If you were looking to boost your income and start your own business within minimum level of investment, affiliate marketing is for you.
One of the biggest advantages you can have with Affiliate Marketing is that you do not have to be a “technical guru” to become a successful affiliate marketer. However, there are certainly several simple tips that can help you get started on the right track and help you avoid some commonly made mistakes that can be costly for you – in terms of time, energy, and money – if you do not know what to look for.
Here are few beginner tips for new affiliate marketers:
Promote Unique Products
If you do what everyone else does – promoting the same products that 1000s of other affiliates – you are setting yourself up against a “tough” competition. On the other hand, finding a unique product still in demand means you do not have to compete with so many other affiliates to bring traffic (buyers) to your site.
Join Merchants Affiliate Program & Use Promotion Tools
When you are first starting your affiliate marketing business, you will find that signing up to a merchant’s account to promote their products will provide you many affiliate support that will make your life that much easier than having to do everything yourself.
It is a very good idea to take some time checking out different merchants before choosing products to promote. Many merchant’s affiliate programs offer you with plenty of promotion tools such as banners, images, and even keywords and articles that you can use on your website to promote … for FREE.
Popular Examples of Affiliate Resources:
- Pre-written emails
- Adwords adverts
- Product Imagse
- Free eBook samples, etc
Monitor and Track Your Website
Once you start promoting your affiliate products, you should keep you eyes wide open. That means you should track and test your results, which many affiliate marketers fail to do or simply overlook. Online monitoring and tracking can make a HUGE difference to the effectiveness of your campaigns and you do not know how a small tweak in your sales copy can boost your sales. So, pay attention to where your visitors are coming from and how they are finding you, and track what they are searching/looking for when they do visit your site.
There are handful of tracking software programs out there for you, but if you are on a budget and just starting out as an affiliate marketer, we highly recommend that you use Google Analytics tool, which is completely FREE to use.
Passive vs. Re-occurring Income
An affiliate marketer receives certain percentage of the sale of a product as pre-defined by the merchant (owner) of the product. This percentage may vary depending on the merchant. In most cases, this is a one off sale, but there exists an alternative. Consider promoting items like membership products that will give you an ongoing percentage paid to you every month that a buyer remains a member.
After you make your first initial sale, you really do not have to do any legwork to keep receiving a further monthly payment.
Affiliate marketing can become a very attractive source of making additional money. If you only stick with these affiliate marketing tips (discussed above), you can get started in your new business enterprise without having to spend any significant amount of money from your wallet.
On a final note, you should understand that setting an affiliate marketing business is just that: a business! That means you will have to put in some initial work and do not get distracted by the promise of “use me I will solve everything” toys that will do everything for you.
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