How To Do Affiliate Marketing: A Beginners Guide
The majority of people these days have access to a computer on a daily basis. Anyone using the internet will soon realize that there are many ways of making money from web traffic. Most people tend to start with auction sites and sell items that they no longer want. But some people start to hear about Affiliate Marketing.
The opportunity to earn money from referring traffic to products. The compensation is usually contingent on the traffic being converted into buyers of the product or service. For sending the traffic, the affiliate receives either a flat fee, commission or even residual payment in some cases. Whatever the case, the question at hand is, "How can I learn how to do Affiliate Marketing?" The basics of Affiliate Marketing are as follows.
The first thing you need to do is to choose a niche that you are interested in and are able to write useful information or honest reviews about. You should then consider if you are going to cover the broad aspect of the niche or if you are going to focus on one aspect or even just one product. For example, lets say you were interested in computers.
You could decide to cover the topic as broadly a possible, software, hardware, internet, etc. If you wanted to go into just one aspect you could consider doing just hardware. If you wanted to focus on just one product you could write about just one item such as the latest 27 "monitor from a certain company.
As mentioned above, you can focus on just one product from the start and write content that is purely about that item or service. You could also decide to write about a broad niche but heavily promote just one product or service. Your choice of product is going to affect what kind of commission you are going to earn. A low priced product may convert easily and quickly, but provide low affiliate payment amounts per sale. In this case you will need to make a lot of sales to make it worthwhile.
Some products will be high priced but low converting due to the price. The affiliate compensation will of course be higher and so therefore more lucrative if promoted to the correct target audience.
Your next choice is the location of your content. Some people will create a website from scratch to promote their chosen products. Other people will create a blog or even combine a blog with a static website. Some may choose to use free pages to write reviews or articles. Each one has plus points and minus points, but all can be effective.
Once your basic choices have been made, you will then need to create your content. Content can range from simple reviews to fully detailed articles about the product and company you are going to associate for. It can also be videos and pictures showcasing the product. Content is information that will be picked up in search engine results and showcased to your web traffic. Great content is the key to people trusting your site enough to follow the back-links. If your content looks like it is purely a sales pitch, then any reader who is looking for useful information will simply exit your site without clicking on your product affiliate links.
Create good content and you stand a better chance of earning money from Affiliate Marketing.
Once your content is created you will then be able to place your affiliate back-links in your content. These may be banners or simple text hyperlinks. The affiliate program you join will provide these and it usually just a case of cut and pasting the code into your content. The other area of back-links you will need to learn about is back-links to your pages from other sites. For people to find your site in the first place you will need to place back-links, usually text links, back to your page.
You are writing about computers and have a back-link to your site in your signature on a forum. People on the forum enjoy your posts and click the link in your signature. This leads them to your site that has information and reviews that are linked to the product site. People read your content and then decide to click the link to a product. The product site has content that converts the reader into a buyer. You receive commission. That is one way of how to do Affiliate Marketing.
The more great content you have on your site that has back-links on other sites linking to it, the more likely you are to attain a high page rank from search engine results.
If you rank high in search engine results for your topic then you will receive a lot of free or "organic" traffic.
Affiliate Marketing is a great way to earn money on the internet, although it may seem daunting at first, a little bit of study and hard work can provide an income as big or small as you are prepared to work for.