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45 Tips to Make MORE Money with Affiliate Marketing

by Steve Scott | Join Him On Facebook

Make Money with Affiliate MarketingI’m often asked the question: “How do I make more money with affiliate marketing?”

This is hard one to answer.  That’s because there are a number of ways to increase affiliate income.

Some you can do in a few minutes.  Others require an extra level of time and dedication.

Today we’ll cover forty-five of these ideas…

Blogging to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

#1 – Write a review for the marquee products you promote.  Target the keyword: {Product Name} + review in your content.  Get backlinks to this article and increase its search engine ranking.  This is a great way to target people who are in a buying mindset.

#2 – Enhance the review (see #1) by including examples, screenshots, videos and anything that demonstrates proof of what the product claims.  It’s important to be specific.  People want to know how it’s helped YOU.

#3 – Record an audio (or video) Skype interview with the owner an affiliate product.  Include 90% quality content with a light pitch at the end.  Do this for everything you promote.  Then offer these interviews as exclusive content to blog readers.

#4 – Target a massive problem/question in your niche.  Create a webinar presentation that mostly solves this problem.  Weave a subtle recommendation of a quality product within the content.  Promote this piece of content to all current and future readers.

#5 – Create a resource page for blog readers.  Think of this as a “101 class” where you include links to content covering a specific topic.  Put it in a logical order.  Then link to any product that’s relevant to these articles.

#6 – Create a tools page.  These are the things you use on regular basis.  Most will be links to free resources.  But also include affiliate recommendations to products that help readers.

#7 – Record a video presentation where you demonstrate a product.  (This works great for membership sites and software.)  Show all the benefits and provide a behind-the-scenes look at what’s available to customers.  Post on your blog and YouTube.  Use a site like Tube Mogul to distribute this content to additional video sharing sites.

Content Marketing Ideas#8 – Thinkcontent marketing.”  People don’t buy blindly through affiliate links.  Buy they will if you’ve built authority and regularly provide excellent advice.  So focus on sending people to content where you subtly talk about a product.

#9 – Use a tool like Rank Tracker to identify blog posts that generate web traffic from niche-specific keywords.  Edit these articles; recommending a related affiliate product.  Increase their search engine rankings to get more traffic and make more money.  (A big thanks to Alex for this idea!)

In addition, you can use one of the popular SEO Services to increase the rankings of your existing web pages.

#10 – Rotate the advertisements on your blog with the Ad Rotator plugin.  Most affiliate products have internal tracking that measures both earnings and clicks.  Eliminate any ad that’s not making money.  This will free up space to display ads that are profitable.

#11 – Streamline the key areas of your blog.  Your focus is to increase the amount of content people read and make money.  Remove the things that don’t add to this end result.  Ie: Do you really need a clock or a calendar widget?

#12 – Design a ‘ninja advertisement.’  This is a text-based image that matches the same font as your blog. (See the bottom of this post for an example.) Automatically post this at the end of each article using the DD Add Sig plugin.

Obviously… you should test this in comparison to traditional types of advertising.

#13 – Set goals in the Google Analytics program.  Focus on increasing clicks to affiliate products.  Regularly run a test on your blog and see if it produces more clicks.

Promotional Ideas to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

#14 – Track every affiliate click down to the exact traffic source.  This identifies the specific actions that produce income.  This information is a great way to do an 80/20 analysis of your affiliate business.  Simply do more of what’s working and less of what’s not.

#15 – Register a URL forwarding address for your top affiliate programs.  Make it easy for people to remember.  Example:  I use http://www.GetMarketMe.com for my promos of the Market Me Suite program.   This is a great idea if you create a lot of audio and video content.

#16 – Create a bonus that complements an affiliate product.  Only offer to people who buy through your link.  Even better…Point out a product defect and then position your bonus as a solution.

