Affiliate marketing for beginners can be a bit overwhelming. Affiliate marketing is basically being like a commission paid salesperson where you sell products and services online on behalf of other businesses. Your job is to drive customer traffic to the business' sales pages for them the buy the products or services. The process is reasonably straightforward but when you start out there are a number of factors to consider.
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 really deliver quality both by way of commissions, and by way of being a high value, high demand product for your customer. The best affiliate marketing programs will have a selection of products and services that provide multiple revenue streams, such as basic one-off direct sales income, recurring income and, ideally, high ticket income products.
3. Picking 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. It's All About The 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.
Regardless of your age, education or technical skills there are no specific requirements for being successful with affiliate marketing. However you will be more successful if you have a solid business model to work from, clear direction and support. If you don't know where to start or you're not achieving the online success that you want, check out this FREE Affiliate Marketing Business Series.