I wanted to write a quick post to let you know how I’m currently driving traffic to my affiliate site. If you’ve been following along with my blog so far, you’ll know that I’m just starting out with a new affiliate site and already making a tiny bit of money. I just checked my Amazon reports this morning and found that I am now up to $32.72 !
I started doing a little bit of covert promotion and have seen my clicks jump incredibly. I even have a few more sales that haven’t been shipped yet. With the Amazon affiliate account, you can see your “Orders Summary” that shows how many items were ordered, as well as your “Earning Summary” which shows the total items shipped.
As you can see, I have 25 shipped items and 27 ordered items. This means that as soon as these other 2 items ship, I’ll get more in my Total Earnings. However, for having just started out, $32.72 is pretty exciting to me. No, it’s not enough to live on, but it’s just the beginning!
How I’m Driving Traffic to My Affiliate Site Using Facebook
I’m sure this strategy is no secret or ground breaker in terms of internet marketing, but I just started using it and it has been working for me. Here’s the simple process you can follow to drive traffic to your affiliate site:
- Search Facebook for any groups related to your niche.
- I joined as many as I could and sent requests to join the private groups. Within a few days, I was accepted into all of them.
- Create a relevant discussion with a link to a product on your affiliate site.
- For example, I would say: “I’ve been doing some research and trying to find the best product for this situation. I have narrowed it down to these two:” Then I would include a link to one product on my website, and another product directly on Amazon that included my affiliate link.
This does two great things:
- It drives traffic to your website so that people are aware it exists.
- This will enable you to possibly get some e-mail subscribers or Facebook likes. If you haven’t already, make sure to include an opt-in form for your newsletter and social like/sharing buttons on your content.
- If someone clicks on a link to one of your products on Amazon, you’ll set a cookie and possibly earn some money!
- It drives traffic straight to Amazon
- This is great because even though these users may not purchase anything right away, they will have a cookie placed on their computer that lasts for 24 hours.
Using this method, you will create a discussion on Facebook that users will keep alive for you, debating which is the best product. Oftentimes, this discussion will stay active long enough so that it will drive you traffic for days! It’s like having a free taxi service delivering customers to your site, without spending a penny. Every time someone posts a reply, everyone else who has posted will get a notification, which in turn brings them back to your post and creates another opportunity for them to click your links and keep your website fresh in their mind!
As you can see from the image above, I’ve had 423 clicks to Amazon through my affiliate links and 27 ordered items creating a conversion rate of 6.38%. In addition, I’ve gone from zero likes on my Facebook fan page to 5 likes.
Driving Traffic to My Affiliate Site Using Forums
I’m in the process of using this same strategy on forums in my niche. Once I get some results, I will make another blog post to let you know how it’s going.
3 Reasons Why This Is a Good Strategy
- Posts will stay online for a long time, if not forever.
- If you’ve done everything right, and don’t come across as spammy, then your posts will stay online indefinitely. If you’ve included good keywords with links back to your site, then these posts may rank well in search engines and bring you traffic and passive income for a very long time.
- Backlinks will improve your SEO
- Every time you post, you are creating what is called a backlink to your site. Having backlinks from forums and Facebook groups in your niche will improve your SEO. You may see people selling backlinks but I highly advise against it. Having backlinks from unrelated websites and content farms will hurt your SEO.
- You are not relying on Google
- A lot of newbie affiliate marketers build a site and expect Google to bring them traffic. When they don’t see any numbers, they get discouraged and give up. To rank well on any search engine takes time and work. By getting the word out about your site, you will grow organically over time and Google will take notice and start to show your sites higher in the search results.
If you want to improve upon your keywords and keep track of your search engine rankings, then I highly suggest you get yourself a copy of Market Samurai. I personally use this software and have seen my rank in Google go from position 38 to position 31 over the past 2 weeks. Obviously, I would like to get my website to position 1, so I will continue using these strategies to drive traffic to my affiliate site using Facebook and forums.
In the future, I will try out more tactics and keep you updated on the progress. In the meantime, if you have any traffic driving strategies of your own, please leave me a comment below.
P.S. If you’re curious about Market Samurai, I will be creating a dedicated post with tons of information in the near future. If there’s enough interest, I may create a course dedicated to this powerful software.
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