Easy Steps To Affiliate Marketing – Just 6 Steps
Affiliate marketing can conjure up some convoluted way of making money online. Actually, it is a very simple concept and easy to start.
Just because it is easy to set up doesn’t mean that you can sit back and wait for the cash to roll in. It still requires some hard work, perseverance and patience to become successful.
In this article you’ll learn six easy steps to affiliate marketing to begin your journey into this lucrative, stress-free and fun method of earning an income online. The steps are easy to understand and are brief but I’ve added links to more involved training if you are interested.
1. Choose Your Niche
This is an essential first step. Without knowing your niche market how to you know what to promote?
Choose a niche which suits you; one you are passionate about and know you can write extensively and enthusiastically on the topic. Here are some extra articles relevant to choosing your niche.
Think about the audience you are targeting and what are the needs of this audience and then you can go on to step two.
2. Build Trust
Once you have chosen your niche it is time to select the products you’d like to promote on your website or chosen platform.
Although it is tempting to add all your product as soon as you start this is not the most advantageous way to begin.
Start by ensuring you are giving your audience excellent value and building trust by writing quality content and helping with their issues in any way you can.
Here is an excellent video about gaining trust:
Once you have started to build your authority in the niche you can add products you’d like to promote by writing reviews and showing how these products can help you audience to solve their problems. Remember though, if you promote a poor quality product because the commission are good, you may start by earning a few commissions but your credibility will be lost and you’ll probably lose the commissions in returns. Which leads us onto step 3.
3. Choose The Affiliate Programs
There are several things to look out for when choosing an affiliate program
- Commission Structure
You can find out more about how to choose the best affiliate programs here.
4. Build an Autoresponder Series
Building a follow-up series may not seem a particularly important part of the process of creating a successful online business but as the saying goes:
“The money’s in the list”
This is a series of emails sent to those people telling them about your products and services. For example if you are selling sewing machines, you can inform your list about any special offers, new products, problems or sales that the company may be having.
Offer a gift in return for email addresses and create a page in your website where you will capture information about your prospects so you can send them your follow-up series.
These will become your ‘warm’ leads as they have already trusted you enough to give you their email address.
5. Use Traffic Generation Techniques
Without traffic you won’t make any sales or get anyone to sign up to your email list.
Some examples of free traffic generation would be:
- SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
- Social Media marketing
- Guest Blogging
- Forum Marketing
Some examples of paid traffic generations techniques would be:
- Solo Ads
- Facebook Ads
- Google Adwords
- Twitter Ads
You’ll need to do some research and testing to see which traffic method works best for you but once you find the techniques that is the most successful, stick with it. Every now and then test another method incase the market has changed.
6. Find additional related products
Once you have started to make a sales with a single product, consider adding new related products to your product list. Remember to ensure they are quality products or you’ll lose customers if they think they can not longer trust you or or opinion.
Always start with a single, hot and demanding product to gain good results. Concentrate on this single product, make your website to display the product and capture the email addresses of visitors. Use these email addresses and your website to start a powerful advertisement campaign. Use the techniques to drive maximum traffic to your website. Once you have started earning with a single product, add more products and repeat the process.
There are, of course, many more things you need to consider when building an affiliate marketing business but these six steps will get you up and running and see some sales coming in.