If you are new to online marketing then this affiliate marketing for beginners post is just what you need.
Affiliate marketing is an outstanding way to get started making money online, because you don’t have to invest much (or any) money, you don’t have to have your own products, and you don’t have to deal with customer service or shipping.
All you really need to be successful in affiliate marketing is a strong desire to succeed and the knowledge to make it happen. I can’t give you the motivation you need, but I can certainly get you started with the knowledge you need.
In this post, you’re going to learn the basics of getting started with affiliate marketing. You’ll learn how to choose profitable niches, how to choose the right affiliate products to promote, and how to get traffic to your offers.
Everything I’m going to teach you will require little or no upfront investment, and very little technical knowledge. These are very basic techniques that absolutely anyone can learn!
So let’s get started…
Make sure you take action on what you are learning and I wish you well for the future.
Common Mistakes You Need to Avoid in Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing as a business will provide you a very good income whether you do it full-time or part-time. Of course, it depends on how you manage it as a business. It also has edges where you can fall when you make mistakes.
There are common mistakes that affiliates make and knowing them is a good starting point to avoid them:
Grabbing Every Affiliate Program Available
Affiliate marketing is all over the net. It will be easy to be drowned with affiliate programs that promise high commissions. Signing up for these programs is as quick as a few blinks of the eye.
More programs may mean more profits but it is not always the case. There are times when you have to hold back and know your limits.
Imagine juggling three balls. Make it ten balls and you will get the picture. Affiliate programs are stakes you take online and these are investments that need your attention. If you cannot focus on managing them well, it will be unproductive to sign up for every opportunity you have.
You can start with one affiliate program or maybe go for as much as three or four. Make sure that these programs blend well together and do not simply crowd your website.
Choosing the Wrong Product
You don’t pick a banana when you fancy some grapes. A lot of affiliates commit the mistake of choosing the products because they are hot and not because they are interested in it.
It will be very hard to sound credible when you don’t believe in a product yourself. Yes they might sell but in the long run, you cannot form the important relationship of trust and confidence with your market.
Successful marketers most of the time have purchased the products they are promoting. This way, they can give an honest review if the product is really commendable.
Copy Pasting Content
Building a website involves serious work. If you want to look credible or trustworthy copy and pasting from other websites will not work.
Search engine spiders will not tag your website as an authority in your chosen niche. Content is still king. Regular updates and good keyword research are also a must.
Good search engine optimization can spell a difference of thousands of dollars in your affiliate marketing business.
Choosing Profitable Niches
The first thing you need to do is choose a niche to promote. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. You can’t just choose a niche – you must choose a profitable niche. Not every niche is going to be as profitable as you might hope.
I have chosen niches in the past that I truly expected to be profitable, yet despite my best efforts I was unable to find a single affiliate product that would convert well enough to make the effort worth the time involved.
Fortunately, I have learned how to lessen my chances of choosing dud niches. Just a few simple steps can help you eliminate some of the risk of choosing these unprofitable niches.
Your first step is to make a list of niches you’re interested in promoting. Just make a long list of niches you think might be profitable, or that you’re just interested in promoting.
Don’t worry about anything other than making a list of 10-20 niches right now. If you need help, you can always look around you for inspiration.
Here are some places to seek inspiration:
- Look around your house. Things like kitchen appliances, outdoor barbecue equipment, office supplies, audio visual equipment, and musical instruments are all niches you might spot around your house.
- Browse a bookstore – either online or offline. Try Amazon.com or a bookstore in your local neighborhood. Browse the books or magazines.
- Take a look around news websites for hot topics. Check sites like Google Buzz for new trends.
Checking Potential Profitability
Once you have a list of 10-20 niche ideas, it’s time to start narrowing them down by checking out their potential profitability.
There are three main ways I do this:
- I check to see if there are any magazines being published in the niche. This is sometimes, but not always an indicator that a niche might be profitable.
- I check to see how many people are advertising on Google AdWords for the niche. People aren’t likely to advertise en masse in a niche that isn’t profitable, especially if the CPC is very high.
- I check the MSN Commercial Intention tool for some of the most popular commercial websites in the niche. http://adlab.msn.com/Online-Commercial-Intention/
I really like the Commercial Intention tool. It’s pretty accurate. Let’s say I want to be an affiliate for golf equipment. I would enter something like “golf clubs” in the tool, select the “Query” radio button, and then click “Go”.
