My #1 Affiliate Marketing Tip

 

My #1 Affiliate Marketing Tip

My #1 Affiliate Marketing Tip

This is the year when you’re finally going to meet your financial goals when it comes to your blog’s earnings.

I can feel it!

After a coaching session with my business mentor,

I set some pretty high goals for myself and instead of letting the fear of failure creep in,

I immediately started to think: “What do I need to actually do to make my goals happen?“.

So, whenever I set a big goal,

I always work my way back to see what needs to happen in order for me to achieve whatever it is that I set my mind to.

A big part of that is figuring out how to increase my affiliate earnings

(which have been pretty good recently, with May bringing me $3,345 in affiliate sales alone)

so I thought I would the share #1 strategy I will be implementing over the next few months to make that happen.

 

THE #1 AFFILIATE STRATEGY THAT YOU NEED TO IMPLEMENT

Are you a brand new to affiliate marketing, I recommend reading this detailed guide on How To Make Your First $1,000 In Affiliate Sales.

But, if you’re ready to take your affiliate income to the next level,

and you want to escape the overwhelm of having to promote 100 different things at once,

you’re going to love this affiliate marketing tip.

My #1 (proven and tested!) affiliate marketing tip is to champion one product at a time.

This product (or service) must be something that you truly believe in and that you know that your audience wants and needs.

(If you don’t know where to start, check out my Affiliate Programs Masterlist.)

Once you have found that product,

you want to make your entire affiliate marketing strategy about it.

Start writing posts reviewing it,

including links in older relevant posts,

create an email funnel just for that one product,

mention it on social media each week and so on.

(P.S.: Don’t worry, not even your most loyal followers won’t see everything you post at all times, so it won’t be considered spammy.

Plus, the more your audience hears about a product, the more intrigued they will be to check it out and eventually buy it using your link.)

The idea here is that,

instead of overwhelming your audience with 100 recommendations at once, or doing a poor job at promoting something,

because you’re trying to share 10 things in the same blog post, this strategy gives you a clear “focus point”.

 

PROOF THAT THIS STRATEGY WORKS

As I mentioned,

this is a proven strategy and it makes sense mathematically as well because only 20% of your efforts will bring you 80% of your results.

This is called the Pareto principle and it applies to business and blogging too.

As a result,

even if at the moment I promote quite a few things on my blog/social media,

around 80% of my affiliate income comes from the same 20% of the affiliate programs I’m involved in.

Crazy!

A big part of me making my first $1,000 blogging,

back in the day,

was actually due to a $25 eBook that I loved,

promoted and championed on my blog.


QUICK NOTE:

I have a full case study about what I did to promote this eBook included in my

Affiliate Marketing Training Bundle

that you can access to for $15 off using the code “AFFILIATESUPERHERO”.

You’re curious to see how I get the work done behind the scenes and need some help promoting the things you’re an affiliate for,

you’re going to love this bundle!


And the same strategy still works today!

So, instead of spending hours of her precious time on trying to promote 20 different products,

she championed one product that she really believed it at it worked!

So, to recap, here’s what you have to do to increase your affiliate earnings in 2019:

  • Find one product to focus on, and champion it through the year.
  • Make sure it’s something that your audience needs.
  • (If you’re already part of affiliate programs, see where you made the most sales so far, and push that product/service even more.)
  • Create as much high-quality content around that one product as you can.
  • Don’t be spammy, just find ways to introduce it and describe it to your audience.
  • Create pins, have webinars, write emails, mention it in every relevant blog post and so on.

 

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How to Work with Affiliates to Boost Your SEO

How to Work with Affiliates to Boost Your SEO

For merchants in the e-commerce space, having great Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can make or break your profit margins.

After all, you have to get traffic to your site and product pages no matter what, and there are only two ways to achieve this: either you pay for it (ie. Google AdWords) or you get it for free, which entails doing SEO well. In the long run, great SEO will return months, if not years, of unpaid traffic which will free up more budget for other aspects of your business.

Of course, achieving great SEO is easier said than done, and there are many (many!) posts across the internet to help boost your rankings in various ways.

But one thing a lot of these write-ups miss is how affiliate marketing can help with your SEO. We always like to say that working with affiliate reps is an effective way to outsource your marketing team, and there are ways to work with your reps specifically on SEO-related activities.

Here are 4 ways to work with your affiliates to boost your e-commerce SEO.

1. Create authoritative, evergreen content.

Generating content is just table stakes for any e-commerce business, especially ones that have an affiliate marketing channel.

If your blog posts or images or videos are dull and uninformative, even if affiliates share it, it won’t get any traction.

Content is still king, and good SEO always starts here. If you do nothing else to boost your SEO, at least create good content.

Specifically, create authoritative and evergreen content. Let’s break these two adjectives down:

Authoritative content means it comes from an expert.

For us, we’re experts at all aspects of affiliate marketing (eg. our guide to getting affiliates via Instagram). But that’s a given.

