Let’s just say it: email is a scourge of humanity. Yes, it’s made our lives so much easier in so many ways – and we almost surely take it for granted – but is there anything more stressful than an overflowing inbox? Or, one of those work days that you spend doing nothing but answering emails, which seem to multiply like the heads of the Hydra – every time you take care of one, two more spring up in its place.
We understand this problem is particularly acute for affiliates, who can easily get overwhelmed by emails from the merchants they promote and their affiliate program managers. We recently got an email from one affiliate who revealed she had more than 2,000 unread emails in her inbox just from affiliate marketing.
So, in an effort to make things a little easier, we wanted to share some of our email best practices to help you get ahead of the game. Hopefully these tips for general organization will help you approach each day efficiently, confident you are staying on top of all the information being sent your way, help you to get a handle on the best offers from your favorite merchants in no time and make you a more profitable affiliate!
Single Out AP’s Emails
The first thing to do is set up a rule for all emails ending in @acceleration-partners.com to be funneled into a specific folder, one you check every day. Many affiliates are active members of several different AP merchants. This will keep all of their emails in one place for you to find, so you never lose track of another $5 or $10 blog bonus again!
On those super busy days, or weeks, we all have, this will make it easier to track down the info you need about a hot sale.
Organize the Rest of Your Inbox
In addition to creating a special folder for AP emails, it may also help to create folders for all of your different merchants. That way, when an email comes in involving one of them you can file it away and get it out of your inbox as soon as you have read it and done whatever you need to do. Not only will a little organization make emails a lot easier to find, but an empty inbox will give you an amazing feeling of zen.
There are dozens of different email providers out there, so it’s impossible to provide detailed instructions for organization to everyone. Here are links to tutorials for some of the top email networks:
And everyone can check out this article from Macworld full of super helpful tips.
Try an External Email Service
There are also third-party services that can make this task a little easier. Try unroll.me, for example, for a fast and easy way to clean up your inbox. This will help you get rid of old subscriptions that are taking up way too much space and blocking your ability to scan the rest of your email. Plus it offers other cool features like combining all of your subscriptions into one email.
Respond as Quickly as Possible
One of the easiest ways for email to become too overwhelming is letting it sit too long in your inbox without reading it or taking action. It piles up and before you know it you have a long list of unread emails that’s too intimidating to tackle.
Keeping on top of your email, responding quickly, and filing emails in the appropriate folder will go a long way toward maintaining email peace of mind. But as an affiliate it could also make you some extra money.
Most of the emails AP sends out to affiliates feature an offer for you to promote on your own for a $5 bonus. We almost always include a sample blog post, something that is easily copied and pasted onto your site so you don’t have to go digging through ShareASale for your specific affiliate link HTML.
Bookmark our submission page in your browser and submit your link when we send out opportunities. It only takes about five minutes and could earn you $5-10.
Don’t get discouraged if taming your email seems like a Herculean task. It takes time to create an efficient process, but it’ll pay off many times over in the long run. What are your favorite tips for organizing your email inbox? Let us know in the comments below!