#17 – Create a product that sells for under $10.  Write a killer autoresponder sequence that promotes a variety of affiliate offers.  Simply put, customers are 10x more likely to buy an affiliate recommendation than your standard email subscriber.

#18 – Record a Podcast series in your niche.  Provide amazing content that builds a loyal audience.  Only then should you recommend an affiliate marketing offer.  (Check out Podcast Answer Man for more on this.)

#19 – Record a video series in your niche.  This is similar to tip #18 where you create excellent content before giving an affiliate recommendation.  (Check out this free PDF on how to dominate video marketing.)

#20 – Tighten your paid advertising.  Adwords, Facebook Ads, and Yahoo are great places to find targeted traffic.  The important thing is to identify the keywords/demographics that generate income.  Focus on those and ditch the stuff that’s not making money.  (This might seem obvious.  But many marketers let their unprofitable campaigns go unchecked.)    

#21 – Presell the affiliate offer.  It doesn’t matter what medium you use.  Telling people why you like a product is a great way to increase interest in it.  Folks should come to a sales page – Wallet in hand and ready to buy.

#22 – Link to a product’s presell content.  Nowadays most affiliate programs offer tools that presell their product.  (Like free PDFs, webinars, infographics, and audios.)  Instead of directly linking to an offer; you can send traffic to one of these presell items.  This is a great way to bridge your presell content with a sales page.

#23 – Use scarcity effectively.  Many product owners love to use scarcity in their marketing.  This could be a limited availability or a sale for a few days.  Find when a program is using scarcity and make a strong push to your audience.

#24 – Use content sites like EzineArticles.com and Squidoo to promote an affiliate link.  Yes, this trick still works.  The important thing is to create quality content that makes people take click your links.  Also, be sure to use a forwarding URL (see #15.)

#25 – Tweet about an affiliate offer.  I do think people send too many self-serving Tweets.  However the occasional affiliate link works when you’re always giving great content.  Just make sure to build trust and only link to something that’s useful to followers.

#26 – Bypass the opt-in page of product owners.  Sometimes you don’t want to send traffic to a squeeze page.  This is especially true when it gets a low opt-in rate.  This free tool helps you bypass this page and send folks directly to the sales letter.

Diversify Affilite Marketing Income#27 – Diversify your affiliate income.  I’m a firm believer of focusing on a single niche.  On the other hand, it’s important to create multiple streams of revenue.  One thing you can do is set up a web of Amazon niche sites.

#28 – Write a Viral eBook.  Write a free report (or manifesto) that’s full of helpful information.  The primary objective is offer value to the reader.  But include an affiliate link to any product you think helps people.

I did this for my report THE Affiliate Research Formula last month.

Almost as an afterthought I included an affiliate link to the Market Samurai program.  The result?  I generated more sales in last 30 days than I had in all the months before.

Email Marketing to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

#29 – Offer a lead magnet and build an email list.  This is what all successful Internet entrepreneurs do to generate a full-time income.  Done correctly, you can generate cash-on-demand every time you send an email message.

#30 – Include an affiliate advertisement on your thank you page.  (Or test an existing offer with a new product.)

#31 – Include affiliate links in your lead magnet.  This is similar to idea #28.  The only difference is to make a strong recommendation of a single product.  That way, you’re giving great content without overwhelming a new reader.

#32 – Split test your lead magnet offer.  Put simply: More subscribers = More money.   Use a site like Google Optimizer to increase your opt-in percentage.  (Also check out my ab split test post that lists 23 ways to increase your subscriber numbers.)

#33 – Build an autoresponder sequence that rocks!   Write a series of emails that educate while promoting top affiliate products.  The key here is to create valuable email content that complements your online brand.

#34 – Send a broadcast message.  Don’t let old subscribers stagnate.  You can maintain their interest by sending regular content…with the occasional affiliate offer.

