To succeed in affiliate marketing, you need your message to be seen by the people most likely to act.
Affiliate programs aren't really about advertising; they're about promotion.
Promoting isn't advertising
(at least, not in the traditional sense).
It's about generating interest, demonstrating value, and forging a connection that wouldn't have existed without you.
Websites and strategic marketing
are two of the best ways to make it happen!
How to succeed in affiliate marketing programs.
Affiliate marketing is quite different from traditional forms of advertising. It only makes sense that the platform from which you connect with people is also less than traditional. You need a website.
It doesn't have to be fancy. It doesn't need to cost thousands of dollars. It just has to work.
Affiliate marketing programs are about presenting a company, business, product, service, organization, or idea to as many people as possible. You should cast a wide net, but not too wide.
Some people simply have no need of a particular item or service. They will never convert into a sale, and it does neither of you any good to waste each other's time.
That's why you want to target those already looking for the goods or services you have to offer. You can't always be that lucky, but even if they visit a page on your site simply out of curiosity, you are planting a seed; a seed that might grow into a new prospect, a warm lead, or even a sale.
What can I do to make more money with affiliate marketing?
There's an old expression that "it takes money to make money". It really bothers me that this statement is unavoidably true. As much as I dislike it, it's really just stating a cold, hard fact.
Everyone wants something for nothing, but how often does that put food in your belly or warm clothes on your back? If you want to make money with affiliate marketing, you're going to have to put in the work.
The problem with affiliate programs is they can breed a certain kind of "get rich quick" mindset. You'll have to overcome this if you want to succeed. The truth is, there are things that work. These things aren't necessarily easy, but they're a lot easier than doing that's that do not work. Things that waste resources like running your gas out, attending an endless stream of networking events, and trying to convert each and every customer one on one. That's exhausting, and will limit your earning potential.
The goal of these referral programs is to provide information and form intrigue to the people that are (ideally) already considering making a purchase. If they are in the market for something already, that makes it several times easier to make the conversion. That doesn't mean you shouldn't try to sell to people with no current interest - but it's definitely a smarter tactic to use forms of promotion that find their way directly to the consumer you'd like to connect with most.
I am a Website Designer / Software Developer in Knoxville, Tennessee.
I have experience with affiliate marketing/referral programs both
personally and professionally.
I made quite a bit from Commission Junction (CJ) back when I first started
with content/digital marketing and web design/development. I also have a mother that has been succeeding with multi-level marketing (MLMs)
and other various "out of the box" network marketing positions
for almost a decade.