Can You Really Make Money with Affiliate Marketing?
Yes, you can really make money with affiliate marketing as long as you approach it with integrity. Finding the right model for you is worth it and should feel comfortable for you and your audience.
Below are some affiliate marketing ideas to get you thinking.
Use giveaways and valuable information to establish a relationship.
Before people take your recommendations seriously, they need to feel you are honest—that you’re the “real deal”. If you focus on helping visitors and readers first and recommending products as a natural result of this, you will soon start to build the credibility you need before your recommendations can be taken seriously.
Keeping this in mind, make sure that all gifts you offer are your best ones.
The relationship (and the trust) has to come before any big sales push.
Just because you are taking a relationship-based approach to affiliate marketing, don’t feel you have to dance around the issue of what you’re recommending. Once you’ve identified your visitor’s problem and given her hope there is a solution—provide it, upfront and without apologies or explanations.
This is absolutely crucial, no matter what style of affiliate marketing you choose to embrace.
Boost your reviews and bonuses.
If you are running a review site, or including the occasional review on your blog or website, consider using a “double whammy” strategy. This can increase your targeted reach. In other words, don’t just promote the product, promote your review!
This doesn’t just mean sharing your blog post link on Twitter or announcing it on your Facebook Page. Get creative—try strategies such as video reviews, actively showing people what you are talking about in real-time as you demonstrate the pros and cons of a product.
Or give a micro-video-review that actually just hits what the product’s main purpose and benefit are, inviting readers to click on your link to learn more.
And if you are adding a great bonus gift to an affiliate product, promote your bonus gift too!
Review more than one product in the same post.
Even if you are not running a “comparison” review site in chart form, consider reviewing more than one product, brand, or version.
People love comparisons. Be as objective as possible and include affiliate links for both products.
Comparisons give you a chance to earn more money. And remember that what may be a detriment in your eyes could be the very feature someone else is looking for.
Don’t just tell people about a product—show them how to use it.
Making a video that shows visitors how to solve their problem by using a recommended product should be a “must” for all affiliate marketers. Not only does it appeal to those who learn visually or in a tactile, kinesthetic manner, it also provides real “proof”. Proof that you’ve tried and used the product yourself and it works!
You’ll also overcome fear barriers by making it look easy.
A warning: don’t buy the product, and hurriedly “wing” your “how to use” video. Sure, you may do a creditable job. But is it affiliate marketing with integrity.
Take the time to get to know the product, inside out. Use it in your everyday life. That way, you’ll discover hidden tips and tricks. These “insider” tactics are what will really convince your viewers that you are worth listening to and your recommended product is worth buying!
Choose your product carefully.
If you are promoting a single product, remember that it is better to specialize in one product. It should either bring a huge return by way of commission or brings in tons of sales. You should know your audience well enough to know what they need and want. Selecting the right products will help you really make money with affiliate marketing.
Be your own case study.
If you can prove what a measurable, positive difference a system or a course, has made in your own life, you will double your chances of getting a conversion.
If you are just starting out, you have a perfect opportunity to plan the documentation of your journey, step by step.
Use videos and tracking data screenshots, in addition to photographs. Note that people respond especially well to videos. They perceive these as less easy to fake, particularly if you are showing something happening in real-time, with mistakes and all!
Remember that people identify with mistakes and failures. Providing you also show the way to overcome or avoid these, you can create tremendous credibility by keeping it real.
Be clear about which specific niche you operate within.
Resist the urge to promote products all over the map. Only promote products that are highly relevant to your list. This is the only way to keep building trust with your followers.
Affiliate marketing is a huge field. There is room for everyone who conducts their business with integrity and recommends only quality products that you either use or believe in. You can really make money with affiliate marketing!
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