What is Affiliate Marketing?
Choosing Your Niche
Programs and Software
Knowing Your Audience
Know (And Beat) Your Competition
Write Quality Content
Get The Content Seen
Patience Is A Virtue
What is Affiliate Marketing?
The whole idea behind affiliate marketing is sliding links into your content and getting paid when somebody either clicks the link, signs up to the site or buys the product.
Whether you’re a blogger, a tech-enthusiast, or just somebody with a computer wanting to make a few extra bucks, affiliate marketing is a great way to beat the rat race and earn some cash.
If you want to avoid 5 am starts, morning traffic, and coughing co-workers, then keep reading and find out how you can join the affiliate marketing world and make money from home.
Before we delve into our affiliate marketing tips, it’s important to know who’s involved in the affiliate marketing process.
There are three parties involved that make earning money from affiliate marketing possible.
Seller and Product Creators
The seller can be a worldwide business or it can be an individual shop owner. It’s the person or company behind the product that you’re including links for.
A huge company that can make you thousands of dollars is Amazon. Amazon will pay you every time somebody clicks a link and purchases something using your link.
The Affiliate or Publisher (YOU)
This is where you come in. A lot of products need a helping hand to sell, and the word needs to get out about it.
A common way that links are included is by doing “Top 10” articles and reviewing products.
Your job is to promote the product, including the link where relevant, and encouraging your audience that it’s a great product and that they should buy it.
Many affiliated have a specific audience that they market to. You may even want to create a website dedicated to a certain type of person who will buy a certain type of product.
This creates a niche, making it easier to attract customers who will actually purchase the product – as it’s relevant to them.
For example, you’re getting paid whenever anybody clicks your link and purchases bicycle helmets. How are you going to include that into your content?
You set up a website for bicycle enthusiasts and make the content worth reading so bikers go there to get their information.
Then, they’ll stumble across your Top 10 Bicycle Helmets article, and most likely want to give it a read.
The Consumer (your audience)
The consumer is the person that clicks the link and buys the product – earning you your money.
They may be completely oblivious to the marketing system behind the articles, but you may decide to disclose that you’re an affiliate receiving commission for sales made.
It’s really rare that a product will cost extra due to the affiliate getting a share of the money – the consumer is mostly completely unaffected by the system. They will just make purchases as normal at their own free will.
Choosing Your Niche
One of the very first steps is choosing a category for your site – something the site will focus on. It may help by choosing something you are passionate about, as then you’ll never tire of writing content.
A Niche is a specialized market that only a select audience will be interested in – but there will be people out there that will be reading your content regularly.
For example, a website dedicated to caring for bunnies.
Not everybody will visit this website, which is fine because the audience is a select group – rabbit owners, rabbit enthusiasts or soon-to-be rabbit owners.
Once you’ve decided what you want the page to be about, do a keyword search. There are plenty of resources available on the internet to check keywords.
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