Affiliate Marketing Simplified
My name is Chris and I have been doing Internet Marketing for around 7 years. In that time I have learned a thing or two about simplifying things in marketing.
Affiliate Marketing isn't always that easy to get started doing though. There is a lot of information out there about affiliate marketing programs and how to be successful at it. I think the best way to do it is the way that works for you!
What I want to do with this hub is give you the basic steps of affiliate marketing, or show you Affiliate Marketing Simplified!
The Image breaks it down to three steps, but I am going to break it down even further.
Step 1: Choosing a Niche
In order to choose a niche right for you, you have to start by writing out your interests.
- What are you good at?
- What do you like doing?
- What do you like learning about?
Once you have the list of interests and things its on to the research to make sure the demand and competition are right.
The easiest way to check the demand for a keyword, is by using Google AdWords. Once you get to the Google Adwords Keyword Tool you will want to search for the niche ideas you have written out to find the best keyword.
Make a spreadsheet with all the keywords and its research. This will help you keep the keywords straight and see which one would be most beneficial.
You will want to check the "global monthly searches" for your numbers, and I usually have them hit anywhere from 1000 and up.
There are two things to look for when doing the competition research:
- Competition - Google.com - search for the keyword
- Competition PR (page rank) - Search PR from all sites on the first page
The lower your numbers on competition the better, and I usually look for numbers less than 5 million competing pages.
To find the number search for the keyword and right below the search it will say about... that is your competition.
To find the page rank you will need to download the Google Toolbar. Then add the PR Checker. It will show you the page rank of the site you are viewing.
Step 2: Choosing Products
From these things we then move on to potential products. Below is a basic list of where you can find affiliate programs to choose the products/services right for you:
- Clickbank.com - For More information on choosing clickbank products please leave comments or send me a message
- Google.com - AdSense
Obviously this isn't an all encompassing list of affiliate programs just a boost to get started.
Step 3: Creating Content
When creating content you have to be optimized for the keyword phrase you have already done the research on.
Your text must be interesting and actually teaching or helping the viewer learn more about the subject matter.
No one is stupid, the viewer can tell really quickly if you are just trying to sell them something.
Step 4: Building Your Site
- What is the purpose of your site?
- Does it accomplish your purpose?
When building an affiliate site, your purpose is to successful transition your traffic to the affiliate you are promoting.
If it is a clickbank product the faster your transition the better. Other sites you might need to sell them on the product a little more before they will actually go and want to purchase from the site your affiliate has created.
In order to overcome this minimize clicks and give less exposure to their site. Meaning get them as close to the check out on the other site as possible.
Step 5: Marketing
Once you have chosen your keywords and optimized your site for the keywords then its on to the marketing.
Links are part of optimization of a site. The more valid high page rank links you have leading into your site the better!
Make your anchor text for your keywords as close to your keyword phrases as possible. Below is an example of this using one of my favorite sites:
(ex. Bean Bag Chairs)
The keyword phrases that the site is optimized for, leads to the site itself!
So in closing do your research, spend time on the text and site layout, and develop links! If you do this the time spent will most definitely pay off.