8 Easy Steps To Build Your List And Make Money With Affiliate Programs

As you should know, having a list of prospects and customers is crucial in business. If you are in the affiliate programs business you too need a list in order to maximize your earnings.

Many affiliates do not build a list because they are lazy or because they don’t know how to do it. The point is that if you are an affiliate and you don’t have a list of prospects then you are leaving money on the table.

Having a list is very powerful. Keep reading to learn a simple but very effective strategy to build a list. This method works better if you know the content of the affiliate product you are promoting. You can buy it or you can ask the merchant for a free copy.

1. Write a training guide on the program you are promoting. Explain how to use the product, how to get the best out of it and the benefits you have got from it.

Put your affiliate link within the guide – in the beginning and at the end. Make sure to mask it and if possible track it – http://budurl.com

2. Use the guide as a bonus. You create a squeeze page where you give it away and in order to download it your prospects have to opt in.

3. Drive traffic to your squeeze page. There are lot of traffic generation methods.

  • Articles
  • Giveaways
  • Press Releases
  • Videos
  • Forums
  • Blogs
  • etc

So far you are building a list of people interested in the product you are promoting. If you do a good job you should make money. But it gets even better, stay with me…

4. Contact the merchant and explain what you are doing and the results you are achieving. See if he wants to offer the guide to the rest of the affiliates in order to help them in their promotional efforts. If the merchant knows what he is doing he will do it.

5. Create a re-brandable version of the guide using a service such as www.viralpdf.com. Give it to the merchant for him to pass on to their affiliates.

In the guide you explain that it is rebrandable. In other words, that they can replace your affiliate link with theirs. Of course, to do this they have to get the re-brandable code โ€“ only you have it.

6. You have to create a squeeze page where you promote the re-brandable code. The affiliates have to opt in to download it. Within the guide you put a link to this squeeze page. Most affiliates will opt in to get it because it is a great free weapon that will help them.

Also, you can contact the merchant and provide him with your squeeze page URL, tell him that he can benefit by his affiliates making more sales. This way he can send his affiliates to your squeeze page โ€“ free traffic.

Now you have a list of people that will most likely not buy the product you are promoting. But this isn’t having a list for the sake of it – here is what you have to do now.

7. Survey them and ask about their interests, their challenges, and about what kind of help they need. These people see you as an expert due to the fact that you created the training guide, and that the merchant recommended it.

8. Study the survey and create a product based on it. Alternatively, find an affiliate product that fits these people needs.

Just in case you are thinking that now every affiliate has the same guide and that they have your same tools to promote, you should consider this:

If every affiliate has the same guide it means that you have a huge list

You can convert the guide into audio or video to stand out from them

If you are lazy and you don’t want to make more money probably you’ll stop at step three. However, if you really want to maximize your earnings and put people into your funnel you’ll go through all the steps.

Now let me know what you think about this strategy and if it could work for you.

And now I would like to invite you to claim your free instant access to my Powerful Tips To Start An Internet Business when you go to Internet Marketing Education


^PV Reymond



  • Dr Curt

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    WOW, I really enjoyed that article. I am new to network marketing, new to internet marketing, just getting my feet wet. Thank you Reed for all your information.

  • Timothy Millar

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    Great Post Raymond,
    I am setting those methods
    in action as we speak, I will let you know how it works. “The Leprechaun”

    Timothy Millars last blog post..Control your Affiliate Income

  • Rivers

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    Reed…great points and you are right about the lazy part…..it’s easy to read the tips…harder to implement them.
    As the saying goes…”the only place you will find success without working for it ..is in the dictionary”

    Keep on happening
    Founder – LeverageYourBiz.com

  • Welcome to the team, Raymond. Fine article. Keep up the good work, and you will be destined for success.

    Good luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Peter

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    Hallo Reed,
    nice article and all the time the same texting you see everywhere, building a List etc etc what sort of list ? a list of subscribers ? a list for readers, a list for all who are interested but not buying. You should come out to support a list of buyers A LIST OF BUYER I even can’t scream louder for such traffic. Where are the buyers? But before you start you need to read all the basics which should be available FOR FREE a package where you may sort out, what you need to start with and have some background “http://www.tinyurl.com/6jptjj”
    a list of free basic infos which everyone can use for building a business
    your readers should keep in mind you are a profi but some don’t even understand what some lines of a programming or what is rebranding etc etc. pls keep this in mind, sorry I have to be sarcastic about this Blog. I’m sick fed up and tired about this you have to but in my book and in my list and in my something I don’t know you find everything.
    Also the teaching of this How to become an Merketer is done differently from this to them some will fail and some are going to make sales,
    Have a nice time to your success
    sincerely Peter

  • khalifah

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    wonderful.. great info

    i think this article can increase my traffic. thanks so much reed for sending to me every article…


    from khalifah

    khalifahs last blog post..siapa bakal JUTAWAN WANG POS? ANDA?

  • Paul Mihai Pavel

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    Hi Reed,

    You are right, you must have a list if you want to make some money…

    And the easiest way to build your list is to submit your gift (report, ebook, software, whatever you want) to as many giveaway events as you can…

    By the way, I have just launched a new giveaway event and we are accepting contributors at this time. The event will be lauched for regular members on November 10, 2008.

    Just click my name to sign up ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brian Carelse

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    Hey PV,

    Nice article. The tips are good, found some quotes from a few guru’s out there. But hey, good article none the less.

    Brian Carelse

  • PV Reymond

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    @Dr Curt thank you, I hope you got something out of this article and that you get started the right way – it is important.

    @Timothy Millar I look forward to hearing how the method works for you.

    @Rivers you are right, in order to succeed you have to work hard.

    @Henrik Blunck – Denmark thank you.

    @Peter I agree with you, it is important to learn the basics and to have a list of buyers.

    ^PV Reymond


  • subroto

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    The article is good both from technique and theme point of view. A superb traffic generation method.

    To your success

  • proson cheng

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    Hey PV thanks for your tips…
    yeah build a list will do you good in affiliate
    marketing and the best part… you can reuse the captured leads all the time but of course, one
    can’t just sell them all the time. Build relationship and get people to trust you…

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    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    Dear PV Raymond,
    Your Strategy sounds very good.
    I am a newbie as a member of PayDotCom.com.
    I know the content of the affiliate product which I am promoting.I want to build a list of buyers and I don’t know what to do.
    After reading Your 8 Easy Steps To Build Your list I see well how they have to do it.But I can’t do it.Not because of I am lazy just I have no enough level to do it myself.
    Could you help me please build it staying with you?
    I would like to buy Your Full Tool including
    all 8 Easy Steps To Build my List Of Buyers with your practical supporting to have it built.No Only Education!
    Best regards,

  • PV Reymond

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    @khalifah thank you, if you apply this strategy you’ll get more traffic without doubt.

    @Brian Carelse thank you, sorry if you found some quotes from Gurus but this article was 100% written by myself.

    @subroto now you can put the strategy into practice to start generating traffic. Also, you can contact the list of affiliates you build with the re-brandable report and incentive them to promote your own products.

    @proson cheng, having a list a crucial. You have to take care of it and help these people all you can.

    ^PV Reymond

  • PV Reymond

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    @VLADIMIR MANAKOV thank you for your words. I am willing to help you, just send me an email to pvreymond at yahoo dot com to get in touch.

  • William

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    Greetings from Malaysia!

    Reed, what programs would you suggest for building your list? Some people I have asked suggest using get response as it is the only company that has made deals with Google, Hotmail etc. to not have their mail spammed straight away.

    Do you have any other alternatives you could suggest?

  • Stealth Employed

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    Thanks for the good stuff. I’m going to start implementing these 8 steps today.

  • PV Reymond

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    @Stealth Employed great, you have to take action and apply it in order to get results.

  • Hey,
    Nice post. I’ve been working on placing an optin box on my blog but want to make sure I have the right giveaway to attarct members. I think I’m overthinking it to much and as a result I’m not taking action.
    Thanks for the tips. I’ll be working on a list and maybe creating my own product soon.

