Is This Normal? 4,000 Plus Youtube Views, But Only 60 Traffic To Affiliate Site And 3 Sales

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Hello house,

I have this "how to video" on Youtube with over 4,000 views
but only 60 of the viewers clicked on my affiliate link in the description.

3 out of the 60 traffic bought goods on the affiliate sale page ( i know this a good ratio, so i am not complaining about this. In fact these are my first sales in affiliate marketing, i am so happy )


But i am thinking with over 4,000 views ( by the way it is a 3 minute video with average view
duration of 1min 15 seconds. also 91% of its views came from suggested videos ) at least traffic
to the affilate site should be between 300 to 500.

Another thing is i only tell them in the video to visit the link in the description in the last slide, that is at the end of the video. Could this be the reason? Or what do you think i am doing wrong?

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author gooroo
    Do you have a clear CTA in your video to check out your website? Is the link posted in the video as well or only in the description? Lack of either of those can lead to weaker conversion rate.

    And keep in mind that youtube isn't great at sending traffic to your website, not at such rate anyway(~400 people would be about 10% of video views), if the average duration people watched is 35% of the video then it's a good bet they haven't even gotten to the CTA yet or were turned off by something and weren't interested, thus leaving your video/not checking your site.

    I'd actually be quite happy with 10% click through and having 5% CTR, considering those people probably aren't your subscribers.
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    • Profile picture of the author abbeyonline
      Like i said the link was only posted in the description.

      No the link was not posted in the video and the only CTA i did was at the end of the video.

      Like you observed, may be the CTR was low because majority of the viewers are not watching to the end where the CTA is.

      Now i will be doing Call To Action at the early stage of the video.

      In another thread here ( http://www.warriorforum.com/social-m...utm_term=title ) someone said Youtube is now punishing one for putting link in description and annotation by not suggesting and ranking videos.

      Whar has been your experience with this?

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Keep creating and keep connecting. Some campaigns do not yield what you expected, but usually, this points you toward getting clearer with your message, with your content and with the folks you connect with...and where you connect with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    As Ryan says keep the Content going on YT and Blogs. Make sure it is quality and unique that helps them. Sometimes results are manifested when you least expect it. And if you keep the List growing based around Content that they cannot get anywhere else I believe things will start progressing
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    1.5% conversion rate to your link.

    That is ok.

    Not all of our marketing stuff is always going to bear the type of fruit we expect.

    That's just the way it is.

    Just keep moving forward like Ryan said.

    You still made 3 sales and can still make more since your video is still out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Originally Posted by abbeyonline View Post

    Hello house,

    I have this "how to video" on Youtube with over 4,000 views
    but only 60 of the viewers clicked on my affiliate link in the description.

    3 out of the 60 traffic bought goods on the affiliate sale page ( i know this a good ratio, so i am not complaining about this. In fact these are my first sales in affiliate marketing, i am so happy )


    But i am thinking with over 4,000 views ( by the way it is a 3 minute video with average view
    duration of 1min 15 seconds. also 91% of its views came from suggested videos ) at least traffic
    to the affilate site should be between 300 to 500.

    Another thing is i only tell them in the video to visit the link in the description in the last slide, that is at the end of the video. Could this be the reason? Or what do you think i am doing wrong?

    Thanks
    You put up one video and expect to make a bundle? That's not how it works.

    As you said the vast majority of your viewers don't make it to the last slide with your CTA to click the link in your description.

    The first thing you do is to make more videos that people want to watch. You're not getting even 50% viewer retention.

    Second, you need to associate a website(s) so you can add direct links IN your videos where people are looking, not tell them to "look down there".

    Once you get your site associated with Google/Youtube, create a landing page on your own site. On this landing page you want to do these things:

    1. Presell the affiliate offer
    2. Add a retargeting pixel so you can follow up with ads
    3. Have an optin form to capture email addresses
    4. Put a retargeting pixel on your email "thank you" page so you have separate retargeting for people that visited your landing page and people that signed up for your email.


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  • Profile picture of the author Adrianne_
    If you've made at least 1 sale from your video alone, then you're
    ahead of a whole lot of people already. Congrats on making 3
    sales!

    Add the videos to your blog where you can get more retention and
    hopefully some comments from your visitors. Are you in any FB
    group? If so, point them to your video if you can solve a need
    they have. Don't solely rely on YT for traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidricherd
    you have use your site URL in the start of Video Description so that viewers can directly click on your website link.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    There isn't really an average or comparissiom for this.

    IMO just keep creating more videos and split test as much as possible. Never rely on just one of anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicheblogger75
    Actually I think that's pretty good. Now imagine you have 100 videos doing that for you. Depending on the commission per sale, that could be "quit your day job" money.

    Of course, some videos won't do well at all, while some will be incredible, and some will be right in the middle somewhere.

    If you could create one quality video every day, in a year's time you could build up a very nice income from that. When I say, "quality" video, I don't mean some crappy 1 minute review. I mean a 5-10 minute video with AMAZING content. You said your video is around 3 minutes, which I think can still work well if your content is engaging.

    I'm not sure what others consider to be a good viewer retention rate, but personally I feel anything over 60% to be good and over 70% to be above average. Keep in mind that's also an average, which could mean many people are watching the entire video, and some people just aren't interested and are cutting out right away. I heard somewhere that human beings have an attention span of around 7-8 seconds, meaning that if you don't capture your viewers attention in the first 5-10 seconds of the video, chances are you'll lose them early on.

    I've also found that when somebody really loves a video they almost HAVE to share it on Facebook and Twitter. If you could tap into social media traffic along with organic Google & YouTube traffic, you'll have yourself a real winner.

    I think you're already doing a great job. Keep doing what you're doing and it's going to come together for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author faisal630
    CTR is pretty decent.I would never worry about this situation.Another thing is Unlike Blog posts, youtube is a different thing as the links are in the description and most people don't bother finding them and clicking, Only those who are actually interested in it will click on the links.Another thing is people visit suggested videos just because they are interested in its features with no intention of buying it.Let's say I have seen review for Galaxy S8 many times[just out of curiousty] but the fact is I can't buy it hence I never bother to check them on any e-commerce website as I know currently I can't afford it
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  • Profile picture of the author Maxi4biz
    Am not a YouTube Expert though, am still learning but I will suggest you take easy on yourself.

    At least it has converted 3 times(3 sales) though might not be as you expected since your video is still out there, I believe it will convert more for you.

    I will also suggest you try promoting the video yourself through other social means, waiting for youtube might take time.

    You can try an Instagram shoutout, Reddit(so powerful if done well)

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    • Profile picture of the author anayb
      embedding aff link in the description and making people finding it isn't how the YouTube works, its all about building brands via videos just like TV commercials. Interested people will surely click your links. Once you successfully create a decent subscriber base (indeed, very hard) , you can build a list, drive traffic to your blog posts or e-commerce sites. Make sure people share your vids in social media sites, in order to achieve that you need to create very high quality long videos. Consistency is another thing. Once you cross that barrier the sky is the limit!
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    I'm surprised you even got 60 clicks. Who the hell clicks on links in video descriptions, or even reads video descriptions for that matter?
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  • Profile picture of the author T2
    Whatever you did with that video, just rinse and repeat with other videos. You're doing good.
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