7 Incredible Tips for Affiliate Marketing Beginners
If done right, affiliate marketing is the best way to make passive income from online. But only few people can benefit from affiliate marketing, most people can never make even a single sale from their efforts. Why? They solely focus on generating more clicks rather than creating awareness about the products they promote.
In this detailed guide, we will discuss the ways to make more out of your affiliate marketing journey as a beginner.
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing simply means making money by selling others products successfully from your site (or links). Most commission percentages can range from 5% to 75% and your affiliate income totally depends on the products you promote.
Why affiliate marketing is the best model to make money online?
You don’t have to work hard all the day to make a decent income from affiliate marketing. You have to work hard in the beginning (to learn the skills, to build a list, to build a rapport with readers), once it’s done, you can make passive income from your efforts every week.
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Tips for affiliate marketing beginners
Choose your affiliate programs wisely
This is the #1 step you can’t avoid in affiliate marketing. Choosing the right products to promote itself completes 50% of your affiliate journey, it’s that important.
Here are few tips to selecting the right products to promote.
- Choose the products that are widely used (use your common sense or use Clickbank market place)
- Promote the products that are extremely related to your audience (you can’t sell laptops on a bodybuilding related blog)
- Find out what the top bloggers in your niche are promoting (they often promote BEST affiliate products that are both useful and pay more commissions)
- Create a list of 5 affiliate programs that you are interested in (and start promoting them one after the other. Not all at once!)
Most new bloggers who are into affiliate marketing focus more on link building. They think driving SEO traffic is vital to increase their affiliate sales and starts link building via blog commenting, guest posting etc.
But they miss one major thing, they don’t focus on relationship building. Affiliate marketing is all about relationships, not links. What’s the use of driving tons of traffic when no one buys your stuff?
Even if you have limited traffic, you can still make sales from your affiliate products by making them aware of your products. If they find the products you are promoting useful, they often buy.
Focus on building a responsive email list
You can’t miss this step. Email list is like oxygen for affiliate marketing beginners. If you focus more on building a responsive email list right from the beginning, you will develop a rapport with your readers. In the long run, you will be able to generate passive income from your affiliate products using your list.
The tip here is to making your subscribers aware of your products. Teach them about your products, show them the value and let them buy your products.
You can use a freebie or report to increase your email subscribers. Having a blog definitely helps you boost your email list.
Writing genuine product reviews can boost your sales
If you are just starting your affiliate journey, I would definitely recommend you to write product reviews that are genuine. Don’t create too much hype, but show them the benefits of using the products.
If you also share the cons of using the products you are referring to, you will actually gain instant trust. It indirectly shows that you actually care about them, and you are not writing reviews just for the sake of making more sales.
Don’t promote products that you don’t use
Never promote a cheap product just because it’s paying you more in commissions. Most new bloggers promote the products that are useless and end up losing potential customers. Never make this mistake in your affiliate marketing journey. Remember, trust is the key to making more sales in affiliate marketing.
Give some incentives
You should give some freebies to increase your affiliate sales, this has to be your primary task especially when you are a beginner. Why? People don’t buy using your links just because you asked them to buy. They buy from you if you give them something for free.
Try to think about unique ways to give incentives to your readers. Here are few ideas:
- Give them some commission after a successful sale (if you promote a product that pays you 50% commission, offer your readers 20% commission when they buy from you. This can increase your sales).
- Offer them a premium product when they buy from you (if you have your own paid product on your blog, you can offer it for free when they buy from you)
- You can offer personal free email support when they bring something from you (works best when you promote web hosting services)
And the list goes on. You just have to think in different ways to make more sales by giving incentives.
Don’t be pushy
People don’t buy your affiliate products if you are pushy. Never hard sell your products, it makes people refrain from buying you.
You have to educate them about your products and give them honest opinions about the products and use links at the prominent places to make more affiliate sales.
You don’t have to be a sales person to make more sales, you need patience to actually make money from affiliate marketing. It requires time and patience. Observe any successful affiliate marketer, they are on the business for a long time and they are consistently growing their brand online. That’s how they are able to make more passive income from their online businesses. That’s what you have to repeat, boost your online reputation.
In a nutshell: Affiliate marketing is not a get rich quick scheme. It requires a lot of patience and passion to help others by promoting your products. Making your readers aware of your affiliate products is the key to make more sales. And offer various incentives to boost your affiliate income even if you are a beginner. Never hard sell as it can degrade your brand in the long run.
Are you into affiliate marketing? What are the tips you have to make more sales? Please share your views below.