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Top 8 Tips to Succeed with Affiliate Marketing

The ever-present growth of the internet has had an intense influence on humanity, considerably making changes to how we work and live. Yet, in this society well-stocked with unending benefits, a single most resonating advantage is the possibility to virtually make money from any location in the world.

What Is Affiliate Marketing? 

Affiliate marketing is simply the process of selling particular items to people with the hope of getting a certain percentage of the sale price in commissions. As an affiliate marketer, you’re working as a completely independent business owner, not as a salesperson.

You’re, of course, a business owner for that matter. So, you’re on your own, not reporting for any boss. I know some affiliate marketers that are currently earning $10000-$30000 in commissions monthly from promoting a product that either belongs to them or someone else.

An awesome thing about affiliate marketing is that you have no restriction to number of products you can promote or how many companies you can work for. Since you’re on your own working independently, you solely determine who you’re going to work with and which product you’re going to promote on your personal website or blog.

One fact about it is that without traffic, you’re not going to sell. So, it isn’t advisable going into affiliate marketing as a complete novice in the knowledge of blogging. You must invest the energy, time, and probably resources to build a website and pull the traffic that will turn you a successful affiliate marketer.

So, if an ideal Online Business is meant for you, you must have the mindset of a super affiliate right from the onset, otherwise, you won’t be able to succeed at affiliate marketing.

You need to apply blogging to your business right from time in order to ensure you’re getting traffic over time. On a more serious note, it isn’t that easy to start making money selling things online through a personal website. It requires a lot of effort and time to get there. You must see blogging as a battle you need to win in no distant time as you realize you’re contending with millions of blogs out there in your industry.

How to Be a Successful Affiliate Marketer

When it comes to diving into affiliate marketing in the real sense, there are a couple of crucial steps you must take in order to succeed as an affiliate marketer, and a complete framework that must be followed. But before we get into all of that, it’s necessary to consider the macro facet of marketing and customer mentality before you can utilize any of those mental processes to sell affiliate products or services.

Categories of Customers

Basically, there are two categories of customers in the online world:

• Emotional customers:

When a customer emotionally buys some items, he simply believes in what he has bought. When you have some people that are invested in you based on emotions, they’ll help you come up with a massive dynasty. This is the best category of customers in the sense that your content resonates with them.

• Logical customers:

These are categories of customers that suffer from what is commonly referred to as scrutiny paralysis. They’re the type that over-scrutinize and over-judge things. So, they base their buying decisions on information and inspection simply because they do not have trust in you..

This is vital in the substructure of marketing things on the web, not affiliate marketing alone, particularly when you own the products and there’s nothing like getting commissions from promoting or selling them. You need to build a psychological connection to every process of the sales channel.

The term “Sales channel” is simply a logical word used to explain the purchasing stage. You can imagine it as a mere channel.

A sales channel performs in a similar way to a real-life channel. It channels visitors through a couple of processes prior to becoming buyers. If you’re not building a psychological connection during each process of that channel, then you’re hugely frittering away a lot of time.

This is exactly a great way to convert those visitors into raving fans. Whoever wants to make money from affiliate marketing should strictly comply with this guideline. The better you build a psychological connection during each process of your channel, the more probably you’re going to be successful and, of course, become wealthy through your endeavors.

Visualizing the Journey

While sales channels enable you to brighten the system required for the accomplishment and endmost success as an affiliate marketer, they don’t light up the greater vision. To visualize the journey of an affiliate, you must deduce the four basic elements necessitated in affiliate marketing:

• Publisher:

You (the publisher) need to develop a platform that is suitable for marketing a product, service or data which you plan to offer for sale as an affiliate marketer. One of the most challenging facets of this specialty is literally coming up with a platform with massive range.

• Merchant:

Once you’ve successfully put your publishing platform in place, no matter where the location is, the merchant needs to be chosen. The product, service or data which you’ll have to promote as an affiliate marketer will directly come from a particular merchant. You must choose a specific merchant with a relevant offer for your prospects.

• Network:

Every merchant worth choosing is usually part of a bigger network of firms that expand their products through an affiliate marketing site.

• Consumer:

Once you’ve succeeded in putting all things in place, you must continually create content pieces that are channeled towards the buyers and provide value.

Here are top 8 tips to succeed with affiliate marketing:

Tip 1 – Create Your Story and Be Transparent

Be translucent and develop a personal story. What are those things you went through? Ensure you impart your story so you can really span the psychological connection between those that do not have an idea of who you are. Why do they need to hear from you? What strategies do you want to teach them? What are your areas of failure and what did you learn from that along the way?

