11 Tips To Get You Started With Affiliate Marketing

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Let me start off by explaining what affiliate marketing means. Affiliate marketing is basically a business referral on the internet. You sign up with an affiliate program and pick products you’re interested in referring your customers to. If any of your customers click the affiliate link and purchase something from that site, you get a commission. A lot of affiliate programs do all the work for you, providing you with links and/or banners so all you have to do is just place them on your website. It’s almost too easy.

If you’re just now starting out with affiliate marketing or you’ve been doing it for a while but need a little help, here are some tips.

1. Look into the product you are thinking of promoting. Does the company have a good reputation? Have you personally tried this product? The more familiar you are with the product, the better you will be able to promote it. Know what people like and don’t like about the product.

2. Find out what kind of support the merchant offers to its affiliates. If they are willing to help you, they’re definitely going to be willing to help the customers you send to their site.

3. Know your audience. Who are you selling to? If your website is all about meat products, don’t sell a vegetarian affiliate product. Think about what you’re offering to your customers. Is it relevant to your business? If not, don’t promote it.

4. Find high converting programs. You want to make the most money you can, don’t you? Know the conversion rates of the products you’re interested in. Also, know the demand for those products.

5. Always keep backend sales in mind. When choosing an affiliate program to join, keep in mind backend sales. Is this a product they will need to buy again? Is this product recurring, like a gym membership? These are the best kinds of offers because you sell once and make money on that same sale, again and again.

6. Join a limited number of affiliate programs. Make life easy on yourself. You will only have time to promote a handful of programs. Do a few things really well, not a lot of things very badly.

7. Build a list. This cannot be ignored. Once you have decided upon the affiliate programs you like, build a list.

8. Make sure your landing page is appealing to viewers. You want it to grab their attention.

9. Know how search engine optimization works. Is your website getting traffic to it? If it’s not, it could be because your site isn’t optimized for search engines to find it.

10. Use more than one venue to get our your affiliate product. There is a vast amount of options available to you to promote your affiliate product. Don’t forget to utilize social media. Do you have Facebook or Twitter? Use your Facebook or Twitter page to your advantage.

11. Split test. Split testing is so crucial to making money with affiliate programs. You don’t know if you’re making the most amount of money you can unless you split test. If you’re not split testing, you are seriously selling yourself short. Changing things up can and will increase your conversion rate. You’ll know what works better and then you can optimize.

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