Affiliate Marketing – How to Get Started
Whether you want to quit your day job or you just want to make a little extra money to help with the bills, Affiliate Marketing is a great place to start out because unlike PPC Marketing, you can actually get up and running with little or even no cost at all. If you use PPC advertising for your campaigns and you don’t know what you’re doing, you can easily clean out your bank account in a matter of months without any return on your investment.
Affiliate Marketing is a great place to start out because you don’t have to have your own product to get started making money. You make money through Affiliate Marketing buy promoting other peoples products and receiving a commission once a sale has been made. The commission you receive can be as high as 75% with some products; these are usually from the sale of digital products which can be downloaded over and over again with no cost to the seller, hence the high commission you receive for selling the product.
When you want to start your Affiliate Marketing campaign, the first thing you need to do is the Keyword research, this is a very important part of Affiliate Marketing and should be researched thoroughly before jumping straight into a campaign because choosing the wrong keywords could be the difference in either making a ton of money or making absolutely nothing at all. There are a lot of good keyword research sites out there but I would recommend Google’s’ Keyword tool because it is free of charge, easy to use, and you don’t need to register for an account to use it.
Once you’ve chose your keywords you then need to set up a site or blog and optimize your chosen keywords. This can be achieved by writing a short article or blog post, roughly about 300-500 words long which includes your keywords at least 3 times. By doing this it will help Google find your site more easily when someone is searching for content based on your keywords. The Article you use must be relevant to the product you are promoting and once you have it uploaded to your site, you can then link your keywords in your article to the Affiliate product you are promoting.
Once you have your site up and running you must then drive traffic to your offer. Traffic is the most important part of your business. You might have the best website in the world but without traffic then what’s the point. A great way to start driving traffic is through Article Marketing, if done correctly you can drive tons of laser targeted traffic to your site all ready with their wallets open hungry to buy whatever you are offering. The good thing about Article Marketing is that it’s free of charge and once your article has been published, you can start receiving targeted traffic very quickly. There are a lot of great Article directories on the internet which get thousands of visitors every single day and these are the people you need to be targeting.
Back-linking from Forums is also another great source of traffic. These Forums must be related to the product you are promoting, for example; there’s no point leaving posts in a Weight loss Forum if you are promoting a product for Teeth Whitening because the traffic you do receive will just be clicking on your link through curiosity, and once they give your site a quick once over they will move straight on without taking the time to read your offer thoroughly, thus reducing the chance they will actually make a purchase.
So let’s re-cap: start off with your keyword research, this is a very important part of your campaign and should be researched thoroughly. Create your own website or Blog and optimise your keywords, this will help with your SEO, (search engine optimization) and hopefully help you get on the first page of Google for your chosen keywords. Create links from your website to your Affiliate offers and hopefully if you’ve set everything up right you can just sit back and start watching the money roll in.