The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Affiliate Marketing

I would be discussing 8 habits of highly effective affiliate marketing tips that every affiliate marketer should imbibe for a successful and profitable yield, most especially marketers at the beginning stages.
These habits are not discussed in an attempt to sell a motivational speech or write-up,  contrary to what other self-help articles of this sort are normally structured with,  rather,  these habits are daily and weekly techniques that ought to be employed through your journey as an affiliate marketer, so as to be proactive in achieving better results.
These techniques fall under three significant categories which accommodates the habits of affiliate marketing expertise, and they are: “educational”, “Analytical”, and “Creative”.
Under educational, we shall be inculcating two habits:
*Learning about Interest-Based Targeting on Facebook
*Learning the basics of SEO (content marketing).
Under Analytical, we have:
*Analyzing the top-sellers on registered affiliate networks.
*Analyzing landing page conversions.
*Less Competition Analysis.
Under Creativity, the three habits to sustain are:
*Authentic Content ( Stop the habit of Copying and Pasting)
*Improving Advertising creativity.
*Improving Social Media Skills.
                                           

1. Educational
Learning is a good habit to exhibit as an affiliate marketer. Few hours of leisure should be used to brush-up your skills and technicality on how to advance your marketing campaign. There are various tools and new online marketing strategies to acquire and practicalize. 
 There are two subcategories specifically chosen for the sake of affiliate marketers who are into paid advertising and SEO content marketing respectively.
A) Learning about Interest-Based Targeting on Facebook( Paid Advertising)
Facebook advertising is one of the most preferred social media advertising platform by affiliate marketers, because of its popularity amongst social media users, and also its effectiveness in garnering traffic.
As effective as it is, if not done with precise knowledge in targeting the right audience for your brand, it would be difficult and nearly impossible to actually get a conversion or purchase, which suggests futility in advertising budget.
It is recommended that you  make it a weekly habit to study articles, video tutorials, and e-books that can help upgrade your skills in understanding Facebook audience demographics and behaviors, especially through the Facebook Audience insight tool found in the Facebook Ad manager.
Paid advertising can be quite expensive, so it is definitely something to be taken seriously, to avoid wasting useful resources and effort.

B)  Learning the basics of SEO (content marketing)
This is an important habit to inculcate in your weekly schedule, especially for those who are both bloggers and affiliate marketers. It is a familiar concept that SEO is key (no pun intended) in content creation, in order to have a good query ranking on Google.
Make it a habit (at least 3days in a week) to read e-books and watch tutorials on the basics of SEO and SEO content. Your focus should be learning about: Understanding SEO Keywords and Keywords phrases, Understanding Link acquisitions (Backlinks and External Links), On-page optimization and Off-page optimization(Including, registering your webpage on directories).
2.Analytical
This second category of habitual development in affiliate marketing quickens your ability to navigate the affiliate marketing workspace accurately. It includes analyses that target your product vendors and your conversion rate, with little regard for competitors.
C) Analyzing the top-sellers on registered affiliate networks.
This is crucial in understanding what product vendor you should be an affiliate for. Also, consider in your analysis; the commission rates and the conversion rate of the vendor’s product.
For instance, if you are registered on the Jvzoo affiliate network or ClickBank(the most popular affiliate network), there is a page to showcase the lists of top sellers or vendors for the last 7 days, or 30 days (depending on the Network stats).

These stats rank the best category of products and services that have had lots of purchases during a certain time duration, and as an affiliate marketer you should consistently check these stats to know what product is worth marketing and what products has the highest conversions.
You want to avoid wasting capital and efforts on products that are not ranking on the lists of top-vendors, or products that have low commissions and conversions(purchases), therefore it is important to carry out a daily analysis to find products in your niche that is worth your marketing campaign.
D) Analyzing landing page conversions
Landing pages remain the superior value in terms of online marketing. If you don’t make it habitual to improve your landing page contents and customizations, chances are that your conversion rate will continually remain in stagnation.
Let’s assume you recently set-up an advertising campaign for a Keto nutrition program on Facebook, and adhering to all expertise and tips on interest -based targeting your ad is gaining thousands of prospects and click-throughs,  but you are having no conversions or purchases.
When this happens in your marketing campaign,  It is common sense to quickly pause your Facebook ad and review the reasons why your landing pages are not converting, despite the huge number of clicks.
Perhaps you inserted the wrong picture (maybe the picture of a smiling dog)  for a Keto nutrition program, or your landing page contents didn’t seem real and convincing enough to maintain attention, which is often the case. Landing pages are not supposed to provide long and boring information about the program or products itself, rather it should provide simple information about the benefits and usefulness of such a program or product in solving a problem for your audiences.
Nobody actually cares about the background of your product or how long it has been in existence,  prospects are usually concerned about two things in a landing page: ‘benefits’ and ‘social proof’. However, it is ideal to indicate the product’s background or history of sales,  but it should not overpower the benefits or social proofs of the product in a bid to maintain your prospect’s attention.
When promoting through paid advertising, make it a habit to check on the conversion rate of your landing page daily,  to know if the money you are spending is responding to your targeted ROI. Simply because you are promoting through paid advertising is not a guarantee to make $500 a day in affiliate marketing, while sleeping. Without reviewing conversion rates frequently, you might end up disappointed and frustrated at the end date of your advertising project.
E) Less Competition Analysis
Make it a habit not to concern yourself with the competition.  Competition analysis is relevant but not primarily a necessity for affiliate marketers. Often times trying to analyze your competitors frequently can unconsciously influence your own marketing strategy. 
Initially, the goal for competition analysis is for one to improve on uniqueness and ingenuity, but the reality is, most marketers still fall victim of duplicating some contents or strategies of their competitors in their own marketing frame-work, with a slight but obvious tweak,  while some marketers take competition analysis too seriously,  and invest resources and time into analyzing competitors ( which are usually top authorities), rather than redirecting such efforts to improving their personal marketing experience.

3) Creativity
Creating new content and  customization in a unique manner is a very powerful marketing habit to develop.
F) Authentic Content ( Stop the habit of Copying and Pasting)
Neglect the copy and paste method of marketing a product. Most beginners in affiliate marketing tend to utilize this method in structuring their landing pages. It is not utterly prohibited, but it is not the right habit to cultivate as an affiliate marketer.
Be creative in your marketing content,  especially when customizing your sales funnel. Use colors and images peculiar to your style and personality to sell your audience anything. Your uniqueness and ingenuity sells your market more, thereby giving you an edge over your competitors.
G) Improving Advertising creativity.
The TOFU (Top of the Funnel) is always the attraction stage of any sales funnel in online marketing, therefore,  it is important to develop creativity in your advertorials, consisting of customized videos, pictures and advert contents that are attractive to prospects.

 Make it a habit to be creative in your advertising,  because it is what announces your marketing campaign.
F) Improving Social Media Skills.
Improving social media skills is a habit every affiliate marketer must live by.  Social media marketing is very economical and important in promoting a product or service.
 If by nature you are not a social media individual or you are not a social person at all, then affiliate marketing is definitely not for you.  
Affiliate marketing is for social influencers and individuals ready to connect on a global scale.
Affiliate marketers who are not intrinsically socially active should make it a habit to create a comfortable pattern of socializing with social media users and enthusiasts, simply for the sake of marketing.

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