How to Get Started in Affiliate Marketing

Getting Started in Affiliate Marketing

Tips for Getting Started in Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a popular way to make money from home now as it costs you nothing to get started, it allows you to work from home and make some supplementary income (or even make the whole of your income!) and it allows you to indulge in what you love doing and talking about. It sounds wonderful, but many people don’t know how to get started and that results in a great deal of frustration and many people quitting on their dreams.

So how can you get started on your affiliate marketing scheme on the right path from the start?

Obviously the very first thing you want to do is figure out what you want to sell and what you want to get others excited about. Once you’ve done, you’re ready for these four steps.

Decide on What Kind of Website Affiliate Marketing do You Want

Affiliate marketing comes in all flavors, but their vehicle runs generally one of four types. They are:

  • Blogs: Blogs are easy to set up and monetize and allow you to write about things you love and market them. They can be very informal and interactive, they’re easy to spread around and they can be really fun. However, in order to be successful, you have to update your blog regularly, connect with your readers and market yourself.
  • Coupon: Coupon sites allow you to provide up to date coupons for the businesses you are affiliated with. They are hugely popular since everyone loves to save money on their necessities; however, it’s very important to keep your coupon site updated to the minute as your visitors will expect viable deals when they visit.
  • Review Sites: Review sites are another popular way to go as they allow you to establish yourself as an authority in your field, making you more trustworthy. Review sites can cover anything you like, from technology to fashion and they can be written in a very informal and friendly tone. Like the coupon sites, you have to keep your site updated to the minute in order to be useful to readers, particularly in high paced sectors.
  • Download sites: Download sites are very lucrative as they allow you to get people ‘hooked’ on products through things like trial software, demos and free samples. However, they also require a great deal of work. You have to establish yourself as reliable, updated and extremely trustworthy; furthermore, you have to offer downloads that people will actually use and will lead to sales after the trial versions expire. Download sites are most commonly found with software and technology, but things like publishing houses are starting to become more visible.

What’s in a Name? A Domain Name that Is

The next thing to do is figure out the name of your domain. A domain name is extremely important as it’s how people will find you and remember you, so make sure you pick one that is suitable. Choose a name that is relevant in someway to your business and choose the place where you want to buy your domain name from. You can buy domain names through a third party or find one through domain registrars. You may have to be a bit flexible in your name, particularly the ‘extension’, as something like .com may not be available. There are a few other affidavits to bear in mind: .org is generally reserved for non-profit organizations and charities and .edu is for schools. Otherwise, the sky is usually the limit!

Who’s the Host?

A hosting service is what allows your site to be connected to the internet so the world can see it! You pay a fee-monthly or annual-to the company to use their servers and their storage so that you can keep your sites, update them and tear them down as you like. Most companies offer hosting service plans plus domain name registration, so make sure you know what you want and need so that you can choose the best plan for you.

Choose your Theme

Ok, so now things can get fun. You can either have your website built from scratch or you can choose a theme. Website themes bring together colors, designs, fonts, graphics and other things to make your site readable, functional and useful for yourself and your readers. Themes also have fewer security issues, are updated regularly and come with a high level of support if you buy it from something like your web host. If you hire out your web design to a freelancer, then it might be a good idea to put your designer on your payroll so you can have him or her update your site regularly, keep an eye on security and fix anything that breaks.

Once you have what kind of site you want, your domain name, your host and your theme, you’re ready to start filling your site with content of all sorts, market it and start making money! But take the time to plan out what you want to sell, how you want to sell and what you want your site to look like. All of this will lead to greater success in affiliate marketing and a more enjoyable time overall.

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