• Sun. Feb 28th, 2021

in this video I'm not really going to explain what affiliate marketing is I'm gonna show you how you can use affiliate marketing to build an online profitable business fast affiliate marketing is a great low to no cost business venture that you could profit immensely from that is if you're willing to watch this entire video home and put in the time and effort that it takes to turn this valuable information into action affiliate programs are usually free to join so you don't have to worry about startup costs additionally this could be an attractive side hustle if you want to fund another business affiliate marketing is a monetization model where an external partner which would be you is rewarded a commission for delivering a specific result to a merchant or advertiser now typically the result is a sale however some programs can be around leads referring a click to an advertiser's website or even getting a user to download an app now just like running your own business becoming a successful affiliate takes dedication and discipline ideas alone won't cut it having a strategy and executing it is crucial for making top earnings we're going to get you started by focusing on three important components picking your platform and method deciding on a niche and figuring out your audience and deciding on a product in order to be effective at affiliate marketing you'll need to create an audience around your niche let's start with a platform and method that you're going to use to start building your audience around so I obviously love YouTube so that would be where I would default to it's a platform that I consume the most of my content from and it's the platform that I understand the best so for the purposes of this video I'll use examples pertaining to this channel and platform if you're not big on the youtubes and video content there are plenty of other content creation methods and platforms that you can use the two most important things to remember here are that you'll need to invest time into creating content for it and you'll want to build a strong engaged audience I'm going to quickly list out some ideas that you could choose to utilize and create content for your own venture so there are review and niche topic sites these sites typically review products for a specific audience or compare a line of products against their competitors for this method you'll need to create content related to the review space and regularly post to draw in and keep an audience digital content this is the category that I would fall under digital content creators such as bloggers youtubers social media influencers create niche content that will resonate with specific audiences typically they will then organically introduce products that they like to their audience and since their audience likes them and their niche chances are that they will also resonate with the products that are being presented so there's courses workshops and live events if you're currently working within the course space there are ways which you can integrate strategic affiliate partnership offers and incorporate them into your events for example if you're an instructor you can partner with a brand that adds value to your audience and give your audience a sign up or checkout code apps and solution type partners these are partnerships where products and/or services are placed in front of a relevant audience through an app partner for this method you'll need to do some heavy lifting and making an app and ensuring that you have people using it I want to stress that across all of these methods authenticity and audience building are the most crucial elements for long-term high earning growth if you cannot authentically connect with your audience chances are that you won't have any meaningful success and converting them into affiliate sales one of the biggest pain points that most people have with affiliate marketing is that they don't have a sizeable audience yet and that can be a roadblock to earning enough this will take effort and time but it's absolutely essential so let's dive into niche and audience building I don't have to dive again do I now when it comes to selecting a niche my suggestion would be to start with something that you're both passionate and knowledgeable about this will help you come across authentically and as a trusted source of information it will also allow you to evaluate what products and brands that you can or should partner with and how they relate to your niche yeah that sounded like a nugget of gold dry out it in there so for the purposes of this video let's say that I started a YouTube channel right share videos with my audience on how they can start their own business maybe I would name this channel something crazy like learned with Shopify and I would regularly encourage people to subscribe and like my videos if they find them helpful do that now entrepreneurship will be my niche and I'm going to invest time into building a sizable amount of content to grow my audience as I release more videos I will start to use social listening tools website analytics and advertising reports to discover and build on who my audience is and what they like it's important that you know your audience so well that you would understand why they follow you in the first place unlike most other content creators affiliate marketers aren't paid to post you're going to be compensated on a performance model which is both a pro and a con when it comes to monetizing content if you know what your audience likes about the things that you publish you can then capitalize on that knowledge by delivering the content that your users expect and walk from you and you can match that with the offers that they'll body ok so let's use the most popular reporting tool Google Analytics from here I would typically break down my research into these four steps I would first start by looking at how my audience discovered my website using the referral paths report I'll be able to understand who my users are and which online source brought them to my site additionally it will help me identify the other places that they consume my content before visiting under audience I would navigate to the traffic flow report and review the outbound traffic from each of my pages from here I would select explore traffic through here you'll be able to see where users went to once they left your site allowing you to gain insight into their online behaviors I'm going to be then looking at outgoing links audience interests referrals