This is obviously a crucial factor to consider. You might come up with an idea for a niche you know a lot about, but are there affiliate programs for the niche? No affiliate program = no sales. Time to look for a different niche.
Up until now, Facebook has defined a “video view” as any time a user watches a clip for a minimum of three seconds. That’s been a source of controversy in the media business, especially since Facebook automatically plays videos when they show up in users’ feeds.
I will give you a very simple example. Let’s say you build up an audience of 50,000 readers and out of that 50k you have about 1% that trust you (1% of people that trust you online is actually very huge), so that equates to 500 readers. Out of that 500 readers you will have about 10% that will buy your eBook and other affiliate products, so 50 people total. So, if you are selling your eBook for $10, you will make $500. Of course it doesn’t stop there, those people that buy the eBook and like it will most likely recommend it, and you will have a snowball effect where more people keep buying your book and other affiliate products. This is just a rough example that shows you some realistic numbers. Do not ever think that if you build up a huge number of readers that they will all trust you and buy the products that you promote; if it was that easy everyone would be a millionaire by now.
Yes and no. You should never pay to become an affiliate for a merchant’s program. Joining and promoting an affiliate program is a free opportunity. If someone is asking you to spend money to become their affiliate, then you’re being presented with an affiliate scam and should steer clear of that program.
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Affiliate networks that already have several advertisers typically also have a large pool of publishers. These publishers could be potentially recruited, and there is also an increased chance that publishers in the network apply to the program on their own, without the need for recruitment efforts by the advertiser.
While these amounts are not in the thousands, it still goes to show how a product (shown to the right audience) can have powerful results. So just imagine, what if i were a lot more active as opposed to passive?
As for forums, I couldn’t say with certainty what might be best. I’m not well versed in your niche but a Google search would probably yield plenty of results. A great way to select forums is to think of your ideal reader/viewer and where they might “hang out” online.
To sum it all up, making your first affiliate commission requires a bit of work but if you break it all down and follow it step by step, it won’t seem so overwhelming at all. Here’s a quick recap of what you need to do:
You might not think that you can provide the right marketing message in just a few seconds. If so, consider testing videos of different lengths to see which works the best. You might be surprised with the results that you’ll get when you compare short, punchy videos to longer ones. Social media users are notoriously impatient and many just want you to get to the point so that they can decide if they will take further action. Even if you decide to create longer video ads, you still need to work hard to capture attention within those first few seconds.
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I just promoted a product yesterday on twiiter as i copy my clickbank hop link on to my twitter account straight away my account was suspend, can i do away with twitter then because i cant keep appealing against account suspension always
I always run my affiliate links through redirects – also referred to as cloaking affiliate links – for several reasons:Running them through my redirects means I have a click count to match up to the one the merchant is reporting. Affiliate links … Read More
That number is down from 40 minutes recorded just three years ago. This is supported by findings by SimilarWeb, a marketing intelligence firm which claims that people are generally spending less time on social media now than they did before.
Hi Mark. Thanks for stopping by. If you’re producing videos, YouTube is a great platform. In addition to affiliate marketing, you can monetize your videos easily with AdSense too. You can develop your channel around your niche and promote/review/suggest products that you your audience will benefit from.
Ultimately, it’s all about understanding what your audience really wants. Say you’re an organic nutrition and wellness coach. For you, a natural weight-loss product you’ve used successfully could be a great fit. But be careful – a more commercial product in that same sector could be a huge turnoff for your particular audience.
Hi, Nice article. I am not sure about the process though. I can understand, finding a niche. But, when it comes to affiliate programs I get a little lost. Would I be promoting someone else’s products? If so, no problem. I know I need to research high end products with gravity, are these products ones in certain stores, or companies, etc.?? If so, do I need to get permissions to be on an affiliate program with that company? Also, if it is products with a company, then how do I offer promotions on their products since they are not mine? Thank you, Nanette Vlahusich
However, by the same token, Facebook posts have a shorter lifespan. In the stream-like flow of the news feed, once a video stops getting likes and shares it quickly sinks to the bottom, rarely to be heard from again. It’s hard to search for old Facebook videos and linking to them directly is problematic. These are huge hurdles.
So far, more than 70% of in-stream video ads up to 15 seconds in length were watched to completion, Facebook said. That includes the Audience Network, where in-stream video ads have been available since last year.
Amazon Associates – Who doesn’t love Amazon and the fact that you can get almost anything there? (Plus, it’s a handy place to spend all those Swagbucks gift cards!) Of course, they have much more than books like a Kindle, or even computers like Macs (be still my heart), Pirate’s Booty (we’ve been known to buy these by the case) and textbooks (stop here before the college bookstore!). Sign up with Amazon Associates here.
Making a single, general ad to be shown to all of the different types of people on Facebook is inefficient and ineffective. Create different ads for different customers by tailoring to their preferences. An ad created for a potential new customer who has never heard of your company should be focused on building brand awareness, whereas an ad for someone familiar with your business should discuss additional aspects of your product or service that may benefit them. You can also take advantage of Facebook Audience Insights to know your audience based on age, demographics, lifestyle, gender, relationship status, and more.
Every affiliate program has a set TOS. For example, many of them offer a 60-day cookie period, which means that if a visitor uses your special affiliate link to land on the sales page of the site and buys something within the next 60 days, you will be entitled to the sale’s commission.
This kind of indirect targeting may be even more useful for a small business owner who needs to build brand awareness than a global corporation like Disney. Still, if it works for them, it might work even better for you!
Amazon has a wide-range of products for you to promote, and you can always create affiliate links for those products. Don’t skip this step, because this is what will make you money. If you forget to promote the products using your affiliate links, but instead, you are promoting the product directly using the product link, then you will not get the percentage of any sales that come from your link. So, be sure that before promoting any products, you should create affiliate links for it. Only then will you be able to make money from your promotion.
The most compelling reason to upload directly to Facebook is because that is what this platform favors. In fact, Socialbakers found that they received 10x more engagement from uploading directly than linking to YouTube:
But when you’re just starting out, you won’t have as big of a following as these users. So, you’ll need to focus on providing genuinely useful content that will help build an engaged community. After all, there’s no point in creating videos that people won’t watch.
There’s something important to remember if you are an affiliate marketer. Just because you are promoting other people’s products doesn’t mean you can skimp on the marketing. You must take the promotion just as seriously as you would any other.
Typically when people use YouTube they are focused on getting as many subscribers as they can to build their channel. And that’s ok, but I’m not focused on subscribers. Yes if I get subscribers that’s ok, but my focus is to get people off YouTube and to my site.
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At this point, you should have a basic understanding of what affiliate marketing is and how it works. If you have any questions regarding any of this, you can always ask me in the comments section below.
This beer company came up with a way to get into the Super Bowl marketing act yet again without buying ad space. It looked to crowdfund a commercial with 30 or so like-minded brands, which would each be featured very briefly in the video. The ad ran on Facebook and in one market during the game.
For sure. I would also add you do not want ALL of your videos to be the picture style. It is often best to mix it up. Keeps it fresh you know… Also make sure that pictures that you grab are ones that you actually have right for.
hey sean, am a newbie who is so ethusistic about online marketing. great post , i must commend , it came in handy. through your post i clearly understand that an affiliate mustr have a website and a blog as a platform for promoting the good and services. here the thing with me , i dont have either of them and am asking ….. is it advisable for me to delve in affilate marketing peradventure i get a blog running now …?