Essential Steps in Affiliate Marketing To Make Money Online
So you have decided to become an affiliate marketer? Before proceeding further it is best that you know what you will be doing as most affiliate marketers aren’t so successful as they want you to believe. What I have learnt the hard way, is that you must have the proper mindset about online marketing, you must feel and vision your success while not letting your head’s little voices to let you down when it gets tough, because when you yet to master most online marketing areas, affiliate marketing might be tough sometimes.
I would like to share a little secret with you, all successful online marketers had bad times, difficult learning curve and failures before achieving their success. Not succeeding is an integral part of success. We are all different so each individual while experiencing his own failures, will learn from his own experiences and with each failure, will be a step closer to achieving success. I’ve heard about people who were born rich but never heard about one that was born successful.
Having said that I would like to clear up another point. You should ideally prepare a step by step approach about how you will begin your campaign of affiliate marketing. To begin with, you will first need to tie up with companies that promote affiliate marketing. You can maybe try to find out a market segment that will excite you such as sports, travel or something similar.
Once you have found out which market segment you are interested in, you can proceed to narrow down your component. For example, if you have chosen sports then the smaller component may be golf products and then breaking it down to sub niches. Once you have decide on your marketing component you can proceed to select the company who is marketing the related products. You can then read or find out the credentials of the company such as its commission structure, whether it pays on time, etc.
Once you have decided the product and the company for whom you will be doing affiliate marketing you will have to do it in a planned manner. It is best that you prepare the necessary steps to action on your computer or on paper. After you have found out that market segment in which you want to do affiliate marketing you will have to select a product for which you will be doing marketing.
Try to promote those products about which you are confident in marketing. Also you should choose those products which interest you otherwise that natural flair of marketing will not come into you. There are several people who end up marketing the products that don’t interest them with not so great results. It is natural that you are bound to do a good job about a product that interests you. You must consider that if you are going to make money with promoting that product you are in for the long haul, so you’d better choose according to your interests.
Once you choose the product that you want to market you should learn all details about the product. This way you can market confidently about the product and you will also be able to answered questions that the customers ask about the product. However, at least at the beginning, your main job is to lead customer’s to the company’s website and normally the product development department answers questions posted by the customers.
The next step is to find out what your niche market is and this normally depends on a few factors, the chief amongst them being the type of product that you are selling. For example, if you are selling golf clubs then you should target the American and the Japanese markets first as people in these countries love to play golf. You should ideally come up with content to describe the product and the company you are promoting. The content should contain important keywords that are normally entered by customers in a search engine such as Google. For starters, you can join a company such as Clickbank that has lots of products that you can choose and promote.
Please note that It’s useless to find a niche with high demand and high competition as this might get much longer to achieve results so you’d better find even a small sub niche within that niche and here comes the big secret of successful affiliate marketers, KEYWORDS. Keywords is the only element that may hide the big online money and keyword research is key.
After finding the niche that you are interested by, you must do a complete research to be sure that there’s a high demand for that niche and if that niche has less competition, you should move forward and start a deeper research before going for it.
It would take a lot of time to get into the niche and keyword research process here but just to highlight some important steps for the new affiliate marketer, if I would start keyword research for any niche, that’s what I will put most of my time into. I will try to find a group of keywords that will have a decent amount of monthly searches with the least competition possible, A decent monthly searches per month would be 5k -20k and if that word hasn’t less competition, I would search for as many related keywords to that top one and would certainly prepare an affiliate marketing campaign.