The affiliate marketing industry is full of myths and tales.
People are often encouraged to do all sorts of stupid things, most of which have no proof behind them.
However, over the years, I’ve found several affiliate marketing strategies that seem to be effective.
I’ve put together this excellent compilation of some tips and tricks that’ll work on anyone interested in leveraging the full potential of affiliate marketing.
If you follow them correctly, these tricks will help you generate leads, website traffic, and grow your business to make money online.
And yet, they’re so simple to implement in daily life.
Each one of these tricks is tried and tested, so as long as you can implement them, you’re good to go. The good part of this is that you can instantly start testing them out for yourself.
Here are the top 50 best affiliate marketing tips & tricks:
It is by far the most valuable tip you will ever be given, and that is always to choose a product that has quality. You are going to be selling the product on your site, so you are putting your reputation on the line.
You need to be positive that the product you are planning to sell to other people is worthy of promotion, that it is something that others should know about and use.
Make sure it’s worth it! If you sell something inferior, you are going to wreck your hard-earned reputation.
When you work as an affiliate, you can’t expect that your website visitors to know about your affiliate product or the benefits of it. You need to inform them about the product you’re promoting honestly. Your website visitors only understand what you tell them about the product.
Take some time to research their website to know about the product you’re planning to promote. Then judge if it gets your attention, looks professional, and useful.
Make sure if the website is easy to navigate. Can you find a phone number and address? Does it offer any warranty?
The goal is to find our if you would purchase this product. If you would, then you can go ahead and start promoting. If it doesn’t fit your requirements and you wouldn’t buy it, go ahead and look for some product.
When you are selling a product as an affiliate, you must be honest about your intention. Let your users know that you are an affiliate and will earn some commission if they buy the product.
Your honesty will help you to develop a loyal subscriber base. When your website visitors click your affiliate link, they will know that it’s not your product, but since you’re recommending it, it is going to be excellent, which means it’s more likely a sale will occur.
Many new affiliates have this common misconception that if they promote products of merchants that offer a higher commission, they will make more money.
Well, it’s not entirely true.
It could be the exact opposite.
Merchants can offer high commissions on low-sales products to boost sales of these dead products that no one is interested in buying, while a high-selling product may have a lower commission rate.
Let’s assume that you’re promoting products, both selling for the same price of $10. Product A is a high-selling product so that the visitor-to-sale conversion would be better. On the other hand, product B is a low-selling product, so the traffic you send to the merchant’s website won’t convert to sale easily.
You sold 10 of product X at 10% commission, and 1 of product B at 50% commission.
Product A: $10×10 sale = $100*10% commission = $10
Product B: 10×1 sale=$10*50% commission =$5
Which one earned you more money?
Product A. Right?
So my advice to you is that don’t fall into the trap of selling a high commission product.
I am not saying that all high commission products are low-selling, but it’s essential to check other stats like conversion, refund rate, earning per click, sales volume, etc. before you decide to promote any merchant.
Clubs, courses, membership sites – if you come across stuff like this in your niche, definitely put one of these into your “stuff I have to promote” list.
Don’t underestimate the power of recurring commission as they tend to be the most profitable in long run.
It can earn you a passive income while you’re on vacation or just having fun with your family.
Imagine making $1000 credited to your as recurring commission while you’re swimming in a beach in Hawaii. Isn’t that sweet?
I’d be pleased to take a 1% lifetime recurring commission over a 10% one-time commission any day.
But that’s just me, though. Some of you might prefer big payouts, and they only focus on making more of those.
I have noticed this several times that a lot of people have this delusion that the high-price products are harder to sell.
If you want to sell $5000 worth of products (the sales, not your commission), you can achieve this target by selling:
500 items x $10 product
50 items x $100 product
5 items x $1000 product
If you have think that the product is excellent and will resolve a problem many people are experiencing, then give it a shot, even if it is slightly expensive.
People will buy it as long as the sales pitch is correct, and the product is genuinely good.
Also, it is a good practice to sell both low-price and high-price products simultaneously to target a wide range of audiences. Being open to a broad range of products and prices will provide more significant opportunities for your business.
Upsells can boost your commission to a great extent without putting any additional effort from your side.
