Getting Started With Affiliate Marketing

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!

5 thoughts on “Getting Started With Affiliate Marketing

  1. Thanks for this great information! I have really benefited from your stuff πŸ™‚ Check out my lenses on Squidoo.. and give me feedback if you can πŸ™‚

  2. Hi stuart, i’ve been attempting to succeed at affiliate marketing since 2002 with dismal results. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but apparently I keep doing. I don’t have a list and I don’t know how to research for my target market. What exactly should I do to research for my target market?

  3. hello Stu Sensei, Ive been reading some of your letters but Im not sure if all those tips on ebooks, affiliate marketing etc.can be possibly incorporated with my website regarding cellphone electronic loading which is my small business online, a web designer/maker friend of mine created the website and just lend it to me for my online use, therefore he can control and edit everything concerning the website if he wants(hosting,domain etc.) Im not that knowledgeable with computer, when “how to’s” are needed to be done, anyway thanks and your baby is so cute.

    1. Thanks for the comments Ed. Yes, Chino is adorable πŸ™‚

      Affiliate marketing is a great way to do business online. You don’t need to know that much “how-to” stuff. All of it can be outsourced to programmers very cheap.

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