An affiliate marketing business on the
internet is about effectively promoting other people's products or services for a commission of the
It's also one of the best passive income strategies you'll
A successful affiliate marketing business will
have 5 things.
- A profitable niche topic
- Professional website/blog
- Quality affiliate programs To
- Quality Content
- Effective Promotion
1. Choosing Your Niche Topic
Find profitable niche ideas by focusing on a smaller subset of a larger market,
referred to as niche marketing. By focusing on a smaller market niche your marketing efforts will be much more
targeted making it easier to generate steady, consistent sales.
To help you out with this, grab my free guide for finding profitable niche ideas.
2. Creating Your Website/Blog
Success with affiliate marketing starts
with creating a website around a specific niche topic, then promoting
affiliate products or services that relate to or
complement that niche topic.
As someone starting an affiliate marketing business you may be asking about what
type of site to create, a traditional website or a
Each has its own unique benefits, but your choice will be a lot about what you
are trying to achieve with your site.
To help you with your decision, these are easy website builders designed for creating
effective websites and for making site building easy
3. Choosing Affiliate programs to Promote
I don't personally recommend creating an affiliate
marketing business around just one product or merchant. For instance, what happens if that product or merchant goes
away? You're out of business.
Always have at least 2 or more affiliate products or services related to your
niche that you promote.
All successful affiliate marketers purchase the products they promote
and I recommend you do the same.
Even though it's not required to make a purchase yourself, you'll be
much more effective at promoting because you'll be personally familiar with it. To me this is
essential when writing product reviews and
making product comparisons, which is one of the most effective ways to promote affiliate products and
There's really no substitute for experiencing a product first before trying
to convince others it's worthwhile.
Affiliate programs are free to join and offer several commission schemes,
so you can earn money in several different ways.
- Pay per sale -
Affiliate is paid a set commission for sales generated from his affiliate's
- Pay Per lead -
Affiliate earns a specific amount when a visitor clicks on his affiliate link taking them to the merchant
site and completes a contact form with their name, address and email.
- Pay Per Call - This
commission scheme requires a special call tracking technology but basically pays the affiliate a specific
amount based on the calls they received that were referred by the affiliate.
Some affiliate programs only provide one commission option, some
provide all three; it simply depends on the program so carefully examine the options available to
4. Develop Quality
Quality content is going to be at the heart of your promotions.
This means that whatever your site visitors read and experience on your site will be what helps them
click over to the affiliate site and make a purchase.
Of course whether or not your visitor clicks and buys also has
everything to do with how much they trust you and value your opinion. That's where
developing relationships and getting to know your visitors comes in.
In your content relate to your visitors like you know them. Make
them feel like you developed the site just for them. Do that by offering them useful information, let them in on
personal experiences and ideas you have. Over all, make them feel that you are the one trusted resource they can
rely on for help.
Here's more on helping you develop your site content.
5. Promoting your Affiliate
It's important to remember that the job of an affiliate marketer is
not to sell, it's to promote or pre-sell, a term coined by Ken Evoy in his Affiliate Masters
That means it's the product or service owner's job to do the selling,
not yours. Your job is to get
For more on affiliate site creation, avoiding affiliate mistakes, effective
promotional strategies, finding the best affiliate programs, and more, Rosalind
Gardner's Super Affiliate Handbook has everything you need to know for profiting with your own affiliate marketing business.