So Let’s Start Affiliate Marketing Today

Let me just say before we start – you can do this. It may seem confusing if you are totally new to online marketing, but that is just because it is new.

There are three simple strategies you need to focus on.

  1. Find affiliate products.

  2. Send targeted traffic.

  3. Make affiliate cash on the run.

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Let’s break it down a little further.

Step #1: Choosing a profitable niche.

People bog down on this being the first step. Do not let this be a stumbling block. All it means is you need to narrow your focus so that when you start on the following steps you have an actionable direction. By way of example – this blog in in the online marketing niche > digital products > affiliate marketing > how to be an affiliate marketer.

It could be anything, online marketing > digital products > pets > dogs > dog training  –  This now gives you some idea on how to proceed with the next step.

  • Considerations:
    1. Do a little checking to make sure it is a profitable niche.
    2. Going with a niche you have a real interest in always makes things easier, just make sure the first consideration holds. Snail breeding may be a passion of yours, it may be somewhat difficult to make money from it however.
    3. Don’t let this slow you down. Don’t feel you know enough to determine this? Fine, pick online marketing – always money there, and you can follow along easier and let’s get you to making money with affiliate products.

Step #2: Website set-up.

Don’t skip this. Yes, you can market online without one, but you need to be better at marketing in general. Having your own online real estate will make things so much easier. Even a free Blogger blog or free WordPress blog is better than nothing, but be careful to stay within the rules.

Power Tip: Use the Blogger platform and concentrate on good content….Google loves their own blogs!

Still, if you can, get your own domain name and hosting to start. Then there are no rules, and this will make so many things easier. As in having a place to host your advertising images, that’s just one example by the way.

As a great low cost hosting solution, c-panel based (which you very much want), with great support try HostGatorthat link will get you a 1 penny first month.

You will also be able to get your domain name there. Or you can get the domain name at GoDaddy, the giant in the industry and they make the domain search process much easier. You can also get professional hosting there.

You must get an autoresponder. The solutions for this are legion so I am going to suggest two possibilities that I use. The first is a total package that can be a primary business for you – get autoresponder, hosting, domain in one fell swoop and have a total business to promote that has full support and marketing training/tools, GVO. The second is a low cost solution: European Safelist – take the Pro upgrade and you will have an easy to use autoresponder for around 10 bucks a month.

Step #3: Choosing the right affiliate products.

This is easier than you might think. Go to the big dog in affiliate marketing marketplaces: Clickbank.comLook for what they call high gravity products within your chosen niche.

Step #4: Follow-up messages

This will be the messages you load into your autoresponder to help automate the marketing process to those folks that have signed up to your burgeoning list! Way to much information to cover effectively cover in a short blog post – Here is a very low cost tutorial that will more than get you started with your list building efforts: List Building Fire

Step #5: Drive targeted traffic to your squeeze page.

Another topic too complex to describe in a sound bite. Here’s a free 3 volume set that will give you an excellent grounding in what you need to do in order to get eyes on your offers/squeeze pages: http://funnel.startaffiliatemarketing.org/

Step #6: Sell affiliate products.

And start making online income – you will if do the work.

Step #7: Build a relationship with your audience.

This is the way you keep people interested in your offers that have opted in to you mailing list. This is very important to your long term success.

I will flesh out this topic more in future posts

Affiliate Marketing will work for you if you do the work! This is the lowest cost way to start your own business and can easily give you the means to an independent income online. Good luck and leave any questions you have in the comment section. I will respond!

Affiliate Marketing With Free Traffic

When you start affiliate marketing, marketing is the key word. You must get eyes on the offer you have or no one can buy it. This is called traffic and if you want to be making any money online, you are going to need a lot of it. This is where most people bog down, you must put the marketing into affiliate marketing and advertise the link of the product or services you are offering. You can pay for traffic ,it’s fast; or you can generate free traffic, it’s slow – but free! Free marketing can be quite effective, you are trading money for time here. Here is a list of the most popular methods for getting traffic for free.

Article marketing  – Old school maybe, but still very much worth doing . Over time good back links will appear adding organic traffic to your site. This may seem obvious but I shall say the words just in case – You need to know more about the topic you are writing about than do the people you are trying to target. If you do not know much about it, then pick another topic. Write in a conversational tone that is easy to read, you will have more readers. Don’t make your article too long, remember it’s an article you’re writing not a book. A length of 400-700 words is a good target. The article needs to be informative and relate to the product link you are trying to drive traffic to. A quality article, easy to read and informative, will get traffic to your site. A crappy one will get ignored.

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Blogging  Blogs have taken on a business dimension, they were originally used as online diaries, and still are by many folks. I will be encouraging this model often. It is the easiest and best way for any online marketer to stake out their own piece of web real estate, and there are many good reasons to have this property. List building being one the most important things to use a blog. WordPress has made blogging very reachable for any skill level. Be sure to check out the Video page.

Forums  Forum discussions are another great way to generate traffic and interest while getting your URL out there on every post you make. You should join forums related to the niche you are targeting or the product you are selling. When you sign up for a forum you have the option of adding a signature. This signature will show up at the bottom of every post you make in the forum and should be used to promote your website links and products. Whenever you make posts you will then be creating links back to your site, and generating traffic with the forum readers.

Social Bookmarking  Do not ignore social bookmarking and exposure,this is a valuable and reliable way to get traffic and backlinks to your site. There are many social bookmarking sites such as Facebook and del.icio.us. These sites allow you to share your bookmarks  descriptions with the public hence the term social bookmarking. The main purpose used to be to  put your links in front of people who would hopefully also bookmark your site giving you more backlinks, and it still is. But nowadays they are marketing engines in themselves. Ignore at your peril.