Top Affiliate Marketing Tips For Beginners
One of the common challenges faced by new affiliates is not knowing where to start. When you’re faced with the prospect of finding a niche, building a website, and driving traffic to it, all of that work can seem overwhelming.
Today, we’ve outlined a few simple and essential tips to help you organize your thoughts and launch your affiliate marketing business the right way.
Tip #1: Focus on Gaining Your Visitors’ Trust
Today’s web users are savvy and a bit cynical. When they see an affiliate link, they know it means someone is trying to make money. And when they see that your site is a thin attempt at collecting quick commissions, they’ll move right along to another site. And that means you’ll miss out on commissions.
To overcome that challenge, it’s important to gain the trust of your audience. If you believe in the product you’re offering, and can convince your audience of your belief, you’ll succeed. Do this by providing helpful, valuable and original content, content that’s good enough for your readers to share. If your readers are sharing your content and telling their friends, you know you’ve gained their trust.
Tip #2: Choose the Right Topic
Many beginners start by choosing the products with the highest amount of sales and commissions. Unfortunately, in this scenario, they rarely know much about the products they’re offering.
When you’re starting off, chose a niche you know about. You’ll find it easier to create content and engage your readers. If you’re an expert in babysitting or dog training, find an affiliate product that complements that subject. And then provide your readers with content that’s based on your expertise.
Tip #3: Be Transparent
As we mentioned earlier, people are savvy. And if you try to hide your status as an affiliate, they’ll see right through you. Make sure you tell your readers when you’ll be making a commission on the products your recommend. This will go a long way to earning their trust.
And in addition to your visitors, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission requires that affiliate disclose their status as an affiliate. Make sure you follow best practices in your affiliate disclosure statement.
Tip #4: Choose the Right Niche
While it’s important to choose the right niche, it’s also important to choose a niche that isn’t overcrowded. If every Google search related to your niche is returning pages and pages of affiliate websites, you might find it exceptionally hard to compete. When you’re choosing a niche, you’ll want to balance the need to find a niche that you know with a niche that isn’t overloaded with competition. (One of the best tools for understanding competition on the web is the Google Keyword Tool).
Tip #5: Be a Geek
While you want to know more about your niche than you know about web programming, a little knowledge never hurt anyone. Make sure you know enough about running your site so that you can be fresh, up-to-date, and responsive to fast-moving trends.
Tip #6: Stay Focused on Your Work
Regardless of what the gurus are telling you, affiliate marketing is not an easy get rich quick scheme. It requires focus, dedication … and a lot of work!
Be sure you stay focused on achieving results. Don’t let yourself get distracted or discouraged as you’re working to develop traffic to your site. And once you’ve got steady traffic coming in, don’t think that it’s time to go on autopilot. Keep working, and you’ll keep getting better results!
What tips do you have for beginning affiliate marketers? Let us know in the comments!