Have you looked at ways to make money online? What about Affiliate Marketing? Did you know that affiliate marketing is not old, it’s not new, and it’s not saturated? It is, however, a perfect way to make money from home. In light of this, I do have 10 affiliate marketing secrets that will help you determine the best place to learn and set up your new online business.
When I began in the affiliate marketing world, I had no idea what to do or how to determine which company would offer what I needed to succeed. I searched all over the internet for ways to learn. After many tries and a few scams later I did find an excellent platform. My goal today is to save you the headache and frustration of trial and error. I have put together these 10 secrets that will help you find the right place to learn and grow.
10 Affiliate Marketing Secrets
I am sure if you are searching the internet for ways to make money online, you have run across the scams that promise to “do it all for you” or “make easy money online.” Have fallen for some of those smooth talkers and lost your money? I know I did! No more scams for us because I am here to help.
When you are beginning a new venture, it is exciting, fun, and frustrating all at the same time. Training and support are a deal-breaker for the new entrepreneur.
With any new endeavor, it is necessary to have direction and goals. For this reason, I have lined out 10 secrets of knowledge all beginners need to become successful in affiliate marketing. Let’s get rolling.
- Find a Trusted Platform
- Understand Affiliate Marketing
- Find Your Niche
- Create Your Website
- Prepare Your Site For Search Engines
- Prepare Your Site For SEO
- Learn To Write content
- Set-Up Menus So Others Can Navigate Your Site
- Know-How To Find Keywords
- Develop Patience
Find A Trusted Platform
Many platforms on the internet will help you get started. But how many will help you step-by-step? Most platforms have either training or support and lack in one or the other. Let’s say you find proper instruction, and you are moving right along, but you hit a snag. You need some help, so you start looking for a way to ask a question. You find a site with frequently asked questions and a support forum. So you spend the next few hours searching the questions and answers others have submitted. You can’t find the answer, so you submit a ticket and wait for 24-48 hours for a response.
You only have a limited amount of time to work on your new online business, and you have just spent all of your time waiting for an answer.
You found a perfect example of excellent training and mediocre support.
Or you start the training only to find out many pieces are missing. So you go to an area and ask questions. You get great support, but with all of the holes in the training, you are wasting your time.
Understand Affiliate Marketing
What is affiliate marketing? Since my focus for this article is making money with affiliate marketing, I will explain a bit about it. Here is the low-down, or the simple explanation but when you begin your online business, you will want a platform that will explain this in detail. After all, who wants to start something they don’t understand? A lack of knowledge will produce a feeling of failure which will lead to giving up. But I want to see you succeed.
Affiliate Marketing is where you partner with a company (for free) like Nike, for instance, and promote its products. When someone sees your promotions and clicks on the tennis shoes and then make a purchase, Nike will pay you a commission for your hard work. It is a happy circle of a company, a customer, and you.
Find Your Niche
A niche is a small word with a lot of potentials. It is the area that you will choose to promote and create a website around. Let’s say you like gardening, so you decide to partner with gardening companies and promote everything gardening.
Choosing a niche is easy for some, yet for others, it is a daunting process. You will need a platform with the proper training to guide you in a direction that will help you find a profitable and fun niche.
Create Your Website
Did you know you can set up a website in 3 minutes? That’s right, just 3 minutes, and this is the easy part. But without the proper guidance, it would take hours or weeks or months. That is way too much time and effort to waste.
When you are searching for a place to set up and host your affiliate marketing website, it is imperative to find one that includes all of the security needed to run your site on the internet safely. Not only do you want protection, but you want that included in your hosting. You never want to have a bunch of upsells that drain your bank account.
Prepare Your Site For Search Engines
The most crucial part of affiliate marketing is free traffic from search engines. When you start an online business you want free traffic. Find a platform that will train you in analytic set-up so you have all of the bells and whistles connected to your site. Without Google recognition, you will be a tiny fish swimming in a vast ocean. Make sure the platform you choose helps you understand train how to connect all the dots.
