So, you’ve seen the massive success that YouTubers and Bloggers have been able to make through affiliate marketing and are looking to get yourself into the game? I know that when I first started out on my journey as an affiliate marketer, I was so excited to start earning an amazing profit with little to no work.
However, I quickly found out that this was anything but the case. To be successful in affiliate marketing, you really need to treat it like your own personal business and take the time to really sort through the right products and work hard to create that unshakeable confidence on the part of your viewers.
However, the more I tried to learn about this marketing tactic, and the more research I did, the more I found the idea of an email list thrown in my face. While I can certainly understand the ease and appeal of a working email list, it just isn’t something I’ve even been interested in using.
I’ve never asked my viewers or readers to share their personal information with me, and it really isn’t something I’m particularly comfortable with. I especially hated the idea of sending out massive, impersonal, email blasts to people who really value my opinion, just to make a fast buck.
But, is it possible to succeed in affiliate marketing without an email list? For me, I found the answer to be a quick yes. Here are some of the tips and tactics that I used that quickly had me earning a steady income from my affiliate marketing and that could help you start your business off right today.
Use as Many Sites as You Can
When I first started out, I had a fairly large blog audience that was incredibly interactive and enjoyed engaging with the posts that I published. However, I quickly started to learn that this simply wasn’t enough. I had to find a way to gain new viewers and hold onto them.
So, I decided to take advantage of every social media site out there. I got myself on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so that I could share my work with a much broader audience who may be looking for content I’m working on, but who wasn’t familiar with me quite yet.
By getting yourself onto these social media giants, you can pretty much guarantee that you’ll be able to exponentially increase your numbers quickly. If you enjoy making videos, then YouTube would be a great option for you. This particular form of communication can be incredibly effective and it will give viewers a real sense of connection with you and what you’re trying to say.
The more you’re able to connect with your audience, the more likely you’ll be able to make the sale. Remember that there are people who could spend hours watching a wide range of videos to learn something new and there are others who would rather read a hundred blog posts than watch a minute of video.
To ensure you reach everyone you can, make sure you put yourself in as many spaces as possible.
When you first start out in affiliate marketing, you may feel obligated to take any deal that comes your way. However, I quickly found that this can lead you down a terrible road. Your audience wants you to promote products that make sense with the topic of your blog or channel and they definitely want to make sure it’s a product you actually use and enjoy.
Being selective about the brands you choose to work with can actually be one of the most important steps you can take.
If you’re running a nature blog, why on earth would your audience, who comes to you for tips on hiking and first-hand accounts of kayaking adventures, be interested in your review of the newest Kitchen Aide tool?
Unless it makes it possible to transport the kitchen equipment to the middle of a nature preserve, it really doesn’t make sense for you to accept that kind of deal. Instead, wait until a camping equipment company reaches out to you so that you can share your recommendations with people who truly value what you have to say on the subject.
Additionally, you want to make sure you are only really promoting products you believe in. If your viewers purchase products based on your recommendations and find that they’re absolutely terrible, what reason would they have to ever come back to your site and take your advice ever again? While you might get that one sale, you’ll lose a follower and will lose out on future sales pretty quickly.
Stay on Top of Trends
Because affiliate marketing is taking advantage of influencers and their ability to reach a wide range of viewers, you can guarantee that new trends and marketing ideas are always popping up. You want to be at the forefront of these trends, not lagging behind everyone else.
It’s incredibly important that you stay on top of all the different ways that people are promoting products and switch things up to fit your channel or blog. The more unique and creative you’re able to be, the more inclined your audience will be to engage with you and what you’re trying to sell.
When I started building up my brand and figuring out which products worked best for my business, it was easy to start feeling pretty discouraged by my low numbers and lack of sales. However, I realized that getting down on myself and giving up simply wasn’t an option and I’m so glad that I stuck with it.
Staying positive and continuing to try new products and opportunities is the only way you’ll be able to succeed in affiliate marketing. Things such as this tend to take quite a bit of time to get going and it’s important to realize that taking advantage of the knowledge you can gain from these failures can only help you move forward in the future.
Take Advantage of AdWords
Many people end up simply adding a link to their blog or website to make their affiliate sales. While this is certainly effective, it isn’t the only way to get the hits you need. By investing in tools such as Google AdWords, you’ll be able to drive significantly more traffic to your website, helping you to make more sales from viewers who were already searching for this product.
Not only will these tools drive more interested buyers to your link, but it can also help build up your audience as these viewers can quickly turn into dedicated and loyal followers.
Keep Track of Everything
When you first start out, finding out which promotional style works best for you will be key. Luckily, many blog hosting sites keep track of the number of viewers you have versus the number of clicks your link receives on that page. This means that you’ll be able to easily determine which kind of tactics work best for your particular audience.
The more attention I paid to these numbers, the more I saw my profits steadily rise. Being aware of what works for you and what doesn’t can make a world of difference in terms of sales. For me, my readers like when I show them exactly how the product works directly in front of them so that they can determine on their own whether or not it’s something they would be interested in.
For others, a simple summary may be more than enough to get the point across. Try out a wide range of styles so that you can find out what works best for everyone.
Once you decide to get involved in affiliate marketing, you quickly come to realize just how important it is to understand and effectively communicate with your audience. There is definitely a wide range of ways that you can do this. Between exciting social media posts and engaging content, you’ll be able to grow your business exponentially much faster than you ever would have expected. Succeeding in affiliate marketing without an email list can actually be much easier than initially expected.
In fact, relying on the information you gathered ahead of time and using it for your own profit-earning can ultimately backfire. People want to know that they are watching and listening to an honest and forward-thinking influencer, not someone who jumps on every opportunity that comes their way just to make a fast buck.
Make sure that you show your audience that you care about the brands you choose to work with and they’ll be more than likely to jump on any product you decide to promote, completely eliminating the need to annoy them through the use of their personal information. Keep these tips and tricks in mind so that you can start your successful affiliate marketing business today.