such as a free eBook for your members that help your community.
Offer advice to members that get lot’s more members into the community and start a great team for learning and marketing and all that comes with a positive attitude to learning about business creation online.
Think about the foundations as I have built by implementing a competition for a free online shopping cart and a teacher recruitment website previous to my new projects at Wealthy Affiliate for the best Facebook member who continuously posts good material, advice, and information about learning and shows positivity in being a part of a community that searches for entrepreneurship.
Remember that hard work is the best method to stay ahead of the game when building the foundations of your business as much as you can with the basics of reading as many books as time allows you. I’ll mention the books I want you to read in my Facebook group so if you’re not a member yet please think about joining as soon as possible to get more free training but please think about the books that I will show you to read and get ahead of the game as soon as you can.
The foundations I built for my business began by a positive attitude to learning and a true-life read about my travels to South East Asia and how I managed to work in marketing in Sydney, Australia and how I managed to travel to over 80 cities and 33 countries worldwide over the years. I’ve worked on several other online businesses that I’ll share with you in the Facebook group.
Think about the basics of what you need to start your business such as a niche you choose with, time, effort and knowledge of building a business. When you’re working on your business think about praising yourself for the good work you’re doing and if your lacking motivation then you should think about branching out from the people you speak about your business with. When your foundations are implemented show your friends and family and share your story.
Take time off when you’re tired and begin working again when you’re feeling motivated but above all never give up. I know many people that gave up some years ago and now have nothing so stay motivated about it because it can take more than two or three attempts before you make any money. Of course, my business is to make sure you get it right on the first attempt.
Expanding Your Affiliate Business For Success
Add a continuous stream of products to your business such as eBooks, presentations, videos, and course content. You can sell more services to your current customers and offer them more with the niche you are teaching them to be it a language development business or digital service or physical drop shipping.
You can easily complete this action by implementing more email campaigns to your product launches with Mailchimp from where you can add new landing pages to collect emails from your new products or services that you may want to sell online using the training I have given you.
Create new funnels for marketing to sell your new products or services so that you can have a system in your business that sells for you. The five Offer Funnel is great for launches due to it being a system that completes most of your marketing needs for you. You can also offer down priced products after your first campaign if you’re thinking about working on a new niche.
Make videos for marketing as much as you can, continuously and try to keep ahead of your game so that you don’t have to create 20 videos in one weekend. I make videos for campaigns that I have already in place just in case I want to add to training for customers that want more information and I can use my videos for marketing later for other products or services.
If you’re interested in building continuity into your Five Offer Funnel you can make the videos that are sent out at say 8 videos a month for a set price with an eBook that explains the videos. Your continuity, the last step in your marketing funnel is good for creating a monthly subscription where members of your Facebook group and your mailing list that are already customers can pay monthly for training from you.
Basically, you’ll need to make a continuous number of videos to save you time in the long run and if you already have a business plan work from that, so you understand how many videos are needed for the complete training course. Write something like this I’m writing to you to explain to others about your goals and how well you can help others because it acts as a lesson plan, business report or even a business plan.
To expand your business more try targeting other markets to get an idea of what other niches need as far as buyers. You can study a market that you want to connect to and expand your business as much as you can. For example, if your teaching a language online try selling courses and then you could create kids’ books or handouts that are visually attractive to the eye and fun.
You can draw up a thousand ideas when you are in the mood and choose the ones that you think are needed, fun to do, interesting to teach and take less time to complete. Become a complete professional at what you want to achieve so others can learn from you and allow you to run an excellent lucrative business.
Find out what other marketers are doing that already own a business and work on ideas that can achieve more with your hard work in making the ideas even better for your own customers. Don’t copy content but make it better so that your business gets ahead of its competitors.
Read lots of books that relate to the business you are creating and get used to learning from the books. One of my favorite books to date is Jeff Walkers, ‘The Launch’ that builds you up to your first launch by using an authoritative calculation to writing content on your website’s content pages and your email campaigns.
Think about outsourcing your work and getting various content written for you by professional writers. This might sound expensive, but you can find freelancers on Fiverr who are more than willing to write for you for a price.
Don’t work too much alone and find time for relaxing so that you don’t burn yourself out with work. It’s easier to do work on your business when your active and refreshed and ready to place some valuable time into it. I take breaks quite often especially when I’m struggling to place sentences together and nine times out of ten if I relax, I often can write an in-depth eBook as an excellent resource for starting an online business.