1. What is an affiliate?
As an affiliate, you sell someone else’s product and are paid a commission payment for each sale you make. As an affiliate for AffirmWare you will be selling our products and you will receive a commission payment for each sale you make.
2. What is an affiliate program?
An affiliate program is a program which allows you to sell another company’s product through your own unique link. As an affiliate for AffirmWare, you will have your own unique link to our sales pages. Anyone who makes a purchase on one of our sales pages after clicking on your referral link will be credited to you. You will then receive a commission payment from your referred sales.
3. Is a website of my own required to become an affiliate for AffirmWare?
No. Your own website is not required to become an affiliate for AffirmWare. In fact, some of the most successful affiliate marketing strategies of today, such as e-mail marketing and classified advertisements, don’t rely on you having your own website at all.
While you are not required to have your own website to become an affiliate for AffirmWare, we do highly suggest that you make the effort to set one up as soon as possible. Your own website provides you with many more opportunities for earning income than simply using your referral link by itself. Additionally, your own website gives you more credibility online while also giving you the ability to show your visitors the vast amount of knowledge you possess relative to the products you are recommending they purchase from you.
By marketing your own website, and marketing it well, you will have thousands of people visiting it each month. From all of these visitors, you will see more sales as an affiliate. So, the sooner you set up your own website, and the faster you start marketing it, the more sales you are likely to see – which means the more money you will earn.
4. How do I get paid when I make a sale of an AffirmWare product?
Here at AffirmWare we use ClickBank to manage all of our affiliate accounts. It is the policy of ClickBank to issue payments twice each month for all affiliate sales. For more information, you can review the ClickBank Accounting Policy at:
5. How much income can I expect to make as an affiliate for AffirmWare?
As an affiliate for AffirmWare, you earn a commission payment on each purchase made through your referral link. Your monthly income depends solely on the number of people you refer to our website who choose to make a purchase. On average, most AffirmWare affiliates earn one sale for every 95-115 visitors they refer to us. However, this is simply an average. We have some sites which really perform well and are seeing one sale for every 33-36 visitors they refer to us!
The average number of sales based on the number of referred visitors as known as the “conversion ratio.” The typical conversion ratio for a sales website online is currently one sale per approximately 320 visits. So, as you can see, our conversion ratios are excellent for our products.
In order to lend credibility and reach these great conversion ratios, we suggest that you give your visitors a personal recommendation to purchase our products. It is said that a personal recommendation can increase your referral sales by as much as 400% or more, and our other successful affiliates are reporting this is the case with our products!
Additionally, you should note that conversion ratios depend on your sending targeted traffic to our sales websites. If you are selling our popular Sculptor 3 software but are attempting to market it to an untargeted market, say something like a frugal living message board, then your conversion ratios will be more like 1 sale per every 1,000 visitors referred. (Visitors to a frugal living website are looking for tips to save money, not generally personal improvement software products, so they are considered to be an untargeted market for Sculptor 3 and will thus result in a lower sales conversion ratio.)
6. How do I maximize my income as an AffirmWare affiliate?
To maximize your income as an AffirmWare affiliate there are many things you can do.
First, it is important to note that a website with a medium amount of traffic generally receives a monthly affiliate income of approximately $600-$900. However, we also have some very low websites which generate under $100 a month in income, as well as others which are earning more than $7,500 per month.
Second, it is important to note that the referral websites which are earning the most money are those which give the most exposure to our product promotions to a targeted audience of site visitors. Websites which have the most links to our sales pages throughout their sites are seeing their sales climb much higher than those with one single link. Additionally, those affiliates who are actively promoting their affiliate links through such methods as e-mail marketing and purchasing of classified advertisements are also seeing the largest numbers of sales of our products. Exposure is vital to the success of any Internet marketing campaign.
Third, it is important that you take the time to read the various tips and promotion ideas which we share with you throughout the Affiliate Command Center Website. It is here that you will find the same secrets that our top affiliates, those earning in excess of $7,500 per month, are using. By utilizing these techniques you can begin to experience the same success for yourself, even if you only implement one of the techniques at a time that we share with you. We can help you to increase your commission checks if you simply follow the suggestions we give you!
