Are you curious to know how to increase affiliate sales from your website? Do you know why few bloggers make thousands of dollars in affiliate commissions while others find it difficult to make even one sale?
Hands down, affiliate marketing is the best way to make money online. It helps you earn passive income which means you can make money even while you sleep. But here’s the thing: it’s not at all easy to increase affiliate sales.
If you’re struggling to boost your affiliate product sales, this post is for you where we’ll discuss about some of the most effective ways to start increasing affiliate sales quickly.
Let’s get into the details without much ado.
Top 5 Ways to Boost Your Website Affiliate Sales In 2018 And Beyond
#1. Educate, don’t sell
Educating your audience is the most effective to build long term relationship and make sales from your website. Unfortunately most people send sales pitches as soon as they start building an email list. While it may work for few industry but it doesn’t work in all industries.
If you’re wondering about how you can educate your website audience into a sale, here are few most effective tips for you.
Offer expert advice:
One of the reasons to start a blog is you can use your content to educate your audience easily. Instead of creating generic content, offer expert advice through your website.
Remember, people don’t buy from strangers. That’s why it’s so important for you to become a go-to guy in your industry. If people perceive you as an expert in your field, it’s so easy to convert your audience into customers because people trust influencers and prefer to buy.
That being said, even if you’re just starting out, you can achieve expert status through your content (be it through podcasts, videos or articles). Make sure to spend as much time as you can to create timeless content that actually helps your audience.
Learn from competitors:
Competitor research is one of the most effective ways to learn how to sell more from your websites. Observe how your competitors are educating their audience with their content (be it videos, podcasts or articles) and also notice how they are using their content to sell more.
You never know what new tactics or insights you gain by carefully scrutinizing your competitor websites, so make sure to spend time in researching your competitors.
Here are some of the ways to do competitor research to increase affiliate sales from your site easily.
- Use tools like Buzzsumo to find out the top performing content of your competitors and see if you can create content on the similar lines by making your content 10 times better.
- You should also get access to premium SEO tools like SEMrush to find your competitors top performing keywords, content ideas, backlink sources and so on to increase your organic traffic as search traffic directly affects your overall affiliate sales.
- Find out your competitors traffic generating and money making pages. You can read their income reports (if any), closely watch out for the product pages that they often promote through their site and email lists to see if you can also monetize your site with the similar products or services.
#2. Provide “extra” benefits
Why should someone buy from you instead of your competitors?
If you can answer that question, you can make a ton of affiliate sales from your website. Most people don’t provide “enough reasons” to buy from them and that’s a big mistake.
If you’re just starting out as an affiliate, no one actually trusts you and they always think twice before they open their wallets to purchase something from you. That’s the reason why you should focus on improving your “trust factor” or work on developing your social proof.
Make sure to provide exclusive benefits to those who buy products using your affiliate referral links. The best example I can discuss is, I promote Bluehost through my website and my Bluehost sales are pretty good even though I don’t promote or talk about it aggressively on my blog.
Do you know the reason behind Bluehost sales although I don’t promote it hard? The reason is simple: I provide “extra discounts” to those who buy using my affiliate link.
Bluehost usually costs $4 per month (basic plan) but I offer it for $3 per month (we’ve tied up with Bluehost to be able to offer that extra discount) and that’s the reason why people buy using my affiliate link instead of someone else.
The bottomline is, if you can provide extra discounts, additional benefits or giveaway something for free when someone buys using your affiliate links, most people would be glad to buy from you even if you’re not an expert!
#3. Take advantage of “special days”
The holiday season is the most profitable in sales for the marketing industry in the United States, if you are a business owner or an affiliate marketer, you shouldn’t ignore holiday season.
Here’s what I mean by special days;
- Holiday season
- Black Friday
- Cyber Monday
- New year
- Christmas season and so on
During the holiday season, usually affiliate product creators such as hosting companies, SEO tool developers etc offer whopping discounts to attract new customers and you’ll usually get discounts up to 90% or even more.
That’s when you can easily start increasing affiliate sales from your website by promoting all the affiliate products aggressively. Here are few things you can do to increase your sales.
- Make sure to prepare for the holiday season well in advance and write product reviews along with the deals and discounts (and mention how much one can save during the holiday season).
- Start building links and optimizing your pages that you create exclusively for special days like black Friday and cyber Monday so you can start generating more search traffic to those pages when the deals actually go live.
