How To Become An Affiliate Marketer
In the very shaky economy we are now in, increasing amounts of people want to know how to become an affiliate marketer.
Apart from the need to create an extra financial cushion, It can be for a number of other reasons such as; wanting to be a stay at home parent, wanting to replace their current income, desiring more holidays or luxurious things, a desire to get out of debt, your business needs some support or simply wanting the freedom to spend more time with family.
The number of these home businesses are now increasing because people are discovering they can make it a full time venture and quit their day job and it really can be rewarding. Working on a business that is rewarding and is a pleasure to run are two of the ingredients to making a successful business. There is no boss to answer to but yourself and the sense of achievement and reward can be just as high if not better.
Affiliate marketing is fast becoming a socially acceptable practice; It’s fun and it works. The previously some-what disdainful attitude that was normally associated with people starting personal internet ventures and making a living online is becoming outdated. Affiliate marketing does not require you to own your own products, make your own products or even keep stock of them. Making a sale or commission does not require any handling by the affiliater (you) either and the programs are free to join.
However, I still read that people do not succeed and in my experience it’s normally because of something simple or overlooked.
To become an affiliate marketer all you need is access to a computer, a hunger to succeed and your brain.
That’s it! These are all you need to know how to start affiliate marketing.
As we become more internet savvy and it’s a medium the majority of us are now comfortable with, experimenting with various ways of making money has become quite acceptable.
Ebay, Adsense and online surveys are just some of the many methods people would have heard of to make money from companies and products through the internet.
However, affiliate marketing is the best because it provides the most opportunities, you can earn bigger profit margins on a more regular basis, not to mention the ability to start without any capital or any special computer know how. A lot of people assume that you need a high level of computer knowledge, a lot of money (often attributed with the saying, you need money to make money) or need to be educated within the field and that is completely not true.
You can start an affiliate campaign without any of these.
Now that the state of the economy is affecting so many, people are considering methods of earning a living they have never even heard of. Affiliate marketing can be quite liberating and conjures a feeling of challenge to break away from something old. It drags you out of a lifestyle that may be financially unrewarding, depressing with no or little chance of progression.
Affiliate marketing gives you more independence and you have more control over your finances and future. The time we have to ourselves and family is slowly being taken up by our busy lives that constantly asks more of us and gives little back.
As more of us are spending time at home, it has become a perfect opportunity to experiment with online businesses. One of these businesses is affiliate marketing. The flexibility and reward it can bring is indeed and attractive business model.
SO HOW DO I BEGIN AFFILIATE MARKETING?
Firstly, you need the correct mindset.
Before anything can be applied on your website you need to be applied mentally. What do I mean by that?
You need to understand that this is a business this is no get rich quick scheme. You need to approach it with a serious attitude. I’m not saying you need to draw out a business plan or speak to your local business advisor, what I am saying is the seriousness you adopt when searching for credible information yourself, is the same mentality you must adopt when putting information out.
Ok, so your mind is in the right place. You’re motivated and eager to begin. Where do you start?
There is a process all successful marketers go through to create what is termed an affiliate campaign; it just means to create a site to make money. It sounds grand, but even novices start them all the time by themselves to create additional income.
To to start a campaign you need to:
FIND A NICHE – This involves finding something a lot of people want with very low competition
CHOOSE A KEYWORD – Determine if those people actually wants to purchase that product
FIND AN AFFILIATE PROGRAM – This as you may know is where you will source the product
CREATE A WEBSITE
So let’s go through and summarize each of these steps a little bit.
Finding A Niche
What the heck is a niche I hear you mutter. (I mumbled the same thing when I first heard about it).
A niche is simply something specific. This is the first step to choosing a successful campaign and it is a very important one. Chosen something someone has zero intention of purchasing will mean zero money for you.
So how do you pick the perfect niche? Well there is no such thing as the perfect niche, all niches have the potential to make money.
Pick something you are already interested in. It is much easier this way because you will stay motivated and enthusiastic about what you are creating. When you are enthusiastic about your work and you have a passion for it and you are having fun, the money will start to roll.
Here are just a few examples of niches:
- Garden Furniture
- Pet Accessories
- Home Security
- Video Games
- Cosmetics/beauty products
- Home Schooling
- Motor Bikes
- Health Care
- Dog Training
- Website Building
- Diving Equipment
- Camping Equipment
- Mobile Phones
- Home Theatre
There are thousands more to choose from, I can go on and on and I’m sure you can think of some yourself too.
Choosing A Keyword
Ok, so now that you have a chosen something you are interested in, how do you find out if it has the potential to be profitable?
This is where choosing the right keywords come in.
