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4 Ways to Be More Successful with Affiliate Marketing

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Plenty of people get drawn into affiliate marketing because of the promise of an easy, passive income. A tiny fraction of those people do it well enough that they quit their jobs, put their feet up, and let the money roll in. A decent number are successful enough at it that they make decent money, either as primary or supplemental income.

But the majority of affiliate marketers make nothing, or next to nothing.

That’s why we wrote this guide. These affiliate marketing tips will help you avoid some major pitfalls, and give you some ideas for how to grow your following and build up your advertiser relationships without sacrificing your credibility.

The key to successful affiliate marketing

1. Know your audience

As an affiliate, the best thing you can give your advertising partners is your reach. The attention of your readers or viewers—and their trust in you—is paramount. If you lose their trust or their interest, it will be almost impossible to find success in affiliate marketing.

When you create content, especially sponsored content for your advertisers, be sure you are playing to your audience. Make sure that your posts maintain the high standards that got you the followers you have now.

Try to learn what you can about your followers from analytics, so that you have a better idea of what products would make good partners for your blog or channel.

One-great way to consolidate influence is through cross-promotion on multiple platforms. If you’re making videos on Youtube, for example, you can post a gif preview on Instagram and Facebook. Gifox, available through Setapp, is an easy way to convert video files into gifs; consider using it to boost your reach and appeal.

2. Vet your products

When you’re doing sponsored posts as an affiliate marketer, always be mindful of how those posts might affect your brand overall.

If you’re going to promote a product or service to your followers, it’s a good idea to try it out first. The last thing you want is to strain their trust by pitching a product that breaks easily, or that isn’t really worth their attention. Make sure you can give it your stamp of approval.

This type of due diligence is also a great way to generate new videos and posts. Review-type content tends to be popular with viewers and they help foreground your advertisers, killing two birds with one stone. If you’re just starting out with review videos, Setapp’s Capto, an easy-to-learn screen recorder and video editor, can help you start producing the kind of polished content advertisers love.

3. Track your sales

Generally, your advertisers will pay you a commission based on how many of their purchases come from your site. This is usually done with a unique affiliate code that customers can enter at checkout.

It’s not in your advertiser’s interest to share their leads and sales figures with you outside of the number of customers who use your code. But success in affiliate marketing depends on having good information.

Consider how you can use your site to get insight into your audience and their buying habits. The more you know about the people you serve ads to, the better you can tailor your affiliate marketing campaigns for maximum returns that push your commissions higher and higher.

Keeping track of your successes and failures requires a strong organizational strategy. Setapp offers a host of project-tracking apps that can help you plan for the future and keep tabs on what works and what doesn’t. Try Merlin Project Express or Aeon Timeline for an easy-to-follow visual outline of your plans.

4. Use email marketing

The more directly you can serve content (and ads) to your audience, the more effective your affiliate marketing efforts will be. One strategy that combines a direct approach with powerful analytics is an email marketing campaign.

Set up a mailing list that your audience can sign up for on your page. Try to send out an email on a regular basis, say weekly or twice a month. These emails should focus on content, but you can include some sponsored links or articles that highlight your advertisers.

The great thing about email marketing services like Mailchimp is that they include analytics that can show you how your emails perform. You’ll be able to see the rates at which your audience opens your emails, clicks through different links, or discards them before reading. This information isn’t just for making you feel good. It’s vital for crafting future campaigns.

Treat each email you send as research for future emails, so that you can find the formula that sends the maximum number of your subscribers through to your advertisers.

The key to successful affiliate marketing

Too many people treat affiliate marketing like a get-rich-quick-scheme, which is why the quality of affiliate marketing tends to be so poor. Website visitors aren’t clueless—they can tell when they’re being dangled a carrot that they don’t really want.

In order to be a successful affiliate marketer, you absolutely have to respect your audience. Don’t take every affiliate opportunity you can. Only show them what they would actually find helpful. That’s what being a great affiliate is all about.

If you feel like you need more tools to create your best content, make Setapp your first stop. With apps that support the organizational and creative sides of affiliate marketing, you’re sure to find what you need to raise your game (and your sales).

