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Infographic – How To Advertise Your Business Online For Free

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Jun 12, 2015

If you are an entrepreneur you may be wondering …”how can I improve my business?” especially in such economic periods when everybody has to cut a lot and spend less each and every day.Or you thinking “how am I supposed to be different and shine?“…I have so much competition and paying for expensive ads is not even an option.

What if I told you that you can get advertising for free?…

Infographic – The creation of an Affiliate Marketing Program to let Affiliates Advertise and Market your Business Online just For Free

 

 

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And what is Affiliate Marketing?.. you would probably ask.In a nutshell Affiliate Marketing takes place when online visitors are redirected to a merchant’s website through another website that is promoting the merchant’s product(s).Now when these online visitors leave the promoter’s website to get to the merchant’s website a cookie is placed to their computer to track down the activity.

This way the merchant knows that the visitor redirected from the promoter.And then if the visitor complete a purchase or some other kind of action the merchant pays the promoter a predefined commission accordingly to the visitor’s action.

 

As you can see if you are an entrepreneur that owns a product you can let Affiliate Marketers promote your business through their marketing campaigns.You won’t have to spend a dime of your money to advertise your products.This is something that the Affiliate will take care and the Affiliate will get paid only if sales occur .Then you have to pay the Affiliate the commission you agreed.

 

Now let me ask you?..Which solution seems better for you in order to improve your business?..a) to pay for advertising that may lead to zero results? or b) to pay a percentage of your profit as a commission when sales occur?…This way you are getting a little smaller profit but you make more sales and you don’t lose a penny

 

 

…If you choose to pay for ads then you might lose money without any profit and no sales at all.Don’t forget the fact that when the Affiliate(s) get started promoting your product(s) then your company will be earning recognition to all of the world.Another important factor is that the Affiliate will “turn the earth upside down” in order to make sales and get profit from the process.

Related article on the Key Benefits Of Affiliate Marketing

 

 

What you Should Take Care When you Offer an Affiliate Marketing Program for your Products

 

 

A) Calculate your product costs again and prepare to include in the final price the commission for the Affiliate Partners that will enter your system.Remember that the FINAL PRICE of the product will remain the same , this way the final customers will pay that exact price , the Affiliates will have their commission and you will granted the rest of the profit.The same product will still continue to have the same price on your website if customers buy directly from you.

 

So what is a good commission?…it all depends on the kind of product you are selling.For example in digital products or services most affiliate networks offer a high commission , sometimes it reaches 50% or even in some rare cases the 80%.For physical products simply you can not offer such high commission rates because there are more costs involved.

The product’s cost itself and the delivery costs and other costs such customer service , support.You have to offer though a decent commission rate in order to motivate the Affiliates.Your target is to generate more sales and to gain recognition for your product.You have to sacrifice a small percentage of your profit in order to get Advertising for Free.

 

B) Make a payment plan according to your business strategies and stick to that by all means.You have to pay everyone on time.Most companies use a monthly payment plan but that is up to you and your type of business.But do not exceed the 2 months in any case.If you fail in that section the Affiliates will probably abandon you and that is something you have to avoid.

Another trick you can use to keep the Affiliate Partners motivated is to set a minimum amount of money for the commissions.For example if you set the Minimum amount to $50 and the commission for one product is $10 then the Affiliates will have to make 5 sales before they can ask for a payment.This way you avoid paying for each and every sale and the Affiliates continue on working with your product promotion.

 

 

Now it is time to Create An Affiliate Program Page  on Your Website

 

 

In which you have to present the Affiliate Marketing Opportunity describing what you offer , the Affiliated Products commission rates , the payment plan , the minimum payment balance and all other appropriate and necessary details.

You have to fully present your product , offer your best product images and videos (if you use any – in case you don’t probably the Affiliates will produce videos in their campaigns) , marketing banners in all sizes and provide online 24 / 7 support for your Affiliates in cases they need to contact you.

 

Now the Affiliates are your partners , you have to take care of them.Offer them a guide tour on your website describing what you offer , your expectations and let them know all the details on your product in order to get familiar with it and promote it with the best results.Explain what differentiates your product from your competitors and or supply training for your product if that is necessary.

 

 

It is Time to Promote the program on Your Own , Don’t worry though that can be done for Free too.