Make people think about you. You must ensure you get them psychologically invested in you prior to being able to sell items to them. You shouldn’t attempt to introduce products or services to them early, not until you’ve established a strong bond with them.

Step 2 – Set Up Your Varied Platform

The next step along the way is setting up a varied platform. Why varied? Anyway, you’ll realize with time that connecting with people everywhere other than your blog or website is the best way to set up a diversified platform. You can start an online forum, build a community, and create a Facebook group and all the great ways by which you can connect with people. People are your offices.

I’ve seen many affiliate marketers who focused solely on their single blogs, and that’s all. That’s the only way they build bonds with people, whereas, this isn’t sufficient. Whether you’re starting a forum of your own or not, you should consider joining other people’s forums and participate in discussions, help people solve their problems, and contribute your quotas.

Step 3 – Nurture and Grow Your Audience

Once you’ve succeeded in building a platform of your own, you should start to grow and nurture your ideal audience. Build bonds with and reach out to them on forums, social media platforms and everywhere they like to hang out.

Do not complicate reaching you for your audience. Make yourself reachable for them anytime. Build a strong rapport with your audience and create strong bonds with time. If you can make it to building this psychological connection with people, they’re going to follow you, believe in you, and more usual than not, purchase anything you introduce to them.

For instance, when a person leaves a comment on a post, you should endeavor to build thoughtful engagement with that particular individual. This ensures that the emotional gap is linked. Do the best of engagement wherever platform you find yourself. You don’t have to let this take the fun away from you; just try and respond or get back to them on time whenever they leave you comments. This could potentially ensure that you’rebuilding an ideal audience of people that will not hesitate to buy whatever offer you bring across anytime.  The better you engage, grow and nurture your specialized audience, the more they’re going to trust you and become buyers.

Step 4 – Search for A Relevant Company or Product

Once you’ve successfully come up with a live platform, go for the right products or services to promote. But don’t try doing that early in the business. Keep the psychological investments moving prior to attempting to promote. If you try promoting early, you’ll potentially risk losing a large audience of people. First, start by creating remarkable content and present lots of value prior to attempting to promote or sell anything to your audience.

Once you’re fully ready to get started promoting products, search for the appropriate product or company whose products are relevant to members of your target audience. You can possibly grow your blog to a $30000 monthly passive income stream just for growing and nurturing your audience as well as building emotional connections with them.

Step 5 – Observe Your List

If you’ve invested in building a mailing list, then you should leverage that opportunity to observe your subscribers. Always ask them, particularly, what they would like to read in your content. The information you’re going to get from your audience will most times surprise you and this will be a piece of valuable information that comes directly from your list.

In order to achieve this, you must set up a tripwire offer. Leverage email service providers such as MailChimpAweberInfusionSoft, or ConvertKit to run your observation, but make sure you give something of value in return. This could be anything such as downloadable eBooks, cheatsheet, and other free offers that they can only get upon subscribing to your list.

Step 6 – Search for Relevant Platforms

Experientially, most companies that offer items to affiliates to sell often leverage bigger affiliate networks such as Commission Junction (CJ), Clickbank, Impact Radius, and many others. Fiverr too runs an affiliate program. So, you can apply directly to them and start promoting their products or services.

Note that each of those affiliate networks requires you to submit an application prior to starting to promote their products or services. When you’re approved, you’ll then be given room to get connected to the affiliate platform you want to work with directly. Some might require a minimum traffic volume on a monthly basis while others may not. Whichever the case may be, you should build a rapport with your audience in order to establish a relationship which will lead to selling products or services.

Step 7 – Provide Massive Value

You have the opportunity to leverage a personal blog to offer value to members of your ideal audience. You can utilize your blog to achieve this. You can also utilize social media, video tutorials, content marketing, infographics and many more. But your overall funnel through which you’re going to offer value to your audience is your personal blog. So, if you don’t have a blog of your own, that’s a huge mistake on your part, anyway. Set up a blog and publish consistently while engaging your audience.

You won’t be working towards creating valuable content alone, but your focus will also center on building engagement with members of your audience. People must always check back and read your write-ups, build rapport and share it with their friends. This is how you’re going to know you have something worthwhile. And this is how you’re going to get noticed by Google and get ranked.

