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10 Tips to Sell Affiliate Products the Right Way

Many new web masters often wonder why their blog is not making money after working for months and even sometimes years. Sometimes it CAN BE rocket science to actually get those sales rolling in on regular basis. Getting more website affiliate sales in your hip pocket is a great feeling and this all comes with experience.

I love waking up every morning to check my emails and accounts to see what sales have rolled in over night. This is part of my job now, but it wasn’t always like this. Making money with WordPress websites is a long road, but a solid one, creating a real business to support your family.

Here are my tips to bring in more website affiliate sales:

I like to establish a product base for each of my websites. Lets face it, a product that people buy ususally solves a probelm they have. But I must stress that the products you sell must be related to your niche… If you have a health blog you cannot sell web hosting for bloggers, you need to sell health related products. This is a big problem for newbie website builders because they find a good product and presume that they can sell it anywhere.

For example I have a computer tips website:

What topics do I cover that require a solution? 

Computer viruses = Computer virus software

Computer knowledge = Computer course

Computer education = Ebooks

Slow Computer = Computer maintenance software

It is very important that you choose the right product to solve the persons problem. This will give you more sales guaranteed!

So you think your affiliate product is great, but what about the sales page and checkout? Does all this convert the customer for you? I have tried to sell some products that I thought would sell for sure, but the sales page often let me down.

There is no point adding links and banners to your best pages when the sales page is not going to convert for you.

Yes you can test out the product for yourself, which I suggest below, but I mean test its potential to sell. Write an article for the product, publish and promote. If you see a few sales then you know you have a great product that will work with your website.

Hey if you do not want to use the product you are selling then why should anyone else? Get real here. Where is your solid proof and results from using the product you are selling? You can do all the right things to sell a product but not using it yourself you are shooting yourself in the foot.

To save money when you are not making that much, ask the product owner for a review copy or trial. Many product owners are happy to help out someone who is thinking of selling their products.

You cannot just slam big banner ads all over your website and expect to make money! Remember your sidebar etiquette? This is the same for the whole website. You should never overdo your advertising.

If you hang around here (this blog) you would know that I like in content links above all ways of adversing.

Strategy for each post:

What is the problem?

What is the solution?

What product will fix the problem?

Is there room for one banner?

Where can I place affiliate links?

Can I link to a related post that has an affiliate link too?

Adding a product into your website can take time, however it should be worth the effort if you have tested the sales potential.

You do not need to shove a product in someone’s face for them to buy it. It is far better to tell the person why they need it and not why you think they must have it.

Fancy sales jargon is not a good selling method now days. As soon as people see how your product will benefit them they will then have a need for it.

It is also important to target the right keywords that equal the solution. If you do this you will almost never have to sell.

For example:

So lets say that the product I want to sell is computer maintenance software. I can only write so many articles about the “best computer maintenance software” or “free computer maintenance software”.

I prefer to write about a problem that the software can solve:

5 ways to speed up your computer. (note that I will show how to speed up your computer manually, but show that software can do the same thing in seconds.)

5 Tips to avoid computer errors. (Again I will show some tips to do computer maintenance manually. There is no need to spend money as the reader gets valuable info to use for free)

Recommending junk to people will only lose trust. You can do this if you are just after a quick sale but to build a real business, you need to only sell proven products that you have tested and are happy with.

Many people ask me to sell their products, but I cannot. They are not good enough for me to promote.

Content is very valuable and people often think that once it is more than a month old it is worthless. I guess it is out of mind, out of sight.

Just say you have a review of a product that made one sale. How about going back to that post, providing the product is still valid and worthy, to tweak the article for extra affiliate sales.

This is a massive problem, people just don’t monetize their content correctly. Imagine if you could make money from every article you post on the internet. Well you probably could! It just takes effort.

I have shown this video before, however it shows how a small link in the right place can make some substantial sales.

You are probably moaning and groaning about tweaking all the content you have. Well why not narrow it down to proven money earners first.

What pages and posts are making sales for you? I have articles that I have written 4 years ago that still make me money on a daily basis. This is because I have refreshed them with new information to keep up with the times. I also link to them often, either from an external backlink or an internal link on a new post.

No I do not mean getting paid by the hour for your work as this is not how this website business works. My theory is simple. Spend time on your content and the money will come. I can spend hours on one article but you must remember that this article could be making sales for 4 years. How crazy is that?  Crazy but true!

Invest your time in creating killer content and you will be rewarded.

Choose your products you wish to sell carefully. A quality product with a great sales page can make your job very easy. Also do not just write reviews about products, write about the problem and use the product as a solution. This works well, providing you give your readers valuable information at the same time.

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mitz – who has written 203 posts on Lets Build Websites.