#35 – Maintain a publishing schedule of your emails.  Do this for both your autoresponders and broadcast messages.  Include metrics like:

  • Open rates
  • Clicks on affiliate links
  • Earnings per email

This information is important because it shows what produces income.  Use it to front load your sequence with the most profitable emails.  Ultimately this is a great way to increase profits with the same number of subscribers.

Aweber Not Opened Email Setting#36 – Resend a message to your “un-opens.”  With tracking you’ll know what broadcast messages make money.  With Aweber you can deliver the same message to anyone who didn’t open the original email.

#37 – Continue to send profitable emails.  This technique works great with broadcast messages.

The harsh reality of email marketing is many people will unsubscribe after a few months.  Or they’ll lose interest.  The good news is you can send proven emails to new subscribers.  Usually I like to recycle my best content every 6 to 8 months.

Product Research (and Selection) to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

#38 – Examine the payout of your existing affiliate product selection.  It’s okay to promote stuff that generates a single commission.  But it’s even better to market offers with recurring revenue and quality upsell offers.

#39 – Find new products to promote.  New products hit the market all the time.  It’s up to YOU to try them and tell subscribers about the best ones.  (Personally, I like to send at least one email each month about a new product.)

#40 – Use a site like CB Engine to track new Clickbank products.  There are a lot of hidden goldmines in Clickbank.  Be one of the first to promote them and you’ll make more money as an affiliate marketer.

#41 – Locate and understand common problems in your market.  (Use a site like Big Boards to do this.)  Identify the questions and obstacles that plague most people.  Take these ideas and create content around them.  Be sure to recommend an affiliate product that provides a solution.

#42 – Study other marketers in your niche.  Join their email lists and subscribe to their blogs.  See how they structure an affiliate recommendation.  Borrow the ideas that currently work for them.  (Just don’t plagiarize their content.)

#43 – Ask for more money.  This works great for offers with a self-hosted affiliate program – Especially if you’re generating a lot of sales.  Most product owners are willing to increase affiliate commissions if you ask.  The trick is to be someone who produces a reliable level of income.

2 “Can’t Miss” Ways to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

#44 – No matter what…always experiment.   The Internet is constantly evolving.  So it’s important to test different things.  Sure, some things will result in failure.  The good news is you’ll also develop a few techniques that will raise your affiliate income.

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In this post I’ve listed a number of tips and shortcuts.  But they won’t work unless you have a plan.  With my product you’ll get that roadmap that guides you through the challenging process of building a long-term business.

YOUR Ideas on Making Money with Affiliate Marketing?

Okay, I just listed 45 tips to make more money with affiliate marketing.

Now it’s up to you!

Did I miss an idea?  What tricks do you use with affiliate marketing?  Have you successfully (or unsuccessfully) used any tip I just listed?

Please discuss below…

Take Action. Get Results.



{ 35 comments }

Bryce Christiansen

Great tips. The interview with the affiliate product’s owner is genius. I like video demonstrations as well. Having video in your review will also help your page come up higher in searches.

Thanks for sharing these.

Steve Scott

Thanks Byrce,

Not only can links from videos come up higher, they can hit on separate searches and different types of people. Personally I like to read or listen to the info on podcasts (when I work out). But different people like to get info in different formats.

The more formats you give you information in …the better chance it has to be found.

Thomas

Video is great. We got into video as a way of promoting Fiverr gigs, and the value of having videos up on multiple sites, especially YouTube, with everything linked together and directing to either a Fiverr gig, fan page, or website, has been invaluable.

Jens P. Berget

Hi Steve,

This is an awesome list. I have recently bought ScreenFlow and will start creating videos and tutorials about how to use the products I am currently using. I see that this is on your list, and hopefully this will be helpful when it comes to increasing the money I’m earning online.

Jens

Steve Scott

Jens,

Products to help you create easier/better videos are great. I am sure there are a ton of decent ones out there, the important thing is that you actually use them. They are definitely worth it if you put in the effort to both use them and ultimately to rank and get the vids found.

