There is no doubt that affiliate marketing can be a huge money maker on the internet. Folks like Michelle from Making Sense of Cents are raking the income in month after month – to the tune of $50,000! Would you like to be one of those marketers?
While taking an affiliate marketing course is very helpful when learning the ins and outs of making money by promoting other people’s products, there are more specialized topics you need to study as well. Becoming more aware of these subjects will help you soar above your competition, garner more traffic, and ultimately convert into more sales.
Let’s take a look at 4 areas of online business you need to become familiar with in order to be a successful affiliate marketer.
Blogging is important to learn as an affiliate. Most people simply learn the basics of setting up a blog and then never go further with their knowledge. It’s not enough to simply know the technical details of blog set up and then slap some articles onto a blog.
You want to know advanced strategies. This includes things like plugins which help your blog operate better in the world of SEO, elements that achieve the best navigation and communication for your audience, and more.
Bloggers should always be learning about content strategies for their blog… it takes more than a review with links to become an authority in your niche, and even as an affiliate blogger, that’s what you want to be.
2. List Building
List building is something far too many affiliates ignore. They’re simply after that initial click through and they miss out on years of potential sales making this mistake. Take the baby niche, for example.
There are endless opportunities to cater to that parent’s needs in the niche. You can promote baby care items initially, then toddler toys, home decor for the room, furniture from crib to bed, and more.
You want to know the technical details of list building, but also gain insight into how to grow your list, how to make the subscribers more responsive, and more. There’s a lot to learn and implement.
Recommended Resource: Melyssa Griffin’s List Surge is amazing at helping you build your list quickly!
3. Social Media
The third thing you want to study up on is social media marketing. There are dozens of books and courses on this topic, and they teach you how to utilize free traffic opportunities like Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, to increase your affiliate sales. Plus, paid advertising on the first two social platforms is becoming highly regarded as great ways to make money with affiliate marketing.
Recommended Resource: Melyssa Griffin’s Pinfinite Growth is a wonderful course for learning the ins and outs of Pinterest. Pinterest is currently my #1 traffic source on all the blogs I own, so you really need to make sure you are making the most of that site! I also highly recommend Tailwind, so you can automate your pinning and save time.
4. Spotting Trends
If you plan to branch out or expand your niche, then you will need to learn how to spot trends. Even if you stay in just one niche, it’s important to understand how you can keep an ear to the ground and get an edge over your competition using trend data to dominate. It will help you become an authority if you are always sharing the latest and greatest news and products in your niche.
Which area of affiliate marketing do you need more help with?
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