If you are an affiliate marketing newbie who’s goal is to turn your affiliate website into a fountain of money, you must understand how it works and decide which products will compliment your niche, that people are passionate about buying on Amazon.
What is affiliate marketing?
It is a type of performance-based marketing, which a business rewards affiliates for each visitor or customer referred by the affiliate marketer’s own marketing (promotion) efforts.
Since you are a newbie, I would strongly advise against promoting anything in the ‘make money online’ niche.
If you are not making any money yet, you can’t very well tell others how to make money.
The make money online niche is one of the hardest to break into and do well.
Not only that, the competition is very fierce.
So what else is there?
I advise you to start with what you love under one condition: Make sure there is a lot of money in your niche.
You can be certain that if there is a lot money in it, there is a lot of competition, which is a good thing.
If you don’t do keyword research in your the niche and just jump into it blindly, you will struggle.
Your affiliate website and the products you promote go hand-in-hand.
Make certain there is something to promote in your niche by viewing Amazon categories.
Some people do great promoting expensive niche items; but it might be easier for you to offer products that people buy in your niche that cost from $8.00-$45.00.
Your niche needs to have a lot of products being sold and created constantly.
People passionate in your niche are more likely to be repeat buyers.
Example affiliate products include:
Home & Kitchen
Arts & Crafts
If you need ideas about an affiliate website, examine your current location and local culture.
Do you live in an area that people visit such as Ukraine, India, or Israel?
Use your location and food culture … to create a travel affiliate website with no more than five blog categories that share little-known or best kept secret details about the topic.
The products you decide to promote should be directly related to your niche.
Your niche must provide both money and competition, which will provide the motivation for you to create your best site.
Here are a few more ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
If so, consider becoming an affiliate for major dating websites.
Dating websites generate a lot of money.
Is there stuff to buy that will help people get better from this medical topic?
Are there Amazon books and medical equipment, and Ebooks on how to cure an illness naturally?
If so, that’s something to seriously consider.
When you are new to affiliate marketing, it can be hard to know what steps to take next.
Once you have your affiliate website up, you may not know exactly what to do next.
Unless you’re getting lots of traffic already, one of the first things you must do is build back links to your site.
You must also start exploring other ways to get traffic besides what the search engines send you.
One of the best ways to get back links is to comment on similar niche blogs, forums and YouTube videos and leave your URL address (do follow link).
As readers start to enjoy your blog posts, they will start sharing and your WordPress site will start getting ping-backs, which are great too.
Make certain that you are linking back to your home page so that your website gets the benefit of any social shares that are made.
If you are using free websites, the process is the same, but you need your own .com domain extension for it to be considered a professional site.
Another way to get back links is to write an extremely informative article about something related to your niche.
Make it almost like an Enquirer-style article, but don’t put any affiliate links in it.
It will be easier to share this article on sites such as Digg, Delicious, Reddit, etc.
You want it to be something amazing that people just have to share with their friends.
Make certain social share buttons are on all article pages above, side and below.
Search engines will see that people really like your pages and your site.
There are many free websites and blogs that offer link parties … that will let you post articles about your niche and/or link back to your website.
These websites have authority and will count as ‘important’ links to your website.
Here are some examples:
These will keep you busy in starting to create back links to your affiliate website.
If you are already getting lots of traffic and you don’t think you need to be creating back links, then you need to figure out how to translate that traffic into sales.
There are many things that can affect how well your traffic converts, to turn your affiliate website into a fountain of money.
These tips are the kind of things that you must start doing.
Search Google to learn how to increase conversion rates and start experimenting, which mean tweaking things.
With an affiliate website, you can always do better than what you are doing without one.
Congratulate yourself on your first sale!
The proof is in the doing and now you know you can do it.
You now have a much better idea of how exactly to do it.
Celebrate, but don’t rest on your laurels.
Affiliate marketing is not like a regular business.
It takes a special understanding of the way people buy online in order to make it work.
This type of business is a ‘new technology’ and it changes all the time; so anyone who figures it out will make money online.
Affiliate marketing is not for the lazy and weak person who can’t focus.
Now that you have made your first affiliate sale, don’t just sit back and wait for another one.
It’s time to step up your efforts!
Now is the time to inspect the sale you made and where it came from.
Obviously, something you did worked and if you can do it again and again, you will be in a better position tomorrow to make even more sales.
Amazon and ClickBank affiliate programs let you track your links so that you know exactly where your sales came from.
Hopefully, the excitement from your first sale will motivate you to double your efforts.
It takes a wide net and a lot of work to make sales online.
But the ’80/20 principle’ does apply here.
80% of your results will come from 20% of your efforts.
Therefore, always watch your sales to see what you did to manifest them.
If your first sale came from a specific post or page on your website, then put up a similar post or page with a slightly different angle.
Or, get more links to that page and send more traffic to it.
Where exactly is that page ranking in Google?
Is there any way to make it rank higher?
These are the kinds of questions you must ask yourself once you have gotten that first sale, and proven to yourself that what you are doing is working.
The more you do things that work over and over, the more affiliate sales you will make.
Cheers to many more sales from your affiliate website fountain of money!