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HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 2 Disclaimer This e-book has been written for information purposes only. Every effort has been made to make this eBook as complete and accurate as possible. However, there may be mistakes in typography or content. Also, this e-book provides information only up to the publishing date. Therefore, this eBook should be used as a guide - not as the ultimate source. The purpose of this eBook is to educate. The author and the publisher do not warrant that the information contained in this ebook is fully complete and shall not be responsible for any errors or omissions. The author and publisher shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this eBook. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION................................................................................. 4 CHAPTER1:WHYAFFILIATEMARKETINGISTHEBESTWAYTOMAKEMONEYFOR BEGINNERS..................................................................................6 HOW AFFILIATEMARKETING WORKS ....................................................................................................................8 CHAPTER2:HOWTOFINDANDSELLAFFILIATEPRODUCTS ............................. 11 SELLING PHYSICAL PRODUCTSAND SERVICES......................................................................................................... 13 OtherOptions forSellingPhysicalProducts .......................................... 16 SELLING SERVICES........................................................................................................................................................... 17 CHAPTER3:HOWTOCHOOSEAFFILIATEPRODUCTSWISELY ........................... 18 WHATNOTTOSELL ..................................................................................................................................19 ALTERNATIVE STRATEGIES ............................................................................................................................................ 20 CHOOSING PHYSICAL PRODUCTS ................................................................................................................................ 21 CHAPTER 4: BUILDING ANAUDIENCE ANDMARKETING THE PRODUCTS ............... 23 HOWTO CREATEABRAND THATSELLS .............................................................................................................24 PLACING YOUR LINK................................................................................................................................................27 CreatingaSalesPage .............................................................. 27 BuildingaStore..................................................................... 30 MoreWays toSell .................................................................. 31 PPCADVERTISINGANDOTHERMARKETING....................................................................................................33 DIRECTSELLINGTHROUGHFACEBOOKANDOTHERPLATFORMS................................................................35 CHAPTER5:POWERFULMODERNTOOLSANDSTRATEGIES ............................. 36 CRUCIALTOOLSFORTAKINGAFFILIATEMARKETINGTOTHENEXTLEVEL.................................................37 MoreTools .......................................................................... 39 CONCLUSION................................................................................... 40 HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 4 Introduction Affiliate marketing is one of the most effective ways for anyone to earn money online. This is a quick and passive method to earn cash that is highly scalable, and that is easy to set up. No technical skill is required, and if you choose the right products and connect with the right market, you can stand to make hundreds of even thousands of dollars in a short space of time. But let’s back up for just a moment. First: what precisely is affiliate marketing? How does it work? And what makes it so much more effective than other money-making strategies for internet entrepreneurs? HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 5 Essentially, affiliate marketing means selling a product that is not yours for a commission. You then get to earn money for each sale you make, meaning that all you need to do is to connect that product with an audience that will appreciate it. When selling affiliate products such as eBooks, you will often find that you get to keep 70% or more of the profit! Choose the right product, and you can earn just as much money as someone who built a product themselves. In this book, you will learn the benefits of affiliate marketing, as well as how to get started quickly and efficiently in order to begin making money. With smart product selection, a primed audience, and just a little bit of good fortune, this could genuinely change your life. For those that are already selling affiliate products, this book should serve to provide you with the additional skills and tips you need to really take your business to the next level. This includes the tools being used by top brands in order to sell HUGE ticket items like MBA courses and $5,000+ powerhouse laptops. