You’ve probably heard of affiliate marketing before. If you’ve checked out this blog post, you’ll know we’re huge fans of the concept. It’s a fantastic way to monetize online content, and the combinations of affiliate products and platforms are endless.
One of the best affiliate marketing platforms is Clickfunnels. We use them for all our affiliate marketing campaigns, and even some of our PPC campaigns. So let’s take a look at how you can use their affiliate program to maximize your earnings.
The Basics Of Affiliate Marketing
To understand affiliate marketing, you first need to know a little bit about affiliate sales. When a business sells a product or service in exchange for a commission, they are effectively running an affiliate program. Typically, a product or service is promoted via banner ads or sponsored posts on social media networks like Google AdWords or Facebook. When a user clicks on a link or video, they are taken to the merchant’s website and then a payment page. In many cases, the listener (viewer) is given a discount or special offer for purchasing the product or service directly from the merchant. In other words, the affiliate is getting a commission for sending potential buyers to a store or website to make a purchase.
Why should you use affiliate marketing to promote your product or service? The answer is pretty simple. It costs you nothing to sign up with an affiliate network, and once you’ve established some trusted relationships with your audience, you can begin earning a commission on each successful sale.
Let’s take a look at how to use Clickfunnels’ affiliate program to promote a digital marketing product (DMP) — which stands for digital marketing product — or service. A digital marketing product (or service) is something you sell directly to consumers to help them manage their digital lives. Examples of digital marketing products include online marketing tools, webinars, e-books, and courses. Digital marketing software, like HubSpot, can be considered a digital marketing product. So can a marketing analytics tool (like Google Analytics). To keep things simple, let’s assume you’re promoting a digital product that converts easily (like a downloadable e-book or a webinar) and you want to earn an additional $500 per month from this source alone.
The Best Part Of An Affiliate Program
The best part of an affiliate program is the ability to effectively monetize your content. Instead of only relying on ad revenue for your income, you can now monetize your content directly through affiliate sales. It’s win-win-win.
If you’ve got a blog with extensive content, you can use affiliate marketing to generate extra revenue. In our experience, even very small blogs can get the job done. We’ve seen people use affiliate marketing to successfully promote an e-book, a food blog, and a personal blog. It really is an endless source of income.
With affiliate marketing, you only need a small audience to start making sales. It’s not like traditional marketing, where you need a lot of people to hit a home run. As long as you’ve got enough content to interest your audience, you’ll begin to see measurable results from your affiliate marketing efforts.
How The Affiliate Program Works
The affiliate program at Clickfunnels is super easy to use. Once you’ve joined, you’ll see a welcome message from Clickfunnels, as shown in the image below. On the left side of the page, you’ll see a green button with the word “Sign Up” below it. A yellow triangle will pop up next to this button, confirming your email has been successfully received.
If you click on this yellow triangle, you’ll be brought to your dashboard. From here, you can access all the tools and features of the Clickfunnels affiliate program.
Your first step should be to create a new product or service. We’ve already covered the basics of affiliate marketing, so it might seem redundant to explain how to create a new product. Essentially, you’re creating an offer that other companies can purchase, and you’ll be paid a commission when someone buys something from your offer. In our case, we’re creating a free guide on choosing a DMP (we’ll cover the ins and outs of affiliate marketing in a following blog post).
After you’ve created an offer, you can move on to the next step. The affiliate program will walk you through the process of selecting the companies you’ll work with and setting up your affiliate sales.
How To Use Affiliate Marketing With Google Ads
In addition to the basic affiliate program, we use all of Clickfunnels’ other features to run our online marketing campaigns. One of the coolest — and most underrated — features is the integration with Google Ads. We use these ads to support our content, and we use the affiliate program to generate sales leads.
Let’s start with the basics. To create an ad, you need to have a Google account. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll see a menu at the top of the screen. If you click on “Ads,” you’ll be brought to a dashboard where you can select the age group, gender, and location of your target audience. Next to these options, you’ll see a button with the word “Create”.
If you click on this button, you’ll be brought to a Google Ads dashboard. Here you can upload an image or video to use in your ad. You can also choose to add a place card (a small photo of an item or place) or text (the body of the ad).
Once you’ve uploaded these four components (you’ll have to re-load the page if you decide to make changes), you can begin creating your ad. Your ad will now be live, and you can begin to track its performance. While you’re here, you can also find out which of your campaigns are performing best and which ones need some work.
Beyond Affiliate Marketing
If you’re interested in expanding your income opportunities, you don’t need to stop at affiliate marketing. You could create your own product; become a freelance copywriter or editor; become a virtual assistant; sell your photos on stock photography websites; start an online store; or become a social media influencer. Each of these options — and there are many more — involve no expenses and allow you to generate income nearly anytime you want.
The choice is entirely up to you. However, if you’ve been considering ways to earn more money, affiliate marketing is a fantastic place to start. With affiliate marketing, you can take a shot at anything — provided you’ve got the talent and the resources to make it happen. Thanks for reading! We hope this article has helped you understand how to use the Clickfunnels affiliate program. Remember, the world is your oyster when it comes to earning more money online. Good luck out there.