Improving Your Affiliate Methods

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Ways to Increase Your Affiliate Commissions

Affiliate Marketing is a business model with huge opportunities.

In this post, you are going to see how to tap into that potential, so that you can start earning larger commissions while working less.

The term ‘passive income’ essentially refers to any revenue stream that doesn’t require your constant attention and care.

For example, if you were to sell a mobile app then you could theoretically release the app onto the app store and then let the sales role in.

You could then head off to retire to a tropical island and you would still be earning the same money. This is the dream for many internet marketers – to be able to earn cash while they sleep. Not only because… well that is obviously amazing… but also because it means the business model is highly scalable.

If you can release one hit app, you can release a hundred. You will not be working any extra, but your earnings will have gone up x100!

The problem with releasing an app though is that it requires skill, time, money and luck. The average man cannot simply decide that they are going to release a best-selling app.

That’s the bad news.

The good news though, is that there are other ways you can make passive income.

Some of these methods are incredibly simple and highly effective. And the best part of all is that anyone can use them.

Affiliate marketing is just such a method. I am here to tell you that it’s time you sat up and took notice of this option. Moreover, it’s time you started doing it right.

Affiliate marketing really is a system that anyone can use to start making passive money online.

It is foolproof and it requires no real technical skills?

The only reason that more people aren’t doing this is that they either don’t know about it, or they don’t really believe how powerful and effective it is.

Let’s put it simply: if you invest just a couple of hours each evening into affiliate marketing, then you can expect to eventually earn enough money that you can quit your day job.

The best parts?

You do not need to create a product yourself. (although that may come later).

You do not need to create your own marketing materials.

You are going to simply take an existing business model and duplicate it to start making money for yourself. It’s a copy-and-paste business plan.

See? Fool proof!

Okay, so not quite fool proof. In this post, you’re going to discover 5 ways that you can start getting more from your affiliate marketing.

Branch Out Using Different Products and Services

The first tip if you want to make the very most from your affiliate marketing activities, then one of the most important ways to do so is to branch out with different products.

That is to say that you should be selling more than just ebooks. Ebooks are the go-to option for many marketers, because they are likely to use platforms such as JVZoo and Clickbank. Ebooks of course have no overheads or delivery costs, and that also means that creators are able to offer much higher commission.

But while that all sounds good, selling ebooks also limits your market drastically. Why? Because a lot of people don’t buy ebooks.

Think about it: • does your gran buy ebooks? • How about your friend who doesn’t read? • How about any of your friends who aren’t into internet marketing and don’t read self-improvement?

This is why – despite what many blogs may lead you to believe – physical products are still by far the biggest sellers on the web. So, if you sell those – whether through Amazon, another affiliate program, or a direct deal with the manufacturer – you will be able to make significantly more sales, which means more money.

But what’s more, is that this will also allow you to offer some products that cost significantly more. For example, what if you were to sell a college MBA course? (Yep, there are programs that let you do this, and as you can imagine the profit is potentially gigantic).

Likewise, you could use something as simple as Amazon Associates Accounts in order to sell gaming laptops – these often cost $3,500 and more! Even 4% of that is still over $100.

Use the Right Tools

If you have countless different products and services to sell through your site, then you’ll find that it can become difficult tracking everything.

How do you find out what is earning you the most money?

How do you chase up the money you haven’t received?

How can you create links for each of those different products?

And the answer is to use a tool such as Trackanomics or Genius Link. These allow you to quickly find and add different affiliate accounts and then to generate links from those products.  What’s more, is that they’ll let you track the performance of each. Both these tools have Chrome plugins, meaning that you can simply navigate to a page where they sell what you’re looking for, and then click a button to automatically generate the necessary links.

The only catch is that Trackanomics costs $500 per month. Beginners might wish to stick with Genius Link then, but this does also give you a clue as to how much the really big brands are making from this process!

