It was crazy. I've had an affiliate program for over a year. I have quite a few people signed up. And I've been putting off and putting off, moving back through the tutorials to be certain I was providing them with what they needed. Sure I had written "The Affluent Affiliate Guidebook" to help them get started, and sent them a helpful mini-e-course at the beginning but never once beyond that had I asked for their help.
Don't you just know that part about "doing it all yourself?!" Sometimes we can be so slow is recognizing an opportunity.
So I wrote a new e-book and teleclass and all the advertising steps that go with that including a strong sales page. And suddenly it was time for me to support my affiliates and for them hopefully to be in a position to help me. I wrote special copy for them and offered them good money in return for anyone who signed up for my new teleclass. Then I e-mailed them for their help.
All of a sudden I had a team! All of a sudden I was not just marketing to my own list, with their help people I don't know would now hear about my teleclass and come check it out.
It was like a huge burden had been removed. I wasn't just sitting her in my wonderful home office doing my thing, I was being supported by people who had already come to my web site, liked what they saw, and become an affiliate because they wanted to support me and share my work. .
A genuine team!
Within an hour one of my affiliates wrote back to say she would include my teleclass notification in her upcoming e-magazine. The support had begun.
If you don't know about affiliate programs, let me tell you, they are one incredible way to both get help and give help. They are a powerful source of passive income.
Here's how it works. Let's say you find a web site and like what they offer and they have an affiliate program. You sign up to become an affiliate. You area then e-mailed your very own affiliate link which you use to direct people to that site. You can put it on your resource page, or in your e-magazine or in a special promotional e-mail or all three. When a person clicks on your affiliate link and comes to that website, they are "cookied in. " Which means a cookie is placed on the site and any time and every time they come and buy something, you'll earn some money from that affiliate resource.
How easy is that!
A good place to keep your affiliate links to other people is on your resource page. Be sure they are people that you know or know about and can personally recommend. Choose affiliates that help guide the people that come to your site find what they need, and in return, you can earn some money for posting the link. There are many ways to utilize affiliate links for profit. For instance, I have a free e-book on my web site that gives valuable information while at the same time contains affiliate links to the recommended resources. Many of the free e-books that are offered in which we are encouraged to pass along contain affiliate links. That's called viral marketing. For passive income, think affiliates!
Even though we work alone, we are not alone. Build some joint ventures for yourself. Sign up to be an affiliate for people and services you believe in and share those links with others. Start your own affiliate program so you too can feel the joy and support when you come to the day that you ask your affiliates for help!
Cara Lumen is a vision distiller who helps talented people with multiple passions create an enterprising and profitable internet presence. Using the Law of Attraction and the Law of Alignment she works with your deepest passion, your greatest skills, and your conscious choice, to help you focus your business into greater purpose and profitability. For information on her latest teleclass “Off the Beaten Path, Creative Thinking for Entrepreneurs” visit http://www.caralumen.com