Affiliate marketing is an amazing business venture if you enjoy selling and creating content for
other people. It saves you from the hassle of developing your own products, and it doesn’t
require a huge investment.
However, a lot of people fail at it, and that’s because it’s definitely not a quick buck. If you think
that way, then you might want to look elsewhere.
This article is for people looking for a serious business venture.
Today, we’ll go through 10 things you want to keep in mind if you want to be a good affiliate
marketer and make money.
You must set your expectations accordingly. We’re used to instant gratification, but affiliate
marketing is more like a slow burn. Your income will start growing slowly, but if you take it
seriously and provide good content, it’ll eventually reach noticeable amounts.
Of course, online gurus promising thousands in a couple of months don’t help. You shouldn’t
pay attention to anyone selling “get rich quick” schemes.
Become a specialist with your CMS
There are many ways you can tackle affiliate marketing, but a website is the best way to do it.
Even then, you still have plenty of options: WordPress, Wix, Weebly, and several others.
The best recommendation is always WordPress thanks to its flexibility, but you’re free to chose.
Regardless of which platform you choose, you must become an expert at it.
Learn every feature and what you can do with it. You’ll quickly see how it results in better content quality.
When it comes to blogging and content in general, keywords are your lifeblood. Choosing the
right keywords often makes the difference between ranking among the first Google search
results and disappearing from the platform completely.
The best advice I can give you to come up with your own is to think about how people would
search for your content on Google.
Once you have a list of main keywords, try to create as many “branches” as you can, including entire phrases.
Learn as much as you can about SEO
A lot of your SEO will depend on your host since responsiveness, stability, and loading times
However, on-page SEO is all on you. If you’re using WordPress, I recommend you invest in
Otherwise, your main focus should be to create great content that’s easy to read, valuable, and using the right keywords.
Content comes first, and sales come from content
A lot of affiliate marketers focus on selling right away, and their websites and content end up
looking like a longer sales page with lots more words than usual. That’s exactly what you want
What I always say is that you want to work on providing excellent content. If you can provide
your customers with valuable content, then that content will take care of selling for you.
Your content is also a product
With that, I mean your content should be as valuable as the products you’re offering. Your articles should offer insight and even solutions to complement the products your selling to your readers.
If you manage to do that, not only will you create a loyal audience, but they’ll be actively looking
for your affiliate link without you having to push them.
Target people who are willing to buy
When picking keywords, go for ones that suggest buying intent. For instance, people looking for
the “top best products for” or “X product review” are more likely to buy from you than others just
looking for advice.
Digital products can be much easier to sell
Digital products tend to be preferred by affiliate marketers for a good reason. It’s a lot easier to
sell something people can get instant access to after a few clicks than something that requires
Don’t marry to a product
Your niche is filled with products. Unless you find the perfect product—amazing commissions,
good price, and guaranteed to last for years—you don’t want to shut down those opportunities.
Besides, affiliate programs tend to change, and you have no control over this. If your product
stops being as profitable or simply disappears, you want a safety net.
You’re not becoming rich overnight, and it’ll be months before you start making money.
Depending on how many sales you get and the product you’re offering, then it might take a few
years before you can replace a full-time job.
If you’re consistent and don’t give up, you’ll start seeing success eventually. It just requires
resilience, discipline, and openness to trial and error.
Affiliate marketing isn’t easy, but it’s not a stronger challenge than other online business models.
Just keep in mind you need to take it as seriously as any other venture—both inside and outside
the internet—and you’ll increase your chances for success higher than most people’s.