Blogging and Boosting Your Affiliate Sales
Don’t dismiss blogging as a way of making affiliate sales. Starting a niche blog, building up an audience and sending them to affiliate offers can certainly work well for many people.
There are a few different blogging strategies and today I’m going to talk about blogging and boosting your affiliate sales.
The first one is placing banner advertisements on your blog. People come along, read your blog posts and see your banner advertisements.
A lot of product vendors put together affiliate promotional graphics to help encourage people to promote their products, so often it’s simply a case of grabbing the banners, copying and pasting them onto your blog and then linking them with your affiliate link.
Whenever anyone clicks on the banners and makes a sales you’ll get paid.
Blog review posts
Again, this goes back to being a trusted advisor. You simply write up a blog post reviewing a specific product and then at the link of it you insert your affiliate link so that people can buy it.
The thing is that most people will search online for reviews before they purchase a product.
I reckon we’ve all headed to Google and typed in something like “product name review” before parting with our hard earned cash – and thus blog review posts are an excellent way of cashing in on this.
The most important element of writing a blog review post is to give a totally honest review. Forget that you are trying to make affiliate sales and instead write up an impartial view that anyone considering buying the product would find useful.
What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it? List those points in your review (EVERY product has negatives) and then draw up a conclusion as to why the person should buy the product.
(Obviously only review products that you like and fully recommend)
The classic mistake people make is to only harp on about the positive points, however this actually works against you because people will look at your review and think that you’re simply trying to earn a commission.
By talking about the negatives of the product you’ll actually enhance your credibility – and remember that every product has something that isn’t quite perfect!
Boosting Those Affiliate Sales
Affiliate marketing can be a tough business in so much as you are often competing for sales with lots of other affiliates who are all promoting the same product.
For this reason you might sometimes want to do something to stand out a little from the competition, which can sometimes especially be worth doing if you are promoting a higher ticket item.
Be yourself and become the advisor. Yep – I’ve harped on about this quite a bit in many articles, however it really is a good way to differentiate yourself from the competition.
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Many affiliates are lazy and will blast out the promo email that has been given to them by the product owner. If you can become a bit different and put your personality and opinions into your affiliate marketing then it can really help.
Time your promotion right
Sometimes people’s decision between purchasing through your affiliate link and someone else’s comes purely down to timing.
This is particularly the case with email marketing – if they see someone else’s email before yours then they might already have bought it by the time your email even lands in their inbox.
So – promoting as early as you can could be a good strategy. The longer the period since the launch then the more chance there is that people have bought from somebody else.
Equally leaving it late can be an effective strategy! Sometimes people will see a launch, check out the offer and decide not to buy for whatever reason. Then, a few weeks go buy and they change their mind.
So – by promoting a while after everyone else you can sometimes “mop of” some of the people who were initially undecided.
This can be particularly relevant when promoting high ticket items because the effort involved is justified by the high commission payments if you make sales. Basically you just say “if you buy through my link I’ll offer you THIS for free.”
Your bonus could be anything really – an additional bonus report, coaching, consulting etc.
The key is to make it something relevant to the main offer – and the more valuable the bonus is the more likely they are to buy through your affiliate link.
Blogging and Boosting Your Affiliate Sales – Conclusion
In all honesty it doesn’t take a genius to make sales as an affiliate. It’s all about selecting the right products and then promoting it to the right people, in the right way.
I hope that this post about blogging and boosting your affiliate sales will help you to do that. Whatever you do now make sure you get started, work hard and stay consistent in your business.
While affiliate marketing can provide one of the easiest ways of making money online it still requires considerable effort in order to be successful.
As you become more experienced as an affiliate marketer you’ll start to learn and get a “feel” for what works and what doesn’t.