Use Top 10 Lists

Then you have tons of options for selling these products. You no longer need to market hard toward other internet entrepreneurs: now you can create top 10 lists with great SEO in order to bring in regular customers.

Let’s go back to those gaming laptops. Let’s say you want to create a list of expensive laptops that will bring new visitors to your site and result in conversions for you. What might someone search for when looking to buy those products?

Well, the top graphics card right now is the RTX 2080. That’s what many people will want if they’re looking to buy a top-end gaming laptop, It guarantees the product will be expensive.

If we quickly head over to a keyword research tool such as Zaaxy, then we can see that the best phrase for this is RTX 2080 laptops. That has a search volume of 6,600; and we can rest assured that most people searching this phrase will have the “intent” to buy from you! Add some bullets to your post along with your SEO, and your link might appear in the SERPs with a rich snippet – leading to much higher click through rates. Write a great article, and you’ll increase your conversions too!

Build a Passionate Audience

Using the above outlined strategy, it would be possible to sell lots of products from your site without needing to build any kind of regular audience.

That said, it is still highly recommended that you do take the time to build that audience.

When you take time to build an audience that trusts and likes you, that makes you a thought leader and an influencer. This makes the difference when it comes to your conversions.

When someone knows you and trusts what you have to say, that means they will have a reason to listen to your product recommendations.

They know that they like your style, and you’ve spent time developing a relationship. Not only that, but you’ll have spent time and effort targeting precisely the right people.

To get to this point, you need to focus on delivering consistently fantastic content in your niche, while also having a strong social presence.

Focus on relationships and communication – help your followers to feel like they know you.

When it comes to actually writing content, the goal should be to offer an original take on a subject, and to only write about a subject you’re passionate about.

This will be the difference between rehashing existent content (which might also be outdated or low quality), versus writing something new and interesting that no one has heard before. Put it this way: you can’t become a thought leader if you don’t understand the subject, and you’re just copying other people’s content!

Create a strong brand, know your target demographic, and don’t try to appeal to everyone. Do this, and you will grow rapidly and increase engaging several fold.

Use Pay Per Click

Now you have long-term readers buying from you, as well as first-time visitors that have found you on Google. By combining sales from these two sources, you can drastically increase your revenue.

But we’re going to go one step further by also throwing in PPC for good measure. PPC is of course Pay Per Click, which is a type of advertising offered by Google and Facebook.

What this allows you to do, is to pay for ads only if someone actually clicks them.

The reason this is important, is that it gives you a certain cost for each visitor to your site. If you know your conversion rate, and the amount of profit you make from those conversions, then you can work out a strategy that will guarantee you returns.

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18 thoughts on “Improving Your Affiliate Methods

  1. Hi Dave,

    You had me hooked as soon as you mentioned that there are other things besides e-books to sell with affiliate marketing.

    Don’t get me wrong, e-books have also been a great seller for affiliate marketers over the years, and possibly still are, but as you quite rightly point out there are so many other physical products (or even courses, etc.) that could do the same job.

    I love your idea about a Top 10 List, and I think this works especially well for physical products, you even mention gaming laptops in your article.

    If you can give your readers every single bit of information they will ever require in your Top 10 List. Provide them with so much quality content that your article alone is considered an authority in your given niche, so they never need read anything else, you’ll do very well.

    A thoroughly enjoyable read Dave, keep up the great work.

    1. Hi Partha. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. I agree, ebooks have in the past been great for affiliates, and oddly enough, I am sent ebooks on a regular basis when new affiliates are trying to give you something of value. Remember value is what we try to give customers in order for them to like and trust you, so they still have their uses. Anyway, I will let you know when my next post is published.

      1. Hi Dave ,
        I’ve been dabbling in affiliate marketing over the past couple years, it really is a great way to work toward passive income.
        I haven’t really thought much about Paid Per Click. Would you recommend only using this method once you’ve become an authority within your niche?

