Affiliate Programs for Beginners


The exciting journey as an affiliate marketer begins now, there are few steps I have skipped to get here: for example-How to write an effective Content Writing  in your blogs? In-depth Keyword Research and Blog Set up,  that’s because, these steps can be taken care and can be updated  as we go on with affiliate marketing business.

There are hundreds of affiliate programs available online, how to recognise the ones that you want to join? Here you have to rely on what the experts say. Besides this, you have to find the ones that sell your “Niche” product. You can find that out by visiting their websites for more information and their product list.  But for now as a beginner, It is strongly recommended to join ClickBank,

ClickBank
ClickBank – Best Affiliate Network for a beginner

because of the following features

  • They have a wide range of products to choose from, that’s related to your “niche”
  • Easy to use system, even a newbie can join instantly without waiting for an approval.
  • It has a huge network of affiliates and a major player in affiliate network market.
  • Digital Products – Downloadable Information
  • Attractive commissions

You can register at ClickBank Signup Form which will guide you step by step. Once you are logged in as an affiliate, make sure you go through their Knowledge Base, get familiarised with their Market Place. It’s a great platform for a beginner.

All affiliate programs will provide you a link for each product. It all depends on where you put these links and how you put it, so the customer will see and find exactly what they want to buy and clicks on the link. This is how the affiliate networks recognise an affiliate’s sale to pay a commission.  Placing your affiliate link is a crucial step which we will be explained clearly in another post.

In clickbank, the links are called Hop Link: the format is http://affiliateid.vendorid.hop.clickbank.net. You will learn more about their hop links when you start using them. You will come across a term called “Gravity” in the market place, To learn more click What is Click Bank Gravity?

Now lets see:

  • Your have a domain to blog
  • You have joined clickbank, an affiliate network
  • You know your product, related to your niche
  • You have studied your audience through Google Keyword Planner

Its time to start blogging keeping in my mind that your content should help your audience,  not just enough content to target your sale, your blog needs to be full of information and helpful articles and empathise with the visitor and place the links at the right place.

Affiliate Program to help people
Affiliate Program to help people

Your audience will become your customer, if they have got what they were looking for, not only they will be satisfied with it , they will keep coming back to you for more and they will recommend it to others too. Now you have got your customer base, It’s that simple. NOT!. Now there are thousands of websites and blog sites doing the same as what you are trying to do or probably they have done it better. That should not discourage you in any way. Keep doing what you are doing and you will be one among them.

You have to take  few more steps to take in order for your website to be recognised by the search engines and should attract potential customers, these steps are called Search Engine Optimization or SEO. One of the steps you have completed is the “Basic Keyword Search”,  for now, this will suffice your needs to start writing your content, SEO techniques and methods will be explained in the later blogs.

 

Basic Keyword Research – Profitable “Niche”


If you have decided on your “Niche”, that’s great, but that’s the easy part. There are few more very important steps to be taken before you start finding suitable affiliate programs and join them.

I know you are itching to start affiliate marketing and earn that money that everyone is talking about. But the very process even before you set up a domain name is to find out keyword search phrases that are used during search process in search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. People who have skipped this keyword research process have been a failure. So just take your time to research and analyse what is your exact product or service that you will market as an affiliate online.

 

Customer always talk about what their wants and needs are and we need to speak their language, How do we find that out?  You will find an infinite amount of information on this , I have summarised this for an easy understanding for an affiliate marketing beginner.

The “Niche” you have chosen is a broad range, with wide varieties of products, services and brands available, we need to narrow it down and that process is called keyword research analysis, that’s a step by step process to be followed.

  •  Go to Google keyword planner – Here you will get research keywords, traffic estimates, statistics and competition rate.
  • Click on “Search for keyword and ad group ideas” and enter your “Niche” and select a sub category under it.
  • On the results page, go to “Keyword ideas” Tab

Here is your keyword analysis data, now study the average monthly searches on the keywords and its competition.

