Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links on this page above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
In general, you want to ensure that the affiliates you’ve chosen are active within the right niche for the products being promoted. And don’t underestimate the impact of empowered affiliates that have their heads (and hearts) in the game; they have the potential to skyrocket your sales – and make running your affiliate program a lot more enjoyable, too!
Always disclose your affiliate relationship. Most visitors will probably understand that graphic ads will lead to your getting paid, but if you write a review or use an in-text link as a recommendation, you want your readers to know that may lead to compensation as well. This ensures you retain transparency and trust with your readers, but also, it's required by the FTC's endorsement rules.
Some advertisers offer multi-tier programs that distribute commission into a hierarchical referral network of sign-ups and sub-partners. In practical terms, publisher "A" signs up to the program with an advertiser and gets rewarded for the agreed activity conducted by a referred visitor. If publisher "A" attracts publishers "B" and "C" to sign up for the same program using his sign-up code, all future activities performed by publishers "B" and "C" will result in additional commission (at a lower rate) for publisher "A".
Products are now put in a category. The commission will be based on the category each product has been placed in whether or not the category is correct. For instance, I had a sale for a child riding toy tractor. Instead of it being in toys category which would have only earned me 3%, it was actually placed in lawn and garden category which I then actually earned 8% instead.
When considering a bonus promotion, offer an incentive that distinguishes you from your competitors. Maybe it’s a free style makeover; maybe it’s a single day of outrageous commissions. Look at what you have to offer, and work it into a creative affiliate promotion. Also, be sure you have properly defined the objective of the promotion. If you’re trying to drive affiliate engagement, tie the incentive to traffic. If you’re trying to drive revenue, tie the incentive to sales. And always make sure you measure the impact of your promotion so you know what works.
Focus on reviewing products that fall within your niche. Then, leveraging the rapport you have created with your audience and your stance as an expert, tell your readers why they would benefit from purchasing the product you are promoting. It is especially effective to compare this product to others in the same category. Most importantly, make sure you are generating detailed, articulate content to improve conversions.
Starting on Wednesday, December 19 (the same day enrollment closes), I’ll be going live in a private Facebook group created just for students who want to take this course with me. During that time, we’ll work through the day’s lesson plan together, and I’ll share tips and strategies for optimizing your work through that particular lesson. There’s a workbook that comes with the course (see mine below for my 2018 plan) and I’ll share my work and thought process with you, too.
Using influencers to market your products or services is a great way to quickly saturate yourself into the marketplace, no matter what you're peddling. However, finding the right influencer at the right price is the hard part. You don't necessarily have to go to the top-tier influencers; you can also opt for micro-influencers (those that have 10,000 to 100,000 followers or fans).