5 Affiliate Marketing Opportunity Tips
Are you one of the many people who sign up for an affiliate marketing opportunity? You place a few ads, sit back waiting for that first couple of thousand dollars to come in. Is this a fairy tale, or what? For most people it is, but it doesn’t have to be with you.
There are some people who think that’s all they have to do to collect thousands of dollars and more. Of course, disappointment rolls in when they realize that this is no get-rich-quick plan. It won’t even a make a few dollars unless you are lucky.
In some cases such people do put in the work, but the commissions still aren’t coming, or amounts are very small. Sometimes it’s not the work you do, but the product you’re marketing. There are a number of dos and don’ts when it comes to picking your affiliate products or programs that can make the difference between a disappointing venture and a profitable one.
Don’t choose an affiliate opportunity just because other people are making money at it. That may sound like the opposite of what you want to do. You want the programs that are making people money, right? Not necessarily. It all depends on the program.
If it’s something that intrigues you, that you think you can promote well, then it’s probably worth considering. But if a program called “Become a Millionaire Playing the Forex” is the one that every top Internet marketer is drooling over right now, no matter how much money it makes them it may not be the choice for you.
If you know nothing about trading Futures or the people who might be interested in this subject, it’ll take quite a bit of work for you to make a profit from it. In addition you should understand the product, and that’s not a walk in the park with Futures, Forex and other complicated financial instruments one can trade. Why not spend that time and work on something you already know about, and enjoy?
Choose an affiliate marketing opportunity that interests you. If you have a passion for something, it shows. Your website will have interesting content because you’re interested and you have knowledge to share. By choosing a product with an affiliate commission that’s related to a topic that interests you you’ll naturally spend more time promoting it. The more you promote it the better your chance of success.
Don’t use a free service for your website. Naturally you don’t want to spend a lot of money, especially not in the beginning when you’re not sure of your profits. But free services put ads on the page in the form of sidebars, banners and worst of all, pop-up advertisements. These make your website look cheap and less trustworthy. It doesn’t give your site a professional look and that’s what you need nowadays.
Get a domain name related to your topic. Decide what kind of affiliate opportunity you’re going to promote first, and then have it in your domain name if possible, but don’t overdo this. You don’t want a keyword phrase of five or more words in your domain name – that is unless you want people to think twice about visiting your site, or just as bad, is the much more likely chance of misspelling something in the phrase. It’s likely either they won’t take the time to type it or for other reasons never get to your site.
Promote a few related products. You can start out with a single product just to get your feet wet, but then casually add in references and links to a few more merchants offering related products and affiliate programs. This doesn’t just fill your site; it gives you more keywords and increases your opportunities to sell.
Follow these suggestions and read everything about online marketing you can. Figure out the best ways to get traffic to your site, lots of traffic. To have any real chance to make big money or consistent money, you will need a lot of traffic. The more you know about how to get traffic and improve the conversion of visitors into buyers that translates into profit. Learn and do and you’ll succeed in turning an affiliate marketing opportunity into profits in your pocket.