Affiliate marketing is a great way for anyone to make a second income or to build an online business and leave your job for good. What is Affiliate Marketing? This is when you recommend and refer people to a product or service you know, like and trust.
It’s like recommending a favorite restaurant or movie to a friend. After referring or recommending the product or service to someone and they click on your unique affiliate link and purchase the item or service, you receive a commission for the sale from that company.
What are the products you could recommend? Nursing uniforms or scrubs, medical supplies such as your stethoscope you use or the shoes you are wearing that help keep your feet comfortable throughout the day.
Maybe that watch you wear with a light to see at night if you’re working the night shift or the fanny pack you use to keep all your supplies handy when you go from room to room seeing your patients.
There’s much more I could list but you get the picture, right? Of course affiliate marketing is a skill you need to learn and should learnt from the right person the first time to avoid having to buy several different products in order to truly understand how it works.
You won’t waste your time and money like I did. Because there is a way to do this style of marketing effectively, it’s not just putting up a few links on your blog and hoping someone clicks on them. No, there’s a strategy to affiliate marketing that most do not get right and wind up quitting, never making good money online.
As a beginner finding a niche is not an easy thing, which is why starting to dig inside you and find a particular topic you are interested in is the simplest and easiest way to begin.
What if you cannot find that topic (niche) from yourself? You do not have to panic. It is, perhaps, you are just unable to think of one. This site, I am sure, will definitely flood you ideas. I bet you can now identify the niche you like. Narrow down your niche into a smaller niche, a more specific niche is significant. For instance, Car is too broad.
You need to narrow it down to, perhaps, car tire, which is still broad by the way. Ferraris racing car tire would be better. The most important thing you have to remember while you are in this first step, you are not allowed to use any keyword research tools yet (you have to put them away). You are as well advised not to judge and analyze as you are just starting your journey. It won’t be a problem when you have been an expert. It is the first answer of the question how to start affiliate marketing.
Stay tuned for the second answer in my next article.
Affiliate Marketing is the best way to automate your income online. In this article, I aim to show you how to create a money machine that makes money for you 24/7 even while you sleep, sit on the beach or spend time with your family. When you were younger, did you ever dream about finding Aladdin’s magic lamp?
What would your three wishes be? If you are anything like me, your first wish would be to have a million wishes. But other than that, wouldn’t you want to wish for a money making machine? Something that would be completely automated and make money for you without the need to listen to overbearing bosses and spending half your life in a cubicle staring out of the window.
Now I know what you are thinking, this is crazy talk, right? You have always been talk that hard work and fair play are the keys to success. But let me ask you something.
A plan of action must be established concerning your work schedule, marketing strategies and product selection. Careful consideration must also be given to what type of marketing platform you are going to use such as a website or blog. Perhaps you intend to promote your products through social network or media sites and direct traffic straight to the affiliate sales page.
In any case you must have a plan or ‘map’ that will allow you to reach the goals you have already set. Until you do your goals are merely dreams! Online entrepreneurs working from home enjoy the luxury of familiar and cozy surroundings but this will not substitute for them having to continue their learning. Let’s face it your business depends upon you knowing what you are doing and marketing online involves constant change.
Are you willing to continue your learning and keep up with these changes because if not the affiliate business opportunity may not be for you! The affiliate marketing business offers anybody with the ambition to make good money online from home. This model is much like a motor vehicle insofar as all it needs is to be given direction and then kept on course. The efforts needed to make this work must come from you in the form of the things we discussed above.
The affiliate business opportunity is just that, an opportunity that requires you to give it direction and supply the efforts to maintain its course. When you do this you then have transformed your opportunity into a profitable enterprise!
It is a very fair exchange that the company may benefit from the advertising and marketing the affiliates do to promote their own businesses to earn commissions.
This is why they pay the commissions on top of all they do. The relationship is definitely a win/win all around for everyone. The key however is for the affiliate to realize there is nothing magical about having an affiliate link. They have to really work to make anything happen.
They have to learn how to, and then they have to actually promote the link diligently in order to make any money. Nobody will ever see their link unless the affiliate does substantial marketing and advertising over time. They need to be very aggressive about it rather than lackadaisical (“lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy”). So if you are really serious about wanting to have an Internet business, try at least one affiliate program to see what it is all about; then give it a fair chance of at least 90-days where you consistently focus on developing your business.
Even if you fail the first time, try another one. The more experience you have the more likely it is that you will succeed.
Not all websites are created the same. This is really true when it comes to affiliate marketing because many people in this industry do not care if they have one or not. They are doing it because they were told to do so. It is true however that if you want the best chance to succeed as an affiliate marketer you need to have a website of your own.
O.K enough on that. Now let’s talk about how to design your affiliate marketing website to get the results you want. Your affiliate marketing website has 2 goals.
1. Capture contact information from your visitor.
2. Get the click through to your affiliate sales page. That is basically all you need. You want to get the names and email addresses for future follow up because most of your visitors will not buy on the first visit. They need to be exposed as many as 10-15 times. So you need a sign up form or box where they can type their name and email address.
To increase your chances to get that you need to offer them something so enticing that they can not resist.