Where to Find Those Efficient and Hardworking Affiliates?

Everyone wants a hardworking affiliate, employee, associate, partner, or even spouse, and why not? It’s the next best thing to doing the work yourself. However with the massive outbreak of work and income opportunities available online, how can you beat everyone else and find that one (or more) ideal person who will make your online business explode with success? Here are some of the most ingenious and uncommon ways to snag the idea affiliates for your affiliate program

Direct Sales Agents

Direct sales people are really one of the most enterprising, hard-working individuals in business. They mostly work on commissions or rebates and are willing to literally go door-to-door offering their products to anyone and everyone they bump into. Imagine how much easier their job would be if they could be an affiliate and simply work via the Internet and a mobile device or desktop.

Also, most direct sales people tend to carry more than one brand in their product arsenal so signing up as an affiliate would be almost the same type of work but using a different approach.

Colleges and Universities

Many college kids would be interested in a part-time income opportunity if it would mean funds to help pay for their education, loan, or partying. All you have to do is make sure to offer them products they can endorse as a student.

Freelancers

Did you know that the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest annual report show that 75% of U.S. businesses used freelancers in 2011? Freelancers earned a whopping US$990 billion in 2011 which is a 4.1% increase from the previous year. The only industries where the number of freelancers decreased were in insurance, finance, and construction. Most probably your affiliate program isn’t a part of these 3 industries.

Furthermore, online business and finance experts are predicting the growth to increase incrementally every year even with an economy that is improving. People just want income security and more control over their earnings. With the spate of lay-offs, it’s understandable why many would prefer to work as an affiliate than as an employee.

Scout For Them At Affiliate Conventions

There are annual affiliate conventions held in different cities around the country. You should try to catch one when it is held somewhere near your location. The average turn-out for these types of conventions has increased regularly over the years. Last year, many of them were sold out weeks before the event.

Advertise!

The US Census Bureau has said that as of 2012, 15% of Americans are poor, 43% of young adults depend on their parents to some extent for money. Even more surprising is that the median income of young adults in 1982 was $31,583 and last year it was $30,604 for the same age group! Income is dropping and people are looking for ways to earn additional income outside of their 9 to 5 jobs. That’s where you can come in playing the hero and helping others realize their dream income.

Finally, go online and talk about your product. Make the affiliate marketers come to you and have the luxury of picking the best candidates. You will need some help in marketing your affiliate program so target a marketer who’s experienced in affiliate program and SEO.

Affiliates: 5 Signs Your Business Looks Unprofessional

Email

1. Does your email address accurately represent your business? Do you have a free email address from one of numerous free email providers? Using a free email address not only looks unprofessional, it screams I do not care enough about my business to invest $2 a month for a private email address. It is very simple to sign up for a domain name with the ability to create email address at your company’s web address.

Website

2. Using a free blogging platform is like using a free email. Web hosting is extremely cheap for anyone who is seriously attempting to start a profitable online business. Websites give your customer a place to go to learn about your company, your product, and potentially decide to choose your company. Imagine your potential customer tries to research your product, but can not seem to find it online. Instead, she/he searches for your competitor, finds them, likes it, and makes the purchase.

Social Media

3. I am not going to ramble about the importance of Social Media because you already know how important it is. Instead I’m going to tell you how you are incorrectly managing your online profile. Restrict yourself and your friends from posting unprofessional comments around your business pages. Do not publicize unprofessional photos or images of your self on your Facebook profile. Always be respectable in your online appearance. It will reflect your brand. Building trust for your brand is one of the most important things in any market.

Forums

4. Do not spam your services on every forum. Instead try writing powerful tutorials on different forums in your niche. It is okay to include a link in your signature, but use your words wisely. Make sure the link text is enticing for the people who are reading the forums. Be useful on the forums! Remember, the useful image will reflect on your brand.

Customer Service

5. Last, but not least, make outstanding customer service your number one priority. Respond to the comments on your blog or website. Answer as many questions as you can! Your customers are the ones paying your bills.