People are often a bit confused when they first start out with affiliate marketing. They don’t know what techniques to use, so they have trouble making money. Today, I’m going to eliminate some of the confusion by giving you some straightforward, simple affiliate marketing tips. These 5 Tips for Affiliate Marketers will help you get your affiliate marketing business off the ground.
Tip 1 – Think in Terms of Products Instead of Networks
Lots of new affiliate marketers think they have to sign up for a particular affiliate network and stick with that network to the end. Thus, they sign up for ClickBank, LinkShare or one of the other networks, and then, if they can’t find any products they want to market, they suffer in silence. This is the wrong way to go about affiliate marketing.
Instead of thinking in terms of networks, think in terms of products. For example, if there’s a product you would like to market (or a company you want to market for), do a Google search so you can find the network for that particular product. Let’s say you want to be an affiliate for a video game subscription service. Go to Google and search for “video game subscription services.” Go through the results until you find a company you like. In this case, let’s say you decide to market for GameFly. Once you make that decision, you’ll need to go back to Google and search for “GameFly affiliate program.”
If the company or product has an affiliate program, it will show up in the Google search results. You’ll need to click on the appropriate webpage. Then, you’ll be redirected to the company’s affiliate network. At that point, you can sign up for the network and begin marketing the product.
When you look for affiliate products with this method, it will be easier for you to find what you’re looking for. Additionally, you won’t be stuck marketing products from a single affiliate network.
Tip 2 – Choose Products You Believe In
New affiliate marketers also tend to select products without doing any research. For instance, if they have a health and beauty site, they’ll select all of the health and beauty affiliate products they can find without seeing if they work. If you do this, you might make some sales at first, but eventually, you’ll be viewed as someone who markets subpar products. That type of reputation will make it difficult to sell products.
Thus, do your research before you market any products. Then, you’ll have confidence in your products, and your customers will have confidence in you.
Tip 3 – Make Sure Your Niche is Targeted
Lots of affiliates choose niches that are too broad. Because of that, they aren’t able to get targeted traffic. Thus, instead of choosing a broad niche, such as “tennis shoes,” choose a targeted niche like “Nike running shoes.” This will help you to get targeted traffic. Targeted traffic turns into paying traffic, so this is essential.Tip 4 – Build Your Email List
Affiliate marketers typically look at their customers as “one time buyers.” This is a huge mistake. Instead of selling people products and then leaving them alone, build an email list. Then, you can market to your customers several times a week, year after year. This will help you make lots of money with affiliate marketing. Additionally, it will help your business grow and prosper year after year.If you need some help growing your list, check out the resources I have on this site. You can use these resources to build a solid list and use that list to grow your business.
Tip 5 – Have Patience
This is possibly the most important tip I can give anyone. You have to have patience with affiliate marketing. You won’t make hundreds of dollars in sales in the first week, or even the first month. It will take time to build your online presence. Thus, set small goals. For instance, set a goal of making one sale the first month. Then, shoot for five sales in the second month. Keep increasing your goals, and working to meet them.
Use these tips to get your affiliate marketing business off the ground. Also, feel free to leave any tips you have about affiliate marketing in the comment section of this post. I’m looking forward to seeing what you have to say about affiliate marketing.