Affiliate Marketing for the Introvert Network Marketer
Should I be doing affiliate marketing if I’m a introvert entrepreneur? What if I’m just a network marketer, does it make sense to add affiliate marketing to my business? This is a question I’ve been getting a lot lately, especially after I created a video saying that I was done with selling other peoples stuff!
Let me clarify… when I said I no longer wanted to sell other people stuff, I was referring to selling network marketing products and the promotion of their business opportunity.
I go back and forth with this, but the truth is, as an introvert myself, I feel like I really excel more with affiliate marketing. There is even a way to make residual affiliate marketing sales if you know the right companies to work with.
And don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against network marketing, if you read my story, you know I just didn’t think it was particularly right for me and my introverted personality type.
However, I found that affiliate marketing IS perfect for my personality type because it was more of a behind-the- scenes type of marketing, and without this platform, I wouldn’t have made it as far as I have in my business.
The money I made in affiliate marketing actually kept me in business while I was trying to figure out what I really wanted my biz to look like. And I can confirm that employing affiliate marketing principles to selling MLM products and even building a team, most definetly works.
I’ll tell you more about that another time…
So, if you are a introvert network marketer… And you’re wondering if you should look at replacing or adding an affiliate marketing money stream to your business, we’ll go over what affiliate marketing actually is and how it works and then you can tell me if you think it’s right for you.
Passive Income with Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is one of the hottest ways to create passive income from home or while you’re trying to figure out your own biz plan. If you’re trying to build a MLM business, it can take time to build your team and most often your time is spent trying to train them and acclimate them to your company’s system.
During those times, you’re not bringing in very much income; in fact, most of your money is going out to your autoship requirements, am I right so far?
Ok, so with affiliate marketing, you create what is called a sales funnel that allows you to promote other peoples/ companies, products, services and goods online. That sales funnel, once set up, is working for you to earn a commission for each sale that you generate. It’s a fabulous way to have money coming in while you are building your primary business.
There are a lot of different ways to go about affiliate marketing—as well as countless affiliate marketing companies and products to choose from—but the basis of affiliate marketing doesn’t change too much, regardless of the avenue you take.
How Affiliate Marketing Can work for you
So the deal is this, when you become their affiliate partner, you agree to promote their product in exchange for a commission of each sale that you score. The more traffic you send over to the affiliate funnel that converts, or even better, the more traffic you send to your own funnel,
(convert meaning, makes a purchase, signs up for their/your email list, etc., depending on what that site considers a conversion as per your affiliate partner agreement), the more money you make.
To become an affiliate marketing partner, all you have to do is go to virtually any website that is selling a good, product or service that you like and scroll all the way down to the bottom of the home page. There will usually be a clickable link that says something like, “Become an Affiliate Partner” or a link related to affiliate marketing.
Click this link and follow the instructions provided, filling out all necessary information. Then, you will be provided with a personalized link that will allow the affiliate network to recognize all incoming leads that you provide.
This link will be what you share to the interested prospects which will give them access to a web page which is sometimes called the landing or opt-in page .This is the entry or begining of the sales funnel. The link is cookied to you and depending on what the qualifier is for your affiliate marketing payment, the website will track anyone that comes into the site from your personalized link, giving you credit for them.
Big hint here…It’s even better if you send traffic to a funnel that you created yourself for the affiliate company.
If all it takes is you sending traffic over, then every click on that link will generate you a commission payment. If the conditions of your affiliate partnership agreement stipulate that a sale must be made for you to earn a commission payment, when the sale is made by the lead you sent over, you will receive credit and thus, some mullah!
Your affiliate marketing partnership goal can be any number of things, from having the lead sign up for an email mailing list, having them get to a certain page in their site, having them watch an informational video, or having them download an eBook, etc.
Whatever the goal of that particular website is, you can make a commission by sending them leads that convert, helping the website to reach its goals. Ultimately, this is the goal of the affiliate marketer since this is what directly leads to higher frequency and percentage rates of commission payments.
How do I Drive Traffic to my Affiliate Marketing Sites?
So how hard is this thing to set up anyway? I hear you…
Well, it kinda depends on your current level of marketing expertize. One of the main obstacles of affiliate marketing is creating enough traffic to your link to generate leads for your affiliate’s web page, but the second problem is sending traffic to less than stellar web pages. And the third problem is the affiliate marketing companies don’t really provide any training when it comes to promoting your link.
So the first thing I would recommend is to get some training under your belt.
Once you have a good understading of the marketing process then you can dive into some strategy. There are a ton of stratgies out therem, but the one I do the most is by blogging about the product your are trying to sell.
If you have your own blog already, you can write a blog post centered around your affiliate product and simply add your link as a call to action at the bottom of your post saying something like, “if you’d like more info, click here.” You can do the same thing with a video or facebook live review.
Creating your own landing pages which is the beginning of your funnel, and creating content in there is another cool method and one I suggest. Actually the blog post combined with your own branded landing page that you created, is what I recommend doing the most. This way you can send the leads to your own autoresponder and thus build your money list.
What’s really cool is, blogs have the ability to go viral. Which means more eyes on your call to action!
All it takes is a few shares on social media pages and a newsletter or email blast with your blog (containing your affiliate link call to action), and if it’s exciting, informational and valuable enough, it can go viral in a heartbeat.
When you have content containing your affiliate link go viral, you can expect your commission payments to jump exponentially.
I always love waking up to an email saying I have some commissions waiting for me!!
Ok April, Where can I find a good Affiliate Marketing company? I know this is where you are going with this!
LOL!! Ok, ok… here you go! 😉
The first step in affiliate marketing is picking what product, goods or service you want to promote. This step has three major parts in itself:
Choose a product, or service you actually like!
It’s a good idea to try the stuff out for yourself. If you don’t believe in it, your marketing efforts won’t come off as believable. Plus, if you get discouraged by poor initial sales, it’s much easier to give up on products you’re not really feelin’. This was huge for me! If there was even the slightest issue that I didn’t like about the product, I just couldn’t get into it.
Choose an affiliate partner that can sell.
If the company site itself can’t sell its own product, it won’t make any difference how many leads you send its way. In fact, it will actually hurt your credibility in the long run. If you’ve partnered with a company that only allows you to send traffic directly to their sites as opposed to your own funnel or wont let you keep the lead, then I wouldn’t even bother to become an affiliate for them. It’s just not worth your time and effort if you can’t build your own funnel and list.
If I haven’t stated this yet… Having your own sales funnel is what will provide you with those passive, residual income sales that I spoke about earlier.
Make sure the money is worth it!
This should go without saying, but make sure what you’re earning from your affiliate marketing program is worth the work you’re putting in. Most affiliate company’s offer anywhere from 15%-50%, but it usually depends on the product.
So you tell me… do you think affiliate marketing that can create another income stream, is right for your business model?
I say, Heck yeah! And it’s perfect if you are an introvert entrepreneur!!
Ok, so that’s a lot of stuff for you to consume in one blog post, I know. But it’s worth it.
If you are a introvert entrepreneur like me, this is a perfect platform to build an additional money stream without having to put yourself out there or leave your comfort zone. You can literally build this in your pj’s, which is what I do, LOL!
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Okay, ‘Til next time…
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