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The reason why you say affiliate marketing is not easy

Why it is not easy to do affiliate marketing

The reason why you say affiliate marketing is difficult is because of the high level of competition in it. This is truly a common factor that brings down most affiliate marketers. Imagine a group of marketers battling to promote the same product to the same audience at the same time. Many times, it is a battle of uncertainty but you never knew.

Many people talk about it around this statement ‘affiliate marketing is not easy’ but affiliate marketing is ideal, affiliate marketing is rich, it is diverse and can be a very joyous hobby as well but how diverse is it?

I know there is a group of affiliates out there who see it as a hardcore even though they are already in it. I know what it feels like when someone spends 20 hours a day, 140 hours a week, and the worst of it all, a tone of hours in 90 days of every month trying to promote but don’t see any commission in the end. Trust me you can easily withdraw from this of business if you don’t know how to walk it.

Although there some lucky people who get to earn money within the first month of marketing, they may have used some easy technique in order to get the product sold. In other words, they are just lucky but again, I could say;- they must have been popular on a particular social network so, once they have something to share with friends, they are always wanting to check it out.

Being an affiliate marketer is not very easy though. If you don’t have the passion for it, just like a professional job, once you don’t like it, you are most likely to begin to think of moving or finding the next one.

Why are you being defeated by your competitors

There are so many reasons why your affiliate marketing business is not generating more commissions as other affiliate marketers earn but do you know your niche? Knowing your niche helps a lot in scaling the right and correct content for the product that you are promoting.

Choosing a niche is where most marketers get confused. They come across many affiliate programs &products and will want to promote everything they find no! Don’t do that. You have to find a single program/product or service and promote that specific one as a beginner affiliate. You don’t need to rush into marketing many products like a pro because if you do, you won’t be able to focus at the time, become confused.

Not only that but also, you need to be self-driven. If I have the motivation and belief that yeah, I must make $5- $20 today or $100 this week. I will definitely make it as I dream it to happen.

You don’t need to wait to be told that hey! wake up it’s already time to work. You want to link up with other bloggers, write a post or an article, promote a product to make a sale, or create a video post to your social network to engage your targeted audience.

You need to be competent in your field of marketing, network with other affiliate marketers, share ideas, and be willing to learn from the experts. I am that one person who loves to learn and pass the knowledge to another but here, I write from experience based on what has worked for me as an affiliate marketer in the past.

When I started doing affiliate marketing, two years ago, I had no idea what to do. I knew that it’s all about sharing my affiliate links and that’s all. Little did I know, that sharing a link was just a starting point of marketing a product/service how wrong was I!🤔

Sharing your affiliate link is a starting point indeed perhaps, the first thing to do always after obtaining your affiliate link is to share it in any possible way to your social networks. Social media is the simplest platform I could reach to share my affiliate links. At the time of obtaining a link from your network, you notice that before you leave that affiliate marketing programs’ website, you already have social media sharing buttons right on the screen to enable you to share to social media with a click of a button.

When I made my first commission, $18 dollars was enough to buy me a meal and what a joyful day it was! If I can remember very well, it was 24th-september-2017 and I had just promoted a service one of which helped me to move from beginner to intermediate.

Once you come to the affiliate marketing business for the first time, you will probably want to determine where to deliver your first product link and expect someone to click on it, buys the product so you can get paid. That is how it should happen but is it as simple as these words speak?

It might be a tedious job when you are just getting started because, sometimes, I assume that for someone who doesn’t have a competence in learning how to make a commission from that product, it looks as though they are just gaming.

Huh! Now, that should not in anyway discourage you. I mean I am neither claiming to be a super affiliate nor a pro. I am just a writer who earns by writing what helps an affiliate marketer to earn a commission like me.

Even though I don’t earn much from affiliate marketing, at least it is a proven way for thousands of affiliate gurus out there and I have also proven it. Generally, affiliate marketing requires practical innovative techniques. Every affiliate marketer has a unique way of doing it and that’s what determines how much they make from it.

For the very first time of earning through a commission, you notice that you want to apply the same technique that you had used before in order to target another/next commission but at times, that also fails to yield what you aimed at. Never give up. You have to work hard for it.

Expert affiliate marketers who have truly spent years in the game say that you can promote a product/link up to seven times before a customer finally makes a decision to but it. They need that particular product but there is only one problem. They are not paying attention to you may be because your marketing email is not strong enough to call to action.