1. Where can I find my unique affiliate link URL?
Here at AffirmWare, we use an online affiliate program management website called ClickBank. To become an affiliate for our products you will need to first sign-up with ClickBank. To do this, first go to www.clickbank.com and sign-up for your ClickBank account. There is absolutely no cost or approval process to sign-up with ClickBank. It is simple, quick, and easy to do.
Once you have a ClickBank account set-up, then you will fill-out a short form on our website here: http://www.new-affiliate-program.com/ . By simply entering your name, e-mail address, website name, website URL, and your ClickBank nickname on our form, we will have all the information we need to set-up your AffirmWare affiliate account.
When we receive your information, we will respond to you by sending you the following:
- A confirmation message from New Affiliate Program
- A link to our special “Affiliate Command Center”.
- Access to our proven powerful and effective marketing materials.
- Periodical updates and newsletters informing you of the latest in marketing techniques and resources.
2. Are all of my sales documented somewhere? Where I can review them?
By visiting the ClickBank website you can easily view your sales and referral link statistics. Simply go to the “Reporting” section on the ClickBank website under the “My Account” tab. Here you can view information pertaining to your affiliate payments, transactions, and analytic information.
3. What if I miss an issue of the affiliate newsletter or promotion?
Here at AffirmWare we do our best to send out newsletters and communications to all of our affiliates on a regular basis. However, occasionally those communications might land in your “junk mail” or “SPAM” filters. To avoid this from happening to you, simply add our email address (ENTER ADDRESS HERE) to your contact list in your e-mail program. Additionally, you will want to make sure to visit our Affiliate Command Center website regularly for updated and new information on our affiliate programs.
1. How can I determine how many people have clicked on my affiliate URL?
In order to view statistics on how many people have clicked on your unique affiliate URL, visit www.clickbank.com and view statistics under the section:
2. How will my referred visitors order AffirmWare products?
When a visitor clicks on your affiliate link, we make sure to display the appropriate sales letter website where your visitor can order our products directly from us - through a secure Internet connection. When your visitors are ready to order, the ClickBank site takes over and processes their order. At the same time, ClickBank credits your affiliate account for payment. Using this proven process ensures that you will be paid a commission fee on each and every sale you bring to one of AffirmWare’s websites.
We take care of all orders right away! All you need to do is to direct visitors to the AffirmWare sales websites, through the use of your affiliate links, and we do all the rest of the work. We take the orders, deliver the products, and even provide customer service to your buyers. All you need to do is get your link out there and bring in visitors. We do all the rest!
3. How are orders coming from my unique referral URL tracked back to me?
It’s simple! When you signed-up with ClickBank you were given a unique nickname. This unique nickname is included in all of your AffirmWare referral links. It is this unique nickname which ensures that any sales you bring to our websites are credited to you for commission payment.
Additionally, when we send you any “copy and paste” e-mail promotions, classified ads, banner ads, text links, pop-ups, and product reviews for you to use in your marketing efforts, we take care to provide these to you with your unique ClickBank nickname included in them for you. However, if you choose to write your own personal referral letters or marketing materials, which we encourage you to try; you will need to make sure that the URL you are using contains your referral nickname.
For example, for our website www.affirmware.com.au/#xxxxx, insert your ClickBank nickname in the “xxxxx” part of the link above. This is your affiliate link!
Alternatively, you can also use the referral URL
http://hop.clickbank.net/?xxxxx/affirmware, insert your ClickBank nickname in the “xxxxx” part of the link above. This is also your affiliate link!
4. How do I unsubscribe or terminate my affiliate relationship with AffirmWare?
When you are an affiliate of AffirmWare you have both an account with us as well as an account with ClickBank. The account you have with us is where you receive e-mail messages, special promotions, and other communications directly from us to you. The account you have with ClickBank is simply where your sales and payments are processed.
To unsubscribe from our communications, you will need to contact us at (Enter Contact Info here…). Please note this will only unsubscribe you from our communications. Unless you let us know differently, you will still have an active affiliate account with us. To cancel your affiliate account with AffirmWare, please contact us at: (Enter Contact Info Here.)
