Get started with Affiliate marketing
The very first thing that you need to do before getting started into affiliate marketing is to find your niche (product category) you choose to promote to your customers.
Choosing a niche is a crucial step, take your time and do a good market research on the product and your chosen audience.
A good market research will help you to determine whether your product is worth promoting else you will be better off promoting something else. It will also save you from future losses.
Let me show you some of the best niches you can get into. These are my favorite, you can select your own niche.
This niche is one of the best ways to make money online fast. A trend is a certain product or service that has become or quickly becoming very popular.
Following the trends can earn you a good amount of money as already many marketers are doing, but this will not last for long. You have to find a different trend after this is over.
Trends can be very profitable if you can identify them early before everybody does. You must take action fast in order to stay ahead. You can use tools like Google Trends or other similar software and keep an eye on social media to identify them.
These are the product categories that can be sold throughout the year to a large demographic.
For example, people from around the world want to lose weight all the time. This is not a seasonal problem.
Therefore, this could be a really good niche to get into, although this niche is very saturated with competition and could be a bit difficult for a complete newbie to make a significant amount of money fast unless you already have a following or an amazing marketing strategy that will outstand your competition.
Some other examples of evergreen niches are Dog Training, Hair loss, Dating, Finance, Self-help, etc.
These are the products that gain overwhelming amounts of popularity within a very short period of time. These viral trends can last for as little as a month to as long as a year.
A good example of a viral product is the famous fidget spinner. These little toys gained a wide popularity among kids and even some adults.
Catching a viral product in and promoting it during its infancy, can provide be good as winning the internet lottery.
These are the product categories that can be sold within a certain period of time or to a certain geographic location.
For example, If you get into a Christmas tree and decoration niche, you will be able to make good sales between the months of November to January.
There are many other seasonal niches out there. In India, there are festivals like Diwali, Holi, Dussehra, etc. These festival seasons can be a golden opportunity.
One quick way to find out if you have a marketable product is to look for competition. If other marketers are already promoting your product or products that are similar to yours, it could mean that there is money to be made within your niche.
As I’ve discussed in the previous article, affiliate marketing can be done by both free and paid method. Let us discuss the free method in detail.
This method can take a bit more work and obtaining results can be slower than if you use paid methods, but it is indeed still very possible to create a lucrative affiliate marketing business using free resources.
The only real advantage about getting started with affiliate marketing for free is that it can save you few bucks, other than that I can’t think of anything else that could be beneficiary in only using this strategy.
In order to make a free method work, you will have to do it right. As mentioned, getting started for free will require some patience, as well as good strategy. But trust me guys, it will work.
Here are the steps you can use in this free strategy:
- Create an account in Facebook(or other social media platform) where you can easily promote your product with your friends for free.
- Join multiple facebook groups related to your niche. Joining random groups will not work.
- Try to give as much value as you can in those groups. Remember, you don’t have to sell anything at first. Simply try to be active in the group and build trust.
- Try to answer people’s question like other people’s posts, be friendly with everyone and create connections.
- Once you have gained people’s trust, begin to share your links to your social media accounts and encourage people to follow you.
- After you created a good following on your page, you can slowly start promoting affiliate products or services.
- Now, start making money by promoting products.
Twitter Advanced Search.
Twitter advanced search is an amazing tool where you can find your potential customers for free. With this tool you can tailor search results based on people, range of dates, hashtags or specific phrases, also you can exclude words and phrases.
It provides refined searches which will help you to identify your customer.
Simply, search on your browser as Twitter Advanced Search. Most probably the first result will be the link.
Twitter advanced search dashboard will open >
A long list appears by which you can filter the search results. Use these fields to find the tweets, that include the words or phrases you want. You can find your target audience within a minute.
Let me show you with an example
Suppose, I want to sell an iPhone as an affiliate. Now how do I find customers who are interested in buying an iPhone?
Simply type as shown in the image and you will find the list of people who are interested in buying an iPhone and hit search.
The following results will appear >
After finding your target audience, you can share your affiliate links with them by simply leaving a comment.
This is the best free method and my personal favorite to find the target audience.
Search Engine Optimization
This technique has a lot of benefits in the long run for your affiliate marketing business. Search Engine Optimization(SEO) can be a costly service if you choose to hire an agency or an SEO expert to implement these techniques for you, but you can learn to do yourself very easily.
SEO essentially involves optimizing your on-page content and building backlinks that point to your website. Let’s dive deeper into the parts of SEO.
This includes implementing the keywords you researched into the content of your website. Page titles, header tags, image alt tags, and the body of your content should contain some of these keywords.
This will help search engine identify these keywords on your pages and help your website rank higher in search results when someone enters these keywords as search phrases.
Building backlinks also play an important part in ranking your website and can often drive additional traffic back to your website as well.
Many opportunities exist when it comes to building backlinks. You can compile informative articles and then post them on article distributing website.
You can also choose to guest post on blogs that are related to the niche you are targeting. Most blogs that accept guest post will give you an opportunity to include a link back to your website or to post a link in the body of the article.
There are other different opportunities that can be used to build backlinks to your website. It is, however, important that you consider the ranking metrics and the overall quality of each backlink.
It is worth more to have a single backlink from a website that is considered an authority in your niche than to have ten backlinks from websites that are considered spam.
The free methods take some time initially but they are very powerful as the organic traffic you get is the actual customers who are interested in your product.
I hope I was able to explain the free method for affiliate marketing properly. The free method will take some time to show the first result. You have to spend time on your social media platforms and building good relations with people.
The organic traffic that you receive from the free method is very powerful as they are really interested in your product.
The internet has opened up a world of opportunities for the world. All you have to do is take advantage of the opportunities that are laid out in front of you.
Don’t think too much. Start from today.