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Affiliate Marketing Without a Website
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Being an affiliate means that you've agreed to put forth your best effort to sell products for a particular company in exchange for a commission of the sale total. Amazon is an excellent example of a site that offers an affiliate program because they are so large. Anyone can join their program and you will make a commission on anything that anyone buys on the site after visiting through one of your links. And with Amazon, the more you sell, the higher that percentage will be, starting at 4% and going up to 8.5%.
Hundreds of thousands of websites and companies offer an affiliate program, so be on the look out whenever you visit a site that you think is remotely interesting. Sometimes they post details about their affiliate program on a separate site or they use a third party site for their program, but to find out for sure if a company has one, just google it!
Some people have focused on making their entire life's income simply through affiliate programs. Because of how many companies there are to promote, and because some of them offer truly large rewards, it's certainly possible, but you have to know what you're doing a bit with SEO and basic site building, but that's a discussion for another time. If you're interested in learning more, check out this article about getting a basic site set up for free.
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Articles are Your Best Friend
Welcome back to English 101. Allow all the rules you learned in high school and college to come flooding back as you embark on your adventures into the world of affiliate marketing.
Articles are the most effective way to sell anything online. Talking to your audience and convincing them that they want to buy something is the quintessence of selling, and now you'll be doing it in written form. Long-form articles are best for gaining reputation on the internet and getting a lot of traffic. You want to be seen as an expert on whatever you're selling, so make sure to do your research and talk about as much as you can when writing reviews.
They are several websites that let you submit articles for free and earn your own money from them. In fact you're reading this article on one of them right now. HubPages is a fantastic site with a wonderful community that will support you and always be willing to offer you friendly tips and advice if ever you need. Of course there are plenty of similar site that will let you add your own adsense and affiliate links. Squidoo, Yahoo Voices, Ezine Articles and hundreds more exist and are free to use.
What to Sell
There's an unlimited number of things out there that you can sell, but here are some guidelines for what to look for tto make a good profit.
- High price is best. Obviously since you only get a percentage of the sale that you make, you want to sell items that cost as much as possible. Try to stay away from things like books and movies. This is also because it's more difficult for your readers to see you as an expert on books or movies (unless you're a super famous author or director, but then you probably wouldn't be looking to affiliate marketing to make your money). Electronics and specialized equipment for certain things (like dog clippers) are awesome because people are usually also looking for reviews on such items. Give them everything in one place!
- Low competition is great. Electronics may not be the easiest sell because there are so many people out there and companies already who are trying to get their piece of the market. Find a micro-niche item, something rarely sold in general stores that enough people would need in their daily lives that you can make a name for yourself with.
- High Traffic is key. Obviously you don't want to be writing articles of gold that could make you millions if only they were on a product that people were interested in. Make use of Google's Keyword Planner to find search volume and traffic metrics for the keyphrase you're targeting. This is a super usseful tool that you should make a habit of using everyday. If you sstill need a little help thinking of things to sell, take a look through Amazon. See what's hot and target the most expensive items.
Create Your Own Market of Articles
As you start finding your own affiliate market on whatever website(s) you've chosen and writing articles, you'll probably notice that there are a lot of other products out there that relate to the ones you're trying to sell. It may be a good idea to add mini reviews to these products in your main articles, but you might also consider making completely new articles about these products specifically, especially the higher priced ones.
Your goal for any niche market should probably be to have anywhere from five to fifteen articles on specific products and topics. What you want to do with all these is connect them, linking the in together by having specific spots in the sidebar or throughout your article to advertise them. This is good for several reasons. You can only make yourself seem like even more of an expert in your niche than you already are, Your readers will trust your opinion more if you can show you've really done your research, and more of their questions will get answered. And you have a higher chance of keeping your readers on one of your articles for longer, so if there's any chance that they might click through and buy something, they're buying it from you instead of one of your competitors.
What to Do Next?
After you've got all your articles up, running, and connected together, the next step is to increase your SEO. Get as much traffic as possible to make as many sales as possible. Think of it as just like having a storefront. Even if you just get a random person off the street to step through your door, there's still a chance you might be able to convert them into a buyer. Just rememmber that as you've created a beautiful collection of articles with the potential to make lots of money, you've got to keep all your backlinks coming from relevant sources. Just like you wouldn't link one of your articles to another article about a completely random topic, because nobody would really be interested in such a jump in context (unless they're surfing YouTube). Relevance can only help to establish your credibility.
Finally once you've maximized your traffic, you may want to consider expanding. By this point you're probably making a decent amount of money from your efforts, maybe a couple hundred dollars a month. Wouldn't it be great if all this information could be centralized in one place, on one site that could have its own reputation for being the go-to place for finding out about whatever you're selling? If you're making anything more than $10 a month, then even the most expensive web hosting package would already be paid for. You might even consider an easy set up solution like Weebly, where you can register a domain name with them ffor only a few dollars a year, and the hosting is free. Set up and sell whatever you want, and build your brand.
Good luck on all your ventures, and to find out more about affiliate marketing without a website, please visit my own site, where I post new tips, tactics, and analyses every day: Orandze.com