 

 

A) Create a Twitter Page if you don’t have one already.Make sure that you promote the Affiliate Program along with your products as well.And begin to interact with the community , a very powerful tool that as you continue using it you will discover the full potential.Tweet daily about your Affiliate Program Opportunity and follow Marketers or similar and competitive companies and discuss with them.Do not tweet only targeting sales , the main purpose here is to create connections.

 

B) A Facebook Business Page is another alternative to Twitter.It can be used as a small blog full of images , videos and information for your products.Again you have to interact with the community.Offer discounts for facebook fans who liked your page and or create vote polls for your products are only a few ideas.

 

C) Create a Gmail account and proceed with a G+ page.Follow companies , marketers and potential customers.You can use the power of G+ communities to gain recognition , search for similar communities and if they do not exist create one on your own and invite people , friends , marketers and begin to interact with them.If you have a local business facility get on Google – My Business and connect with customers that are looking for information on Google.

This My Business service lists your business in Search , G+ and Maps so the customers can easily find you , no matter what device they are using.Do not forget to place your operating hours and a phone line (mobile phone number as well).The customers can review or rate your products and you can use the +1 action on their comments.Post daily on G+ not only about your products but to begin conversations with your customers mostly.

 

D) Create a Free account on Yelp for business owners.Yelp is an active community where online visitors can review products.Upload your images , place your operating hours , your phone and all other necessary information.I suggest that you respond to users reviewed your product and interact with them.This tool can be used to improve your product’s quality as well by listening to what people think on your product.

 

E) Pinterest account.If you do not already use Pinterest then you miss a huge opportunity for your business.This is the ideal place to present your images.Get your camera and if you have a local business take photos of the facilities , of the production line , of your employees while working and your office as well.Create Infographics about your product and your business hierarchy.

Do not forget to create more Boards in Pinterest that show people your interests.You do not want to list just one board about your business only,You are not only selling your products , you are a potential customer as well.Pinterest is a live online community and interaction with real people takes place again.

 

F) Other similar networks you can use for Free advertising is Tumblr , LinkedIn , Yahoo Local Marketing for Business or even a YouTube channel with videos about your products and your business and many many more.The power of internet is endless.I just presented some of the online possibilities.

Don’t forget to link back to your website from all these online networks

 

Online Directories , Business Forums and Communities

 

 

According to your business niche and your product there are Free online communities and Forums that let you create your listings.Be as descriptive as you can and use images and videos as well (if allowed).Interact again with all the customers that may contact you.Keep your listings up to date and you can offer discounts as in other networks especially for repeated customers.

 

There are also some Article Directories like Street Articles or EzineArticles and many more that provide sections on specific topics where you can post your articles for free and expose your business to way more people.Create an account with your website signature and do not post about your product sales here , you have to post useful content that visitors will be informed about.

These Article directories are used from people that are looking for specific information and advices.Post about your product’s advantages and how they can help people.Present a story of yours , your business background and do not forget to post on other’s authors posts as well.

 

The analogy should be like 5 comments on others – 1 on your own.The king though in the Article Directories is nowadays Reddit where the categorization and sub – categorization makes the navigation very easy for the visitors.No sales posts here either as they will be considered as spam and will be removed.

 

 

Newspapers , Magazines , Columnists

 

 

According to your business area there are newspapers and / or magazines that can let you advertise your product for free.You can offer some product samples to these organisations and let their columnists praise your business.Do not forget to add discounts in future purchases for their personnel.You can make special deals contacting the owners and talking with them.

You can also make a Charity for your local area and have your business advertised.A lot of newspapers cover charity attempts on their Front Cover and you will gain recognition pretty fast as a sponsor in such activities.Although this is not a FREE method , giving though some samples for free is a great start up point for future success.You want to be found , you have to make it found.

 

 

Offer an Open Review Section on Your Website

 

 

When your business website will be getting attention after all of these activities in the above networks and methods we mentioned the traffic to your website will grow.Then you can offer a special review section open for anyone.The comments will be held for moderation before they are published so you will have the chance to modify or delete them in cases of spam.

 

This way you can use their reviews as testimonials for your products.Do not forget to update your network accounts with such testimonials , preferably the most positive.Create a sidebar widget also.Real testimonials add to your brand credibility.