        Great article, very informative



        1. Hi Tracy. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. I have been away so I apologise for the delay. There are so many people in AM that its easy to forget how difficult and varied the competition is. PPC is a way of earning small amounts where you act as a go between for bigger companies or individuals to make sales. I have never done PPC but you can be very successful if you can scale up. Read up on PPC if you have time. Stay safe. Dave

  2. Great article with very useful information. You mentioned important parts of affiliate marketing such as building up an audience first and this in turn will build up trust. These two are the most important. I appreciate the points you gave.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi John. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. Apologies for my tardiness but I have been away for a while. I think that persuasion is a major part of affiliate marketing and if you cannot persuade a stranger to buy from you over time, then maybe the way you are doing it could be improved. Stay safe. Dave

  3. This is a good post David, thanks for sharing. I like your distinction between services (soft products) and physical products. As an affiliate marketer myself, chasing the larger dollar items can be attractive but I too see the benefits in tried and tested repetitive physical products within my niche where I’m comfortable. I wasn’t however aware of the likes of Trackanomics or Genius Link so an item for the to do list for me – a nice tip.

    All the best – Jason.

    1. Hi Jason. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. I think that paddle boards are great and an obvious physical product, backed up by soft products like free or paid training if you offer it, which can be a great way of earning an income. Stay safe and good luck. Dave

  4. Hello – this was a very well written article on Affiliate Marketing. I especially liked your example of inventing an app to sell and become rich and retiring scenario. There are some really good points, Build a Passionate Audience, Keyword Rich Content, and using Pay Per Click. This is great for someone looking into affiliate marketing as their next online business.

    1. Hi Nancy. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. There are many schemes out there which are set to make you believe that money will just come flowing into your account by buying this and pressing that. And there is no such thing. Making money online takes time and effort, and the wait is part of the game. Adding post by post, giving value, enabling trust, persuasion, striking a note, and a softly softly approach will bring rewards. Stay safe.

  5. Hi Dave ,thank you for these helpful tips .I am going to add these on my website ,it looks like it is what i am missing .Thank you for detailing everything Dave .I am going to share this with my friend i am sure he is also going to find this very helpful .Nice article !

    1. Hi Jim. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. Thank you, I am happy to have added something to your day, and I hope you will find it helpful going forward. Stay safe.

  6. I like the idea of promoting high ticket items in Amazon, but of course it depends on your niche. Despite the cut in commission rates they are still one of the easiest ways to get started with affiliate marketing. Scaled up, even low cost products can amount to a decent monthly commission, especially when combined with other related affiliate programs in your niche. I’ve not tried PPC yet, but plan on using Google and Bing ads soon:) Thanks for sharing:)

    1. Hi Kathy. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. I agree that Amazon is a great place to start internet marketing, and by scaling up you can have a very descent income, and using Amazon’s FBA system is a great addition too. PPC is a low payment system and is also good for IM. Google and in particular Bing are very much the way to advertise. Stay safe.

  7. Nice article with a lot of useful information. I haven’t tried Trackanomics or Genius Link yet. I’ll probably give Genius Link a try since it sounds useful and costs only 5 dollars per month.

  8. Hi Dave, thanks for the useful tips. I’ll certainly look into Trackanomics and Genius Link, although I suppose they only come in handy once you start earning more with affiliate marketing. I haven’t looked into PPC either, so that’s jotted on my list as well now 🙂
    All in all I love affiliate marketing. I consider it sales without being too salesy (not sure if that’s an English word, but I guess you know what I mean). As I really like to help people and to write, it’s a great way to combine those with earning a bit of money as well.

    1. Hi Hannie. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. I really like IM but have yet to make any profit. I think that GeniousLink is for those who want to track their links and rely on data as a real source of where best to concentrate their efforts. I wouldn’t use PPC as it does take time to set up and companies are getting very picky on who they allow to be an affiliate. Salesy is a good word and if it’s not in the dictionary you can request that it is added. Stay safe and good luck.

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