I've learned a lot in my action packed years as an internet marketer. Here are 5 of my best affiliate marketing tips that have helped me become a "wealthy affiliate" and that you won't find in cliche affiliate marketing articles.
Tip #1: Try to Rank for Keywords with Buyer Intent
Some keywords are better than others when it comes to actually selling products.
Try to create content that includes things like...
- "Your Affiliate Product"
- "Extended Trial or Deal"
Ranking for keywords like "ConvertKit Coupon" or "Clickfunnels Discount" will narrow your audience to only the hottest traffic.
If someone is looking for a coupon, they are about to buy.
Now, if you don't have a discount or extended trial or something similar, don't go out of your way to rank for it. This is especially true if someone else actually does have a code!
Tip #2: Consider CPC When Targeting Keywords
The CPC of a keyword is a good sign of whether or not there is money to be made when ranking for it. High cost means high profit potential for someone and if your affiliate is relevant to that keyword, that someone could be you.
If you're a blogger you should try and get as much organic traffic to high dollar keywords as you can.
Tip #3: Add Your Own Value to Your Affiliate Offers
The best affiliate marketers still hustle their asses off. This means getting creative and thinking outside the box when it comes to how you are pitching affiliate products.
Here is an example of a value add that me and 3 partners put together for the launch of a high end course.
We gave a LOT of value but we profited much more by doing so.
Anyone who purchased through our affiliate link received access to all of our bonuses.
Here are some examples of perks you can add to make your offers more enticing.
- Free training (recorded or personal) showing users how to get the most out of whatever you sold them.
- Free products that complement the product.
- Discounts on your own products.
Get creative and create that nudge that turns your warm traffic into buyers.
Tip #4: Stop Running Ads Directly to Your Affiliate's Sales Page
An affiliate marketers goal isn't just to send traffic to the sales pages of their affiliates. Their real job is to warm up traffic and send it to their affiliate's sales page.
So stop running paid ads that go directly to your affiliates landing page!
I run most of my traffic to my blog but I have also had success creating blog style posts in Clickfunnels. These are landing pages that are crafted like blog posts and can then link to anywhere you'd like.
If you must run traffic straight to affiliate sales pages, do it with a pixeled audience from your blog
If someone has read an article on your blog regarding one of your affiliate products, they are warm traffic and might be ready to buy if you put the sales page right in their face. This is the only exception.
Tip #5: Try to Get in Early
This isn't like the other tips that you can immediately implement.
This requires you to develop mindfulness and try and identify "the next big thing," and see if you can be one of the first to promote it.
I have gotten in early with a number of products and was able to reap the benefits of being the first affiliate to market them.
Keep this in mind and it might end up being the smartest affiliate marketing move you will ever make.