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Would you start an email training program for your SEOClerks affiliates?



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Would you start an email training program for your SEOClerks affiliates?

Most people post an affiliate link and forget it. They don't bother trying to follow up with the person signing up through that link, even to provide basic guidance.

What do you think about the idea of having your potential affiliates join your affiliate support/marketing newsletter BEFORE they sign up for your SEOClerks affiliate link? After all, training your affiliates with tips, guidelines how-to's is likely the best way to ensure they have the tools needed to succeed. Maybe this idea could apply to any kind of affiliate marketing, even Amazon affiliates.

If you're engaged in affiliate email training in any way, whether for your SEOClerks affiliates or any other affiliate program, let me know what techniques you are using.

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idealmike

Yes! That is an excellent idea and one that is something I have often considered when working as an affiliate for somewhere such as for SEOClerks. Because your target audience is likely going to be people who are looking to buy or sell SEO services. Getting them in front of your link is one thing, getting them to click and sign up another, but giving them the skills they need to use the site/service they're signing up to is what can make the difference between having a referral that only spends $5 per month and one that spends $1000 per month!

Email training would be simply a matter of them subscribing to your list which you can email every day, a few times a week or something with the tips and knowledge they'll need to be a more proficient, better seller here as well as a better buyer too. Offering people tips and tricks on how to use the site such as the kind that we have in the FAQ here for how to use SEOClerks in some way either as a buyer or a seller will make them much much more likely to do those things if they know how to do it. That is all it takes sometimes. Many people don't do something if they don't know how to do it, even though it can be easy to do, but it's always easy when you know how!

I like the idea that they be subscribed to a newsletter first though so you can send them some really important stuff like this with bullet points that are expanded on in detail and guides and walkthroughs they can follow step-by-step to get things right first time and give them the skills and tools they might need to perform those steps so that they go on to become very valuable referrals for you but also get the most out of using SEOClerks as well either as a buyer or a seller or an affiliate also. Eventually you'd want to teach them all about the affiliate side of things and of course how to do what it is you're doing with them that they can do with other people to get their own referrals as an affiliate.

And yes the idea could apply to anything as well including Amazon affiliates too. There are people that do already do this. They'll get them subscribed, then they'll send them teaser articles that show how to do something, and what the benefits to it are and can be for them and then telling them to stick around because in the next email we're going to show you how to do just that!

Those kind of emails are fun, enticing and exciting to get and they have a really high response rate as well. But start off slowly at first you know, give them the starters first, then you can bring out the meat and veg and lavish in gravy, then later on bring out the pudding and lavish in custard. The pudding and the custard being your very best affiliate marketing tips for SEOClerks affiliates that you use yourself as well as links to any services you use on SEOClerks or anywhere else that helps you get more SEOClerks referrals/affiliates.

Excellent idea Beverly! We should definitely expand on this and brainstorm up some things!




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Beverly

And, I realize we earn affiliate commission when someone makes a purchase, rather than just selling something. However, this idea is still applicable as many SEOClerks sellers are also buyers, if only because they are making purchases for their own website/social media needs. And, those people will be interested in articles, checklists and guides on how to be a better buyer, locate good deals on SEOClerks and even tips on selling better - such as for anyone who is a reseller. There's a big opportunity to educate your affiliate and ensure they are a success, rather than just dropping the link on a forum and expecting that person signing up to take all the next steps toward success. Not sure if you are familiar with the term Network Marketing (formerly MLM), however in the United States, it's mostly about team building - that is, having a great product or product line and building a team of people who are so well trained and enthusiastic about that product they can't help but make sales. With SEOClerks, it works a little different as your money is coming from services they purchase. Still, I think anyone can adapt the email training idea even if only to buyers.




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hitmeasap

I have never thought of doing something like this for my SEOClerks affiliates but I can see some benefits by doing so. However, what I usually do when I bring people to join through my affiliate ID's are to explain everything they need to do, before they sign up. So they have enough knowledge to proceed on their own when they've signed up and created their account. I cover all the things I find necessary and after that, they're on their own with a small twist. As I would never leave any of my clients or affiliates in the dark I always provide support, no matter what they need. I sell myself as a human, as a support pillar and as someone my clients, partners and affiliates can count on. I provide quality in more ways than the services I sell and make money from. I establish relationships and I always build reputation, in one way or another.

With that being said, I do what you've stated but in other ways, at least from my perspective but I can truly see huge potential by changing up my own methods. The only thing I need, is to see things outside the box, come up with a brilliant idea and begin. Thank you!

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Beverly

Providing after-the-sale customer support or affiliate mentorship is an excellent personal branding technique. Being a helpful go-to kind of guy ensures your customers and affiliates think of you first. In this situation, it's even more advantageous to 'train' your affiliates in some ways as those are the people who are making purchases - whether your services or from others.




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anwebservices

I was trying to do this before. From my point of view, after sale support work better for some reason and for some affiliates, specially here at Seoclerks. I was contacting them occasionally with little guides and mostly on forum's "coupon code" treads, so they can buy more and yet save while shopping. So it's not bad idea at all. People start feeling comfortable and cared about when you provide such care, so it's another way in building trust in you as a mentor and also website where they have bin registered.




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hitmeasap

I have tried to send my affiliates messages whenever a free $5 coupon has appeared within the forum, just as a brief reminder of both the coupon but also as a reminder of SEOClerks marketplace (as not every affiliate is active). That being said, I have more than 1,100 affiliates so it's really not something I can do manually. I've actually suggested a "mass message your affiliates" option a long time ago, but haven't heard anything about it. Such an option would be perfect to interact with your affiliates quickly. Just like sending a newsletter to your email list. Write it once and everyone gets it.




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MasterA

I have never thought about this but I think this is a good idea as people will more likely to join under your referral if they know you will support them. It is also a good way to build relationships with them and this would allow you to help each other earn money. I find that a lot of people I refer just leave SEOClerks after a while and I think helping them out will encourage them to stay which will increase my affiliate revenue. This is a great idea and I may do that. It may also be a good idea to have a private forum for all your affiliates so there is a place for everyone to talk.




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Beverly

ohh! I really love this idea of having a private subforum as you mentioned for affiliate conversation and training. Maybe even a Facebook group just for affiliates, if a seller doesn't own a forum or website to hold 'meetings' or training at. Would that work too?




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MasterA

Yes, that is a good idea. Nearly everyone has Facebook nowadays so having a Facebook group will definitely be the easiest solution. I think also they can have a Skype chat so they can talk in real time with ease and use the Facebook group as a forum to plan and make note of important information and tips. I think this will definitely be very useful if you build a network of affiliates who joined under your referral. Knowing that you can get help from multiple people is already a good reason to join. The larger the network, the more revenue for everyone and as the starter of the network, you will earn the most.




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Lynne

Oh yes that is a great idea. I would love training and support for the affiliate program/




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EliteWriter

I think that it is a good idea to keep in touch with affiliates. Sometimes many simply click on the affiliate link you promote, and stop there. But that is not going to get you anywhere. They need to be active in order for you to get a commission. So it makes a lot of sense to use such a method to encourage them to actually do something once they are members. A reminder from time to time, or some quick guidelines could work wonders for many people. I never tried it actually but I will keep in mind for sure.




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