10 Tips for the Beginners in Affiliate Marketing
March 16th, 2016 | by Philip Verghese 'Ariel' || 34 Comments |
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She is a regular contributor to several well-known websites. Her in-depth topic analysis is worth mentioning. She loves to share her knowledge on Blogging, SEO, Affiliate Marketing and various other Make Money Online subjects.
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In this post she specially points out 10 vital tips for any new blogger who wants to enter into the field of Affiliate Marketing.
Read on and find out what she says about this important subject.
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10 Tips for the Beginners in Affiliate Marketing
Hello all PHILIPScom Readers,
It’s a delight to share my insights with you all. I am very much thankful to Philip for adding this article in his blog page.
Affiliate marketing tips for beginners is a precise guide to help the newbies to start their affiliate journey in the right direction. One must do the things wisely to make it work while avoiding costly mistakes.
If you have heard that affiliate marketing is easy and it will help you to earn millions of dollars in a month, then I must share that there is a catch in that.
It is definitely not like you will just share your affiliate links here and there and people will start buying from you. Affiliate marketing is a tricky job and you have to be smart enough to land your first affiliate check.
In this article, I will share the basics of affiliate marketing which will help the new bloggers (or I must say affiliate marketers) to make a successful career in this highly lucrative industry.Affiliate marketing tips for beginners is a precise guide to help the newbies to start their affiliate journey… Click To Tweet
What is Affiliate Marketing?
As the definition goes, “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 efforts.”
In basic terms, it is a way of making money online by referring people to purchase some products online. Now a days more and more businesses are starting to use this form of marketing. It is an extremely cost-effective tool as the affiliates are paid only when a purchase is made.
Being an affiliate, the commissions can range from as low as 1% with established retailers, to an extent of 80% for some new and forthcoming products. The beauty and wellness market offers most of the hefty commissions with an average of around 30% per sale.
How to Become an Affiliate?
Most of the companies intending to go for an affiliate marketing model, opt for an established affiliate network. These networks with their large base of affiliates is a convenient option for both the company and the marketer.
Normally the affiliates are free to join and have no pre-requisites for approval. But sometimes the approval process may take some time as they have their own criteria for the approval process.
Affiliate Marketing Tips for Beginners
1 Choose the Right Niche
Choosing the right niche for your blog and hence your affiliates is one of the biggest determining factors that will contribute in your success while making money online.
However, if you try to promote something you don’t have interest in, chances are more that you will get bored and give up in some time.
Concentrate on a particular niche and stick to specific products rather than selling everything. Gradually build and promote products and services related to that.
2 Pick your Affiliates Wisely
Affiliate marketing is not about selling anything and everything which comes your way. Try to join only reputed affiliate programs and networks. For example ShareaSale, Amazon Associates, Commission Junction, Viglink etc. have decent authority and trust in the market.
Some of them might have a better commission percentage than others. But more or less all these affiliates work in the similar manner. You need to do a thorough research to decide which one is best suitable for you.Affiliate marketing is not about selling anything and everything which comes your way! Read 10 vital tips here: Click To Tweet
3 Cloak your Affiliate links
It is one of the very first learnings to make your links look shorter and decent. No one likes to click on some ugly links. So cloak those ugly affiliate links by using a link cloaker. A link cloaker makes your link dressed for good while increasing your click through rate.
4 Appreciate the FTC guidelines & your Legal Obligations
If you wish to build your own website and promote your affiliates, then make sure that you educate yourself with the FTC guidelines and understand the disclosure requirements. Having a website is highly recommended for building credibility. But at the same time, you must acquaint yourself thoroughly with the current FTC regulations.
Affiliates must have a disclosure in their site informing that they will get a commission from the promoted products if the user buys anything through their affiliate link. Also make sure to understand all other policies mentioned in the FTC website.
Your buyers are clever enough to see you through. So do not try to mislead them. Misleading posts may help you to get popularity for short term. But it is not going to help in building a perpetual business model. Being dishonest is very silly and highly unprofessional. So make your marketing strategies wisely. Otherwise, you may invite legal obligations from FTC.
6 Understand your Responsibilities towards email List
To increase the likelihoods of your affiliate sale, it is very much needed that you build your email list. But you need to understand the responsibility involved and set your own policies to abide by. No one likes SPAM. So try to limit the number of mails sent per week and provide only useful information to your readers. Do not ever SPAM your email list.
7 Build Relationship with Your Affiliate Manager
Most of the reputed affiliate networks have a dedicated affiliate manager whom you can access for all your affiliate queries. They can help you with the information like which offers perform better and assist you to maximize your affiliate earnings.
Your affiliate manager wants you to be successful, as they make money when you make money. It’s a win-win situation for both the parties. So try to form a lasting relationship. Schedule an initial call and be prepared with your list of queries. Time to time, write to them for all your concerns and be thankful for their support.
8 Build Trust among your Audience
To become a successful affiliate marketer, you need to build trust among your readers. It is not tough to make a few sales. But without building the trust factor, you won’t be able to keep it in the long run. Do a proper research on the product, check whether the product has a good reputation in the market. It is also very important that the product gets good after support from the company.
9 Give Discount or Bonus to your Product
Who doesn’t like a discount! With a huge competition in the market, it is highly challenging to make one convince to buy your products. You can try to give some discount from your affiliate earnings to attract them. This in a way compelling them to buy products only from you. You may also offer the guidance to use the product as a bonus. An individual discount in a product review works the best.
10 Keep Patience – It will take time
Affiliate marketing is not any kind of get rich sooner scheme. So if you are not making money at the first place, don’t lose hope. You need to promote your business to generate traffic and build your audience-base. Keep doing things on a regular basis and wait for better results.
Affiliate marketing is the place for split testing. So try and test the products as per your niche which can be the best seller for you. You may refer to the resource pages of the established bloggers in your niche and checkout which type of products they are promoting. Then do your research properly and decide on your products.
Hope this guide will help you to start on the right path and avoid some of the starting hurdles of affiliate marketing. There might be different other techniques you have explored in your way to making it a success. Please feel free to add your tips in the below comments to enrich the article for the newbies.
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