If you want to build a blog that pays some bills, you are going to need to get into affiliate marketing. It’s the easiest way for beginners to start building an online income. There’s no risk as you are just putting links in your text for the most part. Affiliate marketing for beginners starts with these seven tips.
Affiliate Tips That Will Work For You
#1 Choose affiliate programs that have a solid reputation. Prompt payment, strong conversion rate (converting your visitors into sales), excellent customer service, a solid service or product that you feel confident about representing and adequate training, support and other services that their affiliates need to succeed.
I personally use amazon a lot because I can find products for any of my sites. Shareasale has a ton of great companies to choose from and all your links and banners can be grabbed in the one location for all the companies you join on there. If you are having trouble finding companies in a certain niche, let me know.
#2 Spend time researching your target market, researching keywords and building a solid content foundation. Content is what is going to drive traffic to your website. It is going to increase your search engine page ranking. Content is going to bring visitors back time and time again. The better your content foundation, the more affiliate sales you’re going to make. You will find content in product and service reviews, articles, reports, case studies, interviews, online and offline courses, audio and visual presentations.
Don’t forget, this content is also building your trust with your readers. When they feel like they have a relationship with you then they will be more apt to trust your recommendations and links.
#3 Make sure that you have a marketing strategy based upon realistic goals, a sound budget, and testing and tracking strategies in place to measure your success. Your marketing strategy will change and grow as your business changes and grows, so you also want to schedule regular assessments of your marketing strategy. Types of marketing that you may want to use include:PPC (pay per click), banner and text advertising, social networking, article marketing, newsletter or ezine marketing and joint venture partnerships.
Always pay attention to the rules of the affiliate program you sign up for. Many have strict policies about keywords and PPC advertising. Also, amazon doesn’t allow links in emails, so you can get in trouble for adding their links into your newsletters.
#4 Set profit goals followed with action plans to achieve them. Planning is one of your most important responsibilities as an affiliate marketer and internet entrepreneur. Your plans should include goals, action steps, and a system for measuring your success. Plan to plan or plan to fail. Planning is essential for success.
If you become an affiliate for smaller companies they may have some great resources for you. I know some biz’s will send out advance notice of new product launches and upcoming sales. Then I can plan posts around this information.
#5 Never stop learning. The thing about working for yourself is you never really stop working. Create a schedule that balances learning, working and relaxing. There will be new strategies to try, new products to represent and new forms of content and content topics to create. Your audience will change as you and your business grow.
#6 Be patient. The internet is full of get rich quick schemes and scams. Affiliate marketing is a great way to build a business and make good money. However, it takes time, work and patience. Follow the advice of legitimate affiliate marketing experts, plan,take action and succeed.
If you’re blogging for more than just a hobby, you should be using affiliate marketing. This is a powerful business model with the potential to attain good profits. Take your time, follow your plan and you’ll soon be kicking ass!