7 Reasons Why No One is Buying Through Your Affiliate Links

by | Jan 25, 2021 | Affiliate Marketing | 0 comments

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reasons why no one is buying through your affiliate links

What’s the point of all the work, awesome content you create, efforts you put into affiliate marketing, and yet no one is buying through your affiliate links, right?

Selling affiliate products or making affiliate sales is not as easy as many people make it seem online or on social media.

If you follow a certain crowd of bloggers and online marketers, they’ll make you feel like they are the best and most successful affiliate marketers in the world and you can be too.

But you and I know the real truth behind those claims.

Is it impossible to make a decent affiliate income these? No.

Does it take a lot of hard work, persistence, and trial & error to make it work? Yes.

You’re not gonna be rich overnight with affiliate marketing. Get that thought out of your head.

If your affiliate links are not selling, then it’s probably because of one or more of these reasons mentioned in this post.

Fix them and you’ll definitely see a potential change in your affiliate sales. 

After that, all you need to do is multiply what’s working and ditch what’s not working.

So, are you ready to find out why your affiliate links are not converting?

Keep reading…

Affiliate Content

Affiliate posts are the types of posts that are created specifically for promoting and selling affiliate products.

These posts are some of the most money-making blog posts of your whole content strategy. There are no sign-up forms or any other distractions in these posts.

Here are some examples of affiliate posts:

  • Tutorials
  • Product reviews
  • Product comparisons
  • Top-10/5 listicles
  • Case studies

If you’re not creating these types of posts, then you’re clearly missing out on some quality affiliate sales.

When people are in a mood for buying something, but they’re not sure or want to validate if their choice is good enough, these posts act as a catalyst and get you a sale as well.

Make sure you’re creating enough affiliate content for your blog.

Bad Choice of Products

This is a big one.

Choosing the right affiliate products is equally important as having a great marketing strategy.

choosing the shitty affiliate programs and selecting bad products not only means fewer sales but it can also make your prospects lose trust in you and your brand.

When going with an affiliate program make sure you trust the vendor and they have a reputation in your niche.

I often see bloggers who blog in a completely different niche and then suddenly start promoting blogging or marketing related products.

Try to recommend products that are relevant to your niche, and you’d use yourself or recommend them to your family.

Nobody’s gonna buy if you promote products that are totally irrelevant to your target audience.

The more good products you recommend, the more your prospects will trust you and the more sales you’ll get.

They’ll even come back to purchase more of your recommended products.

Poor Link Placements

Choosing the right affiliate products is one thing but presenting it in a way that gets you (more) sales is a different thing.

So let me ask you something…

Where do you place your affiliate links in a blog post for maximum conversion?

At the end of the post? Not really.

You need to include your affiliate links inside the paragraphs, where it looks like a regular piece of text. Doing this tends to get more clicks. But you also need to make sure that you’re placing your links multiple times in a blog post.

Try using different variations like text links, buttons, images, etc.

For a 1000-word affiliate post, I’ll choose to include the affiliate link at least 3 times.

Boring Calls to Action

If your affiliate links are not even getting clicks, then it’s obvious that you’re not gonna get any sales.

One of the possible reasons for not getting any clicks can be your boring calls to action or no calls to action at all.

A call to action or CTA basically asks your audience to take a particular action.

If you don’t use them or use boring ones then your audience is most unlikely to take that action.

That’s why you need to use CTAs in your blog posts to get your readers to click on your affiliate links and you need to use them right.

The way I like to do is that I always describe the best benefits of the product before the link and then tell my audience to follow that link to check that product.

It has been working well for me for a long time and it’s definitely gonna work for you too.

So go ahead and use some exciting CTAs around your affiliate links and boost those damn sales.

Helping >> Selling

One of the possible reasons that you’re lacking affiliate sales is because you’re always interested in selling rather than actually helping your audience.

People don’t like being sold to.. but if you help them achieve a particular result then they’re most likely going to go with your recommendations.

So how actually can you help them?

By creating posts that solve their problems.

and by engaging and answering their questions on social media, emails, etc.

The more people you help, the more affiliate sales you’ll automatically start making.

No Authority/Trust Building

Affiliate marketing is a lot dependent on trust i.e. if your prospects trust you then they are more likely going to click on your affiliate links and purchase.

Trust always beats strategies and manipulation.

As I already told you that the best way to build trust with your audience is by helping and engaging with them as personally as possible.

You don’t need a big audience, you just need a group of people that believe in you.

Another way to get people to trust you is by boosting your credibility and authority.

You can show your authority by sharing things about your niche that literally nobody or only 1% of the people know about.

And you can easily build credibility by getting testimonials, reviews, and case studies from your audience or by sharing proof that what you’re saying actually works.

Building trust goes a long way in the online business or affiliate marketing world.

No/Unclear Disclosures

This one’s kinda small and somehow a part of the above issue.

But, Disclosing your affiliate links and being open about it goes a long way.

If you don’t disclose your links or make your disclosures sound confusing, then your audience may lose faith in you and your brand and might not click on your affiliate links.

So make sure you always disclose your affiliate links and make them clear.

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Final Words

As I said, affiliate marketing is not just about choosing affiliate products and promoting them like hell.

There’s a lot more to it and some of it you just found out in this post.

If you wanna learn more about affiliate marketing and how you can easily make at least $1K/month selling affiliate products with your blog, then check out my Affiliate Marketing Demystified eBook (and bonuses!).

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