I am addicted to internet marketing and making money online. Who wouldn’t want to live that life? I started out with one website as a hobby and now have over 20. Building websites and making money online is not that hard. You have to actually take action to make money…that is the biggest hurdle! 🙂

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How Photography and Online Video Influence Customer Purchasing Behavior

In this article, you’ll learn…

The power of photography and video in driving salesWhy compelling multimedia content should be a part of your marketing mix

Although the countless technologies and mobile devices available today are smart enough that we can simply tap their surface and pay for goods, 83% of respondents in a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers study said they go online to research products, but then buy them in-store.

They’re doing so for a reason. People want to see and touchwhat they’re buying. They want to experience the product firsthand, whether that means testing an electronic device or trying on a retail garment.

Whether the consumer is a practical shopper who weighs the pros and cons before spending money, or a person who is simply enticed by a product she can actually touch… it’s all about show versus tell.

That said, images, photography, and multimedia have an immense impact on consumers’ purchasing behavior because they provide a way for consumers to make a visual connection with a product before they buy. And the best part about today’s technology is that it enables you to reach a consumer with rich visual content anytime, anywhere.

So, how can you use images, photography, and other multimedia content to positively influence consumers and build stronger connections with your customer base?

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How Social Business Is Not the Same as Social Media

Perhaps it’s the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, but it feels like use of the term “social business” has skyrocketed in recent months.

As someone who co-founded a company around the topic of social business (and spends his days consulting, speaking, and writing about it, too), the idea of social business is obviously a topic that I feel very close to. (Check out this podcast interview here at MarketingProfs.)

On the one hand, people discussing social business is a great thing. Improved awareness in the business community means less work for me in educating clients.

But there’s a flip side: Many posts purporting to talk about social business don’t understand the essence of what social business really means. Instead, they substitute “social business” for “social media.” Rarely a day goes by when I don’t tweet an obligatory statement that “Social business is not the same as social media!” That confusion, in part, is what prompted Amber Naslund and I to refine our brief “What Is Social Business?”

Last week, I was thrilled that this article on MarketingProfs (“What Exactly Is A Social Business?”) contained this nugget: “… [becoming] a social business requires a fundamental culture change that spreads across the business and changes the way the business operates.” The author is right. It does indeed!

Unfortunately, I didn’t agree with much more. Though that article started out as a reasonable entry into the topic of social business, it effectively became a look at generic measures of customer service and good practices in business. For example, one criterion the author suggests as a litmus test for a social business is this: “You are not a social business if you leave callers on hold for 30 minutes.”

If you reverse that anti-criteria, then, does that mean that a business IS a social business if it doesn’t leave callers on hold for 30 minutes? Of course not. It is simply a best practice for running a sustainable business with a high customer satisfaction rating.

The definition of a “social business” is not a “business that cares about its customers.” My feeling is that type of criteria should be the table stakes for succeeding in business at all.

Rather, being a social business is about transforming an organization’s entire ecosystem of participants (customers, employees, partners, etc.) to be more effective at meeting all the business objectives. So…

If you’re a customer, that might mean better service or products.If you’re an employee, it might mean an empowered culture that allows you to have a voice in a company, as well as a feeling of being valued for your contributions.If you’re a partner, it might mean more effective access to materials and smoother compensation paths.If you’re head of a department, it could mean tighter integration and collaboration with other department heads.

The result? An organization that is more responsive, more effective at leveraging intelligence and insight, more capable at adaptation and agility, and ultimately more effective.

So why “social business”? Why not “awesome business” or “excellent business” or some other superlative?

In truth, the word “social” in social business has nothing to do with “being social” (although that’s obviously a result).

To best understand what social business really means, you must first realize that the primary drivers for organizational change have traditionally been from the inside out. If an organization wanted to create or change its culture, or if it wanted to improve collaboration among its workers, it did so of its own accord, for its own purposes, and on its own timeline. Often, these large-scale initiatives failed as executive sponsors move on, new priorities emerged, and so on.

Fast forward to now. The massive cultural shift in society brought about by social media has flipped this on its head. The value systems of the incoming workforce, the expectations of the customer, the transparency into organizations, and so on have now created drivers from the outside in. Organizations are no longer the sole controller and must react to these changes in an intelligent and coordinated way. Thus, the word “social” in social business refers more to a business transforming itself to take advantage of, and mitigate the risks of, the implicationsof social media than it does any kind of external engagement.

Perhaps I should amend my daily tweet to “Social business is not social media… and it’s not just about engagement.”

Matt Ridings is the co-founder of SideraWorks. Follow him on Twitter @techguerilla.

(Photo courtesy of CarbonNYC)

Tags: social business, Social Media, Strategy and Tactics, Technology

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