Your first milestone is to get some affiliate commissions. Maybe it's just a single commission here and there, but if you go on and optimize your site and your offers, you'll earn more over time. You can
- Participate in chat rooms or communities related to the product you're reselling. Start a conversation with a person without trying to sell to them. Later on, while you are chatting, mention the product you're reselling.
- Create a free ebook with the advertisement and link of your affiliate web site. The subject of the free ebook should draw your target audience to down-load it. Also, submit it to some ebook directories.
- Start your own affiliate program directory. Join a large number of affiliate programs and list them all in a directory format on your web site. Then just advertise your free affiliate program directory.
- Write your own affiliate program ads. If all the other affiliates use the same ads you do, that does not give you an edge over your competition. Use a different ad to give yourself an advantage over all the other affiliates.
- Use a personal endorsement ad. Only use one if you've actually bought the product or service for the affiliate program. Tell people what kind of benefits and results you've received using the product.
- Advertise the product you're reselling in your signature file. Use an attention-getting headline and a good reason for them to visit your affiliate site. Make sure your sig file doesn't go over 5 lines.
- Join a webring. It should attract the same type of people that would be interested in buying the product you're reselling. You could also trade links on your own with other related web sites.
- Participate in web discussion boards. Post your comments, answer other people's questions, and ask your own questions. Include your affiliate text link under each message you post.
- Create a free ezine. Use your ezine to advertise the affiliate programs you've joined. Submit your ezine to online ezine directories and promote it on your web site.
- Start a private web site. Use it as a free bonus if people buy the product you resell. You could also allow people to join for free and you could advertise the affiliate program you've joined.
And never forget. The main currency of the internet is information. People are searching for help and answers and that's what you are offering them. And always stay authentic... It's you talking to your audience and there's always a person behind each message.