Saturday, November 28, 2020

The Top 10 Affilaite Marketing Mistakes

  

 

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Being an affiliate marketer can be a very lucrative career. One that you can earn more money than in a traditional job. Many affiliate marketers make millions of dollars, many more many six figures, and even more make a solid full time living as affiliate marketers. If you want to be a successful affiliate marketer learn about the top 10 affiliate marketing mistakes, how to avoid them and what to do instead.


Mistake # 1: Thinking the Money Will Roll in Immediately

Just because you decide to become an affiliate doesn’t mean you’re immediately going to earn money. Being an affiliate for any type of products or services is just like being a salesperson who works on commission. If you want to make good money, you must believe in the product. In addition, you’ll need to explain to your audience how and why they should try the product. Think about how much you’ll earn on each sale so that you can determine how much time and effort you can devote to making that sale.

 

Mistake # 2: Not Building Your Email List Now

You need an email list full of your target audience in order to earn a fulltime living being an affiliate marketer. If you know who your audience is, you can start building your email list even before you have affiliate products to share. Just share a topic/problem related freebie to get them on the list and then share your knowledge and experience. The products and “finds” can come later.

Choose the right software so that you can automate a lot of the process of building your email list so that you can promote solutions to your audience. There are many programs you can use to build a list such as Aweber.com, Convertkit.com, Getdrip.com along with landing page software like LeadPages.com, Instapage.com, and Clickfunnels.com.



Mistake # 3: Not Choosing a Niche You Enjoy

Choosing a niche just because it’s popular is a big mistake. Affiliate marketing is not all about the money. In order to succeed as an affiliate marketer, you should choose a niche and audience that you know and enjoy. If you don’t enjoy the topics or can’t relate to the audience and their problems, it will show in your content, solutions, and sales.

You must be able to write content that shows your enthusiasm about the topics and solutions you offer your audience. Research your potential niche options to ensure that you can make enough money with the audience, provide the solutions the audience needs, and enjoy talking about the niche topics. Your enthusiasm is contagious and profitable.



Mistake # 4: Offering Too Many Product Options

When you decide to be an affiliate, it’s easy to go overboard choosing products to promote. You don’t want to promote everything that is available, only the items that your audience needs. Research and pick a very specific product that solves one of their problems or difficulties. Don’t try to promote multiple items that solve the same problem. With too many options, readers have difficulty choosing and ultimately don’t take any action.

 

Mistake # 5: Avoiding Research

The most important thing that you can do for your affiliate marketing business is to research everything. Continuously research your audience. Always research the products you want to promote including the creators of the products you want to promote. Your reputation is on the line. If you promote a product that turns out to be a scam or the seller doesn’t live up to their promises, you may lose your credibility. Always do your due diligence. 

 

Mistake # 6: Using Inferior Content

As an affiliate marketer, you probably have a blog and social media accounts that need content. You may be tempted to toss something up that isn’t up to your standard. There is no point in putting up inferior content. It only makes you look unprofessional and damages your reputation.

If you need quality content, hire a writer or buy PLR and rewrite it yourself. Content strategists can help you plan and manage your content from blog posts, to freebies, and more. A good place to find a writer is at WriterHelpWanted.com, where you can post a free job listing that hundreds of writers will view.



Mistake # 7: Avoiding Product Reviews

Another mistake is not doing product reviews. On most corporate websites, where people shop, there are reviews. Customers really do pay attention to reviews. Your audience will appreciate your honest product reviews, even if you do make a percentage of sales. Just be upfront about whether you get money if they buy or not.



Mistake # 8: Using Too Many Affiliate Links

Adding too many affiliate links can make content look like spam. They can also give readers the impression that making a sale is your top priority rather than helping them. Limit the number of affiliate links to the focused solution in emails and articles. When you reference supporting content or examples use straight links. In short, use links sparingly and only when they are important to the message or content.

 

Mistake # 9: Using Ugly Affiliate Links

Affiliate links are typically ugly, with odd letters and numbers, question marks, or other characters in them. Most people realize they’re affiliate links but they’re more likely to click them if they’re not ugly. You can make them look good by using a link shortener. You can also set up redirects to cloak your link. Yoast blog has a good post about this. There are also several WordPress plugins that you can choose from like Easy Affiliate Links.

