List Building: How to Monetize a List
And there are a couple of good places where you can find the products to fit the niche where you've built your list.
These services are great for sellers because the hard work of managing affiliates and creating a sales system are removed and handled by the online vending system, and they're great for affiliates for the same reasons.
But it's important to stick to affiliate products that fit your list.
You never want to try to sell a quilting list something about Internet Marketing because they won't have any idea what you want them to buy.
It's like trying to mix oil and water; it just won't work, and if you do it, all you're going to get are unsubscribes.
Some services are better than others for what your particular list might want, so you may have to join more than one site to find the products you need to promote.
The sites have names you've probably heard before, like ClickBank, PayDotCom, and Commission Junction, but there are others out there.
ClickBank has a wide variety of products that you might use and if you're into quilting, for instance, there's a crafts section with tons of interesting products.
You don't necessarily just have to sell only quilting products.
You might sell crocheting items, scrapbooking, knitting, etc.
because crafters often do multiple things, and this works the same with most other niches.
com is good for an Internet Marketing list, as most of the affiliate opportunities at PayDotCom are about Internet Marketing, though the site is growing daily.
Commission Junction deals more with big businesses and have clients like eBay, Crucial, and Pfaltzgraf.
You can sign up to become an affiliate for one of those.
Just remember that it's easy for people to walk into some of those places, so being an affiliate for somebody like Best Buy would be difficult.
Yet, I can see a specific product working out.
Like, say you have a list built around gaming.
If you have a link from Best Buy to the new PS3 and send a great email to your list, you could do well.
How well you do with any product depends on how well you target that product to your particular list.
If you still can't find anything to sell, you can go to Google and type "affiliate program," the little plus sign, and the topic of your list.
A lot of sites will have a link at the bottom asking you to join their affiliate program.
The next thing you should do is choose four products that you can promote.
Be as creative as you can.
When you join those sites for free and choose to promote those products, you'll be given a unique link.
That link is your affiliate link that will track the people who buy, and show that they came from you.
When you get your affiliate link, oftentimes it will be very long.
After you get your affiliate links for your four products, go to http://www.
One at a time, you will pop that long affiliate link into the spot in TinyURL.
It will pop out a very small link for you.
You can use that link in the emails you are going to be sending out to your list.
Use a system of mailing to your list and following up, and you're bound to make money.
We'll be adding more articles about making money with your list in the future, so keep watching!