Affiliate Marketing – Product Promotion

After selecting a product/service to promote, the next big challenge is to find people interested in that product/service. There are several methods you can use to market your product online.

Create a Website

You can promote your product by creating a webpage for it that you will optimize for the search engines and promote using different internet marketing methods, such as article marketing, social media marketing, and paid advertisements. Page optimization involves describing your product in at least 400 words and using “keywords.” Keywords are words that people use to find the product you are selling, and they can be found with the help of tools, such as Google AdWords: Keyword Tool and Wordtracker. The primary keyword should appear in the title of your article and a few times in the article body.

Article Marketing

Article marketing is mainly done through article directories. The idea is to inform the readers about the usefulness of the product and encourage them to follow the link provided to purchase or learn more about it. The inclusion of keywords in the article (title and body) is also important to enable people to find your article. You do not have to write a separate article for each directory. When submitting the article, you should carefully select the category, sub-category (if applicable), and keywords.

Video Marketing

Creating videos about your product can also help you find buyers. Google, the leading search engine, directly indexes videos, so your video can show up in the search results besides the text results. In the video, you should inform the viewer about the product and how they can get. You can provide your affiliate link in the video description and ask the viewers through the video to click that link to get the product. A good way of saving time when creating videos is to simply narrate the points mentioned in the article submitted to the article directory.

Slide Sharing

Slide sharing is a simple affiliate marketing technique. All you have to do is present the article you have written for article directory submission in the form of slides. You can use a tool like MS Power Point to create the slides. Slideshare.net is a site where you can upload you slides for free.

Social Media Marketing

Social media is widely used for product promotion these days. Promotion on sites such as Twitter and Plurk can bring traffic to your target site. Social bookmarking sites, such as Digg, Delcicious, and Diigo, can also be used for promotions.

Paid Advertising

Paid advertising in the form of pay-per-click advertising is used by many affiliates for internet marketing. All of the top search engines display per-per-click ads. Google AdWords is the most popular pay-per-click program. It allows you to bid on ad positions related to a keyword and make your ads appear in specific regions, if you like. Paid advertising enables you to display your site besides the top search results, without promoting it through other means or search engine optimizing it.

Poker Affiliate Marketing Strategy: PPC Advertising

Using PPC advertising to promote your poker websites is a great internet marketing strategy. PPC advertising allows you to instantly send traffic to a site, no matter how old the website is or how well it is optimized for the search engines.

PPC stands for “Pay Per Click” and has become a very popular online advertising technique. PPC advertising involves bidding on advertising space and paying only when a visitor clicks an ad and visits the advertisers website. Pay per click ads are normally placed next to organic search results.

PPC advertising is really a game of bidding on traffic. You can bid on keyword phrases that are relevant to your website topic.

PPC advertising is also called the following:

· Pay per position

· Cost per click (CPC)

· Pay per placement

· Pay per performance

· Pay per ranking

You can being advertising your poker websites with PPC by following these steps:

1. Create an account and deposit money

2. Create your keyword list

3. Bid on ad placement

4. Write and test ad copy

5. Enable your ads to go live

The benefits to using PPC advertising are many. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider this technique as a poker affiliate tool:

· PPC ads allow you to generate as much traffic as you choose immediately.

· PPC advertising generates highly targeted traffic.

· PPC ads give you a new traffic stream.

· PPC advertising allows you to easily track your investment.

Below are some vital things to consider as you’re getting ready to play your pay per click campaign:

1. Know your product

2. Stay within your advertising budget

3. Don’t overbid

4. Keep an eye on results

5. Find less obvious, highly profitable keywords to bid on

6. Write effective ads and constantly test and tweak

7. Make sure that the website you’re sending traffic to is converting well

When executed properly, PPC advertising can be extremely powerful and can provide a great return on investment. If you’re looking to generate more traffic to your poker websites, I would encourage you to look into the world of PPC advertising… it is an easy way to see results quickly.

Web Marketing As Psychological Programming

People love to learn secrets

I think that everyone has come across one of those web pages written up in the style of long sales copy. The page scrolls down for a long way and every few paragraphs it tantalizes you by saying that you will be told the secret to success, but first it needs to tease you some more and so the long sales copy continues without ever revealing the promised secret.

All the way to the bottom of the page and after much scrolling you get to the final big button to sign up. This big button is no different from the smaller ones closer to the top of the sales copy, but it acts like the grand finale now that you are properly programmed and ready to buy.