Step 8 – Promote Your Allocated Affiliate Links

In every affiliate network, you’re given an affiliate link as an affiliate and this is the machine through which you are going to bring those buyers around, get all sales tracked, and receive commissions.

Always check your affiliate stats to ensure those sales and traffic hits are entering your affiliate account in order to ascertain that you’ll get paid in due course. You can as well shorten your affiliate link so you can further ensure people don’t play games with you, registering without eventually using your affiliate link. Some of the best link shorteners include Google’s shortener, Bitly, TinyUrl, and others.

Thanks for reading my blog post.

I am Chris. I want to hear what you think. Please leave me your comment in the comment section below. I will reply to you as soon as I can. Please share.

Chris

Chris is an affiliate marketer based in Bolton, in the north west of England, United Kingdom.

30 thoughts on “Top 8 Tips to Succeed with Affiliate Marketing

  • 03/10/2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Thank you for these great tips on succeeding with affiliate marketing. It’s definitely important to have good training when you want to make money online. Wealthy Affiliate provides a training course and also helps you set up your website. So it’s a good combination package. 

    It’s important to stick with it in the long term. Most people don’t make money with affiliate marketing immediately unless they already have a high-traffic website or a lot of influence on social media. Most of us have to build that website and social media influence from the beginning. But eventually you hear the people making their first sale at some point and it builds from there. So, sticking with it is important. 

    I appreciate your other tips as well. Thanks for your expertise on the subject. Have a great day!

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    • 03/10/2019 at 9:52 pm
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      Hi C,
      Thanks for reading my post.
      I am glad you enjoyed it.

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  • 03/10/2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Another great post, Chris, thanks very much for this. You’ve crammed an awful lot of information and useful advice into this post but by breaking it down into eight top tips, it’s really easy to digest and put into practice. I’d not seen some of these points so clearly explained before so I shall be bookmarking this and referring back to it. Thanks again.

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    • 03/10/2019 at 9:52 pm
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      Hi,
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      I am glad you enjoyed it.

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  • 03/10/2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Very good and informative information you have provided about what it takes to succeed in affiliate marketing business. I have learned a lot and bookmarked this page for further reading. I’m very interested in succeed in the business and those tips will surely help me out a lot. Thanks for this. 

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    • 03/10/2019 at 9:53 pm
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      Hi,
      Thanks for reading my post.
      I am glad you enjoyed it.

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  • 03/10/2019 at 6:07 pm
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    I found the 8 Tips to Succeed with Affiliate Marketing very well presented and liable. The part of customer types is a smart one! Tha advice about affiliate marketing is legit and I benefit my self with your valuable knowledge. The site is well structured and focused on its main topic. Well done and thanks for the information!

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    • 03/10/2019 at 9:53 pm
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      Hi,
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  • 03/10/2019 at 6:07 pm
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    What a lovely article you have here, it’s really true that Affiliate marketing is one of the most lucrative online business today and it’s very productive in making you as much as you can earn. These tips are really good and will be very useful to newbies willing to join the Affiliate marketing business. I just want to add that choosing a good and sellable niche will be very helpful as it will determine the success of all other factors. Thanks for sharing this article, it’s very useful and its full of sensible contents. I’ll share it to some of my friends and I know they’ll like it.

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    • 03/10/2019 at 9:53 pm
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      Hi,
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      I am glad you enjoyed it.

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  • 03/10/2019 at 6:19 pm
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    I’m an Affiliate marketer and I know what it takes to make great waves in this business and the tips you’ve listed in this article are really effective and it’ll be of great help to those already in the business and most especially newbies willing to go into the Affiliate marketing business. Honest and we’ll coordinated content is very important. Thanks for sharing this educative and informative article, it’ll be very helpful.

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    • 03/10/2019 at 9:54 pm
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  • 15/10/2019 at 3:11 pm
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    being an affiliate marketer and making money from it after successfully winning sales are two different things entirely that must not be mixed up. wow! you have really enlightened me on the various tips that has opened our worldview on everything that has to do with affiliate marketing. getting to build and nurture after identifying the audience would help ensure that we can offer exactly what they need and resonate with them.

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    • 16/10/2019 at 1:39 pm
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      Hi Rodarrick,
      Thanks for reading my post.
      I am happy you enjoyed it.

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  • 15/10/2019 at 3:12 pm
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    Hello Chris, this are some very good tips that one can make use of to be successful as an affiliate marketer. I have to agree that if one is not transparent, then success is far away. I am not a very good story teller so I don’t know about that but it seema to be a type of spice to make my audience interested. I will give this your tips here’s try and see how well it will help my own business as well. Thank you and best regards!

