PLEASE HELP? converting with no sales ?! im confused.

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hi there, basically. i set up a blog promoting an affiliate product about caring for a particular type of fish back in 2008 and due to a very slow start and personal commitments, i had to abandon ship. i recently started looking into IM and AM again, and decided to check the blogs traffic stats out of curiosity, and to my amazement, within the last 12 months, traffic has boomed massively! i now have nearly 1000 visitors a month on average, and im converting click throughs to my affiliate site at between 12-18%!
much to my annoyance, i do not seem to be making any sales. im doing everything i needed to do.. 1. gain targeted traffic...2. direct relevant traffic to affiliate page, so they can then convert the sale and bad-a-bing! commission in my clickbank account.
but no, this is not happening. the affiliate page is simply not converting. although it claims it is.
i have tried finding other similar affiliate products to promote instead, as i thought maybe it was simply an outdated product. but even this is not helping!
could somebody please help me. i am fairly new to it all and i feel im missing a trick..
i will happily post URL's and if it comes to it, give admin access to the blog so you guys can have a proper look at whats going on.

is this simply a case of my affiliate product being naff? because im seen some products that are alot worse and affiliates seem to be making a killing off of them.
i lost my faith in AM the first time round, and this has given me hope. but im slowly losing it again as i just cant convert my traffic to sales!!! arrrgghh

PLEASE HELP
#confused #converting #sales
  • Profile picture of the author chiefman
    With what you said above, it sounds like it is your page that is causing the issues. Maybe try re-doing the copy on your page. It could also be the keywords -- that they aren't in buying mode but more of a 'research' mode when they find you. Even then, you could probably convert if you go for the hard sell. Feel free to PM me your page and I can take a look and provide some thoughts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Rolland
    Another idea would be to split test alternative affiliate marketing products because your traffic stats and Click through rate is decent..could just be the offer thats the problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author chiefman
    Good point, Mark. I didn't see he was getting a CTR of 12-18% from 'page to offer'. I would suggest split testing the offer. Also, why not build your own product to promote? You know exactly what your traffic wants, why not give it to them?
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Rolland
      Thanks Chiefman. Thats also a great idea The best way to give them what they want could also be accomplished by capturing leads then hosting a Webinar or inviting them to a private Facebook group to discuss their needs.

      Originally Posted by chiefman View Post

      Good point, Mark. I didn't see he was getting a CTR of 12-18% from 'page to offer'. I would suggest split testing the offer. Also, why not build your own product to promote? You know exactly what your traffic wants, why not give it to them?
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    • Profile picture of the author curious-george
      thanks for for help guys!
      i have thought about split testing actually. i read up a while back (when originally looking into IM) that its a good way to test pretty much anything to do with your page.. content, products etc etc.
      with me not actually knowing how to do a spilt test on a hosted blog, and simply realising that it must be the original product not converting, i found a new product and have not seen an improvement. this was 3 weeks or so ago now. same click through rate. no sales
      its a squidoo lens, and all my traffic is via google, i have to admit this is the VERY first attempt at affiliate marketing (i was 18) and it isn't really optimised for a particular set of keywords really. apart from maybe "caring for you betta fish" and/or "betta fish care tips".. my traffic is coming from google, but the keywords that are driving traffic are very sporadic. you may be right in saying that the traffic is in 'research' mode.. i have also thought that i pretty much answer the question that they are looking for on the blog itself.. and so no need to buy the care book I'm promoting. but then why are they clicking through? i clearly tell them that it is where i learned all i know, and that it is an ebook they can purchase..
      i will post a link below, I'm a little embarrassed to be honest, as it is a first attempt, and i was very young. but for some reason it worked.. it just took 3 years to start driving traffic!
      any advice would be awesome, I'm currently looking at doing the same again with new products. but i just don't want it to take 3 years to kick into action. theres a lot for me to learn it seems!! also with regards to 'creating my own ebook'.. being honest.. i don't know anything about the niche topic at all. i did a lot of research and learned the gist of it in order to write my content. but thats as far as it goes. i had trouble writing the blog, let alone an actual ebook. thanks so much again for your advise guys, like i said, i was slowly losing faith. now I'm just desperate to turn this traffic into sales!!!

      link to follow :.... right it seems i can't post a link, as i havnt made 15 or so posts yet.
      so instead heres some cryptic clues.. it starts (squidoo.com) and ends (/bettafishcaretips)
      and to make sure your on the right page the title reads "betta fish care for betta fish and siamese fighting fish" thanks again guys!!
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      • Profile picture of the author curious-george
        thanks marcus as per your advise

        www dot squidoo dot com /bettafishcaretips
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  • Profile picture of the author Prashant_W
    Leave your link on this page in the following format:

    domainname DOT com

    We can't give you any feedback if we don't see the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marcus Rockey
    Ask yourself when and why you purchase a product online.

    Trust.

    There is usually something about a website that a prospect trusts before they make a purchase.

    In fact many buyers do not purchase first time. Instead they research, find the cheapest prices, see what there friends buy, research a bit more and then make a purchase.

    Behind all of this is the thoughts and feelings of - "do I trust this website?"

    The key to my success in producing sales lies in:

    the value I provide the customer

    the passion and love I have for the niche/products and how that's reflected in my content

    giving something free with a purchase

    having prospects opt in

    transparency. If prospects smell a smoke screen they will not buy and never return.

    do not have a page full of affiliate links. Value first with thinly spread links in key places with a call to action.

    I could go on. If you want a bit more info PM me.

    Marcus
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    soon people... Relax...
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  • Profile picture of the author Tenzo
    Has the vendor's offer changed since you put up that page? On all of your links I saw a promise of a free report, but I didn't see any free report on the sales page. That instantly screams "untrustworthy" to me.

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    • Profile picture of the author curious-george
      Originally Posted by Tenzo View Post

      Has the vendor's offer changed since you put up that page? On all of your links I saw a promise of a free report, but I didn't see any free report on the sales page. That instantly screams "untrustworthy" to me.

      Regards,
      Kevin
      thats very true!! the new product does not offer this free ebook. the original link did. i will need to change my wording. thanks for the heads up tenzo! that may very well be the reason its not converting. maybe the clickthroughs are simply wanting this free report. i will test the page without that wording and see if it makes a difference to my CTR!
      Rookie mistake!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mikeaha
    You can try to moneitize your site with something other than an affiliate product. If your visitors are more of a "research" type of crowd, perhaps adsense would convert for you.

    You can also use Amazon products as well. Even a combination of AMazon and adsense instead of an affiliate product. Some niches respond better to physical products anyway. If you are promoting an affiliate program about a certain fish, I am sure Amazon has some high end products that you can sell on your site (fish tanks, water filtration systems..)

    Just some thoughts!

    To Your Success!

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  • Profile picture of the author curious-george
    thanks for all your help guys!
    i decided to go with Mikeaha's idea... i scrapped the affiliate ebook approach, and decided to monetize the traffic through ads and an amazon module. it was never going to be a big earner anyways.. so a slow and steady income from ads and amazon commission will do the site justice i think... thanks for the advice though guys it was all very much appreciated.

    george gannon
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