Whats up marketers and entrepreneurs? Rod here checking in bringing you new content. Today we’re going to talk about how to make money with affiliate marketing on the Reddit platform. People on Reddit love to consume authoritative content, like the articles, the threads, the subreddits. Digital marketers try to figure out how they can leverage all of this knowledge on Reddit and convert it into affiliate marketing profits. I want to give you guys three strategies today.
Before I cover my talking points I’m going to assume that you kind of already know what Niche you want to be in. If you don’t know what your niche is or if you don’t know anything about your niche, if you don’t know how to solve problems in your niche, my talking points are not going to help you. If you think you’re going to be a fly-by-night of affiliate marketing pushing all kinds of offers to see what sticks, you will be wasting your time. You will be better off studying the niche you want to be in first. That is the way to make long term money with affiliate marketing. If you have questions about what niche you want to get into, my 7 step guide below will help you so go ahead and get that first. In
Reddit is unique among the social media platforms in that the rules are similar to forums because of the way it delivers content and engages the community. It requires a lot of external sources, i.e. people and influencers. They come to Reddit for a mix of engaging content, news, and authority boards. Yes, Reddit users go there for entertainment but they are serious about there content because they pride themselves on the trustworthy product and service feedback, therefore, they must have impartial authentic reviews. Not people pushing affiliate marketing reviews with an agenda to sell.
Reddit traffic likes clicking through to the subReddits on a particular topic then reading the content and commenting on it. The thing that’s different for a lot of users, at least a lot of digital marketers, is we want to come on there and start pushing offers. We want to come in read, and start pushing out offers right from the start. This is a big no-no. Which leads me to my first talking point.
First of all, your job is to become a member of your niche community then present yourself as an authority before you start selling anything. Reddit moderators will kick you out if you push offers on stuff without people knowing who you are. Second of all after you become part of your niche’s community you must start to provide great insight into helping people solve their problems and consistently do that over time. When you’ve delivered enough value and you’ve built those relationships with the people on the subreddits, then you can occasionally throw out some product or service offer.
The Reddit audience will think hey Rod gave us all this great free content let me go check out his product because I know if he gives great value away for free, just imagine how great his paid product is going to be.
That’s the strategy you have to use with Reddit. Reddit is one of those places that has almost a cult-like community where you’re not just going to go in there and just start pushing offers. I’ve tried it several times so I know from experience how it works.
For example, provide value by answering some of the questions posted, answer some of the feedback on different articles within your niche, read what the people are putting out there and engage with the community. See what people need, what are the trends, then provide insight and products where it fits best and you’re going to find out you’re going to make way more money that way. That is the Reddit strategy in a nutshell. Bottom line,
That brings me to my next
If people looking at your thread see that you are an authority in affiliate marketing, digital marketing, online marketing, and social media marketing the will think hey this guy really knows about marketing. And if they have a question about marketing guess who they’re going to go to? You! Versus if they see one guy talking about marketing then talking cats, fitness, gardening, cameras, and cars, all this different stuff you will come across as generalist Jack of all trades and unless you’re an entertainer that will not work.
People want a specialists today. Generalists don’t get far, at least in the digital marketing world in 2019. If you would have gotten in the game early before all the competition and spammers kicked-in maybe you’d have success with the jack-of-all-trades strategy. But today you need to niche down to be able to cut through the noise and become an authority and an influencer in a specific space. Do that consistently over time and you are going to get a lot of traffic. You’re going to get noticed and if you could deliver value to that traffic on many different platforms you will really take off.
With Reddit, you’ll get a ton of Engagement and it’s so important that you get that engagement and those thumbs up (votes) because it’s just like any other platform, once the moderators start seeing that you’re getting a ton of engagement, the algorithms start pushing you as an authority.
I want to stress that you want to master a category and stick with just a few subReddits. You don’t need to be in a hundred different subReddits.
Talking point number three, don’t use Reddit like you use other social media platforms. I’ve made this mistake. I’ve tried to duplicate what I’m doing successfully on Instagram or YouTube but it didn’t work on Reddit. You have to study a particular platform and that particular community to see what works and figure out how they like doing things. Reddit is very different from other platforms. For example, on Twitter, you can post offers every fifteen minutes and it’s just fine because there’s so much content through there and so many different tweets it’s expected that people are going to be tweeting multiple times a day. But it’s not the case on Reddit and other forums. but my point is to find out what is the best way to produce or promote your content on Reddit.
