In this article, we have broken the process into seven simple steps that will get you started, from creating your first website, to finding and using affiliate marketing programs. If you want to learn how to start an affiliate marketing business, this is the guide you have been looking for.
Are you ready to make money online the right way? Let us show you how to start affiliate marketing with this simple tutorial. Affiliate marketing is a way of making money online by promoting other businesses products or services.
You get paid when people click on links or advertisements you have placed on your website and spend money on the pages those links take them to. Your cut of the sale is called a commission, and as long as you are willing to put a little effort into building a useful website (or multiple websites) you can start earning commissions.
The Right Website
An essential tool for any aspiring affiliate marketer is a website. Your website is going to get you started and give you a launch pad to generate sales. Choose a domain name that is relevant to your goals. You want the name to boldly state exactly what your website is providing.
This is one of the ways that you will attract visitors and establish your credibility. Know what products you want to promote so that you can start your career as an affiliate marketer with the right framework.
You can use a tool such as Google Adwords Keyword Tool to identify which keywords are most popular. Knowing what people are searching for, and how they are phrasing their searches will help you to create a website, and a domain name that is going to show up in their search results.
Choose a Niche
While a general website that provides a variety of information can be useful, a specialized one that caters to exactly what people are looking for is going to get a lot more attention. Your goal should be to create a page that will appeal to people who are searching for exactly what you are promoting.
Choosing a niche is a matter of determining what you represent and building your site around that concept. Identify what knowledge you have that others are looking for.
You will harness that knowledge in a series of pages or posts in order to provide valuable information, while optimizing your visitors experience by providing links to the products they need and earning your commission.
The next step is to find sources for the products and services you are promoting. Most major online retailers have affiliate programs. Check with well known sites such as Amazon, Ebay, Clickbank, Google, Linkshare and others.
If your particular niche involves special merchandise or software, do some research and find out where these items can be purchased. Ask if they have an affiliate program. Some programs will pay a commission when your visitors make a purchase on their site while others may pay you each time one of your visitors clicks on a link to their site.
Make sure you understand the details of how each program works so that you can make the best use of your affiliation. Many sites will provide some guidelines for how to make the best use of their program. You can learn some affiliate marketing basics this way.
Add Great Content
Identify the most popular keywords and phrases that people are using to find information. These will be the guideline your website content should follow. They will tell you exactly what the people who visit your site are hoping to find and which products and services they are planning to purchase.
Articles that provide reviews of products and services are an extremely helpful way to attract attention. How to articles providing the information your visitors are looking for will also be popular.
Create Ads and Links
By now you should have signed up for the affiliate programs you will be using. With some good solid content in hand, it is time to create links on your website that your visitors can click on. You can place advertisements on the website.
These are often formatted as banners that can be positioned to the left or right of your main content or positioned in the middle with your text wrapped around the ad.
Another way to use your affiliate programs is top hyperlink words in the articles or posts themselves so that when a reader clicks on them, a new window is opened that leads them to exactly the product or service you are writing about. This is the perfect opportunity for them to make a purchase, earning you a commission.
Each time your visitors click a link or purchase a product or service, you will earn a commission. Understanding exactly how the affiliate program works will enable you to position it on your website to its best advantage.
Pay attention to which programs are the most successful for you and gear your efforts to boost those programs as you move forward. Make sure that your website offers worthwhile information that visitors will find helpful and encouraging.
Create a good quality website that represents you and your affiliates in the best light possible and establishes your expertise.
Do It Again
Keep building by adding content so that your website remains current. Read about marketing trends and the latest news in your niche.
Once you have established a successful website, go ahead and establish more. There is no limit to the number of websites you can build, and you will be able to use the same affiliate relationships you have established to create other websites and increase your earnings.
Affiliate marketing is not a way to make a fortune overnight, but it is a great way to make a solid income doing something you are passionate about.
In my case, it was my passion for Google Sniper 3.0 that lead me to write a detailed review to help others find and appreciate this fantastic software. This is how my first affiliate marketing website was born. What is your passion?