In this post, affiliate marketing for newbies, I want to address some of the concerns that newbies are likely to face when learning affiliate marketing basics. There is a lot to learn, but if you learn to do the right things at the right time, you will greatly increase you chances of achieving online success.
There are 4 major pillars to building an affiliate marketing business. The rest is details…….many, many details.
- Finding A Niche
- Building A Website
- Driving Traffic To Your Site
- Monetizing Your Traffic
When I was an affiliate marketing newbie, the first time I saw the word niche, I thought they were talking about an Italian explorer or something……. seriously!
When we say niche, we are basically talking about a group of people looking for “stuff”. So, we are looking for a group of people, who are looking for certain kinds of “stuff” and leading them to that “stuff” that they will hopefully buy, thus earning us a commission.
1.) What’s YOUR Niche?
If you are having trouble deciding on a niche, or you still don’t quite understand how to find a niche, the video below should be helpful to you.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when targeting a niche:
- You Must Have Enough Interest To Write About It Extensively
- You Need To Create Content That Is Helpful
- You Need To Learn To Effectively Communicate Idea’s
- You Will Want To Promote Products/Services To That Niche
- Any Niche Can Become A Successful Business
2.) Building A Website
Wouldn’t it be great if website’s built themselves? Until they do, we have to build them. Building a website is not as hard as many would believe it to be.
I am constantly seeing new webmaster’s who are ecstatic over how easy it can actually be. Especially after being convinced for so many years that it was “just to hard to do”.
I’m not suggesting that building a website is “fall off a log” easy either. There is a lot to learn and there are some slightly tricky, technical aspects to it, but at least you don’t have learn to write computer code the way webmasters had to 10 years ago.
Building Websites For Newbies
If you are a total noob when it comes to website’s, I would recommend starting with a free site to play around with and practice on. There are lot’s of site’s where you can signup for a free account and start building a site. There is only 1 that I recommend because the video tutorials and live help that is available is far superior to anything else I’ve found.
Choose a name for your site in the box above, choose a user name and submit your email, and you’ll be learning to build a site within minutes!
3.) Driving Traffic To Your Site
Of all the different techniques people use to drive traffic their sites, creating keyword focused content is, by far, my favorite way. Why? Because I enjoy writing so much? Heck no! It’s my favorite way because once an article is done, it stays done!
I don’t have to find clever ways to create posts for social media sites and all the other internet marketing “noise”. A well written article will bring traffic to your site through Google searches day after day. If I want to increase traffic to my site, I do a little keyword analysis, publish a new article, and within a few days I’m getting more traffic.
Although I’m not big on social media, that doesn’t mean I ignore it altogether. I am a fan of G+. Whenever I publish a new article on one of my sites, I will go to my G+ account and create a quick post with a link to my article. These posts tend to rank well and rank quickly!
I don’t spend a lot of time there. It takes me less than 30 seconds to get a post on G+. If it’s a low competition keyword phrase, I will sometimes find my post on the first page of Google in less than 24 hours!
4.) Monetizing Your Website
Show me the money!!! I know…… it’s an outdated phrase but it never gets old for me. This is the reason to build an online business after all, no?
Once your site is receiving daily traffic, you’ve got a business on your hands. Now, it’s just a mater of leading those visitors to what they want, and earning a commission in the process.
This is where affiliate offers come into the picture. There are more and more companies offering their products and services through affiliate programs now so your choices can be vast.
To find affiliate programs, simply do a Google search like this: (product you want to promote) + affiliate programs.
You will usually find an extensive list of companies offering affiliate programs this way. Some of them will accept your application immediately, while others may reject you the first time around. My advise would be to wait until you have at least 12 pages of good content before applying to an affiliate program.
(If they offer instant approval, it will be clearly stated on their affiliate agreement page)
These are the 4 basic pillars of an affiliate marketing business. Choosing a niche and deciding how to monetize are the easy parts. Building a site and driving traffic through the creation of quality content takes time and practice. (A little patience wouldn’t hurt either.)
These are skills that can be learned by anyone who takes the time to learn them. It won’t always be easy, but it will be worth it! Affiliate marketing is a great way to make a living. I hope you decide to make your own journey into the world of affiliate marketing.
If you would like to work with me personally, check out my review of the best affiliate marketing training program online! If you decide to take me up on my offer, I will provide you with 1-on-1 coaching at no extra cost!