Bottom line is you don’t want to come across as a used car salesman. So
First of all, I want to give you guys two tips about affiliate marketing. For beginners I want you to have your niche nailed down. Why? because you have to know something about a particular industry. You have to have experience solving problems in a particular niche. Because what we’re going to do on YouTubes build relationships via video and if you don’t have some knowledge about the niche your creating content in, it’s going to be hard your to offer your audience the product or service on the other side of your affiliate marketing links. If you don’t come across as being articulate or knowledgeable about what you’re doing you will be wasting your time. I want to help you save time by giving you guys the know how to invest in affiliate marketing. If you very little knowledge or experience about a niche you want to get into then you need to learn about it. The good thing is you don’t have to be an expert. You just have to know a little bit more than your audience so that you can provide them insight and ideas.
Being in affiliate marketing you are familiar with Amazon and ClickBank offers. I want to give you guys some insight. When your building relationships with people on
Number two leverage the description box more. YouTube lets you directly link to affiliate offers. Not so with Facebook unless it’s a trusted site. Youtube is a little bit more forgiving about it, they’re tightening it up but it’s still pretty good compared other platforms. You have a description box so use it. You can put however many links you want to have in there but don’t overdo it. You can do the same thing in other places on your YouTube channel. It’s important to leverage those places with affiliate links but remember to put a lot of good content in there other than your offers. You can also put Bitly in there so that you could track your links as well.
Also, if you are thinking about promoting ClickBank or JV Zoo offers, YouTube tends to allow them but I advise you to put them on your website first. Those affiliate links tend to change and when they do you have to go and change all the links on the videos. Unless it points to your website first. This way even when you have to change the links on your website at least they are coming to your website instead of getting a broken link. You have more control over how you direct your YouTube traffic.
At least YouTube still allows you to put affiliate links, a lot of platforms don’t allow you to do that anymore. You’re going to find out that a lot of platforms do not allow you to put affiliate offers on their platform because in the past you had too many get rich quick schemes, Black hat marketing tricks and email spam to promote affiliate links. All these black hat SEO and marketing tricks rubbed these platforms the wrong way. In 2019 they’re kind of lightening up this a little bit but still there a stigma out there about affiliate links and how they are scamming people. Affiliate marketing got a bad rap but I’m going to show you how to Market your affiliate links the right way. I’m going to show you the strategies you need to have in place that’s going to set you apart from the get-rich-quick, fly-by-night marketers and really put you in a position to win.
The last tip I am going to give you is sequencing. It’s okay to go out and find different affiliate links and different offers but you need to put them where it makes sense. For example, you’re helping somebody build a studio full of audio equipment. Don’t do a video where you put a ton of affiliate links up front. Instead create a step by step video playlist to show how do you create soundproofing on a wall, how do you do lighting and how do you do audio. This way not only are you able to offer more affiliate links but it makes sense in the process. Don’t just have a wall full of links on every video that’s not specific to that video, it doesn’t make sense. A lot of YouTubers do that. I’ve been guilty of that in the past myself. I am learning that having a sequence that way if a customer or a visitor is looking at this YouTube video when they go down to the description box there’s new relevant information and it’s not the same old stale thing that’s something. I’m currently working on this and I suggest you guys do the same thing. You’ll make a ton more money put you in a position to win.
Guys as you already know I always try to get you guys in a position to win with affiliate marketing. I like affiliate marketing as a secondary option and use my own info products as my primary option. So I offer secondary affiliate links where it makes sense. I don’t want to oversell you on that but a lot of people like to use it as a primary option to make money so I’m going to make sure I provide that information. The main thing is to have multiple options, don’t put all your eggs in one affiliate marketing basket. Because once you start making a lot of money and depending on that, the merchant changes the rules. You see it with Apple, Amazon and with all the third-party merchants. They have these amazing affiliate programs at the beginning and can make a ton of money, you create your marketing strategy, website messaging all around those affiliate links but they’re going directly to the merchant who promotes their other products and services without you getting those commissions. At the end of the day, they just snatch those original customers away from you and you haven’t built your own brand.