By completely terminating your affiliate account with AffirmWare, you will no longer be a member of our affiliate program and we will no longer be tracking or accounting for your sales.
To close your ClickBank account, please go to www.clickbank.com for instructions.
5. How do I change my contact information on my affiliate account?
If you need to change any information on your affiliate account with us, such as your e-mail address, mailing address, phone number, company name, or any other information we have on record in your account, simply send us a quick e-mail at (Enter Contact Information Here.)
To change any information on your ClickBank account, please go to www.clickbank.com for instructions.
6. How do I use your HTML affiliate promotions on my website?
If you can type, then you can use our special HTML affiliate promotions in your marketing efforts. At our Affiliate Command Center website you will see a section labelled “Ad Center On-Line.” It is here that you will find ads, graphics, banners, text links and even pop-ups which you can customize and use to promote your affiliate link.
Using our HTML code to promote your affiliate link is as simple as cutting as pasting. You can do it simply, and easily, by following these three steps:
Step 1 – Copy the code for the promotional material you want to use from our Affiliate Command Center.
Step 2 – Prepare a place on your website to insert the code.
Step 3 – Paste the code into your website, making sure the affiliate link contains your unique ClickBank nickname.
It really is that simple. You do not need to know HTML in order to be able to use our marketing materials. If you can copy and paste, then you can use our product promotional materials!
The only other thing you will need to do in order to copy and paste our code to your website is to set-up your web editing software so that you are able to view your webpage as it appears to visitors, as well as the underlying HTML code. The good news is that all of the most popular web editing tools on the market today, including DreamWeaver, GoLive, and FrontPage, offer you this ability with a simple click of your mouse. If you are unsure of how to view the HTML code of your website, consult your program’s online help files for assistance.
To see more information on how to add our promotional materials to your website, view our two-minute tutorial which is available on the Affiliate Command Center website.
Successful Affiliate Strategies
1. I want to become an affiliate for AffirmWare products. How do I get started earning money?
The first step in the process of becoming an affiliate for AffirmWare products is through signing-up with us, and signing-up with ClickBank as outlined here. (Insert link back to General question #1)
Once you have become a member of our affiliate program, then you will have access to our Affiliate Command Center website. We recommend that all of our affiliates start at the Affiliate Command Center website. It is here that you will find all of the vital information and tips necessary to successfully promote AffirmWare products.
At our Affiliate Command Center, we offer you a broad range of promotional tools and suggestions which you can use – all are free of charge. Some of the items you will find in our Command Center are e-mail promotions, informative articles about our products, classified ads, graphics, and banners.
2. How can I make the most money with the AffirmWare affiliate program? What AffirmWare product will make me the most sales and the largest commission payment checks?
All of our products have a proven track record in sales. However, the secret to making the most money, in the quickest amount of time, is simply to get your website set-up and promote it as much as you possibly can. Remember, the more targeted traffic you have to your website, the more referrals you get to our sales pages. The more referrals to our sales pages, the more sales that are made, and thus, the most commission income earned for you!
The biggest secret to making money with our affiliate program is to drive as much targeted traffic to your website as possible. For more information on how to best do this, please visit the Affiliate Command Center for more information.
3. I am seeing tons of traffic to my website, but my sales numbers are low. What’s wrong?
It is entirely possible that nothing is wrong. It simply takes a while to build up enough website traffic to bring in thousands of dollars of sales. If you have not produced overwhelming results in your first month, don’t despair. Hang in there and keep working on, and promoting, your website. The sales will follow and reward you for your efforts!
Our highest earning affiliate only made about $400 in his first month with our program. However, by working with the information provided in the Affiliate Command Center, he was able to boost his monthly earnings to over $7,500 per month in a very short period of time!
In order to see commission payments in the thousands of dollars you need to continually be promoting your website and products. With some time, and some tweaking of your website based on our proven sales suggestions, you can be earning the big money in no time!
