Many people launch their blogs with the aim to make money as an affiliate marketer. Though you have to work hard during initial days, it is easy to earn decent revenue through affiliate marketing. If you are a blogger trying to become a successful affiliate marketer and make online money, here are some tips for you.
12 Tips to Become Successful Affiliate Marketer
- Focus on target audience
- Follow product trends
- Be positive
- Select correct program
- Follow your own style
- Use proper promotions
- Earn without sales
- Start building list
- Have attractive page layout
- Avoid overdoing
- Have interactive discussions
- Track affiliate progress
1. Find and Focus on Target Audience
Let’s say you receive 100 visitors per day to your blog. It is not possible to target all 10 visitors to sell your affiliate products. You have to find the target audience by doing some research with the traffic data. There are free tools like Google Analytics, you can use to analyze the user behavior. For example, what is the popular landing page on your site and how users exit from that page. This will give you an idea of understanding the target audience you should focus on selling your affiliate products.
If you see low conversion on popular landing pages, check out the ways to redesign the page. This will help you to place the affiliate links in attractive places to get high click through rate.
2. Follow Product Trends
In most cases, affiliate product owners offer seasonal deals to attract users. You have to follow the product updates and inform your users accordingly. In fact, you should focus on spending more time with your affiliate marketing efforts during these seasonal sales. This will not only help you to make big money but also help your readers to save money on their spending. When users save money, they tend to come back to your site for checking the latest available deals on related products.
3. Be Positive
Remember, even corporate employees need to work for a month in order to get their salary. No company in this world pay you upfront when you are working on a 9 to 6 job. As mentioned, it may take some time to make your first affiliate sale through your blog. Be positive and keep going with calm mindset. Most importantly do not daydream of becoming quick-rich by reading fake income reports published by many affiliate bloggers.
4. Find Suitable Affiliate Program
In our earlier article, we have explained on how to choose affiliate program for your blog. Make sure to apply for relevant program that pay you high commission and on time. At any cost, avoid selling junk products on your site without knowing the quality.
5. Use Your Own Style
There are no single way to become a successful affiliate marketer. You can admire and get inspiration from others by reading their blog. However, we strongly recommend following your own style. Be sure to showcase your knowledge on the product you sell and persuade the users during interactions. You can write reviews and publish content frequently on your blog to keep the users engaged. This will help you to develop a community based on your blog which you can build beyond online success.
6. Use Advertisements and Social Promotions
Many bloggers afraid of using paid advertisements to drive traffic. With millions of blogs available, it is not possible to get big organic traffic from search engines when you launch the blog. Instead of waiting for getting good traffic, you can make use of that time by using social and paid promotions. This will work very well, if you have large network like college students.
7. Earn Commission Without Sales
Well, not all products need a sale to pay you a commission. There are popular products that will pay for actions like trial activations, sign up and submitting surveys. For example, the popular SEO company SEMrush offers $10 per trial activation. Though they pay $200 per sale, you can still make dollars by simply encourage users to activate the trials. Generally, you may get some sale from the users who is happy with their trial. Therefore, it will be a double commission for you to get paid for trial as well as product sale.
8. Start Building a List
In this website, we earn money primarily through display advertisements. Therefore, we are not keen on collecting emails from users and building a communication list. However, if you want to become a successful affiliate marketer, it is necessary to start collecting leads. There are some best and proven ways:
- Offer a newsletter with email subscription
- Sell free eBooks to collect user data through eCommerce store
- Offer subscription based services like premium articles for paid users
Once you have a list of emails and know the target audience, it will be easy to send out personalized emails with your affiliate links. However, make sure to send emails with useful content for the readers instead of stuffing with affiliate product links.
9. Have Good Page Layout
Fortunately, you do not need to start everything from scratch for building your blog. We recommend building your blog with WordPress to take advantage of the pre-made affiliate themes and plugins available in the market.
- Have an attractive landing page that converts well
- Limit the links on your pages to avoid over selling
- Disclose affiliate links in an appropriate place as per the program guidelines
If possible ask your affiliate product owner to create a custom landing page for your blog. This will help to increase the trust of your users and improve the conversion rate.
10. Avoid Over Doing
Many users suspect trustworthiness of the internet content when millions of bloggers promote the same affiliate product with high rating. Make sure to write honest reviews and avoid promoting products without appropriate knowledge or using yourself. Successful affiliate marketers promote few products that they use and understand the features.
Choose 3 or 4 products that matches your blog’s niche. Remember, you also need time to use the product and understand the selling points for those products.
11. Have Interactive Discussions
One of the biggest needs successful affiliate marketers is to be creative and interact with others.
- Actively respond to users commenting on your blog
- Help them with your knowledge to choose better products
- Participate in affiliate forms and meetup to share and gather knowledge
- Contact your affiliate product managers to get special deals for your readers. For example, below is a special 14 days Pro trial offer from SEMrush for WebNots users.
Remember, it is common for users to express their opinion about the product when they purchased through your blog. Make sure to be polite when responding to customer complaints and direct them to proper support personnel from product owner.
12. Track Affiliate Progress
Make sure to get various reports from your affiliate marketplace and track the progress. If you are using individual websites, create campaigns and follow the results of each campaign. This will help you to keep track of all your earnings and measure the success as an affiliate marketer.
Affiliate marketing is an art of selling someone’s products and get paid for that. Though it may look difficult at the start, it is possible to make handsome earnings through your blog. We hope the above listed tips will help you to become a successful affiliate marketer.