Affiliate marketing is an exciting way to make money online, without the need of creating one’s own products or holding inventory. You can start this type of passive income businesses from your dining room table, with nothing more than a computer, and a reliable internet connection. But how does one become a successful affiliate marketer?
Check out the following 6 Tips
1. Build upon a successful foundation
Any successful business is built upon a solid foundation of knowledge and tools. Finding a niche that is profitable and which you are passioned about is one of the keys to a successful affiliate marketing business. You should try to look for a niche, in which you already an expert in, or one in which you always wanted to accumulate a lot of knowledge about. If you are still stuck on what specific type of affiliate marketing niche is right for you, check out this lessons “Choosing Your Direction: It Starts With A Niche”
2. Find a reliable web host
The second important step is to decide upon which platform you will be using for your website or blog. I do not recommend the free sites, such as blogger, or the free wordpress.com, due to its limits in customizability and monetization. If you are serious about making money with your affiliate marketing website, you should consider a WordPress site, which needs to be hosted via the various hosting services available out there. My two favorites are HostGator, which has a very reliable hosting platform, and excellent customer service, or if you are completely new to building a website, then I highly suggest that you host via SiteRubix, which is a part of the Wealthy Affiliate University, and comes not only with reliable and friendly customer service but with lessons on how to build your niche site from ground up. You can read more about my experience with Wealthy Affiliate here.
3. Connect with profitable businesses
In order to be successful with affiliate marketing, you have to connect with companies that offer affiliate programs. Luckily the big stores, offer these types of partnerships, such as Amazon, Walmart, Etsy and more. You can sign up with their programs by visiting their sites directly (usually, you will find a link on the bottom of their websites), or by joining affiliate marketing networks like ShareASale, who will connect you with many programs, such as my personal varieties, FitBit, CreativeLive, Lulu’s, and many more.
4. Provide valuable content to drive traffic
Once you decided what niche you want to work in, and which companies you want to work with, you need to provide valuable content for your readers, so that they will continue to come back. These should be a mixture of informative articles, how to guides, and reviews. The ratio on how many of each of the type of content you provide, depends largely on your niche.
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5. Stay current
Whatever your type of content, you need to make sure you stay up-to-date with your niches developments. Set up google alerts, to learn about the latest news, read other blogs, and books about the subject, and share the learned information with your readers. It is also a great idea to join forums so that you are always aware of what your potential reader’s concerns and questions are. Try to answer these questions in your blog posts, on a regular basis.
6. Become a trusted resource
Continuing to bring valuable information will make you a trusted resource, that will bring in repeat readers. While this takes time, it is a relationship you want to make sure you take great care in building. Affiliate marketing is not one of those get rich quick schemes, but if you are willing to put in the time, and effort to connect and build a community of readers, you will have the chance of creating a solid business for yourself and your family.
Are you interested in becoming an affiliate marketer, but are too overwhelmed to go the journey alone? Join Wealthy Affiliate for lessons, continuously updated training, and peer support today!