Here is a super simple video I recorded showing you step by step how to turn a random, ordinary web directory into an affiliate marketing “machine”. (in the video – I picked one affiliate program as an example – it’s “Sharetribe” (a high end marketplace software as a service program for folks with a bit of bigger budget than those building on WordPress) – and without more than 15 minutes of effort (other than you’ll see here) we’ve had 8 or 9 conversions since mid January.
If you are doing this for your own directory – and doing it full time – you can literally earn oodles of affiliate income in a cacaphony of cool, creative and colorful ways – both by recommending popular programs like the one below – OR, even BETTER, by setting up your users with their OWN affiliate program, (and IDEAL “agency offer” you can provide to your VIP listings, or charge a few hundred dollars for, and truly transform your clients businesses with a high value service that really WILL add big bucks to their bottom line – while positioning yourself as a hero with marketing magic that converts like crazy)
For those of you who find the affiliate game a bit confusing – for a directory, one approach might look like this.
Step 1: Set your client up with their own affiliate program (either incorporate this into a VIP premium offer, or charge a standlone fee to do it)
Step 2. Add a link to their affiliate offer in the sidebar of their listing (or embed it using a shortcode in their listing field – OR, for maximum clicks, do both)
Step 2a. This link will obviously link to their website, their store, off of the directory itself
Step 3. Become an affiliate for their offers!
Step 4. Evertime someone clicks on the coupon/offer/ad on their listing and BUYS something on their site, you get paid an affiliate commission
This allows you to offer free listings to your best clients, while having an opportunity to earn amazing money promoting local businesses, your niche neighbors, or even high profile partners in ways that will establish you as the go to “guru” in your niche, market or industry. (this obviously works best for directory builders, and authority site marketers, as it’s the perfect place to promote professional peers, or local establishments, and build your own reputation as a leader in your space to boot)
If you’d like to incorporate this approach into your business, watch this short video here. If you’re interested in having my team set this up for yours – shoot me an email, we’ll schedule a call, and I’ll share some of the amazing “White Label” marketing services we’re offering for aspiring online agencies, web consultants, local directory builders and enlightened entrepreneurs around the web….and the world.
Hope all is well!