4. I have been an affiliate now for over a month but I have not received any referral commissions yet. Why not?
There are two possible reasons for this. The first possible reason is that ClickBank requires you to have 5 sales, from 5 unique visitors, before they will issue you your first check. So, even if you have made 4 sales this month, your first check is being held by ClickBank in accordance to their rules. (This 5 sales rule only applies to your first check from ClickBank.)
The second possible reason may be that your website does not yet generate enough traffic to earn significant commissions. Before you can earn big money as an affiliate you have to get a lot of traffic to your website.
For a lot of advice, and proven methods of increasing traffic to your website, visit our Affiliate Command Center.
5. I would like a copy of an HTML-formatted advertisement or banner ad for a promotion. Where can I get one?
Simply visit the Affiliate Command Center for customizable HTML-formatted ads and banners of all kinds.
6. Can you suggest a particular type of promotion which has proven to be the most successful in marketing AffirmWare’s product line?
In all of our years of experience in the industry, we have found that the most successful affiliate promotions are those which utilize a personal touch, such as e-mail marketing; as well as those which provide a large amount of useful information, such as a product review.
E-mail promotions are very successful simply because you are sending the promotion to a targeted group of people, your opt-in mailing list, which are already interested in the products you are marketing. The members of your opt-in list value your opinion and trust what you have to say. And, because you provide them with valuable information, when you make a personal recommendation they will tend to listen to you.
A product review is another successful promotion option. Once again, with a product review you are providing your reader, who trusts you, with information they can use to make an informed decision to purchase a product.
You always have the option of writing your own e-mail messages and product reviews. Additionally, we have created some pre-written e-mail messages and product reviews and have placed them in the Affiliate Command Center for your use.
7. How do I drive more traffic to my website? Are there any proven secrets you can share with me?
We highly recommend that you take the time to use the resources provided for you in the Affiliate Command Center. Additionally, on the Affiliate Command Center, located under “Internet Marketing” you will find some information and the following link:
http://www.trafficsecrets.com/jstaniforth/AFC (JEFF – THIS LINK FROM YOUR WEBSITE NO LONGER WORKS???)
By following this link, you will be taken to the John Reece website. As a leader in the Internet Marketing business, John Reece provides his readers with everything you ever needed to know to drive the maximum amount of traffic to your website possible.
In addition to the information above, you can also drive traffic to your website by submitting it to the major search engines, experimenting with pay-per-click advertising, submitting your website to classified ads, as well as promoting it through the use of message boards, forums, newsgroups, and in other places where people in your targeted marketing group hang-out online.
Getting traffic to your website simply takes some time and some effort. However, the best advice anyone can give you is to follow the information found in John Reece’s Traffic Secrets.
8. What exactly is an opt-in mailing list and how do I go about building-up one of my own?
The opt-in mailing list is the number one biggest asset for Internet Marketers. Your opt-in mailing list is simply a database of e-mail addresses which belong to people who have willingly given you their name and e-mail address, allowing you to send them information without it being reported as SPAM.
To begin to build your opt-in mailing list, simply place a pop-up or other box on your website where people can sign-up to receive your free weekly newsletter, by entering their name and e-mail address. Once someone has voluntarily entered in their name and e-mail address, they are said to have “opted-in” and they are now entered into your database of subscribers.
In order to comply with SPAM regulations, you are required to allow subscribers to unsubscribe from your mailing list. When someone asks to be removed from your opt-in list, it is vital that you comply with their request. Actually, this is a good thing, because it ensures that your opt-in list is made up only of people who are interested in receiving messages from you.
Do not attempt to purchase a mailing list from another person or online marketing company. These lists are both a waste of your money and a violation of the current SPAM laws.
While the process of building up your own opt-in mailing list will take you some time, being able to market to your list will allow you to maximize your sales. Because your opt-in list is made up of people who are already interested in what you have to offer them, you will not have to work hard to make sales. The opt-in list is one of the best marketing tools you can have in your tool chest.
9. Unsolicited e-mail
NOTE: a very important point. We can not tolerate spamming, the sending of unsolicited e-mail to people who have not requested it. This will damage our company name and result in your affiliate account being closed.