Facebook groups and affiliate marketing

Facebook Groups and Affiliate Marketing

Facebook groups and affiliate marketing go hand in hand, really. If you go about it the right way, you can use Facebook groups & other social media to your advantage to create extra traffic to your website, which in turn will lead to extra sales.

You want to have a plan or strategy to use social media effectively. Don’t get caught up in yourself; otherwise, it is just a time-waster. We have all done it jumped on youtube to look something up and 2hrs later you are on a totally different tangent still looking at youtube only on something totally unrelated to the original reason you went there.

That is why you need a strategy for social media, especially Facebook groups and affiliate marketing. Today we will have a look at how you can develop your own strategy on social media, so you get to gain the benefits of Facebook groups and potentially generate some extra traffic and ultimately sales.

Why Social Media?

Because it can be an additional source of traffic if you use it the right way, it is good to have multiple traffic streams. If you rely on one strategy for traffic and something goes wrong, your visitors can stop overnight. If you have multiple streams of traffic, you will still have visitors.

Builds your brand & builds authority in your field. You want to become an expert in your niche, and social media will help you do this and build your brand simultaneously.

Helps define your audience. You should already have a good of your audience’s demographic; however, social media can help you refine this. You might find an audience you didn’t know you had.

Test your projects/products, ask followers to test for you. Once you have a following on social media, you can use your followers to get feedback – ask what they think, Polls-surveys etc…  This can be powerful for affiliate marketing.

Use # hashtags for tracking products etc… social growth through # common interest

Creating a Social Media Strategy

You will want to develop a strategy for using social media, remember you are running a business. For this reason, you want to set a few rules to start with and limit your time on social media.

You need to be active on social media to get a decent following, but that doesn’t mean you should be spending all your time on it either. Limit your sessions to 1/2hr at a time and schedule when you will do this. Be consistent; you might spend 1/2hr twice a day.

Schedule when you will write a post or tweet. You might do this a 7 am & 7 pm, for example. Be consistent your audience will get used to this and start looking for a post at certain times if they are engaging. Don’t fall into the trap of spending excessive amounts of time on social media; make a schedule that suits you and your audience.

Which Platform

Pick the top few you don’t need to do all social media.

The different social media platforms attract different demographics. You need to make sure you are on the right one. You want to be where your audience is, Facebook is the big one but not so much for millennials. Insta & Pinterest are more for brand building, whereas LinkedIn is more business networking.

Don’t try and build followings on them all at once. Pick one or two that suits your niche and regularly engage with quality content don’t just try and sell. Likewise don’t just post the content from your site that is just spamming. Be social to get engagement, ask questions, humanise yourself, share other people content.

Understanding Your Social Demographic

Know your Demographic who is your audience, where are your audience likely to hang out on social media. It is no good being on Facebook if your niche audience is not.

You should know what type of person reads your content, go where they are. Are they man/women, age, education, etc… these are all factors to consider. You might want to do some research first to find out where your audience is so you can better target them.

Social Media Breakdown

Don’t just post links to content all the time it will feel like spam. You need to engage your audience, ask them questions, write microblogs 100 words or so to get engagement. Follow other groups similar to yours, follow to be followed. You can also post in other groups and leave comments. This will ultimately lead to more followers for you.

Make a pretty social URL, one that is easy to remember. Mine for Facebook is @ozaffiliate. This way people can find you much easier, it aligns with your Brand and looks much better than a random number like @29835109476

Images and video are a good way to engage as well, and everyone loves a funny video. Just remember that social media is a tool to help your business grow and time spent on social media should be proportional to the sales from social media.

Don’t spend all your time social media and neglect your website.

Prioritizing your Social Media Channels

Initially, you will spend a bit of time on social media after all you need a following before you can sell but be realistic about it. Once you have your pages up and running with a bit of content and a few followers, you should be able to track your visitors with Google Analytics and see where your visitors are coming from.

Don’t waste time on a social media platform if it is not working for you. Facebook groups and affiliate marketing should complement each other. If one platform is not working for you, see if you can find an audience in another one. Test & measure it the key.

My Final Thoughts

Facebook groups and affiliate marketing should work together. They go hand in hand. If Facebook is your choice of social media, you create the group for your niche audience, engage them, get them to follow you, trust you and then you can sell.

If used effectively, it can be another source of traffic for your affiliate website. If a Facebook group doesn’t work for you, target a different platform, don’t spend all day on social media and forget to run your website.

If used properly Facebook groups and affiliate marketing can drive a lot of extra traffic to your site and build your brand, giving you even more authority in your chosen niche. You will have traffic that already knows and trusts you on your site this, in turn, makes it easier to sell.

Just make sure you have a strategy and don’t fall into the social media trap and spend all day on there, NOT good for business. If used correctly, social media can be an effective tool to enhance your affiliate website. If misused, it can be a huge waste of time. Which option will you choose?

Thanks for Reading

OZ Dave

4 thoughts on “Facebook Groups and Affiliate Marketing”

  1. Although I am not a huge fan of social media, having a Facebook group for each niche I have websites for definitely helps to get traffic to your page. I always find there is a sudden spike in traffic when I post something that I have just written to one of my groups. 

    Twitter works quite well for me, and I tend to focus mainly on these two and Linked in. I have gotten some great ideas from reading your article, and you have given me some inspiration to venture more into Pinterest and Instagram. I think branding my dance school may work very well here.

    I was wondering if you use LinkedIn and if you have any success with that platform?

    1. Hi, Thanks for your feedback.

      No, I have not used LinkedIn, so I can’t give you any feedback on that one, sorry. It sounds like you are on the right track. I find you are better off focusing on one at a time. You really need to measure the time you spend vs the traffic generated as well.

      Good on ya, Mate!

  2. I have been hanging around on social media for about fifteen years. And I never imagined it could be a way of driving traffic to a business or even a way of building a brand. But nowadays, all this has matured up to such an extent that we should always include social media in our marketing strategies. Thank you for helping us prioritizing our Social Media Channels.

    1. Hi Abel, Yes, Many people don’t realise it can be a powerful marketing tool if used correctly.
      It can also be a big time waster if not used the right way. 

      Good on ya, Mate!

      OZ Dave

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