Best Ways to Boost your Affiliate Commissions

Best Ways to Boost your Affiliate Commissions

By Harmen Batubara

Affiliate marketing does not always require that you have your own website, dealing with customers, handling refunds, product development and overall product maintenance. This is one of the simplest ways of excelling in online businesses and earning more profits without having a single product of your own. Your product is simple the medium you used in convincing users to buy a product or service through your affiliate link.

Affiliate marketing is a simple concept to grasp. Promote a product or service and get rewarded in commissions for the successful sales you’ve referred. Here are some powerful tips on how you can boost your affiliate program commissions. Assuming you are already into an affiliate program, what would be the next thing you would want to do? Double, or even triple, your commissions, right? How do you do that effortlessly? Here are some really decent tips on how to boost your affiliate program commissions without sweating it or even breaking a pin from your savings.

Research About best Programs or Best-selling products to promote

Making a research on a service or product you are knowledgeable about and can easily promote is one of the first steps to increasing your affiliate commissions. Obviously, you would want to promote a program that will enable you to get the highest profits in the shortest possible duration.There are many factors to consider in selecting such a program. Choose the ones that have a highly generous commission structure.Always key-in to products that fit in with your targeted audience. And that has a solid track record of paying their affiliate marketers easily and on time. If you cannot seem to increase your investments, dump that program and keep looking for better alternatives to it.

So the idea is only choose the best program to promote. There are so many affiliate program out there and you have the reasons to be picky. Find the one that best matches your target audience groups and offers the most generous commissions to their affiliates. Also, pick the one that always pay their affiliates easily and on time. That’s for sure, nobody wants to loose their money with vendors that have financial problems or difficulties. If you cannot see the increased of your return on investments after some while, it is time to dump that program and choose the others.

Stand out from the crowd 

In affiliate marketing, it seems to be easy, but there are a lot of competition. That is you have to stand out from the crowd. To make you unique, you need to do something extra. One way that most successful affiliate marketers will do is compiling themselves a free report or short e-book that relates to the products or services that they are promoting and allow it to be given away freely to their site visitors.

So it is a good idea to write free PDF reports and/or short eBooks to distribute from your site. There is a great possibility that you are competing with other top affiliates that are promoting the same program. If you start writing meaningful short reports related to the product you are promoting, you will be able to distinguish yourself from the other affiliates, most especially for popular brands or services.In the reports, provide some valuable information, including links and unique videos for free. If possible, add some recommendations about the products. With eBooks, you get some more credibility. Customers will see that in you and they will be enticed to try out what you are offering.

But before you do that, it is wise to always capture your site visitors names and emails before you distribute your free report. The reasons behind it are firstly, for most people, it is a known fact that they have to see your message more than 7 times before they make a decision and purchase your recommendation. By capturing your site visitors’ names and email addresses, you will be able to send them more information about your product and remind them to only buy from you.

Secondly,  you can build a trustable readership with your subscribers by publishing an informative article to your subscribers about tips and tricks of your targeted niche and build . At the end of the day, most people will buy from a person that can provide them useful information rather than a stranger with sales pitch.

Thirdly, you can ‘reuse’ your captured leads for promoting other affiliate programs or your own products. That way you will be able to make an ongoing money rather than ‘one time sale’.

Social Media Pages  And Cheap Ads

Some products sales more with ads. You can boost your affiliate commissions by promoting such products via ads on Facebook, Bing, bidvertisers and other cheap search and PPC advertising platforms.Creating a social media page for the products you intend promoting gives quicker result in most cases. This is because they are easily ranked by search engines and user engagement can increase the possibility of getting huge number of sales quickly.

Another good channel for quick promotion is by creating unique YouTube videos that explains the products/services your are promoting. Insert your affiliate link below the video description to get huge commissions from users that take action immediately after watching your videos.

Ask for higher than normal commission 

If you are already successful with a particular promotion, you should try and approach the merchant and negotiate a percentage commission for your sales. If the merchant is smart, he or she will likely grant your request rather than lose a valuable asset in you. Keep in mind that you are a zero-risk investment to your merchant; so do not be shy about requesting for addition in your commissions. Just try to be reasonable about it.

Write strong pay Per Click ads. PPC search engine is the most effective means of advertising online. As an affiliate, you can make a  income just by managing PPC campaigns such as Google AdWords and Overture. Then you should try and monitor them to see which ads are more effective and which ones to dispose of. Try out these strategies and see the difference it can make to your commission checks in the shortest of time.

Best Affiliate Marketing Networks

Affiliate marketing is a very large industry and has become a key source of online income for many thousands of professional bloggers. With more and more online businesses becoming involved in affiliate marketing, more opportunities have arisen for bloggers, like you and I, to make money with the blog. With a wide variety of businesses who work direct with affiliates, most affiliate marketers will use an affiliate marketing network to search for offers for their blogs. Though these affiliate platforms will take a small cut of any fees generated, they do serve a valuable purpose in the affiliate marketing climate. Here some of the most popular affiliate marketing platforms in 2017, and I Joint it :

Shareasale    ShareASale is one of the large affiliate networks. The Shareashale platform has about 4,000 merchants listed, of which over one thousand of them are exclusive to them. ShareASale publishes a large amount of data on each of the offers they are running, these include: Earnings per Click ; Reversal Rates; Average Sale Amount; and  Average Commission. While these figures aren’t guarantees of payouts you can expect, they’re certainly very helpful in assessing a campaign.

