Can't wait to learn the affiliate marketing tips and tricks that will improve your affiliate sales enormously?
Great, that's the reaction I'm hoping for!
Still, I won't take it personally if some of you have doubts about this article.
I mean, what kind of affiliate secrets I could probably reveal that you haven't already read elsewhere?
Well, stick around - I might surprise you!
This post may contain affiliate links, don't waste too much time with my disclosure.
What Is Affiliate Marketing?
Considering that affiliate marketing is one of the main topics of my blog, I've been writing about it to the point where my fingers got swollen.
If I can make a quick guess, at least 90% of you know what that term means.
But I love and appreciate all of my readers, so I want to satisfy the other 10% as well.
In short, affiliate marketing is a business model people use to recommend a company's products and/or services to an audience.
When you're an affiliate marketer, you don't have to create your own products and sell them online.
No, all you have to do is promote offers to your readers. Once a person buys a product through your unique (affiliate) link, you're earning a commission.
However, that's the bare bone explanation of how affiliate marketing works.
Nowadays, it takes so much more effort to make an affiliate sale compared to previous years.
The competition is bigger and tougher, ranking is getting harder and harder...
Wait, does this mean that becoming an affiliate marketer in 2020 is already a lost cause?
What Does Affiliate Marketing Look Like In 2020?
As I've just mentioned, affiliate marketing is far from dead.
On the contrary, there is still a lot of money to be made in affiliate commissions!
You don't have to take my word on it.
Instead, look at the numbers - they don't lie!
According to the statistics, the affiliate marketing sector is growing and expanding more and more year after year.
In the USA alone, affiliate marketing spending increases by 10.1% every year and will most likely hit the $6.8 billion in 2020.
Wow, that's a lot of zeros in affiliate sales, don't you think?
Most importantly, more than half of the affiliate marketers worldwide make more than $20,000/year, that's a fact.
So, no further argument can be made about your earning potential as an affiliate, right?
Now that we cleared that out, let's focus on the reason you're here - the affiliate marketing tips and tricks that will advance your efforts online.
How To Do Affiliate Marketing?
First thing first, before I present to you the list of 50 affiliate marketing tips and tricks, allow me a very quick detour.
If you're already an affiliate marketer, feel free to skip this paragraph.
But if you haven't become one yet, here is a question:
What is your plan for making money with affiliate marketing?
There is an important reason why you need to think about that.
Currently, there are different ways to work as an affiliate.
You can be one without a blog and with a blog.
Generally, it's not uncommon to do affiliate marketing if you're not a blogger. Moreover, it's possible to earn quite well this way.
However, if you don't use a website to reach a large audience, you'll need to have a huge presence on a different platform.
For instance, you can make money on Pinterest without a blog through affiliate sales. Or you can have a look at 12 Minute Affiliate, another system that will show you how to earn as an affiliate without your own website.
In my opinion, though, the best way to secure your affiliate success is to start a blog.
There are so many reasons why you should be a blogger, but I'll focus on the most essential one:
Above all, having your own blog will give you the freedom and opportunity to promote as many affiliate products you would like, in any way you see fit.
Affiliate Marketing Tips And Tricks - 50 Strategies To Use As An Affiliate
OK, we have a long way to go!
Before I start with the list, here is something I would really like for you to keep in mind:
All of the following tips are strategies that proved to be useful to me as an affiliate marketer.
Without knowing you, your business, or how you go about your affiliate promotions, I can't guarantee that all 50 of them will deliver the same results to you as they did to me.
Hey, there is no harm in trying them out, right?
1) Research Your Competition
First thing first, this strategy will work best for those of you who are still in the "newbie blogger" category.
Keeping tabs on your competition needs to be a priority as soon as you start doing affiliate marketing and even before that.
Just to be clear, don't waste your time visiting the blogs of every single person who works within your niche.
No, focus only on the biggest and most successful players in your field.
Spend time on their websites and take notes:
Which products they are promoting? Where do they place their affiliate links? How many affiliate links do you see within a single post?
While doing so, you'll most likely notice a repeating path.
Subsequently, use this path as a blueprint when you're writing your own articles.
2) Find Out Which Social Media Your Competition Relies On
This one is particularly easy to complete:
All you have to do is take a look at the Social Sharing icons of your competitors.
Most of them will show you a specific number and where the post has been shared on.
Direct your attention to the articles that are affiliate-heavy:
Do they have thousands of shares on Pinterest? Have they been retweeted many, many times? Or maybe Facebook is the one who gets most of the audience's love?
If one Social Media clearly dominates above the rest for your competition, that's the one you should get quite familiar with as well.
Needless to say, you can always change your direction once you're established affiliate.
But for now, if the competition's content is doing the best on Pinterest for example, your content promoting similar products will most likely too.
3) Choose One Social Media To Work With
What happens if a competitor of yours is equally popular on more than one Social Media platform?
Well, good for them, but right now, that doesn't matter for you.
Because you're not one of the big boys yet, correct?
Therefore, the best you can do is choose just one and put your efforts into growing your brand on it.
I get it, it's tempting to try to be on any Social Media known under the sun.
In my experience, hanging on every Social Media channel will only waste your time.
To avoid that, put your energy into mastering the one where most of your audience will come from.
4) Discover Which Posts Are Driving The Most Organic Traffic For Your Competition
Quite frankly, this is one of the affiliate tips and tricks I wish I've known about earlier!
To be honest, I didn't start using one very important tool as soon as I became a blogger and that turned out to be a huge mistake.
I'm talking about Ubersuggest.
You see, when you place the homepage address of any of the competitors, you'll get instant access to tons of useful info.
The one I want you to seriously consider is called "Top SEO Pages" and it will show you which articles are driving the most organic traffic to that website.
Wondering why that is so important?
Chances are, some of those posts will be product reviews, promoting the very same offers you're planning to promote yourself.
And that brings me to the next tip:
5) Outrank Your Competition
Easier said than done, I know - it's not impossible, though.
So, let's say the "Article X" delivers thousands of pageviews to a competitor of yours. Likewise, that article is currently ranking on position 1-3 for its respective keyword.
At the same time, you're still a newbie, right? Your DA (Domain Authority) is not that high yet, Google barely has any idea about your site's existence.
That being said, how are you supposed to push Article X from its position and place your own there?
Actually, nobody can promise you that will happen for sure, but you should most definitely try.
In my opinion, using Brian Dean's Skyscraper Technique will give you the best chance for success.
He explains how the technique works to the last little detail, but here is the short preview:
Looking at Article X, create a much better version of it. Much longer, more detailed, more of anything!
6) Get Serious With SEO
Thankfully, I didn't underestimate the power of SEO from the moment I bought my domain name.
And if you want to make money with affiliate marketing, neither should you.
Make no mistake, Social Media is awesome for bringing traffic to your blog.
However, it doesn't hold a candle to the kind of traffic you'll get if your content ranks on page 1, position 1 of Google.
Plus, you should know this by now:
More traffic = more affiliate sales, simple as that.
Nowadays, there is a lot of on-page and off-page SEO that needs to happen to every single post of yours.
For instance, are you doing the proper keyword research before you decide which specific keyword you should be targeting?
Anyhow, if you have no idea how to master SEO and you need help, you can have a look at this free affiliate marketing training - it's where I got mine!
7) Invest In Your Business
There is an old saying that we all know to be the truth:
You gotta give money to make money.
Similarly, if you want to become more than a successful affiliate marketer, you should spend some cash and learn from the best.
Truth to be told, you'll probably discover the ins and outs of affiliate marketing through trial and error and once you have at least a couple of years of experience.
However, if you don't want to wait that long and you're determined to get it right from the start, investing in high-quality courses is the way to go.
Personally, there are 2 paid courses I can honestly recommend if you're serious about doing affiliate marketing for a living.
The first one is the Super Affiliate System - it's created by John Crestani, one of the most successful affiliate marketers in the world and a self-made millionaire.
And the second one is Commission Hero - this one comes from Robby Blanchard, also a millionaire and number 1 affiliate on ClickBank.
8) Invest In Your Business Some More
Yeah, please don't hate me for that, I know that it looks like I'm not taking the newbie blogger's budget into consideration.
Well, whether you are willing to spend money before you're making any or not, it doesn't change the fact:
Your website is the face of your online business and we all know how important the first impression is.
