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This is a guest post from Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup, available from Amazon.com or your favorite local bookstore. You can also read his free blog at ChrisGuillebeau.com. Guillebeau is a long-time reader and supporter of GRS and one of J.D.’s good friends. You’ve probably heard the line about following your passion to ...
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Many people turn into affiliate marketing and a lot of them have given testimonials that they have really earned from it in just a few months of marketing affiliate products. Others even earn a few hundreds daily. How is this possible? What steps are they taking and what kind of marketing strategies are they following in order to drive traffic to their landing pages?

Affiliate marketing certainly can make you money. But patience is necessary and a lot of works have to put in. However, once you have left your mark in the sites where you want to gain traffic from, it stays there for l
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ong period of time and people would keep on visiting that page and you would get free traffic and affiliate sales from time to time.

So, what are the ways the professional marketers are taking in order to market their affiliate products effectively? Marketing a product needs careful planning and concept development. There are many sites where we can post a link to our landing pages which rank higher in Google. Below are some of them and it’s up to you to fully utilize and use the opportunity.

Squidoo Pages - Professional affiliate marketers use Squidoo pages to write a review about their products and to post links to their landing pages. Squidoo ranks high in search engines and if you use the highly searched keywords in your product review, there are great chances that your Squidoo page will land in the first or second page of the search engine. Squidoo is a reliable and trusted site so reviews written in the lenses are mostly preferred by most buyers.

EzineArticles – this article directory site contains hundreds of reviews and related articles about the products being endorsed online. EzineArticles has a pagerank of 6 and it also ranks high in search engines. Internet marketers find it a reliable site to endorse their products online where they get positive results. Creating an article about the product you are endorsing and submitting it to EzineArticles is a great step in marketing your affiliate products. It is important that you make your article as informative as possible so it won’t come out that you are only marketing your product but readers would also find your article very useful. This kind of article generates clicks to your given link at your author page. Readers usually become curious to know more information from the homepage of the author of the article.

Blogging – creating your own blog and creating backlinks to it is also an effective strategy. Once you have created your blog and added articles to it, you can write a review about the product you are endorsing then adding a link in the middle or bottom part of the article to your landing page. You can then join social bookmarking sites, microblogging sites, forums, social networking sites and other sites where you can generate traffic to your blog. Once you have thousands of backlinks to your blog already plus if you use keywords which are highly searched and with very less competition, there are great chances that your blog will be found. The reviews you post in your blog will then be read by buyers and if you have good quality review, there are big chances that your product will be purchased.

Article Directories – aside from EzineArticles, there are thousands of article directories online. The process is similar to what you will do with your articles at EzineArticles. It is important to note also that the article or review you submit to these article directories are modified, that is, no duplicate content if possible as Google penalizes posts which are in duplication with the others that they will find online. It is best to submit your articles first to article directories with higher pagerank as they are found first than those articles from directories with lower pagerank.

Submit to Social Bookmarking Sites - social bookmarking sites are reliable and effective in driving traffic to our blogs. Once you submit your post to thousands of social bookmarking sites online, you are creating thousands of backlinks which increases your blog’s pagerank. This boosts your blogs traffic and gives it a greater chance to land high in search engines.

People who search products and product reviews usually search first in Google or other search engines before they purchase it. Once they find your review and go to the link being endorsed in your review, there are greater chances of getting a sale. Affiliate marketing is the best and fastest way to earn money online if only you are doing the right method and strategy of driving traffic to your landing pages. It is important also to write high quality reviews and information about your products. People do really buy an item once they are satisfied with the review they find about the product they want to buy. The above ways are some of what professional internet marketers are doing. It is up to you if you will try them out. If you research about the ways and steps on how to market your affiliate products, you will always read about Squidoo pages, EzineArticles and the other methods discussed above. It is up to you to give it a try. In the end, you would be thankful you did.
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