On our recent trip to Florida my goal was not to work as many hours, so I could enjoy the warm air and ocean waves. I managed to do this my keeping on top of my affiliate marketing portion of my business. It was really important for me to have that laptop lifestyle with my business for those few weeks. And I have to say that it worked! In this post I want to share with you some of my own affiliate marketing tips, and share some information about a new course that you might be interested in.
If you are on my email list, you know that as well as promoting my own products, I promote affiliate products several times a week. This really helps me stay on track with my income goals, and it helps fill any void while I am busy creating a new product. Once you are familiar with setting up and creating emails, this procedure doesn’t take very long at all. There are plenty of affiliate marketers that make a full time income solely with this method. I love it as a way to supplement my income, it’s especially nice to have on those days when you are sick, or an unexpected family issues crops up. You can take the day off, and be confident that you will make money while away. I have to say that this method gives me a great online marketing strategy plan too.
The Basics of Affiliate Marketing
The first thing you need is a good understanding of the principles and the power of affiliate marketing. Basically you are an online sales person. Instead of knocking door to door, you are promoting a certain product online. You use an affiliate link to promote the product, and when someone purchases via your link – you earn a commission. One of the most popular affiliate programs today is the Amazon Associates one. People by the thousands, literally sign up to be affiliate and promote products. The downside to this program is that their commission rates are certainly not the best in the industry. Their are other programs and products you can promote that will earn you a much higher commission. The trick is knowing where to find these types of programs.
I run my own affiliate program and offer 50% commission and I pay out every week. With the Amazon program you are lucky to earn 4% commissions. So definitely, finding the right program and products to promote is key to your success. Other programs you can look at are Commission Junction, Clickbank and even stores such as Toys R US and Walmart now have affiliate programs. This suggests, that there is power and money to be made with this business model.
Here’s a look at a product I have been promoting the last week. These results have been good enough to get me onto the Leaderboard for an additional affiliate prize. I should finish in one of the top 3 spots.
Here’s my final placing of 2nd place, which also gave me a nice cash price!
Which brings me to another point. You can easily earn additional income by becoming a top affiliate and winning prizes. More and more product creators are running contests as a way to encourage affiliates to promote their products.
My schedule for a week looks like this:
- Check launches and programs to see what specials are available for that week.
- Select approximately 3 that you would like to promote.
- Get affiliate links and related information.
- Work on your email ahead of time.
- Decide if you want to include any bonuses.
- Plan out any other promotions, such as posting on social media and in certain groups.
- Check that all of your links work.
- Create your email and send out a test email, check details including links, images look good and spellings.
- Schedule email to go out.
- If the promotion is well received then send out an additional email that night or the next day.
- Keep promoting the products that convert well. You may decide to focus on this product all week and move the others to another date.
Some of the places that I look for products to promote are; Muncheye, JV Zoo, Warrior Plus then the programs of related products that I think my list would like. My list is mainly into PLR products so I look for new PLR packs that are available. Other products I often promote include video creation and graphics, ecover graphics and software, photos and then some general how to build a website and blogging products. Recently I did a big promotion for Journals and Planners that went over really well. You often don’t know what your list will like, it’s a matter of testing things out to see which ones you generate sales, and/or questions on. I often have subscribers ask certain questions about a product and then gives me ideas of my own product to create.
I can hear many of you saying right now – Sue, it’s fine for you, you have a list to promote to! I don’t, so how do I get started with this method. It sounds great and I am definitely interested but stuck with getting it going.
To be totally honest with you, when I first got started online I tried affiliate marketing and sucked at it big time! That’s because I didn’t have anyone to offer me insights on how to set things up correctly. I blindly made websites and filled them with content and affiliate links, and then sat back and wondered why I wasn’t creating an income.
There are certain things you need to have in place to be successful at this method of marketing online. The two basic items will be having a website in place and an email autoresponder service, such as Aweber or Convert Kit, both of these do offer low cost or free trials so you have 30 days before you need to pay for them. I use both of these systems, so if you have any questions just let me know.
If I had to go back and start again, I would sign up for some type of course that led me through the steps of getting started as an affiliate. I wish I had insights to what are the best programs to join, and what to look for. Avoiding pitfalls is another huge issue. Many of the affiliate programs I joined had certain restrictions, which I didn’t pay attention to. I finally made sales but due to needing a certain dollar amount before being paid, I couldn’t access my money. We all want our commissions as quickly as possible.
I don’t have my own training program on this topic, actually wish I did. But Angela Wills does. It’s a funny coincidence but we were neighbors for a number of years, until Angela moved. I lived within 5 minutes of her! I met Angela in person a couple of years ago at a convention in Toronto with her daughter. Plus I have taken a couple of her other courses including her Gimp graphics course. That’s how I created my very first header for my PLR Store many moons ago.
Angela is releasing a brand new course called: Natural Affiliate Marketing. The course runs over 4 weeks and begins next Monday, Feb 13th. It’s split into 4 Modules.
Module 1 – Setting Up for Success – You will learn what to look for in the top affiliate programs. And what things to avoid! Mindset and creating affiliate links will be some of the topics covered.
Module 2 – Profit Pulling Content – Discover the type of content you need to create to be successful.
Module 3 – Affiliate Marketing – Yes, you are going to have to market the products you want to promote. Angela will show you how to do this and profit. Plus you will learn how to read your affiliate stats and how to make even more money from a successful affiliate promotion.
Module 4 – Review, Rinses, Repeat – In this module you will learn how to keep on promoting new products so you can create a Passive Income from this method. You will also learn how to set up your business so that you include promotions on autopilot.
I was chatting with Angela this morning on Facebook and she told me that the content will be delivered via PDF. With daily messages and tasks. You also get access to a private FB group so you can post any questions as you go. She will add some video instruction if necessary. At the end of the course there will be a live webinar where you can ask additional questions. You will get access to the live recording, just in case you can’t make the webinar.
Why Angela? I have seen her in action and have followed much of what she does online. A couple of years ago she broke her ankle very badly while out walking her dog in the winter. Today’s one of the days were we need to be careful weather wise here in Canada. We have freezing rain mixed with snow and it would be so easy to have an accident. During this time Angels kept her business going, much in part to her affiliate promotions. Three years ago she had her daughter, and as any moms know, it’s hard to keep working when you have a baby and then a toddler in the house.
Angela’s business didn’t suffer, which is why I am recommending this program to you.
Plus, if you have followed me for any amount of time you will have seen that we have had our own share of ups and downs. When my sister-in-law suddenly passed away and I had to go to the U.K. for a couple of weeks. Affiliate marketing is what kept money coming in. If I remember correctly, that was also the first time I won an affiliate prize – it’s an awesome feeling believe me! This summer after discovering our grand-daughter was sick, I turned to affiliate marketing to keep generating income for a few days.
I can’t stress enough how important affiliate marketing is. You can use it as as standalone business model. Or chose to include it as an additional income stream to your current business. Which is why I have decided to add a bonus if you purchase the Natural Affiliate Marketing course today.
First, use the coupon: benatural to save an additional 35% off the current price. Coupon is valid until Feb 17th. Secure your spot here:
One important aspect of affiliate marketing is creating content that you can use in your promotions.
- I will be giving you 5 credits that you can use in my PLR Store to purchase any type of content you need for your promotions. These credits are valued at $64. You could choose a pack of articles, a report with a video or a sequence of emails to use. If you need help or suggestions to use this content, I will be happy to help you out.
If you are ready to get started then sign up here today and start generating a new or additional income stream for your business and online marketing efforts.