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A decent way of gaining affiliates. - An "unusual" approach compared to the "usual" ways.



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A decent way of gaining affiliates. - An "unusual" approach compared to the "usual" ways.

Many of you have asked about affiliates and how to get them. Many of us (users on SEOClerks) have answered each and every topic with great answers. - However, there's one way in particular I like, which I'm going to share with you.

For instance, let's say that you are selling children's toys. What you want to do, is to find good "mommy" bloggers with a great following, then approach them and tell them about your product or products, and also give them their affiliate link, or make sure that they get their affiliate link. Another thing you can do on top of that, is to give them a fully written article about your newest toy, so they don't have to write it themselves. - What do you think will happen when they publish the article?

First of all, they will most likely publish it due to the fact that they don't need to write the article themselves and secondly, due to the fact that they will earn affiliate commission for each sale they get. - It's literally a win-win situation.

You make sales and you get affiliates who promotes your products, and, your affiliates doesn't have to do anything more than just publish the actual article on their blog.

So with that being said, it's a good way of gaining affiliate sales, don't you think?

- Imagine doing this with SEO services. Social media services. Graphic services.. You name it.

Sure, you'll have to find the right bloggers so to speak, so it's far from effortless, but when you do, you'll benefit from it.

Have anyone done this? - What's your thoughts on this?


Best Regards,
hitmeasap

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EliteWriter

That is an interesting suggestion. Yes, it may take time as you have to get in touch with them, and it also involves some research. Then you need to take into account the time to write the article. But as you said you can then benefit from establishing a relationship with them, and also get affiliates as a result. In my case it could also prove to be a way of getting some of them decide to order articles in the future too. I will surely give this a try when I get some free time. It is a very valid and practical tip, thanks!



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anwebservices

Sometime it's better idea then starting your own affiliate store. Find someone trustworthy with nice blog, good traffic and lot of regular visitors is very good idea to advertise your own products or affiliate links. Sure it's recommended to make it on same niche as products you advertising.

Good idea!



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idealmike

Hmmm, okay I can see this looks good in theory, but a bit confused about some parts. You mention to "give them their affiliate link,". But what affiliate link are you talking about? Surely in order to give them an affiliate link, (that was unique to them) they would need to sign up to and join the affiliate program their selves first? How can you create an affiliate link for them, so that they get their commission through any sales made through that link, if they haven't joined up to the affiliate program in question?

How would you pay them if that affiliate link did generate sales? How would they know whether or not anyone clicking on that link actually purchased the product and how many people actually did? How would they know if you was being honest about the amount of sales that link generated?

Also this would mean first then researching and reaching out to those bloggers, and contacting them with your offer. Now any big blogger will probably get hundreds of these sorts of offers made to them all the time, basically it's guest blogging but without creating a link to your site, you're just putting an affiliate URL. Now not all bloggers will be happy with this as they may not want to have 3rd party affiliate links in their blog posts.

I don't know, maybe it's where I've got the flue and feel like I've died, been dug up, hit round the head with the shovel and then buried again. But I'm a realist and I don't know how this is going to work.

Also this would mean writing a fresh, unique article for the site in question each time. For all that trouble, wouldn't be better to just try and get a guest post on those blogs that links to your site where your affiliate links are?

Sorry if I'm not seeing it properly. Please feel free to put me right if I'm not.

Mike.



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hitmeasap

Mike. A realist who's trying to mess up my ideas. A decent way of gaining affiliates. - An "unusual" approach compared to the "usual" ways. - Just kidding mate, thanks for your reply! A decent way of gaining affiliates. - An "unusual" approach compared to the "usual" ways.

You've nailed it with the affiliate link part. I should probably have mentioned that part in a different way now when I've seen your reply. You can't just give them an affiliate link at first. As you mentioned, they need to become members of your own affiliate program or the affiliate program you'll use. SEOClerks Affiliate Program for instance. - They would need to become members first and when they've signed up, you can either give them the full url yourself, as long as they give you their affiliate ID, or you could guide them so they can do it themselves. - Now when they've got their affiliate ID, they can either choose to write the article themselves or, you could write it for them.

