What’s up guys, it’s Justin Showlay from grindstop.com and today I’m gonna be talking to you about eight steps to affiliate marketing success in 2017.
1. CHOOSE A NICHE
We want to choose a niche that we’re passionate about, that we like. Maybe we have a hobby in this niche or maybe it’s one of the big niches, health, wealth and relationships. Those are the three big niches. So if you’re just getting started, choose one of those niches and look to see if there’s different products selling in the niche. You want to do some research. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, go on Google Trends, and see what you can find. Go on different forums, blogs, and websites to try to find a good niche. Do some niche research. Now once you have a niche, the next step is to.
2. CHOOSE AN AFFILIATE NETWORK
Step number two is choosing an affiliate network. Now there’s different affiliate networks out there such as Amazon, Share A Sale, Commission Junction, LinkShare, ClickBank, JVZoo.
These are just some different affiliate networks that you can go to when you’re looking for an affiliate network depending on what type of product you’re selling. If you’re selling an info product, then a network like ClickBank or JVZoo might work better for you. If you’re looking for a physical product then Commission Junction, LinkShare or Share A Sale, and if you are undecided than just go with Amazon.
Amazon’s a great affiliate network because they give you a percentage of the sale and anything else that the person purchases at Amazon after they’ve clicked on your affiliate link and go to Amazon, you’ll get a percentage of that as well. So you’ve chosen a niche, you’ve chosen an affiliate network, the next step is to
3. CHOOSE AN AFFILIATE PRODUCT
Step number three is to choose an affiliate product. So we want to look at these different affiliate networks and do some research. Look at the stats, look at which products have been selling well, do some research and find a good product to promote from these affiliate networks. You want to find a product that has a good profit margin and that’s selling really well in your niche.
4. CREATE A FREE REPORT
So you’ve chosen a niche, you’ve chosen an affiliate network, you’ve chosen an affiliate product, the next step is to get a free report created on the product that you’re promoting. So whatever product you’re promoting, you want to put together like a 10 to 15 page guide that’s basically gonna pre-sell them on the actual offer. That’s basically gonna get them warmed up and a way for you to provide value. Inside this free report, we’re gonna have links to different affiliate products.
5. CREATE A LANDING PAGE
So once we have our free report, that moves us on to the next step which is step number five, creating your landing page. Now creating a landing page, you can either create the landing page yourself if you know HTML or you can use a landing page creation service like Lead pages or ClickFunnels, those are two great paid landing page creation services that you can use. Now once you have your landing page created, let me just recap to where we are. So we’ve chosen a niche, we’ve chosen an affiliate network, we’ve chosen an affiliate product, we’ve created a free report and now we’ve created our landing page.
6. CREATE AN AUTO-RESPONDER
That moves us to step number six which is creating your autoresponder. Now we want to set up an autoresponder series. An autoresponder is just a series of emails that go out after somebody opts in for your free gift on your landing page. So the first email that goes out is a welcome email. Then we have a couple of value emails that go out and then we have the offer. So on day four, we’re gonna send out a short little email that pushes them to the affiliate product. So we have our welcome email, a couple of value emails which can be anything a for example a testimonial of the product or you give them a few tips, like in the first value email, you give them three tips in the same category that your product is in. And then the next email, maybe give them a testimonial of somebody that’s used the product and had some success with it. And then in the next email, you send out a link to the offer.
So we basically are promoting the product from a few different angles. First we hit them up with a link to the affiliate offer inside of our free report. And then also on the thank you page after they opt in for the free report, we have a link at the bottom that takes them over to the affiliate offer. And the reason that we send them to a thank you page after they opt in, is because we want to make sure that they’re giving us a real email address. A lot of people will use fake email addresses and especially if you’re buying, the traffic, you want to make sure that you’re getting real legit email addresses on your email list. It’s gonna help with your open rate as well. So let’s recap to where we are so far. So we’ve chosen a niche, we’ve chosen an affiliate network, we’ve chosen an affiliate product, we’ve created a free gift, we’ve created a landing page, we’ve set up our autoresponder.
7. SETUP YOUR TRACKING
That moves us to step number seven which is setup your tracking. Now there’s different tracking services out there such as Clicky or ClickMeter or Google Analytics or Hot jar. Those are some free tracking services or you can use a paid tracking service like iMobiTrax or Voluum. Those are some higher priced different tracking services that give you more options and things like that. But if you’re just getting started, go with Google Analytics. It’s more than powerful enough and it’ll definitely service you in the way that you need it to for step number eight.
8. DRIVING TRAFFIC
Because step number eight, our final step is driving traffic. And there’s many different traffic sources out there such as Google, Facebook, Bing, 7search, BuySellAds, Quora, Yahoo Answers. Now traffic is split up into free traffic sources and paid traffic sources. I’ve created another video on free traffic sources, if you’re getting started, a great way to get started with affiliate marketing is doing Facebook ads and solo ads.
Solo ads are where you go to somebody else who has an email list and they’ll write you an email for a price and then you promote your free report to these people. So if you find somebody who’s in the same niche as you, it’s a great way to get people on to your email list and to start buying your different affiliate products.
So once we’ve found a traffic source, that completes our eight steps. So just to recap, the eight steps are choosing a niche, finding an affiliate network, finding an affiliate product to promote on one of these affiliate networks, creating your free gift, creating your landing page, setting up your autoresponder, setting up your tracking and choosing a traffic source. After you’ve done those eight steps, you are set. You are ready to go and start making money. So those are the eight steps to affiliate marketing success. Again, my name’s Justin Showlay from grindstop.com and I’ll talk to you soon. Bye.