Keyword Research
Keyword Research

You might lose focus and decide upon keywords that may be irrelevant to you and your content, if you recall from the previous blog, the niche has to be your passion and interest, why? that’s because you are going to write the content on your website, so if you aren’t passionate about it, then you may lose interest after couple of pages and the customer who visits will not be satisfied with the amount of information and you will lose traffic and eventually your commissions. I am emphasising here again that you should ensure that your “niche” is profitable too. You sort of have to find a midway to market your products to your target audience.

So study those keywords  which is relevant to your content,  However what you shouldn’t do is start using all the keywords in your content just to get traffic to your website, you might just get it, but the customer would not find what they are looking for, they will get confused and will leave as quick as they got there. Use it logically and based on your product and customers.

This is one of the basic and easy step to keyword search process, there are number of other ways to analyse keywords in search engine like bing. You can also use twitter for keyword research among the masses. Apart from this you can visit forums like warrior forum and digital point forum and post questions and queries and get others opinions, help and support.

For beginners, you can stick to Google for now and then broaden your researches later to increase your traffic and demography.  Now you are ready to set up a domain in a relevant name join affiliate programs, now sit back and wait for the commissions to pour in. NOT! Its time to start blogging, writing your content and place your products.

On subjects like How to write an effective blog, tips for smart content writing etc…can be found in your searches. I have done that and downloaded a lot of stuff, but it’s too difficult for a starter to understand and implement it. So I will summarise  a few pointers that will help you write your first blog as an affiliate marketer in my next upcoming blogs.

These are the basic principles you should follow to have a successful career in affiliate marketing. Meanwhile for more details about Keyword Research I have found the below site very useful:

http://www.bruceclay.com/blog/how-to-do-keyword-research/

 

 

Affiliate’s Basic Foundation Set Up


If you have decided to become an affiliate, great, the journey begins. I am with you and so are thousands of websites telling you on all the steps you should be taking to be a successful and smart affiliate marketer.  Just go ahead and google it and then come back and read my blog.

Yes, there are heaps of information about affiliate marketing. Wait, don’t get excited and start browsing all the sites. Because you will lose focus on what you actually want to do and go in all different directions. It happened to me and I have joined many sites and have lost lot of valuable time and track. So slow down and if you follow my steps, then you are in it for the long run.

First understand your role as an affiliate marketer. You are going to recommend a product based on your in depth analysis or by experience to a customer who is interested in your opinions. Here you should be very transparent and try to help the customer instead if you push the product, without the knowledge of the product, blinded by the commission you will earn, then that’s the last time you are going to see that customer and they will never trust you again. So basically you need create that trust and confidence of your visitors who are going to be your prospect customers, and that’s going to take sometime.

Once the role is clear, you need to create a website. nicheYou can create here in wordpress or blogger for that you need to decide on your “Niche”. (You will hear this a lot as an affiliate) Niche means a topic that you are interested in or its your passion. Now having an interest or passion that people may not be interested or not keen about it, is of no use, so you need to decide a niche that people are looking for and at the same you are also interested to talk about it and want to experience yourself. How to find that out? Well! you need do some good old brainstorming session or using keyword research in google and come up with your niche. Now you will hear another term SEO (Search Engine Optimization), its a process used to list the websites based on the keyword, by using right strategy on your niche, your website will get listed during a search process.

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The Power of an affiliate


It’s not very often, I jump in to be part of something. I am very cautious about my time and money. When it came to looking for a job online, it was a huge challenge and time-consuming just to see what was happening whilst I was busy getting married and having a baby.

When I was looking at the information at google pages and ads, I was dazed and confused. As I was browsing through night after night, months went by and I was frustrated, and I started to think that all the people who made money online must be experts to sell their skills. Internet is not the place for a common novice home maker like me. I should get back to good old manual labour. Yet I kept looking that there’s something out there for me.

Gradually, I started to look at things differently. All of  a sudden, the term Affiliate Marketing started to reveal itself slowly and , when I went deep and completely learnt the job of an affiliate marketer. I decided to become one. Come to think of it, Affiliate Marketing has been there forever in other forms without internet.  Affiliate Marketing has become a very powerful method now and even smaller companies have started to adapt.

The Power of an Affiliate
The Power of an Affiliate

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