How to get started in affiliate marketing without any followers
Social media is a great way to get new followers, but it doesn’t work for everyone. The vast majority of social media users are there to keep in touch with friends, view interesting photos, share cat videos and the like. If your content is all about how to make money on Amazon, you’re going to be very lonely.
You might think that this means you can’t grow your audience on social media. But that’s not true! You just need to understand what those platforms are best suited for and the sort of content that will interest people who want to know about affiliate marketing.
This article covers all the details on how you can get started with affiliate marketing without any followers or connections anywhere...
Why you shouldn’t rely on social media for affiliate marketing
The key word here is "rely". It’s not that social media is not a good way to make money with affiliate marketing - it is. The problem comes when you rely on it too heavily. You can’t build a successful affiliate marketing business if you have no audience whatsoever. A strong social media presence is essential if you want to grow your business to its full potential, but it’s not the only way to get there.
If you want to make money with affiliate marketing, you need to start with the basics: Creating an audience. Assuming that that audience will just magically appear because you post a few links on social media is a recipe for disaster.
Facebook is a social network with over a billion users. It’s also the world’s largest platform for affiliate marketing. In fact, most affiliates agree that Facebook is their most important tool when it comes to growing their audience.
All you need is a Facebook account (created with your real name) and you’re ready to start building your audience. You can use Facebook to promote your own products or services, or you can get paid to promote products from other affiliates.
Facebook Groups are excellent places to meet people with similar interests as you. They are also a great place to start a discussion and promote your affiliate marketing business. There are groups for just about every topic you can think of. Even if the group’s primary focus isn’t affiliate marketing, you can still promote your products (in a non-spammy way) and find new customers.
Instagram is the most popular social network for people who are in their teens and 20’s. That’s a huge market, but it’s not your average affiliate marketing audience.
The good news is that many affiliate marketers are tapping into this market by creating visual content. If you are into photography or have another artistic skill, you can make money with affiliate marketing on Instagram. People are more likely to click on your links if they trust you and want to see more of your work.
If you aren’t into creating artistic images, you can still use Instagram to promote affiliate offers. You’re not allowed to post affiliate links in your bio, but you can use your posts to give context to your affiliate links.
You know what they say: "A picture is worth a thousand words." Twitter is one of the best places to find affiliate marketing customers. In fact, according to a survey by Trackalytics, Twitter is the #1 social network for affiliate marketing!
What makes Twitter such a great place for affiliate marketing is that all you need is a short paragraph and a picture. That’s it. You can use Twitter to promote affiliate offers, new content, or even your own products or services. You can also find thousands of people who are interested in affiliate marketing by using hashtags like #affiliatemarketing, #amazonaffiliates, #makemoneyonline and #workathome.
Google+ and Hangouts
Now we’re getting into the social networks that most people have forgotten about. Google+ is a social media platform created by Google. It’s not very popular, but it has a huge advantage for affiliate marketers: It’s a closed network.
Closed networks like Google+ and LinkedIn are great places to connect with people who are genuinely interested in what you have to say. You can share your affiliate marketing offers and products in closed networks, and you won’t get swamped by irrelevant likes and shares.
Google+ also allows you to host private and public Hangouts. A Hangout is a group video call. You can use a Hangout to talk about affiliate marketing or any related topic. You can also invite other people to join your Hangout. You can use this to network with other people in your industry.
LinkedIn Groups and Blogs
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. It’s used by everyone from job seekers to CEOs of the world’s largest companies. It’s also home to thousands of affiliate marketing groups.
Like Google+, LinkedIn is a closed network. This means that the people in those groups are there because they want to be. They don’t have time to read every post or click on every link. On the other hand, they are very likely to click on your posts because they trust your recommendations.
You can use LinkedIn to build an audience for your affiliate marketing business in two ways. First, you can join affiliate marketing groups and start contributing to the discussions. Second, you can create your own group and invite people to join it.
Social media is a great way to get started with affiliate marketing if you do it right. The key is to offer something of value to your followers. It doesn’t matter if you have 10,000 followers if they don’t click on your links because they are uninterested or annoyed by your posts.
You can use social media to create a following, but you shouldn’t rely on it as your only source of traffic. There are plenty of other ways to get targeted visitors to your offers.
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