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

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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!

How To Make Money Giving Away Free Stuff

FREE! It’s the most powerful word in advertising.

But logically, it doesn’t make sense that you can actually make money giving away free stuff.

To newcomers to internet marketing, this concept may confuse them and lead them to ask the question, “If it’s free, how do you make money?”

To seasoned marketers, we know the power that lies in the “free” marketing concept to make a lot of money, while giving our customers exactly what they want.

Just about everywhere you turn, there is someone offering a free membership, a free report, free advertising, free trial and so on.

But…what happens when the recipient wants to get the free thing?

They sign up!

In other words, they become a lead, a subscriber, a prospect, allowing the marketer to continue contacting them and lead them down the sales funnel.

The free stuff is just the bait – to get them in the door.

Giving away that freebie is NOT the end, it is just the beginning of the relationship between prospect and marketer.

After the freebie seeker has signed up, they’ll be placed in a database to contact in the future.

And in those future contacts, they’ll be shown offers to buy something, upgrade their membership or register their software. Sometimes an offer is made to the prospect right after they sign up!

And that’s where the money is made.

Leads are where it all starts. That’s why list building is so important. And the great thing about having those prospects on a list is that you can contact them over and over.

The thing to remember is that you need to provide value in your free stuff. Because your prospect will think, “Wow! If his free stuff is this good, his paid stuff must be frikkin awesome!”

I’ve got numerous websites where I give away really great info and services away for free…they’re lead collectors for me while they give the recipient what they want.

But, I know you might not have your own website or free offer to get people on your list.

If that’s the case, you can become an affiliate of and promote other websites which have good free offers and upsells which you can make commissions from.

The websites of mine which affiliates have had the most success promoting are

1) www.TurnkeyCashkits.com and

2) www.StartMyTraffic.com.

Both of these not only have great free offers you and your referrals will love, but also high-converting back-end offers which you can make money from when you refer a sale.

That is the key to getting this business model to work

1. An irresistible free front end offer,

2. A high-value upsell,

3. …and if you can throw in an affiliate program

like I have, your websites will take off because they make everyone (your affiliates, your prospects and you) happy. It’s a win-win-win!

To your success,

Stuart Stirling