During the past few months, I have been promoting a couple different products as an affiliate and I have learned quite a few interesting things.
In this article, I’ll share those tips with you so you can make the most from your affiliate marketing ventures.
These are all very simple tips that don’t require any fancy tools or expensive tracking software so don’t panic.
It can all be done for free.
And I’ll show you how.
Find The Right Product.
For starters, I think the most important part of affiliate marketing is finding the right product to promote.
Too many people promote junk products because they have high commissions.
That’s not right.
What happens when you promote junk products?
Well your referrals demand refunds once they realize the product offers nothing but fluff, and those refunds, more often than not, come out of your commissions.
Essentially, if you want to avoid losing commissions, avoid promoting junk products.
1. Buy The Product
How do you know if a product is junk?
It’s really the only way to form an unbiased opinion about a specific product.
You can also do research and read all the reviews about that specific product, but the people who write those reviews might have ulterior motives.
So, the best way is to actually buy the product.
Worse scenario, the product turns out to be useless, in which case, a refund is always possible.
And if they don’t offer a refund then you know it’s a scam!
I always recommended buying a product before you promote it and there are several reasons for this.
For starters, it will provide you with a clearer picture as to what the product is about.
You’ll have insider information that will make it much easier for you to write a review.
Secondly, it’ll allow you to take more screenshots and share them within your review.
And that brings us to the second tip on our list…
2. Write a Review and Publish It on Your Website
You can do this whether or not you think the product is decent.
For instance, if you bought the product and it turns out not be what was expected, and you write a review about your experience, that will show everyone the product should be avoided, and it will save a lot of people a lot of cash.
And you can also point the review to another, similar but better product.
If you did like the product and think it’s decent, write a positive review and include an affiliate link.
Both options can boost your affiliate income.
So whether or not you like the product, I still recommend writing a review!
Think of it like this, there are very websites that publish detailed and unbiased reviews about specific products.
Most of the reviews out there are really shallow and have very little information about the actual product.
Take the time to write a detailed review and you’ll not only notice a boost in traffic but you’ll also see a boost in affiliate sales.
3. Track Links!
Tracking links is important because it shows you which links are being clicked and which ones are not.
I like to include a custom link in each article to see which one performs the highest.
There are many different tools that you can use to track clicks, the one I use is a free plugin on WordPress called Affiliate Links, but there are other free ones too.
Online business is all about testing and discovering what works.
Tracking links and clicks is one of the easiest ways to do that and no fancy software is required.
Besides, if you know where the clicks are coming from, it’ll make it easier for to expand on that area and improve sales.
I think you should be tracking every link that points to an affiliate product.
4. Use Custom Images
Most product creators will create a panel for affiliates that includes promotion tips and some material that you can use such as ads and what not.
The problem is that a lot of these ads need work.
They don’t grab people attention like they should.
Every professional copywriter will tell you that your ads need to be attention-grabbing and explain the main feature and benefit of the product in as few words as possible.
If the ad you’re given does not meet those requirements, consider creating a new ad with Photoshop or hire someone to do it for you.
Or sometimes you don’t have to create an image but rather screenshot a promotion within the member’s area.
For example, if the product offers a free trial period, take a screenshot, add the image to your website, and include an affiliate link.
When I write a review for a product, and that product has a special deal, I’ll include a picture of that deal in the article.
As it turns out, most people love deals, so make it easy for them!
5. Include an Affiliate Link in Every Article!
As a website owner, I’m sure you know that some of your articles don’t receive much attention while a small handful bring in most of the traffic.
Well, that’s okay!
It’s still important to include affiliate links in every article that’s on your website.
— Timothy Gagnon (@Timothy_Gagnon) September 12, 2016
Even if one of your articles receives very few hits a month, there’s still a chance someone will click on a link within that article, and that’ll send more cash to you.
So don’t hold back and include an affiliate link in every article on your website!
Yes I know that it can be a hassle to go back and edit articles, but if that means more passive-income than it’s worth it.
There’s always a place for a small pitch in every article that you publish or have published.
Just take the time to find where you can link to your product and include the link.
Sometimes adding an affiliate link to an older article can really bring in some extra cash!
6. Consider Twitter Tools
I know most marketers will recommend social media to collect referrals.
There’s only one problem, only an extremely small percentage of these marketers tell you exactly what to do on social media.
I already mentioned my favorite marketing tips in this guide to marketing on social media, open it in a new tab and read it after this article, it’s worth it.
Follow those tips and you’ll bring in a lot more traffic which can convert into sales or leads.
Who could say no to that?
But you should also consider grey-area promotional techniques.
There’s one strategy I have been testing out, it involves Twitter automated messages.
Yes I know nobody really likes automated messages, but I noticed that people still do read their direct messages on Twitter because I have been tracking the clicks.
I even got a few referrals from that method alone!
It’s something that you can think about.
I use Crowdfire to automate Twitter messages, it’s simple, but there are other tools out there.
On the other hand, it seems like Twitter is cracking down on these kind of tools so don’t rely on it for the long-term.
It’s something worth looking into.
I also tried sending automated messages that include a link to my latest article on my website, that’s another marketing strategy that you can test out.
7. In-direct Marketing Can Work Better
Something I noticed which I thought was rather interesting was that in-direct marketing can work better than direct.
In other words, find a way to promote your product without pushing too hard for the sale.
Most people don’t want to read a pitch. Find a way to share you opinions about a product without making it sound like a blatant advertisement.
I found that’s one of the best ways to earn commissions as an affiliate marketer!
There’s a reason review websites work so well, but a lot of review websites fail because the content is too promotional and is not unbiased.
That’s why I mentioned earlier on in this article that you should do your best to write unbiased articles and reviews.
With reviews in particular, an unbiased opinion is ideal.
The idea is to write about the product and share your honest opinion and then point the reader towards the product that you believe is the best, and don’t forget to show proof.
Ever wonder why those Amazon review websites earn so much cash?
It’s interesting because Amazon only grants a 8% commission fee on their products.
So you would think that’s not such a good deal, but there are people making thousands of dollars from simple Amazon affiliate review websites.
And the most cash comes from reviews that are written with a neutral, unbiased tone!
Comparison articles can also be extremely lucrative!
Find two or more similar products and compare them, include affiliate links for both and you’ll make cash regardless if which product the reader chooses.
Those are some ideas that you can play around with and track the results.
What We Learned:
Thanks for reading through this article, I’ll quickly summarize the points in this article so they’re easier to remember.
- Before you promote a product as an affiliate marketer, it’s best to buy the product first. This allows you to form your own personal opinions about the product.
- Share those opinions in an unbiased review or comparison article.
- Don’t forget to track links, there are many free tools you can use. I use Affiliate Links.
- Include images and screenshots and consider creating custom images for your affiliate products. Test different things!
- Make sure old articles also include affiliate links.
- Consider grey-area promotional techniques like Twitter automated messages or similar strategies.
- Lastly, remember not to push too hard for sales. Most people like to make up their own minds so share the truth about the product and your personal opinions, sometimes sharing negatives points can be beneficial.
So that’s it.
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I guarantee that if you apply these tips to your website and businesses you’ll see a massive increase in sales.
Good luck and stay tuned for next article!
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