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How to get started with affiliate
Select a niche. Most affiliate marketers choose a niche, or area of
specialization. Before you begin marketing products or services, you'll
need to find an area you can easily work within to advertise.
Your niche doesn't necessarily need to be an area you're already an
expert in. You can also choose a specialized area which you're
enthusiastic or interested in learning more about.
The initial startup work can be very intensive, so it's important to choose a
niche in which you won't mind working for prolonged periods. This can
help set you up for success as you get your new career off the ground
Choose products and services
Once you've chosen a niche in which to work, you're ready to start finding
products and services to promote on your platform. The products/services
you choose to promote, as well as how much work you'll have to put in, will
vary depending on your chosen niche.
A company like Commission Junction is ideal for marketers who want to
promote more traditional products/services. Commission Junction is
involved in a diverse range of potential advertising opportunities, which
may be ideal for newcomers to the field who haven't narrowed down their
Marketers interested in digital content, like e-books and software, may
enjoy working with companies like Amazon, Clickbank, E-junkie, and
Pay-per-click (PPC) marketing models like Google AdSense may appeal to
some marketers. PPC models pay considerably less than other marketing
models, but the advantage is that they require less active work of the
marketer. The marketer's pay is determined by how much web traffic is
directed to the target site.
Create a website
In order to work as an affiliate marketer, you'll need your own platform (a
personal website or blog) on which to post links and advertise for your
chosen products or services. If you already have a website or blog, you
can use that platform to begin earning additional income as an affiliate
marketer. If you do not yet have a website or blog, you will need to create
The advantage of a blog, such as Blogger, is that it's free to operate,
whereas some websites require a fee to operate. However, sites like
GoDaddy.com and Hostgator offer website services that are relatively
inexpensive to operate, and may look more professional than a personal
Consider joining up with an affiliated marketing company. One easy way to
enter the field of affiliate marketing is to join a company that specializes in
online marketing. Though you'll ultimately work independently, companies
like MoreNiche allow aspiring affiliate marketers to join for free to have a
platform for advertising products/services.
Some websites allow you to engage in pay-per-click affiliate marketing
without running your own website or blog. Direct links through outside
merchant websites allow you to create and make money off of ads without
having to post them to your own website. For instance, you might make an
ad for a dating website and advertise on Facebook; when someone clicks
on your ad, they go straight to the dating site, instead of a website or
landing page you have created.
Some affiliate networks that specialize in direct linking include Associate
Programs, Affiliates Directory, E-commerce Guide, and Link Share.
Drive traffic to your affiliate program
Drive traffic to your affiliate program. Once you've built a popular platform
and secured affiliates to work with, you'll need to drive traffic to your
affiliate program. There are a number of ways to accomplish this, but one
of the easiest and most successful methods involves writing a blog post or
web article and using your email newsletter to invite your subscribers to
join the affiliate program of your choosing.
Other methods include:
Giving away free content to other websites (which may drive traffic to your
Using viral marketing, like a link at the end of newsletters that allows
readers to pass the newsletter on to other readers quickly and easily
Securing free links on websites that already drive a lot of traffic
Attract targeted traffic
It's not enough to get people to visit your website or blog. In order to
generate money from your marketing platform, you'll need to get people to
click your affiliates' links.
There are four primary methods of attracting potential customers:
Paid advertising — this method requires an effective combination of ad
copy, graphics, and a highly-clickable link.
Unlike more traditional affiliate marketing strategies, paid advertising
(through pay-per-click ads) earn you money regardless of whether a
reader buys the product or not. Services like Google's AdSense make this
quick and easy for you, and can even supply you with an advertising code.
Free advertising — this method involves placing links and advertisements
on free websites, like Craigslist or US Free Ads. Whenever someone clicks
on your ad, both you and the website (for example, Craigslist) earn money
from the clicks.
Article marketing — this method seeks to gain a higher ranking in search
engine results by establishing the marketer as a credible source that won't
use spam software.
Many marketers use websites like Ezine Articles to publish articles that
contain a unique "resource box," and as other bloggers and website
managers republish the article (with the resource box intact), the marketer
who published the original article gradually earns higher search engine
Email marketing — in this method, marketers embed an email subscription
option for website visitors. This allows the marketer to acquire a site
visitor's name and email address, which can help build a lasting
relationship and expose the visitor to the marketer's newsletter.
Use analytics to measure your success
Use analytics to measure your success. You can think of analytics as
information about what you're selling, how you sold it, and to whom you
Fortunately, most affiliate marketing sites offer helpful analytics so you
can get an idea about what's working well for you.
If you find that one type of product sells well on your site, produce content
that gives you the opportunity to market it even more.
Use Google Analytics to gain an understanding of the demographics of
your visitors. Tailor your content marketing efforts to people in that
Pay attention to your posts that get the most visitors. If you find that some
posts are getting significantly more hits than the others, consider adding
additional affiliate links to them.
Focus on what works, eliminate what doesn't. The analytics provided by
your company will tell you which types of ads are working and which ones
aren't. Use more of the ads that are working and eliminate the ones that
Wrapping things up
“ugh crap what do I do now?” be on the lookout for my next email I will
send you tommorow titled "THE DAY MY LIFE CHANGED FOREVER".
Where I will have more great content on Affiliate Marketing I covered most
of the basics in this short E-Book but there are so much more to learn if
you really want to start making passive income. - Isaac Valdez