Affiliate marketing for beginners can sometimes be a bit too much to handle. Affiliate marketing is essentially being like a commission paid salesperson where you sell products and services online for other businesses. Your job is to drive customer traffic to the business' sales page and encourage them to buy the products or services on offer. The procedure is fairly simple but there are a number of factors to consider when you begin.
1. Finding The Right Niche.
There are affiliate marketing programs in just about every niche you can imagine. Whilst this is great from a choice point of view, if you want to be successful with affiliate marketing you must chose a niche that you can identify with, has a big and easy to reach target market and has the high quality products and services that the target audience will want to buy. The top 3 niches for affiliate marketing programs are wealth, health and relationships.
2. Picking The Best Affiliate Marketing Programs .
You need to choose the programs that genuinely deliver top quality both via commissions, and by way of being a high value, high demand product for your customer. The best affiliate marketing programs will have a range of products and services that deliver several revenue channels, such as income from basic one-off direct sales, recurring income and, if possible, high ticket income products.
3. Choosing The Best Products.
An experienced affiliate marketer understands his or her niche and can pick products to promote that they know will sell well. This aspect of affiliate marketing for beginners is not so easy. If you're selling physical products check out sites like Amazon (Best Sellers area), or pulse.ebay.com to quickly gauge high demand items. If you're selling digital products, check out cbtrends.com to see the performance history of any product listed in the ClickBank Marketplace.
4. Promoting The Ideal Number Of Products.
As a very basic rule of thumb, you should promote a core of about 10 affiliate products within each niche that you are working in. Don't make the mistake of promoting just one or two low value products with no add-ons or up-sells. If you do, your customers are not given enough options to pick from and if a client does buy, you won't make much money. On the other hand, you don't want to promote too many products because your customers (not to mention you) will get too confused to make any choice.
5. Traffic, Traffic , Traffic.
As an affiliate marketer you'll live or die by the amount of customer traffic you drive towards your website and sales pages. It's a core skill which you need to develop on an ongoing basis. Continue to learn new traffic generation methods and techniques. Affiliate marketing involves using paid and non paid methods to generate customer traffic. There are many methods you can use to get customers and some can be very expensive if not done correctly.