A successful affiliate marketing program takes time to build, but with a bit of effort, it can increase worth your internet sales noticeably. It’s the effort, and it can become one of the best time and financial investments in your marketing plan.
So, you’ve signed up for affiliate programs, posted links around the net but you’re still only making pocket change? Wonder what others are doing that you aren’t? Below you will find 7 things that every affiliate marketer needs to increase their income.
1.- Your own Website:
Build a website to promote the product. Make sure it has its own domain name (yourproduct.com), not a free site like (yourproduct.othersitename.com). If you don’t know how to build a website there are lots of places that offer simple site builders or you could choose to have someone build a site for you. One affordable website builder I recommend is Internet Based Family.
2.- Write reviews:
You need to know your product and preferably use it yourself so that you can write honest reviews about it. What better way to promote a product and get people to believe it’s great than to say you use it too? Post these reviews on your website, in your newsletters, articles and any other site you visit that gives you an opportunity to do so.
As I’m sure you know, YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world after its parent, the giant Google. So how can you use YouTube to generate traffic? There’s a couple of simple ways you can use to direct people to your website; the first being the ubiquitous link in the video description linking to your site. This can bring you some traffic if your video becomes popular enough,
Facebook groups are a fantastic way to help out people in your niche. Say, for example that your niche is pet accessories. There are so many pet groups out there it’s not funny, and they all have people that ask questions that are relevant and trending.
This is great for you for two reasons: One, it can give you great ideas for new content for your site, especially questions that are asked regularly. Secondly, it’s a great opportunity to begin the know, like trust sequence – and if you have answered the specific question it may be possible to link to your own site for the solution. So not only can you drive traffic; you can do research and build rapport while you are at it.
5.- Use a Blog:
I recommend that you get a Blog and link back and forth to your website. This will allow you to create discussions on the blog about the product you are selling and list any updates to your regular website. Active Blogs are indexed quicker by many search engines than are new sites, and after the blog is indexed, the pages you have linked to the blog will also get indexed.
Not only that, but you can build relationships with people this way. Your visitors get to know you and because of that they begin to trust you and your product recommendations! Plus, let’s face it; blogs are usually so much fun. And if you use word press blogs you have a really great option to automate your posts.
6. – Write Articles
One of the best ways to become an expert is to write articles on any certain topic, use them on your website, blogs, newsletters, and submit them online. When you submit your articles to article databases be sure to include a link to your website in the resource box.
There is a plethora of places to submit articles and the more you write, the more people will trust what you are saying. You get more exposure, more people coming to your website, more sales, more search engine traffic…etc
7. – Put your links in your signature lines:
Never allow a sale to pass you by! If you are a member of even one forum, you need to have your affiliate link, or your website link, in your signature line. It’s free advertisement and you never know who will see it and click through to check out your product. I do not recommend using this as your only method of traffic to websites or sales, but it is a nice addition. You might as well make the most out of your forum visits!
These secrets to affiliate marketing success will be a nice start for your business efforts. Just remember affiliate marketing is like any other business and it will take time, work, dedication, and money to make it truly successful.
This is a short but by no means exhaustive list of some actionable ways to build up traffic to your site in a hurry. YouTube especially can be a fast way to build traffic – realistically Udemy, unless you already have a course will take longer and Facebook Groups are a perennial favourite, even if they do require some monitoring and work.
While you are using these techniques, it’s also worth considering improving your SEO as best you can while you are at it. There’s no downside to improving the on-page SEO of your site, assuming you have one. It will take longer, but really there’s no substitute in the long run (6-12 months +) for Google traffic that is looking for the specific keywords that relate to your content, and ultimately your affiliate offers.
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