There are many ways to help your affiliate business grow, but one of the easiest and most overlooked ways is building a strong mailing list. When building your web site, you should make sure to add a sign-up button where visitors can register their email addresses to receive email updates, newsletters, or other freebies you may want to offer. Affiliate programs are based on the number of sales you can make by enticing potential customers to visit your site and buy from it. Enticing people who have already visited the site or who have made purchases before is much easier.
There are two ways you can create an email list:
– Use a 'sign-up' button that will automatically save the customer's email address without the hassle of filling out a small form.
– Create a small form that includes their name and email address.
You can use either one you want, but make sure that the sign-up button is always working. Visitors that find links that are not working will get discouraged and will leave the site without signing up. You could lose many potential customers this way.
After a few weeks, you may notice that your email list is growing. This is a great time to think about sending out an email to your customers prompting them to visit the site again.
In your email, you may want to mention a new product, sale, or simply thank them for signing up and invite them to visit the site again. In order to make money online, you should try to be as personal as you can in your email. You should write an email that is conversational in tone and has personal touches.
Using your customer's first name is an excellent way to establish a relationship. Most people do not like reading generated email that went out to a thousand people. This can be perceived as cold and uninviting. While you may want to invest in an autoresponder program when sending out sales information, you will want to keep other types of email correspondence as personal as possible.
When sending out email, you do not want to write what is called a 'hard sell'. This type of email will turn people off. The 'hard sell' is a very persuasive letter that instills fear, anxiety, and a sense of urgency into the customer. You want to go with the 'soft sell', which may involve noting the benefits and features of your products, testimonials, or pre-selling items that will be available soon.
You should send three emails in total during one email campaign. Any more and people may opt-out of your mailing list. You should create an email campaign two or three times a year. This will keep customers interested and visiting your web site when you have something new to offer.
The key to running a successful affiliate program is to stay in contact with customers through email campaigns and newsletters. Returning customers are easier to sell to and will allow you to keep making money online if business gets a little slow. Customers on your mailing list will also recommend your web site to their friends and family, which means free advertising for your site.