Keywords are search terms that people like you and I enter into the search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. Search engines keep a record of these search terms for public use and we can find out what people are searching for. To find our keywords we will use a tool called the Google Keyword Tool, developed by Google themselves for this particular purpose.
The Google keyword tool is very useful for picking out niches and keywords to profit from.
You have to keep in mind that not all search terms are profitable. Just because someone is searching for that particular word does not mean it has the potential to make money; for example, lets use Traxxas for our search term.
Traxxas is a popular toy car. The search term Traxxas shows that 165,000 people are searching Traxxas toy cars globally.
However, as there are different models with different parts etc, it does not say which one in particular. All we can make out from the search is people are searching for Traxxas toy cars generally. However, Traxxas revo 3.3 on the other hand is more targeted. This keyword tells you that someone is looking for a specific model with a specific version. This search term shows you they already know what they want. It is a better keyword to go for because it is not so general.
You can even dig further into Traxxas revo 3.3 and see what pops up for even more targeted search terms. Keep in mind in most cases you will earn more targeting something specific with a low search count rather than something with a high search volume and is saturated and or difficult to rank for in the search engines.
Finding An Affiliate Program
You can find an affiliate for nearly anything worth buying these days; It’s not hard to find an affiliate program to monetize nearly any product or service. The easiest way to join/find an affiliate is to type the name of the product or service you will be making a website around and add the word “affiliate” or “partnership” after it. Ninety five percent of the time you will find an affiliate to join no problem. There are also affiliate networks which manage affiliate programs on behalf of the merchants too. Popular ones include Commission Junction, Clickbank, Amazon and Linkshare.
Create A Website
There is one website creation platform that is widely used by nearly all affiliate marketers today and that is WordPress.
WordPress is a content management system (cms).
There was a time when people assumed ( and a lot still do) you had to learn about building websites using expensive software and waste time learning fancy web design skills to start affiliate marketing and that’s not true. Nowadays, all affiliate marketers use WordPress. As an “affiliater” you going to be building pages and adding content and WordPress lets you do this easily, cleanly and for free.
WordPress makes it incredibly easy to add text and media to your pages. It is also great for getting traffic to your website because it can be so easily optimized for search engine traffic, this is one of the most important things for your business. You need traffic to get visitors, which in turn brings you exposure and will eventually bring you money.
To get traffic you need to add content that is searched for and WordPress lets you easily do this much more efficiently than regular html website builders. This website was built with WordPress and as you can see the layout is clean and clear. If you have your own hosting, you can download free WordPress templates, or purchase some really great looking ones.
There are so many other things you can add and customize with WordPress and to be honest, it should be the only web creator an affiliate marketer should use.
This is WordPress here. You also have the option of installing WordPress with your hosting, this gives you extra features and flexibility.
So, the final part of your affiliate campaign is to add content. Now, one thing I always failed to grasp about people starting this journey, is their fear of writing?! For so many people It can be an unnecessarily crippling mental state that literally stops them from taking action and it doesn’t need to be.
Do you write emails at work? To your friends? To your family? Of course you do. We all have. Understand, it is not required that you write like the editor of The New York Times or to be a text book English student. Not at all. I can tell you this because I have been through the same struggles and self doubts.
When you write about something you enjoy or are passionate about, you will be surprised at how much you can write, research, advise and build a small profitable website around.
These are the very basic fundamentals for an affiliate marketer.
There are much more things to consider such as;
* How to outrank your competition for No.1 search engine position
* How to set up WordPress for maximum keyword compatibility
* How to find something to sell in a crowded saturated market
* Exactly how to write effectively to get maximum conversions
* Ways to get traffic to your site in hours
* How to make your site search engine friendly for good rankings
* How to get other people to write your articles for dirt cheap
* How to setup your hosting, website and more
These are skills and methods that can be easily honed with just taking action. Taking action does not mean building a whole website in one day nor do you need to be able to do it in one month. Taking action is individual. Achievement is individual. Something that is very small to one person is an achievement to another and that is fine.
There is no marker to what is an achievement and there shouldn’t be. Someone starting out, you cannot expect to be an expert over night and you cannot call yourself experienced reading what you have to do. You have to do it and trust me, you will need a supportive shoulder on the way.
So many fail to take that first step because of fear. Fear of failing, fear of getting it wrong, fear of feeling worthless etc. You have to understand that failure comes all the time in everyone’s life. I have to be honest and you have to also understand that by taking action it is highly probable you will fail along the way too. That is how you learn.
There aren’t many things in life that you master the first time. Any successful person will tell you that. Once you understand what doesn’t work you will learn what will.
In every economy, good or bad, there is money to be made. If you know how to find something people want and give it to them correctly you can do well.
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Andre Daniel Rice