The advantages of ShareASale include: Large Partner Network. The 4,000+ merchants include more than 1,000 that are exclusive; Easy to Compare Offers. When trying to choose from the various offers available, ShareASale make it very easy to evaluate the best ones based on the metrics; Quick Payment Cycle. ShareASale pay out on the 20th of every month, assuming your account balance is more than $50. Disadvantages of Shareasale:  Clunky Reporting Tools.The ShareASale reporting dashboard feels old, and is harder to navigate than other networks, but it is slowly improving. JOINT SHARE A SALE HERE

CJ Affiliate  CJ Affiliate is considered to be the biggest affiliate platforms online; if you have worked in the affiliate marketing space for any amount of time, you’ve probably come across them. Nearly every major retailer have their affiliate programs on CJ Affiliate (formerly Commission Junction), which makes them as close to a one stop shop as you can get in the affiliate marketing business. Most retailers have multiple ad sizes available for affiliates, which gives you better control of the offers you show on your blog.

With such a wide array of advertisers on the CJ Affiliate platform it makes it relatively easy to compare and segment different offers. Finding the affiliate tracking code to place on your blog is also straightforward; once you’re approved to promote an offer, you can be running lots of different offers on your site in just a few short hours.

The advantages of the network are: Large Partner Network.CJ Affiliate has over three thousand advertising partners, many have lots of creative sizes and various affiliate link options; Reliable Payments.They offer a net-20 payment term which means that you’ll get your commission paid out in a timely manner each month; Powerful Reporting Options.The reporting suite from CJ Affiliate is pretty impressive, which is a big advantage for marketers who plan to spend a their time optimizing their sales performance.

 Disadvantages of the network include:  Steep Learning Curve. While the reporting capabilities are great, they’re also quite difficult for beginners to get to grips with. You’ll need to spend time in the dashboard before you’re comfortable navigating the reporting suite and can then start to take full advantage of the tools on offer.

 Limited Customer Support.Due to the large number of affiliates and merchants, it’s understandable that customer support is quite limited. But only having a contact form as the main method to get in touch with the support department can be restrictive.

 Rakuten Linkshare   Rakuten LinkShare is considered to be one of the oldest affiliate partner networks, it is now a fair amount smaller than some of the bigger players in the affiliate industry. There are a few slick features of Rakuten LinkShare that differentiate this platform from the rest. For example, they have the ability to rotate through the various banners automatically for a product which is a huge advantage when trying to optimize your offers. Instead of having to manually select which ad you want to run on your blog, LinkShare lets multiple versions rotate with only one small piece of code. LinkShare also allows for more flexible “deep linking” to individual merchant landing pages, this allows for increased customization of the types of campaigns you can run.

The advantages of LinkShare are: Ad Rotation. This may seem like a pretty minor feature, but it can make a significant difference when it comes to optimizing your ads; and Deep Linking Options.LinkShare lets you choose the page you want to send your traffic to on their site, giving you more flexibility for promoting different affiliate offers.

Disadvantages include:  A Much Smaller Network. LinkShare have around 1,000 partners – this is considerably fewer than the bigger networks like CJ Affiliate or ShareASale; Unpredictable Payments to Affiliates.Rakuten LinkShare only pay out to their affiliates once the commissions are collected from their partners.

 Amazon Associates  Amazon has the largest affiliate marketing program out there, with products from more than 1.5 million sellers. Amazon has the most easy-to-use technology of all the affiliate programs I will be reviewing today. Beginners to affiliate marketing with even the most limited technical expertise will have no problems in getting up and running with the Amazon associates program, while more experienced marketers can create custom tools and websites with the APIs and advanced implementations available to them. The great thing about Amazon is that anything from kids toys to laptops can generate sales if they are purchased through any Amazon affiliate link.

Their commissions start out as low as 4% for smaller affiliates, yet they can be as high as 9% for high traffic affiliates. Also as most of the products which are sold on Amazon are physical goods, you will have very few options to refer sales that generate a recurring monthly income.

Advantages include:  Easy to Use. Amazon’s interface is user friendly, for both beginners and experienced affiliates; Very Flexible. Millions of items can be bought via Amazon, giving your ads and links a much wider appeal to your visitors.

Disadvantages can include:  Low Commission Rates. Commissions starting out from 4% which mean that you will need to generate a higher volume of sales in order to make your online business more sustainable; Long Payment Cycles. Amazon’s affiliate payment terms mean you won’t get your money for more than 60 days after a sale has occured. ( Sources: