Regardless how you get traffic to your affiliate marketing business. The aim is to work smarter and use less of your time to get maximun results in a short amount of time. To tell you the truth, there are no such things as affiliate marketing secrets… BUT there are practical strategies that successful affiliates use and “forget to share”. Well, I found 3 strategies and they have become secrets revealed in the following article. Let me explain…
I Discovered 3 Affiliate Marketing Secrets
After months of researching and studying what the successful affiliates do, I discovered 3 of the best kept secrets. I call them secrets because it was the first time I’ve heard these strategies and it may be the same for you.
Now there are some things you must have in place within your business for these affiliate marketing secrets to work for you.
For starters, you’ll need to have a clear idea about your niche market. This is an essential ingredient for the following strategies to work for you. You’ll need to find your competition in all the social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.
Focus on the social media platforms where most of your competitors are found. After you’ve done your research, you should have raw count of where your competitors are and where they’re not. A pattern should emerge. It may well turn out that most of your competitors focus primarily on Twitter.
Some niches tend to focus on Facebook. Whatever the case may be, identify the social media platforms where most of your competitors can be found. Make sure that, regardless of where your competitors are on the major social media platforms, you figure out how they distribute their content.
Look for clues to answer these questions:
- Do they participate in group discussions?
- Do they have their own pages or do they basically promote their content on other people’s pages?
- What kind of hashtags do they use?
Pay attention to what they’re doing on the major social media platforms your niche market visits.
The Reverse Engineer Strategy
Pick apart your competitors’ patterns and work backwards to understand what makes them good. You should have a clear idea of where they promote on those social media platforms and do what you can to join some of their groups.
Another thing you’ll notice are going to be the hashtags that they use. Instagram and Twitter use hashtags. So, identify the hashtags that are most commonly used in your niche.
Gather a much information of the type of content that your competition is using within your niche. Specially the ones that are quite viral on social media. Then create an improved version of some of this content. This is your own top-notch content.
The Sandwich Strategy
The “sandwich” is a way to put your content on social media with your competitors’ very best social media content. In other words, you use high-quality materials produced by your competitors, to establish credibility and context.
When people see your brand on social media and they see your post, it becomes readily apparent that you’re only going to talk about a fairly narrow range of topics. This establishes your brand as the go-to-person or credible authority within a narrow range of categories.
This is crucial because you can post all sorts of content about celebrities, political, economic stories or gossip. If you start doing this, then it’s going to dilute your message. To use the sandwich method, you’re going to have to stay on point with your topics. You have to stay laser-focused on your niche.
The way the sandwich strategy works is that you’re basically alternating between third-party content, your own content, third-party content and then call-to-action content and then back again. Remember your content is reverse-engineered from the best materials your competitors can come up with. In other words, you’ve taken their best and improved on it. Third-party content are useful link within your niche market. The call-to-action content is where visitors will opt-in and signup to your email list.
The Social Automation Strategy
As you can tell from my description of the sandwich strategy above, this is going to be a bit much to handle on a manual basis. You can do that if you have a lot of spare time or if you’ve hired a virtual assistant from places like the Philippines or India.
However, the better approach would just simply be to automate. By using tools like SocialOomph or Hootsuite or one of many other versions of these two tools, you can feed your social media accounts a huge amount of content URLs ahead of time.
You feed them once, but these tools make sure to publish based on the schedule you set. You don’t have to publish manually one by one. Instead, you just input everything once, make sure you set everything up in terms of the think, the title as well as other elements and then the software does it on an autopilot basis.
This doesn’t mean that you’re just going to relax and take it easy. Even after the software is already posting your updates, you should also log into your social media accounts and engage with influential thought leaders or known-and-proven subject matter authorities in your niche on those different social media platforms.
This way they can republish some of your stuff. Maybe they can retweet your stuff. Whatever the case may be you end up getting some of their fans’ eyeballs because of your engagement with them.
Don’t think that just because you have set up your automated software that is all you need to do. You also have to manually engage on social media. It is social media so this means that you have to be social.
There you have it!
You just found the 3 affiliate marketing secrets to success. I hope you take action on what you’ve learned today. And one more thing, forget what you’ve heard about social media and the effectiveness of its traffic. Social media is one of the keys to every affiliate out there. Go make it happen!
~ Eddie Sand