When you’re learning how affiliate marketing works, you can’t just rely on typical “affiliate marketing courses” to get you to the advanced levels you need to go for the big bucks.
You want to begin studying some more specialized topics that help you soar above the competition, garner more traffic and ultimately convert into more sales and higher commission tiers.
There are four areas of expertise that you need to focus your efforts on – blogging, list building, social marketing, and trends. Once you’ve mastered all four of these elements, you’ll be amazed at how much growth you have.
Blogging is important to learn as an affiliate because most people simply learn the basics of setting up a blog and then never go further with their knowledge. It’s not enough to simply know the technical details of blog set up and then slap some articles onto a blog.
You want to know advanced strategies. This includes things like plugins which help your blog operate better in the world of SEO, elements that achieve the best navigation and communication for your audience, and more.
Bloggers should always be learning about content strategies for their blog – it takes more than a review with links to become an authority in your niche, and even as an affiliate blogger, that’s what you want to be.
List building is something far too many affiliate ignore. They’re simply after that initial click through and they miss out on years of potential sales making this mistake. Take the baby niche, for example.
There are endless opportunities to cater to that parent’s needs in the niche – because you can promote baby care items initially, then toddler toys, home décor for the room, furniture from crib to bed, and more.
You want to know the technical details of list building, but also gain insight into how to grow your list, how to make the subscribers more responsive, and more. There’s a lot to learn and implement.
The third thing you want to study up on is social marketing. There are dozens of books on this topic – and they teach you how to utilize free traffic opportunities like Facebook, Google Plus, and Twitter, to increase your affiliate sales.
And if you plan to branch out or expand your niche, then you’ll want to buy books about spotting trends. Eve if you stay in just one niche, it’s important to understand how you can keep an ear to the ground and get an edge over your competition using trend data to dominate.