Affiliate Marketing Is A Great Way To Make Money Online
Everyone would love to make some extra money on-line and Affiliate Marketing is one of the most popular methods to use. Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing effort (source Wikipedia).
So in English…. Affiliate Marketing is basically when someone (the manufacturer) pays you (the marketer) small percentage that they received for any sales that happened because of your marketing efforts.
- The best thing about this model is that you DO NOT have to purchase any of the products yourself
- You DO NOT have to handle any of the payments or
- Shipping or
- refunds that might take place.
- In fact you also don’t have to handle any of the customer questions if you don’t want to either.
How good is that!!
It is not 100% compulsory to have a website in order for you to do Affiliate Marketing, but this is the most common method of being an Affiliate Marketer, so this is the one that we will use here.
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So after you have a website up and running and now you are looking to arrange some goods and services that you can promote on your website and hopefully sell to your website visitors and then make a little bit of money off that.
That is great!
Top 9 Steps Needed to Be A Successful Affiliate Marketer
Step 1: What is your website all about?
One of the best things you can do is to take a moment and write down EXACTLY what your website is all about.
The reason being is that your best chance of making a sale is to understand the needs of your audience and then match the needs of your audience with a wonderful product or service that will solve their problems.
What problem do you solve for your clients? What are they looking for when they visit your website? What topics do you enjoy talking about the most?
This will become the dominate theme of your websites content and hopefully you will be able to find products that match your clients needs.
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Step 2: Understand your traffic
When you apply, they are going to ask you how much traffic do you have at the moment? They want to know the size of your company and is it just you who will be working on your website alone or do you have a team behind you? It’s OK to answer it’s just me at the moment. LOTS of Affiliate markers work solo so you won’t be punished for giving an honest answer.
How much traffic do you have at the moment? Even brand new website need a small amount of traffic before most companies will accept them. It’s OK to have under 50 visitors per day. Tell the truth about your website numbers. Mostly this question is for data collection purposes only.
They may ask you “how many visitors do you expect to come to your website in the near future?” they are trying to estimate how much business they can reasonably expect to come from your website. Again, honest answers are just fine, please don’t feel the need to lie.
They may ask you where your website visitor traffic comes from? They want to know is it organic search only, is it paid Ad’s is it social media etc, etc.
Step 3: Content on your website
You will definitely be asked about the type of content of your website.
The company is trying to figure out if you are a “match” for their website or not.
The best thing to do is to quickly create and publish ten (10) or more quality posts that are relevant to their niche that you want to sell goods and services in.
EVERYONE wants to see a great match between what your website visitors expect to see when they come to your website, what you are talking about and what the companies are selling.
This is also my #1 tip to successfully selling items on your website.
Content is very, very, very important for a good search engine ranking (SERP). If you want to end up on page 1 of Google and get LOTS of free organic search traffic, then you need to write quality content.
Google search algorithm is changing all the time, but at the time of writing the ideal best practice word length for a blog post is sitting at around 1500 per post.
So that means 1500 words per post x 10 posts – 15000 words of content. Woah!! I know it sounds a lot when you are first getting started, but after a while and when you have some experience up, you will be able to breeze through a post in only 1 or 2 hours (yes really!).
Step 4: Think About Your Customers (fancy word is “User Experience”)
Make your website visitors WANT to spend time on your site. There is a lot you can do to help them out. You can add graphics to your website to make your posts “pretty”. It is estimated that you need a picture or a video every 150-200 words per post.
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Another way you can help your visitor stay on your site is to add a menu tab with relevant, easy to find topics. This is a great place to put your most popular articles and keep you audience coming back and wanting more.
Organise your website in a way that makes the visitor want to stay a while and look around and see what else they can learn. This will really help your Google statistics benchmark of “time on page”. Full details of the total number of pages and also the length of time that a visitor spends on your website can be found at Google Search Console. For more information about Google Search Console and how you can use it in your business, please click here.
Another thing you can do is to go into Appearance > Side Bar > and then add a text box and add in an option to show your “recent posts” and categories to the sidebar area.
The reason for this is that not everyone will understand how you have organised things via your top (main) menu. And a lot of people may be interested in one topic that you have developed quite a knack for writing about. Categories give you a second opportunity to present your website visitor with multiple posts to browse around in and hopefully select one two or three to read about.
Step 5: Have a pretty website
Website visitors are expecting a website to be “pretty “and simple to use.
At the time of writing this article, best practice for blog post images was a new picture every 150-200 words.
If you are getting low on what images to use, it’s great to see if you can insert a YouTube video (or similar) to keep your website visitor engaged and on your website.
You don’t have to be the video content author, its enough to insert engaging relevant content about your chosen niche and blog post topic that offers value to your audience.
Step 6: How Will You Make Money (Monetize your Website)
After all your hard work creating your website and then attracting visitors to your website, you should be looking for ways to monetise your website.
There are lots of way to monetize your website but the #1 way that I like to monetise my website is by offering relevant product reviews for my audience and if my visitor likes the product that I am recommending, then they can click on one of my links and then go off and buy it.
Yeah!! This is a great way to make money as an Affiliate Marketer.
But it is by no means the only way to make money with a website. You can make money through product placements, advertising, setting up an Email list, doing product reviews…. the list is endless really.
Step 7: Social Media Icons for Sharing
If you are looking for a great source of organic, FREE traffic then building up a network in social media is a great thing to do.
When you create a new post you can share this via your existing networks and they can be the first group of people to get access to your amazing, quality content or special offer before everyone else does. This is a great thing to let your audience know about.
For first time visitors I recommend installing a social media share plug-in. This website uses Acurax Social Share plug in, but there are lots of free WordPress plug-ins to choose from.
After you install the plug in, whenever a website visitor comes and reads one of your posts, if they like the post then they can share that information quickly and easily with their family, friends and networks and really help you get the word out about your amazing quality content.
This is a great thing to do and you should really think about installing a social share plug in if you haven’t already done this.
After you have installed the plug in, I would only activate the links / icons for any ACTUAL social media platforms that you have AND are prepared to be active on. I have seen many, many, many website owners offer 10+ social media sharing options simply because they can. I recommend against this. Just stick to the platforms that you use daily and are comfortable working in. Please remember that you just can NOT be all things to all people.
Step 8: Encourage Website Visitor Feedback.
Please make sure that you have turned on you “allow site comments” tick box on your website. That way when you write fabulous, engaging comments that really help people and they feel inspired they can add a few thoughts or comments to your blog post.
Another bonus of this is that all the words used count towards the total word length for the blog post. Another great bonus is that you can insert links to other posts that you have written which might really help your audience.
By engaging with your visitors and then hitting “reply” you prove to your audience that you are a real person and that you actually do exist and that you care about your website visitors. You are also offering more value to your website visitors by answering their questions in full and helping them with new information. This is a great way to help make your audience feel welcome and get them to come back and visit your website again. Perhaps they might even hit one of your social media “share buttons” and help spread the word about your wonderful website.
So it’s a win, win, win for everyone.
Step 9: Remember the Legal Stuff!
You really can’t avoid these sorts of public legal documents, so you are better off just acknowledging this fact and then setting up your website properly with these legal documents attached. It will save you a HEAP of time later on.
You can put these sorts of documents either in the main menu near “contact us” or another great spot that lots of people use is in the footer of the document.
It will really depend on the theme that you pick for your website if they allow you to put it in multiple spots and also the overall “look” and “flow” of your website. Just remember that you are in control of your website so you decide what’s best.
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