Peggy Baron

Wow, Steve, that was thorough! And that’s why people should listen to you – you know what you’re talking about with affiliate marketing.

My favorites are #16 and #28.

#16 – There are always weaknesses or problems with a product(s) that you can create a product or bonus around. Just listen to the feedback people are giving. What are they having trouble with re: that product? You can create something for before they can use the main product, something that will help them do it faster, or help them afterwards.

#28 – I just wrote a guide to help those who were thinking about using a certain affiliate software. People who are on the fence about buying this software might like knowing there’s an guide to help them easily implement it.

Kudos for sticking in your Market Samurai link! :)

Thanks, Steve.
Peggy

Steve Scott

Thanks Peggy, glad you liked it. I put a lot of effort into this one. (I am finally starting to get caught up after my long break)

These really are great ones Peggy! Both of these really boil down to one thing: trying to give the consumer more. I am a firm believer that delivering more and better information is really the only way to achieve any sort of seperation.

Mark @ Free Wordpress SEO Course

You know, I remember someone mentioning CBENGINE long ago and I briefly looked at it, but failed to check back.

Thanks for reminding me about that Steve.

Just curious. Do you use it much???

Mark

Steve Scott

Mark,

Frankly not as much as I should. But it is something that should be a part of everyone’s market research I think!

It is one of those things I have to remind MYSLEF of every so often.

Randy Brickhouse Sr.

Hi Scott,

Thanks for the tips. I ‘ve read about how great video marketing was…I see more videos all the time. I see where many marketers are putting out ebooks as well. I have to implement these techniques, and get caught up with the times.

God bless

Steve Scott

Thanks for the comment Randy.

One thing to remember is that different people like different things. When you take your best material and make it into Videos, podcasts and/or enlarge it into ebooks all you do is multiply your potential market because it will likely find a different group of people.

Timo Kiander

Steve,

Great list of tips!

Did you mention case studies? You buy a product, implement the lessons and the do a case study how you succeeded (before/after)?

Timo

Steve Scott

Timo,

Great addition!

People love case studies and not only do you get the lesson it teaches YOU about running the product but they are a great way to boost your readership and keep people interested.

Awesome addition! Thanks

Kyle @ The Penny Hoarder

That’s a great list Steve.
#8 has worked the best for me. I try to keep an 80/20 split on content. Meaning 80% of my content is free/valuable so when I suggest an affiliate link in the other 20% of my articles, my readers are more apt to click it.

Andrew Walker

Interesting! Thanks a lot for sharing this nice list, Steve! It’s very nice and detailed!

Steve Scott

Thanks Andrew, Glad you liked it!

Alex@where's my bloody comment?

Booo! I’m on iPhone ATM so can’t be arsed typing heaps but I wrote the most epic comment yesterday… And your blog ate it!?! Boooo

Steve Scott

Damn! It is like a game of Hungry Hungry Blog

-Do they have the Hungry Hungry Hippos game in Aus? perhaps Hungry Hungry Crocs or Hungry Hungry Koala’s?-

I check thru Spam all the time, but I must have missed yours :(

I will now imagine the most insanely awesome, intuitive, funny and deep comment imaginable!

Thanks dude! I am actually speechless. Your comment really says it all. What more could I say than…you rock, bro!

Alex

Lmao!! Cheers mate, I thought you’d appreciate the thought I put into that comment :)

I touched on a few things but my main value add was in relation to your $10 product. Release it as a WSO, this not only puts your product in front of hundreds of established marketers it also gives your product that exclusivity and ‘buy now or else’ edge that only a WSO can offer. Even better – offer 100% commission and ignore the profits but watch your list grow exponentially (and make more profits in the long run)

There was other stuff too but again I’m on my iPhone and quite surprised I got this far ;)

Alex

Oh and I’m the king of hungry hungry hippo! (in my family at least) :)

Steve Scott

Crazy flipper fingers like the Pinball Wizard?

