If you own a webpage the chances are really quite good that you’re already familiar with the term “affiliate marketing.” Most webmasters are. Even if your goal in beginning your website wasn’t primarily to make money, most people that operate a website, at some point, do some measure of investigation in how to monetize their website. And, in doing so, they are very likely to quickly be made aware of affiliate marketing. So, it’s something that practically all website owners or operators know about, but only a relatively few, it seems, know how to successfully implement.
Chances are also fairly good that at some point in your website operating history you gave affiliate marketing a shot — perhaps back when you were just first starting out. Chances are that you signed up for some affiliate site like Clickbank, or some other such service, found a couple of offers that seemed targeted to what your website visitors were likely to be interested in, pasted a few banners around your website and waited to start earning commissions… and waited… and waited. But, for some strange reason, the commissions never came — at least not to any degree that warranted keeping those ugly banners on your site.
Affiliate Marketing Guide for Beginners
Right out of the gate, let’s start off by quickly explaining a little bit about what affiliate marketing actually is — if you’re an affiliate marketing beginner, you might not necessarily have exactly the right idea about it. Affiliate marketing, in a nutshell, is the practice of directing buyers to products or services being offered by other parties, and receiving a commission — usually as a percentage of any sale made, but sometimes as a flat rate per lead or sale — for your part and effort in doing so.
Affiliate marketing can be, and is by many, employed as a method for creating a solid income in a number of ways. Someone looking to earn revenue through affiliate marketing online might incorporate the use of a blog, e-mail lists, electronic newsletter, or, they might even just purchase advertisements as they would if they were trying to market, promote and publicize their own product. These are just a few of the ways that an affiliate marketing campaign can be effected — there are truly many more. Currently, however, the most popular method appears to be the publishing of content-rich websites aimed at specific, niche markets. Such websites are designed to appeal to people searching for specific information on the internet, and draw those people to the website. The website is then strategically peppered with affiliate advertisements which promote products or services likely to appeal to the same type of person searching for the information the website provides. So, let’s say you’re running a website that regularly publishes tips and articles dealing with, say, weight-loss. You might then take advantage of a service like Clickbank, and procure affiliate links and banners that were advertising weight-loss programs, books, DVDs, or other similar things. And, you’d place those advertisements on your website, linking them to the sales offer.
The idea of all of this being that people who found your weight-loss themed website were people who were very likely actively searching for information on losing weight — in other words, a great many of your website’s visitors are very likely to be people who are making an effort in trying to lose weight themselves. And, these people are very likely to click on an advertisement and spend money on something related to that specific topic. Of course, when they do, you receive a commission for having directed them to the seller, and thus facilitating the sale.
One of the best pieces of advice here, for those new to affiliate marketing, is: In choosing a specific market to promote, one should try, if relatively new to affiliate marketing, to pick a market in which you hold an active interest. This will make creating content more enjoyable; less of a chore. You’ll also be far more likely to retain information relevant to that market, so your content will automatically be of more interest to others with an interest in that market, and more accurate and info-packed — making it more desirable, and more of draw to people with an interest in the same subject matter. It can be a truly tedious chore trying to regularly create new content if you hold absolutely no natural interest in the subject matter. But, if you do have a natural interest, the entire process can become much more like a pleasant and enjoyable hobby that you actually get paid for, rather than seeming like work. Later on, after your first venture begins earning you money, you can start other sites and roll back some of your profits into hiring people to create content for your new sites which you may not be personally interested in. But, if you’re new to the whole affiliate marketing game, it’s a very, very good idea to choose a topic that you, yourself, hold an active interest in — and, the more passionate you are about it, the better.
Now, if you don’t already have a website, it’s time you get one if you’re interested in pulling in profits from affiliate marketing. I suggest you go and read this step-by-step guide: “Setting-up a Money Making Website for the Absolute Beginner – Step by Step” (The link will open in a new window) That will walk you through the entire process of procuring a URL, web-hosting and getting you entirely set-up with the necessary software to start your website, all in very easy to understand and follow terms.
Once you’re all set-up — You’ve decided on the market you’re going to target, and you’ve gone through the above linked step-by-step guide and you have your web page, it’s time to get your affiliate links and put them on your page. We have another step-by-step guide that will completely walk you through the entire process of doing that. You can find it here: “Successful Affiliate Marketing on the Internet: Step by Step” (Again, that link will open in a new window.)
Once you’ve gone through the entirety of those two guides, you should be completely set-up and ready to start earning money with your own affiliate marketing website. Your job then will be to begin creating content for your site and updating it on a regular basis. The more often you can add new, valuable content to your site, the better. But, it’s important to keep it consistent! Only add new content on a daily basis if you’re sure you can keep it up. You must be entirely, 100% confident that you’ll be able to write an absolute bare minimum of 300 words, (But, 500+ words is preferable) day in and day out, every day — and be able to keep it up. If you’re not sure you can, then update only twice per week, or once per week. Consistency is more important than overall volume. Make sure you form a schedule and stick to it. If you make one new post a week and it’s on, say, a Friday, then make sure you keep it up. You shouldn’t ever miss that Friday deadline!
And, remember to stick with it and don’t get discouraged. It will take time to build your site to a state where it’s consistently earning you decent commissions. It just doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and some amount of dedication. You’ll need to be consistent with adding decent content. If you are, then eventually, after perhaps six or eight months or so, the traffic to your site will have reached a degree where you’re starting to see returns of the sort that get you excited about your overall earning potential.