In today’s massively online world, social media holds a lot of power. Nearly 60 percent of the world's population is already online, and this number is only expected to grow. Today, we’re taking a continued look at how you can use social media apps and websites to further improve your affiliate marketing.
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Use the Power of Social Media to Make Affiliate Money
If you missed the first part, check out Use the Power of Social Media to Make Affiliate Money and learn even more about how you can improve. Now, let's get right into 7 more ways and strategies to make your next step on social media more powerful.
1. Upload a viral video on YouTube
YouTube is an awesome platform to get affiliate sales on, as it has tons of potential buyers. The only hard thing about it is getting the initial kick for your content — this is why you need to start thinking viral.
Viral videos get a large amount of views, usually in a short amount of time, giving channels a kickstart on YouTube. There aren’t any set in stone ways to make a viral video, however, we can take a look at already existing videos and draw some conclusions.
In order for your video to potentially go viral, Neil Patel suggests you try the following things:
- Think like a street magician.
- Stand out and be a “purple cow.”
- Use high-quality production.
- Be practical but creative.
- Research, research, research.
- Stick to your niche.
Just keep trying, and one of your videos will become a hit. From then on, check out our Why YouTube Is a Powerful Affiliate Tool article to learn more about how you can maximize your affiliate marketing with your newfound YouTube audience.
2. Start a Facebook Live
Live streams have been becoming increasingly more popular over the past few years. The long-form, interactive content captures the attention of many people looking for entertainment, advice, or simply something running in the background. If you start a Facebook Live show, you can jump into the market for live streams and gather an audience.
Something you need to keep in mind with this form of video content is that engagement is key. Keep things fun and interesting for your viewers, ask questions to get inspiration for topics. When the timing is right, you can even promote a product (bonus points if you actually own it and can show it off live) or encourage viewers to sign up to your email list for free goodies.
3. Get more sign-ups with a free offer
Many affiliate giants and marketers such as Peng Joon use the free offer method to get sign-ups for email lists. This is actually a genius way to see new email addresses pop up in your list, as people love getting free stuff, even if it costs them sharing an email address.
Keep your offer something related to your niche, but nothing that’d put your income in the negatives. Aim to give something unlimited yet interesting. Many marketers like to offer free ebooks, printables, or other virtual resources.
4. Reply to your comments
If you run a blog or any form of social media where your audience can interact with you, don’t leave those comments unattended! If someone has shared their insight on your post, make sure to engage in a conversation, and reply to them.
Even something simple as “You have a good point, I appreciate your feedback.” can put a smile on your viewer’s face and encourage them to spend more time on your platform.
This is also a great way to get constructive criticism from readers, for absolutely free of charge! You can even encourage readers to leave you suggestions and ideas for you to present in your next post, sparing you from having to come up with them yourself.
5. Be active on Reddit
Don’t underestimate the power of Reddit. With over 430 million active monthly users, this platform is definitely something you need to start taking advantage of.
Reddit is full of sub-communities called subreddits. There’s one for just about anything and everything — animals, food, technology, or even stapling bread to tree trunks. Yes, seriously. This wildly specific targeting allows you to locate potential buyers who’ll use your affiliate links once you get them on your site.
Whatever your niche is, you can find tons of communities centered around it on Reddit. Go create an account, and start being active! You can gain karma by engaging with other users and can start promoting right away.
6. Leave YouTube comments
Sometimes when advertising, you need to put your anxiety away and leverage off of other people’s work. Yes, this sounds bad, but the YouTube comments are there for a reason, and you need to start taking advantage of them.
All you need is a video in your niche, and you can begin promoting in the comments. The key is to stay relevant to the topic, and be early enough to get attention. It’s a proven fact that most videos get the highest amount of views in the first 24 hours of the upload. That is the time when you need to drop your comment.
There are creators who might delete your comment, or it could get flagged as spam. To avoid this, you need to stay relevant to the topic and give an insightful comment first, and only then add your link. Don’t use phrases such as “Check out my site” or “Click this link” and try to convince people in a more engaging way.
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