Whilst your first instinct may be to join as many affiliate programs as possible, I think it’s better to keep things to a manageable number.
Different people will have different views as to how big or small that number should be but I think it should definitely be in single digits for any given niche that you’re involved in.
For instance, in the self help niche that I like, I’m in three main programs and two of those generate the lion’s share of the commissions i earn there.
As you probably know, YouTube is owned by Google. Which means that they’ve got a lot of tools at their disposal to check that their system isn’t being gamed.
So the short answer to the question of how to increase YouTube views is “naturally”. Don’t pay for views (unless you’re using YouTube’s own options, that’s different of course) and don’t send lots of junk traffic either. Even if they don’t notice short term, they are likely to eventually and then your channel is at risk of getting penalised or even removed. It’s not worth the risk.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t do a lot of things to stack the odds of getting more video views in your favour.
In a lot of respects, asking how much traffic you need for anything on the internet is a red herring. It’s likely to distract you from the real question you should be asking (how much money you can earn!) but let’s have a look at why traffic isn’t the right question to be asking.
There’s an almost unlimited amount of traffic available on the internet. Certainly more than any site anyone is likely to create would be able to cope with.
So it’s not the amount of traffic it’s the type of traffic.
In theory, affiliate marketing is simple:
- Pick a niche
- Find products to promote
- Create a website or a social media page
- Create content ethically promoting the products you’ve chosen
- Ethically promote your content
- Collect a commission when someone buys a product via your niche
As always, though, the devil is in the detail. Each of those simple points hides a multitude of things so let’s go into a bit more detail about how affiliate marketing works “under the hood”.
Affiliate marketing is a win-win business model for both affiliates and the companies they represent.
Affiliates don’t need stock of the products they’re selling and most companies only pay out to affiliates when a sale is made. There are some companies that operate on a “pay per lead” basis but they tend to attract more competitive affiliates and have strict checking procedures so that the leads they pay for are real.
The world has been turned on its head – lockdowns have stopped most things we consider normal from happening.
Almost every industry has been affected – travel and holidays have stopped, education is taking place at home, eating out doesn’t happen and (here in the UK) lots of the takeaway restaurants are also closed, affecting services like Just Eat and Deliveroo.
Online, there are shifts in what people are looking for and what they’re buying.
Titles are all-important for the articles we write. The search engines (normally correctly) assume that the title is the main focus of the page, Which it certainly should be.
But how do you come up with titles? How can you get inspiration that will get you clicks from potential readers as well as finding something you want to write about?
The truth is that many people are already making a healthy income from affiliate marketing online – and you can too. If you take the time to learn about it, you will see that it is potentially very profitable. You can turn affiliate marketing into a successful supplementary income by implementing the following advice:
Do not take advantage of the cookies you set – and don’t allow your affiliate partners to do so. At best, this can be irritating for your visitors although to an extent nowadays people are just in auto-pilot mode and will click “OK” in much the same way as they’ll click “X” to get rid of pop-ups.
Creating content for website – whether it’s an affiliate site, a hobby blog, something promoting your business or anything else on the web – is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge. It never ends.
There are several reasons for this:
Researching the best keywords for your niche is more of a black art than a science.
There are tools available to help you but most of them are either chargeable or come with a “catch” (Google’s keyword tool is a case in point – it changes over time but you need to be logged in to your account and spending money).
And there are several bigger problems: