You have your affiliate marketing program in place, with links to all the proper partners.
You’ve been upfront about your new venture, telling readers what you’re up to and providing a moderate amount of affiliated links in your posts.
You’re all set to watch the money flow in.
One big problem: The money doesn’t seem to be flowing. Many first-time affiliate marketers go through the same problem.
They begin to wonder if they set up their links correctly (usually they have). Here are some ways newbies can help boost their affiliate marketing revenue.
Use the Right Software
It’s true that some affiliate marketing newbies have actually set up their programs incorrectly. Make sure you’re using a reputable affiliate tracking company and that their software is compatible with your site. If you employ a tech person, have them install the program rather than trying to do it yourself. This reduces the chances of something going wrong.
You also must decide if you’re going to manage the affiliate program yourself or farm it out to a third-party, such as Partner Centric or Team Affiliate. Once you’ve double-checked that everything is working right, you may be surprised when suddenly you start earning money.
Integrate Your Copy Seamlessly
There’s no bigger turnoff than a web site that’s overly sell-y. That’s the risk that you run when you try to incorporate affiliate marketing into your site. If it seems to your readers like your only goal is to sell people something, and you’re not providing content that’s organic to your site, then you’re going to alienate readers.
Instead, make sure your affiliate links are incorporated smoothly, as an aside rather than as a sales pitch. If you mention your favorite book, include a link to it on Amazon. If you mention your favorite movie, link to a sale of the DVD. The more you practice, the better you’ll become at slipping these mentions into your copy.
But always be upfront about the fact that you’re benefiting if someone buys off that link. You never want your readers to feel like you’ve duped them.
Boost Your Traffic
If you have 30 readers a day, chances are slim that someone will be interested enough to not only click on your link but also buy the product you’re hawking. But if you have 3,000 readers, the chances that someone will be interested enough to look improve greatly.
Try search engine optimization, writing about trending topics on Google, and finding creative ways to promote your site to raise traffic. Once you’ve done it, you should start seeing results right away.
Whether you write about duck hunting or alcohol rehab treatment centers, remember that there are multiple ways that you can boost your affiliate marketing revenue. If you ever forget, refer back to this blog post.