Ever thought about earning without investing much in the web? We know most of us have and that is why the term “Affiliate Marketing” has become so popular these days. Basically, it is an effective way of making money online by promoting products or services. Let me explain the concept with an easy example.
Suppose, you are an affiliate for the website www.getsuited.com. It is an online store for readymade suits and fabrics. Now, you decide to post attractive pictures of the suits in your blog with the website link. A friend of yours read the blog and instantly fell in love with the suit fabrics. If he buys something from getsuited.com, you will get a cut from it.
The customer got what he wanted, the site earned their revenue and you earned easy money just by connecting the person to that store. Everyone wins in this process. The coolest way to income ever! Isn’t it?
But… hey hold on right there! If you are a new to it, you aren’t prepared yet to busk in the money ocean. Affiliate marketing might seem very remunerative, yet there are 7 major things that you need to know to master the art. Let’s have a look at those affiliate marketing hacks!
Ready, Set, Go!
As a beginner, before becoming an affiliate for a company, you might consider your targets first. Identifying the right niche for you will start your success lobby. Two things to look carefully while selecting your niche –
a) Are you passionate about it?
b) Does it bring money for you?
Asking these two questions to yourself shall give you the fruitful decision. If you are passionate about fashionable suits, you can build your blog around it. It will help you to promote premium suits and rich fabrics more meaningfully to your audience. Without real passion for the products that you are promoting, you can’t reach to the target audience for the product. There also has to be a decent demand for the products in the market too. If there aren’t then the money source is quite narrow. So, a sector that you are passionate about also needs customers who are passionate to buy too! It is a three-way business, but here the duel is between you and the customers.
Launch with Affiliate Program
After you have found out the answers to the previous question, start looking for a solid marketplace. Clickbank, JVZoo, Amazon, Flexoffers, ShareaSale, CJ Affiliate, Avantlink are some of the options you can with. After selecting your marketplace, the first thing to do is that, look for the availability of affiliate programs for your niche. Without having the affiliate program for your niche, you simply can’t start anything. However, don’t worry! The enlisted marketplace above has more than hundreds of affiliate programs. Picking the right affiliate program might be tricky because you need to consider a few crucial things. For example the cost of registration, compatibility with your promotional medium, commission scheme and few other things.
Start Your Dream Site
The paperwork is done for the moment as your proceed to this stage. YES! Your very own website. There are certain things you have to do step by step to create a constructive website. First & foremost thing to do is purchase a domain. It does not cost much. But make sure the domain name is not too long and it sounds relevant and catchy.
Don’t be hesitant to buy a web host. It comes with lots of benefits like reliable maintenance, consistent bandwidth, domain flexibility, support and so on. In future, if you want to monetize your website through google ads, having your own hosting is must for you. And now it is very easy to migrate to another hosting. So you do not need to worry about that as well.
And obviously, we would highly recommend you to build your site with WordPress. Reason? There are plenty. But just keep these two things in mind that WordPress platform was built in SEO friendly way. It guarantees higher chances of netizens finding your website. Secondly, most of the affiliate marketing tools can be easily integrated with a WordPress site.
Contents: Bring Life to Your Site
No, we are not saying your website is a zombie or something dark. Your website is the structure, just like a human body. Human bodies work because they have souls. Now, what is the soul of your website?
CONTENTS! This is the soul of your website. Content creation is the only way you can bring your website in 100% action. Designing content is much more important for an affiliate than creating original contents from the scratch. Your website should contain certain things that might help your visitors move across the website very comfortably.
Blog posts, reviews, tips, product details etc. matters so much to a customer. Your job is to present these features in your website in a way that visitors can know everything they want to know just from your content. If they have to google things to get the detail of your products, then your content is not accurate and complete.
Also, your contents have to be optimized for the search engine. Because it matters a lot when people are searching for similar kind of things on the web.
How Your Links Look Matter!
Yes, how your links appear on the browser URL path matters. And it matters more when it comes to affiliate links. Gibberish links create a sense of distrust among visitors. That is why you should resort to link cloaking to make the links look neat.
This link is hard to remember, isn’t it? But you can turn the link into something like this –
This looks more branded and easy to remember. Keep this affiliate marketing hacks in mind when you start using promotional links in your website.
A Movie Theatre without Audience?
What if you walk into a running movie show and see the whole gallery is empty with no audience. This means either the movie or the theatre is bad or there were no tickets sold for the movie. Now compare these two your website.
The theatre is your own website and the movie is your content.
Even if you manage to produce them both marvelously you need visitors to raise traffic on your website. To attract the audience with your website content, you have to bring them to your website anyhow. The most used social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram are the shark tank of your business. These are the platforms where you will find the visitors for your site. Creating pages for your website or online store in these platforms will increase your presence among people. Redirecting them from these platforms to your website will increase your web traffic day and night. You have to keep in mind that your contents have to be displayed on these social media platforms. Just like a movie trailer!
Pitfall Pitfall Go Away!
There are some pitfalls for every beginner as an affiliate. Don’t feel low about these pitfalls. If you take preventive measures, these won’t bother you in your way to become a successful affiliate. We often face research immobility during the beginning stage and we give up. To avoid this consider your first attempt not to be 100% successful and test yourself with it. In the process sometimes we get distracted by new products and strategies. The right thing to do here is to stick to one method, move forward and see how it goes. Affiliates sometimes attempt to manage multiple websites at the same time. At the very beginning, it is more important to improve your website continuously. The results will follow.
Want to Be Our Affiliate?
Since you are here at the final paragraph, let me assume you are really into this affiliate marketing thing. So, why don’t you give our affiliate program a try? You can sign up for free and earn as much as you can.