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What Is Your Blog Post Publishing Frequency and Why?

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From time to time, assess how frequently you publish blog posts. Ask yourself why? Sit. Wait for an honest answer.

I publish 4-5 blog posts daily. Sometimes I publish 6 posts. Why? I share oodles of helpful videos, podcasts and articles but on a deeper level, I intend to get my 124 eBooks in a billion hands or more. Yes; I wrote and self-published 124 bite-sized eBooks. Publishing 6 posts daily allows me to promote 6 different eBooks daily on my blog. I also publish 3 or more guest posts daily to share value and promote my eBooks in more spots. Note; that is 3 or more eBook promotions, in addition to all of my eBooks I promote on social media.

Promoting 124 eBooks daily is no joke. I needed to raise my vibe, practice writing and video and podcasting and get clear on upping my post frequency to drive traffic and business through an approach. I see my blog more as a high volume, blogging news portal, like CNN or Fox News, and less a blog for publishing weekly and leaving it at that. Hey; that is just me, though.

You may be different because all bloggers hold different intents and vibe at different frequencies. Imagine blogging once monthly. Today, you set an intent to publish 5 posts daily between videos, articles and podcasts. Seems foolish, right? Few humans make this quantum leap without putting in years of writing practice and also giving substantial attention and energy to energy management, or, mindset work. Never raise your blog post frequency from energies of fear and delusion; burnout and failure await.

But do bump up frequency if it feels fun, relaxing, prospering and generous to publish more frequently.

On the flip side, pull back on blog post frequency if your current schedule feels heavy, tiring, exhausting and overwhelming.

Only you know how frequently you post and why you post at that clip. You know the honest answer. Be straight with yourself.

Optimal Blog Post Frequency

None exists.

Follow your fun and relaxation.

What feels really good and fun and relaxing, but maybe a bit uncomfortable, to you? Run with it. Daily? Awesome. Weekly? Cool. Twice daily? Great. One post, one day, and 3 posts, the following day? Why not? If readers enjoy your content they read your content, keeping up with what they can keep up with. Trust your gut.

I advise publishing at least weekly in most cases unless you publish a long form post monthly ranking well on Google, genuinely knocking folk’s socks off. Why? People forget you as you vanish from the stream for a month at a time. Blogs are news portals for your niche. News should not be published monthly. Weekly at a minimum works fine for news updates.

Making Money and Frequency

In my eBook:

How to Find Buyers Online

I break down how you find buyers for your business online.

Pondering post frequency, money flows to frequent posters and less frequent posters. Everything money-wise depends on your clarity with receiving money and following your frequency strategy because your energy dictates your income. Feel good, and at peace, and relaxed, about your blog post frequency. Success will find you based on your money energy and life energy, independent of your blog post frequency.

Do the inner work and the outer results expand freely and easily over time.

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Blogging Income Tip: How Do You Feel about Money?

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As I promote my eBook:

11 Techniques to Conquer Anxiety

I ponder one massive source of anxiety for most bloggers: money. Most of you grew up with money limiting beliefs. Money does not grow on trees. Money is not easy. Money is hard to get. Money is scarce. If you want money, get used to owning and facing each money fear because blogging full time requires you to work for free, generously, for a while, and no human with money fears works for free. All humans clinging to heavy money fears only work for pay. What is working for pay? Jobs. Working for someone allows you to get paid for every hour you work because being employees guarantees payment, per work, per your contract.

Guess what? Blogging is a different animal. Nobody gets paid to be an individual, business-owning blogger because blogging is a business. Business is about building something to boost skills and exposure to where your streams of income yield cash for you. Complete 180 from being an employee because you need face money fears, release fears, and proceed from a generous energy to gain skills and exposure enough to earn a full time income through your blog.

How do you feel about money? Does money feel scarce to you? Do you fear running out of money? Be honest guys. Being straight with yourself allows you to make money because before you make money through your blog, you need to face, feel and release money fears. Why? You never move into actions required to make money being burdened by the heavy fear of losing money, a yoke that saddles most of humanity.

