As we have said many times before, we love our affiliates. We love teaching them how to promote our merchants by giving them best practices and advice. But we can’t teach them how to be affiliates in general.
That is our model. Others might want to hold their hand and help them build sites. We encourage all affiliates to talk to other managers anyway. It makes no sense for affiliates to be loyal to one brand or one manager. Diversification is the goal to achieve success. One merchant will convert higher than others. It’s up to the affiliate to discover this on their own.
When affiliates ask us for advice, we do as much as we can but we focus on how that will help our clients. That’s what we get paid to do. We need to find balance with merchants and affiliates.
Here are 6 links we send to affiliates when they need guidance. (Never pay for advice and don’t buy any guru books for more than a couple bucks)
Todd Farmer’s AffPlan: http://affiliatemarketingplan.com
GHC SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/greghoffman/affiliate-marketing-power-point-for-newbies
Random Article: http://ezinearticles.com/?How-To-Do-Affiliate-Marketing:-A-Beginners-Guide&id=7020201
Oldest Affiliate Forum: http://www.abestweb.com
Shawn Collin’s ebook: http://www.extramoneyanswer.com
Missy Ward’s ebook: http://www.missyward.com/affiliate_marketing/make-money-wordpress-blog
Blogs I Read
With all of the resources you see above, make it work for you. If you find any of our merchants fit into your niche, please join them and ask us for help on how to promote those products.
Greg Hoffman Consulting launched the Memoji.com affiliate program on the ShareASale network and here is my review of some of the products.
I love workspace products like this. When talking to the owners, I specifically asked for three products. The Self Balancing Pen Cup. Dry Erase Notebook. New York City Chalkboard Poster.
I love pencils. Did you know that? I specifically love the Palomino Blackwings. I have a life time supply so I didn’t ask for any from Memoji, but they do sell them. The pen cup easily holds a dozen pencils and about once a week, I have to walk around the office and the house to pick up the wayward blackwings that I’ve forgotten everywhere. Keeping them in one place is hard to do but at least they have a home on my desk.
The Dry Erase Notebook is my new companion. It goes everywhere. If I could add one thing, it would be a pocket opposite the front cover. I have a standalone double-sided dry erase board in my office, segmented with colored tape. I use it daily. But the dry erase notebook is valuable too. I love the clear sheet on top of the whiteboard board sheet. I put notes on top of my notes. The middle section has two clear sheets, so I can put notes on my notes on my notes. I keep all of my major client todo lists in this notebook. It’s GHC central. No, you can’t see it…
The New York City chalkboard? I couldn’t tell you what happened to it. The poster disappeared into a kids room that I do not venture into. But he says he loves it.
Here is a manufacturer video on the dry erase notebook. Enjoy.