- Surf Youtube
As long as you have been on Earth for the past decade, this is definitely a no-brainer. Youtube is flooded with tutorials on practically any topic under the sun. Affiliate marketing is no exception. Besides, video tutorials are definitely a better way to get started. Compared to sifting through tons of irrelevant information on a million different sites, this is definitely the easy way to go.
- Forums and Blogs
Now, despite what I just said, you can’t completely ignore written sources of information. Especially, the blogs and forums on sites like http://powerhouse.com/forum and http://cpatrainingvault.com. Here you benefit from the experiences of real-life fellow affiliate marketers and their advice.
- Do your Homework (and you don’t have to do a lot)
Ever walked into a store and been bamboozled by the range of choice? Ever felt completely out of your depth trying to select the best product from amongst a group? Well the idea’s the same when you apply it to your blog or business. Don’t confuse your customers with too many choices. Do your homework on your customer base and pick just 1 or 2 affiliate programs which you feel will best suit them.
- Sales pitch
Whatever form your sales pitch takes you need to make it stand out from the crowd. It could be a blog post or even a static web page. Product landing pages are sometimes provided by certain companies. But regardless of your strategic choices, you have to focus on making your pitch as simple-worded as possible. Keeping in mind exactly what your target audience wants, will make it easier to make a more emphatic sales pitch to convince your readers.
- Make sure you’re marketing the right product
Your product is the core of your business. That’s what you must focus on first and foremost. I admit that a poor sales pitch can adversely affect your profits, but if your product’s not the right one, you don’t stand a chance. To be completely sure: find out if your product is essential to your customers. The more its necessity, the longer your client will want it.
- Select the right affiliate program for you
There are a host of affiliate programs out there, but you need to find one that works for you. Make sure it is relevant to the niche of your choice. Find out what the minimum payouts are and what mode of payment they employ. All these can get you set with just the right program to suit your needs.
- Stay unique
There’s a lot of competition on the Internet and if you want your products to sell, you have to be a step ahead of the rest. One of the worst mistakes you can make is copying products. It just introduces competition at the very beginning. Instead, try to change your products from time to time or market one that is rarely promoted.
- Recurring commissions
Recurring commissions is that huge secret which is known to a select few. Touted as the Holy Grail of affiliate marketing it is one of those things that you must keep an eye out for. Products paying recurring commissions will get you the best gains possible. It is akin to buying shares in a company and earns revenue for as long as the company exists. Besides, chances are, you get paid whether you work on promoting them or not. One such product is our own Powerhouse Affiliate Memberships Affiliate Program with a 50% recurring commission!
- Optimize, Optimize, Optimize
Most affiliates don’t realize how important SEO is. It is the one sure-fire way of ensuring a consistent flow of traffic to your blog. Marketers who ignore this rather important step find themselves in a bit of a soup when it comes to their search-engine rankings. If I haven’t already made it clear enough, SEO friendly blogs equate to consumer/user-friendly blogs.
- Realizing there are no true shortcuts
I’m not saying that the above shortcuts won’t help. But, consistency is what relates to success in the affiliate marketing world and that takes dedication. Understanding that get-rich-quick schemes will, more likely than not, get you nowhere, is the first step to becoming a better affiliate. And this will save you a lot of time and resources, as well.