Affiliate Marketing Tips - Create Controversy to Sell More Products
I have to admit that this is nothing new, companies and TV stations have always used controversy to sell more products, or get more viewers. So how can you use this to your advantage in affiliate marketing? Read on to find my top tips for creating controversy that will get your visitor and traffic stats climbing through the roof.
Controversy in traditional media
World events are not dominated exclusively by bad news. However if you watch the nightly news on TV you would be forgiven for thinking this is not the case. Each day these programs are almost always dominated by negative stories and controversial opinion. This is no accident, over the years the producers of these programs have realized that they get more viewers when they offer this type of output. This is just as true when it comes to your website visitors, people are much more likely to click on a headline that promises some juicy info about something controversial or risquÃÂ©.
Controversy in blogging
You only have to look at the online blogging world to see just how successful some bloggers become when they have strong views or a writing style that is controversial or shocking. Certain bloggers have become celebrities in their own right by doing this, one of the best known being Perez Hilton.
By creating a buzz and gaining notoriety these bloggers have become quite wealthy, but you wont have to go to those extremes to improve your sales.
Have an opinion
If you write with passion about something then you will create controversy. Remember you can't please everyone, and if your view is conveyed with passion you will get people who agree with you, and people who don't too. The people who do agree with you will comment positively on your post, and those who don't will add their views to the conversation. In addition you will probably get the commenters who agree defending you, and replying to the negative comments you receive.
As you can see this passionate kind of interaction will naturally drive up your site's traffic. It now simply remains to offer a product that ties in with your opinion piece. By doing this you will make sales in a several ways. People who agree with you will buy, and surprisingly people who disagree with you will buy too, often just to prove how right they are. It is amazing how well controversy sells.
There is always something that you can sell no matter what you are writing about. If you are writing about a product, and you are saying how bad it is, then you can offer a different product for sale that overcomes the others shortfalls. You should also offer the product, or provide an affiliate link where people can buy the one you don't like, because as I said before the people who disagree may buy just to prove a point.
If your piece is pure opinion you can design and sell t-shirts, to help people proclaim how much they agree with you, and why not also offer one so that people can show how much they disagree with you too. There are many print on demand t-shirt sites you can use to do this.
As you can see, if you are an affiliate marketer, you can create controversy to sell more products by using the tips above. Remember write with passion, have fun, and have a strong opinion, and the traffic and sales will naturally follow.