Traffic & Trust into Sales

See! I do own a copy on my iPad =)

Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online. It’s not a get rich quick scheme. It’s not a  pyramid  scheme. It is a genuine way of creating another stream of income for yourself. Many affiliate marketers are able to make five to six figure incomes doing it. Nick Reese is one of them.

The “How to turn traffic and trust into sales” ebook is a great affiliate marketing primer. Reese goes into details of how to become a successful affiliate marketer. It’s good to see that he focused on the three core elements of successful affiliate marketing: traffic, trust and reputation. It seems like many affiliate marketers, especially the newcomers, get into it thinking that all they have to do is create a website, slap some ads on it, and they’re done. Well, sure, that’s a great strategy if you’re trying to succeed in failing.

Affiliate marketing should not be mistaken for other get rich quick schemes floating all around the web. It is based on the traditional business referrals, Reese points out. In this case it happens online instead of face to face, which gives affiliate marketers greater flexibility.

The ebook is a great starting point for anyone looking to get into affiliate marketing. It provides techniques and tips on how to increase traffic, build trust and establish reputation.

What really sets this ebook apart from the rest of the ebooks on the topic is the planning guide that Reese included at the end. Step by step guide will help newcomers (as well as those looking to increase their current commissions) create or revise their affiliate marketing business.

Chris Brogan kept tweeting about the ebook, so eventually I got curious and checked it out. It was an easy read. Well written and is definitely worth the investment. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in affiliate marketing; it’s a great way to supplement your income. In some cases, it can become hefty enough to give you financial freedom everyone so desperately seeks. But it takes determination, patience, and commitment to success.

Affiliate marketing WordPress plugins

In his ebook, Reese talks about plugins for WordPress briefly. He mentions Redirection plugin, which I use on this blog. It’s an amazingly easy to use redirection plugin for WordPress. It’s easy to use and free. Can’t beat that. Also, he mentions that there are premium plugins available for affiliate marketers, but does not mention them by name.

Frankly, I’m not a fan of paying for plugins if I can find a free alternative. However, I bought two plugins that offer an amazing array of features for bloggers; especially, for affiliate marketers. So if you plan on using WordPress to start your affiliate marketing business, check out these two plugins.

Pretty Links Pro

This is a premium alternative to Redirection plugin. Yes, there is a free version of Pretty Links, but if you are serious about affiliate marketing I would strongly recommend you get he pro version. It’s not that expensive.

It offers redirection just like the free Redirection plugin. But what I REALLY like about this plugin is the integration it offers with WordPress.

My favorite feature (other than redirection) is keyword replacement. Keyword replacement converts keywords associated with a link into clickable links inside posts/pages automatically. So you don’t have to worry about making links over and over again. Love it! I don’t want to list all the features here. Just check out the page and look over the features it offers. I guarantee you will fall in love with it.

NOTE: I use this plugin on another website I own. This blog does not need the features it offers, simple redirection is all I need here.

OIO Publisher

This is ad manager for your blog. Once you buy it, very reasonable price, you are free to use it on as many blogs as you like. The reason this is worth the money is the option of offering ads for sale directly. You create and setup ad zones throughout your blog (or website) and use a purchase page to sell ads to advertisers. It doesn’t take any commissions, so once you pay for it you’re golden.

I really like how easy it is to use. The ads you see on this blog are served by OIO Publisher. Once I setup 125×125 ads for the sidebar it automatically created a widget for me to drag and drop. Done! Other ads were inserted manually.

If you do decide to buy it, here’s a $10 discount code (NY2011-VIKTOR). Once you buy the plugin you will get your own discount code to offer to others.

Have you read Reese’s book? What do you think? Also, feel free to comment on the plugins mentioned and ask questions about them or my experience reading the ebook. I’m happy to chat.

Disclaimer: The links to the ebook and plugins are affiliate links. I strongly recommend these products, affiliate commissions help pay the bills to maintain this blog. Thanks.