3 Ways to Use Affiliate Marketing With Social Media

Affiliate marketing is one of the modern ways of making money. It is a marketing arrangement where online retailers pay a commission to an external site for traffic or sales generated from referrals. Social media has significantly helped affiliate marketers extend the reach of their campaigns and make more residual income.

If you are new to affiliate marketing, you need to find a product that people often use, that is also easy to promote, then you can send traffic to the retailer’s site, and you get paid every time each referral converts. In this guide, we look at three proven ways you can leverage social media for your affiliate marketing campaign.

Create an Affiliate Redirect Link

After years of social media use, most people can easily recognize an affiliate marketing link, and they will hardly click on it. One of the best tips that successful affiliate marketers have used extensively is by creating redirect links to the site with the products. Compared to affiliate links, redirect links are much cleaner and more attractive to your fans and followers.

The minute they get to the retailer’s landing page, there is a higher chance that they will make a purchase.

Publish Quality and Valuable Content

Many affiliate marketers give up after a few slow initial months. Social media strategists have found out that bugging your followers and fans with products all the time will decrease your conversion rate. Endeavor to create and publish useful content that will entice your connections to click on the affiliate redirect link. Use the link as a call-to-action strategy and will have greater results. You can deliver your content in the form of blog posts, YouTube videos, infographics, podcasts, social media posts, et al.

The most successful affiliate marketers use the products they are promoting, and they sound more convincing in the content they publish.

Use Images of the Products

It helps your affiliate marketing campaigns if you post pictures of the products you are promoting on social media. You can also use screenshots of the retailer’s site next to your affiliate redirect link. Ensure that the images are of high quality to pick the interest of your followers encouraging them to click on the affiliate redirect link.

In conclusion, statistics show that 70% of social media users use the platforms to gather product information to make a buying decision. Most of the Social Media sites have features that can help you keep track of the number of people who saw your posts and the percentage of individuals who clicked on your affiliate redirect link. As an affiliate marketer, you can help them make the decision by providing easy access to the products they need and earn a handsome income for it.

How to Make BIG Money From a Free E-Book

Want to know how to make a lot of money? Give something away for free!

This might sound mad but actually it’s a tried and true strategy that has been a hallmark of business since time immemorial.

Just think about Starbucks – often you’ll pass one of their stores and find they’re passing out tasters of their various coffees or cakes. Of course the reasoning behind this is that you’ll be able to see how delicious they are and then in future you’ll think about visiting.

In other words, they are demonstrating their value to you so that you’ll be more interested in going in in future.

Bloggers do this all the time too: by providing free content on your website, you demonstrate the value you’re capable of offering and this in turn gives your audience more reason to want to buy from you when you tell them you’re selling a course or an e-book.

But why not go even further with it… why not give the e-book away for free?

Why This Plan is Just Crazy Enough to Work

The thing is, we’re used now to getting free content when we visit websites. This is nothing new, it’s not exciting and we don’t tend to get especially excited about it.

On the other hand though, we’re used to paying for our e-books.

So when someone sends you a completely free e-book, when you find one online, or when you find one on Amazon – you’ll probably download it. And this is especially true if it sounds genuinely good and if you really think that it can help you to lose weight/make money/find love or do whatever it is that it’s promising to do.

And once you’ve downloaded this free book, you will probably read it.

Monetizing the Ebook

And as an affiliate marketer you have a very easy way to monetize that: by offering links to a number of products you can recommend throughout the book and really sell. Now you know your audience is interested in what you’re promoting and all you have to do is make it sound great and give them the link.

If you have a mailing list then this is a fantastic strategy: just e-mail your list and say ‘check out this completely free book as a thank you’. What’s even better is that your audience will be grateful and see it as a kind favour!

4 Tips on Running a Traffic Generation Contest

One of the best ways that you can generate traffic for your website is to create a contest. Contests are great because everyone loves participating in the competition and especially if you are offering some kind of great reward or prize. Generally, the best way to do a traffic generation contest is to offer a reward for them to refer new people to your website. Obviously, you’ll have to set up some sort of method for recognizing the referrer but here are some tips on actually running the contest once you get it organized and planned.

 

  1. Set a goal for your contest. Know what you’re trying to achieve before you begin. Have your results in mind before your launch day. If you’re trying to get 1000 new people to visit your site with this traffic generation contest then you will be able to take steps to achieve that goal. If you just have a general goal of getting people to visit your site or increase your traffic you’ll have much less success because you haven’t defined your goals.
  2. Advertise it several days in advance. If people don’t know about it they are going to participate in it, and if you only advertise it on launch day you’re only going to get a fraction of the people you would have a few advertise that beforehand.
  3. Tell your participants clearly what you want from them. If you’re trying to generate traffic, then tell them that you want them to refer people to your website. If you don’t let people know why you’re running your contest and what you expect to get from it, they aren’t going to know what to do to help you achieve your goal.
  4. Finally, give people something really great if they actually do participate in your contest. For example, if you decide that you’re going to give away a prize to the person that refers the most people to your site, then make sure that the prize that you give them is a really great one. Even if you were giving away a prize for everyone who refers someone to your website, you still need to make sure that the prize is worth it. Obviously, the price for the person that refers the most people is going to be quite a bit larger than the one for people who refer just a single person both should be valuable.

How to Build And Manage a Mailing List

One of the things that you can do to get people to come back to your website after they visit or after they purchase something from you, is to get them to sign up for your mailing list. That way, you can remind them every once in a while about your products or services, and they may come back and buy something else from you, or simply read your blog or articles if that’s what your goal is. Here are some tips to help you manage a mailing list to be most effective.

 

First, make it as simple as possible for them to sign up for the mailing list. Ideally all they should have to do is enter their email address. You may want to get more information from them but simpler is better. Obviously, if they are buying something from you they may have to provide more information. However, websites that require registration before purchase see poor results. So, if you can collect their email address on their way to purchase something – but not require registration – and if you can collect their email address on your front page even if they don’t buy something, you’ll have the perfect mailing list setup.

 

You want to give them a good reason to sign up for your mailing list as well. Obviously, if you tell them that they are signing up to be reminded to come back and buy something later on, not very many people are going to sign up. But if you offer them something valuable that they’ll get together providing you with their email address, something that they would never get ordinarily, then you’ll have much greater success using them to sign up.

 

Finally, only send out emails to your mailing list when you have something really valuable to offer them. If you start sending them emails all the time and they get sick of seeing your name in their inbox, they’re going to hit the unsubscribe button and they will no longer be on your mailing list. Make sure that you have something substantial that you’re emailing them about, such as a major discount or promotion – or even a contest that you’re running – so that when your email does arrive they know that it’s going to be something good and they’ll read it and possibly even follow through with a visit to your website or a purchase.