As an affiliate marketer, conversions are how you get paid, so the primary focus of your strategy is to drive traffic to your site. Here are some techniques to target website traffic that brings you actual conversions.
Push traffic allows affiliates and advertisers to promote different offers in an affordable and scalable way. Affiliate marketers can use push to start an effective push notification campaign while catering to a broader audience. Push uses a subscription-based model, meaning users must agree to receive push notifications first. This prequalifies the audience as the subscribers are probably already interested in digital offers. The process is ongoing even when the user isn’t actively browsing. When they click the notification, subscribers are directed to the promoted landing page or immediately to the offer. By pushing out products and offers that you know customers will be interested in, you’ll increase the value of your notifications while keeping customers engaged.
Affiliate marketing is a natural market for chatbots. If your chatbot solves a specific problem, you can add affiliate links to it. You can also use chatbots to gather user information in order to generate more leads. A chatbot can provide information about your program to potential affiliates, whether or not you or a customer service representative is available to handle the inquiry.
Sharing affiliate links in blog posts is a common practice—and for good reason. If you have an already active and loyal followership, your audience trusts your advice and reviews. Be careful not to come off as too salesy, though. Your content should continue to provide value to the reader and your affiliate links should not be forced to fit a narrative that isn’t quite there.
You can also use affiliate links to make suggestions to reader comments and questions. This tactic is best served on your own blog, though, and not on other blogs where your links might get flagged as spam.
The best way to utilize links inside your blog posts is inside your evergreen posts. Evergreen content is content that remains relevant for years to come, such as how-to guides, best practices or hacks. These are the articles that are shared and referenced for extended periods of tie. Be sure to go back to these posts to refresh them with updated stats, check them for dead links and give them a periodic spruce.
Email marketing always requires building a list first, which is best built by offering something free, (industry stats, a guide, a white paper, a webinar) and then using a form to capture email addresses. Be careful to only reach out to your list with your most relevant, impressive and exclusive information, or watch your unsubscribe rates multiply. Affiliate links are best used as part of the body text of the email. Promoting affiliate products directly in the email is okay, as long as there is more valuable and useful content than there is “sales.” The best way to handle this is by segmenting your emails so the appropriate affiliate links go to the right audience. You can even pair email with push notifications.
Sometimes the best way to get eyes is to show, not tell. Video is the best way to illustrate concepts that are complicated to explain. If someone, for example, is trying to assemble something, most people prefer an instructional video. A video can demonstrate to customers and potential customers how to address their painpoints using one of your affiliates, and exactly what their products do.
Affiliate marketing campaigns can sprawl across dozens of channels. Push notifications are a great start. Sign up for a free trial to start sending push notifications today.