After seven days’ time, you should make a follow-up. Run another email campaign to remind them that they should really try your product or service. You must not stop reminding them because, every day, people want up to different needs, and who knows, your product could be the one they want next.

I don’t often run email campaigns but they are a very productive aspect of marketing. And you can only do this when you have an email list. Very important to have. If you want to read more about email marketing, I wrote on this on and for more help on how to get an email list for free, tap on this link.

What to put in to practice for a successful affiliate marketing business

  • Find the right affiliate program.

The first step to affiliate marketing is getting the right affiliate program. This is very crucial as it determines the ability to use it. What should the right affiliate network/ program be? It must be that which offers good marketing tools and gives support to its affiliate marketers. The commission value may also determine a good network. If the commission rates ate low, it might not rock your world.

  • Research more on your niche.

The second step after finding an affiliate network is to get to know your niche product. In this step, you will research on your chosen product to find out about your competitors, strategic keywords for that product, and appropriate marketing tools for work.

  • Get to know your competitors.

You must know who your competitors are. In this case, you want to find a solution to the problem of not being able to sell because you are being pressed down. When you want to deal with the enemy, you should probably know their weakness before you do so. In the same way, you should know who is with you in the same niche and see how to challenge them.

  • Decide the simplest way to market products.

Everybody has got a personal choice when it comes to selecting a marketing technique. Hopefully, the most successful one is what I would take. All marketing methods lead to good commissions but it’s only your potential to prove this right. One marketer can decide to go via social media, another through blogging and one other via email. I am sure that you can use all these methods but you have a choice to take.

  • Never give up.

And finally, you’ve got to work hard and never give up. Every planned investment you make will surely yield good results in the future.

Okay! So, now that we are ok with our marketing strategies. I believe you have picked something little from those few points though they were very obvious points to note. I had to consider them too because I am very sure that not everybody who reads this article has ever read about that before.

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How opt-in pages are a powerful tool for getting a trusted audience

Opt-in pages are also known as lead capture pages or landing pages. Anyone having a website should clearly know that generating traffic from external sources can truly be automated. And automated traffic can simply mean targeted audience.

A target audience is ideal for your online business

Apart from automation tools like softwares, opt-in pages turn out to be best for email marketing even though they involve a lot of work. The power of an opt-in page is that it helps you to build an audience of trust.

Most of the organic traffic that you get to your website is often non targeted because it could come from any source. It could be Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Google or bring. Wherever you receive it from, keep it in mind that it may not be a right audience.

How do you find the right audience though?

A right audience is when you have a list of people follow your service or subscribe to your service.

Depending on the type of business you are running, it is quite noted that a landing page is a tool to drive people who are interested in your business. People who have committed themselves to your website as you promise them something good when they subscribe. These kind of traffic is the most trusted because you know exactly who to reach out to.

If you are running an affiliate marketing business, you will hardly make a sale on any of your affiliate programes. That is because you do not have a good audience. A opt-in page is the only tool to help you build up your email list for affiliate marketing.

It should be noted that a blog is not a good traffic source. If you have a blog, your fellow bloggers can never be your audience. This is because their blogs are built on different ideas which may not similar to yours. You may chance to attract some of your fellow bloggers but not as many. That is why it is so important to consider building an email list for whatever type of business you run.

Your subscribers list is ideal and is present because you used an opt-in page(s) to filter out the wrong audience and retained the right ones. That’s is the power of a landing page.

Free offers are very vital and without them, your opt-in pages are dead.

Everyone loves free offers and this is the idea behind opt-in pages. Free offers help to convince a page’s visitors and they will subscribe to your list because they want to get that free offer.

Think of that one thing which is so connected to your business that you can offer for no cost. It can be a downloadable file which will be delivered after one signs up to your list. You could also provide a service as a free offer to make people subscribe? Now, a landing page does not truly work alone. It works with a set of other pages to complete a subscription process which I will I am yet to tell you below.

Do you want to apply those very techniques as stated above?

If yes, below is a recap of what I have just said. A summary of what to do to build up a trusted audience that will give you high quality organic traffic. Whether you are running an affiliate marketing website, a freelance website, an agency website or a only be store, you need a landing page to find your audience. Here is what you will do.

