Residual Income & Recurring Income Secrets – Are You Making These Three Mistakes?

Residual Income & Recurring Income Secrets

Residual income opportunities sound great but affiliate marketers often struggle with promoting them the right way for maximum conversions and profits.

So let me go through some common mistakes and also some top tips for promoting recurring and residual income opps.

You’ve found a good affiliate program, one that pays you recurring commissions on a high-quality product or service.

You’re just imagining all the money you’re going to make. But then something happens…

Or to state it more accurately, nothing happens. You can’t get traffic. And the little trickle of traffic you do get doesn’t seem to convert very well. And so all your dreams about raking in tons of recurring commissions get crushed.

So what’s the problem?

It could be a number of things, but here are the three biggest mistakes that affiliates make with residual income promotions:

Residual Income Mistake #1: Sending untargeted traffic.

If you’re using “home page swaps” to sell dog training, that’s untargeted traffic. If you’re using a vague pay-per-click keyword like “dog training” to sell a dog agility course, that’s untargeted traffic. Or if you’re sending weight loss offers to your online marketing list, then you’re tapping into an untargeted traffic source.

Point is, you’ll get a much higher browser-to-buyer conversion rate if you send laser-targeted traffic.

Example: So if you’re trying to sell memberships to a weight-loss site that’s designed for women, then find women who need to lose weight (brides-to-be, new moms, those who’ve experienced the “Freshman 15” or middle-aged spread, etc).

Residual Income Mistake #2: Neglecting to presell the offer.

You can’t just throw your affiliate link in front of your prospects and expect them to jump all over the offer. Instead, you need to tell them why they should buy it.

Once your prospects are “warmed up” and interested in the offer, then you can send them to the sales page to close the sale.

Residual Income Mistake #3: Not building a relationship with prospects. Let me ask you something: Whose advice do you trust more, your friend’s or that of a stranger you just met on the street?

Naturally, you trust your friends more. And so do your prospects. That’s why you’ll get more sales if you build relationships with your prospects before you start selling to them. You can do this by publishing a blog or newsletter and interacting with your readers.

Now you know the mistakes. So let’s talk about the RIGHT way to send traffic to your recurring affiliate offers…

Step #1: Create a Mailing List. For this step you’ll need:

• An autoresponder, such as through or  You can take aweber for a test drive just by filling out the optin form in the sidebar on my blog.

• A freebie to entice people to join your list, such as an ecourse, report or video. This freebie should be directly related to the affiliate offer you’re promoting.

• A squeeze page. This is a mini sales letter that gives your prospects all the reasons they should join your list.

Now your goal is send traffic to your squeeze page to build your list (rather than sending traffic directly to your affiliate offer).

You can do this in a variety of ways, including:

Forum marketing (using signature files).

Writing and submitting articles to article directories.

Guest blogging (getting your articles published on other people’s blogs).

Using social media like and

Leveraging other peoples’ resources through joint ventures.

Step #2: Build Relationships With Your Subscribers. Now that you have your prospects on your list, you need to start building trust.

The best way to do this is to send them useful content. In other words, solve at least part of their problems… for free.

Step #3: Give Your Subscribers a Reason to Buy. The last step is for you to start telling your subscribers about the affiliate product or service you’re promoting. At a minimum, you need to tell them WHY they should buy. That is, what are the benefits of this product or service?

You can also sweeten the deal by tossing in your own bonus for those who purchase the offer through your link.

Example: If you’re selling memberships into a weight loss site, then offer a free low-calorie cookbook to everyone who joins.

And there you have it: The top three affiliate mistakes and the three easy steps to earning more money with recurring commission products.

Your next step is easy – get promoting!

Now to get you started here are a handful of residual income opportunities to whet your appetite and get your creative juices flowing….

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That’s just the tip of the ice berg of residual income programs that you can start promoting today.

I’ve got 17 separate lists for you all ready for you to download in these fantastic evergreen niches:

Arts & Entertainment

Betting & Gambling

Dating & Relationships


Exercise & Fitness

Finance & Loans

Forex & Investing

Green Products


Home & Garden


Internet Marketing

Parenting & Families

Self Improvement

software & Services


Weight Loss

Click here to get instant access to over 160 residual income affiliate programs that you can start promoting today – Love Colleen x

10 comments to Residual Income & Recurring Income Secrets – Are You Making These Three Mistakes?

  • Sue

    Colleen, have you checked the link you’ve given above for the access to over 160 residual income affiliate programs?

    I clicked on it today [7 Feb 2012] and the page offer had expired 🙁


  • Vicki Lehmann

    Hi Colleen:

    You sent out an email about Ebook one-timers… I only got the second email. Not sure why but I was wondering if you could resend those to me. I find the idea very interesting.

    Thank you.

  • Colleen, thanks for your blog about residual income. Creating a passive income is the major step toward true freedom – and the internet (particularly affiliate marketing, as you note) is a major vehicle in the process. The problem is that folks expect quick fixes and no work. Its never a quick fix – and intense labor is required before the no-work (or little work) kicks in.

    Avoiding the mistakes and traps you talk about are also important. Insightful blog post – thanks

  • vicki lehmann

    Hi colleen: I had sent you this back a week or so ago and you responded that you sent it to me but I didn’t get it… would you mind sending it again? “You sent out an email about Ebook one-timers… I only got the second email. Not sure why but I was wondering if you could resend those to me. I find the idea very interesting.”

    Thank you.
    Colleen Reply:
    February 9th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Hi there Vicki I’ve emailed it to you



  • Donna Johnstone

    I was reading your info on residual income followed link for 160 more, looked like it was a past WSO from a well trusted source BUT the wso is closed.
    Do you have any idea’s on how I can get part or all of that list?
    Thank you so much for sharing your info on your blog.

  • untraditional income

    I enjoyed the tips you are providing on your website. Residual income can make life easier by providing long term income for doing something one time. Thanks for the information

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