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The affiliate marketing game can be a huge challenge to new marketers. With tons of affiliate offers and multiple money-making blueprints offered by well-meaning marketers, it can sometimes do more harm than good. Why is this so? Many affiliates, even experienced ones fall into the trap of getting too involved with too many programs. The big “D” ie Distractions is the biggest enemy of most marketers.

In order to succeed in affiliate marketing, you have to be prepared to give up these distractions and start focusing on one thing at a time.

The simplest plan is often the best plan. After all, being able to execute a simple plan diligently beats having a complicated, sophisticated plan that you simply cannot follow and execute. Agree?

Here are 4 easy to follow steps that you can take that will make a great difference to your affiliate marketing efforts. They are so easy that we often missed them altogether!

1. Picking the Right Product to Promote

Every single day, we are flooded with hundreds of new product offers. We simply cannot afford to promote every single one of them. It is important therefore to identify your niche and focus on a single targeted product before moving on to the next.

A new affiliate will do well to start with ClickBank or PayDotCom. If you are using ClickBank, the rule of the thumb is to go for products that sell well. Run a quick search in each of the categories and pick a product in the top 10 in terms of popularity. Make sure that the affiliate gravity is above 30 as this indicates that there is a constant and healthy stream of sales.

2. Creating Your Sales Conduit

What is a sales conduit?

This is your online spokesperson that converts your prospects.

This can be your content website, or even your WordPress or Blogger blog. Use your content to provide quality information to your visitor. Subtly, promote your product as the solution to all the questions your visitor has in mind. Reviews are excellent in converting visitors into buyers.

Another type of sales conduit can be a lead capture page or name squeeze page. In fact, you can even include your opt-in box on your content website or blog. Offer a free report or 10-part email course that is of value in exchange for your visitor’s name and email address. Building a list can bring you instant and future sales.

The third kind is simply a one-page review site that is often used in Pay-Per-Click marketing.

3.  Driving Targeted Traffic

You need targeted traffic which you can either buy or get for free. Paid advertising examples are pay-per-click like Google Adwords and Miva, banner advertising using networks like AdBrite and Ezine advertising.

Free traffic can get you tons of prospects. The most effective free traffic techniques include article marketing, Web 2.0 marketing, forum marketing, blog comment posting and video marketing. While these are free, most successful affiliates outsource most of these tasks.

4. Rinse And Repeat

This is how it works. Successful affiliate marketers take their proven model and duplicate it for other niches and sub-niches. This is how they add multiple streams of income onto their plates. Be sure to learn from your competitors as they are often role models that have one thing or two to teach you.

Davion has been secretly bagging 5 figure incomes monthly from niche marketing. Discover how to make real money online at Davion’s online marketing blog and pick up his free report Secrets of Affiliate Marketing worth $97 now!