So, if you want a professional, highly-customizable theme that reflects your personality and the essence of your business - get a premium theme.
Next, if you want an awesome email service provider that will allow you to go above and beyond with your email marketing campaigns - get a paid one.
Trust me, I know what I'm talking about here:
Just like most of you if I have to guess, I started with the free versions of the blogging tools mentioned above. And what was the result?
I've learned the hard way that they can't do everything I needed them to do. But I've lost a lot of time dealing with them only to end up buying the premium ones anyway.
9) Design A Professional Website
Now, you may be wondering:
"What does the design has to do with my ability to earn affiliate commissions?"
Basically, a lot!
Because a professional website that is easy to navigate, has a gorgeous layout and leaves you with a welcoming vibe is a MUST for great user experience.
Furthermore, that great user experience is easy to transform into a reader's trust if you add a helpful, high-quality content into the mix.
Once you have your audience's trust, is far more likely that those readers will buy from you than from anyone else.
Let me ask you, would you make a purchase on a site that is poorly designed, constantly leading you to 404 errors, and basically pushes you to buy with its every second sentence?
I know I wouldn't!
10) Make Sure That Your Design Connects With Your Target Audience
Taking the topic of design up a notch...
For example, is your target audience stay-at-home moms? Then, use warm colors and feminine photos.
Or maybe you're building a lifestyle blog that has teenage girls in mind?
Use the age-appropriate images any 17 years old girl would love to look at.
No need for a further elaboration here, is there?
11) Constantly Improve Your Website
Obviously, we're not done talking about the overall look of your blog...
To be honest, I lost count on how many times I changed my homepage.
Staring at it right now, the only thing I have in mind is when I'll find the time to redo it again.
Quite frankly, that's just normal.
As you develop and grow as a blogger, you will demand and expect more of yourself.
But let's stay focused on the affiliate marketing tips and tricks that have something to do with your website's look and structure.
Maybe in your early blogging days, you placed a lot of affiliate links on a page that didn't prove to be converting well at all?
What are you waiting for, try them somewhere else!
Speaking of pages that convert well...
12) Write A Strong "About Me" Page
Will you believe me if I tell you that your "About Me" page has the potential to be one of your most converting pages?
Well, it can be, if you do it right.
Generally, what an "About" page should include?
A picture of you, an introduction, maybe your personal story, your mission statement, and a call to action, right?
Let's focus on that call to action, shall we?
Most commonly, that would be an opt-in form that invites your readers to subscribe, correct?
But what if you have a different approach instead?
How about if your call to action invites your audience to learn about an experience that changed your life and prompt you to become a blogger for instance?
Likewise, reading about that experience should guide them to another page that includes affiliate offers.
13) Write A "Recommended Resources" Page/Post
Again, this is the next in line of affiliate marketing tips and tricks that proved to be really useful to me.
Hopefully, it will be for you as well!
Basically, let's imagine what a reader may like when she/he is on your website.
Maybe it's your design? Or the page builder you've clearly used to write all of your blog posts? It might even be some fancy pants extra tweaks like Table of contents or Click To Tweet.
Naturally, the readers will be curious about where you got them.
And that's why you need to have Recommended Tools kind of article that introduces everything you're using on your blog.
Needless to say, every tool included can lead to an affiliate sale!
14) Interlink Your Articles
That sounds like a no-brainer, doesn't it?
If you have some blogging experience, then you know that every post you write should be interlinked with at least a few older relevant posts.
However, the more new articles you produce, the more often you'll need to revise your old ones and interlink them.
The reason to do that is not only to make Google happy.
No, regularly interlinking new with old content is one of the most powerful affiliate marketing tips and tricks I can give you.
Simply because I know how many times I was reading an article that led me to another one that led me to another one and I end up buying something I didn't plan to buy in the first place!
In other words, the blogger I was reading from has made an affiliate sale just because she/he was smart enough to provide me with more content that is relevant to my original search.
15) Update Your Content Often
Now, this blogging strategy will work best if you already have a decent number of articles published.
Personally, I started to update my content when I had about 60 blog posts.
Why is that important for you as an affiliate marketer?