 

 

Reward Top Affiliates and Get Informed on Their Actions

 

 

As the Affiliates promote your products some of them will drive more sales to you than others.It would be a great idea if you rewarded the Top partners.Some bonus commission like 1% would be a high motivation key for these Affiliates to drive even more sales to you.You might also want to consider giving bonuses and prims to Top employees as well and their families.

 

A Very important task here is to check each and every one of your Affiliate Partners actions.You do not want Affiliates that they have irrelevant websites to your niche promoting your products.You want Affiliates websites to be perfectly associated with your business area and to provide their visitors with great information.

 

Check their websites and their campaigns.Are they using your images appropriately?…are their videos producing value to your customers?…Remove any “Thin Affiliates” from your Affiliate program that only intrude their visitors with ads and / or with low valued content.

 

 

Business Allies , Relational Advertisers , Complementary Companies

 

 

I have already discussed about the power of Relational Advertisers in my post here.You can even get in contact with competing companies and begin a co-operation that would result in a win-win situation for both sides.Placing your banner in their website and Theirs in Your website would seem like a nice and productive way to gain some more recognition.Your competitors are not your enemies , are companies that serve in the same business with you.Make alliances with them.

 

Check also companies that offer Complementary services or products to yours.Get in contact with them and start making deals.In that way you will offer additional quality and services.Exchange customers listings as their customers might be your customers as well.Offer discounts for customers coming from that complementary listings and refer your partners to do the same with your listings.

 

 

Seminars , Webinars

 

 

Organising seminars to extend your product recognition.Seminars are a great way to let people know about your product and your business.The ideal solution would be to host a seminar in your business facilities , explaining your product details and showing in real time how your business operates.Invite everyone that you are connected , marketers , affiliates , customers , competitors and partners.Let them get familiar with your services and make your offerings

 

If you can not host the event on your facilities or if you want to take full advantage of the web host a live webinar.This way you can connect to the whole world at once.Create a short video or article announcement and post it in all networks ,forums ,communities repeatedly 2 weeks before.You can use an email sequence as well.Offer a phone line or a Twitter or email support for live questions and finally offer at least a 45 minutes Q & A session (Questions & Answers) in the end of the event.Post the next day on your networks accounts informing about the success of this happening.

 

 

Email Marketing

 

 

You can use the power of emails to let existing customers know about your products updates , your new networks accounts and activities and all of your future plans.Responding to every returned email is a must.You do not want your customers asking you questions and leave them unanswered.Do not bombard them though with sales emails all along.

 

Use this campaign to inform them , to make suggestions and for interaction.Create surveys or polls and let them reply , this way they will feel that they are not only customers but are human beings that can participate in your business.Create short questionnaires and let them fill their details about their businesses and status.

 

Ask them for propositions , what they need to see changed , give them the respect they deserve … The Main Target of any Business is not the Money – is the People.

 

Become An Affiliate Marketer Yourself

 

 

If you decide to learn about Affiliate Marketing and to explore its true potential for your business ( no matter what this business is ) I suggest you check out the Wealthy Affiliate Community.There you will learn the ropes of Internet Marketing , how to create your own blog and how to provide high value information to your visitors through that blog.

 

Creating such an informative blog could return in an enormous future benefit for your business.People are looking for information all the time , long gone are the times where sales ads or unbidden videos were driving money to businesses.Internet has changed people as they can find reviews on anything they are searching for.

Wealthy Affiliate will help you stay up to date and discover ways to boost your website rankings through SEO actions , keyword research , content creation , email marketing , video marketing , blogging , PPC  (pay per click marketing) , social engagement and marketing , website development , local marketing  and so many more areas.A must have instrument for any business success.

 

 

This is your time , your website will not drive sales just by magic.Use the full power of internet to make relationships , inform about your products and make partners that will help you boost your sales.

Remember that these networks and communities I referred is only a small portion of the Web Strength.Wherever there is a forum , a news magazine , a community , a network , a social media platform  , a local scope there are huge opportunities.Master KEY in all places is the COMMUNICATION and the creation of connections.Do not try to sell directly to anyone.This kind of action belongs to the past.

 

Be as much creative as you can , and always think of new ways to improve your business

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this article.Waiting for your comments and questions.If you have a business running and need specific answers to your plans try to be as much descriptive as you can.This way I can offer my answers faster.See you in my next post?