- Use your email list to your advantage and be active to promote all the products along with the discounts.
- Also plan for the last minute rush as most people purchase last minute deals and persuade them to take action by using call to actions like “last minute deals”, “offer ends within 2 hours” and so on.
#4. Email list can be your weapon
Observe any successful affiliate marketer, majority of his sales come from their email list.
If you’re ignoring email marketing, you’re losing a lot of money on the table. Here are two shocking facts about email marketing.
- Email marketing spending in the United States would grow from 2.07 billion U.S. dollars in 2014 to 3.07 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. (Statista)
- Email has a median ROI of 122% – over 4x higher than other marketing formats including social media, direct mail, and paid search. (DMA and Demand Metric)
Here’s the email marketing ROI (per $1 spent).
So if you want to increase affiliate sales in 2018, start building and growing your email list. Here are few simple yet most effective tips to build and grow a high quality email list to increase affiliate sales in 2018 and beyond.
- Provide freebies such as eBooks, plugins, tools, cheat sheets, videos or anything that helps your audience to solve their problems. Just don’t offer a freebie for the sake of building list, do it to actually help your audience. Your freebies should be so good that your audience are willing to pay money for it.
- Start writing guest posts for others. Whether you know it or not, guest blogging is still the most effective way to build a high quality email list. The people who visit your site after reading your guest posts are more tend to listen to you or buy stuff from you, so make sure to spend quality time to write guest posts for top sites in your industry.
- Start conducting giveaways. If you’re just starting out and looking for ways to quickly grow your email list, giveaways work like a charm. Just make sure to provide related products or tools that match with your target audience instead of attracting freebie seekers.
- You can offer Facebook signups to start collecting emails easily and also use your email signature to provide a link to the email list building landing page to start growing your email list.
#5. Give, give, give, ask
I’ve been earning money from affiliate marketing for over 10 years now and I want you to know a less known secret to make more commission from affiliate product sales.
Give, give, give and then ask.
Here’s what most affiliates do: they sell from day 1. They don’t provide any value to their audience, email subscribers or website visitors. Their focus will be mostly on generating sales instead of offering something for their audience and that’s the reason why majority of the people struggle with sales.
If you want to increase affiliate sales, give first. Give more before you ask for a sale.
Here are few of the most effective ways you can give and provide more value to your website audience before you ask for a sale.
- Think like a go-giver, not a go-getter. Yes, if you want to make a ton of sales online, you need to hustle like anything and think like a go-getter but the successful affiliate marketers reverse engineer everything by focusing on giving first, asking for the sale later.
- Focus on building trust and strong rapport with your audience. The best way to do that is to focus on building an email list and send as many valuable newsletters as possible without promoting anything. Instead of providing affiliate links directly from your email list, you can redirect your subscribers to your landing pages where you can actually ask for the sale.
- One of the most effective ways to increasing your affiliate sales from your website is to get more referrals. You can ask your email subscribers or those people who already bought something from you to share your stuff to their friends or with their network. You can provide freebies or offer exclusive offers to your referrals in order to persuade them to refer you over your competitors.
Above all, make it extremely easy to buy stuff from you. Don’t let your website visitors to go through a lot of steps to be able to buy products using your affiliate referral links. Make sure to include an affiliate disclosure to instantly build trust with your audience.
Final thoughts about increasing affiliate sales from your website
Showcasing social proof, educating your audience about the products you promote, adding value before you start selling, building an email list, using special days such as holidays to your advantage – all these things work like a charm to increase your affiliate sales.
Just focus on implementing one strategy at a time and you’ll see better results in the long run. Don’t forget that affiliate marketing is all about long term, so don’t look for shortcuts.
Do you’ve any questions for me? Did you find this post useful in increasing affiliate sales? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Why the Secret of Successful Blogging May Surprise You
I filmed a video earlier today.
I showed off some of my newfound flexibility due to doing deep yin yoga daily for over a year.
But the video explains a deeper blogging lesson.
This is the secret of blogging success guys. Said secret may surprise you. Or it may not, depending on where you are on your journey.
You can watch the video here.
You may look for shortcuts to blogging success. I did.
For years I figured if I worked harder and cut corners I would discover the secret, or magic bullet, yielding quick blogging success.
After falling flat on my face for years I finally uncovered the secret to successful blogging. Shocked me a bit. I waited to be featured on Oprah to get my big break. I swung for the fences. Turns out, blogging success finds those bloggers who do simple, seemingly tiny things daily.