Firstly, in your early blogging days, you don't know SEO as much as you think you do. As a result, probably half of your posts are nowhere near the first page of Google, is that right?
Secondly, nothing stays the same, not just in real life, but in the online one as well. And you'll need to be aware of the changes so you'll be able to adjust your strategy accordingly.
When done properly, updating your older content will not go unnoticed from the search engines.
Subsequently, better rankings will bring more traffic to your blog and more affiliate sales.
16) Delete Useless Content
Let's face it, some articles are just not meant to be successful.
No matter how hard you try updating them, they just can't go anywhere.
Maybe your chosen keyword doesn't make any sense, or the whole concept of the post doesn't serve your audience in any significant manner.
Personally, I was horrified the first time I deleted an article. I thought that Google will be mad at me and that I won't do a very good job with the redirect and that will result in a 404 error.
But none of this happened.
On the contrary, the search engines really appreciate my current blogging strategy considering how much my organic traffic has improved since implementing it.
And that blogging strategy is really simple:
- Write SEO optimized, much longer, more detailed post that targets the same or a closely similar keyword.
- Publish it.
- Delete the old, crappy post and redirect it to the new one.
Before you delete an article, make sure that it doesn't have any backlinks. You can do that by simply looking at your Google Search Console.
If the post has backlinks, don't delete it!
17) Get Rid Of "Zombie Pages"
Relax, "Zombie Pages" is not a blogging term you somehow missed while working on your website.
No, those are just pages that you no longer have any use of and neither does your audience.
For instance, a page that you don't display anywhere on your blog because you've created a much better, similar one. Or a landing page that you're hiding because it promotes a product that doesn't exist anymore.
Just a few days ago, I've deleted half a dozen such pages.
And the next morning my Google traffic spiked with 20%.
Maybe, but I don't think so!
18) Republish Content With A New Publishing Date
To be completely honest, that's my favorite one from this list of affiliate marketing tips and tricks.
Republishing content with a new date is what most of my time is devoted to currently.
Believe it or not, this strategy has the ability to boost organic traffic in a way I didn't know it was possible a few months ago.
In case you're not sure why is that:
Above all, Google adores fresh content that will deliver the latest and most up to date information to its users.
However, you should do that only with articles that are at least a year old.
Plus, if you want this to work, the change to your blog post has to be significant:
New screenshots, new subheadings, at least 500 extra words...
You're getting the idea, right?
19) Promote Only The Products That Makes Sense For Your Audience
Alright, it's time for my affiliate tips and tricks to really get into the serious stuff!
Starting with your approach to choosing products to promote:
By all means, your choice of an affiliate program to earn from should never be based solely on the payout.
The readers are not stupid, they will sense if you're pushing a product down their throat just because you're desperate to make a sale.
Unless the products you're promoting are capable to solve your audience's problem, you should just forget about it.
I mean, today we're talking about affiliate marketing, right?
You don't see me trying to sell you yoga pants, for crying out loud!
20) Promote Products That You Trust
Generally, I highly doubt that you've never heard that one before.
Still, there is no way I wouldn't include this tip into my list.
It's not that difficult - don't try to sell a product to your readers if you wouldn't buy it yourself.
No matter how lucrative the commission is, losing your audience's trust and respect is not something you can put a price on.
Here, we're talking about the same old situation of life imitating art (blogging) imitating life:
First and foremost, treat others the way you want to be treated.
21) Choose Affiliate Programs That Pay Well
OK, for those you who feel like I'm contradicting myself, let me explain why I'm actually not:
So far, I told you to not be lead strictly by the dollar signs. And now I'm telling you to go for programs that will make you delicious income in affiliate sales.
Believe it or not, there is a way to combine those two without losing your integrity.
Yes, I stay firmly behind the idea that you have to promote only the products you would take for yourself.
Meanwhile, if you want to earn a full-time living through affiliate marketing, you should mainly focus on promoting high-quality products that also happen to have lucrative affiliate programs.
22) Go For Affiliate Programs That Pay Recurring Commissions
Making affiliate sales is awesome, no one can argue with that, right?
But do you know what is even more awesome?
When your affiliate marketing efforts allow you to build a passive income.
Correct if I'm wrong, but doing a job once and keep getting paid for it is one of the ways to do it, isn't it?