and keywords to learn crucial information about these users understand what content my audience is most interested in I will use the behavior flow report in Google Analytics to learn more about website visitors the site content section is particularly useful to see your top performing content and the average revenue that each page generates this information then allows you to get an understanding of what your followers liked about you and what content appeals to the most I would then lean heavily on the demographics and interest data reports to discover basic characteristic like average age of my audience their gender and geographical location this section will also demonstrate more robust intelligence about their affinities for brands their hobbies topics of interests and buying behaviors in order to earn revenue as an affiliate marketer your audience needs to be connected with what you're saying this means that the services and offers that you promote need to be items or services that they'll actually want or need getting this wrong will not only prevent your success and cause your audience to diminish it can also damage your reputation and credibility if you've ever been turned off by a celebrity endorsement for a product that you'd never buy you've seen affiliate marketing done wrong thank you for joining me today friends I've got this great product to talk to you all about it's this hair straightener I use it every day for things like straightening my clothes so on that note let's jump right into deciding your product if you're wondering how to even start looking for products and brands to partner with don't stress you've got plenty of options an easy way to find affiliate programs is to visit an affiliate marketplace or platform browse your niche here to find top performing platforms here are some of the more popular ones there's a Philly Network a bot link Clickbank flex offers link connector revenue wire and share sale another option is to visit the websites of products and services that you use and like to see if they have an affiliate program large companies often have programs if they promote on their website such as Amazon Associates or the Shopify affiliate program you can often find these in the footer of websites the criteria to qualify for these programs can often vary but some of the factors are the size of your audience the relevancy of your content and then the channel or platform that you choose to use make sure that you do your research into what they're looking for so that you can actively build yourself to qualify for the program now I want to dive into the Shopify affiliate program so once I become a Shopify affiliate I'll be given a sign-up link which I can add in the descriptions of my videos or in the videos themselves and for each person that goes through that link and ends up converting into a paying customer for Shopify I'll get a cut of that now I think that this would work because my content is around entrepreneurship and so it won't turn my audience off and what's nice is that Shopify or other affiliate programs sometimes will sweeten the pot for your audience so they might give you an extended trial for your audience or something like that that'll actually make it worthwhile for your audience and for yourself to promote for brands without an affiliate program you can always try taking a more direct approach in doing so they might be happy to set up an arrangement with you such as offering your followers a special coupon or signup code here's a coupon for free but scratches what's that you want to use it right now there's really no harm in asking the best partnerships are often found when you're the first person to inquire and have a relevant distribution channel again the most important criteria to keep in mind is that the product should be aligned with your audience or the audience that you plan to build really ask yourself is this something that my audience would actually find valuable and does it fit within my area of expertise additionally make sure that the product or service that you're promoting is a fit for the platform that you're promoting it on for example home decor and clothing are well suited for image-heavy platforms like Instagram however if you're promoting more in-depth purchases like software your review may convert better on longer form platforms like a blog or YouTube also always remember these two golden rules of picking a product with affiliate marketing 1 only promote offers that you know will align with your audience interests two always try the product or service before endorsing it if not your audience will know and it'll come back to bite you although I did mention at the beginning of this video that affiliate marketing can be an easy side hustle essentially earning your passive income I want to stress that you will have to do some heavy lifting up front your earning potential will really depend on the quality of your affiliate integration and your audience's response to it to create a good review it's best to get personal authentically share your experience in your blog social media post or video if you're writing a personal review give a can opinion based on your experience with and knowledge of the product the more open you are with your audience the more they will embrace and trust your opinion once you feel confident with your first dip into your affiliate marketing my next big tip will be to start promoting multiple products from multiple brands this will allow you to avoid dependency on one affiliate program and diversify your offerings to your audience and my final tip never forget to disclose to your followers that your post contains affiliate links for one it's required by the FTC and trust me you don't want them to come knockin but also explaining and being transparent about the reason for your affiliation will further strengthen the connection with your audience through trust and there you have it by focusing on these core elements you should be earning income from affiliate marketing in no time if you found this video helpful make sure you hit that subscribe button so you don't miss out on all of the content that we release each week it will help you grow your business also if you've decided to give affiliate marketing ago let me know what type of content or platform you're going to use will you try blogging reviews or will you come from my job let me know especially if it's the last one because I will find you and too much you

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