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Are  You  Losing  Money  As  An  Affiliate  Marketer  ?  

 

Are You Losing Money As An Affiliate Marketer? Rory T Watson  

By  Rory  T  Watson    

 

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Contents   Introduction  .........................................................................................  4   Section  1  -­‐  Why  do  People  lose  money  in  Affiliate  Marketing?  ..........  4   Commission  Theft  ............................................................................  4   Affiliate  Programs  Terms  of  Service  ................................................  4   How  to  Stop  Commission  Theft  ...........................................................  5   The  Easy  Way…  ....................................................................................  6   Conclusion  ...........................................................................................  7   Resources  ............................................................................................  7                       ©2012  Rory  T  Watson  (Author)   By  Rory  T  Watson    

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By  Rory  T  Watson    

 

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Introduction   My  name  is  Rory  Watson  and  I  have  been  an  Internet  Marketer  for  2  years.   I  am  the  author  of  “How  to  install  a  Word  Press  Blog  in  15  minutes  or  Less”   e-­‐book  –  you  can  find  on  Amazon.  As  an  affiliate  marketer  I  am  very   conscious  of  the  fact  that  I  do  not  want  to  leave  money  on  the  table.  There   are  a  couple  of  techniques  I  use  to  stop  this  happening  and  I  am  going  to   share  them  with  you,  so  you  may  benefit  from  them.   Enjoy  this  report  and  by  the  end  if  you  employ  these  techniques  you   should  be  making  more  money  from  your  affiliate  marketing.  

Section  1  -­‐  Why  do  People  lose  money  in  Affiliate   Marketing?   Commission  Theft   The  main  reason  people  lose  money  is  something  called  “Commission   Theft”.  This  is  when  someone  clicks  on  your  link,  sees  it  is  an  affiliate  link   then  instead  of  using  your  link  they  go  and  either  sign  up  as  an  affiliate  to   this  product  themselves  or  just  go  direct  to  the  site  bypassing  your  affiliate   link.  Either  way  you  have  lost  money  –  they  have  stolen  your  commission.   Think  about  it  -­‐  you  put  in  all  that  hard  work  to  promote  the  product,  you   told  the  person  all  about  it  and  then  they  deny  you  your  pay  off  –  Grrrrr   !!!!  

Affiliate  Programs  Terms  of  Service   Another  reason  why  people  lose  money  being  an  affiliate  is  that  they   forget  that  not  all  affiliate  programs  are  created  equally.  Some  have  very   By  Rory  T  Watson    

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  difficult  to  meet  Payout  rules.  ClickBank  for  example  in  their  Terms  of   Service  say  that:   ClickBank will withhold payment of any account balance until the following criteria is met: • •

Sales made with 5 or more different credit card numbers; and, Sales made with two different payment methods (either Visa, MasterCard, PayPal or European Direct Debit(ELV)). Note: PayPal purchases do not count toward the minimum 5 different credit card numbers.

How  many  of  you  –  who  use  ClickBank  –  realized  that?  Considering  most   people  who  purchase  products  on  the  web  do  so  via  PayPal  this  criteria  is   very  difficult  to  meet.  The  reason  they  do  it,  is  to  stop  fraud,  which  is   understandable,  but  frustrating  at  the  same  time.   Other  Affiliate  programs  have  similar  clauses.  Be  sure  to  read  them  before   spending  time  and  effort  promoting  their  products.  

How  to  Stop  Commission  Theft   As  I  said  above  commission  Theft  is  the  main  way  people  lose  money  as  an   affiliate.  The  best  way  to  counteract  this  is  to  “Cloak”  your  link.  By  this  I   mean  disguise  your  affiliate  link  as  a  different  link  that  then  re-­‐directs  to   your  affiliate  product,  thus  maintaining  your  commission.   There  are  several  ways  to  do  this,  but  one  word  of  warning  whatever   method  you  choose  make  sure  you  have  control  over  it,  preferably  on  your   own  domain.  Sites  like  TinyUrl  or  Bitly  are  fine  for  some  things,  but  not  for   affiliate  links.  This  is  for  three  reasons:  