After the customer has bought his first product, he is offered several other packages/offers that are only available at the time of purchase. This process is also known as upselling.
If the customer takes advantage of these offers, your commission increases without putting any additional efforts from your side.
For example, a customer may click on shoes and at checkout is offered a special offer, which includes a pair of socks and a tie. If the customer accepts the offer, you’ll receive a commission on the other products as well.
Whatever product you’re promoting as an affiliate must be of good quality. If the refund rate is high, it is usually a sign the product is not high quality.
If you’re looking for a long-term affiliate success, then you must keep your customers happy at all times. And the quality of the products you’re promoting plays a significant role in that.
A cookie is a file that is created and stored on the user’s computer when they click on the affiliate link to store the information about the sale transaction.
It stays in a user’s computer even after they leave the merchant’s website and come back later to make a purchase.
Cookies can expire in as little as 24 hours (e.g., amazon.com). But some merchants offer lifetime cookies, which means that if a person clicks on your affiliate link today and comes back after five years and makes a purchase, you will still earn the commission.
The standard cookie period is about 30 to 90 days, and longer is better.
If you’re generating a lot of sales for a merchant, then don’t forget to negotiate better terms and ask your merchants to increase the cookie duration for your affiliate links.
Remember, you’re an affiliate who is selling other people’s products and not the actual product manufacturer.
Do not sell the product directly like it is your product. The more reliable way is to promote it based on your personal experience.
E.g., instead of pitching the product directly, use phrases like ‘in my experience…’, ‘I used…’ and ‘I liked…’, ‘This product has helped me…’ and so on.
You get the idea.
It will help you develop trust, and your website visitor will see you as being helpful rather than someone selling something, and they will be more likely to make the purchase.
There are thousands of affiliate products on the internet, which make it extremely difficult to choose the correct ones, and one of the common mistakes lots of affiliates make is to decide to sell too many products together.
There is nothing wrong with it, but it becomes difficult to manage them down the road.
It can also make your subscribers exhausted and puzzled.
Instead, pick one or two products that are in demand and promote those. In the future, as the market changes, you can add or remove related products.
Over the years, I have seen that many affiliate marketers put a banner ad on their website and then hope that someday someone will come to their website, click on that banner, go to the merchant’s site, make a purchase and they will earn a commission.
That’s fine, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
However, if you want to reach more customers, then you must have to generate more traffic sources.
It’s simple math.
So don’t leave any stone unturned. Try everything you can – articles, guest blogging, social media, referral marketing, lead generation, email follow-ups, etc.
Mark my words, you will never succeed in affiliate marketing, if you don’t keep track of your progress.
You need to know the outcome of every effort you’re putting to bring traffic to your website. If you don’t what’s working and what’s not, then you will not make necessary changes in your website, and hence, you will continue to get the same visitor-to-sale conversion forever.
If you don’t track your campaigns, then you will continue to waste money on doing things that are not working or generating any results.
Always be ready to tweak your ads, headlines, font size, color, etc. as needed. Google Analytics can be a great tracking tool.
There are many more, do a google search.
Nobody wants to click on those long ugly affiliate links, so you must change the way your affiliate link looks.
This is how most of the affiliate links look like:
It looks scary. Isn’t it?
You can change the way affiliate links look by using a link Cloaker, that will turn that scary looking link into a short and more pleasant link.
It will surely boost your click-through rate.
Product reviews are an excellent affiliate marketing strategy.
Write an honest and appealing review to tell your readers about the product. Educate them by telling them both the pros and cons of the product. You can also compare two similar products.
Give them a star rating if you can.
The more visible your reviews, the more likely your sales are to increase.
Well, if you have heard that, then you have heard about email marketing and list building. Building a list of email addresses is one of the first ways of making money online.
Ideally, your email list of your subscribers should be growing every day. There are several methods to do this.
For example, place an opt-in form on your site or blog. Bribe people to sign up to your list in exchange for a free e-book or something valuable.
Your offer should be tempting enough, so they are forced to give you their email address and consent to send them emails.
If you continue to build your list, you will see that a day will come when you’ll have thousands of potential customers at your fingertips.
Once you have enough subscribers on your list, you can send them an email to promote any product using your affiliate link and make some quick money.
