Yesterday, I documented a day in my life as a bi-vocational pastor with a “side job.”
To be honest, I could have documented a day when I did about thirty to sixty minutes of work on my side job.
Those days, I spend about 7-8 hours on sermon preparation. Or, three to four hours visiting hospitals and nursing homes, or church members. One day every week, I go spend three hours with other pastors in my county and then another two hours with local businessmen.
Then, one night a month, I spend a few hours with members of the local Chamber of Commerce, and another night, I work with volunteers in a local group helping work on a monthly community improvement service plan. (Last month, we painted a kindergarten classroom in one of our elementary schools.)
I also try to read four books a month. I read one per week. Each book is both an audio book and a printed book. I physically read the book. Then, I have the book read to me on my audio book app when I’m driving or having some down time.
One book to help with sermon preparation.
One book to help with personal development.
One book to help with business development.
One book to help with ministry leadership development.
In my business development book this month, I learned six essential tips for improving my online business. Part of my business is a “digital agency.” This is where I implement what I’ve learned in online sales to help other businesses improve their sales. The other part is an “affiliate agency.” That’s where I take things other people are selling and make a commission when I connect buyers to their products.
These six tips are designed to help with my affiliate agency business. But, they apply to my digital agency business, also.
Here they are for you to benefit from as well.
1. Find the right products to promote. Obviously you’ll want to find one which offers generous compensation. You’ll want to earn enough to make promoting the project worth your time and effort. And, you’ll want a product that pays their affiliates on time.
I find two primary sources of all of my affiliate sales. There’s a third one I’ll recommend as well. I primarily use ClickBank and WarriorPlus to source all of my affiliate sales. From time to time, I also use, and recommend JVZoo.
ClickBank offers include courses, software and some physical products. WarriorPlus offers digital products (courses and some software), while JVZoo offers a mix of digital products, mainly software, but some courses, too.
2. If you do have a website, write a free eBook or report you can give away. When visitors sign up for the free item, be sure to collect and save their email address with a double opt-in sign-up. This will let them know to expect to get other emails from you.
Here’s a deep, dark secret from super affiliates like me who manage multiple affiliate sales websites. Search for PLR (Private Label Rights) content. In some of these packages, you can find articles for your website, content for your email list and even e-books you can offer for free in exchange for a potential customer’s email address, or even for sale.
3. Create an online newsletter or e-zine, and be sure to recommend the products you’re promoting within the newsletter. You’ll be able to develop a relationship with your readers, which may potentially translate into them taking your recommendation and purchasing the affiliate product. (Some of this information can be found in PLR article content, but if you find it in PLR, make sure you re-write the content to speak to your audience.)
4. Choose an autoresponder for your website which will send emails, newsletters, e-zines, or other correspondence with very little effort. I use Aweber currently, but, in the past, I’ve used MailChimp, ActiveCampaign, and a few others. If I had to choose today, the battle would be between Aweber and ActiveCampaign or ClickFunnel’s autoresponder service.
5. Write articles and submit them to article directories. These will provide a link back to your website where your affiliate products are advertised. People won’t know how to obtain the products or services you promote if they never see your website.
There are two different ways to handle the production of these articles without have to spend too much time doing the research and writing. First, as I mentioned above, use PLR products. Second, hire content writers through freelancing websites like Fiverr.
6. Conserve a portion of your commission payment to put back into your affiliate marketing business. These funds can be used to purchase pay-per-click ads and to track how effective those ad campaigns are.
For every $10 I make in affiliate sales, I invest $3 into the business, save $3 for taxes and pocket $4. This is generally a good rule of thumb to adhere to. Since you’ll be paying self-employed taxes, you’ll need to save about 1/3 of your income for quarterly income and Social Security taxes. Re-investing into your business keeps your business profitable and growing. Keep 40% for yourself.
Spend some time on forums where affiliate marketers gather. You may also pick up other ideas besides these six tips for boosting your affiliate commissions. The important thing to remember is to continue promoting as much as you can. Without any promotion at all, these six tips wonít help in the slightest.