 

Mistake # 10: Not Building Relationships & a Community

One of the best things about becoming a profitable affiliate marketer is the friendships you make along the way. Building relationships with your community will make you the ‘go-to’ person for your subject matter. Many affiliate marketers skip this because they don’t want to be ‘public.’ However, if you are open with your audience, you’ll make more money.

You don’t have to learn about these top-10 affiliate-marketing mistakes the hard way. Use these ideas and tips to avoid the mistakes. When you avoid these mistakes, your efforts will be more efficient and profitable.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Killer Ideas on How to Increase Sales Using Affiliate Newsletters

 

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Starting a newsletter is a great way to advertise your affiliate products and increase sales. Create an opt-in box on your site and offer them something in exchange for their email address. Once you get their email address, you can start emailing them your newsletter and then your newsletter should go out to them once either a week or once a month.

 

Here’s what it does for you and them:

It becomes easy to address regular questions 

Gives them constant updates on any new development, changes in the site policy, new tools to use, etc... 

Gives updates on new contests and products that can lure affiliates.  

Staying connected and communicating with them will always keep them close. You keep your name in front of them so that they will remember to promote you.  

 

 Some Quick Effective Tips on How to Write Excellent Affiliate Newsletters

 

Don’t just have boring monthly Newsletters. You can make them effective by using subject lines that have keywords. Let your subject line send out a clear message that the newsletter is meant for affiliates and not consumers. If you are interesting enough, be sure that almost every affiliate will be interested to know the contents. 

 

Use a subject line that states the highest commission paid the previous week. 

 

Another newsletter opener is, Hey Gary we’re grateful you promote our products at yourwebsite.com. This will define who you are and how important Gary is to the organization. Appreciating and acknowledging affiliates will always get them to open emails.  

 

Arrange your topics at the beginning of the newsletter to give them a hint of what is inside. A bullet list that briefly states what the contents are will help them understand what you are offering and need. If you hide your content farther down, they may not have time to go through the entire newsletter. 

 

You can also hyperlink to appropriate areas of the newsletter to make it easier for them to find what they are looking for. Affiliates will always look for what suits them and it is your duty to make this as simple as possible.  

 

Keep our affiliates close by offering coupons, notice of sales, codes, discounts they can offer, contests, etc... 

 

Before you launch anything new, give affiliates the product for free so that they can write a review and promote it with authority.  

 

Unlike consumers, affiliates need weekly newsletters. Make it happen because they would prefer you be in touch. If you are only sending it once a month, you need to change starting right now. One month is a long time between newsletters, and some of them may even forget about you.  

 

Use plain old text for emails. Why? Because emails with text load faster on PC's and phones and the emails are less likely to be flagged as spam. Chances that a recipient will read this kind of mail are also higher. On the other hand, you can use HTML if you are in a high-tech industry. You can also use HTML to display any new banners. However, if you still don’t know what is best for you be smart and test to see what works best.  

 

Interact with your affiliates by asking them what they need to succeed. Gone are the days when a 20 minutes survey will work. Today, you need to have a forum for your affiliates to join. Ask them what they need, how they need it and what they think. Their insight can take you a long way and increase your sales but only if you keep in touch with them. 

 

If you have never given affiliates a chance to use flash sales, now is the time to let them get started with them. Flash sales are sales with significant discounts that normally don’t last long and come with little warning. Every affiliate has preferences. Many affiliates love to plan their promotions, but you will never miss an affiliate who likes flash sales.  

 

Do you have a Call-to-Action? A Call-to-Action at the end of your newsletter can channel affiliates to your site for links and banners or allow them to request more information. Giving a specific call to action to them can help you understand what they need and let you help them accordingly.  

 

Test your newsletter before you hit send. You can test it by making sure the newsletter has no errors, is accurate and has no spelling mistakes.  

 

It’s always important to have contact information in every newsletter you send.  

 

If you know nothing about what you should have in your affiliate newsletter, Google and YouTube are your friends. You can get great ideas and tutorials to help you get your newsletter setup correctly. 

