Should I Promote My Affiliate Link On Safelists?The Answer: It Could Be Worth A Go If You're Broke!
Updated: May 8
I've been doing a bit of research on how easy it really is to promote my affiliate link in a cost effective way for free (or for very little money) through safelists as I thought it might be useful for those of you who are are building a business on a tiny or non existent budget.
Most of us already use Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to spread the word about our products and services but today I thought I would explore an alternative for those of you who are really struggling to get your message out there and are not in the financial position to blow a fortune on advertising.
The first thing I want to say is that I have only used one safelist style program (Leasedadspace) before, so I am coming to this relatively fresh and green. The second thing I want to say is that almost all free or low cost methods take a bit more time and effort on your part to get results and the email flow into your email box can get a little annoying but many marketers have said that this method works if you set it up properly and do a little research.
The business I have decided to test is a low cost affiliate marketing tripwire offer called Lead Lightening, I've chosen it because it is cheap to get started (only $7, payable one time) and you make $6 for each sale of the product you make. It also has a complete sales funnel with it which means you can get started, quickly and easily, with no additional costs and no specialist skills required.
So What Exactly Are Safelists?
A safelist is a simple system where people can join as either a free member or a paid member and then send emails out to the list of members that are joined to the safelist.
In exchange for being able to send out your email, you agree to receive emails from other safelist members. BE WARNED you will receive a lot of emails, so you might want to set up a specific email account if you are going down this route.
As with anything, the important thing to do when choosing which safelists to join is to do some homework! The truth is not all safelists are going to be worth your time and energy. You want to do some research and look for quality safelists - and remember they may not be the ones with the most members.
What Should You look For If You Want To Join A Safelist?
When you first join a safelist it’s important to look at what the safelist offers before you become a free or paid member.
Not all safelists are great for marketing. Every safelist is different, and some let you do more then others. Before you join any safelist it’s a good idea to first look at what they offer and compare them to others in the market.
You should be looking at some relative simple things:
How many members does it have
Is it a credit based
What types of membership does it offer
Does it have a credit mailer and a regular mailer
Do they offer other forms of advertising
Do they let you place banner ads or text ads
Some Safelists to check out and get started with:
There are 2 main types of safelist that marketers regularly use to get their products/services "out there"
A regular safelist allows you to email other members of the safelist on a regular basis but there is no incentive in place to encourage people to open and for that reason it can be a little more difficult to get people to open up your email. When using regular safelists it becomes even more important to take a little more time when creating your headline as it will be the most important thing in getting people to take action and open.
Credit based safelists give people a reason to open your email and visit your website. Each time someone opens your email and clicks the link inside to visit your website they have to stay on your website for a certain amount of time before they earn credits.
After they earn credits they can then use them for banner ad impressions, text ad impressions, and sending their own ad out to the safelist.
This gives people a reason to open your email, click on your link and visit your website.
One final thing I would say about using safelists is that it is a great way to practice your copywriting skills and build up a swipe file. You will get a lot of emails coming through from marketers and you will be able to learn a massive amount about what works and what doesn't in terms of email marketing by using this method.
I intend to use safelists for the next 30 days and then I will report back and write another post telling you about my results!
I have been very fortunate to build an online income over the past few years, if this is something you'd like to do too you can see here exactly how I make money from this blog.
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