Affiliate Marketing Tips – How To Succeed

guide to affiliate marketing

Guide To Affiliate Marketing

I keep hearing stories about how people are struggling to make money through affiliate marketing. At first, I found this hard to understand because as a full-time Affiliate Marketer, all my websites are providing me with a steady income. I listened to these stories and realised that people were making the same mistakes over and over again so I decided to write this article and give some affiliate marketing tips to help you succeed in your Affiliate Marketing business. To get a more detailed article, you can sign up to our mailing list.

The first thing to do is to find a niche or product that you want to promote. At the time of writing, the health niche is very profitable. You can join an affiliate network like MarketHealth and choose a product from their list to promote. You can also try other networks like Commission Junction. You must do a little research on the product before you choose to promote it.

The next step is to find a good, reliable hosting company to host your website. I use Arvixe to host my websites and I find that their uptime is 99.9% as they advertise and they also have a very good customer service. Godaddy are also awordpress popular hosting company used by many affiliate marketers.

Once you have found a good hosting company, you’ll need to install a CMS. I use WordPress as do most marketers as it is easy to set up and use, you’ll beable to install it on your host using the Softaculous “one click install”. Once you’ve installed wordpres, you will need a good theme, you can use one of the free themes that you get with wordpress but I prefer to use a good quality theme to help showcase the product I am promoting, I think this is where most people go wrong. Genesis Framework have a good selection of wordpress themes that you can choose from.

Content & SEO

The next step is to find good quality content about your chosen product. You can write this yourself if you know alot about the product or you can get content written for you. The guys over at iWriter have been writing content for years and they have built up a list of competent writers, you can get an article written for as little as $1.25, I usually get 5 articles written for websites from the list of  Elite writers they have. Another good source for content is 99Centarticles.

Once you’ve got your content you will need to do some Onpage SEO, this Is where a lot on affiliate marketers fail. If you are new to search engine optimisation (SEO), there are plenty of plugins which will help you in this area. One SEO plugin which has been around for a long time and used by a lot of affiliate marketers is SEOpressor, this plugin will help you with all your Onpage SEO including title tags, descriptions, keyword density e.t.c, this plugin is a must. I will go through the Offpage optimisation and Linkbuilding in my advanced articles.

So there you have it! the basics of starting your affiliate websites on a sound footing, follow the above Affiliate Marketing Tips and you will be on your way to start making some money.

Weebly Website Builders

Does It Have To Be WordPress?

weeblyMany affiliate marketers use WordPress because it is easy to set up and there are hundreds of themes and plugins available. The only down side to WordPress is that it is easily hacked if you do not know what you are doing and most beginners will make basic mistakes with WordPress which will make their websites vulnerable to hackers. There are other platforms and website builders out there that can do just as good a job and can build a website in minutes which will get you up and going, ready to make money!

One website builder I have been using for my affiliates is Weebly, they use a drag & drop website builder which is so easy to use and they have a lot of themes you can use for blogging, marketing and even an online store. The starter plan is only $4 per month which I find does everything I need to promote my products. At the time of writing, I have 10 websites from Weebly website builder and they are all making money every month. The SEO is straight forward and works well and I will definitely be adding more Weebly websites to my portfolio. At the moment, I am doing another SEO experiment comparing WordPress and Weebly, I will publish the results shortly but for ease of use, great customer support and pricing, I give Weebly – The Easiest Way To Create A Website 10/10.


BlackHat, WhiteHat or GreyHat Search Engine Optimisation?

Keyword Search Engine Optimization

Which SEO technique do I use?

Keyword Search Engine OptimizationBlackHat, WhiteHat or GreyHat?
This is a question I hear a lot from internet marketers and from the subscribers to my mailing list so I decided to conduct a little experiment to help you decide. Once again, this is a basic experiment but if you want a detailed review, please subscribe to the mailing list.

For this experiment, I built 3 brand new websites and I chose Exact Matched Domains. Once again, I chose Arvixe to host these websites and installed wordpress. I used the same plugins for all 3 installs and added the Prose Theme from Studio Press which I use for the majority of my websites. I then signed up with SellHeath Affiliate Network and chose a weight loss product to promote. The reason why I chose the weight loss niche is because I know this niche is very profitable but also competitive enough to test my SEO skills. For each website, I added 3 x 500 word unique articles which I had written by the content writers over at iWriter. I didn’t do any SEO or linkbuilding to these websites for one week and let Google index them naturally.

Monday morning when I started to work on these 3 sites :

Site 1 – BlackHat – I built 20 dofollow PR3 links everyday for the first week.

Site 2 – WhiteHat – I manually built 5 Web 2.0’s (one per day) Monday – Friday

Site 3 – GreyHat – I built a mixture of 20 no/dofollow links PR0 – 5 everyday for the first week

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After 3 weeks of using specific techniques on these websites and using SerpBook to track the keywords, I noticed a significant movement in the SERPs.
My BlackHat website was on pages 2 – 3 for all the tracked keywords, My WhiteHat website was on pages 3 – 9 and the GreyHat was no where to be seen!

I continued to use these techniques and after 3 months things started to settle down. You might be surprised to learn that my GreyHat website was the one with the majority of keywords on page 1 – 3 and the other 2 websites were hovering around page 2 – 4

All 3 websites made me some money in this 3 month experiment. Here are the results so you can then decide which route you want to go down.

BlackHat = $1710
WhiteHat = $1260
GreyHat = $2160

obviously, this was just a basic experiment and the income is not guaranteed. Because I make money, doesn’t mean you will make any money. Affiliate marketing and SEO is hardwork and you must put the effort in if you want to have a chance of earning but it can be done as I am a full time affiliate marketer and there are many of us on the internet. Sign up to the mailing list and I’ll “see you on the other side”.