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Affiliate Marketingthe Smart WayS econ d E d itionA Super Quick Guide to Help You MasterAffiliate Marketing and Increase Your RevenueBy Pat FlynnCreator of SmartPassiveIncome.com 2016 Flynndustries, LLCALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Thank YouThanks for downloading this quick reference guide to help you effectively integratemaster affiliate marketing into your business. For more details about affiliate marketing,please listen to Smart Passive Income Podcast Session #186.And for more helpful information to help you build your online business and generatean income online, please visit SmartPassiveIncome.com.

What isAffiliateMarketing?Generating an income by sharing, recommending,and promoting another company’s or person’sproduct or service.In other words, when you help another company generatesales, you get a cut!In this quick-hit reference guide, I’ll share ten tips to help youmaster affiliate marketing, but before that . . .Affiliate Marketing is Awesome!Here’s why:You don’t have to create your own product, because someoneelse already did! All you have to do is send traffic through alink to that product, and everything after that is out of yourhands.Wait what? That’s it?Well, sort of, which is why affiliate marketing has had such aBAD RAP lately. But, I’m trying to change that!You see, affiliate marketing has become a huge part of myoverall passive income portfolio, and I’ve picked up a fewthings over the years that have taught me what works,and what doesn’t. The number one reason people think sonegatively about it is because influencers are abusing its4

power, recommending products and services primarily forthe commissions, and not because they are truly helpful.Every time I’ve put money first before serving my audience,I’ve failed.The attention and trust you’ve built with your audience tohave them even consider your recommendations is the mostimportant asset you have. Don’t disrespect your audience bypromoting something that won’t help them.On the following pages, I’ll be sharing my Top 10 tipsfor affiliate marketing that I’ve picked up over thepast few years. Some will be quick and obvious, whileothers not so much. But in order to hit a home runwith your audience (and your commissions) whenyou recommend other products, these tips are vital.It’s quick and dirty for you, so you can get to workimplementing these tips sooner rather than later.Good luck! Tip number one starts for you on the nextpage, and it’s probably the most important of all . . .What is Affiliate Marketing?5

AffiliateMarketingRules andStrategies1. Be extremely confident in yourrecommendation.If possible, use products that you’re going to recommend firstbefore you promote them and in a best case scenario, you’dbe promoting what you already use and trust anyway.2. Be honest and open with your audience thatyou’re sharing an affiliate link.Let them know you will earn a commission if they use it. Forthose in the US, this is required legally, but doing this no matterwhat helps your audience understand that you’re honest, anda number of people will seek out your affiliate links to pay youback for the value you’ve already provided to them.3. Treat the product you’re promoting as if itwas your own.Unbox that product, show the insides of it (using imagesor screen capture software). People like to see what they’regoing to buy before they buy it.Offer to answer any questions and be there to help if theyneed it.If you’re confident in your recommendation and know it willhelp your audience, it’s your duty to sell it! A single link on6

a single blog post isn’t enough. You wouldn’t promote yourown product that way, would you?4. Find your “Bluehost.”My number one earning affiliate product is for a hostingcompany called Bluehost. It’s one that I’ve used, still use, andam confident in my recommendation for those just starting awebsite or online business.I help people build online businesses, so it makes sensethat this is my top earning product; people need a websitein order to build an online business. This is the first step intheir journey, and the obvious first product to promote tonew visitors.What’s YOUR Bluehost? In other words, what’s the firststep or product your audience needs to get involved with inorder to move forward? When you determine what that is,the promotion of that product and the messaging behind itbecomes much more clear.Hot Tip:It’s not terrible to promote more than one solutionfor a particular problem or pain your audience has,but when it comes to their first step, choosing onesolution and one solution only is the best thing youcan do. Why? Because people who are just startingout get confused when there are a lot of options. Beconfident in your top recommendation, even thoughthere may be more than one solution, and it’ll pay offfor you and get your audience started on their journey.5. Create a resource page.My resource page is the most profitable page on my blog,and all of the sales on that page, which are primarily throughaffiliate products, are completely passive.The resource page is a win for everyone because youraudience lands on a helpful page where you have curated allof the top and most helpful tools, services, books, etc. thatyou’ve mentioned on your website. You’re providing valueand generating an income at the same time, which is thename of the game.Affiliate Marketing Rules and Strategies7

