5 Steps To Create A Good Sales Funnel

If you’ve ever seriously looked into affiliate marketing at all, I can almost guarantee that you’ve heard a good sales funnel is the key to success, but what exactly is a sales funnel, and how can you create the perfect one.

If you’ve ever seriously looked into affiliate marketing at all, I can almost guarantee that you’ve heard a good sales funnel is the key to success, but what exactly is a sales funnel, and how can you create the perfect one.

Step one is to create and share detailed free content about a topic in your niche. This could be a case study within a blog post, a how to YouTube video, or even a podcast. It’s really up to you, but the whole point of this content is to attract potential customers so make sure you share it around. While some people wouldn’t consider this to be a part of the funnel, it is how people are going to discover you, so you’re going to want to make this content as valuable as possible.

Once you have a couple of solid pieces of value packed content you’re ready for step number 2, which is to create a lead magnet. This is just another value packed piece of content that you are going to share along with the content you just created. So for example let’s say you were in the fitness niche and you created a YouTube video about how to do pull-ups, in the description of that video you would leave a link to a fitness program you made and this would serve as your lead magnet. When the viewer clicks that link they will be redirected to your landing page where they can give you their email in exchange for free access to the program. That’s just one example, but there are plenty of things you can give away as a lead magnet. You can give away an ebook, a cheatsheet, a mini course, a pdf, and tons of other things, but the one thing you need to remember is that your lead magnet has to build off of your free content and into your one-time-offer. Everything needs to compliment each other.

I kinda just gave away step number three, but if you didn’t catch it, it’s to send people to a one time offer. This going to be a low priced product that you offer after someone opts-in for your lead magnet. If we go back to the fitness example we created a how to do pull-ups video, which lead to our fitness program lead magnet, so our one time offer could be a $20 coaching call. As with the lead magnets there are a lot of things you could sell as a one time offer such as a short video course, a coaching call, a $1 trial, or even a small affiliate offer, just make sure your oto is more valuable than your lead magnet! You might be saying to yourself, man this is a lot of work, why can’t I just send them to a thank-you page like most affiliate marketers? Well there’s two big reasons… First, it gives you a chance to recoup some ad spend and make some money on the front end. Let’s face it, not everyone that opts in for your lead magnet is going to buy your big offer, so this is your chance to at least make some money. Second, it strengthens the relationship between you and your lead. This is now at least the third time you’ve provided them with highly valuable information for dirt cheap which means their level of trust is at an all time high, and you’re ready for step #4.

The Fourth step to creating a perfect sales funnel is to introduce your high ticket offer. This offer will typical earn you over $100 and is the reason you’ve been giving away so much content for free. These high ticket affiliate offers are usually an online course, a software program, or a high ticket physical product and are often sold on a webinar, in an automated email sequence or with facebook retargeting ads. All three of these methods work extremely well so you can choose to use whichever method you are most comfortable with. However,if you’re brand new to affiliate marketing I recommend picking one method and and sticking with it until you have it mastered. Now right about now you’re probably thinking, but what if my prospects don’t sign up for the lead magnet, and what if the people who signed up for the lead magnet don’t take the oto, and what if my leads see my core offer but don’t buy?! Well that’s where step 5 of the perfect funnel comes in.

Remarketing, the fifth step to creating the perfect funnel. This is the step where you going to convert all those leads that you thought you lost into sales! The remarketing process is going to be different depending on how far your lead made it through your funnel, so let’s start at the very beginning. What do you do when someone visited your landing page but didn’t opt-in for your lead magnet. Simple, you place a facebook pixel on your landing page, and then retarget all the people who didn’t opt-in with an ad offering them your lead magnet again. This is a whole nother post in itself, but if it’s something you want to see let me know in the comments down below. Next up when someone does opt-in for lead magnet but doesn’t purchase your oto, you can either leave them be, or you can send them an email offering them one last chance to get the offer before it goes up to its original price, or is just gone all together. And lastly if someone sees your high ticket offer but doesn’t buy you can convert them by sending them retargeting ads with an added incentive to buy, or you can send them to a sales webinar (if you didn’t already do that in step 4).

If you follow these 5 steps and have a great lead magnet, oto and high ticket offer you’ll have created the perfect sales funnel that will generate you ton of leads and sales in no time!

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5 Qualities For Affiliate Marketing

More and more people these days are turning to one of the most popular businesses around – the business of affiliate marketing. In this business, there are no bosses, deadlines to meet, or piles of work that have to be finished by the end of the day. In order to succeed, you only need the necessary tools.

There are basically five things you can’t do without if you want to make it in the business of affiliate marketing. Below, you’ll find each quality you’ll need. 1. Desire to learn The first quality you must possess is the desire to learn, coupled with the willingness to be trained. Treading through unfamiliar territory is tough indeed, especially if your lacking the right knowledge. This is a combination of the right frame of mind, coupled with a strong work ethic.

When starting out, you’ll need to be willing to keep your eyes and ears open, using the experience of others to learn more as you go.

  1. Invest time and effort The second quality you must have is the willingness to invest time and effort in helping your business grow, even if you don’t see immediate results. Even though weeks may pass without hearing good news, it’s very important for anyone who wants to get their foot in the business world.

  2. Determination The third quality you’ll need is determination. If you want to make it in the world of affiliate marketing, you must possess to push yourself forward. The ability to push yourself to greater heights will determine what type of future you have.

  3. Discipline The fourth quality is self discipline. If you teach yourself to work everyday with all of your heart and soul, you’ll be that much closer to reaching your goals and making your dreams come true.

  4. Optimism The last quality you must have is optimism. Bad attitudes should never discourage an affiliate marketer from pursuing their dreams in order to make life better for themselves or anyone around them.

The attitude you have towards the business should always be good, because you’ll have to realize that you’re the captain of your ship and your the one steering it towards destiny.

If you put the above tips to good use, you’ll go farther than you ever thought possible in the world of affiliate marketing. You’ll need these qualities to succeed, as affiliate marketing can be a cutting edge career. With the above qualities, you’ll do just fine in the industry.

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Subscriber Base for Affiliate Marketers

If you’re an affiliate marketer who would like to bring in a comfortable living from referring your candidates to other individuals product or service for adequate commissions, then you have to think about building up your own mailing list.

Building up your mailing list of thirsty candidates may be one of the most beneficial investments you will ever make, as it is time and exertion worth all the effort it will take. When you come across a Joint Venture and have a fresh product or service to back, you are able to not have to look any further than your own mailing list.

Granted, that most affiliates, as in to a higher degree than ninety percent of them, are not pulling in money from affiliate plans. However, this a great deal of the time, results from putting a lot of effort into and focusing on the least effective conversion methods.

Though having your own mailing list is, by a long way, not the only effective affiliate marketing technique, you are able to make affiliate sales very rapidly, even in the following few hours after sending out a sales message, provided that your mailing list is vast and amenable.

This is a great deal of the time true, as possessing your own mailing list for you to be able to endorse products and services to is one of the fastest ways to produce results, beating all other affiliate marketing techniques conceivable.

In a nutshell, the affiliate marketer who gains ground over the rest of the large numbers of marketers is the one who owns a vast and amenable mailing list of candidates and subscribers.

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Is it true that making a website is better because there’s less testing to be involved? What are other benefits of making a website over not making one?

So I’m delving into the world of affiliate marketing and am undecided on whether to create a website or not. I’m leaning toward making one though so I can get consistent followers and provide them with good content. I was reading somewhere that not making one costs a lot more because you have to send paid traffic to affiliate offers, and it takes a lot of testing to find out what types of ads to use to make a profitable ad campaign. Is this always true, or are there tried and true ways to make advertisements?

Does making a website usually provide more income than not making one?

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3 Tips To Get Better Affiliate Marketing Results On Instagram

Over the past few months there has been a ton of hype about using Instagram for affiliate marketing so here are my top three tips to help you get the best results possible.

