New to Affiliate Marketing? Allow me to give you a hand with some solid pointers on how you may be able to improve.
Affiliate Marketing is an exciting line of work to get into, full of thousands of opportunities for anyone willing to make the effort. There’s money to be made everywhere you look, but in order to succeed you’re going to need the right approach.
Hello and thank you for joining me here today, my name is Tyson and I’m a full-time Affiliate Marketer. I write articles like this as a way to help others who are also trying to carve out a career online.
Introductions aside, let’s talk a bit about Affiliate Marketing.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate Marketing is the process of promoting goods or services on behalf of a Merchant or Website, for the sake of receiving a commission. It’s typically all done online, through a Website, Blog, or Social Media.
You’ll start by getting a platform set up (usually a Website or Blog), and start adding content to it.
Then through various means you’ll be driving traffic to your preferred platform. This can be organic search engine traffic done through SEO (Search Engine Optimization) or referred through other platforms like Social Media. It can even be paid traffic (via Ads), if you have the money to burn.
After things are moving, you’ll get signed up as an Affiliate with Affiliate Networks of your choosing, and all that’s left is to insert links and get to selling! It’s not complicated, but does take some practice to get good at it 🙂
More information can be found in the article below.
With that out of the way, I want to dive right into some tips to help you succeed as an Affiliate. These are some things I’ve picked up from my personal mistakes and successes thus far, as experience is always the best teacher.
Here we go!
1. Don't Pursue Multiple Niches At Once
“Don’t bite off more than you can chew” – Ancient Chinese Proverb
Actually I don’t know where the heck that line came from, but it gets used so much you must be familiar with it.
Anyway, this piece of advice is going to seem pretty dry and straightforward, but it comes as a result of failures made thanks to too much multitasking.
Multitasking – Instead of doing one thing well, you do many things poorly.
When a lot of people first get into Affiliate Marketing, they get swept up in the simple statements made by randoms on the internet. Promises of quick riches and easy money are made every day, but the truth is being an Affiliate takes a bit of work.
It might not be as taxing as a Full-Time job, but it sure can be depending on what you want out of it.
And to put it bluntly, running multiple websites for multiple niches can become overwhelming very quickly. Imagine having a Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram account for each website too. It’s like learning to swim with a sandbag attached to you, a guaranteed way to drown in a sea of work.
Even if you consider yourself a great worker, burnout will set in eventually. So only start one website/niche at a time, and don’t start another until you’re sure the first is going well enough already.
2. Make Use Of Multiple Traffic Sources
There was a time when websites were fighting for traffic simply by making use of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and paid advertising. We didn’t have all these Social Media platforms to work with, but now the times have changed greatly.
SEO is still a great (and free) way to bring in tons of organic traffic to your website, but I suggest using multiple sources for both an increase in overall traffic, and as a safety precaution.
Why Use Multiple Traffic Sources For Safety?
Truth is, you never know what search engines like Google will do in any particular situation. Your website could be all in the green one day, and somehow written off as “untrustworthy” a short time later.
Why would they do that? It’s not always clear, and usually comes as a surprise to unfortunate website owners. I can list a few possible reasons at best:
- Website not updated in a long while
- Too many Ads or Affiliate links
- Illegal Content
- Website contains Malware or Phishing Scams
Now keep in mind that you won’t always get blacklisted, in fact most of the adversity you’ll face here is dropping in rankings as more valued websites produce content on the same keywords.
But back to the point at hand. Did you know..
- Facebook has over 300 Million Users?
- Pinterest – Over 250 Million
- Instagram – Over 1 Billion
- Twitter – Over 100 Million
- YouTube – Over 1 Billion
That’s a lot of people! In addition I’d like to mention that it’s free to sign up for accounts on these Social Media platforms. So not only is it a lot of potential traffic, but free traffic at that!
Don’t just rely on Google or Facebook, get out there and start diversifying!
3. Get A Good Mentor!
In the wonderful world of Affiliate Marketing, there are so many doors open to you. So many opportunities out there worth checking out, so many ways to make money, but there’s also a lot of not so great ones.
