It's probably a safe bet to say that a lot of people get involved with IM and then give-up when they discover how much work and committment is involved. So moving forward... here are some solid affiliate marketing points to follow that can help smooth things out a bit for you.
You will have a tough time finding a profitable affiliate marketer who does not use autoresponders. It's the smart thing to do because you'll recoup sales that you otherwise would lose out on. It's possible you wonder how to accomplish that feat using the simple autoresponder? It all just rests on how you choose to market with them. Simply put, you'll capture email leads and then use the autoresponders to engage in email marketing. But maybe we can look at two different situations, and the first is simply having an affiliate review site up with no contact information gathering. The next situation involves the same review website, but this time there is a mechanism in place to collect emails and names from visitors. Looking at the first hypothetical, it's totally obvious that if one visitor out of one hundred buys something, then that means the other ninety-nine visitors are forever lost and no chance will ever be available to get a sale from them. In the second situation, if you're able to collect a lead from anyone who does not buy, then you can continue to market to that person until they buy - hopefully. When you market to your list, you'll often be able to get a sale after roughly 7 times of exposing them to your overall message. Generally speaking, research has shown that roughly seven communications with a prospect is usually enough to compel them to buy. It's been a proven fact for over ten years that effective email marketing works, and you'll make more sales in the long run. If you take your affiliate marketing, and then incorporate email marketing into it - then you'll be on the right track for sustained profits. Your site's content is really important. If you have a review site, then you will undoubtedly need to make your site content relevant to the affiliate product you're reviewing. The best results will come from content that helps your readers, and then it's a matter of being sure it is unique and not plagiarized. And also, keep your content clean. Don't mess it up by loading too many banners or graphics. You actually can have so many things going on with your site that it causes a kind of mental paralysis with your readers, and they end-up doing nothing that you really want them to do. This can make or break your affiliate marketing efforts.
Create a blog to help you with your affiliate marketing. You'll find blogs to be much friendlier with content managing, and they are much easier to optimize for search engine ranking, etc. The best and most professional way to go is with a Wordpress blog and your own domain name, but there's the free method using blogger.com, too. With Wordpress, you have much more control and many more options than with blogger blogs. You can become highly successful with affiliate marketing if you're willing to do the work to get there. It's like building a strong foundation that your success will be built on.