Life as an affiliate marketer can be very rewarding. You don’t have your own product yet and you want to make some money promoting affiliate products. I’m still utilizing affiliate offers in everything I do! It’s a great way to make a little extra money by referring companies that you love and already utilize. If you promote affiliate products via email, chances are you’re making these mistakes and it’s costing you money. Imagine if every time you promote a product, you use the same amount of effort but make more money. This is possible by avoiding these common affiliate marketer mistakes. Wouldn’t that be worth exploring?
Promoting A Product Without Knowing Much About It
Just because other people are promoting a product doesn’t necessarily mean that you should, too. If you don’t know what it is that you’re selling, you logically won’t do a great job of promoting it.
“Hey, buy this product because other people are buying it, so it must be good.”
What kind of a recommendation is that?
That’s why you want to either get a review copy from the merchant or buy the product yourself. Then – this part is key – spend time using the product!
Pick out 3 to 5 things you love about it and highlight these in your promotion.
By reviewing the product prior to promoting it, you’ll discover if it’s something you want to stake your reputation on. If you recommend a terrible product, your list isn’t going to be happy and your reputation will take a hit. Promote enough sh*tty products and you’ll need to completely rebrand before building a new list.
Using the Same Promo Copy Everyone Else Is Using
It’s the day of the big launch and you copy and paste the same email a hundred other affiliates are sending to their lists – do you really think your readers aren’t on some of these other lists as well? When they see you’re just a cookie cutter of everyone else, they’re going to recognize your emails as junk and hit the unsubscribe or delete button.
Most people will find someone to purchase from who’s already used the product and can give them the insider’s perspective on what to expect.
When you write your own emails, you stand completely apart from the crowd. While most of us ignore the cookie cutter emails, people are reading and clicking on yours.
*Write your own promotional emails with your own unique personality and slant, with sincerity and belief in what you are saying, and you will outperform other affiliate marketers with lists larger than your own!
Not Adding Value
Always think of what you can add to produce more value. For example, you can add a product of your own as a bonus or do a coaching call for everyone who purchases. You might start a mastermind group to help the buyers implement what they learn in the course, or even create a new product to give them as a bonus (which you can then sell to others.)
Always think about how you can add value.
Many times, it can be as simple as adding a 10-page report or 5-minute video on how to do something step-by-step that is called for in the product. But, be sure the value you add is directly related to the product you are promoting. If the product is how to grow magnificent roses, then a report on the best places to buy rose fertilizer would be perfect, while a video on how to plant asparagus wouldn’t make a lot of sense.
Sending Nothing but Affiliate Marketer Offers
If you want your emails to be opened and read, you need to mix a good share of content in with your promotional emails.
I like to connect this with Mistake #3 above and supplement my selling email with genuine, heartfelt, and enlightening messages about my life and my business.
No one likes to be sold to repeatedly, yet everyone enjoys getting news, how-to’s and insider advice from a trusted friend.
Be the friend, and make sure at least 2/3 of your emails contain great info. This will build a relationship between you and your readers and get ensure you get more sales emails opened and read.
Hard Selling Instead of Pre-Selling
I address this one EVERY DAY with my coaching clients. It sounds counter-productive, but it’s on this list as one of the biggest mistakes for a reason – it scares people off!
As an affiliate marketer, your job isn’t to sell the product – that’s the sales page’s job.
You job is to get your readers warmed up to the idea of what your product can do for them. From there, two things happen: First, they click the link in your email that leads to the sales page. Remember, you’re selling the click, not the product. Second, they’ll be interested, eager and even excited with their decision to click.
Not Being Memorable
We touched on this earlier when we spoke of delivering lots of value to your list in the form of content. When you’re known for delivering value, people are much more likely to open and read your emails. But just having great content isn’t always enough to make you stand apart from the crowd. You also need a hook: Something that makes you memorable to your readers so that each time they see an email from you, they remember exactly who are and why they should open the email.
If you’re like most marketers, you probably assume you already stand out because you know how different you are from other marketers – but do your readers know this?
From the day they join your list, you should in some way differentiate yourself. It could be by using a nickname, such as Mr./Mrs. Over-Deliverer. Or it could with your own brand.
If you have another profession, you can use that as your hook. One client I have is a retired school teacher. He still refers to himself that way even though it’s been years since he stepped inside a classroom. Another marketer is known as being unorthodox (to say the least) and yet another is known for sharing videos that show off his crazy hair.
These are all hooks or associations that make them stand apart in their subscriber’s minds from all the other marketers sending them emails.
Employ some of these hard-fought lessons in your own marketing, and you’ll save yourself years of trial and error, and quickly get on the fast-track to being a profitable affiliate marketer.
~Wishing you success!