7 Ways to Make Affiliate Marketing Work for You
As we’re in the last quarter for 2021, let’s get your affiliate marketing working for you, so I’m going to show you 7 ways to bring you success. However, always remember, many people think that affiliate marketing is a quick and easy way to make some cash. They see it as an opportunity to get started with no investment necessary and then they give up after the first month because the return on their time was not worth the effort. Also, if you think affiliate marketing is easy to do and set up, then you are sadly mistaken. You will be making tons of mistakes and second guessing your every move, but those that stick with it are able to be successful and make a very good living for themselves.
You don’t need your own website or product to promote, and you can earn commissions by promoting other people’s products, or services. You don’t need to have any sales skills to be able to earn commissions because every time somebody clicks on your affiliate link and goes to the vendor’s website, you will get a commission.
So, here are some of my ways you can make money, as an affiliate marketer.
But, if you take your time and invest in learning about what makes affiliate marketing work for you, there are so many ways you can find success!
The 7 Ways
- What is affiliate marketing and how does it work?
- How to find the right products to promote.
- Tips for writing a blog post that will convert potential customers into paying customers.
- Ways to increase traffic on your website so more people see your content and turn into buyers.
- The importance of using social media, email marketing, and other forms of advertising with affiliates.
- Making sure you’re doing everything correctly.
- Affiliate Marketing Tools & Resources – what you need for your business plan.
What is Affiliate Marketing and How Does it Work?
Affiliate marketing is quite simply offering a product or service for sale on behalf of the creator or vendor of the product or service. You need to stick with the evergreen money earners, and they are:
Make Money Online (MMO)
Health & Wellness
If you do a Google search there are many platforms where vendors and product creators list their offering for affiliates to sell for them. You must conduct your own due diligence and is a case of ‘buyer beware’! If you are new to affiliate marketing or thinking about starting then I suggest you concentrate on the big three viz: Clickbank, Warrior Plus and JVZoo. The latter two you need to have the product creator/vendor’s approval to market their product/service.
Affiliate marketing, as I have said is not a get rich quick scheme. You need to make sure you are prepared for the time necessary in building your business – it takes about six months.
How to Find the Right Products to Promote
You want to make sure that the product is worth your time to promote! Before you begin promoting a product, remember that you want to make sure it is worth your while to promote and is it something that you will stick with as your business. Try checking out the competition’s reviews to see how well they are doing or how much money they have made. If there are a lot of complaints, then you have reason to doubt the product. You want to make sure this is something you are willing to invest the time in so make sure it’s worth your while.
A really great way of finding affiliate products that work for you is by checking out what other people have found valuable enough to promote themselves. Look at their websites and see if there is anything that they offer or sell which could be valuable for you too (This is an absolute top tip). If not, then maybe do some research on them to find out why they’re having success with what they’re doing, instead of just looking around randomly. Remember, when choosing an affiliate product, make sure it works for YOU. Not every type of business will fit everyone; make sure whatever product you choose fits your lifestyle and can help build up YOUR business.
I suggest the best place to start is on Clickbank. ClickBank provides an easy way for everybody to earn money online. You can simply sign up and choose the products that you want to promote. After that you can get an affiliate link, which when used on a web page will direct the visitor to the vendor’s website and you will get a commission. So, it is simple. You sign up to their site and promote products or services and be able to start taking payments immediately. ClickBank is one of the easiest programmes to sign up to, and one of the quickest programmes to get paid.
ClickBank has lots of different products or services that you can promote. These include eBooks, downloadable software, videos, software or training products, counselling services, membership sites, music, and audio material and many more. They also have their own branded DVDs, books, and courses that you can use to promote their products. They have different levels of commission pay, from 50% to 75%.
To find a product to promote as an affiliate click on the tab on the top of the page that says ‘Products’. You can now search for a product in their database and click on ‘Promote’ to sign up and begin promoting that product.
Once you make a sale, the money will be in your ClickBank account.
Once you have signed up to their programme and have chosen the product(s) that you want to promote, you simply need to get your own website, where you can promote your products. Email me at [email protected] as I can set you up with a digital store.
Tips for Writing a Blog Post that Will Convert Potential Customers into Paying Customers
There is lots of extremely good advice on Google and elsewhere regarding writing blog posts and the best principal to adopt, especially when starting off is the AIDA principle. And this is A – Attention, I – Interest, D – Desire, A – Action
Attention: Are you looking for a way to make money online?
Interest: Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways to generate income from home. It’s simple, easy and can be done by anyone with a computer or smartphone. You don’t need any prior experience to get started – just follow these 9 steps and you will find success!
