Here are the First Five Things To Do When You Join A New Affiliate Program! Whether you are new to Affiliate Marketing or have been at it for years, this quick checklist will help you maximize your first 90 days with a new program!
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1 – Check the program policies.
Before posting anything for the new program you want to make sure you completely understand all of their policies so you do not do anything to get yourself terminated from the program.
Some programs do not allow you to order from your own affiliate link, while some affiliate programs actually encourage that you do. For instance, all of the companies managed by Apogee Agency allow you to order through your own links to not only save money but so that you get the full customer experience from the company.
This gives you the opportunity to share every aspect of purchase From start to finish to give a first-hand authentic recommendation.
Related Article: Ten Things Bloggers Should Know About Affiliate Marketing
2 – Check current specials.
With a managed affiliate program you will receive a monthly email with current specials to promote to your audience. When you first sign on with a new affiliate program be sure to check what the current specials are, in case you have missed that monthly email.
In ShareASale you can view that information when you login and visit the Deals and Coupons Database. You can choose to view all of the sales network-wide or narrow it down to just the programs you are currently in.
3 – Connect with your Affiliate Manager.
One of the biggest benefits of working with a Managed Affiliate Program is having a dedicated affiliate manager. Your manager can help you maximize your earnings potential with guidance, suggestions, and even insider news about the company and program.
Your Affiliate Manager is your best resource for sales and specials from the brand, brainstorming ideas for content creation, making sure you are in compliance with FTC and more.
Affiliate Managers often have sponsored campaign opportunities as well, and go to their Affiliates they know will be a good fit for the brand. Building a relationship with your Affiliate Manager is a great way to maximize your earning potential.
4 – Think about old content on your site that would work well with the new affiliate program.
As I have mentioned before in “Ten Things Bloggers Should Know About Affiliate Marketing” it is perfectly fine to promote more than one program in a single blog post, so you can maximize the potential of each post by making it a great resource for your readers to find and easily purchase exactly what they are looking for.
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5 – Think about What New Content you can create around the products of your affiliate program.
There are several benefits to creating new content for your affiliate program – it not only gives you fresh content for your readers but gives an additional place to interlink your site to the old content mentioned before for SEO benefit.
Also, when you create new content, consider sending it into your Affiliate Manager – he or she may have additional ideas for how to utilize the content and may send it over to the brand, which can turn into more opportunities for you in the future.
BONUS – Your Email List
An enormous benefit to using a managed affiliate program is the ability to include links in your email newsletter list. Unlike Amazon, direct affiliate links, as well as ShareASale links, can be linked in your emails – just make sure you properly disclose.
Consider creating a complete Email Sequence that new visitors to your blog can “opt-in” to, and receive emails from you including those links for a constant stream of new customers.