A more practical approach is to think about it this way: it’s information you can’t get anywhere else, usually because you generated it yourself.

For example, if you mine your client data and come up with industry benchmarks, that is useful and unique information.

It’s inherently authoritative and sure to garner attention, and better yet, links.

Evergreen content means it will still be relevant years from now.

This is tough since the pace of technology and the internet runs so fast, but it’s also industry specific.

A comprehensive guide on SEO might need to be updated every year, but a guide to identifying trees will probably last forever.

Think about content in your niche that can last, and they will pay dividends as they continue to bring in more links, and traffic, that will boost your SEO score year over year.

2. Generate important backlinks to your product pages.

Here’s a crazy stat: according to ahrefs.com, a whopping 91% of content on the internet gets no traffic from Google. Not a single visitor! And they surveyed about a billion web pages. One of the main reasons?

That’s right, over half the pages that didn’t get any traffic had zero links pointed at them.

We’ve known for decades now how important backlinks are to getting traffic to your site, but now we know that not having them can be a death sentence for your product pages.

Building a stable of high-quality backlinks might be the most helpful SEO boost that your affiliate reps can produce.

And the beauty is that it’s built right into what affiliate marketing is: they have to link back to the products that they are marketing on your behalf.

And each one of those links not only directs traffic to that page on your site but adds to the overall authority of your website (more links generally equate to a higher authority) which means a higher ranking on Google’s search results page.

A few tips on making the most out of these backlinks from your affiliate reps:

 

  • Make sure that the anchor text they use is descriptive. Instead of making the text a generic “click here,” urge your reps to link back to your pages with significant keywords. “Highly rated and recommended iPhone cases” is the type of phrase that should be underlined in blue.

 

  • Dissuade links from “low quality” origins. Not all links are created equal. Make sure your reps are linking to you from within well-written and compelling content and not, say, from the comments section of some random blog.

 

  • If they want to link from these “low quality” places because they might be good for conversions, ask them to use no-follow links that won’t ding your site:

 

<a href=”http://www.website.com/” rel=”no follow”>Link Text</a>

 

  • Utilize Google Search Console to manage your links.

 

Logging into your Google Search Console will provide an easy way to check out which sites are sending you the most backlinks and the top linking text that’s associated with this traffic. It’s a great, free way to keep tabs on the state of your backlinks.

 

3. Social media’s correlation with, or causation of, SEO boosts.

Google doesn’t disclose what goes into their special sauce of how they rank websites on their search results page.

Sure, we know the broad strokes of what matters for SEO, and we might even know the smaller details.

But we don’t really know everything, especially how much certain aspects are weighted against each other.

The impact of social media likes and shares is one of those hotly contested aspects in SEO circles. Ostensibly, we all know that lots of social media activity are correlated with a boost in rank.

But many experts argue that this increase is a side effect of simply having more backlinks when content is shared hundreds or thousands of times over.

Then again, Hootsuite conducted a quite thorough investigation of their own and concluded that social media activity alone is enough to boost rank, regardless of backlinks (the entire post is quite fascinating if you’re into this sort of thing).

But then again, Google’s official stance is that no, it doesn’t.

We’re not here to resolve this debate. But one thing is clear: leveraging social media can only benefit your SEO, regardless of whether it’s correlation or causation.

And to that end, working with your affiliate reps to leverage their individual social networks will seriously impact your SEO and ranking.

Some tips in this effort:

 

  • Encourage your affiliates to create great content. Not only should you lead by example and create content to be shared, but you should also always allocate some time and effort to assist your reps in creating amazing content that features your product or service.

 

  • Once they do, make sure you ask them to use your hashtag, tag your business, list you in their YouTube video/channel keywords, and add a link back in the post description.

 

  • Go on their podcast or vlog. Many social media Influencers may be reluctant to inorganically talk about or link to your products.

 

  • Even before you establish a partnership relationship with them, ask to appear on their podcast and/or vlog to discuss a subject that would engage their followers.

 

  • It’s a more organic way to have a reason to link back to your site as well as increase brand recognition.

 

  • Encourage resharing/reposting. A good piece of content shouldn’t be a one-and-done situation.

 

  • After all, a post today will only reach a fraction of any affiliate rep’s social circle. Remind them of, or help them schedule out, resharing and reposting. Today, three days, a week, a month, 3 months, 6 months, a year.

4. Dominate the top of Google (and voice search).

 

It’s tough for a single company to own the top spots on Google’s search results page for a given query (that’s not their own brand name), but it can be done much easier if you tag-team the effort with your high profile affiliate reps.

Here’s an example of what we mean:

A search for “red cellphone battery cases” resulted in links for Mophie, Mophie on Amazon, and Mophie on eBay.

That’s some excellent SEO done by Mophie’s team; they won 3 out of the 4 top spots not with their own domain, but with the assistance of others.

