I’ve been in affiliate marketing for more than 4 years now and there has been plenty of obstacles I had to gone through! It’s never easy, especially at the beginning. Therefore, I’ve decided to share some of my best tips for beginners and advanced affiliate marketers as well.
My most successful affiliate project is the blog / magazine where I write about best wordpress themes! I try to collect truly best wordpress products and write shorts reviews, which could be helpful for web designers to choose the most suitable theme for their online projects in wordpress. I cooperate with 2 other people on webcreate.me project because it requires plenty of content marketing, SEO and social media work. I currently get 1500 visits daily and around 1200 out of it is organic traffic (95% google). Therefore, I spend most of the time on improving SEO and the content itself!
If you’re starting from the scratch, you’ll definitely have to come up with topic for your blog / website which will be suitable first of all, for you!
How to choose the right niche blog topic?
If you’re planning to write by yourself, make sure you choose something you are comfortable with and you won’t have difficulties to write about. You’ll have to produce a lot of content!
These are the most common areas you might consider blogging about:
Here are few things you should definitely keep in mind:
Few rules when it comes to content producing:
The question is, how are you going to make money? Basically, you are going to promote some sort online products or services on your website, blog posts, videos, newsletter etc.
Where is the magic? The most essential part is your affiliate unique link! It has to be placed everywhere where you’re planning to promote product / services of website you’re affiliating with. Once you bring visitor (through your affiliate link) to product / service page and he becomes customer eventually, you’ll earn your affiliate commision. Commission depends on marketplace, they are usually between 20%-40%. For example, Templatemonster.com offers amazing progressive plan where you can earn up to 50% commission.
There are different forms of affiliate marketing tools which you can use on your website, depending on marketplace as well. Templatemonster.com offers:
Text Links - you can place your text link with your unique URL code anywhere in content (articles).
TIP: make it smart, link it with relevant content!
Banners - you can place banner in your sidebar / header / content. They are premade already, you just need to copy and paste simple code (script). You can choose from bunch of different sizes / designs.
TIP: try to use different ones / test their performance (clicks / conversions)
Widgets - these can save you plenty of time! They are premade for wordpress platform and it takes only few minutes to install them. Widgets automatically generate products relevant to your content.
Web Api - advanced tool for web developers which can retrieve information from marketplace database and store it to your website database in order to create your own custom shop!
RMS (Ready-Made-Shop) - you can start your own shop and start working for yourself. You can sell directly on your website, without showing who made the product.
Showcases - you can easily showcase already used themes which can definitely attract attention of your visitors.
Find out more about templatemonster.com affiliate tools. I definitely recommend templatemonster.com as an affiliate partner! I earn currently $250 per month with them.
TIP: Make sure you don’t put too many affiliate (advertising) elements into your content, you don’t want to become very commercial and discourage your visitors.
On my blogs, I prefer to use text links, banners or widgets. I usually link CTA (Call To Action) buttons or text in the content of articles. Banners / widgets I use in the beginning of articles or in the sidebar, because they stand out there and catch a lot of attention. Pair banners / links with your content as much as it’s possible and make sure you always link to the most relevant content, don’t confuse your visitors.
See the example from my website below:
This is very complex step and you should definitely have a strategy! Define your goals and the way how you’re going to achieve them. You should think of your potential visitors and the way how and where you can catch them / bring them to your website.
TIP: Define your target group and find out where you can reach them!
Target group are people who can become followers of you and readers of your content. On the other side it should be also group of people interested in products / services related to your content in order for you to be profitable. Focus on gender, age, location, interests when it comes to writing your content or promoting it on social media channels.
Brand - you will definitely have to create a brand around your name! Have online presence on social media channels and focus on content marketing.
TIP: Try to be unique and stand out from the crowd.
Find the way how to bring people to your website. These are the biggest sources of online traffic:
On my blogs, I definitely profit from organic traffic, pinterest and facebook. For example: there are plenty of designers on pinterest and my pinterest profile about web design has more than 20K followers and brings 200 visits to my website per day.
TIP: track conversions of your website, it will help you define best traffic source.
TIP: don’t rely just on one source!
Some marketers say SEO is dead, just because it’s more complex and sophisticated now! For me it’s the most important source of online traffic and income. The truth is that I had to make way too many mistakes to become successful in SEO but it was definitely worth it.
“SEO is not dead, just more complex”
SEO is skill which takes long time to learn and you have to keep yourself updated with the newest changes (google algorithm updates).
TIP: read blogs of some popular affiliate marketers or SEO masters to stay updated! I recommend www.matthewwoodward.co.uk but they are plenty of others. Sign up for their newsletter, like their FB pages… it will keep you connected to SEO news!
I’m not going to talk more about SEO itself because it would be endless. Instead, I’m going to share few “sniper shot” tips for you to watch out in 2016:
Once you get to the point when your blog is making profit for you, don’t just keep doing same things (repeating same strategies) in order to stay successful!
Always keep improving the whole project, because if you won’t, your competition will! Every single point above needs to be watched and constantly improved!
TIP: At least once a month! Take your time and go through your content, strategies, website, work-flow and find improvements! Be smart!
I hope this article has given you good ideas for your upcoming or existing affiliate project. Online businesses are becoming more complex and sophisticated what requires definitely more education and time! If you play your cards right and you follow changes in affiliate marketing industry & online marketing, you can become very successful.
Feel free to ask questions or share your feedback and suggestions in the comment section below.
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