Affiliate marketing is the method in which people help to sell products online by driving traffic to a particular website, usually through a specially designed blog or website. Any sales generated by this will usually result in a commission (as set by the product’s merchant) for the affiliate.
Here are some simple tips for beginners to affiliate marketing to get started with their own affiliate marketing blog and begin generating income;
Decide On A Niche
A niche is a specific group of products such as woman’s handbags, woman’s shoes etc. Firstly you need to decide what your niche market is going to be, meaning a specific target audience for the specific market in question. For example, women’s shoes, a submarket (niche) could be woman’s leather high heels. Once you have decided on your niche, make sure to focus your keywords towards your chosen target audience.
Buy Domain and Hosting
A domain is the address (URL) of a website so that people can find you. Companies such as Hostgator can provide domains and hosting. You will usually have to renew your subscription annually; failure to pay will mean your URL could go back on the market for someone else to buy. Your URL address must be keyword targeted specifically towards the purpose of your blog.
Design Your Blog
If you are a total beginner to blogging, Word Press is web software that provides a simple and free blogging platform, allowing you to build and customise your blog the way you want it, thanks to the large number of different themes and plugins available. The key is to make your blog eye-catching and attractive but at the same time, easy to navigate around and clear for the reader to read and understand.
High quality content is essential for the success of any affiliate marketer. The content should be well-written, concise and unique. Regularly update your content to keep the information fresh and remember to include a decent amount of generic posts on your blog as well as sales pages. Too many sales pages will be picked up on by Google and may be considered â€˜spam', your site should be as informative as possible, without too many links out to other pages. This will ensure that your site is credible and trustworthy.
Brush Up On Your SEO
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the prominence of a certain webpage in search results. Specific search phrases when typed into a search engine will bring up relevant webpages and the greater the SEO on your blog the greater likelihood that your blog will appear higher up in the rankings on a search engine, resulting in more visitors to your site and hopefully, more sales. Including popular keywords or key phrases in your content will increase the visibility of your blog when visitors search for a particular topic.
Drive Traffic To Your Blog
In addition to strong SEO, you can increase the amount of traffic to your blogs by using various methods. Social media such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn is an excellent way of connecting with those around you by sharing your content and networking with those interested in your particular niche. You can submit articles to article directories which will in turn direct traffic back to your website, or you can do a link exchange or guest post on someone else's blog in return for a link back to your website.
This post was written on behalf of Clicksure.