(OK, the who just came up on my itunes)

rodel

well i haven’t really tried any from your list but i think i did something like backlinking to promote my site.. i guess it was quite effective in increasing the pr of my site..

Steve Scott

Rodel,

For sure…backlinking is like a overall strategy. Getting your article found more easily in search results is sort of an overarching drive and will have positive results on many of these -sub- results

Thanks for the comment!

Ralph@Retirement Lifestyle

Steve,
There you go again providing incredible value. What am I thinking when I get too busy digging a hole to take the time to read what smart people are recommending. This will take me a week to digest.

Steve Scott

Ralph! Long time no see! How have you been?

Thanks for the great positive comments! I appreciate it! :)

Thomas

Thanks, this is a real goldmine of information here.

#41. Identifying problems in your market. That’s great advice as some of the biggest companies have grown out’ve that simple point – locate a problem and fix it, and reap the reward.

#28. Create a viral ebook. Absolutely. Writing up a group of facts on a subject matter you know and creating an attractive ebook cover is simple as can be and can pay dividends. The world is full of information junkies and YOU have something in your head that you can sell if it’s properly promoted.

Great post, bookmarked!

Steve Scott

Thanks Thomas, glad you liked it and thanks for dropping by!

-steve

Adrienne

What a detailed list Steve, I’m very impressed. But then again, you definitely should know all the ways others can up their game when promoting affiliate products. I have several friends just now venturing into this arena so I’m going to suggest they visit your blog on a regular basis. I know they will definitely be able to learn a thing or two from you.

Appreciate you taking the time putting this huge list together. I might even find myself reverting back to it from time to time. Yep, I definitely can see that happening.

Melodieann Whiteley

Great ideas. I have used a couple of them myself and they worked splendidly! Must admit though I never thought about resending unopened email. Will have to give this a try. Thanks for the idea!

Satrap

Great list Steve. I love #6. Its a great idea and one that I have seen it so many times.
You can also use this method for lots “list” posts. For example, I have a list of paid survey sites and in there I added a few legit ones that I am an affiliate of. It works great.

Jack

Thanks, many helpful tips here. As far as # 25, “Tweet about an affiliate offer”, up to close to 300 tweets, not one sale of an affiliate product that could be directly traced to a tweet. No offense, maybe my tweets weren’t good and yours were.

Thomas

I’ve had mixed luck with Twitter as well. So many variables in that equation. How you got your followers, the frequency of your tweets, the ‘type’ of tweet, etc and etc.

Stick to what works for ya, and maybe look around at a couple big affiliate marketers and their Twitter page and see what they are doing that might be working better. If anything!

Steve Scott

Here is the deal with tweets. I kind of hinted at it here, but not in depth. The more self serving you are on twitter the more you get ignored. I have actually done very few links directly to affiliate offers and had a couple of sales (nothing crazy)

Twitter is all about connecting. Something (to be honest) I am still in the process of improving. IN my mind you need both numbers AND a connection with a core group. You can only get that connection by spending a little time really connecting with those few people daily.

THEN when you do tweet that affiliate offer or link to your article (where you may have an offer) they will check it out, and may retweet to their list expanding the reach.

It has to start with some personal connection, though, and sending just a series of affiliate links does nothing but get people to tune you out. (of course with enough people you can still get lucky…but with the lower effort it becomes less likely)

In other words: you get what you put into it.

Hope that helps a little

eUKhost

Thanks for this great list of affiliate marketing tips. Its very easy to generate revenue through affiliate marketing. The only thing it requires is the place where you can find out potential customers. You don’t need to have a website or blog to promote your affiliate link. All you need is having good communication skills and convincing power you can convert any visitor into a customer and earn money online through affiliate marketing. Bookmarked and shared with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Mohammad Reaz

This is really awesome post about making more money from affiliate marketing. I was wondering to start affiliate marketing. After reading this post, i think I can start now. Thanks a lot.

Regards,
Reaz

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