You’ve chosen a niche, you’ve picked an affiliate program, and you’ve poured hours into creating a marketing blog but you’re not making as much money as you want from affiliate marketing. Are what people saying true? Is affiliate marketing actually dead?
The market may be more saturated than before but affiliate marketing is very much alive and it looks like it’s here to stay. A lot of companies rely on their affiliate marketing programs to get word out on the web and they generate a lot of sales via their affiliates. In fact, in 2013, affiliates generated sales up to the billions for their affiliate program. But if there’s so much money to be made with affiliate marketing, why aren’t you making any with your links?
Chances are, you’re not doing the things that you should be doing. There are key affiliate marketing tips that every affiliate marketer should know.
- Traffic is good; so is a high conversion rate.
You’re getting a lot of hits but you’re still not earning with your blog or website. That means that you’re not converting the traffic to actual clicks or sales. Try placing the links more prominently at the end of your articles or to complement your content. Better yet, draw a little attention to the links with well-placed graphics that can work as discreet call-to-actions.
While direct selling doesn’t really go well with affiliate marketing, it doesn’t hurt to mention the product occasionally, especially if it’s a genuine recommendation from someone who knows what he’s talking about.
- Content is king, always.
You’ve probably read this in every article about affiliate marketing tips you’ve come across but it bears repeating. Content should always be foremost in your concerns when it comes to your affiliate marketing campaign. Try to develop helpful and informative content that your target audience will appreciate. Also, be trustworthy in your content. Do your research and know what you’re talking about. You’re building a reputation in the online community, and once you’ve established that you can be trusted, your recommendations will go a long way. And yes, placing affiliate links on your blog or website counts as recommendations.
- Know your audience; be your audience.
You can develop and deliver better quality content if you know your audience and the best way to do that is to be part of your audience. That’s why it’s important to choose a niche that you’re familiar with and that you can relate to. If you’re into skateboarding, it’s in your best interest to choose a niche related to skateboarding. And these days, there’s an affiliate program for just about every product or service out there; you won’t run out of ideas. In fact, it’s a good idea for you to have multiple affiliate programs under your belt. Create a blog for each or even one blog will do if the products are all related, but don’t lose sight of your target audience for each product and always maintain the quality of the content that you offer.
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