 

Stay on top of things and know what your competitor does. You can current yourself through their newsletters and keep an eye on their latest progress.



Sunday, November 15, 2020

Collaborate With Other Players In Your Niche 

7 Ways To double your income

 

 

Collaborate With Other Players In Your Niche 


Here’s an easy way to double your income. Put yourself in front of twice as many people who are interested in what you have to offer. Of course that is easier said than done. Getting traffic and exposure is one of the hardest things to accomplish as the internet grows and expands. Sure, you could throw a lot of money at the problem and accomplish it with well placed ads, but that’s not a viable option for most of us. 

 

A great way to get in front of a new audience interested in what you have to say is to find someone else who’s doing something similar to what you’re doing. In other words, find other players in your niche, or closely related niches and start to collaborate. For example, let’s say you’re selling a guide on growing tomatoes. Go find a few bloggers and marketers who are also in the gardening niche. This could be someone who blogs about organic gardening, or someone who sells container gardening kits, or books on how to grow all the vegetables you need in your backyard. You won’t be competing directly, but instead complementing each other. Your audience will be interested in additional organic gardening tips, and they may want to purchase a container kit that makes it easier to grow those tomatoes. Do you see how this could work? 

 

Approach the other players in your niche and see how you can work together. A great place to start is to offer to share something of theirs with your readers first. If the person sells a product, ask if you can interview them, or see if they have a special coupon you can share with your readers. If they have an affiliate program, you can even profit from sharing this with your readers. 

 

Next, ask if they would be interested in sharing you with their own audience. This is always your end goal, but you have to make it worth their while. Depending on your business model, there are several different ways to accomplish this. If you have a paid product, and an affiliate program, it makes it easy. You can also offer to create unique content for the other person’s audience. 

 

No matter what you decide to do, make it as easy as possible and do whatever you have to do to get your fellow blogger or info product creator to email his or her list for you. Mentions on social media and blog posts are great, but your ultimate goal should always be to get them to mail for you. When they do, your next goal is to get these people on your own list and to turn them into paying customers.




Saturday, November 14, 2020

Track What’s Working And Use The 80/20 Rule

 

 

7 Ways To Double Your Income– A Mini Challenge

Track What’s Working And Use The 80/20 Rule 

 

One of the best ways to double your income is to figure out what’s working and doing more of that. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? The problem is that you first have to know exactly what’s working and what isn’t. The best way to do that is to track everything. From there you look at your data and make a plan for what you should and shouldn’t be doing going forward. 

 

Your first step will be to decide what you want to track. This will be a little different for everyone depending on your business and what you do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. A good place to start is to look at income and expenses, products or different sources of income, and of course where you spend most of your time. 

 

Let’s say you start to track where your income is coming from. If possible, go back and look at the last six to twelve months of financial data. Did you make money selling your own products? Did you get large affiliate commission checks? Did you sell advertising on your websites? 

 

Next you want to look at expenses related to that income. You’ll have some fixed expenses like hosting your website for example, that you should ignore for the purpose of this exercise. Look at cost directly related to each source of income. For example, in order to launch your products, you may hire a graphic designer, a VA, and pay for your shopping cart software. 

 

You may also be paying commissions to affiliates promoting your products. Subtract those costs from the income you’ve made to get a good feel for your actual profits. Other sources of income will have little to no expenses. Once you’ve adjusted your income figures to reflect the profit you’ve made, you can start to compare. 

 

Last but not least, look at the amount of time you’re spending to generate the income. It may take you a full month of working twelve hour days to launch a new big course. On the other hand, you may be able to put together a short eBook or fresh membership content in a day or two by leveraging content you’ve already written or buying pre-written content. Look at the time it takes for each type of product and compare this to the amount of money you expect to make from the launch and going forward. This will help you decide what’s the most profitable way to spend your time. 

 

With all the information at your fingertips, it will be easy to decide what you should be doing more off, what you should be doing less off, and what you should stop doing. Focus most of your time and energy on the most profitable products and income sources. Work on it for a good six months and look at how much your profits went up. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one strategy alone allows you to double your income.