Just in case you’ve never tried your hand at affiliate marketing here is an easy guide for getting started and a few tips to help you avoid the mistakes that many “newbie” marketers often make.
I’ve heard it said over and over again that in order to make money online you first need to give something freely. That’s very true when it comes to affiliate marketing. Also, have a sincere “GIVE BEFORE YOU GET” mindset. Give your audience good quality, original information and they’ll reward you with great sales!
Before you select affiliate products to sell you need to focus your attention on a MARKETABLE NICHE. Notice, I didn’t just say a niche but a marketable niche. There’s a huge difference.
A marketable niche not only likes your product but also has the disposable income to spend on your product.
Let me illustrate this for you…literally: Kids who love SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS are a very large niche. But since children don’t usually have their own money to spend they’re not the marketable niche that you want to go after.
The real marketable niche for Spongebob is the parents of the kids or in many cases even the grown-ups themselves who also love the crazy cartoon character and don’t mind spending their
money on the multitude of products that bear his likeness. See the difference. Focus on a niche where people have money that they don’t mind spending on your products.
Now let’s talk about WHERE to find products online to sell. Here a few companies or
affiliate product directories where you can sign up as an affiliate program and earn a commission on the referral sales that come from your links. There are many more…but these are just a few of the most popular ones to get you started.
ClickBank – The world’s largest marketplace for digital products
Pay Dot Com – Sort of a cross between Paypal and Clickbank but vendors can
sell either digital or physical products
Link Share – A huge affiliate directory for major businesses
Commission Junction – Affiliate manager for major companies
Amazon – More than a bookseller, Amazon is a huge affiliate marketplace
This is just the tip of the iceberg…you can find millions of products to offer to your niche
audience just by searching for “affiliate programs” at your favorite search engine.
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One of my favorite ways to make money with blogging is to simply set up a blog for your niche market. Niche marketing and blogging go hand in hand. I’ve set up several small blogs for niches that I’m interested in and am amazed at how simple the process is. You can set up a free blog using either wordpress.com or blogger.com. (I personally recommend purchasing a domain name or a few, and purchase hosting for a small amount a month or a year). You can do this for fairly cheap and it will be an investment you will be happy you took the time to purchase. This way the site(s) are yours and you aren’t going to wake up one day to see that Blogger or WordPress took down your site thus all of your work.
Whichever of the two platforms that you select is pretty much a matter of personal preference. I happen to love WordPress, (but the hosted one http://wordpress.org) better because I like the wide range of templates and plugins that are available to make customization a snap. WordPress it’s also very easy to add affiliate banners and links that immediately pulls in visitors and stirs their interest in whatever I’m advertising.
After adding links and banners to your blog, the next step is to get some traffic. The great thing about blogging is that traffic is drawn to blogs like a moth to a flame. Google really seems to love blogs and will index your blogs very quickly. You can also get lots of traffic coming to your blog by submitting it to blog directories.
To save time and effort you can go to http://www.SubmitemNow.com. This free software works in your Mozilla Foxfire browser and submits your blog to more than 100 directories all at once. Take advantage of these free tools that help you get more traffic. The more traffic that you get your blog that more visitors and subscribers you’ll end up with. That translates into more money in your pocket.
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