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Published by: Craig Warren on 05-Oct-21
 
Affiliate Managers

Employing a manager to run affiliate systems on a retainer with bonuses
is a win for product owners, a win for managers and ultimately a win
for affiliates. Having them happy is the only way to keep them actively
selling your product or service, and in turn improving business.

Russell Brunson knows how to manage his affiliates after losing over
two years of work, and 6,500 affiliates in one day when his system
crashed. He wrote down what worked and what didn’t, then started again
and in less then two months he was back. Now 18 months later he has an
affiliate list of 30,000 and draws in a six figure amount of cash per
month from his affiliates.

So successful has his been in recruiting affiliates that Russell Brunson,
along with affiliate manager Stu McLaren, has developed an affiliate
training program for managers. Both men believe there was a shortage
of experienced managers and yet they were the most important element in
an effective affiliate marketing program.

Here is a broad look at the most important three elements to be an
effective manager:

Affiliate Research

It is important that managers draw in the best sales people to sell the
products. The number of affiliates is irrelevant if they don’t sell the
products each month. Stu collects up to 2500-3000 websites that could
be interested in selling the product, and then he looks at which ones
collect a large amount of quality traffic. This can be time consuming,
but it forms the bases of an effective marketing plan. In the end there
may be 150 to 200 sites that could be quality affiliates.

“We would divide them into either A affiliates and B affiliates. There
is no difference between A affiliates and B affiliates except that A
affiliates have more traffic or greater numbers in their e-mail lists,”
he said. “Those are the people you want to go after first because they
will have the biggest impact on your business in a short period of time,
and have the most influence on the most amount of people.’’   

Recruiting Affiliates

Once managers have identified which potential affiliates they wish to
pursue, they must pursue. Increasing quality affiliates will increase
sales. The secret here is to be pro-active and go beyond what is expected.

“It is not hard, we just pick up the phone and call all the people on
our A list,” Stu McLaren said. “The reason that we call, was because
every lazy affiliate manager out there will send an email. By ringing
them we are instantly separate ourselves from other affiliate systems
out there. You instantly start to build a relationship.”

“Before we call we do our research, what is their web site? What are
they selling? What sort of people they are drawing to their web site?  
Prepare promotions for them ahead of time, the more you reduce the
work for them the more likely they will say ‘yes’. That is the position
you want to be in.’’

Training affiliates

If the affiliates have a reason to sell the product then they will
remain active affiliates. Other affiliate programs will create only
one program, and then expect affiliates to sell again and again each
month with the same material. Russell Brunson focuses on creating a
reason for affiliates to sell each month and will focus on events in
promotional material.

“We create new promotions every month. My advice is start with holidays
or events. Imagine if you created tools around these promotions for
your affiliates. You are saving them time and work and the likelihood
of them selling your product is sky high,” Stu said.

 
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