Hi. I’m Nicole Dean, and I was invited here by John to be a guest expert this week. All summer long, I’m doing a Blog World Tour where I hop from blog to blog, meeting new readers and sharing free information as well as recommendations for valuable resources.
So far, I’ve visited a variety of blogs, from work at home success blogs, to internet marketing blogs. It’s been quite an adventure to say the least.
Oh, and a quick note. I give away prizes at each stop on my journey to people who take the time to comment. Usually you can win the report of your choice from SRZone.com – check out the available reports by clicking here. Hint: My favorite is Homepreneur Habits.
So, keep an eye on your email account that you use when you leave comments. That’s how we send prize notifications. You can only win though, if you comment, so please do leave some thoughts. And, yes, that’s the only reason we’ll contact you.
Onward. At the moment, as you can see in the picture below, I’m sitting overlooking a golf course in Crossville, Tennessee, watching golfers go by. I’m on vacation, but I have my laptop so, while the kids rest a bit, I’m pounding out some of these blog posts. Freedom to travel where I want, when I want is one of the reasons why I’ve chosen to earn money with affiliate marketing. And, that is our topic today.
First of all, what qualifies me to talk about this topic here? Well, anyone can talk. So, I should instead answer the better question – Why should you listen to me?
Let’s see. I’m a successful affiliate marketer. While I wouldn’t classify myself as a “Super Affiliate”, I am the top affiliate for a number of programs and one of the top 10 affiliates for a number of others. I earn affiiate checks from a variety of programs like Clickbank.com, CJ.com, Amazon.com, Linkshare.com – as well as many privately-run programs, too.
I’m also an affiliate manager, and have been since 2006 which means that I run affiliate programs, too. My main client is Jimmy D. Brown (check out our affiliate program at www.Infoprofitshare.com). While managing the InfoProfitShare.com affiliate program, I receive many of the same questions day after day from struggling affiliates. So, I see affilliate marketing from both sides of the coin, which I feel gives me a unique perspective to help you.
When talking with John, he said that the demographics for this blog as far as readers go were bloggers who understood the basics of affiliate marketing, but who were not seeing a full time income from it yet. I’ll assume that many of the readers here are earning under $1000/month with their affiliate marketing efforts. So, that’s who I’ll be talking to this week. However, if you are earning less – or more, this information will still be valuable. I promise.
—– Sidenote —–
If you’re just getting started and need a guide, I, of course, recommend John’s guide: Blogger’s Paycheck. Buy it. Devour it.
After you read and implement the info in that guide, if you’d like to make your knowledge even more powerful, I’d recommend then signing up for Affiliatenaire for additional perspective, strategies, and clarity.
—– End Sidenote —–
Back to intermediate level. I am going to have a very difficult time keeping this down to only 5 ways to boost your affiliate income, but I’m going to try to keep it short and concise so you can choose a few of these ideas and run with them without overwhelm.
On that note, let’s begin. #1 Way to Boost Affiliate Income: Money is in the List.
The #1 way to really increase your affiliate income is by growing a responsive email list of some sort. Now, I’d prefer to start with the easiest method of increasing your affiliate commission, but everything else hinges on the fact that you have a list. Without it, the remaining methods will all be less effective. They’ll still work, but it’s just harder all around without a list. So, starting a mailing list is key.
You only need three things.
- A website or blog. I’m assuming that’s something you already have.
- An autoresponder or mailing service. That handles all of your messages, making sure they are delivered, follows all SPAM laws and keeps things running for you while you’re on vacation.
- Valuable Content. You obviously need a good topic and great info to keep people opening your messages. You can buy it, write it yourself, outsource it, or even borrow it from affiliate programs.
Once you have this in place, everything else will suddenly become easier. You’ll have a list. A list gives you clout and negotiating power. A list gives you cash on demand if you treat your readers well and build a relationship with them. A list gives you a boost in your affiliate income.
I use this example all the time, but it’s because it’s true. Let’s say you have two visitors to your website, Sally and Mary.
Sally comes, looks around, enjoys the content of your blog, posts a comment and leaves through an affiliate link. She may buy or not. Let’s say she does and you get $10. Yay!
Mary comes, finds your list signup where you promise to deliver more valuable information about your niche topic. She signs up and sees an incredible offer on your thank you page and buys it. You earn $10. Yay!
So, what’s the difference? The difference is that I haven’t mentioned their last names yet.
Sally Single – You’ll earn $10 one time from her one single time, because you have no way to bring her back. She’s off like most readers to find the next shiny thing on the ‘net.
Mary Multiple – You can feasibly earn money from Mary forever if you treat her right. Mary signs up, not expecting anything great, but you “wow!” her with valuable content as well as recommendations for products that she really wants. Mary grows to love you and buys just about everything you recommend because she trusts you.
I could write about this topic all day, but instead, I will refer you to my mentor, the List Master, Jimmy D. Brown. He’s put together a free report entitled “Six Steps to Six Figures with List Marketing” and you can grab it free here. (READ the report, but also notice the few followup messages that you receive afterwards. Seriously, they’re awesome to study and learn from.)
And that, my friends, is where I’ll leave off for you. I’ll be back with more tomorrow.
Nicole’s Onine Success Blog & Podcast
PS. for more ways to increase your affiliate commission, check out Affiliate Payraise™:27 Ways To Increase Your Affiliate Commissions by Jimmy D. Brown.