What is affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing can become a full-time career that doesn’t cap out at a certain income. Making the right decisions and creating a strong foundation to your affiliate business is essential for success. In this article, we will talk about eight affiliate marketing tips for beginners that can make the difference between success and failure.
1. Follow Your Passion.
There are hundreds of thousands of affiliate products out there for you to promote. However, you will have the best success when you start promoting things that you truly have a passion for or believe in.
If you are passionate about the product, then you will be much more likely to convey a message about the product that will inspire people to buy it. Therefore, figure out what your passions are and then pick specific products to promote around that passion.
2. Build a Reputable Affiliate Marketing Blog.
Ask the most seasoned affiliate marketers what they wish they did first and they will tell you that they wished they had started building a reputable affiliate marketing blog. Many people will tell you that they don’t need a blog to sell products, but it is actually very important. Especially now that search engines are demanding quality. A quality blog that receives lots of traffic can help you get much more traffic to your affiliate links than any other method.
In addition, many marketing methods require you to point traffic towards a blog instead of an affiliate link. Your blog can then point that traffic towards your affiliate products. Therefore, a blog gives you more ability to market your affiliate products.
3. Put Effort Into Your Affiliate Marketing Business Plan.
The results you receive in the beginning will be directly proportionate to the amount of effort and knowledge you put in to your affiliate marketing plan. Unless you are outsourcing the writing, marketing, website maintenance, keyword research, SEO practices and everything else that comes with being noticed online, then you are going to have to put some good old fashion muscle and hard work in to begin with.
The great news is that this work will pay off in a big way. You will start to earn a passive income from what you learn and the work you did last week, a month ago, and even a year ago.
4. Do Not Do Too Much At Once.
You probably already know a thousand products that you want to be an affiliate for, but it is better to focus your efforts on one or two products so that they get the attention they deserve. Once you start to become successful at promoting one or two products, then you can branch out and start to build an army of products that you can promote.
5. Keep It Real.
It is fine to use a pseudo name if you want to keep your real identity private, but make sure that you give yourself a pseudo name people like and respect by keeping it real. Be you, talk like you, act like you, and promote products that are in line with your beliefs and passions. People will automatically trust you more if you seem honest than if you seem shady or deceitful, and when people trust you, they will buy the products that you recommend to them.
6. Interact With Other People.
Building relationships with people online especially other affiliate marketers is essential to your success. Not only will you be able to build links with people through guest posting and comments, but people may recommend you and your blog just because you have built a relationship with them.
If they trust you then they will likely mention or recommend you to their followers, and that is a free form of advertising that you just can’t pass up. Therefore, build relationships with people who are an authority in your niche so that you can profit from their experience and followers.
The big bonus here is when you decide to market your own product you will have built the army of JV partners that will help you to promote your product. This is how the big names in the industry became successful at promoting their own products
7. Don’t Over Promote Your Affiliate Marketing Business.
One of the biggest mistakes new affiliates make is to spam every single place they can. Face book, twitter, forums and comments are all great places to get your name out there and known; however, if you continuously post links to your affiliate products and don’t offer any value to the places you frequent, then you will eventually lose everyone’s respect, and you will become someone who they don’t trust or, quite frankly, even pay attention to.
It can be tempting to put your links out there continuously, but in the end, you will make much more money by following the 70/30 rule or even the 80/20 rule. This means that you put 70 or 80 percent of your effort towards offering value and 30 or 20 percent of your effort trying to make money. It seems backwards, but in the online world, it works.
8. Don’t Think About Making Money First.
In the above tip we talked about offering more value then promotion. Perhaps the biggest tip for affiliate marketing beginners I can give you is this. When you start your online affiliate business, focus 100 percent of your efforts on offering nothing but pure value.
Why try to monetize your business with tons of affiliate links and banner ads on your affiliate website, when you don’t have any traffic to monetize. If you don’t think the search engines know the difference between a new marketer with a website full of cloaked affiliate links and websites that offer nothing but value. Go and add the Alexa tool bar to your computer.
Based on my own findings and affiliate success
I guarantee you will start to notice websites that have been fully monetized with tons of affiliate links with website scores high in the millions. Meaning they have no traffic. The reason they have no traffic is because they are focusing on the wrong thing first. And that is putting money before value
You know search engine optimization is great and it is very important to the success of an affiliate marketer. But if you truly want to achieve affiliate marketing success you need to focus 100 percent of your marketing efforts on nothing but value first. When your site starts to generate enough traffic to start making money, you know it’s time to start monetizing your website. Stick to the affiliate marketing basics first before you focus on making money.
In the end, the above eight affiliate marketing tips for beginners are important. Once you incorporate these as the base for your affiliate business, then you will be off on the right foot and headed towards affiliate marketing success.