It seems everything has a social media component these days. But have you ever asked yourself what social media really is?
Social media is yet another tech buzzword. Most simply, it’s describes any site that allows interaction between users. That’s a pretty big umbrella. And, not surprisingly, people are still wrestling with how to monetize the more popular social media sites.
This can be tough. The top social media sites have memberships bigger than some countries and everyone is out for a piece of the action.
The cool thing is that you’re not the poor guy trying to figure out how to monetize an entire social media site, just your part of it. That’s not to underestimate the power or size of your network as a real influencer on any social media site. It’s important to think of your relationship with your social media as synergistic. You leverage those sites to marketing yourself.
But, the social media sites get something in return. They get all the traffic your network generates when they visit your page. You see where this gets interesting from a monetization standpoint?
So, how do you actually make money from social media?
Well, there are a few ways. While some are designed to drive traffic to your site, others are more passive and direct consumers elsewhere.
First and foremost, you can allow advertising to appear alongside your content. Advertisers sign up with very specific targets in mind. The more targeted your social media content, the more targeted the ads. You get a commission from the traffic coming from your social media to the advertisers’ sites, so it’s important your content stays relevant. Also, be sure you stay vigilant about any shady advertisers or unethical business practices. Remember, your brand is being represented here.
Affiliate marketing is another great way to monetize your site.
If you like a product, sign up for the company’s affiliate marketing program. You’ll get a cut of sales. Choose wisely when it comes to affiliate marketing programs on your social media. Be sure it’s something you use and are comfortable recommending.
Specials and promotions are a very effective ways to monetize your social media sites. People love a deal. You’ll see sales increase and you have the added bonus of generating new leads when people share contact info.
Sponsorships are similar to advertising in that a company leverages your social media site to market itself. Though, they require a bigger investment for the sponsor so these are generally for the big dogs in social media. Depending on the size of your network, you may be on this level.
No matter how you choose to monetize your social media, be sure to let you network know if an advertiser ever abuses your site. Many people don’t know how this all works and it could shine a negative light on you if an advertiser does anything unethical.
And, don’t assume the social media site is always looking out for you when it comes to good business. They want to make money as much as you do. Many social media sites have come under fire for being irresponsible with member information.
All that said, social media is not only a great tool for marketing campaigns, it’s a great way to generate income.
You’re already using your social media so now it’s time to start generating income with your social golf umbrella suppliers media. Top network marketers understand the importance of leveraging every revenue stream possible from everywhere they can. And the reality is that if you didn’t know your social media could be monetized, you’re not alone.
But, now that I’ve enlightened you, there’s no excuse to wait any longer to get started. Many of these social-media monetization programs can be started immediately and many won’t cost you a dime.
You put a lot of elbow grease into generating content and driving traffic. It’s time you got paid for the network you bring to the social media table.