In the past, I have written various topics on Affiliate Marketing in which I wrote a Beginners Guide on Affiliate Marketing and How to set up an Affiliate Marketing website in 5 Steps. Today I am writing something which is asked by many new Affiliate Marketers.
Can you Really Make money by Affiliate Marketing?
This question has both the answers Yes and no.
Yes, you can make a lot of money with Affiliate Marketing but it will take time.
No, you will not make money with Affiliate Marketing because you are in a hurry.
Every new affiliate wants to earn a lot of money by promoting the products and they often fail why. It is very easy to explain that as if you are a small fish you cannot eat a larger fish but if there are whales and sharks in a pond, they will definitely eat smaller fishes.
If you really want to make money from Affiliate Marketing then you should follow these tips.
1. Look at Affiliate Marketing as your Own Business over a Long Time
Affiliate Marketing is not a one day job, instead, you need to be focused on it and use it over time. It’s not like you send an email to clients and they will purchase a product instantly and you will get rich.
What you should do is, treat affiliate marketing as your own business and nurture it over time. It will give you benefits in long-term not overnight.
2. Trends Change
Just as technology changes in few months, the trends in Affiliate Marketing also changes over time, therefore you need to be
- Updated with latest trends
- Learn more about your niche
- Use the products you are promoting
- Keep your business updated
On my Halloween website, I had to update the dresses every year as the trends changed and I even ordered some of the dresses for my family beforehand to try and write reviews about them. I also had to update some of the details about the items which changed regularly.
3. Use Proper Tools
When you create your website you need these things
- A Proper CMS like WordPress
- SEO Plugins for WordPress
- Broken Link Checker for WordPress
- Hiding Links for WordPress
- Keyword Research like Google Adwords or any other software
After creating your website you need to look at the data provided on your website like
- Search engine Rankings
- Site Speed
- Analytics Data from Google Analytics
- SEMRush tracking data
- Good Affiliate Marketing Platform data
These are not only the tools used in Affiliate Marketing, you need to check every email for more details about offers which you need to update your website on.
4. One to One Communication
You should treat every visitor on your website nicely and should have a proper channel set up for that. You can enable
- Blog on your Website
- User Comments on your blogs and posts
- Comment on other websites to increase traffic
- Participate in Forums
By doing these, you can greatly increase the chance for one to one communication with your website. You will also gather information about trends by participating in online forums as well.
5. Paid Review
Never ever use paid reviews on your website, these days if you even try to use paid reviews on your website, people will know about it.
When any user sees paid reviews, they just tend to ignore the content and move away from the website altogether for next website.
6. You should be honest
Just like the case of paid reviews, if you have tried the product, you should be honest about everything that you have on your website. You should build the trust of your audience in you and then try to sell.
If you have the trust of your audience, the products you promote will sell like hotcakes even if the end consumer does not like the product.
7. Do not promote Crap
One more thing about Affiliate Marketing is that many often resort to promoting either cheap products with little or no value because it will give them good commissions but you should largely be away from those crappy products.
It is because of these crappy products many affiliate marketers have completely lost the trust of the general public.
8. It is not always about Selling
If you think affiliate marketing as your own business, you will try to help people and help them in finding solutions to their problems. By helping others you can prove your genuineness to help others while promoting your product.
This way even if the person who you helped does not immediately buy the product, he/she will remember you and in turn, bring the business to you in future.
Affiliate Marketing in itself is not bad. Many have done it in the past and many will continue to do it in the future. The only thing matters are how you treat it and how you promote it. The better you treat Affiliate Marketing, the better the result will be and the bad you treat it, the worse result will there.
Many affiliates are earning 5 figure yearly just from promoting other’s content and this way they have made their way in the society as a credible source. You can do the same but try to do it carefully and in a proper way.
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