Getting Started With Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a great business model to start with if you’re just getting into Internet marketing.

In a nutshell, “affiliate marketing” is the term used for selling other people’s products and getting paid a commission when you refer a sale.

You probably already know how affiliate marketing works but want to know how to start being successful as an affiliate marketer.

In my first couple of years online, my primary income source was from selling other people’s product – affiliate marketing. Until I had my own products for sale, affiliate commissions made up 90% of my online income.

The great thing about affiliate marketing is that you don’t have to spend time on product creation, website building and maintenance, customer support etc.

Your main job as an affiliate marketer is to Advertise!

Advertising online is known by a few other words like as “getting traffic”, “marketing” and “promotion” but the meaning is the same – get people to click on your affiliate link and see your offer!

The 2 big questions all beginners to affiliate marketing ask are “how do you get traffic?” and “how do you get people to click on your affiliate link?”

There are several ebooks and courses written on the topic of affiliate marketing because it is a very broad topic. There are literally hundreds of different ways to get traffic.

But a couple of tips I want to give you are these:

  1. You need to know what is selling
  2. You need to know where the buyers are

Before you sign up for any affiliate program, or build any kind of site or write an article, you need to carefully think if the product you’re looking at is going to sell.

I’ve made the mistake of choosing products and markets where buyers are few and far between. If there is one piece of advice you can walk away with it’s this: target buyers’ markets. When you attract buyers and give them the products they want, you’re bound to hit the jackpot every time!

Once you have made a decision on the market or product to promote, your next step is to start advertising or getting traffic to your affiliate link.

Blogging, video marketing, buying ads (classifieds etc), social “group” marketing and article marketing are some popular ways to promote your affiliate links.

If you go for “search marketing” such as blogging, article or video marketing, it really comes down to the keywords you choose. Remember to target buyers!

For “group marketing” using sites such as forums, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter etc., the best way to go is to find those niche groups where your target people are hanging out it and contribute a lot of good content to the group so you stand out as an expert and get people to like you.

People will naturally want to “learn” more from you. They go to your site/page, click on your affiliate links and voila – sales are in the bag.

Here’s a free affiliate marketing report (no opt-in required) that explains some of the affiliate marketing methods I mentioned above.

You can also re-brand that report with your affiliate links (instructions included) and give it away to build a list or just to contribute to the community.

All the best with your affiliate marketing!

Stu “Sensei” Stirling

p.s. What did you think of this article on how to get started with affiliate marketing? Learn anything new? Please leave your comment below and share it with your friends and followers!

Niche Choice Is EVERYTHING!

I was chatting with friend and fellow internet marketer about niche marketing and he was explaining to me that the NICHE market you choose is to enter controls EVERYTHING!

I totally agree and wanted you to know this stuff as well so I asked Andrew to write a guest blog post for me.

His article is below…

“If you’re trying to make money online as an affiliate, there are a couple of highly important things that do more than any other factor to determine your level of success.

I can classify them into “mistakes”, meaning that it’s most likely that one of these mistakes is the reason you might not have made as much money as you would have liked in affiliate marketing.

The first mistake is how you choose your niche, the market you choose to enter, and the product you choose to promote as an affiliate.

Put simply, there are markets where you can generate high conversions, easy sales, and fast traffic, and there are markets (the majority of them) where you’ll spend months trying to scrape together a mere 50 or 100 visitors for ZERO result.

Knowing the difference is key. Fortunately, it’s no big secret.

The first kind of markets are those where you have a group of people wanting to buy something… you know what that something is… and you can provide it to them. That’s it.

Read that again to make sure you intimately understand what that means.

The second kind of market (the bad one) is where you know they have an interest but you don’t know what they want to BUY, but you can make a guess, and TRY providing that to them. It should be clear why this results in you making less money.

What most people don’t realize is that the niche you choose controls EVERYTHING.

If you can’t get traffic, it’s not because you’re not good at getting traffic… it’s because the market you entered is too competitive and traffic is too hard to come by!

If you’ve got traffic but aren’t making sales, it’s not because you’re not good at selling… it’s because you’re market doesn’t want to buy what you’re selling!

You’re in the wrong niche and you’re promoting the wrong product! You see how it’s all connected?”

Stuart Stirling

p.s. I hope this article helped you ‘get’ the important concept that the niche is really is EVERYTHING. I’d love to hear your  thoughts so please comment below!

Plug And Play Niche Cash Is Coming!

Plug and Play Niche Cash is a new offer soon to be released by Andrew Hansen and his team.

The official launch date is May 18th and on that day a limited number of customers will get access to 1oo’s of profitable niche businesses in a box.

PnP isn’t going to be your run of the mill niche marketing course. In fact, it’s not a “how to” course at all.

They’re actually giving you pre-made niche affiliate marketing campaigns… real businesses-in-a-box.

You get it all – niche research, product name lists, keyword lists, pre-written articles/reviews, review website templates, outsourcing resource lists, how to videos to put it all together and a heap more. All the hard, tedious work is done for you.

I really respect Andrew because he’s a marketer who practices what he preaches..and he’s damn good at what he does.

He currently runs his niche affiliate businesses while holidaying and living on the coast in Mexico. Definitely a guy living the dream and a guy to listen to.

Watch the video over at Plug and Play Niche Cash to learn more…

To your success,
Stuart Stirling