Innovation is the key to the success of affiliate marketing. You will have to keep making changes and creating new marketing strategies in order to keep up with the competition. Here are some steps to get you started.
Step 1:It is important to think outside the box and research potential niches before you decide to focus on one particular market. A good way to do this is to type the keyword into Google and look for Affiliate Networks. There are literally thousands of networks out there to choose from. It is important to investigate and research the networks to make sure you are comfortable with the terms they use and how they pay.
Step 2:Once you’ve found an affiliate network that sounds promising, it is time to research the product. You want to make sure you are selling a quality product that is relevant to the market you are targeting. You are looking for a product someone else wants, but that he or she is willing to buy. Someone once wrote, “A fool with a plan is almost always a master of the road.” There’s a reason for that. Keep this in mind when you choose your affiliate networks. Don’t just choose the one that sounds good, but look for one that fits your plan.
Step 3:It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or an expert, in any niche there is always a learning curve. An important aspect of marketing is making yourself appealing to both the novice and the expert in your niche. This is best done by creating a blog that captures peoples interest and addresses their concerns.
Step 4:Give away free content. Not just any product, but useful free content. People love free stuff and will use your URL to check you out. Give away reports and e-books to get people to sign up to your list. The more offers you make the more prospects you will have. Also, many of the people on your list will buy from you eventually.
Step 5:Use article marketing to drive traffic to your site. Article marketing is an effective method to get targeted traffic to almost any site. Prospects will be searching for your product, or your top marketer will be searching for you. Keep in mind, it is important to take the time to write a lot of articles. But get them published quality, high searched for articles, and make sure they are informative. In no time you will be getting a lot of traffic to your site.
Step 6:Entice your potential joint venture partners to list their product on your site. Ask them to do marketing for you in exchange for a link to their product. This will be a win-win situation. You will have one of the best looking affiliate toolstores, and your partner will have access to customers you wouldn’t otherwise have.
Step 7:Don’t forget to build up a list of followers. Followers are the people who will buy something from you if you promote a great product to them. So build up that list.
Step 8:Once you have 1 year worth of RSS feeds, develop a social media plan and push your feeds to your followers. Tweet your followers every time you write something new. Follow other people profiles and put a link to your feed on the profile. Then once your followers trust you they will buy from you. Be social and increase your following daily. Don’t spam and build up your list right away. Be patient, and know that it will come.
Step 9:If you have a blog start posting high quality content on a regular basis. After each post you can send a Twitter or Facebook message out to your followers. This will help you to create the trust needed with your followers to start making sales.
Step 10:Set up a Google alert for your keyword phrase. Find 20 – 30 highly converting products to promote, and then check them on Google.
Step 11:Its time to promote!