We’ve earned more than $250,000 in affiliate earnings from just one product.
Here’s the earning screenshot.
Earning $250,000 from one affiliate product. That’s a huge number, right?
With the help of affiliate marketing, I earn around $10,000 every single month from my blog. You can read my Bloggers Passion journey to find out how I went from zero to earning more than $10k each month.
Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income earns millions of dollars a year (mostly by promoting affiliate products to his audience).
So yes, you can make a lot of money from affiliate marketing.
If you’re struggling to increase your affiliate sales or just getting started with affiliate marketing, this post is for you where you’ll discover 5 proven ways to increase your affiliate profits.
Are you ready to boost your affiliate revenue? Let’s get started!
In this article, you will learn:
5 Proven Ways to Increase Your Affiliate Product Sales
1. Start with one or two products
One of the biggest mistakes most beginners make while entering into affiliate marketing is they promote too many products at once. If you’re also making such a mistake, stop doing that.
Stop promoting multiple products. Why? The simple reason is you can’t give 100% attention to all of them.
Remember, successful affiliate marketing is all about giving more attention to every single product you promote. Your promotion strategy plays an important role. If you are not able to spend enough time in the promotion, you won’t get more sales.
So what else should you do?
Find one or two products that you REALLY love.
Those products should be really helpful to your target audience. They should be EPIC. They should add value, offer excellent benefits and provide value for money.
Finding the right affiliate products can make a huge difference and here are some useful tips for you.
Promote products that you already use: If your niche allows, start your affiliate marketing journey by promoting the products that you already use. It allows you to provide A to Z information about the products. You can also start promoting the products that you really love.
Promote products that offer recurring commissions: Recurring affiliate products help you earn an ongoing commission for a lifetime (not just once the sale is made). For instance, there are SEO affiliate programs such as BeRush (affiliate program for SEMrush) which gives you 40% recurring commission!
Find top paying products of your competitors: You should make a list of 10 to 20 competitors sites in your industry and find at least one or two affiliate products that are generating more sales for them. That way you can easily find a couple of products that are relevant to your blog audience.
2. Educate your audience with your content
You need to build trust. You need to create awareness. You need to educate your audience if you want to boost your affiliate sales.
What’s the best way to do all of them?
Create great content. Create useful content (be it blog posts, videos or podcasts) that caters to your target audience.
Here are some thoughtful ways to educate your audience with your content.
Write unbiased reviews: One of the simplest yet most effective ways to increase your affiliate sales is to create product reviews. They should offer value and they should be genuine.
Don’t write a product review to sell something hard. Instead, use your product reviews to pre-sell your products. Include everything from pros, cons, features, alternatives about every product review you write. Use a ton of screenshots and create video tutorials (if possible).
Build an email list: An email list allows you to educate your audience about any product you promote. According to Hubspot, email generates $38 for every $1 spent – that’s a huge ROI, right?
The key is to build an email list from day 1 by offering freebies such as email courses, eBooks, checklists, etc. Also, create an email sequence that helps you create awareness about a particular product you want to promote on your blog.
3. SEO plays a key role
Most successful affiliate marketers rank on top of Google search for a ton of affiliate product related keywords.
That’s why they always get a constant flow of traffic to their site for free. Remember one thing: your affiliate product sales mostly depend on search traffic.
The more visitors you get from search engines to your review pages, the more commissions you can make.
I don’t want to talk everything about search engine optimization here but there are TWO major things you need to consider to get more search traffic.
- Keyword research
- On-page optimization
Let’s briefly talk about both of them now.
#1: Keyword Research:
Want to get more search engine traffic to your site? Start with keyword research. Find long-tail keywords that are easier to rank for. Also, make sure to analyze your competitors’ top-performing pages so you can come up with a ton of potential keyword ideas to create content around.
Why target long-tail keywords? Here are some benefits.
- Long tail keywords usually have low competition
- They help you with higher conversions
- You can rank for multiple keywords
- It’s easier to get on top of Google search by targeting long tail keywords
Here are some tools you can use for effective long-tail keyword research.
- SEMrush (our favourite SEO tool)
#2: On-page SEO:
On-page optimization helps you properly optimize your blog posts or pages for your target keywords. If you want to rank higher, you need to learn the art of on-page optimization.
Here are two of the most popular plugins you can use for on-page SEO (only for WordPress sites).
4. Build a sales funnel
A sales funnel helps you convert your random website visitors into leads and then sales. If you’re looking to boost your affiliate product sales, you need to build a sales funnel.
For example, let’s briefly talk about the sales funnel of the popular email marketing platform ConvertKit.
Immediately when you land on their homepage, they offer you a free trial.
Once you click on that button, they will ask you a few simple questions and provide you with a free registration form which allows you to create a free account with ConvertKit.
Then, they convert free users into paying customers (after they reach 500+ subscribers). See how simple it is. It looks so simple but works pretty well for such companies.
Let’s now strip down their sales funnel so you can better understand how it works.
- Homepage (they bring traffic from search engines, paid ads, social media, email lists etc)
- Free account (upon landing on their homepage, they offer a free trial)
- Turn into customers (they offer premium pricing plans where you get amazing features to build and grow your email lists)
Similarly, you also need a sales funnel on your blog if you want to grow your affiliate commissions.
Here are some effective tips to build a sales funnel that helps you with more affiliate product sales.
- Create a landing page and offer a freebie to your website visitors. That way you can convert them into email subscribers. You can offer freebies such as eBooks, checklists or anything that’s relevant to your target audience.
- Create an email sequence campaign with the primary motive of creating awareness about the products you want to promote. Teach, teach, teach and then sell! Don’t sell or pitch your products from day one. You will get higher conversions once you create awareness about your products first.
- Engage with your subscribers frequently. Send them regular email updates, tips and freebies to keep them engaged.
- Send updates whenever you receive special offers and discounts from the affiliate product vendors you promote. It always helps you get more sales.
5. Offer incentives
Why should anyone buy from you instead of your competitors?
If you can answer the above question, it becomes so much easier to make more affiliate sales.
What value are you adding when compared to others? Why should someone purchase a product using your affiliate links?
If you’re just getting started with affiliate marketing, it’s always better to offer exclusive discounts, special promos or incentives.
If you already have your own products or services in place, you can offer them at a huge discount for those who are buying affiliate products from you.
You can also get in touch with affiliate managers to see if they can offer some special discounts for your audience.
Quick note: Make sure to read the terms and conditions of the affiliate programs you promote and see if you’re allowed to provide special incentives such as free eBooks, video tutorials etc to increase your product sales.
Over to you
Affiliate marketing is all about building trust and setting up a solid foundation. Focus on creating awareness about your affiliate products instead of selling hard.
Do you have any more questions? Let me know in the comments.
Author Bio: Hi, my name is Anil Agarwal. I’m a full-time blogger and SEO expert at BloggersPassion.com which makes $10K+ a month mostly from affiliate marketing.