If you are reading this, you are most likely looking to get into internet marketing, specifically through an affiliate marketing program.
We’re going to explain some basic things you should know about affiliate marketing programs that will help you out down the road.
The hardest part about starting a small business is creating a good or service that people want – affiliate marketing eliminates this step, letting you promote any type of good, tangible or intangible, in nearly any niche.
What do I need to start being an affiliate?
First thing is first – you need to have a niche in mind, preferably something you are familiar with so you can offer unique and helpful information on the topic. It really is not completely necessary to be knowledgeable about your niche, but it certainly helps to give you an edge over your competition.
If you already have a website that generates a decent amount of traffic, that is great – you’re one step ahead of the game! If not, don’t worry because creating an attractive website is not as hard as it sounds. This is especially true in this day and age with websites like WordPress and Weebly, designed to help complete beginners build a nice website from scratch.
Please note that if you plan on going into email marketing, a website is not required to join an affiliate marketing program. You can simply talk to your affiliate manager and explain how you market via email, giving details such as how big your opt-in email list is, if you have one, and how many leads you can generate on a daily basis.
The next thing you need is time and patience. If you’re new to the game, you may expect to be swimming in pools of cash right from the get go, which is simply not the case. The top dogs have invested a lot of time and energy to be as successful as they are today. Trial and error, ladies and gentlemen – change things up from time to time like ad placement or site layout and take notes on what is optimizing your profits and what isn’t.
I am ready to get started, where do I sign up?
There are a ton of different affiliate marketing programs out there – we’re not going to drop my referral links and have you sign up guaranteeing that you’ll make five grand a month. You will learn as you go. Simply go to Google and search for ‘marketing affiliate programs’ and viola, thirty million results.
A lot of these programs operate in a similar fashion.
Look for a program that has many appealing offers relating to your particular niche. Remember to think like the people you are targeting – if the product you are offering is not directly related to your niche, would they be interested in it anyway?
When you find the right program, it’s time to apply. Every network requires a link to your website, so make sure you have one that’s ready to drive traffic to (blogs are okay too as long as you have a constant flow of unique traffic). If you are an email marketer, just write ’email’ in the website field, and then explain this later to your affiliate manager after you’ve been reviewed.
Typically, the website address and your personal information is all the programs require. Next you are going to have to wait anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days for your application to be reviewed. The affiliate marketing program will most likely then call you to verify all of your information, and talk about how you plan to get leads. If you are approved, you will then be assigned an affiliate manager.
Not all programs require a phone call, but I favor the ones that do because you can easily form a relationship with your affiliate manager, which can in turn benefit you in so many ways. The affiliate manager is typically highly experienced in internet marketing, and can help you out whenever you have questions or need a little bit of guidance.
When you set up your campaign, try to be creative and think outside the box. Try many campaigns, and see which one is getting you the results you desire. Like anything, put in the work and you will see results. Just remember this is not the easy road to riches as many marketers like to make you think, it requires time and patience as I stated earlier.
In closing, you should now be more informed about the very basics of being an affiliate marketer and how to get into the game. A small piece of advice would be to aim for quality leads over the quantity of leads.