Ah, the end of July... Perfect time for a holiday, isn't it? May I guess what's going on in your mind? Should you stay an extra hour on the beach, how many mojitos are too many, how to make affiliate sales...
Wait, what? Affiliate sales???
I can hear you screaming:
"All work and no play? What's wrong with you?"
Actually, there is nothing wrong with me.
Enjoying your holiday is cool. Do you know what's even cooler?
To book your next trip as soon as you come back from this one.
Just because you will be able to afford it! Yeah - that's an affiliate marketing for you!
I don't look that crazy to you anymore, do I?
This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure here.
I wrote a very detailed article on affiliate marketing recently. It will introduce you to the basics and much more beyond that.
Let's go over it once again:
To call yourself an affiliate marketer, you have to promote someone else's products and/or services.
When a purchase is made through your affiliate link, you get paid a commission.
Basically, the whole process looks like this:
I like to call it a win-win-win situation.
Did I overreact with the number of wins in here?
Let's see what's the deal for all the parties involved:
# - The Company selling the product/service
Affiliates help to spread the word. The more people being reached, the better chance there is for a sale.
# - The Customers
They get to enjoy a product that solves their problem. The price being paid is all the same.
When a person makes a purchase through your affiliate link, there is no extra charge.
# - YOU
Earn a commission based on your advice and recommendation. There is no need to create your own product.
All that you will have to do is to be the middleman.
The publisher is a middleman, he calls the tune to which the whole rest of the trade dances; and he does so because he pays the piper. - Geoffrey Faber
Told ya - 3 wins!
But today we are gonna have a close look at yours. And what you will need to do to get there.
To be honest, there is more than one way to do affiliate marketing.
One of the most popular is with the help of Social Media. You join affiliate programs and then you post your affiliate links on your social profiles.
But sometimes the most popular way is not necessarily the best way.
Let's say you have thousands of followers. You will make some sales, that's for sure.
But you won't set your bank account on fire.
I admit it - to reach about a thousand people is good. But do you know what's better?
To connect with 3.2 billion people.
Because that's the number of users who have access to the internet from all over the world every single day.
How do you get in touch with them?
That's easy - you create a website.
Having a successful website is what makes the difference.
Why should you limit your reach to thousands of people when there are billions out there?
I mean - you don't need to settle for making an extra money online. Not when you can earn a full-time income!
Don't get intimidated by the idea. We live in 2018, people!
Today, you don't need any coding skills or previous experience to build a website. Anyone can do it in a matter of minutes.
To lay the foundation for a successful blog, you need to have an awesome hosting provider.
I can give you 2 recommendations on that front:
The first is Bluehost. You can't go wrong with this one.
It's the Number 1 Recommendation of WordPress.org!
It comes with a free domain name, free SSL included, 24/7 support, 1-Click WordPress Install...
And it costs only $3.95/month! At least it does if you use the link above!
There is a whole post that covers the best Web Hosting Services in 2018.
You can check it out for more information.
My second recommendation for you is a bit different. It's not only about building a website with the best hosting service.
But also about getting access to high-quality education. And you will need that, no doubt about it!
What if I tell you that you can have more than you've bargained for?
You can start a website, get a free hosting and secure the best education there is all at once?
I'm not messing with you!
It's how I did it! Thanks to Wealthy Affiliate!
I owe everything to this platform. It got me Cash Embrace, awesome community of people, help on every step of the way...
Not to mention affiliate sales just a few months in!
I can't stress enough what Wealthy Affiliate can do for your career online. It's My Top Recommendation for everyone who wants to blog for a living.
How about I let the picture do the talking...
Did I mention that is FREE to join? I think I did, but just in case...
Personally, I didn't have a clue how to start blogging. Wealthy Affiliate took care of that.
Feel free to see My Guide for much more information about this teaching program.
Now - where were we?
That's right - you have your website up and running. What comes next?
You are publishing a high-quality content. Google Analytics is being installed and already showing your numbers.
To fully understand how to make affiliate sales, you need to have at least 5 posts. Ten will work even better.
If you are not there yet, come back to this article later. But if you are, let me show you how I made sales with barely any traffic!
Google is awesome, isn't it?
This search engine provides you with a fascinating tool - Google Analytics. You should integrate it into your website from day 1.
You need to study on your data.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. - Aldous Huxley
It's the only way you will find out what's working and what isn't for your website.
And if you know where to look, Google Analytics will show you the money as well.
What I'm about to tell you is not the best- kept secret in the blogging world.
It's just a simple way to work with your data.
I'm sure most of you have looked into one specific section of your Analytics. At the same time, I doubt all of you are using it to the best of your advantage.
I do. On a daily basis.
And it's working - it got me affiliate sales. At the time when my traffic was bellowed 100 visitors a day!
You wanna see how I did it, don't you?
Here is where you need to go:
Acquisition - All Traffic - Source/Medium
Why am I doing this?
You need to know where your traffic is coming from.
That is a MUST!!!
To make constant affiliate sales, you have to learn who your audience is and where you can find it.
It's a simple fact. Then again - you will be surprised how many bloggers are ignoring it!
The biggest part of my visitors is coming from Pinterest.
Since my first day as a blogger, I decided to focus all my efforts on Pinterest. I was well aware that it will take some time for Google to trust my site.
Don't get me wrong - I've been doing SEO and a proper keyword research before I even published my first article.
But I didn't want to wait until I'm having better rankings on Google.
So - Pinterest, folks! And I gotta tell you:
That was a very smart decision on my part.
The people hanging on Pinterest are buyers, not just readers.
And that's what we need them to be, right?
OK - you know where your visitors are coming from. Time to take the second step towards those affiliate commissions!
Again - follow me:
Acquisition - Social - Landing Pages
In my opinion, this is the most important data you will ever need from Google Analytics.
If you want to learn how to make affiliate sales, keep your eyes on those Landing Pages.
They will show you everything you need to know about your visitors.
In other words - which of your articles are the most popular within your audience.
Now - have a long look at the numbers of Sessions, Pageviews, Avg.Session Duration.
Especially the last section.
Take notes about the posts with the longest duration. Simply said - on which articles your visitors are spending more time.
That's the ones that you need to focus on.
What does it tell you if a reader is willing to stay 5, 10 and even 20 minutes on a single post?
You are giving that reader everything he is looking for. And more!
In my case, these are the articles that my readers stayed on for the longest time:
# - My Free Guide
They are also the articles that brought me affiliate sales. At the time that my traffic looked like this:
And I knew:
Those are the kind of posts that convert well with my audience.
Naturally, this should be your next step:
I don't mean to repeat the same thing all over again.
My point is - produce more content on the topics your audience is looking for.
Another example from my website:
Take affiliate marketing if you wish. Obviously, my readers need help to become an affiliate marketer.
And that's what they are going to get. The post you are currently reading is all about how to make affiliate sales, isn't it?
Considering affiliate marketing is such a broad topic, the possibilities for new, fresh articles here are countless.
I would really like to help you as much as I can.
When talking about affiliate sales, I found out that certain types of post are doing better than others.
I speak from my own experience:
There is always something new to be learned.
When you are an affiliate for a certain product, it's a great idea to write a "How To" post about it.
Make a tutorial on it. Explain in details to your readers how your chosen product will solve their problem.
Another great way to keep your readers engaged with your content.
And to make affiliate sales in the process...
It's common sense to check what's the word about a product before buying it.
I'm doing it. Pretty sure you are too.
What better way to present your affiliate product than writing a review about it?
If I can give you an extra tip in here:
Don't overdo it. Be honest. Don't just mention the Pros of the product, but its Cons as well.
If you are desperate to make a sell, your audience will catch on that.
Who doesn't love them? You should and here is why:
Do you really need to settle for one affiliate sale when you can make few of them?
Let's say you are writing about microwave ovens.
You can have an article wrapped around a certain type of microwave. But cool will it be if your post takes a look on 10 of them?
More products being reviewed - more chances for affiliate sales.
Simple as that.
Affiliate marketing is an awesome source of a passive income. We all know that.
It's not the easiest thing in the world to learn how to make affiliate sales.
What I did in this article today is just a small fraction of a huge universe.
But this doesn't mean that one day you won't master the art of affiliate marketing.
Hard work, time and patience...
And you will get there!
Any thoughts on this post? What are your tricks to earn affiliate commissions?
I would love to read them all. That's what the comments section is for!
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