The reason I personally think this is a great way to get affiliates and affiliate sales, is because bloggers in general are looking for the products on their own. They promote whatever products they want to promote, and the products they can find. If you approach them with a good offer, and hopefully a better offer than what other "regular" affiliates would get, then you're on something great. - This obviously requires time and some research, but most things does just that. - Instead of advertising your own affiliate store or affiliate links, you could basically just focus on bloggers for a day or two, and build up something awesome in the long run.

About the part where you asked for the clicks, visits and sales. Most affiliate programs provides that information, so they could easily see it for themselves. - And most affiliate programs would send them their money automatically too. Either instant or with a delay, which would be up to you to decide. - Most affiliate programs also takes care about refunds automatically, and will also state that so the affiliate can see what happened.

I do see your point about not wanting to have 3rd party affiliate links on their blog but in general, most bloggers are looking for an "extra" way of making money, and if you can provide a good product and they can generate sales.. Most of them would be happy to post an article about your product in exchange for affiliate commission.

Sure, I don't mean that you should contact the BIGGEST bloggers ever, as they would probably get thousands of offers each day, so that would be a total hit and miss, and most likely a miss three hundred times. - But just imagine if they went with your product one time. - That would mean $$$$$.

Also this would mean writing a fresh, unique article for the site in question each time. For all that trouble, wouldn't be better to just try and get a guest post on those blogs that links to your site where your affiliate links are?


Sure, you could to that too. But wouldn't it be better to let these bloggers have a "buy now" button directly on their blog instead? - People are generally too lazy to visit multiple pages or sites, and they want the "easy way out" so to speak. And with their "favorite blogger" having a great article about a product and a one-stop direct link to where they could get the product they talk about.. Don't you think they would prefer that?

And honestly speaking, you wouldn't even have to write a new, fresh article either. You could potentially use the same article for any of the bloggers you offer this. - That's ultimately the bloggers decision.

Let me know if I missed something A decent way of gaining affiliates. - An "unusual" approach compared to the "usual" ways.



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idealmike

Sorry bro don't get me wrong, I know it kind of looks like I whizzed on your campfire!! LOL but not intentionally. I'm not responsible for anything I say when I am infected with someone else's flue like illness! But yeah no I'm sure this is a great great idea that you can realistically put into practice and see some results from it. I just needed to get my head around it to understand better and get that aha! moment. A decent way of gaining affiliates. - An "unusual" approach compared to the "usual" ways.

Yeah you'd have to network with those bloggers/webmasters but that's what its all about isn't it. Once you've connected to people like that and broken the ice, once they see you as a benefit to them, some people can become like putty in your hand and make them much more up for it when you pose it as an offer for them. You know, like just by saying I'll write something nice for your blog if you just let me keep my one affiliate link in it. They get free content although it will contain an affiliate link which should remain forever. And there's benefits in that for both you and them.

So I can sort of see it better now about how you could go about that and the potential to come up with strategies to do it. As you say most bloggers are just up to make extra money in different ways.

It makes me wonder how effective that could be for certain niches like SEO, SMO/SMM service etc. Or really for any niche that you're an expert in already or have a lot of interest in and passion for anyway.

Actually, yes! Sorry it's the flue again dulling my sensory perceptions! But you could really go all out on that method and play off of that need they have and use the same article unless they actually request a unique one but it would probably be much better for you in the long run.

No yeah so it seems a more interesting idea the more I think about it. Seems it could be something that could be worth brainstorming some strategies and steps for and testing them. I guess the first main thing to do would be to find lists of potential bloggers that you could contact. I know lots of ways of doing that myself but would love to hear about how you or someone pulls this off in the future otherwise I may have to try it myself lol A decent way of gaining affiliates. - An "unusual" approach compared to the "usual" ways.



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Lynne

Mike are you kidding me? I would kill for something like this to publish articles on my websites.. ok as long as they are high quality articles!

I think what Andre means is for example if you write an article about social media promotion, since that is your speciality, and then when I publish that article I link it to your profile here, or a specific service of yours using my affiliate link. One big problem I do see with this method, is that although it is like a total win for me in all aspects it could mean that people click through to SeoClerks from my link and head into the marketplace and then buys from someone else and not you and then your hard work is done for naught!



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idealmike

Only if it brought a smile to your face Lynne! A decent way of gaining affiliates. - An "unusual" approach compared to the "usual" ways. No yeah I see how this could be a win win all round for everyone, and it's just about convincing them of the benefits so that they perhaps either linked to your own service or profile page either with the regular or the affiliate link. I guess it wouldn't really matter if it's linking to your service but if you get them to join SC if they haven't already then you could maybe get them to join through your affiliate link as well and earn commission from their spending too. Or of course they can use their own affiliate link and earn a commission from that while you earn a sale each time too.

