Top 10 Keys to Success You Must Know before Launching an Affiliate Program

When I talk to potential clients about starting an affiliate program for them I have a core set of criteria I look at before proceeding. These are the keys to success I find over and over again. Without them affiliate programs start slowly or fail altogether. So, I have created this list as a primer for any site or person that thinks they want to start an affiliate program. I have also divided this into 2 parts. The first being the core set of numbers you will need to know about your website before proceeding and the second is the evaluation of the numbers and the competition that leads to pulling the trigger to get started.

The Numbers

1. Know the number of visitors that come to your website. I know this seems like a no-brainer, but without this information you can’t make even the most basic determination as to how your affiliate program will succeed.

2. You need to know the source (origin) of all of your site traffic. Do the visits come from Google, Yahoo and other natural search sources? Are you buying Pay-Per-Click (PPC) traffic from Google, Yahoo!, MSN or Looksmart? Do you get referral links from your product distributors? If not, you need to have some simple tracking tools added to your site before proceeding further and then give it a couple of months to better know your site metrics before proceeding.

3. You must know how many visitors to your site convert into buyers. This conversion rate will tell you many things about your current online marketing efforts as well as to the efficiency of your shopping cart. This is the #1 piece of information affiliates want.

4. You must know the average sale amount for your site. If your sales are much lower that $60 a sale, getting affiliates interested is hard. If lower than $60 what can you do to package your product more effectively to drive up the average price. This is good for you as well as for the affiliate.

5. You must determine your site’s Customer Acquisition Cost. The easiest area to determine this is from a PPC campaign. Run a campaign for a period of time, track the sales (and conversion rate) and then divide the number of sales into your marketing costs. If you did 100 sales and it cost you $3,500 in PPC campaign buys, then you now have a basic Customer Acquisition Cost of $35 per customer. Are you able to make money at this cost or whatever your cost came out to be? Don’t look at affiliate programs to be any less expensive than other means of online marketing.

6. You must know what the Lifetime Value of the Customer. Does your product only sell once? Does your product have upsell possibilities? Knowing this is key in setting the affiliate payouts. If your product line leads to additional sales through email marketing past the original sale, then you may be able to payout a higher amount to affiliate (which they really like to see) in order to get the client. I have one client who as been clipping away for almost 6 years with an affiliate program I manage. They get 200-300 new clients a month from our affiliate efforts, and they have been doing that for 6 years… what a list! They do an incredible job with their email program which far exceeds the affiliate income they receive. As a result of knowing this they continue to have a very high affiliate payout and everyone is very happy with the program.

The Evaluation

7. You must know what your competitors are doing. Like Homer Simpson says: “Doh”. There is competition in every category and every affiliate software application. Don’t ignore it, learn from it. Find out what the other guys are doing. Have someone sign up for their affiliate programs and check it out.

8. You must know which of your competitors have affiliate programs. Find out what they are paying out, how long the program has been running. Check the message boards to see if they have any problems or if they are well thought of. And if none of them have affiliate programs… don’t run out and think you’ve found the promised land… maybe there is a reason they don’t have an affiliate program.

9. Know what competitors are paying out to their affiliates. Simple research can tell you what they are paying out. Most affiliate programs have marketing information readily available, do the research and know what you are up against.

10. You must know what you are willing to pay for someone (an affiliate) to sell your product. The competition is telling you something, your own numbers are telling something, now you must decide what your affiliate program payout should be. Or maybe the numbers and evaluation is telling you that you aren’t quite ready to start. Either way you now have enough information to decide whether to proceed now or in the future.

So how did you do? Do you still have a lot to learn? Do you still have some things to fix? Most of these are fixable… so fix them. If it can’t be fixed then you may want to get a second opinion or look for alternative ways to drive traffic to your site. If you came through this article feeling good about how you are positioned then you can do well with an affiliate program if you execute it right.

Step-By-Step Methods to Improve Your Presentation Skills?

Step-By-Step Methods to Improve Your Presentation Skills?
Whether you deliver presentations regularly or not, it is quite essential to be equipped with top presentation skills. To make your life and presentation easy, SlideEgg would like to share some top presentation skills you can develop. Put more effort into developing these skills, and you will never have any regrets.

Then you will be able to ensure that you do well with every presentation you deliver.

Enthusiasm
You should be active and enthusiastic when you are delivering a presentation. Imagine what it is like to listen to a presentation where the presenter is bored. You will instantly lose interest in listening to the presentation as well. If you don’t want that to happen in your presentation, you should be enthusiastic. In other words, you should be in a position to keep your audience excited and alive. In order to do that, you ought to ensure that your presentation is varied and exciting. Make sure you devise ways to engage with the audience as much as possible. This will help you to make the entire presentation much more effective.

Focus on your audience
You cannot deliver the same presentation to multiple audiences. Even if you deliver a presentation on the same topic, you must do some homework and understand your audience. Based on that understanding, you will need to tweak the presentation accordingly. No matter what, you must ensure that your presentation solely focuses on your audience. Then you can make things appealing enough for the audience. When your presentation is more appealing, you will be able to get their attention quickly.

Make it simple
Presentations should never be made complicated. If you are a person who is blessed with the ability to keep things simple, you will be able to use that skill to deliver outstanding presentations. Even if you are delivering a presentation on a complex topic, you need to ensure that the slides’ content is as simple as possible. For example, you should not overload the slides with text. Instead, add minimum text on the slides and use graphics whenever possible.

Ability to be personable
If you are a businessman, you should have the skill to be personable. This is a skill that the best presenters should have as well. When you have the skill to be more personable, you will be able to get people to listen to you more intently. That’s because you are making yourself more relatable to the people who listen to you. One of the best ways to do this would be to make eye contact with the audience. You may continue to deliver the presentation with a simple. Such simple gestures will assist you in building rapport with the audience and enhance the likelihood that the audience will feel more connected to you.

Excellent body language
Last but not least, you need to use excellent body language throughout the presentation. Your audience will carefully observe your body language. In fact, it will be able to say more things that you actually think of as well. This is why you should learn to stand straight up and speak confidently. Make sure you don’t cross your arms in front of your chest and keep it distant from your audience. A little research on the entire body language would do well for your presentation.

Unique Trick to Stop a Headache Fast

Headaches are caused by many things. One of the most common causes is stress, not just the mental kind of stress, but stress to your body as well. Stress can cause tension in your face, neck, and shoulder muscles. This will often lead to headache. This is commonly known as a tension headache. If you slept wrong, pulled a muscle in your upper body, or you’re dealing with a lot of stress in your life, you’ve probably experienced this before. The unique method below will help get rid of that headache fast!

1. Begin by using your dominant hand’s forefinger and thumb. Locate the area between your forefinger and thumb on your non-dominant hand. This is a very fleshy area. In the junction you will find a firm knot-like tendon. This is a pressure point.

2. Once you’ve located this pressure point, use your dominant hand to firmly massage the area, You don’t want it to be painful, but do maintain firm pressure to the area. This works best if someone else can massage the area for you, but it’s not necessary.

3. Close your eyes and continue to massage the pressure point. You may notice some relief after a few minutes, but continue to rub the area. The headache can come back quickly if you stop too quickly.

4. Continue the massage for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes. This method will stop your headache fast, but if you don’t continue to rub the area, it can come back, Once you’ve finished, the headache should be gone for good. It will at least gone for a long time.

Now that your headache is gone, it;s time to fix the source of stress. The tension will continue to come unless you take measures to relax those muscles. You might try taking a nap, as lack of sleep can sometimes be the cause. A hot shower to relax your neck muscles can help as well. You might prefer trying a heating pad to your shoulders.

Your eyes might be sensitive from the headache. Turning all the lights down or off can sometimes help as well. If you suspect your headache is sinus related, you may have to resort to medication. A decongestant helps to relieve pressure in the sinus cavities. An antihistamine can help with allergy related symptoms.

Identifying the cause of your headache and taking measures to correct the issue will keep the headache from returning. If you haven’t found a source of the headache, but continue to experience it, a trip to the doctor is likely needed. Headaches can be caused by a multitude of things. They are generally not serious. However, on occasion there can be a serious underlying cause for the headache. If you have frequent or very severe headaches or migraines, seek medical attention.