Can you imagine a job where you just share you own opinions? Where you work from home, setting your own hours? If you can imagine that, you need to know How To Get In To Affiliate Marketing.
I can’t say it’s always easy, but it’s the best job I know about. If you’re willing to learn new things, and can stay true to your own business—learning how affiliate marketing works could be your ticket to success?
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is advertising someone else’s products on line. People with products for sale online pay affiliates to lead potential customers to their websites.
This is one of the best ways to make money online:
And it is an authentic business model, unlike many other online “would be” opportunities?
Affiliate marketing is commission sales
When buyers go from your own website to theirs, you get paid a commission on the sales.
This is making money online for promoting someone else’s products, and it’s called affiliate marketing.
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How to Get in to Affiliate Marketing
Like any business in the world:
You will need a few tools to get started.
Because Internet marketing is…well…on the Internet, the tools are a little different than you might need for a brick and mortar business.
What you’ll need to get started
#1. A niche
The internet is too large to market to, because everyone won’t be interested in buying your product. You need a small segment of internet users. This small segment is searching for your particular affiliate product now, and is known as a niche.
Check out this article to learn more: What is a website niche?
#2. A domain name
Your domain name will be the name of your online business. Affiliate marketers like to have a domain name that suggest what their website, affiliate product, or niche is about. It’s up to you to choose one that’s not already taken and purchase it from a domain registrar.
Want more info on Domain Names: What is a domain name?
#3. A website
After you pick a niche to work in and choose a domain name for your new business, you’ll need a website. Starting and using a website can be a daunting task the first time you build your own. You’ll find success much faster with a step by step blue print for beginner affiliate marketers.
Here is the best place on the web to learn websites and affiliate marketing
Web host are companies that actually serve your new affiliate marketing website to the Internet, and they are not all created equal. A website and domain name is useless without having a company to host it into cyber space for you. You’ll need a hosting provider with great service, reliability, and speed.
#5. An affiliate product to promote
You are going to be surprised at how many companies online offer affiliate programs for you to join. Amazon’s affiliate program is a leader simply because they are the largest online shopping mall in the world. Then there’s Clickbank, which may be the second most popular affiliate program. But there’s plenty more affiliate offers to choose from and use for success.
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#6. Content on your website
Now that you have everything in place, for your affiliate marketing website, you’ll need content. Content is what your visitors see and read when visiting your affiliate site. Content serves two main purposes: 1) it helps to solve problems and educates 2) it provides a place for you to link readers to affiliate sales pages.
There’s really two kinds of affiliate sites, both requiring a lot of content:
1. Review sites
Review sites are dedicated to reviewing products for readers. They usually have many products and make comparisons between the products for the best buying choices. These sites will often have many product images, and some written content. And all reviews aren’t the same.
Have a look at my product review page.
2. Straight affiliate sales sites
Straight sales sites are affiliate websites devoted entirely to one or a few products. They will have many pages of written content, often with step by step instructions. Solving problems with content will intersect with the affiliate products being advertised.
#7. Traffic for your website
As an affiliate you will be solely responsible for getting traffic to your own website to advertise products.
There are two main types of website traffic:
1. Free search engine traffic
Free, or organic, traffic is traffic that clicks on links to come to your site from search engine results, forums, other websites where you’ve left your link, and all of the social websites.
2. Paid traffic
Paid traffic is usually considered to be, but not always, Google Adwords. That’s where you pay google to advertise for you on their search engine pages.
Your job as an affiliate marketer is to advertise and pre sale the affiliate products. You then send visitors via links to a sales page. When these people buy the product you are paid a commission.
Here’s a page with an infographic to help you with increasing website traffic.
Protecting your reputation as an affiliate marketer
Who wants to buy products from someone they don’t trust? As with any type of marketing, your first job will be to get people to trust you.
Finding niches that you are interested in and able to write content about is your first priority. When you have a vested interested in what you are blogging about, it will be easier for readers to trust you.
Two ways to gain trust
- Familiarity with the product
If you don’t already own the product you’re selling, buy it for yourself. When you own and use the product you can give accurate reviews and testimonials to your readers. People will relate to your personal knowledge.
2. Always see readers as people
Staying in touch with the fact that you are actually writing and selling to real people can be a challenge. Never forget that the readers and customers are real people who are depending on you to help them make their life better. Don’t forget that affiliate products help people.
As a beginner in affiliate marketing, you will need to be willing to learn tips and techniques to help you succeed. You can enter affiliate marketing by spending a lot of time on the internet searching for everything you need to learn.
Mistakes affiliate marketers make today
But most marketers today find that route to be far too time consuming with little or no profitable success.
I know from my own experience how costly, in both time and money, it is to “go it alone”. When you are attempting to learn how to get into affiliate marketing and make it successful, the information gets overwhelming.
Information overwhelm with no place to turn for help is the top mistake made by online marketers today. In fact it’s what causes people to give up and quit before they start making money. Why not take a look at my own mistakes?
Are you getting closer to turbo charging your own life with affiliate marketing?
When it comes to getting into affiliate marketing, this post could lead you to one of the smartest choices of your life.