Mastering Affiliate Marketing: Top 10 Insider Tips for Beginners
Hey everyone, welcome back to another post. In today’s post, I’m going to be sharing my top 10 pieces of advice for affiliate marketing beginners. Now, what should make this post extremely helpful is that these 10 pieces of advice are going to be things that I learned over the years of doing affiliate marketing. They are personal things that I would very much recommend you do, things that I’ve found out that have worked extremely well. These are not going to be the things that you find on the common lists online of generic best practices for affiliate marketing.
So this post should really turn into one of those posts that you just read one time through. It takes you a few minutes, and then it gets your entire affiliate marketing business off to a very good start. So with that being said, let’s get into the first piece of advice for affiliate marketing beginners. Now, what this is, is to never promote products that you don’t believe in.
1. The Golden Rule: Never Promote Products You Don’t Believe In
This should be treated as the golden rule for affiliate marketing.
So many new affiliate marketers come in and they just pick out the niche that they want to go into and look for what companies have affiliate programs that are offering the highest commissions? Well, I can tell you from experience, most of the times those products are fly-by-night companies that have very low quality products, and they’re just trying to make money by luring in affiliates like the beginners that are starting out.
Although you can make money doing that because you’re going to make high commissions, no one is ever gonna come back to your content, you’re never going to build an audience because when all of those people purchase those products and they receive it and they actually use it, they’re going to find out that that product is very low quality and therefore it ruins your reputation as an affiliate marketer. I can tell you from so much experience that when you find those best quality products, a lot of the times they have very good commissions as well. So you can make just as much money by promoting a product that’s actually good.
That brings us into the second piece of advice that I would give you and that is to find good commission products.
2. Unveiling the Secret: Seek Out Good Commission Products
Now, I’m not saying high commission products, I’m saying good commission products.
Now, allow me to explain this. So when you are getting started out in affiliate marketing, you can join all different kinds of affiliate programs for all different kinds of products. The first one that I would recommend almost everyone join is Amazon’s affiliate program.
The reason for this is although they offer a low commission rate, they allow you to be an affiliate for every product that’s on Amazon, and Amazon is a very trusted company. Now, with that being said, I would not consider Amazon a good commission product. They’re going to give you a couple percent, but that’s about it. So as you keep moving along in affiliate marketing and you get a little bit more advanced, then I would seek out individual companies that offer the best quality product in the niche and they have really good commission rates.
Doing this one thing of seeking out those individual companies and joining those affiliate programs is going to make you a lot more money in affiliate marketing compared to joining something like Amazon.
All right, the third piece of advice for beginners in affiliate marketing is something that not many people know that you can do, and that is to ask for discount codes.
3. Negotiating the Best: Request Discount Codes from Affiliate Managers
When you partner with individual companies like we were just talking about, you can actually email them and talk to your affiliate manager and ask them for a discount code that you can offer the people that are reading or watching your affiliate content. A lot of the times they’re willing to create a custom discount code just for you, and then that’s something that you can offer to people that are reading or watching your content. Now, sometimes it’s just a straight discount code that they just give you totally for free.
Other times, they will give you the option to take a percentage out of your own commission to create that discount code so that it’s not costing the company anything extra, but then you as an affiliate can offer something special to the people that are reading or viewing your content.
So keep that in mind. It just makes your affiliate content way more valuable for people to read or watch, and gives people more of an incentive to use your affiliate link. All right, the fourth piece of advice I would give you is to make sure that your content is fluff-free.
4. Trim the Fat: Keep Your Content Fluff-Free
When you are creating your blog articles or your videos for affiliate marketing, take out all of the BS, take out all of the things that people really don’t need, all of the filler information, and think about if you were someone who was reading or viewing that content, what would you want to know? Whatever those specific things are that you would want to know, that’s what you want to put into your content.
By keeping it lean like this, you’re just continuing to deliver value all the way through your content. People will really appreciate that. Moving on to the fifth piece of advice, that is to review products in your niche. If you were looking for the easiest type of content to create to get affiliate commissions, that would be by doing product reviews.
5. Content is King: Embrace Product Reviews in Your Niche
There is so much more that I could say about this one but I want to keep this post going along.Just know that that is a type of content that works extremely well for affiliate marketing.
The sixth piece of advice if you’re just starting out in affiliate marketing is to remember to have a CTA.
6. Don’t Forget the CTA: Every Content Needs a Call to Action
CTA stands for call to action. For every piece of affiliate content that you make, you wanna make sure that you’re not forgetting to put in, what is the next step for that reader or viewer, whether that’s a link to that product with your affiliate link, or the next piece of content that they should read or watch that’s going to help them even more. Just make sure that you are laying out for them, where’s the next place that they should go.
My seventh piece of advice, and what that is is that over the years I’ve learned that the best affiliate programs are not on the affiliate networks.
7. Hidden Gems: Individual Websites Trump Affiliate Networks
What has become such a true statement over the years is that the best affiliate programs, the best quality products, and the best commission rates are on individual websites.
They’re basically the individual companies affiliate program, and they’re not listed on the big network lists. So once you’ve decided on your niche for affiliate marketing and you’re getting ready to pick your affiliate programs that you want to join, make sure that you go to individual websites and look up their programs.
Don’t limit yourself to just the marketplace lists. All right, and the eighth piece of advice is something that I don’t think many new affiliate marketers know, and that is that you can negotiate your commission rate.
8. The Art of Negotiation: Increase Your Commission Rate
This is particularly true when you partner with individual companies and essentially as a rule of thumb, generally speaking, the more sales that you get for that company, the higher your commission rate should be.
This is something that a lot of companies don’t really want to advertise because they’d rather pay you just the base commission no matter how many sales you bring them.
However, as you start to generate more sales for an individual company, don’t be afraid to email your affiliate manager and just ask if there’s room to increase your affiliate commission. Now, I’m not talking about a ton of money here, but it’s more of just an incentive to keep you creating content about that company. And just like that, we’re onto the ninth piece of advice, and what that is, is to think like your audience.
9. Empathy Sells: Think Like Your Audience
When you are thinking about what kind of content to make for your affiliate marketing business, think about if you were someone on the other side of this, what kind of content would you want to be seeing before you make your purchase?
By thinking like this, you’re going to come up with so many better ideas for creating content for affiliate marketing that you’re not going to find on any tools that say, here’s what to make.
And the last piece of advice, something that is extremely important, is when you’re getting started in affiliate marketing, pick the right content platform.
10. Platform Prowess: Choose the Right Content Platform
You can do affiliate marketing a number of different ways. There’s all different platforms that you can post your content on. The two main ways would be creating blog articles and posting them on your own website, or creating affiliate marketing videos and posting them on YouTube. You can learn more by watching my 100k alliance review.
You can make money with both of these ways or all of the different ways of doing affiliate marketing, but I personally think right now you will make the most money with video. I’ve done multiple different ways of doing affiliate marketing, and just in the last couple of years I’ve made an absolute killing just from the videos. In the last couple of years I’ve started three different niche affiliate marketing YouTube channels, and they’ve now made over a million dollars in profit in just the last three years.
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So guys, that’s it for this post, I hope you enjoyed it. As always if you have any questions at all, just let me know down in the comments. I’d really like to help you guys out. Otherwise, I’ll see you all in the next post..