**Tip #1 Post links to your landing pages and websites within your stories. Now before you get all like, but I need to have like 10,000 followers to be able do that. Let me give you a strategy to help get you there ASAP. The strategy I prefer for getting 10,000 followers takes a little longer than follow/unfollow, but it gets high quality active followers, and that’s Gary Vee’s $1.80 strategy. Basically with this strategy you search up 10 hashtags in your niche and and leave your 2 cents, AKA a comment on the top 9 posts for each hashtag. I highly recommend doing this over the follow, unfollow method because you can really build a strong connection which of course is great for sales, but if you’re a little more impatient feel free to do the follow, unfollow method with an app like captivate to speed up the process.

**Tip#2 is to go sign up for elink,io right now. It’s a free tool that lets you post multiple links on your instagram bio which is super helpful to increase profits for us affiliate marketers. You can share links to multiple different landing pages and offers which is great for split testing, while you simultaneously share links to your other social media, and even your website. So now you don’t have to choose between a link to your landing or a link to your youtube channel, you can have both…. And no i’m not sponsored by them.

**Tip #3 is to consistently post valuable content to your followers. Now valuable content will be different in each niche, but a good rule of thumb is to post inspiring, helpful, informative or motivational pictures and videos AT LEAST once a day. If you’re struggling to come up with ideas on what to post just go look at what other influencers in your niche are posting, and post similar content. Of course you’ll want to make it unique, but looking at other accounts is a good way to figure out what type of posts the people in your niche respond to the most. An important thing for to mention here is to avoid making your account a pitch fest. Of course your goal is to get people to click the links in your bio, but if you make every other post about an offer or a link all your going to do is piss people off, and ultimately lose followers. I’ve found that one promotional post per week is the sweet spot to not piss off your followers, but make sure they know you have an offer out there.

Hope these tips help you get better results with Instagram affiliate marketing!

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Marketing for an oddly specific niche

For a little while now, I’ve been writing tons of articles on various underappreciated series that I like, and based on the responses I’ve gotten, it’s something I can do decently well.

Point being, I was always doing this as a hobby, but was also trying to learn Affiliate Marketing in the background. Unfortunately, I’m apparently also kind of an idiot, because no matter how much I ready about this, stare at my site, try to make it work, nothing seems to fit.

I tried Amazon, and made a few bucks with random advice with links, but have yet to see a single penny come from Clickbank. Thing is, I can’t seem to find anything that doesn’t sound sketchy or that even remotely fits for this. Every day I take time to go through the list, and every time I just see lots and lots of things that quite frankly, don’t even look legit.

Most advice I see follows the same pattern of “Oh check out my house and car, and You have to go be motivated, and POOF, cash falls from the sky, go join my program now” over, and over, and over, and over. Of the few that don’t, I found little besides a vague “Go find a thing and go do it” situation.

As far as writing what I know…well, I’m a work from home dad of 2, a failed real estate investor, and have a lot of experience in game design/testing, with no degrees to make them into an actual income source. I can ramble on forever about anything family related, history related, dumb property stories, or to do with game design.

Can anyone offer some advice on what direction to pursue this from? I’ve been working from home for years, my other business isn’t looking so hot, and somehow getting this to click seems like it could, even on the conservative end, at least help in a very immense way.

Any help would be appreciated, thank You for Your time!

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Why we need to build strong relationships

In this article, Affiliate marketing – Building strong relationships, Wouter Groendewoud talks about how making business relationships with other people can help in building up your business. He explained the three most common ways to find other people:

  1. Google

  2. Forums

  3. Affiliate Events.

Finally, the author ends the article by emphasizing on the need to concentrate on people who will support growth; and that it is also necessary to continuously nurture both old and new connections built as it will benefit all the parties involved in the network. That having a strong network is a factor in success and you yourself need to look long and hard in order to find the right business partners.

TLDR: Be willing to meet new people and use your resources to find the right business partners.

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3 Things I Do To Maximize My Affiliate Marketing Results On YouTube

The amount of people that have a YouTube channel, but don’t use affiliate marketing to help boost the channels overall revenue is insane! I think this happens because people assume its this over complicated process but its really not.

Here’s three easy steps for you to follow in order to get the best results possible.

Note: I’m assuming you have already picked your niche and found a couple of affiliate offers you want to promote in the description of your videos.

