That’s how you can get started with affiliate marketing.
Affiliate Product Marketing – Do I Choose The Product First Or Niche?
I would say you should look for your niche first. There’s no point in choosing the most profitable product to promote but you know nuts about that product – it will be very difficult for you to be able to convince potential customers for that particular product to buy from you as well.
Affiliate Marketing On A Zero Budget – Is It Possible?
Absolutely. Let me show you how.
First of all, it’s free to sign up to become an affiliate for the merchants. linksexpert Next, you can make use of a free blogging website such as Blogger to set up your website to promote products for the merchant.
Once you’re done with your blog, you need to drive traffic to it (no traffic = no sales) You can make use of free traffic generation methods such as MySpace, FaceBook, Friendster, etc. to drive traffic to your website.
You can also drive traffic by placing advertisements on free advertisement sites like usfreeads, or write articles around the product/s that you’re promoting and submit them to the various article directories – such as EzineArticles, Article Dashboard.
By using the methods above you’ll be able to receive tonnes of traffic to your website, and get some sales.
So there you have it! A nutshell of how you can do affiliate marketing on a zero budget. 😉
How Do I Drive Traffic To My Website?
There are many ways to drive traffic to your website – both paid and free.
Let me go into the paid methods first – you can advertise your websites on the various search engines such as Google, Yahoo and MSN. For these paid search advertising, you’ll have to pay whenever someone clicks on your advertisement to go into your website.
Next, for free advertising, there’s lots of ways for you to drive traffic to your website (I’m going to list some of them here):
1. Write articles and submit them to the various article directories – in the author’s byline, include a link to your website.
2. Participate in forums in the area where you’re promoting products in (for example, if you’re promoting golf products, then you should visit golf forums). Some of these forums will allow you to put a forum signature – which is a link that’ll appear at the end of all your forum posts – include a link to your website there.
3. Sign up for social networking websites – such as MySpace, FaceBook, Friendster, etc. and connect with people in your niche area.
4. Post a free advertisement in free advertising networks such as usfreeads.
How Can I Market Affiliate Products Without A Website?
You can make you of advertising sites such as usfreeads, or you can pay to advertise on the various search engines such as Google, Yahoo and MSN.
Is It Possible I Use Only Pay Per Click Search Engine Marketing In Affiliate Marketing And Succeed With It?
Yes, you can use Pay Per Click Search Engine Marketing alone in affiliate marketing (I’ve done this before and made quite a lot of money from it).
However, you need to be equipped with the right skills in order to be able to create profitable campaigns.
Which Is More Profitable? Affiliate Marketing Or Google Adsense?
Here’s my answer – both can be very profitable – if you do them right. I won’t go into Google AdSense here but in essence, as a newbie, you should pick one (either affiliate marketing or Google Adsense) and focus on it.
Should I Use Landing Pages / Squeeze Pages With Affiliate Marketing?
First and foremost, for those of you who do not know what a landing page / squeeze page is, it’s basically a page that is used for the purpose of collecting your potential customers’ first name and email address in exchange for something – it could be a free report, free email training course, free audio program, etc. It has the intention of eventually leading the potential customers to the products/services you’re promoting.
As to whether or not you should use a landing/squeeze page with affiliate marketing will depend on your marketing effort – some of them build one to build his/her list so as to be able to sell to them in future (as the saying goes “the money is in your list”). But remember this – do NOT build a list and just send them emails to ask them to buy the products/services you are promoting – it’s probably going to turn them off. You have to give them VALUE, such that they’ll open up your email when they see them in their inbox instead of sending them to the thrash can.
There are people who did not use a squeeze/landing page – they would just send potential customers directly to the product sales page.
So it all depends on what your marketing strategy is – my advice is, try both of them out, and see which one works for you better.
What Is URL Masking In Affiliate Marketing?
URL Masking is basically hiding your affiliate URL and make it shorter. Let me give you an example – if you are promoting a ClickBank product, your affiliate link will look something like this:
Does the above link look very long and bulky?
One look at the URL people will know you’re trying to sell them something as an affiliate.
Here’s where URL masking comes in – to hide your affiliate id as well as to make your link shorter.