I know this idea may shock you because you probably believe retweeting this blog post and publishing a comment on this post means little. But tagging me on Facebook and sharing this blog post – even though it seems like a tiny, insignificant action – leads to all types of exciting possibilities. Even if we do not make friends after the first time you share a guest post of mine, we may bond after you share a guestie of mine. Maybe I retweet your latest post to my 50,000 plus Twitter followers, in response to your kind share.
Guys; I retired to a life of island hopping through smart blogging because I:
- retweeted blogger’s posts
- commented patiently on blogs
- published guest posts
- published posts on Blogging From Paradise
- broadcast live videos
- published videos
Does this sound sexy? Not really. I love blogging. But engaging in simple actions over years gets boring sometimes.
Shocking, right? Didn’t you think I’d say being featured on Virgin led to stunning success? Fat chance. I got some pub and a nice branding boost but business was pretty much as usual after the appearance on Virgin.
My big blog traffic flows to Blogging From Paradise through little blogging actions I take daily. Big blogging success is a tabulation of tiny, seemingly insignificant actions that lead to huge success if you engage in these tiny actions over years of your life.
Floors most bloggers, who are too cool to comment on blogs or to promote other bloggers. You are dead in the blogging water if ego calls the shots because ego looks beyond the simple and humble blogging actions that build empires toward some big time, major league feature on major media outlets. You whiff 99.99% of the time and even if you score, business may increase but not to insane levels, in most cases.
Successful blogging is just year’s worth of tiny, simple actions, summed up, to create something eye-popping.
Publish a blog comment. Publish a blog post. Tap a retweet button. Feature a reader or blogger on your blog. Answer a question on Quora. These actions lead to something special if you generously engage in these activities for 5-7 days weekly over years of your life.
Successful blogging is hitting single after single, not swinging for the fences, trying to hit a home run every time. You will strike out most of the time. Even if you clear the fences and knock it out of the park, your success surge will be short lived.
Keep drilling those singles guys. Broadcast live on your Facebook Page. Help folks by answering a few questions on the Warrior Forum.
You probably didn’t think a guy could retire to a life of island hopping through these tiny actions but wow did they ever add up over time, leading to something awesome.
How to Drive Huge Traffic to Your Blog
Spend the next 5-7 years of your life helping people.
But first; learn blogging inside-out. Follow advice from a blogging mentor. Invest in a good blogging eBook. Invest in a blogging course.
BIG traffic numbers flow to:
- persistent bloggers
- generous bloggers
- patient bloggers
Huge traffic numbers flow to bloggers after said bloggers rendered generous service for years. Short cuts do not exist in the blogging game.
24,000 Podcast Listens in 2 Days
My friend Alonzo Pichardo and I recorded a podcast on his channel.
We chatted about how to find the right online business for you.
This podcast has registered 24,000 listens in 2 days.
Listen to the podcast here.
How do you get 24,000 listens on your podcast over 2 days?
Spend 10 years of your life learning, serving and connecting.
Most bloggers never bother learning. Insane, right? Some learn but serve little, greedily wanting big money after publishing 2 blog posts. Other bloggers learn and serve but never network, building no friendships, struggling to drive traffic because no successful person does it solo.
There are a few bloggers like Alonzo and I who devote our lives to our blogs and businesses over a decade. No; not for a week. Nope; not for a month, or for 1 year, or 5 years. A decade. 10 years.
Alonzo built a huge following over that time by helping people. I built a decent-sized following over a decade too.
Alonzo and I built up the:
to be able to chat on blogging and internet marketing topics with ease over 30-60 minutes. 24,000 people or thousands of people registering 24,000 listens would not show up, listen and share this podcast if we did not have some serious skills and knowledge in discussing this topic.
These skills were developed over 10 years. We built our tribes over 10 years.
If you want huge blog traffic numbers you simply:
- learn how to blog from pros
- practice writing
- create helpful content
- build meaningful connections
for 6-7 days weekly, over the next 5-7 to 10 years of your life. Big numbers reflect generous, intelligent, persistent, focused efforts. Small numbers reflect stingy, unintelligent, impatient, unclear efforts.
Show Up Even When You Do Not Feel Like It
I recorded a video on Facebook today.
I discussed a core concept that leads to huge traffic numbers over the long haul.
You can watch the video here.
