May 282015
 

Affiliate marketing tips

GDI works best when members work together as a team. The downline setup supports this team structure, but without the right information, teams can easily fall apart. With each new member of your downline you sign up, make sure they are educated and know how to get started with GDI. Here are five affiliate marketing tips and key aspects about GDI that you should share with every downline member.

How to Use Replicated Sites

Replicated Sites let knew members get off the ground running with a ready built web presence, but if new members don’t know these sites exists, they are impossible to leverage. Show your new downline member how they can see their Replicated Sites in the Members Area (Members Area>Replicated Sites) and let them know there are many options including multiple layouts and languages. Have a favorite replicated site? Share it with them .

What Website Building Tools are Available

Once a new member learns about Replicated Sites, they are ready to learn about our other website options. GDI offers WordPress and SiteBuilder plugins to facilitate easy website building or the option to build your own website by using our Drupal CMS option. To use SiteBuilder, new members need to navigate to Members>Build Your Website. For users who want to use the WordPress plugin or our Drupal CMS offering, navigate to Members>Wordpress and More and turn services on and off to access them.

How Referrals and Commissions Work

Referrals and commissions are important to those new GDI members who wish to take part in the income opportunity. First, find out why your new downline member joined–for a website, income opportunity, or both? Explaining that commissions are earned each time a new referral converts to a paying member, but commissions are paid out monthly. You can choose to have your payouts as Paypal or Payza, bank wire, or mailed check. Remember, that the lowest minimum payout limit you can select is $10 USD. Commission totals less than your selected minimum payout amount will be carried over until such time as your balance meets your selected minimum. Referrals are powerful, but they only become income once your new referral becomes a paid GDI member.

How to Get in Contact with You

There can a be learning curve as a new member, so that’s why its important that your new downline members know how to get in contact with you. Tell your downline your preferred email and phone and when it is best to contact you. Remember, downline members can also elect to contact you through the Members Area, so make sure your information is always up to date.

The Learning Bonus

You may have been reading through this list and thought, “Doesn’t the Learning Bonus teach you that?” and you’re right. It does. But the Learning Bonus is no replacement for advice and assistance from experienced affiliates like yourself. When you work to guide your new downline member, they will be educated and work through the bonus faster. The sooner your downline completes their Learning Bonus (and earns themselves $25!) the sooner you are on your are on your way to the $250 Duplication Bonus.

 

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May 212015
 

Identifying your marketing niche BL

 

We’ve talked many times about marketing being a key to success with GDI. Marketing is how other people learn about GDI, your website and your affiliate marketing opportunity. You see marketing everywhere from your feeds on Facebook and Twitter to emails in your inbox. While you can learn a lot about marketing from what others are doing, it is important to have your own style for marketing and feel comfortable with the content you are producing. One way to define this style and level of comfort is to find your niche. Your “niche” is your little corner of marketing expertise where you are different from others and have something unique to offer. Read on for the four ways to find your marketing niche.

Your Expertise

What are you an expert in? What skills do you have that others could benefit from. Your expertise could be in a “hard” skill like website design, or in a soft skill like connecting with people/ Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what you’re best at, so ask your colleagues and your downline and upline members what they think you excel at. Once you know your expertise, use this in your marketing material.  If it is web design, focus on your abilities in that in your marketing materials. People who want to know more about web design will be inclined to learn more.

If your expertise is in a soft skill like connecting with people, use that to your advantage in your marketing by reaching out to people directly. You won’t advertise this skill like you would web design, but you will use it to your advantage by developing relationships with prospective downline members. Do this by reaching out via email, phone or in person and sharing more about GDI or your business.

Your Schedule

The amount of time you have for your website and GDI can affect your marketing style. If you don’t have much time to devote to GDI or your website, consider creating marketing materials that are evergreen. This means that if someone accesses your material today or a year from now, they can benefit and want to learn more. Blog content is an easy way to create evergreen content. Consider a blog post about the top reasons to join GDI or a collections of the lessons you have learned as an affiliate. This is content that will always be useful to people interested in GDI. Create these posts and make them easily available on your website or email them to downline prospects.

Your Communication Style

Are you a great writer or are you much more charismatic on video? Consider your communication style when deciding what marketing material to create. Don’t force yourself to create videos if you hate the camera and poorly written marketing materials won’t do you any good. This is another good space to ask for feedback from your colleagues and team. What do they think you excel at? Consider taking an online class or watching tutorials to improve your communication style in video or writing.

Your Brand

Your online presence and affiliate opportunity is your brand, what do you want it to say about you. Some brand identities for marketers might be the top affiliate on the leaderboard or the most responsive upline member. Consider what you want your brand to be and create marketing materials around it.

 

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May 142015
 

affiliate marketing success

Building and maintaining your downline in affiliate marketing is all about balance. You must balance the work you put in to acquire new downline members and working with your existing downline members. Too much time spent on just one of these can results in an unhappy, uneducated downline and you struggling to create a system that creates residual affiliate income. Read on for ideas on how to balance your existing members, work towards longevity while avoiding turnover and achieve affiliate marketing success.

Relationships

Relationships are the key to affiliate marketing success. Take the time to build a relationship with new affiliates in your downline. As these affiliates become more experienced, maintain this relationship even though they might not need as much guidance. Strong relationships will help downline members feel good about working with you and more likely to continue on in your downline.

Support

When you have a question or an issue with a product you’ve purchased and you can easily reach out to the company who made it, how does that make you feel? How does it make you feel when you can’t reach that company? No matter if you’re selling widgets or an affiliate marketer, the ability to get support from those higher up is important. Provide support to your downline members when they need it. It will build trust and a stronger relationship.

Learning

Being a GDI affiliate is easy and manageable, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a learning curve. An educated affiliate is more likely to continue on your downline than one who doesn’t understand all of GDI’s benefits and services. That’s why GDI offers a Learning Bonus. New affiliates can qualify for this bonus, but experienced affiliates can benefit too. Study each item in the Learning Bonus checklist and make sure your downline knows them too.

Duplication

Another way experienced affiliates can benefit from the Learning Bonus is its related offering, the Duplication Bonus. Experienced affiliates work towards their Duplication Bonus as each new member of their downline earns their Learning Bonus. Ideally, your downline has members in their downline too, make sure they know about this bonus to build and extended and educated downline.

Team

Look at your downline not as people who are serving you, but as your team members. You achieve affiliate marketing success when your downline achieves success, so it’s in your best interest to ensure they are educated and happy. How do you do this? Become a great team leader. Offer support, advice and kudos when your team does well. A downline member who feels respected and supported is much more likely to stay in affiliate marketing.

 

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