But this “old school” method of making money online is still going strong because of all the benefits it offers to small-scale, solo internet entrepreneurs. And it’s an especially powerful business model to those without much experience doing business online. Many successful online business owners make their first dollar online with affiliate marketing.
Cross-functional dialogue is an essential first step. Before launching your campaign, you need to have holistic conversations with your internal team and your program management agency about results, goals and metrics. It’s one tactic to generate a certain number of leads; it’s another to determine the end goal of a particular lead.Rather than generating leads that simply dial in somewhere or fill out a form for a slice of the commission, it’s more valuable to base performance on whether your lead is helping you reach your goal. One of the most important questions you and your team can ask is, “What do we ultimately want from this lead?” Is it: Their information? For them to purchase your product or service? A referral?Additionally, you will want to ensure the commission payout is structured around that goal. This way, your affiliate partners are working towards the same internal strategy as your company.
But establishing direct affiliate marketing relationships is extremely challenging for a number of reasons, which we’ll get into below. While there are certain instances when a direct relationship makes sense, most affiliates will be better off accepting that networks are part of the equation and focusing on finding the right merchants and maximizing referrals.
It can mean sharing it on your social media profiles. It can mean including a few articles or video in your weekly newsletter that relate to your products. It can mean going on internet forums and replying to individuals whose questions you know how to answer. It can mean writing a guest post that gets your name and website name onto another person’s site, expanding your reach to their network as well.