Referral Marketing 101

THIS ARTICLE MAINLY COVERS THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:

• What referral marketing is and the different types of referral marketing
• The advantages of being a referral marketer
• Some tips and good practices to become a successful referral marketer

WHAT IS REFERRAL MARKETING?

According to Wikipedia:

“Referral marketing is a marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more referrers for each visitor or customer brought about by the referrer's marketing efforts”
Basically, you as a publisher will be rewarded when you help a business by promoting their products or services. So for example, if you sign up for the Jalaby Partner Program and promote our products then you will get a commission when the visitor you send to our site makes a purchase.

Referral marketing is probably one of the quickest and cheapest (not the easiest) ways to start making money online as you don’t have to create any products yourself. You simply link up a buyer and a seller, and you take a commission on the sale that has been referred by you.

HOW DOES REFERRAL MARKETING WORK?

When you join a referral program and choose the products that you want to sell, sellers provide you with a unique referral code that you can use to refer traffic to the target site. Most referral programs will offer ready made text links, banners and other forms of creative copies whereby you only have to copy the code and place it on your website to start referring traffic. When interested visitors click on these links from your site they get redirected to the product site and if they purchase a product or subscribe to a service you as the referrer make a commission.

The sellers can track your performance through your referral ID and the referral softwares that they use. You also have complete, real time access to all sales and commissions stats.

You don’t need to sell products all the time to make a commission. Different referral programs can use different payment terms such as:

• Pay per Sale: In this program a merchant pays you a percentage of the sale price when the purchase is completed.
• Pay per Click: In this program you get paid based on the number of visitors you redirect to the Merchant’s website from your referral site, whether or not a sale is made.
• Pay per Lead: You get paid once the referred visitors provide their contact information on the target site by filling out a simple contact form.

    WHY BE AN REFERRAL MARKETER?

    Referral marketing is considered to be one of the world’s fastest growing and best internet marketing techniques to earn money online and I will explain why:

    • Cost effective: Marketing on the internet is cheap and you don’t have to worry about the production cost as the product is already developed by the seller. You don’t need a physical business location or hire employees either.
    • Global Market: Online marketing gives you the opportunity to reach people all over the world easily.
    • No Fees: You don’t need to pay anything to join referral programs.
    • No Storage, No Shipping: You don’t need to worry about storage, packing or shipment of the product. They are all taken care of by the seller.
    • No customer support: You don’t need to provide any customer support or deal with consumer complaints as the Seller does that for you.
    • Passive income: A regular job can give you a fixed income as long as you continue to work. Depending on your marketing skill, referral marketing can create a steady flow of income even when you are not in front of your computer.
    • Work from home: If you make enough money then you don’t have to worry about going to work at the same time every day or getting stuck in traffic. You can work in the comfort of your own home.

      TIPS ON BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL REFERRAL MARKETER

      After reading all the benefits of referral marketing if you think you will be rich over night by selling referral products online then you are wrong. Referral marketing is definitely an excellent way to make money online but it’s highly competitive too. In order to be successful in referral marketing you need to know the market needs, learn how to promote products, what works and what doesn’t. The following are a few tricks on becoming successful in referral marketing that I have learnt over time.

      1. Only Choose a Handful of Good Products

      The first mistake a lot of referral marketers make is that they register with too many different referral programs and try to promote everything. Pursuing referral marketing down this path can become very overwhelming and you won’t be able to promote any product properly. All you need in order to be successful is a handful of good products to promote. Try to understand the market needs and look for products that align correctly with the topic of your site.

      2. Use Several Traffic Sources to Promote Products

      Most referral marketers put up the ads only on their sites. There is nothing wrong with this approach but know that there are many other traffic sources that you can tap into and promote the products simultaneously. The more targeted traffic you can send to the sales page the more your chances are of making money.

      Google Adwords can be used to drive targeted traffic to a sales page. You simply make an ad in your adwords account then use your referral link in the target page URL of the ad. Obviously, you will have to continuously measure the conversions and see if the campaign cost is less than the campaign profit in order to keep the campaign running but I am sure you get the idea.

      3. Test, Measure and Track Your Referral Campaign

      It is a very good idea to use different product promotion strategies so you can figure out what is working and what is not. Try to do split testing and measure the performance of each campaign then take actions accordingly. Changing a few things here and there can increase your profit dramatically. Make sure to place the banner ads on different areas of your site’s pages. Some positions will make the ads more noticeable than others.

      Most referral programs will give you basic stats that you may need but there is nothing stopping you from using your own conversion tracking software too. There are many conversions tracking sofware out there that you can use to track your referral campaign.

      4. Research The Demand of The Product

      If you try to sell a product that is in low demand then chances are that you are not going to get many sales no matter how hard you try. So it is a good idea to spend a bit of time researching and finding out if a product that you are thinking of promoting is a product that your audience needs. If your site gets decent traffic then you can conduct an online survey and easily get input from your visitors.

      5. Stay Current With New Methods and Techniques

      Referral marketing is a very competitive field and people are always coming up with new techniques. Try to stay current with these new techniques and market trends otherwise you will fall behind.

      6. Choose The Right Merchant

      When you promote a product you also promote the person or the company who is behind the product so try to choose wisely. You don’t want your visitors to go and buy a product following your advice then come back unhappy. Do you think that this visitor will come back to your site and take your advice again? Most likely no; this can hurt your credibility in the long run. Usually, websites/company that offer good customer service will have better customer satisfaction so try to stick with promoting their products.

      7. Use Helpful Tools

      If you are serious about referral marketing then try to find tools that will help you be more efficient. There are many helpful tools out there. 

      Don’t just hope and pray that visitors will buy; setup everything correctly and make it happen! If you think that visitors will click on your referral links and buy just because you placed dozens of referral links on your website then you are wrong! You need to have a structured plan in place. Referral marketing is a business so you will have a much better chance of succeeding if you treat it like one.

       

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