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    • 16/10/2019 at 1:40 pm
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      Hi Henderson,
      Thanks for reading my post.
      I am happy you enjoyed it.

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  • 15/10/2019 at 3:15 pm
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    Hi! Affiliate marketing seems to be a very good model. It benefits everybody. Those that purchase get good, detailed reviews. Product owners focus on production and others take care of promotion. And affiliate marketers avoid handling directly with the products they promote.

    I really appreciate these tips. One of the most important ones, in my book, is providing value to our readers. It’s not just something we can overlook. Our audience will grow and our affiliate links will be clicked if we’re delivering value.

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    • 16/10/2019 at 1:40 pm
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      Hi Henry,
      Thanks for reading my post.
      I am happy you enjoyed it.

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  • 15/10/2019 at 3:15 pm
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    Great explanation of what affiliate marketing is. I like that you have mentioned positioning ourselves as super affiliates from the on-set. I am already working hard towards that and I hope to see the fruits soon. I can resonate with your first step very well. This was actually what made me sign up for an affiliate program in the first place. Hearing and understanding a person’s similar story gave me the confidence to try the business model.I have done some work on my website and I hope to diversify my audience with social media next. Thank you for these useful tips that will see any online business thrive. Great post!

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    • 16/10/2019 at 1:40 pm
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      Hi Carol,
      Thanks for reading my post.
      I am happy you enjoyed it.

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  • 15/10/2019 at 3:20 pm
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    I fell in love with Affiliate marketing right from the first time I came across an article about it, this is because I love marketing and selling stuffs. Considering the macro facet of marketing and customer mentality is a really important thing to do as you’ve also explained in this article, it will help you know your customer’s possible way of thinking and how to relate  with them. 

    I so much love the tips you gave, they are very practical and so applicable. I will just like to chip in that Audience relation is really important in Affiliate marketing as it will help build a kind of connection between you and them. Thanks

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    • 16/10/2019 at 1:41 pm
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      Hi Dreajay,
      Thanks for reading my post.
      I am happy you enjoyed it.

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  • 15/10/2019 at 3:23 pm
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    Hello Chris, thanks for giving these insight on how to be succeed as a affiliate marketer. We all look forward to making money form our various online business, but do not have some basic knowledge on how to go about it. As an affiliate marketer, I believe being legit is a first step and then having a good niche follows. Going by these tips you have given here, its a good means to achieving success in the business. If eventually I become an affiliate marketer, I’ll look back at this post to help me with success in it.

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    • 16/10/2019 at 1:41 pm
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      Hi Benson,
      Thanks for reading my post.
      I am happy you enjoyed it.

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  • 15/10/2019 at 3:29 pm
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    Hello Chris,

    I learned lot of new points about affiliate marketing through this article. I think building a physiological connection with our audience first is a best way to move forward. If we write about our experiences it will really help others to trust us. It was a great advice to be connected with our readers first before promoting the product. I always knew we have to connect with others through our content. But I never understood the importance of gaining their trust before promoting our products, until I read this article. So thank you very much for writing about these tips Chris. 🙂

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    • 16/10/2019 at 1:42 pm
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      Hi Anjali,
      Thanks for reading my post.
      I am happy you enjoyed it.

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  • 15/10/2019 at 3:31 pm
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    Good afternoon Chris,

    This is a very well laid-out post where you take your reader by the hand step by step. Even people who have no idea about Affiliate Marketing will understand it.

    I understand this is not a get rich quick system. It will need planning, dedication, and patience.

    When people visit your website it should be a pleasant and interesting experience so they will come back for more. I would say treat your visitors like new friends, make it personal.

    I learned quite a lot of new things, thank you for that.

    Regards, Taetske

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    • 16/10/2019 at 1:43 pm
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      Hi Taetske,
      Thanks for reading my post.
      I am happy you enjoyed it.

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  • 15/10/2019 at 4:01 pm
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    Thank you for this informative article, These tips are real great for a successful online venture. I would like to create a community around my website but I don’t actually know how to start.

    Do you have any detailed article about creating forums and social engagement.

    Thanks for this great piece of work.

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    • 16/10/2019 at 1:44 pm
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      Hi Mugalu,
      Thanks for reading my post.
      I am happy you enjoyed it.

      I have many articles on creating forums and engagements. Just browse my posts. Thanks.

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