 

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20 Comments

  1. Kevin

    That’s a great infographic you’ve provided, it answered some questions and gave some great tips on promoting your business. Thanks for that.

    It also still amazes me that:

    a) All businesses don’t offer an affiliate program, the amount of money being left on the table must be incredible.
    b) More people don’t look at affiliate marketing, with low cost to entry and high rewards it’s the best way to get started working from home now in my opinion.

    Thanks again for the information 🙂

    Reply
    • Tasos

      Thanks Kevin , good news.I am always happy when I meet people involved with online marketing.For modern businesses we can call affiliate marketing as a free advertising method where both parties (marketers and companies) win.But most business owners trust the old advertising tactics and they don’t want to sacrifice a percentage of their profits.This way they miss to target the whole world at no cost and in the end of the day they spend way more money on untargeted over-expensive ad packages.

      Good luck to whatever you do…!!

      Reply
  2. Andres Santos

    I love the infographic. Looks like you covered everything well. I like using the free programs. granted, sometimes they’re a pain but who can complain when it’s free. Especially when starting out and the lack of money is an issue. The downside to using free programs is that a lot of them are scams.

    Reply
    • Tasos

      Welcome Andres , I am glad you found some value on this article.Thank you for this visit and for your participation in the comments.

      Reply
  3. rufat

    Great article Tasos. As I can see, you touched upon all major points on free advertising. To be honest, I’m a big fan of free advertising too and there are numerous ways we can use to market our business. I love using free methods because when you are starting online there is no guarantee that you will make any money and that’s why it’s always better to use free methods. As for paid advertising, I used PPC method for some time and spent around $300 and then decided to stop paid advertising. What methods are you using for your website? How do you market your business? Do you have any experience, good or bad in paid advertising?

    Reply
    • Tasos

      Welcome back Rufat , I am using free methods as there are unlimited areas to expand upon.And of course because I can target specific groups of people that are interested in what I have to offer.I will definitely try some PPC or other paid methods moving forward but I will keep my budget low.I can see a lot of people pay but they are not satisfied with the results they get.Sure , there are ways to target special demographics but even in those cases you have to spend your money wisely.But few dollars here and then would not be a problem , I suppose.

      Thank you for this visit and for sharing your experience here.

      Reply
  4. Devin

    Wow, You have a wealth on information here. Did you create that initial picture on the site? The process you described is one that I’m looking into and I definitely will use your site to get information. I’m not sure why, but I hadn’t thought about incorporating all the social networking sites.

    Reply
    • Tasos

      Welcome Devin , I am glad you found valuable that article.No business can reach out to customers without social engagement.

      Thank you for visiting and participating in the comments.

      Reply
  5. cutepackagingbeautyproducts

    Great informative post on affiliate marketing! Yes I agree that affiliate marketing is the way to go to promote your business as it will help to bring your products out to reach a huge audience. That being said, I do think that to promote products via affiliate marketing will need a substantial sum of capital since commissions has to been paid out. So I guess it is not really a good approach for small business owners?

    Reply
    • Tasos

      Affiliate marketing sales funnel can be applied to any business , small , medium or giant corporations.You sacrifice a percentage of the profits to generate sales and to reach an audience you would never had the chance to approach.Of course it depends on the product and the price.But the company will pay commissions only for products sold.It is like free advertising.But if a product does not have a profit margin to leave space for affiliates then it may be better to find alternative ways to advertise it.

      But generally , I believe the majority of the products fit into this model.

      Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and for your participation in the comments.

      Reply
  6. Marc

    I originally thought the article would be about infographics because of the title. That being said I really did like the article, especially the part about paying others to sell your product through an affiliate program. Is it better to do this on your own or use a big company that is familiar with affiliate marketing?

    Also do you have a tutorial on making infographics? I want to learn how to do that myself.

    Thanks,

    Marc

    Reply
    • Tasos

      When you own a product or service and you let affiliates promote it you set the rules.As I stated you can create an affiliate program on your own and publish it on your website.You can handle transactions through a 3rd party.Or you can participate in Affiliate Networks like ShareASale , CJ Affiliate (former Commission Junction) and publish your product there.Then they handle all the transactions and payments but in that cases you share more percentage of your profit.