  • James and Helen

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    Reed we thank you for all of the helpful items you are giving us to help us with our business. What a great book to read. Pray your little boy is growing.

  • Chris Imamshah

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    Hello and Welcome Pv,

    That was a very informative post with handy tips for all. You covered a lot of great strategies in just that one post.

    I sincerely hope you continue on as a guest blogger here with Reed.


  • Kenny Ritchie

    Reply Reply October 20, 2008

    Awesome post PV. I don’t know your availability or desire to do further guest posts but if you have the time or the inclination to guest post at http://www.yournewproductsmonthly.com/updates then I’d love to have an article.

    Current daily visits in the 40’s but growing steadily it would be a good long term link back to the stair.

    Kenny Ritchies last blog post..Your New Products at the Wild Fire Giveaway

  • make money now

    Reply Reply October 21, 2008

    I’m following your 8 steps to make money now

    make money nows last blog post..Making Money Now With Stock Trading Robot

  • normz2

    Reply Reply October 21, 2008

    A very well written blog. I am always learning and relearning, until I get it right. Thanks for the information. I am finding that reactions with blogs is resulting in more hits on my website. norm.

  • Nayanika

    Reply Reply October 21, 2008

    Hey PV

    Nice Article. A Well written blog.
    Great Tips
    A lot of ideas to making it all work out
    The bottom line is getting started on it
    I will begin…

  • PV Reymond

    Reply Reply October 21, 2008

    @Luca – Reach Success Online taking action is key. Don’t think too much just go ahead and put that opt in form up, you have to get it going then you’ll improve it while it is going.

    It doesn’t have to be perfect, this is one of the main reasons some people don’t take action… they want to have the perfect thing.

    @Chris Imamshah appreciate your words, I’ll continue posting here. I’ll do my best to help you to move forward.

    @Kenny Ritchie thank you, I’ll take a look at your site and if I can schedule some good post for you I’ll do it.

    @make money now hope you put them into action

    @normz2 yes blogs are a good way to get traffic. On the other hand, when you learn something apply it immediately because if you accumulate stuff in your mind and you don’t apply it is like nothing.

    Also, over the time the oldest stuff will be gone. Taking action now is the key

    @Nayanika thank you, you’re right the bottom-line is getting started, you need to have something up if you want to make money.

  • Andy Meadows

    Reply Reply October 21, 2008

    Thanks for the great review! Keep an eye out for a huge release coming later this week!


  • Linda Basta

    Reply Reply October 22, 2008

    Hello PV and Reed
    wow This was a great article. I need to apply some of the things I’m not doing

  • PV Reymond

    Reply Reply October 22, 2008

    @Andy Meadows you are welcome, hope you continue improving the service.

    @Linda Basta that’s the right mindset… go ahead and start applying

  • admin

    Reply Reply October 22, 2008

    Thank you PV and thanks everyone for the awesome commentary.

  • PV Reymond

    Reply Reply October 22, 2008

    @Reed you are welcome, it was a pleasure.

    ^PV Reymond


  • Rumen

    Reply Reply October 26, 2008

    Hi Reed
    Every Guru say you need build list or autoresponder or traffic but every who want
    begin internet marketing need build sistem
    becouse the list,autoresponder,traffic etc
    its the pieces on the one sistem.

    Rumens last blog post..Viral Marketing-??? ???? ???? ??? Business

  • Jorge EZ Affiliate

    Reply Reply October 27, 2008


    Very interesting tips for maximizing my email list.

    Thank you.


    Jorge EZ Affiliates last blog post..Automate the Content for Your EZAWB Affiliate Sites

  • PV Reymond

    Reply Reply October 27, 2008

    @Jorge you are welcome, put them into practice ASAP.

  • You should have said…

    “8 Easy Steps To Build Your Cash-Sucking List And Make A Killing With Affiliate Programs”

    Having a list on its own is nothing compared with a money-making list — that’s they key…

  • denji

    Reply Reply November 4, 2009

    This blog is nice to read.Only fewer bloggers write this way. I like it, I hope to see more post from you. Thank you!!!

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