For the phrase “golf clubs”, the commercial intention is 0.97, which is almost a perfect 1.0. This means the niche is almost certainly profitable, as the vast majority of people who search for that phrase will probably be interested in buying.
Everything you do in affiliate marketing will require keywords. Whether you choose to use PPC marketing, article marketing, blogging, or some other form of marketing, you will need to choose the right keywords if you expect to get a decent amount of traffic.
I use the Jaaxy Keyword Tool for quick and free research:
This keyword tool is extremely easy to use. You simply enter your seed keyword phrase and you will receive numerous related keywords. You can sort them by the average number of monthly searches.
You want to look for keyword phrases that have low competition:
- All is explained in the resource at the end of this post
- You will be able to see how much competition there is for each keyword
To check competition, you enter each keyword phrase in the Jaaxy search box. Click search and they will tell you how many monthly searches the keyword or phrase has. If you click get QSR(Quoted Search Result) you will be shown the number of sites ranked in google for that keyword and that is how you find your level of competition.
There are affiliate links in this post, if you click the link and make a purchase I will make a small commission at no extra cost to you. That’s Affiliate Marketing ! See full disclosure
Traffic and Marketing
Once you have a list of keywords, it’s time to use those keywords to get traffic.
There are literally hundreds, perhaps thousands of ways to get traffic, but I’m just going through some of the easiest ways to get traffic quickly and with little to no money up front.
Blogging is another great way to get traffic. It’s best if you do it on your own domain with your own hosting, but you can also make use of free blogging platforms like Blogger.com if you want. Just be aware that they have the right to delete your blog at any time, for any reason they choose, even if you didn’t break any rules.
Every time you make a blog post, be sure to include keywords in the title of the post, as well as the content. This will help ensure you get plenty of traffic from the search engines.
Picking Up Important Lessons from the Best Affiliate Marketing Forums
The internet evolves every day as the demands of people also vary from time to time. The affiliate marketing world is not exempted from this rule, and as a business proponent you must learn how to adapt to changes.
You are not alone in the affiliate marketing world. There are a lot of people with whom you can interact. You can seek some advice, build your network, or share your expertise through leading affiliate marketing forums.
These affiliate forums are treasure chests of knowledge. You can bump into the big guns of the business inside these forums. You can exchange ideas with other people about the business trends or have been privy to upcoming hot campaigns of affiliate marketing.
Here are some of the established affiliate marketing forums that you can visit or join:
- 5 Star Affiliate Program – This forum is good for the green horns of the affiliate marketing business.
Information is readily available on their threads to increase the chances of knowing and succeeding in the business. The discussion rooms will provide great motivation for the newbies to move forward. The exchange of ideas is also very healthy to anyone who may be a bit confused or overloaded with information.
- Associate Programs – This forum is designed specifically so masters of the online marketing world can share their success stories and inspire everyone who wants to follow their foot steps.
- Wicked Fire – Wickedfire.com may be considered by some as a loud, crazy place. It is very productive though with trading of information, expertise, tools, and even websites.
- SEO Chat –
One can learn the ups and downs of the business through their threads. This site may not be getting as much traffic as other popular affiliate marketing forums but it still serves its purpose well.
- Digital Point – DP is one of the most active forums online today. The number of members is quite big. Most threads are very active. Services, tools, and expertise are shared in every corner of the forum.
There are other affiliate marketing forums online which you can visit. Success can be achieved by broadening your horizon through networking and continuously learning about the affiliate marketing business.
Now you have the basics you need to get started with affiliate marketing. You can take this information and run with it, and you could soon be making money.
Whatever you do, you need to keep at it. Never give up! Trust me, these things really do work. Affiliate marketing can be extremely easy, and once you have some money making methods in place, they can run mostly on autopilot!
Combine these methods with some of your own and you’ll have an unstoppable money machine that just keeps cranking out the cash day after day.
What Did We Learn Today?
What did we learn today in this affiliate marketing for beginners post? We learned of the common mistakes that new marketers make. We learned how to choose a niche, do keyword research, we also covered traffic, blogging and getting help on the forums.
If you got some value from my post leave a comment below. I would like to wish you all the best for the future and thanks for visiting today.
P.S. Do you want training on how to drive traffic to your affiliate offers? Pick up a copy of my Pinterest Traffic eBook now!