Start Learning Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is an exciting journey and a lucrative way to make money online, and that’s why many people now have started learning affiliate marketing to make an extra online income.
No matter what level of experience you possess, you will always find yourself wanting to learn more about affiliate marketing.
Most of all because affiliate marketing involves so many skills and covers a wide range of expert knowledge that is hard for one person to master them all.
For example, with affiliate marketing you will be doing:
- Copywriting (for writing product reviews)
- Web design (for creating stellar affiliate websites and squeeze pages)
- Email marketing (for building your list of subscribers)
- SEO (for getting traffic to your affiliate website)
These skills and many others are what shape affiliates in many ways, especially in how well they are selling their products.
I am going to show you a study I made on an affiliate that makes from $100 to over $7000 monthly profits.
I will show you which techniques he uses to become such a successful affiliate marketer.
As a result, learning affiliate marketing from the pros is something we can all do to improve our own affiliate websites.
What Kind of Niche He Chose
What struck me the most as a brilliant idea is his choice of the niche; he picked a “van rental” niche.
This is a very unfamiliar niche for many affiliate marketers as it is a local one, and it can be very lucrative.
This is really an eye opener because the obvious niche choice for many affiliate marketers is global niches.
But targeting a local niche has its benefits too; it will most likely be an offline business that recruits affiliates.
As a matter of fact, you can still target a local niche and still promote it for any person across the country.
Big companies like van rentals have offices in many states and that means anyone living in the country could buy the services of this company (through your affiliate link hopefully).
Or you could build a website that takes input from your website visitor like:
- The City
- Rental duration
Then your website searches multiple companies across the country and returns to your user the list of prices for each company.
And since you will be an affiliate for each company, you will be making a profit no matter which company your visitor decides to use.
The prices for such offline services are very high and it will reflect in your affiliate commission:
As you can see a $29.36 a day or $293.55 for 10 days is a high priced product.
This company offers 8% affiliate commission for rental generated through your affiliate website.
For 10 days rental it can earn you over $23 affiliate commission just from 1 single affiliate sale.
How to Build Your Affiliate Website
Think of your affiliate website as the gateway to affiliate success and profits.
If your affiliate website is user-friendly and is able to convey your message smoothly then you will see high conversion rates for your affiliate products.
Most affiliate marketer will start an affiliate blog since it is the most common type of affiliate websites out there.
But you need to think outside the box so you can set yourself apart from other affiliates in your niche.
What I liked about the affiliate marketer I am analyzing is that he built a script based affiliate website:
As you can see, this is not a WordPress blog but rather a website that searches van rental companies to give users the best-priced options.
This teaches us that your affiliate website should reflect the affiliate products you promote.
And another example is: if your niche is games/apps downloads or shopping then a listing website will be more fitting.
Listing websites will show items in a list manner, with images and descriptions for each list item.
Where Can You Get Traffic to Your Affiliate Website
The amount of traffic you generate to your affiliate website is a major factor in your success and affects how many sales you make.
Affiliate marketers struggle with getting traffic to their websites for many reasons:
- Low buyers base in the niche
- Lack of budget for paid traffic
- Lack of SEO experience
Niches with low customers’ base can be a problem for you because not so many people will be interested in buying any solutions (your affiliate product).
A niche can be of high demand but with low customers’ base, for example, “how to get rid of cold” is a niche with millions of monthly searches.
But people in that niche are looking for tips and articles to read for free.
No one will buy a book or buy a pill online to treat a cold.
Using your common sense you can judge what kind of people and demographics in the niche and use that common sense to decide if you will pursue this niche or not.
Lack of budget is another problem which many affiliate marketers face.
Your niche could be of high demand with many buyers in it but you don’t have enough budget for paid ads.
You will find yourself unable to compete with other affiliates who pour a lot of money in their advertising campaigns.
Although this is not a big problem, because you can depend on free traffic source to make profits and then launch an ad campaign to increase your affiliate sales.
Lack of SEO experience is another stumbling block for many affiliates.
SEO is known to be a stable and reliable source of targeted and buyers traffic in any niche.
You need to familiarize yourself with SEO and how Google ranks websites.
You can learn SEO from 1000s of blog posts available online, all which can teach you:
- How to get quality backlinks to your affiliate website
- How to write content optimized for search engines
- Website development best practices
And it comes as no surprise that the affiliate marketer. I am analyzing in this article uses SEO as his main source of traffic.
SEO (organic traffic) alone was responsible for 90% of his traffic and for his $7000 a month income.
No matter where you choose to learn affiliate marketing from; either from a course or from top gurus, you should always have an analytical eye.
As an affiliate marketer, you should be able to look at any website and try to learn their selling techniques.
Use this knowledge to improve your affiliate business, and experiment with various techniques.