Therefore, keep your eyes open for the affiliate programs that will pay you over and over again!
23) Work With Low-Paying Affiliate Programs As Well
"Oh, boy... This crazy woman doesn't make a lot of senses anymore!"
Hey, if that's what you're thinking right now, I won't take it personally.
Instead, I'll use an example to show you why I'm making sense even if it looks to you that I'm really not:
One of my favorite affiliate programs has a pretty low payout. Think of a couple of bucks per sale.
With that being said, the article that promotes that particular product happens to be the biggest source of traffic to my blog.
To clarify, this blog post brings about 60% of all my traffic.
So, if you make 5 sales every day for $10 each, for example, that's 50 bucks, right?
Well, isn't secure $50/day better than the chance of $2,000/sale that may or may not happen anytime soon?
24) Create A Landing Page For Your Number 1 Affiliate Product
Quite frankly, not all of the products you're promoting will sell as well as you hope.
Your most favorite product may be the answer to all of your audience's prayers, it may have a reasonable price, etc.
Still, it's possible that it will not resonate with your readers to the level that will affect their purchasing decision in your favor.
Then, what are you supposed to do?
In my opinion, focus on the next best thing. Meaning, put the better part of your marketing efforts on your second-best affiliate offer.
And that includes a separate landing page devoted to this product and this product only.
A professional, well-made landing page has the power to increase your affiliate sales in a way product review is simply not able to.
25) Do A/B Testing Of Your Landing Pages
Actually, if you ask me, you should perform A/B testing to pretty much everything you do on your blog.
But let's focus on the affiliate marketing tips and tricks that are strictly about landing pages.
Now, you probably have at least one landing page that is converting really well, correct?
But how do you know that this particular landing page is the best you can do without pinning it against another one?
Well, you can't and that's why you should always create 2 completely different versions of a landing page.
Trust me, sometimes the results after the A/B testing will surprise you!
26) Use Tools That Will Help You Improve Your Sales
Will a list of affiliate marketing tips and tricks ever be complete if we don't discuss additional help?
Nowadays, there are tools that are specifically designed to advance your affiliate marketing efforts and campaigns.
For example, some of them will instantly show you which are the hottest affiliate programs currently.
Others will even let you know about the most exclusive products that will be launched next month.
In my opinion, it's a smart idea to take advantage of any tool that can help you stay in front of your competition.
27) Write More Than A Helpful Content
Alright, moving on to the writing portion of this program!
Above all, producing helpful content is the first thing every blogger will advise you to do.
With that being said, if you want to make some noise in the affiliate marketing field, I'll say that your articles must be more than helpful.
Meaning, if your competition is offering high-quality content that assists the audience in a satisfactory manner, you'll have to top that.
Let's say that you and a competitor of yours have published a review on the same product.
Your competitor has done a decent job - there is a detailed explanation of what the product is, how it works, and how it will help the readers.
Now, if you want to beat that and steal its audience, you'll have to offer much more.
For instance, is there a room for the product now and the next couple of years, what's its history, who created it (is the person an expert in the filed), what are the pros and cons of the product, who will have the best use of it, is it legit or scam...
The list can go on and on and you shouldn't stop until your review offers something that no one else does!
28) Write As You Talk To A Friend
Just so we are clear, if the conversations you're having with your friends contain tons of F-bombs, don't include them, lol!
But let's stay serious:
By all means, nobody enjoys reading too dry or two technical pieces of content.
After all, we have Wikipedia for all the facts, right?
Your audience needs to feel that there is a person from flesh and blood behind the words.
And that's even more important when you're doing affiliate marketing.
Not sure about you, but I have no desire to buy from a robot, do you?
29) Write With Intent
What writing with intent even means?
Well, exactly what you think it does!
Before you even start typing an article, ask yourself:
Why am I producing this specific piece of content? Is it mainly to increase my traffic? Or to make affiliate sales? Maybe is for the pure pleasure of my audience?
Whatever the answer is, you'll need to know it from the start.
Personally, I'm having a lot of reviews on bad products. Needless to say, I'm not affiliated with any of those products.
You may wonder, why did I waste my time if I'll never make an affiliate commission out of them?
