Affiliate Services – Overview

learning affiliate marketingTo become a successful affiliate you need to understand how online marketing works. Affiliate Marketing is a subset of Online Marketing and until you see the big picture and understand the tactics of online marketing you won’t be ready to succeed.

As you may have learned in our educational section, there’s quite a bit to succeeding in online marketing. But with the required skills there’s good money to be made. And you can do it part-time, full-time or in your spare-time. You can make a little extra money, or you can make a full-time living and may even learn the skills to make you wealthy.

Success also requires merchant partners that take your efforts seriously. Great merchants provide the kind of marketing tools and support that will help make you successful. If you’re a successful affiliate you already know that.

But if you are new to Affiliate Marketing then you probably would like some help.

Confused By All The Jargon?

If you’re considering becoming an affiliate you’re probably wondering how to get started. We recommend you take a look at our Education section to learn what affiliate marketing is all about.

Affiliate Marketing is a new world with a new, sometimes confusing language. To help you wade through the haze of acronyms and jargon we provide a glossary of terms. We review the history of how this thing called affiliate marketing got started and we’ll give you a glimpse of where we think it’s headed — and what you need to succeed.

If you’re a new affiliate you might also be wondering what it takes to be successful. Our years of affiliate management have shown us what it takes to be a successful affiliate marketer. We’ve managed some great ones. We’ll share what we’ve learned. We also provide some great resources we’ve found over the years that can help you get your marketing, site development, and promotional skills ready for prime time.

Affiliate Learning

For an affiliate to make money they need to learn how to be successful. This includes not only learning effective web site design, search engine optimization (SEO), and how to use online promotional tools, but it also takes understanding online marketing fundamentals. Here’s a site that will help you get those fundamentals.

The number one job for any website or landing page is to create credibility and trust. Without some level of trust visitors will not be open to your recommendations and won’t be in a buying mood. Affiliates must begin by creating credibility for themselves. After that they need to use that credibility to create credibility for their merchants. That’s the key to high conversions and maximum sales. We call that marketing technique preselling. It’s THE critical technique to be successful.

Creating The Win-Win Scenario

BitCom understands that an effective affiliate will mean more sales for a merchant. In return a merchant will reward good affiliates with higher commissions. It’s really that simple. That’s why we are committed to helping affiliates learn how to be successful. Everyone wins that way.

Successful affiliates are not born they are made. They are made through persistence and from learning effective site building and marketing techniques.

There really is no get-rich-quick formula in affiliate marketing… no matter what the gurus say. Be prepared to work hard.

It’s Your Job To Learn

We originally titled this section “Affiliate Teaching” but realized it’s really up to affiliates to learn how to succeed. The persistence required is not something we or anyone can “teach.” It’s up to affiliates to decide to succeed.

Learning how to presell, effective Pay Per Click techniques, and site building activities, like building an inbound links program and marketing through niche forums, all take time and effort. It’s not always magical or easy. It can be just plain hard work.

However that work can pay off. It takes time and dedication and planting your seeds in fertile merchant soil, but the hard work can mean a nice part-time or even full-time pay check. Successful affiliate marketers earn often earn 4 and 5 figures per month. But successful affiliate marketers earned their stripes through learning and hard work. Again, this is not get rich quick.

The successful affiliates have invested considerable time in learning the skills they need. They’ve earned their success by trying and testing until they’ve found what works. What works for one niche doesn’t always work in others. Testing and trying and building your own success formula is what finally succeeds.

We don’t have all the answers and we can’t teach you how to work hard. The old saying is true. “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.” But we do know some great resources where affiliates can go to learn what it takes to succeed. The learning and doing is up to you.

If you are new to affiliate marketing, go through our Education section first until you are comfortable with the terminology and jargon. Once you have mastered the basics, come back here to begin your advanced training.

Keeping Up With The Trends

One thing is for certain. Affiliate Marketing is always changing and evolving. Keeping up with the latest tools and issues in the industry is a full time job.

Affiliate marketing is our passion so we monitor trends in the industry full-time. We subscribe to the leading blogs and e-mails so you don’t have to. We continually monitor affiliate forums, leading web sites, and talk to super affiliates frequently. We’ll let you know about new developments in the search engines, online marketing, and the affiliate marketing space as a whole.

Finding The Best Merchants

Of course once you get serious about your affiliate marketing you’ll want to know who are the best merchants to support — which merchants pay well, support their partners, and most importantly convert their visitors into sales most consistently?

We are constantly looking for great merchants for our own affiliate promotions. We watch the affiliate networks and the forums for the new up-and-coming programs. And of course, as outsourced program managers ourselves, we want to partner with merchants who will succeed for us and for our affiliate team.

Take a look at some of our merchant programs. Having been affiliates ourselves we know what a good affiliate program should be. We think we’ve found some of the best available and we will continue to strive to make all the programs we manage better and more responsive to affiliates’ needs.

If you have any questions or comments we are always open to how we can make our programs and services better for you. Please contact us if we can help you.