Does free advertising work for sponsoring affiliates?

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Susan Sesti, Aff (Florida, US) Forum Guru 6/29/2012 7:05 am
Affiliate since: 03/11/2012, Power Rank: 99999999 | Read Susan's 5 other Ask SC answers
Free advertising does work, but where paid advertising costs you money, free advertising costs you time. Whether you choose classified ads, article marketing, or some other free marketing technique, you need to be prepared to spend several hours each week on this task. It will require more patience than paid advertising, but for those that have little cash to invest, this option will still allow you to build your business without breaking the bank.
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Trameka Peterson, Aff (North carolina, US) Top Author Forum Guru 6/28/2012 8:03 am
Affiliate since: 05/09/2012, Power Rank: 940 | Read Trameka's 31 other Ask SC answers
Yes, free advertising does work for affiliates. I have received more affiliate sign-ups through blogging about SFI and TripleClicks on a free site and through word-of-mouth than through paid advertising sites.
88 votes
Norm Twynam-Perkins, Aff (Australia) Forum Guru 7/5/2012 11:09 am
Affiliate since: 11/04/2013, Power Rank: 99999999
I have recently found that Free Advertising does work in sponsoring affiliates. Like any other method used it entails work, time and effort for it to be successful. It is essential to do your homework and choose the right type of free advertising. Be careful in your choices as you can spend a lot of time for little reward in some areas. There is no shortcut to putting in the "hard yards".
62 votes
, () Forum Guru 7/5/2012 11:09 am
Affiliate since: 12/31/1969, Power Rank: 99999999
Yes, Free advertising does work in attracting new affiliates to SFI. Having said that... the "Free affiliates" retention rate may be a little lower than "paid affiliate" retention rate due to a higher number of "easy money" hunters looking for free money.
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Sherwood Lummus, Aff (Georgia, US) Top Author Forum Guru 7/5/2012 2:44 pm
Affiliate since: 05/02/2000, Power Rank: 9 | Read Sherwood's 20 other Ask SC answers
Free advertising does work and the same amount of work goes into free advertising as in paid advertising. Advertising is a 'job' and an art within itself. One has to learn how to create the correct content (ad), advertise to the correct audience (a specific group of people within the target market) for your product in order to target only those who will truly work your program. Free advertising pays if you know your product and can determine your target audience.
23 votes
Stuart Naturinda, Aff (Uganda) Forum Guru 6/27/2012 2:58 pm
Affiliate since: 07/07/2009, Power Rank: 99999999 | Read Stuart's 1 other Ask SC answers
Susan's experience is same as mine!
Free advertising needs time. So, you have no time, then let money make for you more money!
I use free advertising a lot, and I get at least 2 referrals per day!
I have been on TOP 10 sponsors for the last about 8 months now and I am not going off yet!
I want to get over 20 affiliates per day, I am still getting only 10 on average.
MOST OF THEM, from free advertising!
18 votes
Jim Nettles, Aff (Texas, US) Top Author Forum Guru 6/27/2012 10:26 am
Affiliate since: 09/13/2008, Power Rank: 99999999 | Read Jim's 18 other Ask SC answers
Does free advertising work? Yes! It will take a little longer to get results, but it is a great way to build your business. The quality of affiliates from free advertising can be better than from paid advertising. You won't know until you try. For any advertising method you use, keep a record of your results, and try each method at least two or three times to really test it. Adjust your focus using your recorded results as a guide, and keep at it regularly. A steady, consistent effort will
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Joey Kline, Aff (Arizona, US) Forum Guru 6/27/2012 9:35 pm
Affiliate since: 09/20/2011, Power Rank: 99999999 | Read Joey's 15 other Ask SC answers
Yes! Free marketing and advertising does work. I take my SFI X-Cards and my TripleClicks X-Cards to a local pizza place and they put them in with their to-go pizzas. This gets the cards to many people but I never even meet.
13 votes
Kelly Gore, Aff (Arizona, US) Top Author Forum Guru 7/5/2012 2:33 pm
Affiliate since: 03/14/2012, Power Rank: 99999999 | Read Kelly's 29 other Ask SC answers
Yes it does! I have been using all FREE advertising (with a share of my sponsors team co op) and I get about 50/50 with it. It does take more work with doing the searches for sites to advertise on, and setting up a trash email acct (a must for the amount of email generated). I place 3-5 ads minimum per day and let the ads run until they are not producing anymore. In 3 months I have 61 affiliates this way. I have a couple that are actually working their businesses. This does not include the Team Co
11 votes
Donald Braswell, Aff (Pennsylvania, US) Top Author Forum Guru 7/3/2012 10:09 am
Affiliate since: 08/16/2011, Power Rank: 99999999 | Read Donald's 14 other Ask SC answers
free advertising does work because you never know who is going to read your business at any time so the lore you advertise the more likely you will get someone interested.