Likewise, optimize around the keyword phrase of your choice and work with your affiliates with high-profile sites to create content that will similarly own the top spots.

You can’t copy and paste a blog post since Google abhors duplicate content, but similarly authoritative and evergreen posts can help.

And another benefit of this tactic?

You’ll have optimized to show up on voice search results since 75% of the spoken results on Alexa, Google Home, and Siri come from results that rank in the top 3 for that query.

A couple of additional tips here as well:

 

  • Make sure your affiliates optimize their content to encourage a paragraph becoming a Featured Snippet.

 

Google tends to pull a 45-word paragraph from a highly ranked page to feature as an answer to queries, especially if the query is a question (ie. “how do I…”) and the paragraph is a direct answer to that question.

Thus, it’s beneficial to tell your affiliates to add concise Q & A sections to pages that are already ranking highly.

And again, these Featured Snippets are often pulled for voice search answers.

 

  • Finally, encourage basic SEO. If your affiliate reps are creating a lot of content for you, it’s a good idea to run an SEO boot camp to help them understand the importance of title tags, descriptive alt text for images, the ideal length of posts, and the like.

 

  • As we started with, your reps can be considered your outsourced marketing team. Help them help you!

 

Your business can exponentially increase your SEO by working closely with your affiliate reps, who operate their own sites and own social networks.

With intelligent utilization of backlinks, quality content, social media, and tag-teaming your best keywords; you have a much better chance of rising to the top of Google than acting all on your own.

How I Make Money Blogging With Affiliate Marketing

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This post contains affiliate links. Read my disclosure for more info.

Are you ready to start a blog or turn your current blog into a money-making business?

How I Make Money Blogging With Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of my favorite ways to make money blogging. The key is finding the right affiliate marketing programs to join.

I grew my affiliate marketing income to more than $2k per month in my 6th month of blogging. After I took The She Approach Free Affiliate Course

Here is a look at how the affiliate marketing programs I promote helped me make money this year with my blog:

January 2019- $1,660

February 2019 – $2,752

March 2019 – $1,988

April 2019 – $2,498

Last year if someone would have told me I would have been making that much just in affiliate marketing I would’ve thought they were scamming me.
Now I know it will continue to grow consistently and I see more leads coming in each day.

HOW TO START: JOIN AFFILIATE MARKETING PROGRAMS

Affiliate marketing programs are often listed on affiliate network websites. These websites feature directories of companies looking for affiliate marketers to promote their products or services.

Once you join the network as an affiliate you will be able to apply to individual affiliate programs that interest you.

It will usually take a few days to be approved as an affiliate but sometimes you will be approved instantly.

Aside from affiliate marketing networks, you might also be able to make money with private affiliate programs.

This means that a small business or blogger has set-up its own affiliate program.

For example, I have an affiliate program for my courses as do many online business owners.

Private affiliate networks are a great way to connect with successful bloggers in your niche and promote unique content that isn’t being as widely published online.

HOW DO AFFILIATES GET PAID?

The most common way for affiliates to be paid is by receiving a commission for all sales completed through their unique partner links or banners.

Some companies pay a flat affiliate commission rate and some even pay a small flat rate for new leads.

Affiliates are paid via PayPal, check or direct deposit.

HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH AFFILIATE MARKETING:

Affiliates make money by including their unique links on their blogging website.

Here are a few great ways to include affiliate links on a website:

  • Write a blog post about the pros and cons of the product or service
  • Include affiliate links on a resource/recommendations page
  • Include banners at the top and bottom of your website pages or blog posts
  • Put an affiliate banner in the sidebar of your website or blog

It’s important to choose affiliate marketing programs that are relevant to the niche of your website or blog.

Apply to join programs representing products your target audience will like.

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My Affiliate Programs Masterlist

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So you heard there is a secret to making money with affiliate marketing.

Because of that, you are here to save you hours and hours of research and get you access to over 500 options to choose from.

WHAT IS AFFILIATE MARKETING?

Affiliate marketing is the best way to make money blogging by promoting products, services or brands of your choice. By using unique affiliate links you will get awarded a commission on each sale made through those links (at no extra cost for your readers).

WHAT IS AN AFFILIATE PROGRAM?
An affiliate program is an arrangement in which an online merchant or brand signs up affiliate partners to promote their products. As a reward for referring sales, they offer you a percentage of that sale.

 

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You will find affiliate programs in these niches:

  • Fashion & Style
  • Beauty
  • Travel
  • Parenting & Family
  • Crafts & DIY
  • Blogging & Business
  • Finance & Budgeting
  • Pet Care & Training
  • Personal Development
  • Faith
  • Weddings & Engagements
  • Health & Green Living
  • Fitness
  • Food & Cooking
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Home Decor
  • Books & Reading
  • Miscellaneous
  • Affiliate Networks
  • Bounties & Special Offers

My Affiliate Programs Masterlist has all the programs you’ll ever need!

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