Many new web masters often wonder why their blog is not making money after working for months and even sometimes years. Sometimes it CAN BE rocket science to actually get those sales rolling in on regular basis. Getting more website affiliate sales in your hip pocket is a great feeling and this all comes with experience.
I love waking up every morning to check my emails and accounts to see what sales have rolled in over night. This is part of my job now, but it wasn’t always like this. Making money with WordPress websites is a long road, but a solid one, creating a real business to support your family.
Here are my tips to bring in more website affiliate sales:
#1. Establish a Product Base
I like to establish a product base for each of my websites. Lets face it, a product that people buy ususally solves a probelm they have. But I must stress that the products you sell must be related to your niche… If you have a health blog you cannot sell web hosting for bloggers, you need to sell health related products. This is a big problem for newbie website builders because they find a good product and presume that they can sell it anywhere.
For example I have a computer tips website:
What topics do I cover that require a solution?
Computer viruses = Computer virus software
Computer knowledge = Computer course
Computer education = Ebooks
Slow Computer = Computer maintenance software
It is very important that you choose the right product to solve the persons problem. This will give you more sales guaranteed!
#2. Go Deeper with Product Research
So you think your affiliate product is great, but what about the sales page and checkout? Does all this convert the customer for you? I have tried to sell some products that I thought would sell for sure, but the sales page often let me down.
There is no point adding links and banners to your best pages when the sales page is not going to convert for you.
#3. Test the Product
Yes you can test out the product for yourself, which I suggest below, but I mean test its potential to sell. Write an article for the product, publish and promote. If you see a few sales then you know you have a great product that will work with your website.
#4.Practise What you Preach
Hey if you do not want to use the product you are selling then why should anyone else? Get real here. Where is your solid proof and results from using the product you are selling? You can do all the right things to sell a product but not using it yourself you are shooting yourself in the foot.
To save money when you are not making that much, ask the product owner for a review copy or trial. Many product owners are happy to help out someone who is thinking of selling their products.
#5. Weave your Products into Your Website
You cannot just slam big banner ads all over your website and expect to make money! Remember your sidebar etiquette? This is the same for the whole website. You should never overdo your advertising.
If you hang around here (this blog) you would know that I like in content links above all ways of adversing.
Strategy for each post:
What is the problem?
What is the solution?
What product will fix the problem?
Is there room for one banner?
Where can I place affiliate links?
Can I link to a related post that has an affiliate link too?
Adding a product into your website can take time, however it should be worth the effort if you have tested the sales potential.
Please note: I recommend you nofollow all affiliate links so you are not done for passing page rank out to other sites. And in a way, these are paid links.
#6. Don’t Sell Like a Used Car Sales Person
You do not need to shove a product in someone’s face for them to buy it. It is far better to tell the person why they need it and not why you think they must have it.
Fancy sales jargon is not a good selling method now days. As soon as people see how your product will benefit them they will then have a need for it.
It is also important to target the right keywords that equal the solution. If you do this you will almost never have to sell.
So lets say that the product I want to sell is computer maintenance software. I can only write so many articles about the “best computer maintenance software” or “free computer maintenance software”.
I prefer to write about a problem that the software can solve:
5 ways to speed up your computer. (note that I will show how to speed up your computer manually, but show that software can do the same thing in seconds.)
5 Tips to avoid computer errors. (Again I will show some tips to do computer maintenance manually. There is no need to spend money as the reader gets valuable info to use for free)
#7. Never Recommend Bad Stuff
Recommending junk to people will only lose trust. You can do this if you are just after a quick sale but to build a real business, you need to only sell proven products that you have tested and are happy with.
Many people ask me to sell their products, but I cannot. They are not good enough for me to promote.
#8. Tweak What you Have
Content is very valuable and people often think that once it is more than a month old it is worthless. I guess it is out of mind, out of sight.
Just say you have a review of a product that made one sale. How about going back to that post, providing the product is still valid and worthy, to tweak the article for extra affiliate sales.
This is a massive problem, people just don’t monetize their content correctly. Imagine if you could make money from every article you post on the internet. Well you probably could! It just takes effort.
I have shown this video before, however it shows how a small link in the right place can make some substantial sales.
#9. Define your Money Pages
You are probably moaning and groaning about tweaking all the content you have. Well why not narrow it down to proven money earners first.
What pages and posts are making sales for you? I have articles that I have written 4 years ago that still make me money on a daily basis. This is because I have refreshed them with new information to keep up with the times. I also link to them often, either from an external backlink or an internal link on a new post.
#10. Time = Money
No I do not mean getting paid by the hour for your work as this is not how this website business works. My theory is simple. Spend time on your content and the money will come. I can spend hours on one article but you must remember that this article could be making sales for 4 years. How crazy is that? Crazy but true!
Invest your time in creating killer content and you will be rewarded.
Choose your products you wish to sell carefully. A quality product with a great sales page can make your job very easy. Also do not just write reviews about products, write about the problem and use the product as a solution. This works well, providing you give your readers valuable information at the same time.