Just considering starting a Niche site using affiliate marketing . I will build a site, but with all the garbage out there, mostly ads, I have no idea where to get the best info on affiliate marketing, where to go, what to watch out for.
Looking for some advice and pointers to the best info,programs, and How To tutorials.
thx in advance.
Maybe not what you are looking for but it does illustrate my thinking on this - take a look at my affiliate hub.
Here's my Hub on this topic. I use the info that I glean from my experiments before I set up new Amazon storefronts.
I list the ways that I find new, upcoming niches or "undiscovered" ones.
I use this site for learning the stuff you are talking about, how to discover niches etc. I also look at the author as I trust some writers here more then others. I expect there are a lot of great hubs here covering just about everything you could ask for in your exciting new venture. All the best and good luck!
I've joined a paid scheme to learn about all this. I'm certainly not a millionaire yet, but as I slowly work through all the tutorials, I'm finally beginning to understand things that are talked about on HP, but which I just did not succeed in "getting".
Great thread you have started here Peter.
There are a lot of onsite tutorials about picking a product and writing articles about that product. The idea is to test the water to see what keywords are working and how the product converts to a buyer. When you find one that has promise, then bang, there's your website. Makes sense in my view.
They also say this is a trial and error approach, picking the long tail keywords using pay per click sites etc natural organic traffic and increasing visitors.
Hubpages is a great resource for this testing. I personally promote the Magic Article Rewriter. I am position 3 on Google and have been for awhile now. The sales I make are quite good.
My point here is, get a good site together with a good product and get it on the first page of Google. If not then no sales.
There's the secret, get in early, own the keyword with a bit of age on the site before the newcomers all start promoting and make a few sales. The way to get around the age of a site is to pick a keyword that is not being targeted about the product that is getting traffic, getting sales and holds a strong position on page one.
I've been doing a lot of reading, both in hubs and in general.
One theme is website. Can' one start with a simple Blogger.com or blogspot.com as your website?
If totally individual site needed, where would you suggest going for a free or very cheap site with templates so it is easy to create content?
Honestly as far as finding a niche I read magazines lots of magazines to get a feel for current trends - and to learn the most popular adjectives to put in my marketing copy.
Then I search to see if there are good merchants with affiliate programs. I usually like to see merchants with 30 day return cookies and decent commissions, with low return data.
Be careful to use a well constructed template for your website. I always prefer my own site to a blogger or something like that. You have more control.
Google makes affiliate marketing more and more difficult as time goes by. Google products/Google shopping is the latest in a long line of obstacles to affiliate selling.
It is also worth remembering that on Hubpages, hubs targeting adsense made as much money as amazon or ebay hubs, pre-slap (according to Hubpages staff) and probably a lot more now. The same is probably true of niche web sites.
I suggest you to start with Clickbank where you can find thousands of products to promote and don't have to wait for advertisers to approve you. You get paid if you work well or else you just work. Fetch the link of products there and use them in advertising through CPC campaigns, facebook, article writing or whatever you can think. It sounds simple but yet doing it will give you a lil headache. Don't just read, try practicing affiliate marketing and that is gonna pay you actually.
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