I have noted how Gary Vaynerchuk did 2000 YouTube interviews before he began to get major media and TV coverage. He worked for free for 2000 interviews because he was not burdened by the terror of losing money, vibing abundance and generosity and trust. Most of humanity is so scared to lose all of their money that they never give one interview for free; these people work jobs to guarantee they get money for what they do work-wise, but sacrifice their fun and freedom in the process. You cannot live your dreams through blogging if you have no vision for the future and you cannot create a vision if you feel weighed down by the fear of money loss. How can you dream big dreams if you secretly feel terrified to lose it all? The fear of losing it all dominates your mind, body and actions so you will just work a job to get money and you will treat your blog casually, because your blog does not yield money, like your job.

Of course, your blog does not yield money because you vibe a poverty consciousness and poverty-vibing folks never do the generous giving – working for free, for a sustained period of time – to position themselves for success, a’la Gary Vee and his 2000 YouTube interviews. I have written and published nearly 1000 posts on Blogging Tips. Nobody paid me directly for writing and publishing these posts but the traffic and links and money I gained indirectly through these nearly 1000 posts helped me live a neat life. I began giving generously the moment I faced my money fears.

Expect to do the same if you want to live your dreams through blogging.

 

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What Few Bloggers Understand

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I live a pretty sexy life. I have circled the globe for the past eight years through blogging. Pretty cool, right?

But my blogging duties are seemingly mundane, not too sexy at all and in moments, quite boring. I genuinely love blogging. I have fun doing what I do. But I am also a human being experiencing a wide range of emotions on an hour to hour basis. Sometimes, I just want to go to sleep for a little bit because I feel tired and a bit bored with the blogging process. But if I intuitively know it is time to write a blog post I just write the blog post. In these moments, blogging feels boring and mundane and plain and not too sexy. But doing the seemingly mundane things in boring moments lays the foundation for living a spectacular dream life through blogging.

Few bloggers understand this basic fact of sometimes boring activities laying the foundation for a spectacular dream life. Most bloggers believe I do exciting, inspired and amazing things all day long to live an amazing life. This is 100% not true and nothing could be further from the fact. Blogging is fun for me most of the time but sometimes blogging feels boring. Even when blogging feels fun I am not doing anything earth-shattering or jaw-dropping anytime I write and publish blog posts and comment on blogs and promote one or all of my 100 plus ebooks. Does tapping a retweet button and sharing one of my eBooks on Twitter seem earth-shattering? Nope. Simple. East too. But few bloggers understand simple blogging activities lead to great blogging success.

Most bloggers believe you live your dreams through blogging by trying to knock the ball out of the park with viral blog posts and partnerships with the top bloggers on earth. Nope. You live your dreams by simply publishing helpful content, building friendships with top bloggers by being generous and asking for nothing, and by opening multiple streams of income from an abundant, trusting energy. Each of those steps is simple to put into action but sometimes taking each of those steps feel scary or highly uncomfortable. Nudge through the fear. Take the step. Simple, generous actions eventually lead to spectacular results because all meaningful blogging ventures begin with simple, generous actions. Do not believe top bloggers hit home runs everyday. We hit singles again and again and again and again for 10000 to 20000 hours until all those singles add up to something dazzling over the long haul.

Think in terms of tiny impressions made multiple times daily. I could have tried to write a viral guest post on this blog 3 years ago when I first published posts here. But I just chose to do a solid job writing a simple post some 900 times. Now I have written and published 900 + guest posts on this blog which means on a single blog alone I have 900 links or more, based on the ebooks of mine I link to as well. 900 + links leads up to something pretty sexy and spectacular but it was the simple, generous actions I took daily over 3 years of my life that led to the stunning long-term success. Blogging is doing simple things generously for hours daily for years of your life to build something special and meaningful.

Never believe that top bloggers hit home runs every day for a few weeks before they made it big. Anybody who makes it big does seemingly little things with love and generosity every single day over the course of years of their lives. Imagine 10000 to 20000 hours of doing simple things and you get an idea of what it takes to live a spectacular dream life through the medium of blogging.

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