If you are like so many people these days that want to own your own business or at least make some money on the web, you have seen and heard so many ideas and are constantly being bombarded with ads saying they have “THE BEST” programs, or they have “THE SECRET” formula to success online. You want to do something, but where do you start? What do you do? How does this online thing really work and why are so many people advertising so many “Secrets“?
The truth is that every “Secret” you see, every “Best” program you find, are all based on the same basic principles which you can learn for FREE. Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online. Everyone has their own take on it but it all boils down to some core fundamentals, and once you learn these fundamentals you are well on your way to earning a decent living online. This is why I am now sharing this guide – A How To On How To Start In Affiliate Marketing.
Where To Begin?
Affiliate Marketing is really straight forward and based entirely on basically 7 steps.
Once you have learned these 7 steps and implement them properly and efficiently, you will find your success in affiliate marketing. The key is to have patience, be persistent, and don’t give up.
Choose Your Niche
Choosing a niche is not as difficult as many people think. Basically anything you can think of can be a niche, If people are interested in it then it is a niche. If you like fishing, that’s a niche. If you like Biking, that’s a niche. Whatever your hobby, interest, or education, you can build a niche around it.
Your goal is to pick something that you are interested in to start and build it from there. Pick something you will have some passion for, not something that you think others will be interested in but you really have no interest yourself. By choosing something that you can relate to you are not only sharing what you learn with others but you are also learning more about it yourself.
Now, take this passion and divide it up in to smaller areas. If you like fishing for example, break it up in to different categories, like fly-fishing, sport fishing, etc… or even break it down further. Pick a specific area to focus on and don’t leave your topic to open and vague, like just talking about fishing in general.
Now that you have an idea of what you want to focus on, move on to the next step.
Research Programs and Products
It is very important in your journey to start in affiliate marketing to pick programs and products that follow directly in the path of your niche. Do research on companies that offer affiliate programs in the niche you have chosen. If you look online for affiliate programs you will in fact find out that just about every single company out there offers affiliate programs on just about everything they sell. There is no lack of affiliate programs available.
Let’s say you choose fly-fishing as your niche. Simply go to google and type in “fly fishing + affiliate” and see what comes up… WOW, lots of choices just on this one topic alone. Try it with your chosen niche and see what’s available.
Now that you have a niche and see that there are plenty of affiliate programs available, do your research on the companies offering these programs and what kinds of products they offer. What is the quality of the products? What are the company ratings? What do they offer for incentives to affiliates?
Do your research. There are plenty of additional resources available online to learn what companies are good and bad. Plenty of places to find comments and rating on the products they offer. Pick a couple of the best companies you find with the best affiliate programs and excellent products and start with that.
Building a Website
One crucial step in achieving success in affiliate marketing is having your own website and branding.
Building a website is a very easy task and you can do it with little to absolutely no experience. You can even start out for free in order to get the hang of things. I highly recommend The Wealthy Affiliate and SiteRubix. You can start for free and gain valuable insights and additional information on how to build your affiliate marketing empire, including building your first free website.
Once you have your niche and you have started your website and you really want to be successful in affiliate marketing you need to choose a domain name of your own. Create your own branded spot on the internet. Become “a master of your own domain” so to speak.
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Create Compelling Content
Writing compelling content is not hard really, especially if you know something about it yourself. If you have picked a niche that you are interested in and know a thing or two about, share it with others. Don’t worry about how to write it, just write it. Talk to others as if you were talking to your friends about it. Share what you know and what you learn. Keep it on topic and interesting. Keep the reader’s attention and keep them compelled to learn more.
Do some research on your topics of choice and then share this information as you go. I myself am not a writer but I do have information and knowledge I want to share and my hope is that others will learn from what I learn as well.
If you can keep the reader’s attention on your subject and you keep your content compelling, they will want to learn more, and you will build yourself a following. Keep track of any comments and suggestions your readers share and build more content on that as you go. Your readers can be an excellent source of inspiration for your next post or article and you will be writing on topics they want to know about.
Build Your Audience
Building an audience can take some time but if you are writing about topics people want to know about, and writing from the heart, they will come. The more you write and stay focused on your specific niche, the more you will become an expert, and the “Go-To” person.
People talk, people share. If you have something of value to share, they will listen, and eagerly look forward to your next post, your next insight, or your recommended product or company.
Promote Your Products
Promoting products on your website is not hard. You can create links within your website to promote these products which are offered through the companies you are now affiliated with. Make sure the products you are promoting on your website are in direct relation to your niche.
Utilize word of mouth. Utilize your social media channels to promote specific products you like. Test the products yourself and write products reviews to share. Have your friends try out these products and write reviews. Do research on the products and share.
There is a wealth of information available for you on the internet about promoting products effectively. Take your time and do your research. Pick valued products and make sure the products you promote stay within your niche.
Rinse and Repeat
In a nutshell, affiliate marketing is relatively easy in itself. The key to success in affiliate marketing is to find and utilize effective tools and resources available to you, without getting involved in the hype of having others do it for you. Don’t get hooked in the “MAGIC SECRETS” or “THE BEST” programs where all you have to do is give them some money and ‘POOF‘, suddenly you are making thousands of dollars a Month online.
It takes effort on your part to achieve success in affiliate marketing. You don’t have to worry about what niche you want, want products you want to sell, or what companies you want to join. There is a niche, excellent products, and companies to associate with in pretty much anything you can think of.
The biggest Key on how to start in affiliate marketing is to make a commitment to yourself, and begin. Find some of the best resources you can find, without needing to spend tonnes of money, and learn, do, and repeat. You cannot succeed in anything if you do not do.
Where to Begin in Affliate Marketing is not hard, what you do with the tools and resources at your disposal are what will determine your ultimate success.