Affiliate marketing has been around nearly as long as the internet itself, and it used to be so easy to make money online this way. All it took was a banner or two placed at the top of a website page and “boom” you could earn a fortune from clicks and sales.
But that was then and this is now and everything has changed. Now if you put a banner on your website, not only will no one click on it, but it can deter people from wanting to visit your site.
Yet despite this, there are still plenty of high-earning affiliate marketers all over the world.
So how are they doing it, and, more importantly, how can you do it too?
The answer is to put your affiliate marketing efforts on steroids, which means doing much more than putting up a banner or two. And thankfully, one thing that hasn’t changed is that once you set up your online marketing, it can go on working for you for years. So your initial efforts can work well, and then can go on to keep generating passive income while you work on your next project.
So what exactly should you be doing?
Well, they say that these days a customer needs to see (or be told about) a product at least 7 times before they buy.
So first you need to write at least 7 online articles about it and 7 marketing articles.
Naturally, 7 is the minimum number you need to write, so more is better – much better.
Next, write a minimum of 7 automated emails so that interested people can sign up for more information and receive your daily emails in return. So again, writing and setting up more emails would be better. I usually try and write 30 emails so that I have a month’s worth.
And don’t forget, these emails and online articles should be about how the customer will benefit from owning the product, rather than talking about the product itself.
Social media is another great place to market a product, but again, it shouldn’t look like advertising. It should sound like great person-to-person advice about improving things/skills/life.
Of course there are other things you can do to market an affiliate product, but to me, these are the main ways and the most effective.
To further boost your income and to not waste effort, stick to the same niche. This way you can look for high-paying and popular products and all your previously written content will still be relevant to your customers and they may even make multiple purchases from you.
For instance, if you have a weight-loss blog, you might begin by selling diet books, exercise machines and supplements, and your customers may buy all three. You could then promote other related products to them like gym memberships, active wear, and even backyard swimming pools.
There really is no end to the number of products you can promote as an affiliate marketer.