Email Marketing For Affiliates 5 Great Tips
You’ve built your website(s), added quality content and done your SEO to drive traffic.
A quick Google search in any niche market will show you that hundreds of people are out there giving it a shot on a regular basis, but if you’re even remotely serious about making a profit with an affiliate marketing campaign, you want to put your own strategies into high gear.
It’s not enough to just have email marketing in place – you need to make sure you do it as well as possible.
So, without further ado, here are 5 highly successful tips that super affiliates have been using for many years to turbo-charge their email marketing campaigns.
Brevity and the Hook
It’s no secret that people these days have less patience than any other generation in history.
They’re used to seeing what they need, absorbing what they can from it and moving on in a matter of seconds.
The average piece of text has between 3-10 seconds to hook a reader and an email has, at most, 51 seconds to make its point. That’s not a lot of time.
So, an email newsletter is not the time to write an epic report on the advantages or value of any given tool you may have developed or an article you wrote.
To start with, you need to hit your readers with a powerful hook. The place to do this is both in the subject line and in the first line of your email.
Too many people assume that a powerful subject line is all they need, but the subject line only gets someone to open the email, not read it.
Always include the first name of the prospect, which you should have gathered with your opt-in form. For Aweber, you can use the “firstname_fix” tag to insert it into a message or subject.
Then, use a hook that speaks to the needs of your reader.
Questions, bold statements, or lists of valuable topics can be good hooks, but the simplest and most successful method is simply to state how the email will benefit them.
On top of capturing attention, don’t expect to be able to hold it for more than a minute. Keep your message short – less than 400 words and oftentimes much shorter.
With a webpage, you can use images and links to hold attention, but in email, text is all you get and it needs to be brief.
Make it Scannable
Along the same lines as brevity, you need to make sure your messages are nice and scannable. This should be easy enough – it’s the same rule you use for your landing pages.
The good old fashioned wall of text doesn’t get the job done in the modern world of short attention spans.
Remember this is an email competing with dozens of others in the recipient’s inbox. It’s not a university paper your professor forced you to read.
Use short lines, line breaks, and hyphens to break up text.
Here’s a good example for you:
Dog training is no walk in the park. You’re probably
ripping your hair out right now trying to figure out how
to get your dog off the couch or away from your trash.
But, it doesn’t need to be like that. It starts with
taking control of your dog – being the alpha leader and
holding their attention long enough to instil confidence.
First, you need to create a pack structure in your home.
Then, you need to develop a training routine to show your
dog how to respond to your commands. Then, you need
to be persistent. Click here for my free report on finally
taking control of your house as the alpha leader.
This wall of text is full of information, but someone just scanning their email might completely miss it.
Here is how it should look with the right formatting:
Dog Training is No Walk in the Park
You’re probably ripping your hair out right now trying
to figure out how to get your dog off the couch or away
from your trash.
But, it doesn’t need to be like that.
It starts with taking control of your dog – being the
alpha leader and holding their attention long enough to
1. You need to create a pack structure in your home.
2. You need to develop a training routine to show your
dog how to respond to your commands.
3. You need to be persistent.
Click here for my free report on finally taking control
of your house as the alpha leader.
It’s broken up, the headline is underlined and the key points are numbered out to see exactly what the reader will gain by clicking on that link.
They can scan it in a few seconds and decide whether to read the whole thing or click on the link.
Active, Action Oriented Voice
I can’t count how many newsletters I’ve read with passive, boring voice. If you plan on telling someone to do something at the end of your emails, you need to keep the voice active, pumping energy into your writing.
What do I mean by active voice? Here’s an example. The first one is a passive voice
You will want to spend time trying to teach your dog to respect you.
Now, look at the exact same sentence with active verbs
Train your dog to respect you.
It’s that simple. Instead of all the qualifiers and wishy-washy sentences you go straight to the point and share an action your reader can follow. This way, when you say “visit my site“, it appears more natural and they’re primed to follow your lead.
Enough Content…But Not Too Much
Email marketing is a tricky business because it needs to be full of useful information, but too much can water down whatever you’re trying to sell.
The best strategy here is to provide a single, tangible piece of advice in every email you write. This ensures that you always have a piece of valuable information, but not so much as to overwhelm your readers or dilute what you’re selling.
It also ensures your messages are never too short. Sure, they need to be less than 400 words, but 150 words is too short if you’re trying to offer sound advice.
The Call to Action
Every single email you write should have a solid, powerful call to action. I know what you’re thinking – “but I thought I wasn’t supposed to hard sell in every email”.
I’m not talking about hard selling. I’m talking about a call to action. Not every call to action needs to say “buy me”.
But, every email needs to elicit some reaction from your reader to keep them engaged and prepare them to make the big leap when you finally do say “buy me”.
Always remember that as an affiliate it’s not your job to sell. Your task is to warm up the prospect so that when they click your affiliate link and got to the vendor’s sales page they are receptive to buying the product.
For a long article that wouldn’t fit in an email or to invite them to visit a news site to read about a niche related topic I suggest you provide a short snippet followed by a link to the website.
You could also call them to take action on a particular piece of advice you wrote in an email, or solicit them to keep reading and check for your next email in X days. Marketing via email is an extremely powerful tool. But, it needs to be done in a way that speaks to the needs and desires of your readers.
They’re short on time, limited in patience, and only willing to do so much at your command. So, be brief, make it scannable, provide value, and always give them a tangible action to complete.
I can all but guarantee that if you do that, you’ll see higher conversion rates and lower unsubscribe rates.
Remember you work hard to get traffic to your website. Only a small percentage of visitors will subscribe to your list so once they are there you don’t want to lose them by sending emails that irritate.
Take note of emails you receive yourself. Separate the ones that entice you to read from the ones that encourage you to delete. Subscribe to lists in your niche, study what other marketers are doing and learn from their marketing campaigns.