However, there are many reasons why you shouldn’t pitch your affiliate links or business opportunity on social media, day in and day out. But that’s for another discussion or you can just click the link above and read it now.
When you find a quality affiliate product to promote (that works and can relate to your specific network marketing (MLM) business) you can by-pass the countless hours of work involved in constructing a convincing product and crafting a sales page that converts.
Additionally, incorporating affiliate products into your product inventory for your online network marketing (MLM) business gives you the added bonus of building multiple streams of income.
Simply send traffic to an offer as an affiliate and you earn money every single time that traffic converts.
Although affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to get started, simply getting an affiliate web link and start pushing it around social media you will be missing out on a lot of sales, traffic, authority and credibility with your audience that you might have gained by taking a more diverse tactic and leading with value first.
On your blog, you have complete control over what the user sees – the content, where they see it, how it’s all presented, and how it is provided or consumed. Why? Because you own your blog. That is your very own piece of real-estate on the World Wide Web.
Unfortunately, on social media, you’re restricted with the kind of content you can post and your content is promoted very differently based on the kind of content it is.
Facebook especially, is trying to keep sales associated posts out of the news feed of its users. So if you post an affiliate link straight to Facebook it will often times not preview correctly or worse yet, if you promote that specific type of affiliate link, you can end up in Facebook Jail i.e. your Facebook page gets shut down permanently.
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Also, on social media sites like Twitter you will get poor results if you don’t promote your affiliate link correctly.
So what are you supposed to do? How do you correctly use affiliate marketing with social media?
Here are 7 suggestions to help you in getting more traffic from social media so you can create more value and make even more money with your affiliate marketing.
1) Create an Affiliate Redirect Link
A raw affiliate URL is easy to spot and since it looks sketchy many people simply won’t click it.
Example ==> https://www.spinrewriter.com/?ref=19e89
If you create a re-direct you can get a much cleaner link that attracts more clicks.
Example ==> http://shaunkeizur.bizbuildermastery.net/
But even better, did you know you don’t even need to keep the link on your Facebook post? Simply copy and paste the URL into Status Update window on Facebook.
After a second or two, Facebook will display the link’s Meta information – title, description, and photo.
Once this happens, you can simply delete the URL out of the status update window and type in your own catchy intro or winning headline.
2) Deliver Quality Content First
As opposed of constantly pitching or promoting your products and services (Click Here, Join My Team, Message Me For More Information… blah, blah, blah), begin by creating and sharing quality content that your audience will appreciate.
You can get terrific results by providing value-added content first and then promoting your affiliate link at the end of your content.
Your content can be in any different form:
- A Blog post
- A Facebook post
- An Email Newsletter
- A YouTube Video
- An Infographic
- A Podcast
However, you should always buy and use any product you promote. Be a product of the product. If you are able to sell yourself on a product first it becomes a lot easier to then endorse that product to other people with your affiliate link.
Once you get someone is on your site they should have the opportunity to join your list. I recommend using a light-box plugin to capture subscribers. Or simply putting a tab at the top of your blog to join or contact you can greatly increase your leads.
3) Link Images of the Product You are Marketing
Images attract clicks. Especially relevant + congruent + quality images = clicks.
Take a Print Screen of the page you are marketing and then connect or link that picture to the web page with your affiliate link.
For example this is what my Facebook Getting Started Cheat Sheet product looks like:
4) Grow Your Email List
You’ve heard it before, and you’re going to hear it again now, because email is still one of the most effective means to send traffic and make money online.
Provide immense value up-front in the lead magnet you create for your opt-in forms.
The larger and more responsive your email list is, the more traffic you can send to your affiliate link, and the more money you can make.
Offer tons of value for free to gain the trust of your audience. And more importantly, respect that trust by only recommending quality products and services.
If you use Aweber you can also get your broadcast emails to post to your Twitter stream and Facebook page at the same time your broadcast goes out.
If you want some suggestions for growing your email list check out this post about how to get more email subscribers.
5) Be Smart About How You Shorten Your Links
There are some link shortening services that do not allow you to use affiliate links.
Bit.ly does not allow clickbank jump links, and several other URL shorteners do not allow this either. So make sure you read the fine print and choose services that work for you. (FYI, tinyurl.com allows clickbank)
I also recommend inserting a resource tab (like the one at the top of this page) and fill it with appropriate value added affiliate links, so that you can attract as many quality affiliates as possible.
6) Only Promote High Quality Offers
By promoting a high quality offer, everyone wins.
The customer wins because they are getting an incredible deal on valuable information.
The affiliate (YOU) wins because they get a healthy commission for sending the traffic and referring the sales.
The vendor wins by making money for the hard work they put into producing an incredible product.
7) Set up Evergreen Autoresponder Emails
Autoresponders (I prefer Aweber) can be an influential tool for turning your new subscriber’s right into trusting readers that will click the links you mention and consider the products you suggest.
Set your autoresponder up with at least 7 emails to start with, set them to deploy one day after another for the first 7 days after someone joins your list.
Pro Tip: Make a specific thank you page that thanks them for their information immediately after their optin. But more importantly, ensure that thank you page tells and shows them what to expect, who to expect emails from, how to whitelist your email.
You can even turn these 7 emails into an e-course and turn them right into your own lead magnet.
This is a great concept since an e-course has a high value and this gets people thinking about your emails as highly valuable from the start and encourages them to look for and open your emails.
I use an Instagram Lead Magic e-course and my subscribers love it!
Are you making thousands of dollars with affiliate marketing yet?
The affiliate marketing techniques above help me and my affiliates make sales on a daily basis!
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Shaun & Kimberly Keizur