Affiliate Marketing – A Beginners Guide

Affiliate marketing allows people to sell a variety of products online
through their blogs or website. If you are looking for an easy way to
monetize your website, you can easily implement affiliate marketing into
your site.

The basic concept is signing up for an affiliate
marketing network and finding products that are within your niche. Once
you find the product that is within your niche, you click on the hop
link to add your affiliate ID to the product link. When a reader clicks
on your hop link and buys the item, you get a commission for the sale.
Although this sounds simple, there are a few things that you need to
know before you get started.

Here is a simple guide for affiliate marketing beginners.

Choosing Your Affiliate Network

The affiliate network that you choose will have a lot to do with the type
of products that you are selling. Different affiliate networks will
focus on different items. Some affiliate networks like Commission Junction mainly focus on selling website subscriptions and services
while Clickbank will focus on digital products like eBooks and software
packages.

Determine what affiliate network is going to fit best into your niche. For instance, if you’re running a website that offers advice on insurance, you can use a lead based affiliate network to promote insurance quotes. Some affiliate networks are known for late payments and other bad business practices so do your research before hand.

Choosing Products

When you’re first starting out you’re going to be inundated with different products for marketing. There first thing that you need to do is research on the products that you’re going to promote. Unlike your niche where you are focusing on a small market, you can expand your product base and offer a wide variety of products or lead generating links when you’re marketing to readers. We’ve researched many of the best products and business opportunities for you. Visit our site, http://www.your-daily-income.com/affiliate_programs.htm.

Don’t go overboard, but have a couple of items that are relevant to your niche. Whether these are eBooks or software packages, your readers have broad based needs within your niche so you should appeal to every aspect of their need. Click on the “Gravity” or “Network Earnings” options on the affiliate network for stats on what products are selling the best.

Buy The Product

How are you going to give real information about a product if you have
never used it? When somebody comes to your website they are looking for information on the product. If you don’t give them detailed information then they are going to leave the site and probably never come back.

Buy the item so you know the ins and outs of what you’re trying to sell.
Never give broad information about a product. You will be glad that you
bought the product instead of just trying to fake your way through a
review to do online marketing for it.

Be Honest

Affiliate marketing is all about being honest with a product. If there are things that you don’t like about the product, tell your reader. This will
differentiate you from the other marketers trying to sell them a product
based on the features.

When you explain what you don’t like about the item you show that you actually know what it does and what it doesn’t do. You can easily build rapport with your readers and establish online trust. This will bring them back to your website when they need a new product or are wondering about different websites that you’ve tried
out.

Cloaking

Almost everybody knows what a hoplink looks like. When you put hoplinks on your website, a reader is going to know that you’re trying to sell them something. These links are not only telltale signs of a sale; they are not aesthetically appealing to your websites. Cloaking your links is the best way to keep the website looking professional while not coming off as a hard sell.

You can use cloaking tools or you can use an anchor text link. This allows you to embed a link within a certain phrase. For instance, if you’re trying to sell an eBook on acne you can add your hoplink to “Acne Ebook” so that when the phrase is clicked the reader is taken to the product page.

Viral Media

Viral media is an easy way to drum up traffic to your site or blog. If you
are going with a hosting plan then you will be able to easily host videos on your site. If you don’t have a hosting plan, head over to HostGator and buy one.

This is very cheap and will give you the freedom to upload and house your videos per your website or blog. Record yourself going over the product or take screenshots of the product to show the different features. Also talk about what you don’t like about the item to keep your readers informed. Video marketing is a great way to generate traffic

 

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Regards and Blessings to you,

Jack McLaughlin

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Affiliate Marketing Tip Number 10

Content Comes First

Above all else, your content must be your highest priority.
Your content is your foundation, the life blood on which the site exists. Without valuable and helpful content, readers won’t come. Focus on providing excellent content, and the monetizing strategies will work out.

Google gives more respect to unique content and if that comes first on your website then you are the king. The moment people start searching on Google, Google will present your article in first page as there is no other or fewer articles.

You must have unique content that’s added regularly, but don’t be discouraged. Finding unique content may not be as mind boggling as you might think. Picking topics you are passionate about is the first and most important step. Your ability to come up with things to write about will be a lot easier if they are things you are interested in. Ever notice how easy it is to go on and on when someone starts a conversation about your favorite movie or restaurant? It’s pretty simple. Just focus on your passions and you’ll never run short of unique content for your blogs or website. Creativity is nothing but inspiration from the things you’re passionate about.

Reading, watching TV or movies or even listening to the radio can all prove to be great tools for generating unique content. Ideas will come into your head as you engage in these activities and all you have to do is capture your thoughts as seed content for you to elaborate on later in an article. An article laced with a tinge of humor or a hint of controversy will make it an even more interesting draw to your audience. Combining your passion for the subject along with a diversity of seed content from sources like magazines, newsletters, books or even other blogs all serve to provide food for your creative mind.

Once you start compromising your content to cater to the affiliate programs or any other money making venture, you will lose your readers. Once that happens, you will lose the opportunity to receive any earnings from any of your ads, be they CPM, CPC, or referral based.

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Affiliate Marketing Tip #2

                                           Be Trustworthy & Helpful

Readers are savvy. They know an affiliate link when they see one. If you break their trust by promoting a product you don’t believe in or take advantage of their visit with too many ads, they will leave and never come back.

It is your repeat visitors that will drive traffic. They are the ones who will give you link-backs, spread the word, and recommend your site as the go-to place for valuable content. You need to build a relationship based on genuine content.

If your visitors don’t think you’re being honest, they won’t read anything else you have to say.

Think of affiliate ads as additional resources that complement your content. Give value to your content by making it helpful, useful, and informative.

Don’t just put up a list of your links, books or whatever, hoping people will click on the affiliate link, purchase the offer (just because you listed them), so you can cash in on a sale. Take some time to write a detailed review or better yet, buy, use or subscribe to the product or offer and then use affiliate ads/links to point them in the right direction.

If you’ve actually tried the product or service and can attest to it’s effectiveness, then by all means promote them. That’s what affiliate ads are for.

For example, if you write a great review recommending a book or purchase/subscribe to a product and readers buy the book or subscribe to the product/service because of it, you should get something for that.

But just throwing out links to products and services with no rhyme or reason will result in a quick exit by visitors.

Affiliate Marketing Tip #1

Know Your Audience

The most successful way to use affiliate programs is to anticipate and meet the needs of your readers. Consider why they are coming to your site. What are you providing that they are looking for? Make sure the affiliate products you are promoting provide a solution to your audience’s problems.

If you are writing about sports, don’t put up affiliate ads for printer toner just because everyone has a printer and those programs have a high payout. The people who are coming to read commentary or get stats for their favorite teams aren’t thinking about those things when they’re on your site.

The more relevant the ads are to your readers, the more likely they will use them.

Be Trustworthy

Readers are savvy. They know an affiliate link when they see one. If you break their trust by promoting a product you don’t believe in or take advantage of their visit with too many ads, they will leave and never come back.

It is your repeat visitors that will drive traffic. They are the ones who will give you link-backs, spread the word, and recommend your site as the go-to place for valuable content. You need to build a relationship based on genuine content.

If your visitors don’t think you’re being honest, they won’t read anything else you have to say.