How to grow your blog site
For blog posts especially, the best way to grow is through organic traffic. For that, you need to prioritize search engine optimization in your affiliate marketing content. That means conducting keyword research and building backlinks from other sites with high domain authority.
Over time, search engines will classify your site as a trustworthy and relevant site, so your web pages will soar to the first search results page, where 71% of search traffic clicks are captured.
How to grow your YouTube channel
This is a whole topic by itself that would take another article. But, generally speaking, you want to optimize your video header and description and any alt texts for keywords. And, you should mimic your competitor’s video structures and use attractive thumbnails to stand out.
Check out this article on How to Grow Your YouTube Channel in 2021 to learn more.
Build your email marketing and SMS list
Emails, and especially texts, yield the highest conversion rates (30.3% click rate, 9.1% conversion convert rate) because they allow you to get up close and personal. You can update your prospects on new findings–weave it into a short story in email, and keep it casual with a text.
Some affiliate programs, like Amazon Associates, prohibit this kind of communication. So, just do your research on what type of promotion is allowed to avoid getting banned from programs.
Do NOT be too spammy and crowd your information. That’s how you lose subscribers. Send an email or text once a week; that should suffice.
How do I get email subscribers?
Add subscription options through links on your website, blog, and YouTube. You can set a website header that sits at the top bar on any of your web pages t0 urge visitors to subscribe.
Or, install something known as an “exit pop-up” that shows a subscribe pop-up if the web page detects your cursor leaving.
Alternatively (or additionally–just don’t make your page too spammy and crowded), a sidebar email box panel gives the reader a visible and uninterrupted option to subscribe as they scroll through your stuff.
Affiliate marketing is low-cost as it is, but if you’re looking for an absolutely FREE channel to start making money, then creating content on social media platforms is the way to go.
Tiktok especially is incredibly powerful with how easy videos can go viral if you play on the right emotions. Facebook and Instagram are great communities, too, where you can foster engagement and have one-on-one interactions with your audience. This uniquely builds a trust with your audience that is unattainable through all the other channels.
The downside is that most people surfing through social media are probably not ready to make a purchase. They’re scrolling for entertainment. So, you’ll need to work harder to convince them on there, and you may need to be more pushy and repetitive.
Only do this when you scale and can afford to–that means making back the advertising costs and being left with a positive net difference.
Remember how we just said you might need to be more pushy and repetitive on social media? Paid traffic is the way to do it. You can show the same ads to the same users multiple times through Facebook and Instagram ads. After a couple of runs, the users tend to convert.
Paid search traffic with Google ads is also significant because users will see your website first on the search results page. You can promote your organic channels here, too, like your email list and blog site. Or, have your cold audience sign up for special webinars where you give a live presentation on the product or service and let them join your community in the end.
Remember, create quality content.
The best way to scale your affiliate marketing business is to deliver real value. You always want to try to provide information that no one else is giving out. So, don’t blindly curate products from the highest paying affiliate programs; buy things and test them out. Provide unique insights and perspectives that copying another review online cannot deliver.
Be truthful about your affiliate links, too. Often, customers will see a recommended product and then visit Amazon or elsewhere to find cheaper alternatives. But, if you’re known to be the kindest, most down-to-earth content creator ever, your audience will want to reward you and use your link. Because you’re so lovely, the extra few dollars are worth it to them.
Well, you’re all set. Now that you know how to start affiliate marketing, you’re ready to make a decent income online and build a huge audience. Don’t expect to cash in thousands just yet; in fact, the first six months could at a loss. But, you must stay consistent for results.
Here’s a little motivation: once a solid foundation has been established, a beginner affiliate makes $300/day. Not enough? Well, continue to create content, and once you’re at the intermediate level, we’re talking up to $3000/day. And, if you scale and be patient, you may or may not be surprised to hear that a pro affiliate earns $10 000/day. Easy, tiger. That’s a long way from now.
We gave you the information; you got the next move. What will it be?