Affiliate Marketing – Super Ninja Tips For The REAL Affiliate Marketer

Affiliate marketing is one way to make money online. Its one of the ways I got started online and today I want to educate and help you on this awesome way to earn an income. There are a lot of people online who use affiliate marketing to their advantage….but sadly most do it wrong. WE ARE GOING TO DO IT RIGHT!!

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In this post I am going to go over the main tips and tricks that will educate you on affiliate marketing we are going to be covering the follow topics:-

  1. AFFILIATE MARKETING BASICS
  2. WHY YOU NEED A FUNNEL & WHY ITS SUPER IMPORTANT
  3. THE POWER OF AFFILIATE EMAIL MARKETING
  4. HOW TO BE A SMART MARKETER & BE IN THE TOP FIVE %
  5. WHY YOU NEED MORE THAN ONE TRAFFIC SOURCE
  6. THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING VALUE & TRUST
  7. AFFILIATE GOLDMINE….THIS FIVE TIPS WILL MAKE YOU MORE MONEY

AFFILIATE MARKETING BASICS

Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways to make money online. However there is a lot of people doing it so you need an edge and of course THE RIGHT INFORMATION!! Affiliate marketing in the short form is basically to be a middle man between the potential customer and a product. This product could be a physical product of amazon or a digital product of click bank/zoo.

You can then use paid or free traffic generation avenues to send visitors to someone else product. You then have the opportunity to make a percentage of the sale or sometimes 100% of the sale (I know its sounds easy and exciting right? :). Well, exciting yes….easy no. Most people seem to think it is easy, but they are the ones who only make $200 a month being an affiliate.

WHY YOU NEED A FUNNEL & WHY ITS SUPER IMPORTANT

I hear you cry “SHAUN” what is a funnel? Well, a funnel is a series of steps that a visitor needs to take to access a product or service. Now, this sounds easy right? But in reality this is where most affiliate marketers will fail and fail big time. Can you believe most affiliates don’t even use a funnel? Why is a funnel so important?

Well, you need a funnel in place to really warm up or pre frame your potential visitors….I MEAN GET THEM HOT!!! There are two types of visitors, COLD AND WARM. You need to understand the importance of warm (or pre framed traffic). You see the conversion percentage of sales dramatically increases when your traffic is warm.

Lets look at an affiliate funnel below:-

TRAFFIC—–>SQUEEZE PAGE——>THANK YOU PAGE/OFFER DOWNLOAD—–>EMAIL FOLLOW UP

Now, above is one of the more basic funnels, but I wanted to start by giving you an idea of how they look and to get a feel for a funnel. It still baffles me today why so many people don’t use funnels in their marketing efforts. You know what upsets me, is when I see people commenting on forums or where ever sharing that they have lost $500 on PPC ads direct linking to an affiliate offer (more on that later).

THE POWER OF AFFILIATE EMAIL MARKETING

Almost all of the successful affiliate marketers online have an email list and you have probably heard the money is in the list. But for many the money is not in the list because they don’t have one (yes I am a smart ass and obvious sometimes haha).

Email capture is one of the most important tools as an successful affiliate. It gives you the chance to leverage a visitors personal email address, which you can use to pre frame your affiliate offer multiple times in the future. It’s so powerful, especially from an advertising angle. Let me ask you a question, would you spend $100 on a PPC campaign and get 100 subscribers or lose 100 potential subscribers?

Of course you would have answered to gain subscribers, not lose them. But many people spend $1000’s of dollars on PPC campaigns and have hardly any subscribers, why? BECAUSE THEY DONT UTILIZE AN EMAIL CAPTURE. What they do is just direct link or don’t have any email capture at all. Direct linking is when you set up a campaign and link straight to the offer.

HOW TO BE A SMART MARKETER & BE IN THE TOP FIVE %

There is making money online and then there is REALLY MAKING MONEY ONLINE!! I am talking about potentially making up to $40,000 to $50,000 a month. But to have a chance of reaching that kind of level of income you are going to need to be better than the other marketers and be willing to do what they won’t.

Lets have a look at some things that will make you a smart marketer:-

  • You will take action with your marketing not just sit around all day looking on forums. Its surprising how many people know how to do this…yet never do it.
  • You should spend money on marketing and make it a priority for your business. (DISCLAIMER….I am not advising you to spend $1000’s on dollars on marketing, I am just highlighting a key factor in your business!)
  • You need to learn how to network and find a mentor. Also you need to be around and communicate with like minded people…there is always power and proven information in numbers.
  • You will concentrate on one niche at a time and then scale up….this is smart marketing.

WHY YOU NEED MORE THAN ONE TRAFFIC SOURCE

You must have heard the saying don’t put all your eggs in one basket, the same is going to apply with traffic generation. If you only have one traffic source, what will happen if this disappears? You will have no business and certainly no sales. This is why it is very important to have many different traffic sources. Some traffic sources could be :-

  1. PPC ads on sites like google, Bing and yahoo
  2. Media buys on websites
  3. Facebook or Twitter ads
  4. Forum and Article Marketing
  5. SEO organic traffic and so on……

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING VALUE & TRUST

In todays online world, there is definitely an art to marketing. Now don’t let this scare you off, use this to set yourself up for a challenge! One of the most important jobs your going to do as a marketer is provide value and trust. More and more now a days people are becoming a lot more skeptical of the online world, so trust and reputation must be built.

With social media taking over and the percentage of scammers out there, people are no longer willing to just whip out their wallet and buy things. They do reviews, they seek social proof and also often look for payment testimonials.

As a marketer you want to provide:-

“AN ETHICAL, VALUE DRIVEN MARKETING FUNNEL TO YOUR POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS”

Why would you provide anything short of fantastic? Providing immense value will give your visitor a reason to trust you and you can showcase your work. Think smart! You see most people won’t offer value to there visitors…they are “dollar blind”. All they can think about is the money and this is why they will never succeed. Value in mu opinion is 150% of why most successful people do what they do.

AFFILIATE GOLDMINE….THIS FIVE TIPS WILL MAKE YOU MORE MONEY

Ok so lets look at some tips for you to become an awesome affiliate marketer! Below are five tips:-

  1. Put your customers first, think about the money later. This is one of the most valuable lessons I can give you. Of course your in business, so you need to make money. But you need to adopt a mindset and trait that helps and produces results for your visitors before the reward (your money)
  2. Keep up with changes and don’t think negatively about them. Use it as a growth tool and to make more money.
  3. Be  consistent. You will become successful when you become consistent. You might not make money some days but if you keep at it you will gain the skills to do so.
  4. Treat people as people. Don’t see them as dollar signs. For example in an email campaign, even though you may have a mailing list of 100,000 people…adopt the mindset of that your only talking to one person and convey this in your follow up messages.
  5. NEVER GIVE UP!!(If you do ill won’t talk to you haha) But seriously if you want to make money online and your serious then don’t give up. I have never given up and the word “can’t” is not in my dictionary.

Thank you for reading this far!! Stay tuned for more awesome content.

Your friend

Shaun!

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About the Author shaunyf

Hey thanks for checking out my blog! Working from home and making money is a very big passion of mine and I will help you do the same! It takes hard work and consistency…but anything worthwhile does right? It’s nice to meet you I hope you enjoy the site!

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