Today many view social media as a way to connect with family, friends and others. Every day we are sharing our insights, thoughts and personality across multiple platforms to multiple people.
If you’re a small business owner, author, coach, speaker, or Influencer at some point you are going to want to leverage the connections you create and convert them into prospects, leads, and customers.
The simple fact is that there are more money-making opportunities on social media than one might realize. Social media, in fact, can be quite a lucrative career choice.
Once you’ve built up enough trust with your audience and followers, they will be more inclined to check out your recommendations and the links or products you share. Once you have the basics down and you’ve selected your area of expertise and your target audience, it’s time to get to work. Here are some Easy Ways to get started making money with Social Media.
#1 Promote Affiliate Products.
No matter what your topic or niche, you can find great products to promote on Amazon. The Amazon Associates program is one of the fastest, easiest and largest affiliate programs you can join. Here you can promote products of your choosing and earn commissions on them. As the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon has no shortage of products.
There certainly are other Affiliate programs out there for you to join, but we want to focus on the fastest and most lucrative paths in this article.
Instead of spamming links on Twitter or Facebook and hoping for the best, keep in mind that the most honest and effective way of promoting affiliate products is through reviews. If you personally use a product and like it, then there’s a chance that your audience and followers might like it too. This is a great and easy way to create content based on your niche.
Some ways to review a product could include; Blog Posts, Videos, Social Media Posts. Make the review meaningful and genuine. Share why you like the product, use the product and how the product makes your life easier. Don’t be afraid to talk about Dislikes either. Always be honest and adhere to your code of ethics and morality. In doing so, you’ll build the loyalty, trust and support from your community.
#2 Create and Promote Your Own Information Products
If you already have an Online Presence set up or an Established Business or Brand, then your goal should be to demonstrate your knowledge or expertise on a specific subject over a period.
Some great ways to work on your “Position” in your area of expertise are; create an ebook, audio program or video course. You can create these products and then promote and sell them to your audience. Social Media is a great place to help promote these types of products.
Platforms and websites like Gumroad, Sellfy and Amazon’s KDP program make it super easy and affordable for you to publish and sell your PDF’s , MP3 or MP4Video programs and books at a price point that you select. Keep in mind that these platforms all take a commission out of what you sell, so do your homework and make sure that you’re paying the lowest amount of fees possible. Amazon KDP is great because you get the POWER of Amazon.
Keep in mind that with these products Quality is the key to creating something people not only want to read or watch but will pay to consume. If you go the extra mile in creating great information, designing and promoting it well, you’ll see results.
#3 Create Coaching & Consulting Services
Social media is probably one of the best ways to generate leads for your coaching or consulting services. Whether you’re a guitar teacher or a life /fitness coach, if you have demonstrated expertise in any specific area, you can create more interest for your services by connecting with your target customer on social media.
Coaching Sessions and Webinars can be conducted on a number of varied platforms. Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Goto Meeting. These are only a few. This is definitely a great opportunity to make money without ever leaving home. Consulting can be quite lucrative so make sure that you are doing your research and you know what the average consultant in your niche charges for an hour of their time.
You can combine this strategy with selling information products. You’ll come to realize that those who want your advice are more likely to be interested in your ebooks, lectures and courses.
These were just a few of the ways that you can start making money with social media. It’s important to remember that making money either online or in general isn’t necessarily easy. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit though and a burning desire to share your message and are willing to work hard. Your chances at success will be far greater than the chances of those who just want to “try it out” to see what happens.