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  1) A  lot  of  ISPs  block  them  because  they  often  collect   your  data  and  share  it  with  other  sites.  ISP’s  don’t  like   that.   2) You  do  not  control  the  service,  so  if  they  go  out  of   business  overnight  so  do  your  links.   3) The  URLs  that  are  shortened  are  difficult  to  remember   or  edit  once  you  have  made  them.  Meaning  if  you   want  to  update  where  the  link  goes  because  the   product  your  promoting  is  no  longer  available  you   have  to  update  every  link  you  put  out  there  –   impossible  I  think  you’ll  agree  –  wasting  a  lot  of  your   marketing  efforts.   An  alternative  to  these  sites  is  to  program  the  re-­‐direct  yourself,  but  if   your  are  not  familiar  with  how  to  do  this,  it  can  get  quite  complicated.  You   also  have  to  make  sure  it  is  user  friendly  and  works  in  everyone’s  type  of   browser.  

The  Easy  Way…   The  simplest  way  is  to  use  a  simple  program  someone  has  already  written   and  tested.  The  one  I  like  to  use  is  called  Easy  Redirect  Script  from  those   great  people  over  at  Rapid  Crush  Inc  –  Jason  Fladlien  and  Wilson  Matos.   This  product  takes  all  the  worry  away  –  it  is  installed  on  your  domain,  it   creates  user-­‐friendly  links,  it  is  easy  to  use.  Importantly  it  is  backed  by  a   great  support  program  if  you  ever  do  run  into  trouble.  The  program  also   creates  a  QR  code  for  your  link,  so  you  can  add  this  into  your  blog,  site  or   wherever  you  want.   To  check  it  out  go  over  here:   By  Rory  T  Watson    

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  http://theinternetbusinesstools.com/Easy-­‐Redirect-­‐Script   Or  if  you  want  to  watch  a  replay  of  a  webinar  where  the  guys  explain  more   about  it  have  a  look  here:   http://theinternetbusinesstools.com/Easy-­‐Redirect-­‐Script-­‐Webinar  

Conclusion   I  hope  you  enjoyed  reading  this  report  on  the  ways  that  as  an  affiliate  you   could  be  losing  money  without  even  knowing  it.  I  also  hope  that  you  have   learned  some  ways  you  can  combat  this  and  give  yourself  a  chance  to  get   that  money  back.    Here’s  to  your  success  as  an  Affiliate  Marketer!!  

Resources   Here  are  some  things  you  may  find  useful:   1) If  you  need  some  help  creating  Facebook  Fan  Pages  you  cannot  go   wrong  with  this  tool.  Also  from  Jason  and  Wilson  it  makes  it  so  easy  –   anything  you  can  do  in  Word  Press  you  can  now  do  in  Facebook…Let   your  imagination  fly.   http://theinternetbusinesstools.com/WPFanPro   2) Pinterest  is  a  relatively  new  kid  on  the  block,  but  is  rapidly  growing  in   popularity.  One  of  the  most  important  things  in  marketing  on  Social   Media  is  to  link  each  site  together.  This  tool  will  allow  you  to  link  the   powerhouses  of  Pinterest  and  Facebook  very  easily  and  will  give  you   added  flexibility.   http://theinternetbusinesstools.com/WPPinPro  

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  3) With  more  and  more  people  browsing  the  web  on  a  mobile  device  you   need  to  create  a  site  that  is  “mobile  friendly”  with  this  tool  you  cannot   go  far  wrong…   http://theinternetbusinesstools.com/WPMobilePro   4) What  you  need  now  is  a  course  to  bring  it  all  together.  The  one  I   recommend  is  6in6  Coaching.  A  great  program  on  so  many  topics   given  by  people  who  really  know  their  stuff.  There  are  Webinars  to   download  plus  two  live  webinars  a  month.  You  can  find  it  here…   http://theinternetbusinesstools.com/6in6Coaching-­‐SpecialOffer    

  Thank  you  again  for  reading  this  guide.  Maybe  I  will  see  you  over  at   http://theinternetbusinesstools.com/blog  –  Feel  free  to  leave  some  feedback.     Good  Luck  in  all  your  Affiliate  Marketing  Endeavors.     Rory  T  Watson  

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