Affiliate marketing is a great industry to be participating in if you own a website or blog…and who doesn’t these days! Why wouldn’t you want to earn commissions for referring customers from your website to an online retailer? Most people don’t realize, as they surf around the Internet, that they are triggering “cookies” and other forms of electronic tracking by visiting their favorite websites, but that’s exactly whats going on behind those click-throughs. Electronic affiliate tracking is how you are able to get compensated for referring business from your site to another. Every day, more and more people are becoming Affiliate Marketers and tapping into the Internet to generate extra income and even do really well financially with it. But how to maximize your time and efforts to be the most productive affiliate marketer you can be to make that money? Here are some quick tips to help maximize your productivity with your affiliate marketing:
1. Post is Multiple Venues – Most people surf around the Internet or on Facebook and just go about it in a fun loving way. Then there are people that spend their time online in more frenetic, productive way. Since 80% (give or take not including FB and Youtube) of Internet traffic still comes from search engines like Google, it’s imperative to leverage the search results as much as possible to get the traffic. This can be accomplished by posting content in a multitude of places about a particular subject or topic. There are many websites that will allow you to create a profile, like online forums, and some have blogs you can post content to. Other sites like Buzzle and EzineArticles are well-ranking article posting sites you can join as an author and link to your site from your articles. This can be very powerful because if you can post an original write-up on a bunch of 3rd party websites that rank well-to-decently in Google, you can achieve multiple search rankings for the same keyword phrase. I’m not advocating search engine spam, but leveraging unique content into multiple venues to gain more possible free search rankings. This isn’t a new concept, but one that has to be done with a lot of effort and strategy if you want it to pay off in traffic.
2. Become Prolific – Another key concept is becoming a prolific writer. The faster you write the more content you can produce and therefore the more pages you can create on your sites and other 3rd party sites. Over time, you can build up hundreds if not thousands of pages of content that will be picked up by the search engines and ranked somewhere in their search results. By keeping up a concerted effort with posting your content on your own sites, as well as 3rd party article directories and blogs, you can build out your own real estate on the Internet that never goes away. A key factor here is to post somewhat frequently to any site you maintain because it encourages the search engines to check back more frequently for your new content and can help you rank better. Another good thing to do is read a lot online and books, yes actual books! The more you read, the more styles of writing you will pick up on and it will help your own writing efforts and make it flow better. I always use Jimi Hendrix as my example of a prolific artist that recorded everything and was constantly producing new material, which is why there is a such a huge catalog of Hendrix recordings still coming to light 40 years later and he only was a star for about 4 years. I’m not advocating taking it to excess but definitely let composing content become part of your day to day lifestyle.
3. Be Social – Another thing I like to do is to Comments, Like, and Share other people’s status updates on Facebook, which can pay big dividends because when you post something others will be more likely to reciprocate. You can really get your content pushed out more broadly through people’s status updates by being a pro-active social networker. I’ve always been an out-going person, so for me it’s a natural fit to be a happy, active social networking, but not everyone is out-going and therefore you really have to push yourself to ramp up your interactions with other people on Facebook and Twitter. There are many ways to leverage social networks to get your content “out there” more. LinkedIn Groups is great for exposing your blog posts within the Groups themselves you are joined to. Becoming active in online forums is a must for a few reason like: you meet like-minded people, get links to your site from your signature when you post, and can get search rankings on topics you start on the forum. Maintaining a Facebook Fan Page is great too because you can gain fans (obviously) that you can expose your content to and message as well. Fan Page Discussions also tend to rank well in Google, so build that area of your fan page out. Following and commenting on blogs that relate to your niche is also very productive and great fun! Blogs are nice because you usually get a link to your site and it sends you an email when someone else comments so you can go and reply, therefore creating another link to your site! It’s also really nice to make friends with the bloggers that you comment on, which enhances the experience.
These are a few strategies to make you a more productive Affiliate Marketer. Like anything, the more effort you put into it the more you will inevitably get out of it. But if you go at it hard and put all of your extra time or free time into it, you will see that your content is being read more and your traffic will grow as a result. Make sure to place all your affiliate banners around your layout nicely so they are prominent. Let me know if you have any questions whatsoever about how to get going with affiliate programs or how to integrate the affiliate banners and links into your site. Thanks and have a great day!