Step #1 Create Good Branding. Having strong channel branding will help you be easily recognized, and will help you become the go to channel for you niche which is essential if you want to maximize your affiliate marketing efforts. So how do you create a strong brand on YouTube?

  1. Themed Thumbnails. All of your thumbnails should have the same feel to them, which means they all should include the same font, colors, logo and shapes.
  2. Enticing Channel Banner. The goal of your channel banner is to quickly let newcomers know exactly what your channel is about and how often you upload. It’s important that you can convey this message quickly because our attention spans are short.
  3. Quality Intro & Outro. A quality intro quickly lets the viewer know exactly what they can expect to get out of the video, and often includes a quick summary of what the channel is about. While a good outro has a strong call to action a pushes viewers to watch another video. You can see an example of how I do both of these in every video here.

Step #2 Upload High Quality Content. Good branding can often get people to click on your videos, but if they do click the video and it sucks there goes a potential sale. Now “High Quality” content will be different depending on the niche you are in, but there are a couple of basic things you should accomplish in your video in order for it to be considered high quality.

  1. Invoke Emotion. Getting people to feel some sort of emotion when they are watching your video is the fastest way to build a connection with them. And of course when you have a strong connection with your viewers they will eat up your affiliate offers. This is why so many vloggers have success with affiliate marketing on their channel. When they recommend something to a long time viewer it feels like that recommendation is coming from a family member or close friend, not a stranger, and this all because they could make the viewer feel an emotion which helped bring them closer to the creator.
  2. Solve A Problem. We’ve all had our fair share of problems and questions that we’ve turned to YouTube to find the answer for, i’m sure of it. Now just think back to how happy you were when you found that one video that perfectly answered your question after hours of searching the internet. You were probably ecstatic and super grateful right? Well chances are so was the creator of the video. Why? Because they just built a super strong connection with you, and now you know they have value. So how does this tie back to affiliate marketing? Well often times a creator will solve your problem while at the same time promote their affiliate offer to you. Ex: A video titled “How To Dunk A Basketball In 10 Steps” will probably have affiliate links to a basketball with good grip, jumping shoes, maybe a dunking program etc. This is perfectly fine with the viewer though because the video solved their problem, and is now giving them bonus solutions (affiliate offers) to speed up their progress.

If you ever aren’t sure if your video is high quality try watching it. If you can’t make it through the whole video without tuning out chance are you need to make some tweaks. If you can’t even make it through your own video without getting bored you certainly can’t expect a random stranger on the internet to sit through the whole video.

Step #3 Optimize Your Videos For Search. You can have good channel branding and high quality content, but if no one can find your videos those things don’t matter. A lot of people get lazy when it comes to optimize their videos because they just want to get the video posted, but this is the worst time to get lazy! Here are some tips to help rank your videos in search.

  1. Do Keyword Research. When you are just starting a YouTube channel its important that you find keyword phrases that have less competition, and are easier to rank. You can use free tools like keywords everywhere and TubeBuddy to help speed up the process. These tools will show you how often a phrase is searched, and also how hard it will be to rank for that keyword phrase. Once you find a keyword phrase that accurately describes your video, and has low competition with decent search volume you want to include that phrase at the start of your YouTube video title, in the first sentence of your description, as well as throughout the description, and also in your tags.
  2. Write Detailed Descriptions. This is where I see a lot of people get lazy, and they never have success affiliate marketing on youtube because of it. Your descriptions should be between 200–500 words and should include your keyword phrase where it fits naturally. I like to treat the description of my videos as if it were a short blog post. You want to give YouTube as information about your video so it knows how to properly rank it. If YouTube can’t figure out where your video belongs it just simply won’t get shown.
  3. Transcribe Your Videos. This is just one of those bonus things to really help boost your chances of ranking your video over the top. Not a lot of people will take the time to transcribe their videos, so if you do you are getting an edge. Again this just gives YouTube more information about your video, and how to rank it. This one isn’t essential to rank in search, but if your are really trying to maximize your growth (especially when you’re small ) it can help.

Mastering YouTube affiliate marketing can’t be daunting, but if you follow these three steps it should certainly get easier (and more profitable).

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