However, don’t make the mistake of overwhelming your email with affiliates products by sending a new offer every day. It is not going to work. They will unsubscribe from your list and mark you as a spammer.
Make sure to keep your email quantity in control and build trust.
If you want to lock the deal and draw your potential customers in, show them your affiliate item and then tell them if they make a purchase using your link, then you will give them something special from you as a gift after the purchase.
It might be a discount, coupon, a free e-book, money off their next purchase, etc. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
When it comes to your website, it is essential to treat your visitors properly. Don’t treat them as if they are stupid and will do whatever you ask them to do.
On the contrary, they are brilliant.
They can recognize affiliate advertisements easily. If you are pitching a product that you don’t believe in, your visitors will figure it out, and you’ll lose them.
If you run too many ads, you’ll irritate your visitors, and they will go somewhere else. Give your visitors respect and excellent experience and makes them want to come back to your site again.
If you’re serious and genuinely want to make money from affiliate marketing consistently, then it is essential to find the right tools.
There are plenty of beneficial tools available on the internet, and you should take advantage of them. These tools not only save you time, but they will also improve your work efficiency.
When you’re comparing different affiliate programs, make sure to check if the merchant provides an affiliate manager to you.
Affiliate managers can be a great help if you have queries about how to place the tracking code on your site or want to know more about the product you’re promoting and stuff like that.
Eventually, you can even negotiate deals for higher commission if you continue to generate sales for them.
Most people leave before they see results because they don’t know what they are doing will work or not. Once you make that first sale, pat yourself on your back and tell yourself, “Hey, I’m doing it right.”
That first sight into making money online is sufficient to ignite the fire of motivation to the next sale, then the next, then the next.
I made only $5 in my first sale, but that was enough to seed an idea into my brain: I earned $5 doing this. If I could do this 25 times, I could be making a hundred dollars in a day!
The best thing about traffic is that it allows you to work with data. Instead of looking at the sales vs. no sales stats, you can look at other statistics to give you the encouragement to move ahead.
For example, you can use Google Analytics or Webmaster Tools to evaluate your traffic, even if you’re only getting a few visits per day. You can see where your traffic is coming from and get a ‘clue’ where you should focus your energy to generate more traffic.
Let’s say you have a website about health & fitness tutorials. You have a lot of different tutorials on health and fitness, but the one post that gets the most traffic is the “How to generate leads in 30 days”.
In such a case, you must immediately do two things:
Create as many keywords as you can about lead generation and write a bunch of articles on the same topic.
Create a monetized post (e.g., product, eBook, video course, etc.) on your site relevant to the same topic and link all these articles to your ‘money page.’
You wouldn’t have had that little hint without that little traffic, you were not so happy about, and you might not have known that there was such an interest in “generate leads” topic.
You won’t make the vast majority of your sales with banners either!
I have seen hundreds of affiliates hoping to make money by placing 4-5 banners on the sidebar of their website.
You might get a sale here and there, but it’s not an effective way of making money online unless you’re getting millions of visitors every day and working on a cost per impression model.
What you should be doing is selling people stuff with your content.
Yes, the main reason people land on your website is because of what you write. Your content (or your opinion, reviews) is the point of sale that drives people to buy products.
People want to know if product X is better or Y. They want to know product X is more effective in losing weight, or is it product Y.
Here are some ideas to boost sales and improve the overall visitor to sale conversion of your website.
Product X review
Is product X a scam
Product X vs. Product Y
Is product X legit?
Can product X really solve (problem)
How do I ______? (Solution = Problem)
The 6th point is very effective and can further be broken down:
Learn how to _____ (tutorial)
How to stop _____ (bad habit)
How to cure/fix _____ (illness, troubleshooting)
There are hundreds of ideas you may apply to this list.
I know that many of you folks are on a budget and want to help people who don’t have much money to find a good deal. It can give mental satisfaction, but trust me; it won’t make you rich.
It is the wrong target market.
Understand the fact that you’re trying to make money for yourself, and you need to make sure that you’re reaching the people with money to buy the stuff you want to sell.
Providing free resources is good. But as I said, it won’t make you rich.
So my advice to you is that don’t make your money pages about finding the cheapest deal possible. You must design them to find the best value for money.