So I am a huge fan of building your own brand first and then offer the affiliate links as a solution. That way they come to you the next time they have a problem in that area and you can offer them different affiliate links. A lot of people have a problem with that but I find that’s the best long-term strategy that’ll keep you in business so you can build a great agency or a great business in a way that you don’t necessarily have to do the day to day operations.
Be a problem solver so you can point them to the solution and as long as it works they’re going to keep coming back to you.
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My first tip is to have a central platform location to distribute your content. Nobody’s making money online if they don’t have a central location to put your content. A perfect example is a website, which I prefer. If your on a budget you could use a YouTube channel. A lot of people make a ton of money with just a YouTube channel. A Tumblr site is another great way to go. Then there is Facebook. Having a Facebook page has its advantages but has its downfalls too. The best way to get started with no money out of pocket is WordPress. But these are just stopgap measures until you get your own website.
Regardless of which platform you pick you’re going to need a place to put your content and your related affiliate links. Once you start making money, I highly recommend you register your name as a domain name and get your own website. Like robrobertson.com and build an affiliate website around your name. Then point all your Youtube, Facebook and Tumblr traffic to that domain. But the main thing is you need to create some good content.
The next thing before you start monetizing that content is to pick the right Niche. It’s so important that you work with a specific Niche, with a specific audience. That’s going to dictate your level motivation, your content and your affiliate links. The worst thing you could do is be all over the place when it comes to picking a niche. I’m not saying there is something wrong with a general website like Walmart or an Amazon or anything like that but trust me you’re going to put more money and more effort getting that off the ground. But when you start off with a specific Niche you will be more confident putting your name on it. You can start your niche with a more generic name but you want to have that affiliate site set up so that you have specific links and a specific email list. So when you send your offers out to your people to visit your site everybody’s on the same page. It makes management a whole lot easier too. You can make way more money that way and you ‘ll be good to go. If you promote books one week and dog food the next your going to confuse your audience. So keep that in mind when you’re picking your affiliate links.
The third tip I want to give you today is that your valuable content must come first. Before you get that first sale you have to draw in your audience. A lot of people starting out in affiliate marketing and push their links right away. This is not the right approach. I’m not going to say it doesn’t work, but out of a hundred people, you might get one or two sales. But you’re losing the other 98 people. Do you think those other 98 are going to come back and look at your content again? No, that’s why your number one goal after creating your platform is to provide value. You have to get that content right. This is what people what to be engaged in, consuming your content. After a while, people are going to say to themselves Rods of a great guy and I like some of his free content, I’m going to buy something from him, support his YouTube channel. This will improve your career or put more money in your pocket. Either way, you’re going to put yourself ahead of the pack and put yourself in a position to be an authority on the subject.
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What’s up marketers in problem solvers. Rod here checking in. I wanted to bring you guys another video today and we going to talk about how to stop using affiliate marketing programs the wrong way. I want to explain first what this video is about. Yes, you can make money marketing affiliate programs. Yes, it’s a core component of what I do as a digital marketer. Yes, you can scale affiliate marketing campaigns out but you need to know the cons of all this. I learned this the hard way where you spend a lot of time setting up your affiliate links but you are not in control of it.
You see it with apple and other marketing programs and it’s going to happen with Amazon where they are in complete control of their affiliate marketing program. You don’t have a contract with them, they don’t have to tell you anything, you’re building your entire business, your entire campaign, everything around these Affiliates and they can pull that stuff from under you overnight without telling you anything. They can reduce your Commission, change the structure, cancel it altogether and you’re stuck with all this unnecessary baggage. No customer list or anything.
Another thing to keep in mind is there are so many different affiliate marketing strategies out there. You need to take into consideration the people selling those affiliate marketing strategies are probably making more money on that then they are making with affiliate commissions. I want to be straight up with you guys and let you know what the concerns are about affiliate marketing.
The first thing I suggest you guys do is to start your own email list. Yes, email list! I’m going to cover a lot of stuff in this video but I can’t cover it all so what I’m going to do is put some links in the description box for courses and free guides so go ahead and jump on it while supplies last. Links are in the description below.
So let’s talk about the dangers of affiliate marketing. You see it time and time again either they do scary stuff like
Build your brand, your influence because it puts you in control. In this day and age on the internet, if you talk about becoming a freelance marketer working from home, you do not want one source controlling your income. It’s worth it having a job because at least with that job you get to talk to the HR people, you have an understanding, you have protections. But if
I told you guys the problem now let’s talk about the solution. First things first, start your email list even if you don’t have a product, start your email list. Go out and offer people a free guide and offer them something of value so they get on your email list. Once they get on the email list, two things happen they know who you are, you provide the initial value, it’s free, you don’t charge for everything. The key is to get them on the email list, once you get them on the email list then you could start offering affiliate programs. Pick a niche, whatever you feel like you want to do, that you’re good at. But whatever you do, do not send people directly to an affiliate link before getting their email address. You’ll get the commission but they’ll make all the money on the back end. The key is you want to control, control, control. You need to protect yourself.
I’m going to keep it at that. If you like it, subscribe to my channel because I am putting out a lot of good content and courses but I have limited it to 3,000 students. So guys go ahead and occupy your seat so you are good to go. Also, let me know your affiliate marketing experience, the pros, and the cons, how you like it how you don’t like it. Start the conversation below. See you guys at the next video piece
The first way is using AdSense. AdSense out of all of them is the one I make the least amount of money. Youtube puts ads on my video so I can make money. Not a lot of money but enough. I don’t depend on this and I don’t even really track it. It’s all over the place, one month you can make $1,000 and then next month it could be hundreds or even dollars so you do not want to depend on AdSense.
The second way is through Consulting services. This is the most lucrative as far as making money right now. You can charge as much as you want depending on the demand. The way I do it is with my digital marketing agency, I have client accounts that I manage and these clients want me to do different types of digital marketing services for them. For example SEO marketing or email marketing. But there are a lot of other services, you just have to be very knowledgeable and show them how to do it. Once they see your how-to videos they will realize they will not have the time to actually implement this for their businesses. So they will call you to provide them with a solution.
Developing a community is a great way to take your career to the next level because you want to be around like-minded individuals and this will put you in a position to win. You have to have a community of people who walk the walk and talk the talk. This will give you insight. Yes, you can get general information online or just get information from college students or teachers who actually have never done it. But being around people who are actually doing it you can get genuine insight and bounce ideas off of them and be a sounding board. In addition, your community can provide you with job leads or you can monetize it by charging a membership fee. I go into more depth of this in my free 7 step guide. Click here to get it.
Offering courses in your niche is a great way to monetize your Youtube videos. My niche, of course, is digital marketing and that’s what I focus on and give you a 360-degree solution. Services, courses memberships, meetings face to face and all of them revolve around digital marketing. Specifically, courses make money online but they get a bad rap because courses need to be updated all the time so you get a lot of out of date courses on the internet.
Speaking gigs are another great way to monetize your Youtube videos. When people see you on YouTube and like what you are saying, they will want you to speak at their school, College event, and entrepreneurial meeting. Speaking gigs are an overlooked aspect to Youtube videos but it can be very lucrative. By leveraging your niche doing speaking gigs you can start making money on the speaking circuit. Maybe not as much as other people do but the goal is to get the message out where it makes sense. The key to this is really knowing your audience.
I make money on YouTube because all my efforts revolve around digital marketing. I stay in digital marketing and I highly suggest you guys if you’re going to make money, make money doing something specific, that way you can charge more. You’re not going to make a lot of money being a jack-of-all-trades. You need to perfect a skill. That’s digital marketing for me but for you, it could be photography or another niche. Just find out what you’re good at, what’s in demand and what people are going to pay for and double down on that.
If you want to make money with Youtube and
So, guys, that’s all five ways to make money with Youtube and anybody can it. You don’t want to have to be a rocket scientist. I’ve just started out and I’m leveraging all five of these and I suggest you guys do the same thing. Start with one and master it, then the next and the next thing you know you have all five. There are more than 5 ways but these are the easiest and fastest ways to make money. I make money using all kinds of different ways but these are the five specifically for YouTube-driven income.
I go into more depth in my free 7 step guide. So go ahead and get that and join the community so you can be around like-minded people and you can actually get started with that for free. If you have any questions, ask me in the comments below. Also if you are already leveraging YouTube to make money please share your experience below and let’s start a conversation