Prepare Your Site For SEO
Have you ever wondered how all those articles get to the top of a page on Google when you search for how to make money online? That is known as SEO (Search Engine Optimization). With a new business in affiliate marketing, you will want free traffic to your website. You will have this traffic when Google, Bing, and Yahoo recognize you in their search engines.
When you are checking out platforms to begin your business, look for one that has extensive training and an in-depth explanation of SEO optimization. When I started, I tried to do it all by myself, it was so frustrating. Wealthy Affiliate taught me all I need to know about SEO and they provide a free plugin to help with this process.
Learn To Write content
Content is King. Writing is something many people dread and will say, “but I am not a writer.” No one is a born writer. Some may have a desire to write, but it is still a learning process. Everyone can learn to write content for their site. But once again, you will need training and support.
When you are searching, be sure to check it out to see if they have training on how to write and what Google wants. You can do it. Don’t let this little thing stop you, but do find a platform with exceptional teaching on content writing to bring in the free traffic you will need to succeed.
Find an environment that will offer feedback from like-minded and experienced members. Feedback will show you where to improve.
Have you ever been on someone’s website and can’t figure out how to find anything? No matter how good the site is if you can’t find the information, it is no good. So, what do you do? You click out of that site and go to one that is organized.
The way to let others know where things are in your affiliate marketing business is in a menu at the top. When you are looking for a platform, find one that instructs you on the best visually pleasing way to set up a functional menu. It may not sound like much, but it is oh so important.
Know How To Find Keywords
What is a keyword? Think of it as a word that opens the door to the Google search engine. The word fits into an internet lock to open the vast door to recognition. It is the primary key to traffic, and free traffic is money in the bank.
When you search for a platform to begin your business, make sure it has a tool to search for the keywords that are lowest in completion and highest in traffic. Also, is it included, or will you have to pay extra? Choosing good keywords is one of the more important secrets I can share with you today. Good keywords drive you to the top.
Patience is the most challenging part of affiliate marketing. You put in all of the hard work and you want everyone to see it all right away. But that will not always be the case. When you find the right platform with the proper training and support you are in a continual learning environment. Your site is up and running quickly but you still need to add the finishing touches. Those touches will evolve over time as you do.
Let’s compare it to going to your physical job each day. I am an ER nurse. I went to work for 12 hours each time I stepped into the ER. About 6 hours into my shift, we get an ambulance in. Once we get him into an ER room, we began CPR and saved his life.
We finished our work and did what we needed. We saved a life. So, can we now stop working and go home? NO NO, NO! If we quit and go home, who will help the patients?
A website is like that. Once you followed the top 9 affiliate marketing secrets, can you stop, sit back and wait for the money to roll in? After all, you have everything set up. NO NO, NO! If you stop, then Google stops recognizing you and your followers lose out. You are no longer there for them when they need you.
You have to keep putting new keywords and content on your website, and as you do this, your income will grow. It is a process and not a “get rich quick” plan.
When you stick with it, you become an authority, your site matures, and people will love you. Then Google comes along and decides to show it to the world on-page one of page one. Google says, “oh man, I really think my readers can benefit from this website information.” “And I think this person knows what they are talking about because all of my readers are searching for the very things he/she puts in their articles.”
When Google notices you, then you have arrived. Arriving creates traffic, and traffic produces revenue, but again, not overnight.
My #1 Recommendation For Building An Online Business
At the top of this article, you see a box with an eBook. Suppose you want to learn more about setting up a business online; just put in your email address and download my book. I talk all about affiliate marketing. Once you finish that, I will break it all down for you and send you weekly emails with information on how to get started. You can earn a passive income online from home.
I also offer an alternative way to learn. I learned all I know from the Wealthy Affiliate Platform. You can sign in and set up an account with WA. I will be your personal mentor, as well as the full support of a like-minded community.
When you sign into Wealthy Affiliate Platform, I will receive a notification and send you an email. You can reach me by responding to that email. On the inside, I am your personal mentor and here to help you succeed whenever you need me.