      Additionally there is a comment few scrolls down from Leo mentioning another alternative solution.

      I do not have any tutorial in making Infographics and I don’t know if anyone has.I use only my imagination.You can find a lot of superb infographics all around the net and get inspiration , especially in Pinterest and sites with Infographics.Or you can consider starting lessons in web designing.A very interesting blog I visit often is the Web Designer Depot.There are plenty of design resources and information on anything you might need.

      Hope that helps Marc and thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with the rest of us.

      Reply
  7. Jay

    Your infographic is amazing, and covers the whole process in a very simple to read package. On top of that, in your explanation on what affiliate marketing is, you cover everything from the beginning of the process, to owning a product, to the very end where purchases are made. This post is very thorough…and I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t want to jump in after reading this!

    Reply
    • Tasos

      I am glad you find this post enough in covering the basic questions about the promotion of products through affiliate marketing , Jay.I believe that every entrepreneur that owns a product should take advantage of this affiliate marketing model and promote products or services without having to spend a fortune in advertising.Do you own a product.?…or are you thinking of creating one .?

      Thank you for your nice comments on my blog

      Reply
  8. Kerry Bramham

    Hi Tasos,
    I really enjoyed reading your post. The infographic is great and it helped me understand how to set up an affiliate site. I am currently an affiliate marketer myself and so far have only ever promoted other peoples products. Don’t get me wrong, I love affiliate marketing, but reading your post has made me realize that it may be time to develop my own product and get other people to promote it for me.
    Thank you for the inspiration.
    Kerry

    Reply
    • Tasos

      Oh , being inspired of that post is fantastic Kerry.This is an alternative way to approach online sales.If you ever get the time to develop a product to own then you can let affiliates promote it providing them all the tools and support and of course logical commission rates.You can prepare an information digital product for a start , such an e-book and market it in that way.Physical products are more difficult and they have extra costs.

      How are you doing as an affiliate marketer.?..What products are you promoting.?

      Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comment

      Reply
  9. San

    Hello,

    Very interesting approach to explaining a difficult topic. I really like your graphics, do you do them yourself? I would like to know what products you use to create them.

    Great article, your insights into just what affiliate marketing is and how it works are spot on and very helpful.

    I also like the way you approach it from the side of the business owner and how to get an affiliate program started, how to use affiliates and how to treat them.

    San

    Reply
    • Tasos

      It’s a very interesting topic indeed San.Every business owner can market products without paying astronomic amounts for ads but by organising a well structured affiliate program and let the affiliates promote it.But as a business owner you must provide all the necessary information , all the tools and offer decent commissions to “spark” affiliates interest into promoting your products.If you have satisfied affiliate partners then prepare to make sales.If you can not support them it’s better not to even start such an approach.

      Thank you for your lovely compliments and as concerns your question there are a lot of programs you can use for such graphics.There are free tools on the net like Ribbet , Canva and there are more sophisticated like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and many more.

      Reply
  10. Leo Emery

    Hey Tasos,

    Anyone who has their own product or service needs to take advantage of having their own affiliate program. It’s the power of leverage. You build an army of sales people simply by sharing the profits.

    It’s far better to have 50% of a sale then nothing at all. But a good affiliate program is not just the percentage given, it’s the tools that your provide your affiliates that’s important.

    Email copy, banners, PPC ads, articles and so on. You have to give your affiliate the ammunition to be successful.

    If you don’t have the tools or the proper back end set up for your affiliates your affiliate program will not get off the ground.

    With that said I was an affiliate manager for a membership site for a few years before it got sold and the affiliate tracking program we used was called iDevAffiliate. This provided the solid back end needed to have a successful affiliate program.

    Very in-depth info, fantastic article.

    Keep them coming

    Cheers
    Leo

    Reply
    • Tasos

      You have a big point here Leo as an affiliate program on its own won’t work really well.It needs to set up with care , tools , information , advertising material like banners and everything else.The affiliates will promote it better if it is organised and supported.A new modern way of no or little cost advertising but most of the small or medium bandwidth companies are afraid to sacrifice some of their profits yet.But they are sacrificing a lot of sales too.

      Thank you for your lovely comment and for sharing your own experience as an affiliate program manager in the past.Everyone should take advantage of the huge opportunities that internet is providing and brand products and services worldwide with just a few moves.

      Reply

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