And the other thing that could be good about this method is that you could probably sell another article to the same blogger several times. Chances are if they bought one and liked it and it benefits them all round, hey, it's free content right and they could make some money from that too. So they would probably buy that several or some even many times over from you.

No yeah this idea is a great idea and has been put to use for a long time by people in many different ways. Offering people free content in exchange for a link works! It can be hard going and you wont get a link from every site owner you contact, but if you are persistant and keep doing it you can really build a lot of high quality links to your site or affiliate link.

If you was linking to your SEOClerks service that would be fine I guess, or even if it's an affiliate link. Or a Buy Now button as Andre has said. It gives the mind a lot of ideas it does! A decent way of gaining affiliates. - An "unusual" approach compared to the "usual" ways.



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chetaseo

The main challenge here is where can you get them in large quantities; i mean the buyers or clients. that will be very difficult. and also the issue of writing articles as in guest blogging, that will take serious time. Social media like facebook, twitter etc are not that effective again, as for forums, you can only get little of them after doing so much work in them; posting useful comments to create strong relationship.
One sure place is yahoo answers, freelance sites etc where potential buyers go to to seek info and solution to improve SEO and SMM work. but getting affiliates these days isnt easy at all.
BUT generally your method of writing articles is surely going to be very tedious, stressful and will consume time. and its not a must that it must work.



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idealmike

Yeah that's it, it would take time and persistence. And learning how to streamline the whole process as simply as possible. I guess you could outsource most of it like for collecting the lists of potential clients and contacting them with your offer. A better way to go about it would be to just ask to talk to them or something or even if you could "interview" them or something and then set a date and when its running propose the offer to them then. That way they'd be much more inclined to say yes to your all round win win offer. But yeah, the SEO SMM niche is a tough one but persistence would pay off in the long run because you're getting a lot of new links to your site from other sites in the same industry as yours and are contextual links or affiliate links and all of that. We really need to develop an AI that can do all that for us. Would you buy it Chet?



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Lynne

Oh wow, yeah Andre this sounds great to me! I am a blogger and I have a mommy blog and an online marketing blog. Coming up with new and fresh content on a regular basis becomes seriously draining!

I would love to receive well written, quality articles for my websites and all I have to do is pop in my affiliate link! I would happily do that for any seller at SeoClerks.. LOL Mike you like writing right? Ok go!

Seriously I would be so game for this... but I am one fuss pot when it comes to my website articles!

Ok guest bloggers/ seo freelancers - line up here!



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MusicMoguls

I think your suggestion is amazing honestly. Its very easy to do this and networking is key. Like you said this is beneficial for both parties especially if what your offering is popular. The other tool or tip i would use to convince someone to do this for you is cost. What does it cost them to help you out? What are the estimated profits? This is probably way easier than setting up an affiliate store because you don't have to code or host anything. I love the idea of an affiliate store its just that i have nobody who can get it going for me and i don't have time or money to waste on something i know nothing about. Great points and great topic i agree with everything you said. Lynne you could always offer to revamp and make it better so that you have the same quality your followers on your blog are use to. To every problem we always have a solution lol!



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hitmeasap

That is correct jkeyz2, we have answers and solutions for all the problems! - That's why we are a superb community! A decent way of gaining affiliates. - An "unusual" approach compared to the "usual" ways.

Affiliate sites would be awesome, I'm not a proud owner of one at this time. I've gained my affiliates using other methods but I hope that I'll be able to launch an affiliate site shortly, as I can totally see how beneficial it could be. However, I would need someone to rank it, and create it for me for starters, as I don't have neither experience or time right now, so it will be "on hold" for now.



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Cristian

I would never post free content offered by someone containing affiliate links just because I don't have to write another article that week because generally, I bet that content is pretty useless only deigned to drive my users to join that affiliate link and create a profit for somebody else. Maybe this trick can work for mommy bloggers or any other niche but I'm pretty sure won't work for SEO bloggers since most of them will actually charge you for publishing content on their blog and would definitely won't agree to publish free content containing affiliate links without getting paid themselves.

At least this the way I see it.



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