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 a 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.