So you have your affiliate marketing idea and you’ve found suitable affiliate products to promote with good commissions, so what next?
I’ve previously discussed buying your own domain name rather than using a free domain name and the reason for committing $10 per year for your own domain name is to ‘own your website’.
When you add content to domains that you do not own yourself, you’re simply renting or borrowing that space rather than owning you’re own property. So once you have your domain name the next step is to build your website and the easiest way to do this is to use a free content management system like WordPress.
In this video, I’m going to show you how to begin adding killer content to your wordpress website that will build trust with your readers and encourage them to follow your affiliate offers and promotions.
I had an interesting question today from a new marketer..
“Now I have a webpage, should I focus on one product at a time instead of having all products on one page?”
This is a good question and the answer is simple, Yes and No!
Here’s wheat I mean..
If you’re just starting out then my answer to that would always definitely be YES. You can always think about promoting other products later on but first its important that you take the time to ‘think’ about the type of person who would want to buy your one single chosen product.
Once you have taken time to ‘think’ about that product and the type of person who would might possibly want to buy it, you then should be able to take that person by the hand and ‘lead them around your webpage’.
Take your readers by their hand
Now OK, you wouldn’t physically take their hand and walk them around, but with web sales, this in principal is what you’re doing, i.e. reaching out to individual ‘real’ people who might fit the criteria to purchase the products you are promoting.
This can take many forms, for example you could begin buy researching what other sellers and affiliates are writing about and begin writing your own creative articles, or if you prefer you could use video to communicate to your potential buyers.
Use Good Ol’ Google to Crawl into Your Prospects Mind
The easiest place to start researching is (you guessed right) Google!
Use Google and type in words and phrases about the product and maybe type in questions what your target market might be asking..
For example, in the Candida market please might be talking about or asking questions about..
– “what types of foods should I be eating to help with candida”
-“has anyone tried product ‘X’ to help with Candida”
These are only example but these are the types of questions people who need help with this particular problem might be asking. If you’re able to provide information and answers to these questions in your articles and content and make your articles original and truly informative, then your readers are more likely to trust the authors opinion (YOUR Opinion) and follow you to interact with your next article, content piece or product offer :o)
Hang out where your prospects hang out
From there you can research forums, articles and other websites and group discussions about the type of products and about the types of questions your target person might be asking.
Content in the form of articles, videos or audio recordings are all good ideas to get your message across and really at least one of these is needed to supply information to your buyers.
Many good marketers begin by writing between 3 to 5 really good articles and use these as your main ‘pillar’ articles for your website. (These are the main articles that really get to the heart of what you’re promoting and the reasons why).
You can present your content in the form of reviews or as informative articles or in other ways you feel best suits your style – or a combination of those.
But the main thing to keep in mind is WHO your readers will be.
Once you have your content in the form of articles, videos or other, you will then need to be able to physically display your content with the intention of bringing potential readers to your content.
Internet marketing technology evolves – FAST!
This leads me onto technology..
Way back, when I first began marketing online there was no real easy way to display content on your own website without spending days creating websites or finding someone who can create a website.
These days its much easier, WordPress is without doubt the leading website content management system out there and its totally free to use.
Once you have a domain name and hosting account from Godaddy, you will be able to install WordPress with a couple of clicks.
Here’s a video showing how to install WordPress..
Once you have WordPress installed and setup and your articles and banners on the site, your already 60% of the way to making your first sale.
The next step is promoting your website and to save ‘overwhelming’ you at this point I will go into this in another post (or simply join the affiliate marketing program here). In the meantime you should install your WordPress site , get that setup and running with your ‘3 to 5 pillar articles’ of 500 words or more.
The #1 most important thing your can do to get sales with affiliate marketing is to..
Some people rent the house they live in. Some people have no choice but to rent, however in business its always better to OWN your own properties and websites are your website business properties.
You can post articles on article directories, videos on Youtube and bites of information on Facebook although the problem with this is, what if Google, Facebook or the owner of the website decides they don’t like your content anymore? Or maybe they change their business model and your content is no longer appropriate and take your content down? You lose all your work!
Its still a very good idea to post on article directories, forums and use social media to attract your prospects attention, although the whole purpose of posting on websites you don’t own or control is to bring your prospects back to read content on YOUR website.
When you host your own website you’re the owner of YOUR website and YOU make the decisions about what YOU want to do with it. With that said, hosting costs real money but from as little as $5 per month, its well worth the investment if your serious about making money online.
Once you have your own website with content it become an asset you own. You can build upon your asset or even attempt to resell your asset to other online marketers, so its a good idea to begin to build your online business starting with your own website as a base.
This video reveals how to get your hosting account up and running..
Still a beginner? Need a hand to get started making money as an affiliate?
Meander your way through the links and training videos below for newbie marketers, and you’ll soon be up and running and ready to earn affiliate commissions in next to no time! (well, as quickly as you decide to put what you learn into action that is :o)
1. Firstly your going to need to own your own juicy domain name? See how to get one here(after you click its about half way down the page)
2. Already got your domain name? OK, If you’re serious about building an online income, hosting your own website is definitely the way to go. This article reveals how to get your own hosting account
3. I here you say, “OK, so I got my domain name, hosting account and wordpress website, so whats next” – Well, next you should seriously consider to begin adding content to your wordpress website that will build trust and relationships with your readers(and potential buyers). Click here to watch the video and learn how to do this now.
Once you have completed all the above give yourself a pat on the back, because although its likely you have yet to make your first commission, you’re well on your way to doing just that.
For more advanced marketing materials first go through the general affiliate training videos here. You’ll also find a training video section in your affiliate dashboard – simply login and go to ‘Training Videos’ on the left hand side of your affiliate dashboard.
You have your website, you have found the product you want to earn commissions for and sometimes you might want to promote a specific product located on an inner landing page. To create your own unique link with your affiliate id already embedded in the link, watch the video..
Video 1 – Create affiliate links to landing pages of your choice..
I hope you had a chance to look through the first section of affiliate training videos from your affiliate center dashboard. If you have watched those videos then you will already know..
– How affiliate marketing works
– Your role as an affiliate
– Where to find traffic
– Why a blog is useful to post articles and refer buyers
If you are already an active affiliate referring sales for other merchants thats great. The next steps for you would be to familiarize yourself with your affiliate account functions and the available marketing materials. There are videos that discuss this in more depth also.
However if you are still figuring out affiliate marketing and wondering where to begin, then I would highly recommend you watch the videos under the section ‘Advanced Affiliate Marketing’.
Even if you are not an advanced affiliate yet, this set of video tutorials will show you the various forms of generating traffic to send potential buyers to buy from our websites, so you can start earning referral commissions as soon as possible.
Login now and watch the next set of tutorials here..