Programmed to act accordingly

In the long sales copy the only thing being offered is information that is for sale and the reason for the long sales copy is so that it can write a little program in your head. To do the programming the sales copy need to repeat itself at least 3 times on every major point being made. If you are aware of this then you can see what is happening as you read the long sales copy.

Short sales copy doesn’t work the same way because the short version relies on a certain amount of programming already being in place. We all have a certain amount of programing in place because we live in a marketing environment where we are bombarded with advertising.

Programming comes in threes

In the same way that if we use a new word 3 times it helps us to retain the use of the new word. Programming works in the same way. Television ads repeat the message and the musical jingle to penetrate both our consciousness and our sub-consciousness. The objective is to lodge the product name deep in our thought processes. We may get up when a commercial comes on and go make a cup of tea, but we are still being programmed if we are in earshot of the TV.

We program our young children not to run out onto the road. We repeat the message over and over with emotional emphasis. It’s for their own safety. We hope the programming takes a firm hold and will stop them at the edge of the sidewalk. Then it has done its job.

When a young adult joins the military they will undergo a period of deprogramming to strip away their old habits of thinking and then receive new instructions. Learning something new is not so difficult as getting rid of the old thought patterns. This is what marketing professionals are up against and they use whatever tools that are on hand.

Psychological programming or re-programming

If we want to change our old habits then new programming needs to be repeated often over a period of time. In sales and marketing it is the advertising that attempts to program us, and it is the long sales copy that has the best chance of doing this if people will read the whole page.

The programming is only partially in the repeated message. Some messages are crafted with skill and are more successful. There is a whole rack of positive and negative buttons to push for creating a sale. So we can say that programming is not just repetition but also emotional stimulation.

It is the thought that counts the most but it is the emotional emphasis that captures our attention. Just bringing up logical reasons for switching brands doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Nor does instilling a little fear sway us to buy a new brand. It is when emotional buttons are pushed and strong logic is presented together that we see a persuasive advertisement.

What happens when you are aware of the programming?

Seldom do we see the programming coming at us because of our own preoccupation with life. This is the same preoccupation that advertising is designed to break through and grab our attention. And when the ad does get our attention we are not looking at the ad itself because we are focused on the message.

However, when we look at what the ad is doing this is when our thinking shifts dramatically. Now that we are aware of the advertising itself we start to see the repeated points and the emotional emphasis. In this way we are able to see the value, if any, being offered and be conscious of the manipulation taking place.

The rule is “Buyer beware”, but a better rule is “Buyer be aware.”

Is programming the only way to market a product?

We are not children about to run out into the street and in the market place we may feel insulted to be treated with the invalidation that advertising carries. Anytime an advertisement does our thinking for us it is nothing short of invalidation. The ad is telling us that we cannot make a good decision on our own.

We can feel the invalidation even if we don’t understand it and we can safely assume that our own market is as sensitive as we are.

In a competitive market place we may be inclined to push with programming and get the job done, and there is always an argument in favor of doing just this. However, the web provides a different option and instead of pushing our market to make a purchase there is the more powerful method of pulling. Call it attraction or magnetic marketing but it works over greater distances and for longer durations of time.

Marketing by attraction was not usually a preferred choice in the brick & mortar world because there was no practical means of marketing a small or medium business over great distance. The cost was too high and the logistics of business growth was a big risk to take.

The web has turned this around

Our web page can scroll down for miles, although this is not a recommended strategy for providing the best and most complete information for our market. There are better ways for navigation to provide the desired information. But what it means is that our web site can attract a market by offering a complete service to our market beginning with information and education.

When is the last time you’ve been in a big box store and had to look for service? What about not finding the information you need on a web site? It’s the same poor service, except there is no excuse for a web site to not be a full service 24/7 outlet. You can put everything you’ve got at the moment into the site just once and never have to repeat the effort. You just add more info as it comes along.

Eliminate the cost of time & space

Space on our web site is not costly. Distance is not a problem. Time has no meaning. The real challenge for us is to be in the top 10 for our preferred search terms. And it turns out that this is not much of a problem either if we provide the quantity and quality of content that our market wants from us because it is the same thing the search engines look for.

With quality information and education we do not need to program our market. We have plenty of time and space to attract our market without pushing them into a purchase. Such a web site has depth and will attract those portions of a market early in the buying cycle. They want and need our assistance as we build a mutual relationship.

The web and its ability to pull, or attract, a market was never possible in the brick and mortar world where every word had a cost and every mile ate up resources. When we look at web marketing as information then we have to wonder why there are so many small business web sites pushing with the high cost of advertising and consumption of resources when pulling reaches further t a lower cost.

Have we been programmed to market our web site a certain way?