I’m talking about sketchy online “guru” types and shady investment websites. They’re everywhere, promising you the keys to the kingdom and all the secrets to success, in exchange for.. what? A sliver of your time and money? Hmm..
It’s true that good training is worth its weight in gold, but where do you find such a thing in this sea of scammers? I have a couple suggestions that may help:
Wealthy Affiliate University
Anybody that’s been following me for a while knows that I’m not shy about tooting the horn for Wealthy Affiliate. I’ve written a Full Review (found here) for the website, and have mentioned it a few times in other articles because it’s where I received most of my skills, tools, and training.
They’ll teach you everything about making money online, from the ground up – no experience required. The training is up to date, the community is helpful and awesome, and it’s where you can find me most days. Best of all, I offer my mentoring to anyone that signs up through one of my links.
Plus you’ll get a Free Trial and a discount on your 1st month going Premium.
Clickbank is a site that has been going strong for a long while now, bringing aspiring Merchants and Affiliates together so money can be made for both. You may have heard of popular online figures like John Crestani who’ve made a fortune through marketing for Clickbank over the years.
As it turns out, they started offering a full-fledged training series for anyone looking to take their Affiliate Marketing to the next level in the form of Clickbank University. They’ll teach you all about selling products, advertising, and ultimately how to make a living online.
So there you have a couple great options for a full training course online, and no experience or previous skills are required.
4. Only Promote Good Products
As an Affiliate Marketer, whether you have a website or just going the Social Media route, your name and brand are on the line.
You have the power and freedom to choose good products, the kind that will help people achieve the things they want in life. I know it sounds kind of redundant, but many people in Marketing only go after the dollar ($) signs.
This sometimes causes them to promote products and services that just don’t work, all for the sake of getting sales. But this sort of behavior can bite you in the behind, and followers will lose faith in your business.
My advice is to be careful of what products you try to sell to people. There’s millions of things to pick from, so why not just go with stuff that works?
5. Run Your Business "Like A Business"
I truly recommend (again based on my past failures) that you take a more structured, business-like approach as an Affiliate Marketer.
That is, if you want business-like success and results, including income!
I’m not saying you need to work 13 hours a day and sleep under your desk for the first year or anything crazy. In fact just a couple hours of work each day is a great starting point. That way you can gradually grow your platform over time and still work a regular job during the day until sales start rolling in.
But I feel that anytime you have this much freedom, there’s bound to be things that gnaw away at our conviction. You’ll want to turn on the TV when you’re home, play video games, hang out with friends, go drinking, etc.
These are all good and fun, but they often cut into valuable work time.
A Proper Work-Life Balance is Key to Long-Term Success
Don’t work yourself to the bone, or pass out at your computer, but also don’t go a week or two without updating your blog/website because you’ve been “too busy” to commit to your Affiliate work.
A great idea is to draw up a schedule for yourself, something with clearly defined times for your day. Here’s an example:
7:00 am-8:00 am – Eat Breakfast, Feed Kids, Get Ready for Work
8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Typical Work Day
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Eat Supper, Spend Time w/ Family
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Work on Website, Publish Article, update Social Media
8:00 pm – 12:00 am – Free Time
As you can see, it’s pretty simple and I know not everyone’s situation is the same. However, having even a basic structure to your day can increase your productivity dramatically. You have no idea until you wing it for a few days, then try following a schedule like this one. It changes everything.
The Wrap Up
If you’ve made it this far, congratulations. I know there’s a solid pile of word vomit there, but it’s all useful information that I hope you can put into good practice one day.
If you have any other tips you would like to offer up to the audience, leave me a comment down below! I’m always up for discussion, and I think the more knowledge that gets out there, the more people we’ll be able to help here.
As always, I wish you all the success in the world!
Disclaimer: Wealthy Affiliate and ClickBank University do not own or operate this website and is not responsible for its contents. It is owned by Tyson (me), an independent marketing affiliate. Just so we’re all on the same page here 🙂