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 6 Chapter 1: Why Affiliate Marketing is the Best Way to Make Money for Beginners Affiliate marketing is a concept that eludes many people. How can you make money from selling something you didn’t make? How can earning money online really be that simple. The simplest way to explain it is that it is essentially sales. You are acting as a seller and earning commission on any sales you make. In that way, you are just like the door-to-door salesmen who come around to sell you broadband. The difference is that you aren’t going door to door. The internet is your door and this is a door that gives you access to everyone HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 7 on the planet. That right away gives you a huge advantage – and especially when you learn how you can get the visitors to come to you. The other difference here is that the commission scheme is going to be highly different. Regular salesmen will normally get a small cut of whatever they sell: perhaps 5-10%. As mentioned, the difference with affiliate marketing, is that you’re going to get as much as 70-80% of the proceeds. That’s right: often as an affiliate marketer you are actually going to earn more than the creator of the product! This is what makes affiliate marketing so hugely appealing: because it means that you can start earning just as though you were selling your own product, but without having to invest lots of money to create something from scratch. What’s more, is that because you’ll be selling a product that is already out there, you can choose something that is already selling in big numbers. When you create your own product to sell, there is always a small risk that you’ll build something that no one wants. When you simply market something that is highly popular, that becomes much less likely! Another huge benefit of affiliate marketing is just how scalable it is. If you create a single web page selling the merits of an affiliate product, then you can start profiting from it within hours. In that HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 8 case then, what is to stop you from making another page to sell another product? And another page to sell another product? How Affiliate Marketing Works So, let’s get a little more technical, shall we? How precisely does affiliate marketing work and why would a creator ever be happy to give away so much of their own profits? First, let’s consider the type of content you are going to be selling. To many marketers, affiliate products will be digital products. There are plenty more options, which we will explore in this book later. But for now, that’s what we’ll focus on. That means things like eBooks, like online courses and like presentations. Digital products are immediately a good choice for selling online because they have zero overheads and no ‘COGs’ (this is a business term meaning ‘Cost Of Goods Sold’. That means that the creator doesn’t have to pay out at all for each sale and they can instead just make profit and share that profit. It also means they never had to invest large amounts of money upfront and they don’t have to handle delivery either. So, the creator likely made this digital product themselves using Word or a camera, or perhaps they outsourced the creation to someone else. Either way, they will have built this ebook or course with the intention of selling it for profit. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 9 Then the creator will probably have begun selling said product from their website or from a random page online. They’ll try to drive as much traffic as they possibly can to their website in order to encourage people to buy from them and thus they’ll have their own passive income stream. But there’s only so much promotion that one person can do and eventually their well is going to run dry. That is when a creator might start looking for affiliates to work with to help them promote their products. The product creator is thus willing to offer affiliates like us 70% and above because they want to incentivize us to sell their products. They also want to encourage us to sell their products rather than the products that other creators are offering affiliate programs for. While the creator will now only make 30% on their sales, this is still 30% more than they would have made on those sales otherwise – because they wouldn’t have exited. And if that seller can attract thousands of people to their books with a legion of online marketers, they’ll be making gigantic profits and much more than they could on their own. In short, this is a win/win situation. The creator gets a thousand more sales by encouraging marketers to work with them and HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 10 affiliate get to sell a product as though it were their own and keep most of the profits! They can make just as much money as they would from their own eBook or course, but without having to develop one and take that huge gamble. Specifically, the way this process actually works is via the use of ‘affiliate links’ which in turn work via cookies. When you find an affiliate product you want to promote, you will be given an affiliate link and this is what you need to include on your sales page and in your blog posts. When a buyer clicks on your affiliate link, they will first be redirected to another page on the web. Here, a cookie will be stored on their computer which will identify them as having come from you. Now, when they buy something from that store, they will be recorded as being ‘one of yours’ and the commission will be added to your total for you to withdraw at some point in the future. For you it’s simple: promote the product and provide the link. That’s all there is to it! HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 11 Chapter 2: How to Find and Sell Affiliate Products Okay, that’s enough hypothetical talk… how