Free Articles continue to be one of the most effective ways of quickly generating traffic and sales, without paying for advertising.
But how can you use free articles to promote an
affiliate link? Putting your affiliate link in your
Resource Box is not going to work, for a number of
- people can easily remove your affiliate ID and just visit the main website of the affiliate program (you get no commission)
- an affiliate link makes you look like just another
beginner, instead of an expert with something
unique to offer So how do you use articles to promote affiliate
products? Here are some strategies:
(1) Turn your website into a 'Marketing Resources Directory'
On your website display book covers and provide brief reviews for a range of eBooks or software that deal with web marketing.
You could divide your directory into categories: Web Marketing (general), Affiliate Programs, Search Engine Positioning, Email Marketing, Copywriting, Ezine Publishing, etc.
In your Resource Box at the bottom of your article you
could say: John Doe shows webmasters how to succeed in
online business. Visit his collection of marketing
resources at: http://www.yourdomain.com
(2) Write a Free Report
Write a free report on web marketing and turn it into an exe format free eBook.
Your free report might have 5 or 6 chapters, each
chapter dealing with a different aspect of web
marketing (Affiliate Programs, Search Engine
In each chapter you would include recommendations (and your affiliate link) for eBooks or software that deal with that topic.
Your Resource Box could say: John Doe shows webmasters
(3) Customize the affiliate links in Free eBooks
Most web marketers produce free or trial versions of
You could build a directory of these free eBooks, each
The Resource Box at the bottom of your article might
read: John Doe shows webmasters how to succeed in
online business. Visit his collection of free eBooks
(4) Use your Resource Box to get new subscribers to your Newsletter and then promote your affiliate programs in your Newsletter.
This is the strategy most people use. But promoting
your affiliate links in a weekly Newsletter is a
subtle art - the best way to learn is to join the