Because it's not a waste of time if any of those posts are bringing me tons of traffic and protect my readers from making a mistake that will cost them money.
Related: How To Write Blog Posts That Sell
30) Write Engaging Content
Until we're on the subject of writing with intent...
First and foremost, writing with intent and writing engaging content complement each other.
At least, they should if you're doing your job right!
While intent has to be on your mind before the writing begins, your audience's engagement is a never-ending process.
The simple way to make sure that you connect with your readers is to address them in your closing arguments.
Ask them what they think about your article, encourage them to share their opinion - basically anything that would keep the conversation going.
31) Write Product Reviews
Basically, if I have to single out just one of the affiliate marketing tips and tricks as a super-duper important, that would be it!
In my opinion, if a big part of your content is product reviews, that will increase your affiliate sales enormously.
And here is why:
Above all, when a reader is checking the reviews of a product, that reader is at the end of the purchasing cycle.
Meaning, the reader has heard of the product (probably on numerous occasions), believes that the product will solve her problem, and now is performing the final check.
Ultimately, the reader is one step away from making a purchase.
And if your review happens to be the first search result that reader lands on...
Well, let's just say that you shouldn't be surprised if you receive an email letting you know that you have made a sale!
32) Don't Hide The Negative Side Of A Product
As I've already said, a product review is one of the most useful forms of content when you're an affiliate.
However, you need to be extra careful when you work on it.
To clarify, don't just zoom on the advantages of the product and don't repeat over and over again that this is the best product in its respective field.
Even if it is, pushing too hard for a sale can have the reverse effect.
Instead, be honest, show the cons of the product as well, and let your reader decide for himself.
Besides, people know that there is no such thing as the perfect product.
So, why would you risk losing their trust by trying to convince them otherwise?
33) Use Your Voice
Now, even if you focus on writing just reviews, that doesn't give you a guarantee that each of your articles will be a smashing affiliate success.
Because you'll not be the only one on the web who does them.
Given that there are a lot of reviews written about every product in every niche, how is yours going to stand out?
Well, that's where you come in!
Let me ask you, what's the thing that makes your blog different than anyone else's? What your website has that no one else does?
It's simple when you think about it - YOU!
Therefore, don't try to imitate the voice of other bloggers, no matter how successful they may be.
No, spread your own and your audience will appreciate you for exactly who you are!
Personally, I bought a lot of things that I need for my business from bloggers I simply love and adore.
And it's not because I couldn't find those things anywhere else, but because I wanted to support the people who truly help me and inspire me.
34) Write Tons Of Lists
Along with the product reviews, lists are the other form of content you should focus on.
Honestly, I doubt that a lot of explanation is necessary here:
Think of lists as an extended form of product reviews.
But instead of 1 product, you're offering information about 10, 20, and more!
It doesn't even have to be about products, it may be about reasons or ways to do or not do something.
Writing lists always work - people love to see a number at the beginning of your headline.
This way, they instantly know that they are in for a treat!
35) Come Up With A Clickable Headline
Since we're talking about headlines...
So, you've been working hard, expanding your affiliate marketing skills as further as humanly possible.
You're promoting useful products, your content is high-quality to say at least, and you feel like you're doing everything right.
Still, you're having a hard time to get people to read your blog posts.
Wait, how is that even possible?
Actually, it is, if you haven't paid a lot of attention to your headline.
As a rule of thumb, 60% of all the labor that goes into creating an article belongs to inventing a clickable headline.
It is what it is - you may have the best content ever, but unless your headline screams "You'll be crazy not to read me", your affiliate offers won't get tons of eyeballs on them.
Now, coming up with a fresh, smart, and a clickable headline is an art of its own. Likewise, mastering it does require some time and practice.
Personally, I don't decide on a headline until I run a couple of versions through this Headline Optimizer.
36) Hit A Pain Point
Again, all of these 50 affiliate marketing tips and tricks will help you one way or another.
Chances are, not as much as this one:
Above all, most of your articles absolutely must hit a pain point.
Meaning, if your content manages to resonate with the readers on a deeper and unpleasant level, you're already a better affiliate marketer than you think.
What do I mean by unpleasant?
Well, if you think about it, your posts can be separated into 2 categories - positive or negative.