Successful bloggers who drive serious traffic show up daily. Even if their traffic numbers seem non-existent in the beginning, this crowd believes in themselves, generously helps people and keeps serving every day over years of their lives.
Struggling bloggers show up only a few times weekly or monthly because they publish posts and network only when they feel 100%. I am a happy dude. But I rarely feel 100%. No human does. My neck feels stiff. I feel tired. But I already created 6 pieces of content today at 3:07 PM. After I publish this blog post I will have created piece of content #7.
I direct all readers back to Blogging From Paradise through those 7 pieces of content. Can you see why I drive some pretty heady traffic numbers to my blog? I create and connect freely on a daily basis. Even when I do not feel like it.
If you want to help a bunch of folks and dream of big traffic numbers, begin helping people now. Do not worry about stats. Do not sweat outcomes. Help people by publishing posts to your blog. Promote other bloggers. Comment genuinely on blogs in your niche.
Help people daily for years. Do not stop helping when numbers do not seem to be rising. Do not panic. Believe in you.
See these mini lulls through. You too will drive big traffic to your blog.
4 Successful Blogging Lessons Cats Teach You
Cats seem to follow me all around the globe.
From Istanbul to Thailand, to Fiji to Bali, to Costa Rica to New York City, I find myself living with cats.
Kitties teach you 4 successful blogging lessons too.
Note; the featured image for this post is real. My wife Kelli and I stepped into a cage with three 400 pound tigers in Thailand. Legal in the Land of Smiles.
Bonus lesson; stepping into a cage with apex predators forces you to face deep fears, a good quality to develop if you want to habitually dive into deep blogging fears. Maybe we can devote an entire post to tiger versus tabby interactions on Blogging Tips down the road. Hold me to that guys.
Let’s dive into the lessons.
1: Go Slowly
Cats go slowly.
Never one to waste energy, kitties slowly and patiently stroll through the day. Predators need to conserve energy to be ready to pounce with one explosive leap.
Like cats, go slowly, my fellow bloggers. Take your time writing your next post. Relax. Slow down. Calm down. Keep going but understand this: blogging is a marathon, not a sprint.
2: Honor Creative Bursts
Cats seemingly explode into exercise bursts a few times daily. Usually at 4 AM as these nocturnal creatures honor their hunting instincts.
Successful bloggers mirror this trait. I create 7-10 pieces of new content daily between blog posts, guest posts, videos and sometimes podcasts too. Make hay while the sun shines. Or honor creative bursts when such periods arise.
Following tip 1 helps you follow this tip. I find most bloggers to be completely burned out because most sprint and run out of energy versus taking the marathon approach. When you do go slow and steady these short, hyper creative bursts find you more frequently. Neat how it works.
3: Get Your Sleep
I watch Barnaby sleep like a baby now. He is good for hours of napping and sleeping daily.
I saw cats in Fiji sleep 18 hours or more daily. Jet lag forced me awake for a 28 hour period and I swear these cats slept a good 18-20 hours during this stretch.
Successful, energetic bloggers get ample sleep daily. Recharges the battery. Keeps you on point, too.
Folks wonder how I find the energy to create and connect as much as I do. Easy; I rest sufficiently every single day, never bothering to leave my bed until 8 hours have passed. This morning I woke at 7 AM but stayed in bed until 8 AM because 8 hours had not elapsed from beddy-bye time. Being well-rested helps me remain completely energized during my blogging work day.
4: Patiently Wait for Opportunities to Arise
Have you ever observed a house cat – or wild cat – stalk its prey?
Cats patiently wait in stealth mode before pouncing.
My cats at home wait for 10 or 20 minutes beside windows, tails flaring, muscles flexing, focused on chipmunks or squirrels in the yard. Even though my kitties cannot blast through the window and make the kill these kitties display the same immense patience exhibited by big cats like lions and tigers.
As you proceed slowly and steadily, resting amply but honoring your creative bursts, patiently waiting for opportunities like:
- ideal clients
- ideal customers
- interviews on high profile blogs
- profitable partnerships
positions you to be a super successful blogger.
Most bloggers impatiently chase opportunities and successful bloggers, repelling good things and awesome people with their desperation.
Successful bloggers work peacefully and allow opportunities to flow their way.
Years passed before I landed features on Fox News, Virgin, Entrepreneur and Forbes. Such is the case for every seasoned, veteran blogger. Patience is the name of the blogging game.
Learn sweet blogging lessons from your feline friends.
Avoid a blogging cat-astrophe down the road.
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