Steps

  1. Create a landing page/opt-in page/ lead capture page with a nice call to action button. This will be the page to welcome visitors to your sites services.
  2. Set up an auto-responder for your subscribers. The responder is meant to send automated emails to people who subscribe to your list or service.
  3. Create a bridge/squeeze page whose purpose is to encourage a person to head over to the thank you page complete the subscription process.
  4. Create a thank you page to appreciate them for subscribing.
  5. Integrate your pages to ensure a continuous flow from page to page up to the thank you page which is the very last part of it.

You are now ready to launch your first campaign. Get your landing page discovered by advertising it. It will be shown to the people of your target who then subscribe willingly.

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Affiliate marketing tips from best affiliates.

Hey, Marketer! Still, stranded with your affiliate niche? Here are some extra tips to consider.

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25 Affiliate Best Practices

1.    Always be selective when choosing products to promote. Products need to be relevant to your audience and high quality. The business needs to be honest and trustworthy. Remember, this is your reputation on the line.

2.    When promoting products, don’t focus on the price of the product but the benefits buyers will receive. If there is a unique offer or discount price, that’s a bonus.

3.    Ask your audience for feedback. Ask what they are struggling with. Ask how they like what you are emailing and writing about. Ask if they purchased a product through your recommendation, how they are linking it or what results they are seeing. Showing you care helps build strong bonds with your audience.

4.    When promoting affiliate links, ensure your posts or emails offer plenty of value. It should be able to stand alone, whether or not you include a promotion.

5.    Don’t promote without a plan. Start with the goal of your campaign, then search for right product to promote. Randomly promoting products can lead to low commissions and worse, broken trust with your audience.

6.    Don’t sell or include affiliate links in every email you send. Subscribers get tired of being bombarded with offer after offer. Send some messages that just talk about what you’re doing or offer a tip or two without any type of promotion.

7.    Spend time building relationships with your subscribers. People who feel connected with you are more likely to trust your word and buy based on your recommendations.

8.    Look for programs that offer a good commission, 25% or better if possible for example, Jvzoo. Those offering low commissions may not generate enough commission for your effort.

9.    When searching for products or services to promote, see what the movers and shakers in your niche are promoting. Industry leaders often vet the companies they promote quite well before recommending them.

10. Track your opens, clicks and buy statistics to see which product sell well, which types of promotional material generate the most sales, which headlines get the most opens and so forth.

11. Look for businesses who offer affiliates pre-made content to help you promote their products. You can often find emails, images blog posts, list of benefits, sales angle suggestions and more from companies.

12. If products from a particular company is popular with your audience, but the company’s affiliate center is lacking, contact them to see if they could provide you with some pre-written material.

13. Ask your audience what their favorite companies, products or types of products are. Ask what they look for when buying products. This will give you an idea of which features you need to look for when searching for products to promote.

14. Make sure you reach the maximum number of people possible by ensuring your website and emails are optimized for mobile devices. If your audience cannot read your messages, they cannot buy.

15. Take time to learn about what makes great headlines, lead-ins and call-to-actions. Better headlines lead to more opens. Better lead-ins get people reading and better call-to-actions generate more sales.

16.  If you’re doing a big promotion, and including bonus items, create a custom landing page for the offer. On this page, include details of what people get not only from the product you are promoting, but your bonuses as well.

An example of a product offer that can be downloaded after someone signs up on you your list.

17. Make use of all types of content to promote the products. Some people prefer reading, others would rather watch a video, some may prefer to hear from you live. The more ways you reach out to your audience, the more sales you’ll make.

18. If you don’t already have one, choose a reputable email service. There’s nothing more frustrating than spending days creating a great email campaign only to have a big portion of your messages get blocked or filtered.

19. Make sure your website and lead magnets are up to par and offer excellent information. The bigger you grow your list, the more exposure you get for your recommendations.

20.  Segment your list so you can better match product offers to subscribers. The closer the match, the bigger the sales.

21. Test higher priced products with low-to-mid-range products to see, on average, how much your audience is willing to spend.

22. Don’t forget to promote complimentary products. For example, if you promote a training course on losing weight. The next week or so, you could promote a more specific product that compliments weight loss.

Weight loss is one product category that has got more and more traffic compared to all the others in the market. of

23. When promoting a special offer, mention any upsells available. This gives your audience a heads up that they will be presented with more than one offer. …but do so in an excited way.

24. Ask companies if you can use their product photos in your promotions for the product. They will usually allow it and may also let you pull a few points from their sales pages to use in your promotions.

25. Regularly check your affiliate links to make sure they are still working. 

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