Desire: There are many ways that affiliate marketers can earn money, but they all have one thing in common – they all require some sort of effort on your part. If you want to succeed at affiliate marketing, then it’s important that you put in the time and work required. The more effort that you put into this business, the more successful it will become for you! But if there was an easier way…if there was a shortcut…, wouldn’t we all take it? Well now there is! This book contains everything that I know about making affiliate marketing work for me, so I hope it works out just as well for you too! So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get started right away!
Action: Click here today and download our free guide on how to make affiliate marketing work for YOU!!!
Ways to Increase Traffic on Your Website so More People See Your Content and Turn into Buyers
Your website is now up and running. You now need to drive traffic to your website.
One of the best ways to drive traffic to your website is to write articles or blogs. Articles will get you many views and visits. Articles will get you a lot of traffic, and that should lead to sales.
The more traffic and views you get to your website, the higher chances of making sales there are. You can make affiliate marketing work for you, by getting this type of exposure on other websites which is what makes it worthwhile too, because even if they don’t purchase from your link but visit your page or blog, then that counts as an earned view/visit too!
Another way to make sure that affiliate marketing works well for you, is through emailing all those people who liked and shared their thoughts on something related to one of your offers.
This way you make sure that their email is in your list and can keep sending them offers for other things like what they bought from you before or suggested.
You should make it a point to reach out to people who liked and shared something related to one of your products on social media platforms too, which will make the process even more effective.
Your content needs to be relevant enough so there’s always an interest and demand for new information and offers coming up every now and then. This way you make affiliate marketing work well for yourself, by giving potential buyers/customers reasons why they should come back again! As simple as this may sound, but if not done properly, you won’t generate that hunger in your customer base. Top affiliates have their customers scanning their email and social media notifications for the next offering from their favourite sellers. That’s the Holy Grail and what you should aim for.
The Importance of Using Social Media, Email Marketing, and Other Forms of Advertising
When it comes to affiliate marketing, using social media and email advertising are some of the best ways for you to make this strategy work well.
Social Media is an important way in which affiliates market their products/services online through Facebook and Instagram pages, Twitter accounts and Pinterest Pins amongst other forms of Social Networks. This can be done by either posting or sharing links that point readers directly into your website where they get the latest updates on what’s new with your blog posts!
Please be aware that social media will delete direct links to affiliate offers, so ALWAYS direct people to your blog or article. You can also say that if people are interested in more information, for them to contact you.
Email Marketing is in my opinion the most powerful tool when used right. Please see my Blog of the 16th of September 2020. It allows you to keep in touch with customers who have purchased from you before, while also introducing brand new potential buyers/customers too! Sellers make use of autoresponders via mail servers like Aweber, and this is an essential tool. There are, however, lots of other autoresponder businesses.
You may consider Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and other paid advertising to get eyes on your product/service. There is no doubt that these advertising platforms are extremely successful.
It’s not difficult to make affiliate marketing work for you, but there are some things to consider before diving in headfirst…
The above example shows how important it is to make use of social media and email marketing when doing any form of affiliate marketing. It also demonstrates the importance of using autoresponders too!
***Making Sure You are Doing Everything Correctly
You’ll have seen my previous blog on ‘The 7 Most Costly Mistakes Made in Affiliate Marketing’. This is essential reading to be successful!
I’ll repeat them here:
Mistake # 1: Choosing a Poor Product to Market
Mistake # 2: Picking a Poor Converting Product
Mistake # 3: Selling Snake Oil for a Snake Oil Salesman
Mistake # 4: Selecting Products that Offer Little Commission
Mistake # 5: Failure to Build Your List
Mistake # 6: Disregarding the Importance of Timeliness
Mistake # 7: Disregarding The Critical Numbers
Be careful to choose a good product to market and make money with – make sure it is converting well for you! The last thing you want is for your hard work in promoting affiliate products to go unnoticed because they aren’t making sales or generating leads. Furthermore, make sure that commission levels (if any) offered by these products reflect how much work you put into marketing them; if they don’t pay enough then it isn’t worth your time! Build relationships with other people who can help spread awareness of what’s working best for them now too – timeliness here will be key…don’t miss your opportunity when a product is ‘hot, hot, hot’.
Affiliate Marketing Tools & Resources
There is a wealth of tools and resources for the affiliate marketer and new ones are coming out daily. These are some of the tools I use. Some of them are through my links, so I will get an affiliate commission and thank you!
Namecheap for domains
All in One SEO
Ubersuggest for SEO and KW analysis
If you want a detailed guide for how to make affiliate marketing work, I recommend John Thornhill’s Ambassador Program. It provides all the tools and resources you need to start an affiliate business plan from scratch. The course is packed with information that will help turn customers into buyers – including tips on writing blog posts that convert people into customers as well as social media advertising ideas that can increase traffic and sales. With so much valuable content included in this comprehensive training program, it’s hard not to see why it’s called, “The Ambassador Program!” Now invest in yourself – and be the ultimate Ambassador.