Affiliate marketing has always been one of my favorite methods to make money online. Though related to passive income, it’s not always so passive. Knowing how to increase affiliate income takes some work and it takes patience.
It doesn’t happen overnight so don’t expect it to.
I recently shared some tips in my Facebook group specific to affiliate marketing and how to boost your commissions.
Because so many others had questions on this, I decided to go ahead and write a blog post on the topic.
How to Increase Affiliate Income
To know more about affiliate marketing and what NOT to do, you can check out this post on 10 Things You are Doing Wrong When it Comes to Affiliate Marketing.
But just to recap, when you are an affiliate for a product or service, you are sharing or promoting that product or service to your audience. If someone decides to purchase that product or service using your affiliate link, you receive an agreed upon commission from that sale.
I remember when I first started my blog. I couldn’t wait to try out affiliate marketing.
I made $0.82 the first two years I was an affiliate for Share A Sale.
The main issue was that I lacked an affiliate marketing strategy. I lacked every kind of strategy really.
I was just sharing links out the ying yang and didn’t seem to really care about the products I was promoting. I was just trying to get a sale any way possible. Over time I slowly began to learn how to increase affiliate income by being more strategic and mindful of the products and services I was an affiliate for and how I aligned them with the needs of my audience.
If you don’t walk away from this post with anything else, remember that one very important point.
#1 Make Sure It Fills A Need
This is so important when it comes to being an affiliate. Does your audience need the product? Does it help them solve a problem? Just like the content you produce on your blog, the product or service you are promoting should fill the need or address a pain point for your audience.
Are you promoting ConvertKit because it actually fits the needs of your audience when what they really need is a service like MailerLite? Don’t get me wrong, I want you to make money. But I also want you to care about your integrity as an influencer and make sure you are giving your audience the best tools and resources to help them to succeed. Make sure that you keep your audience’s needs first–I really can’t emphasize that enough. It’s that important. Trust me. Okay, I think you got it. Let’s move on.
#2 Give Them Options
I am an affiliate for Amazon, Target, and Walmart. If there is a product I am promoting on one of my other sites cheaper on Walmart than it is on Amazon or Target, I will link to the cheaper option and mention the prices on the other two sites. If you are an affiliate for Boardbooster and Tailwind, cool–that’s great. Give your audience the option to choose between the two, or even both! As an affiliate, you present your honest opinion on products and services to your audience and by you giving them unbiased options, you are building amazing trust with your audience.
As an affiliate, you present your honest opinion on products and services to your audience and by you giving them unbiased options, you are building amazing trust with your audience. They won’t hesitate to purchase with you if they trust you and feel as though you are genuinely assisting them with their buying decision. Which brings me to my next point.
#3 Write for Buyers
Many bloggers go wrong with this one. When you are sharing an affiliated product or service, you want people to buy. So you need to write to the person who is looking to buy that product or service. There is a big difference between 10 Best Desks for the Work at Home Office versus How to Decorate Your Work at Home Office. You can definitely have affiliate links in the latter, but the difference is intent to buy.
Someone looking to buy a desk is going to Google, “best work at home desks”. Someone just looking for decorating ideas may pin your second post, but they aren’t in the buying mode at that time. If you are an affiliate for Convertkit, there is a big difference between “The Best Email Marketing Tool for Bloggers” versus “How to Use Email Marketing for Your Blog” and including the link to ConvertKit. People are more in the buying mode when looking for the best email marketing tool versus when wanting to know how to use email marketing.
There are other ways to increase affiliate income, many of which I discuss in my course, Profits Without Products. Profits Without Products focuses on three ways to monetize your blog space including, affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing doesn’t have to be a foreign language. You can learn how to harness it and make a consistent income by implementing strategies to help you get better and increase your income.
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