What do you need to start affiliate marketing?
What will give you the best chance of having success as an affiliate marketer?
These are good questions all affiliate marketers should ask themselves. Affiliate marketing is touted as one of the easiest and most effective ways to earn money online, but it still takes work. And as with any task, having the right tools at hand can mean the difference between easy and hard, or success and failure. You should also maximize your potential to earn by bringing the right tools to bear when you start your affiliate marketing business. Below are the top three necessary tools for a successful affiliate marketing business.
#1 – Your Own Website
The single most important tool to start affiliate marketing is your own website. A good, credible and professional looking website opens so many doors to building your online business quickly. Your website is the hub for all your marketing efforts. It makes everything easier, such as cloaking links. Your own website will anchor your social media marketing base. It cannot be stressed enough, you need a website. This also gives you the means to appeal to your prospects and encourage them to click on the links to the products and services you are promoting.
Keep in mind that most web users go online to look for information, not necessarily to go and buy something. If you will take the time to build your website full of original, relevant and useful content, you will be well served. People love articles that are appealing and helpful. Content is still king and good quality content will not only build your credibility, it can also help you achieve a higher search engine ranking. Posting relevant and useful articles will let you establish yourself as a credible expert in your particular niche. This in turn makes you more trustworthy in the eyes of your leads which will greatly help convert those leads to sales. Establishing a good reputation is a must step to build a loyal customer base.
#2 – Autoresponder
You will have to go there. Get there as quickly as you can. Just as your website above will be your anchor in lead collection, your autoresponder will be the tool you most use to turn those leads into sales.
The choices in autoresponders are legion. If you would like a closer look at a few different choices, check out this earlier article: http://startaffiliatemarketing.org/how-to-choose-an-autoresponder
I am a software junky, so I have accounts with several of the top providers, so you can’t go by me. But if I were to be pinned down to recommend one over the other, knowing what I know now, I would say go with Aweber or TrafficWave. And here are the reasons:
- Integrates with many, many services easily. Better than most.
- Easy to use dashboard
- Low cost
- Excellent training. For a free 30 trail click here.
- Low price. And your monthly subscription rate never goes up.
- Great place to start affiliate marketing, heck you can build a business promoting it.
- Also has excellent training. For a free 30 trail click here.
While you can get started without an autoresponder, you will be leaving most of your money on the table. This will be your single most important software tool after your website.
#3 – A Willingness To Do The Work – Every Day…
Seems obvious, but you would be surprised. This will be your business. Nobody will tell you to get to work. To start affiliate marketing successfully you will have to sit down every day and work your business. Set yourself specific tasks for each day and get ‘er done!
You can make a living with affiliate marketing, and a good one. And just as you had to learn other jobs, you will have to learn this one. You will find the information on how to do things online is easily available, but no one else will read the PDF or watch the video for you.