For instance, a positive article is "10 Fun Things To Do In Amsterdam" and a negative is "10 Things You Should Never Ever Do In Amsterdam".
You tell me, if you're about to visit a foreign country, which of those articles you're most likely to read?
Honestly, I would go for the second one. And I kind of did already, a couple of days before I was off to Amsterdam!
Anyhow, one of my best-performing articles happens to be about how to make affiliate sales with less than 100 visitors per month.
In my opinion, this piece of content does so well simply because it hits a pain point - the pain of trying to make money when your traffic is almost non-existent that so many newbie bloggers know too well!
37) Start Building Your Email List From Day 1
Come on, you didn't think that I'll miss this one, did you?
Considering that your email list is probably the most important asset for you as a business owner...
Long story short, there isn't a blogger who will tell you that you can survive in the affiliate marketing world without building an email list.
After all, the money is in the list - you've heard this already, correct?
And there is a very good reason for that:
Even nowadays, doing email marketing is more than a successful way to earn affiliate commissions.
So, what are you waiting for - start collecting emails and think of ways to engage your subscribers!
38) Don't Use Your Email List Just For Promotions
Did you notice how I mentioned that you should engage your subscribers?
I didn't say send them a couple of sentences over-loaded with affiliate links, did I?
Generally, you can try. But I can guarantee that there won't be a lot of subscribers left at the end of the day if you do it!
The worst thing you can do is send out an email only when you've discovered a new lucrative affiliate program and you want to make money out of it.
Instead, send emails even if there is no new affiliate link to be included.
As long as your emails are resourceful, helpful, and engaging, you're moving in the right direction.
39) Know Who You're Selling To
In other words, you need to know who your audience exactly is.
If you're creating one affiliate campaign after another without any knowledge of who your customer is and what that person needs, all of your affiliate marketing efforts will always be in vain.
Now, I guess the one question you have in mind is how to find out who you are trying to sell to, right?
Here, a lot of people will tell you to look at the data of your Google Analytics.
While I support that statement, I think I can do even better:
By all means, don't lose sight of how your content is performing.
Meaning, which articles are driving you the most traffic? What kind of posts gets the most shares and comments?
Ultimately, which products are bringing you the most affiliate sales?
Simply said, learn to listen to your audience, it will tell you a lot without even speaking.
Once you know who are your customers, go ahead and adjust your strategy if needed.
40) Do More Of What Is Working
First thing first, how many of you are fans of MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe)?
You know, the one that did all of the movies about Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the rest of the superheroes?
Well, in case you're not familiar with MCU's, I think you should look it up.
Even if you're not a movie addict!
Because MCU knows how to do business - they earned billions of dollars in sales for "Avengers: Endgame" alone.
The bottom line is, they know the number 1 rule of building, developing, and maintaining a multi-billion dollar business:
Learn what is working for your audience and make more of that.
And if you want to crush it as an affiliate marketer, that's the most important strategy you should follow every day.
10 Extra Affiliate Marketing Tips And Tricks To Maximize Your Sales
Hopefully, you're still with me!
I promised you a total of 50 affiliate marketing tips and tricks, here are the last 10:
- Make sure that your website is fast - optimize images, don't install too many plugins - you know the drill.
- Get a great blog hosting - the quality of your hosting service has a huge impact on your website, so don't underestimate it.
- Have a mobile-responsive theme - because most of the Internet users are browsing on their mobile devices.
- Avoid pop-ups - at least, don't place your most important affiliate campaign within a pop-up!
- Cloak your affiliate links - that will make them pretty and easy on the eyes!
- Track your affiliate links - so you would know how your affiliate promotions are performing.
- Create an affiliate disclosure page - and let your readers know that you're using affiliate links within your content.
- Forget about being aggressive with your offers - people love to buy but they hate being sold to.
- Don't over-do it - not every single article of yours has to contain affiliate links!
OK, after a few days of hard work, my list of 50 affiliate marketing tips and tricks is finally done!
I can only hope that they will be as helpful to you as they are to me.
Again, being an affiliate marketer is a constant work in progress.
So, don't ever get too comfortable - you can always improve your skills more and more.
Do you have any questions on today's topic?
If you do, leave them in the comments section and I'll answer them ASAP.