various products or tools that you recommendwith your audience. These are the perfectcomplement to an “unboxing” strategy whereyou show your audience what they’re going toget before they buy it.Hot Tip:Make sure you keep all of the products you curateon your resource page up to date. Share at the top ofthe page that you do that, and people will be moreconfident in what you’ve shared with them. Lastly,keep track of how many clicks each of those linkson the resource pages get, so that you can removeones that don’t seem to be getting traction and arejust wasting space, if there are any. In the next tip, I’llgive you a tool that you can use to help you do that. Geni.us Links: If you do any affiliate marketingthrough the Amazon Associates program, youcan use this tool to make sure you are capturingaffiliate commissions from people outside ofyour home country when they click on yourAmazon affiliate links.7. Cross-pollinate your affiliate links.6. Three helpful affiliate marketing tools Pretty Link: This WordPress plugin allows youto turn those long, cookie-filled affiliate linksinto a nicer looking, easy to remember andshare “pretty link.” This tool also helps youkeep track of the number of clicks for each linkyou create, and it allows you to update thoselinks that people redirect to, without having togo in and change every single instance of thatlink on your website. ScreenFlow (for Mac) or Camtasia Studios(for PC): These tools allow you to capturescreen recordings that you can use to showAffiliate Marketing Rules and StrategiesIn other words, don’t be afraid to mention or share yourrecommendations more than once, and in different ways. Forexample, you may create a blog post showing the insides ofa particular product (where you’d include your affiliate link),and you could also create a “Top 5 Tools You Use” post, whichincludes the same product in it as well. Then, down the road,you could perhaps create an article that is a list of all of yourTop List posts, which would subsequently get people backinto those articles where your affiliate recommendations areplaced. Cross-promote between various mediums as well,such as podcasts and videos!8

8. Offer bonuses alongside yourrecommendations.A great way to stand out and make sure people use youraffiliate link (as opposed to someone else’s, because thereare other affiliates and influencers promoting that sameproduct on their platforms) is to offer unique bonuses for thatparticular product. It works best if the bonuses relate to thoseparticular products, although they don’t have to.Note:Please check with the company/person first beforeusing this strategy. Some companies do not allowoffering bonuses when promoting their products.Types of Bonuses You Could Offer: Quick start guides Additional parts/add-onsChecklistsVideos showing people how to use it (especiallyany tricky or difficult parts)9. Build relationships with the product owners.Before or after you become an affiliate for a product, reachout to that product owner and start a conversation with them.Over time, that relationship can become mutually beneficial.For example, you could feature that person in an interviewor podcast on your blog (like I did here with Nathan Barry,the CEO and Founder of ConvertKit, and also here with ClayCollins, the Co-Founder of Leadpages), which will help youraudience learn more about the product, and get to know whowill be taking care of them when they make a purchase. Plus,no one knows that product better than the founder, so theywill likely be able to share the features, benefits, and resultsin a way that will optimize conversions.Plus, you can work closely with that person to make theexperience better for your audience too, from custom landingpages after clicking through to special discounts or offers.Lastly, if you end up performing very well as an affiliate for aparticular product, that will give you the ability to sometimesask for an increased commission. I’ve done this with a numberof companies and have sometimes been able to increase myaffiliate commissions by 300 percent!Other use cases and variants of the use of thatproductAffiliate Marketing Rules and Strategies9

10. Think openly about what kinds of productsor programs you could become an affiliate for.There are all kinds of products you can promote as an affiliate.Here’s a list of ideas to help get you started: Online Courses Physical Retail Products (Amazon is theobvious choice, but it’s not the only one! Targetand Wal-Mart have an affiliate program too!) Software ProductsBooks (Both self-hosted or on a platform likeAmazon.com, and also ebooks and physicalbooks)Mobile Applications (iTunes Affiliate Program)Music (iTunes Affiliate Program)ServicesCoachingThe sky’s the limit with affiliate marketing, but only if youremember that you are recommending products that arehelping people in some way. And as you begin to grow youronline business, attract attention, and earn trust, simply sharingthe things you use yourself and how they’ve helped you can bea great, non-aggressive way to make it a win for everyone.Affiliate Marketing Rules and Strategies10

Here’s to you and your affiliate marketing journey.I appreciate you!And if you enjoyed this quick reference guide, please let meknow by filling out this form, and by sharing it with thelink AffiliateMarketingtheSmartWay.com or by using thebutton below.click to shareThanks!Pat Flynn11

Amazon affiliate links. 7. cross-pollinate your affiliate links. In other words, don't be afraid to mention or share your recommendations more than once, and in different ways. For example, you may create a blog post showing the insides of a particular product (where you'd include your affiliate link),

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