do you actually get started and become an affiliate marketer? Well, first you’re going to need a product. In order to get this, you are going need to head over to a website such as Clickbank or Commission Junction. Another good one is JVZoo. Here, you’ll be able to see a large selection of different products that have affiliate programs. Just scroll through and look for the ones you’re interested in. You’ll find that you can see some information regarding the different products, so try to look for HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 12 things that are selling for a decent price and offer a good commission. Some sites will let you see a rough number of sales, in which case you of course want to look for the items that are selling well. Once you’ve identified the product you would like to promote, you then need to contact the owner. If you are successful, they’ll provide you with your link and you’ll be free to use that as you choose. Something else to keep in mind here though, is that many affiliate products will include marketing materials along with them. Remember: if you are doing well, that means that the creator is doing well. They have every reason to want to see you succeed and as such, they will provide things like emails, a sales page, banner ads and other materials in many cases. If you’re someone who is completely new to the world of marketing, then I highly recommend that you choose a product that offers these kinds of bonuses. This way, you can get up and running almost instantly by simply copying and pasting the materials you’ve got. You should then see yourself sell in the same numbers: it’s the same product and the same marketing spiel… so there’s no reason that it shouldn’t work just as well. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 13 Like I said before: this is literally a ‘copy and paste’ business model. Someone else already has the product selling well with a set system, all you are doing is copying the same system but making sure it’s your bank account that will receive the income. Selling Physical Products and Services While selling eBooks through platforms like JVZoo is an excellent way to ensure that you can keep the maximum profit, it also has its limitations. Despite what some other marketers might tell you, the most popular type of product online is still of the physical variety. And this makes sense if you really think about it. How many people do you know who buy physical products? Pretty much everyone right? But then how many people do you know who would buy an ebook? Your Grandma might not (unless it’s through Kindle) because she doesn’t know how to use a PDF file. Likewise, your friend who doesn’t like reading probably wouldn’t either! And that basically leaves you with a much smaller cut of the market. So how do we go about selling physical products as an affiliate marketer? The most popular option is to become an Amazon Associate. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 14 Amazon’s associate scheme is their version of an affiliate program and it’s a very tempting option for many marketers. If you look up information on affiliate marketing, then you’ll likely find that the vast majority of it focusses on selling digital products through the likes of JVZoo, ClickBank and Commission Junction. On Amazon, things are different. Amazon is already splitting the profits with the manufacturer, they have to pay for storage, shipping and postage and generally they can’t afford to offer you more than 4% or maybe 8% at a push. This means you’ll have to sell a lot more items at much higher prices in order to turn a proper profit. But does that mean you should rule Amazon Associates out? Not at all. For starters, selling physical products is often much more profitable than selling digital products. Think about it: are you more likely to spend lots of money on something you can hold in your hands and show to friends, or something you have to read on a computer screen? Better yet, Amazon is a recognized brand and a company people trust. That means they’re much more likely to buy from them – and they can buy with one click! HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 15 Amazon has a massive roster of products you can sell and that means there will be something relevant to go with nearly every article. And finally, if someone clicks on your URL but ends up buying something else from Amazon… you still get paid! This can potentially result in a lot of earnings if someone were to – for example – buy a new computer and you were to get 8% of that. Even if you didn’t promote the product directly, as long as you sent the buyer to Amazon in the first place, you would earn that commission. So, the best thing to do? Use both types of affiliate marketing! But just don’t leave Amazon out of the equation or you’ll be missing out! In future chapters, you’ll discover how to promote Amazon products slightly differently, in order to get the most from them. (Note: One limitation of Amazon Associates is that you can’t earn cash if you don’t live in the same country. In other words, if you are based in the UK, then you will need to send your customers to Amazon UK. You can still make sales through Amazon.com, but you’ll only be able to collect vouchers in exchange.) HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 16 Other Options for Selling Physical Products Amazon is of course not the be-all and end-all when it comes to selling physical products. There are countless physical stores out there, as well as many manufacturers that will offer affiliate programs direct to marketers. You might find that if you take the time to look around for other products, you’re able to find something that is much more directly relevant to the topic of your site (and thereby more likely to sell). To find these affiliate programs, just try typing in your niche and then “affiliate program” when searching on Google. You can also find plenty of lists online for the best affiliate programs in each industry. Another option is to direct a manufacturer or seller that doesn’t offer an affiliate program… and then to ask them if they would consider creating one for you. If you manage to do this successfully, you can strike up an exclusive deal and potentially get a large commission too. Of course, for this to work, you need to be able to demonstrate that you have the reach and the influence to make it worth their while. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 17 Selling Services Another option is to try selling a service or a SAS (Software As a Service). This option is potentially the most lucrative! The reason for this, is that many services will offer you a recurring commission. Let’s say that you manage to get someone to sign up to a gambling website. Some gambling sites will offer commission on all earnings from that customer for their lifetime with the brand! Likewise, if you can convince someone to sign up with a hosting account, or to otherwise join a recurring service, then you will often find that you are offered a commission that is paid to you every month that they remain with that hosting company. Of course, this might start as a small amount of commission. BUT it can then add up to a large amount of time. In a few years, you might have hundreds or even thousands of conversions, which will then earn you recurring income even if your site were to close down! HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 18 Chapter 3: How to Choose Affiliate Products Wisely While affiliate marketing is an incredibly simple and effective way to make money online, it is not completely foolproof. That is to say that if you choose the wrong product, or market it in the wrong way, you might not see the immediate kind of success you were hoping for. A lot of your success then will ride on your ability to choose the right product. Here’s what you need to know. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 19 What Not to Sell Most people when choosing a product to sell will load up their affiliate network of choice (ClickBank, JVZoo, WSOPro) and then look for the items that have the most sales and the best commission. This is a good move because those figures suggest that other people are earning a lot of money and so should you be able to. In fact, you can literally ‘copy and paste’ their business model! But if that’s all you’re doing then you’re making a mistake. 99% of the products at the top of the listing are going to be on the same precise things: making money online, dating or fitness. If you start promoting one of those books, you’re now competing with all the other people selling the same book and all the people selling similar books. Most people who have used the internet for more than a day are already sick of being sold ‘make money from home programs’. What’s more is that these are the most competitive niches on the web. If you don’t already have a massively successful website/mailing list, then getting to the number one spot on Google for ‘Make Money Online eBook’ or ‘Build Muscle’ is going to be nigh impossible. You’re setting yourself up to fail. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 20 Alternative Strategies Instead then, consider picking something in a smaller niche. Let’s say you find an eBook aimed at a specific industry or job – maybe something telling people how to make money from flower arranging. It seems less exciting and the audience is smaller but your product is now unique. What’s more is that you can easily reach those flower arrangers by posting on a few flower blogs. And you can probably get your sales page to the top of Google for ‘flower arranging eBook’ much more easily. It has a clear USP as well, which makes it very easy to sell. Better yet though, is to look at the routes to market you already have. What contacts can you leverage? Where can you reach a lot of people? What are those people interested in? Think about how you’ll sell the product and where you’ll reach your target demographic before you pick the product. That is how you succeed and it’s a strategy you can repeat over and over again. If you already have a successful website with a huge audience, then of course it makes sense for you to choose a product that will appeal to that audience. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 21 Multiple Products Remember as well that you have the option of selling lots of products. This is another one of the big advantages of selling digital products: you can quickly add or remove products from your site without needing to spend days writing and formatting! There are pros and cons to selling multiple products. Selling multiple products is great if you have a big site and you’re using soft-sale techniques (see the next chapter). This also allows you to offer a range of prices for different types of customer. That said, focussing on one product at a time will allow you to create more buzz and excitement around that one specific product, and to create a more streamlined website that directs customers all to a single page: the buy page. Choosing Physical Products Choosing physical products is a slightly different process. Again, the strategy here should be to pick things that are relevant to your content, and to the typical reader of your website. At the same time, they should also be items that are good quality, and that fulfil a real need. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 22 The good news is that there is no reason to make a big upfront investment and take a risk by buying lots of items in bulk. You aren’t going to be looking at a situation where you have a warehouse full of fidget spinners! That means that you can follow trends, and generally throw everything at the wall to see what sticks. I do recommend though that you have a range of different products at different price points, in order to cater to every kind of buyer. BUT also remember that you make commission on anything that is bought after the user visits Amazon. That means that the main priority should be to get the person to click the link and to visit the page – perhaps more so than selling that specific item! *** Get yourself a web host and create your site. Make one new page and place the sales page copy you got on there, along with your affiliate link. You now have everything in place in order to start selling and start making profit! We’ll take a look at this next step in the following chapter. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 23 Chapter 4: Building an Audience and Marketing the Products The key to success when it comes to selling affiliate products, is to build an audience first. This is the “catch” (insofar as there is one), as it means that you need to actually put in some time and work in order to make the biggest sales. The good news, is that if you choose a topic that you find interesting, you will essentially be earning large amounts of money for doing something you enjoy. But in order to get to this point, you first need to build that audience and gain their trust as an influencer. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 24 Are there other ways to sell affiliate products? Of course! And we’ll explore those in this chapter too. BUT I still highly recommend that you build that audience and make sure that people are interested in your brand. How to Create a Brand That Sells Gaining this kind of influence of course is not easy. In order to get to the point where people will buy things just because you recommend them means putting in a lot of time, and making an honest attempt to provide real value over time. This starts by creating a website along with a strong social media presence. Don’t try and sell right away, but instead spend time building up that trust and loyalty through a campaign of delivering excellent quality content consistently. The most important thing? Have a clear, strong brand, with a great mission statement, and a concrete “buyer persona.” (The buyer persona is the portrait of your “ideal customer.”) The biggest mistake to make is to try and create a very general website with as broad an appeal as possible. As with the digital product you buy in the first place, this can be a mistaken strategy. The reason for that, is that when you go extremely broad, you also necessarily create a brand that is dull and uninteresting. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 25 A “fitness” website for instance is too generic and too done to death to be popular. It means competing with the entire internet pretty much. How do you stand out in such a saturated market? Consider instead then having a website that is about Fitness for Over 40s. Or how about Paleo Fitness. Or CrossFit. Or Outdoor Fitness. Or Hardcore Bodybuilding. All of these options have a much clearer target audience, a much clearer mission statement, and a more interesting hook. They will each appeal to fewer people, but the people that they do appeal to, will be FAR more likely to engage and be excited that there is something out there specifically for them. The brand should then be born out of this clear and passionate goal. That means that when someone looks at your logo or your website design, they should know instantly whether it will appeal to them or not. Your brand should strongly communicate who it is for and what it is about: and your content should then back this up. The hardcore bodybuilding site will likely be red and black with lots of dark images of extremely strong guys, and articles about “boosting testosterone with compound lifts.” Meanwhile, the paleo fitness site will likely be green and white with images of people running outside in nature. From here, all HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 26 your advertising, all your social posts, and EVERYTHING should be congruent with this image. And then, when you choose your affiliate product, it should ideally speak to that exact same audience. And you will market it in that way, and sell it with that value proposition. What’s ALSO crucial is that you provide unique and new content that demonstrates real expertise. Here’s a shock: if you hire a writer who doesn’t know about the topic, then you will NEVER sell the affiliate product. Why? Because all that hired writer CAN do, is to research the topic and regurgitate it in their own words. That means that none of the content is going to be new or insightful, and might well be out of date or incorrect (because they won’t know the topic well enough to identify when this is the case). You should write yourself or find a writer who is genuinely passionate about the topic. Why? Because then they will have something NEW and exciting to say! This is how you become a thought leader, and get people to listen and to sign up: because they want a new perspective. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 27 Be bold. Be different. Be passionate. Then choose a product that speaks to the very same audience. Don’t have time for that? Don’t worry – there are other options too which are listed below. Placing Your Link As an affiliate marketer, selling couldn’t be easier. You’re given one link, which is a link to promote a product and you can then make sales and cash from anywhere you place that link. So the question is: where do you put it? Most of us will place our link on a landing page/sales page, but this is only one option. In this section, we’ll look at how that works, as well as several more options. Creating a Sales Page A sales page is a page on a website that has been designed specifically with the purpose of selling something. That means that it won’t provide any other content (no articles) and likely no other links or even adverts either. You don’t want anything here that could risk distracting people from the product you’re selling. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 28 The design of a sales page is normally going to be very long and narrow, which will in turn encourage readers to keep scrolling and therefore to invest more time into the process of reading what you have to say. This makes it much harder for them to leave without buying, as they will feel as though they wasted their time! Most important though is the writing. Write your sales pitch correctly, and you can take this captive audience and turn them into eager buyers. Persuasive writing is an incredibly powerful tool that can turn you into a marketing Jedi. These are not the drones you are looking for… Ultimately, if you know how to use words to persuade an audience, then you will be far more effective at making sales, at getting people to subscribe to your list and generally at achieving any goal you’re looking to. So how do you go about learning this superpower? Here are some tips that will help… • Grab attention: People are in a hurry and they don’t want to read through large amounts of text. If you want to persuade your audience, then first you need to get them to actually read what you have to say. How do you do this? One method is to open with a bold statement. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 29 Another is to grab attention by using a narrative structure. The latter works particularly well as we naturally find it very difficult to turn away from a story without getting to the end! • Appeal to facts and figures: People aren’t always inclined to trust you – after all, they’ve never met you and they know you want to sell to them! Instead then, let the numbers speak for you. The more figures you can quote and the more authorities you can reference, the more persuasive your argument will become. • Anticipate: Try to anticipate the concerns that your readers will have and then combat them right away. For instance, you can mention how there are ‘lots of amazing sounding offers online’ but point out that this isn’t ‘just another scam’. • Mitigate risk: People are naturally inclined to ‘loss aversion’. This means that they are more keen to hold onto what they have than they are to gain something new. You need to remove any risk factor then by offering money back guarantees and free trials. Most importantly: understand the value proposition. This is the emotional value of your product: the way in which you are promising it can change your readers’ lives. For example, if you are selling an eBook on fitness, then you should note that you’re not really selling an eBook on fitness! What you’re really selling is the feeling of having boundless energy, ripped abs, and tons of confidence. You need to focus on that! Speak to the heart, and try to get the reader to feel something – ideally excitement for buying your product. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 30 Remember: many digital products will come with ready-made sales pages like this, meaning that you can simply lift the script wholesale to use on your own page. With your sales page, you now simply need to direct your audience toward that page in order to start generating conversions. This can be done through emails, and by promoting your product on your social media. You can even include adverts for the product in the sidebar of your site and elsewhere. Building a Store If you are selling multiple affiliate products (which is also very good strategy), then you can build a store in order to sell them from. That means that you’ll be highlighting and promoting products that are relevant to your brand as you might do in an ecommerce store. The only real difference is that when the buyer clicks on your item, they will now instead be taken to an external page. This is simple to do: for example, you can do it by using the WordPress-friendly ecommerce plugin called WooCommerce. This will allow you to create a store from your site where people can view items. It supports affiliate content, meaning that if someone clicks on an item, they will be taken to the new page using your referral link. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 31 More Ways to Sell But how about embedding links within the body of your articles? This is something that very few affiliates take advantage of but it’s a great way to monetize a website or blog. Simply write about whatever subject you’re interested in covering and then insert an affiliate link into the text. This way, you can promote the product subtly and anyone who is engaged with your content might click it. It’s like adding AdSense to your page, except you earn much more commission and you get to actively encourage people to click the link. You can even be honest about the fact that it earns you money! In fact, the law in many parts of the world is that you must disclaim that you are making money from those products. You can do this easily by using a plugin that adds a message to the bottom of every page on your site – but don’t forget! One of the best types of content for selling affiliate products is the top ten list. You can make a countdown article listing the best home gym equipment if you’re in the fitness industry, or you can create an article sharing the most powerful laptops on the market if you write about tech. Whichever you do, this is perfect for generating clicks and money, and will also lend itself perfectly to rich snippets, which can really HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 32 help your content to stand out in the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages). Likewise, there’s nothing stopping you from placing an affiliate link within the body of an e-mail. This is a great way to reach people right inside their inbox at a time when they may be receptive to your offers. Affiliate links can also go in eBooks. If you are selling a digital product or giving one away for free, then you can add links to your PDF. The people reading this are likely to be highly engaged with your brand, and thus likely to buy what you recommend. These are qualified leads and that makes it the perfect place to try and sell even bigger ticket items. Imagine selling a digital product for $20 a pop, and then making lots MORE money from all the people reading the book and following your advice. Or how about putting an affiliate link on a physical flier or pamphlet? The best way to use this is to use a more memorable and simple URL and then have it redirect to your affiliate link. That way you can actually advertise your product in person! The point of these suggestions is partly to demonstrate that you don’t always have to be actively selling the product: you can try the soft-sell by simply adding the link, perhaps with an image. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 33 This works especially well for physical products (especially if you use a well-designed button and the item is actively related to the content on the page). If you have a popular site with a lot of viewers and a lot of content, then simply weaving buy links in throughout in this way can lead to lots of sales trickling in… and they all add up! There are many more ways you can use affiliate links, you just have to be creative. Experiment and try different things and you might be surprised what works best for you and your product! PPC Advertising and Other Marketing But what if you don’t have an audience? What if you aren’t an influencer who has earned the trust of your readers? In this case, you will need to find ways to send visitors to your sales page directly. The good news is that you can do this easily through PPC (Pay Per Click) platforms such as Facebook and AdWords. PPC means that you only pay when someone actually clicks on your advert. You decide what your maximum spend “per click” is going to be, and what the cutoff point of your budget will be as well. If you set your per click spend too low, then your ad won’t show when there are lots of competing ads from other brands in the same niche. Set it too high, and you likely won’t turn a profit. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 34 When placing ads on Facebook, you will be able to target who they are shown to based on information that users share with the social site. Those include: • Age • Sex • Location • Hobbies and interests • Job title • Income bracket • Interests of others And more! When placing ads on Google through AdWords, the aim is to consider not only the interests of the person (based on what they are searching for – the “keywords”) but also the intent of that person. Intent is an important consideration for PPC, because it tells you whether someone is researching, or looking to buy. If they are researching, then they might search for “best computer games this year.” If they are looking to buy, then they might search the name of the computer game, or “cheap computer games.” You can also use “negative keywords” to rule out phrases that might suggest someone is not interested in buying and so has the wrong intent (such as “free download”). HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 35 The aim of PPC is to ensure that people ONLY click the link if they are likely to buy from you. This lowers the amount you spend, while increasing the potential profit. That means the adverts must be as tightly “targeted” to the right person as possible, even to the point of scaring away people who won’t likely want to buy using the right text. The link should of course direct people to a sales page in order to maximize your profits. You then need to focus on the conversion rate of your site. In other words, if your landing page is well written, then it might convert 1% of visitors (meaning 1% of visitors buy from you). The higher you get this number, the more you can afford to spend on your advertising while still earning a profit. Direct Selling Through Facebook and Other Platforms Of course, you also have the option to sell directly through those other platforms. There is nothing to stop you sharing an affiliate link to your Facebook group, or to your Instagram (in your bio, or once you are able to add the swipe up feature on stories). This is a useful way to build an engaged audience if you don’t have the skills or time to create a website. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 36 Chapter 5: Powerful Modern Tools and Strategies Selling a combination of different products – including digital, services, and physical - is far more powerful because it combines the kinds of massive sales you can make by building a loyal audience with the VOLUME that comes from shifting lots of physical products. And here’s something else to keep in mind: having such a diverse portfolio of affiliate products to sell on your site means that you have the option to add things that are “pie in the sky” sales. An example? I once sold an MBA through an affiliate link! This was through EDx, which is a potentially hugely profitable affiliate HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 37 program, though also an example of one that you must sign up for. The challenge? Managing and juggling all of those different items! This is why the big, serious brands will use tools that streamline this process, and that give them access to some of the most lucrative affiliate programs on the web. Crucial Tools for Taking Affiliate Marketing to the Next Level One of these tools is Genius Link. Through Genius (https://www.geni.us/), you are able to attach multiple different accounts and then add their affiliate programs. This works particularly well with Amazon, as it allows you to add accounts with each of the different local versions of Amazon. Each link will then send the user to the correct version of Amazon based on their location, meaning you don’t need to worry about losing customers! You can also add a number of other programs however, such as Barnes&Noble, BestBuy, and iTunes! From here, you can generate a link from Amazon as easily as grabbing the URL to the sales page, and then pasting it into a box. If you have the Chrome plugin, you can just click that button right there when your browser is pointed at the page! HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 38 A similar option is something called Trackonomics (https://www.trackonomics.net). This tool works in a similar way, but lets you add items from a FAR larger list of affiliates. That includes the likes of the aforementioned EDx. Better yet, Trackonomics can let you search for products in a vast array of different affiliate accounts, and then use the option that earns the most cash. In other words, if you are selling a smartphone, you can now compare the commission on that smartphone were you to sell it from Amazon, versus the commission were you to sell it direct from the manufacturer. Versus Best Buy, versus every other option out there! Both tools also let you track clicks and purchases, in order to identify which of your links is the most popular, to identify when a link is down, or to see how much you have earned in a given timeframe. The only downside? Trackonomics costs a HUGE $500 per month. There is a free trial however. Genius Link meanwhile is free. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 39 More Tools These tools will help you to take your affiliate earnings to another level, but there are many more options out there as well for those that want to create a more streamlined business model and funnel. For instance, it is almost essential to use Google Analytics in order to track the success of your website and individual pages. You can see how you rank for different terms, optimize those terms, and then see how those pages are leading to the sales page, and which routes earn the most commission. Similarly, using tools that let you conduct A/B tests on your landing page can also help you to improve it to the point that it massively increases conversions. HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 40 Conclusion So, there you have it: everything you need to know to build a highly successful affiliate marketing business. Whether you keep things simple or aim for the stars is up to you, but I highly recommend you follow the advice in this book and try selling real products that have broad appeal and massive prices as well as the traditional digital eBooks and courses. The classic process for selling affiliate products is simple: • Find digital product and get an affiliate link • Create a sales page • Place link on sales page • Send traffic to sales page both from your own website, and through marketing HOW TO SUCCEED IN AFFILIATE MARKETING 41 • Wait until the product stops selling, then rinse and repeat I am recommending that you slightly alter this model, to earn more money and build a more resilient, long-term business model. Here’s the new strategy: • Create a website and build an audience that trusts you and enjoys what you do o Do this by generating genuinely unique and passionate content with a strong visual brand and mission statement • Find a few big ticket affiliate products and services and create sales pages for those, then “launch” them from your site by using email blasts and teasers to create hype o Find the products that are most successful and then send more visitors here through paid advertising • Meanwhile, sell as many smaller digital products, Amazon physical products, and services, through articles and websites that you promote using SEO Whatever you do, you can now enjoy earning money while you sleep – and the more you experiment, the more efficient your sales technique will become!

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