It would be nice if we could create websites about whatever niche we wanted, and that’s fine if you don’t care about money, but if you actually want to earn an income from your affiliate marketing efforts, you need to know for sure that your niche is profitable and winnable (enough demand but not too much competition). Trust me, there is a niche for you. Go out there, do some research, and find it. These videos will show you exactly how to do that, step-by-step.
We have a wealth of brilliant articles on our website covering the many various aspects of affiliate marketing in depth, however, for those of you who are completely new to the concept, I’m going to go back to basics and explain in detail exactly what affiliate marketing is, what it takes to succeed and how you could become a successful affiliate marketer, too.
The tips mentioned above covers the bulk about how profitable affiliate sites are set up nowadays. If you’re familiar with building sites and a bit of SEO, then this affiliate marketing guide should put you on the right path. However, if you want a more comprehensive guide to affiliate marketing, then you will need more than just free resources online to get a website up and running.
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These are some really great programs to start with, if they fit in your niche. AWeber, for instance, has a good pay out, but if your blog readers aren’t interested in building an email list, you’re not going to make any sales by promoting it. That’s why I love that you’ve also included ShareASale – no matter what niche you’re in, you’ll find something excellent to promote!
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Hi Annie, I simply cannot recommend The Wealthy Affiliate for various reasons. You may have missed my review on the Wealthy Affiliate which you should check out. I explain why I don’t recommend it. Regarding price, my recommendations do not have a monthy fee so although slightly more expensive up-front, the Wealthy Affiliate will cost you more just after a few months due to the recurring payment. My recommendations, especially Savage Affiliates and The Site Authority System blow this course away. These are my thoughts and you’re free to join any course you wish, I just can’t recommend a course that to me does not seem effective and focuses mostly on promoting their own course as an affiliate to make money. That’s why you see so many “positive” reviews.
Researching A Keyword – find a keyword in YouTube’s autocomplete dropdown (or Google Autocomplete for blog posts). You can use the underline character _ to fill-in-the-blank. Broad keywords have more searches but are more competitive. The best keywords are broad (lots of volume) with weak content in the top results. vidIQ helps you learn a keyword’s competition in YouTube and MozBar helps you learn competition in Google. I find the competition in YouTube is much less than Google, so choose broad keywords for videos and specific keywords for blogs.
Real-Time Affiliate Tracking. If you truly want to understand the progress of your campaigns, it is vital that you keep an eye on your metrics. Using FlexOffers’ real-time tracking module, you can easily pull reports on your campaign performance, clickthroughs, ROI, conversion rate, as well as pending commissions. This way, you can gain insights into your operations and adjust your strategies accordingly as quickly as possible.
Thankyourskin.com is a site that Tung Tran is running. He is a well-known marketer from cloudliving.com, make sure to check him out. Anyhow, this site is a great example of a niche site. Notice a few things here: He runs a CTA on the top to collect leads (emails) from visitors. This is a very wise strategy because it will allow him to run targeted messages to his visitors and make them come back to the site.
I just LOVE your writing style, Christina! I recently purchased the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course, but have yet to really dig in. I had NO idea all of those crazy complications with Amazon! I’ve already been rejected once 😛 But luckily, though my ego was bruised, I pressed on and am now on round 2 (with no success so far..lol) Hopefully with this post and the course I will make something in the next 90 days!
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Authority websites take years to develop so if you choose this model make sure you have other income streams coming in while you build it out. The monetization options for authority sites are only limited by your imagination. Advertising, straight affiliate marketing, 2nd-tier models, paid reviews, JV’s, are just a few examples of how to make income from authority sites.
This is an affiliate site for hot tubs. It looks visually appealing and how most affiliate sites look today. I think it is a narrow and well-rounded niche and the prices can go quite high, which means higher commissions per sale. It is a luxury niche, so when the markets enter a recession this site will probably feel that people spend less money on such things as bath tubs. Also, it may be seasonal depending on where customers are. The site has quoted prices in pounds (£) meaning the owner might be targeting the UK specifically. They are also using the EasyAzon plugin, which will help with geolocation. Amazon has released their OneLink plugin, however, so you won’t need EasyAzon really.
Select a niche that you’re interested in. Affiliate marketing enterprises work best if you’re marketing for a product or company that you genuinely appreciate and have an interest in. Let’s say you love the outdoors, and often go on camping trips. Consider doing affiliate marketing for companies who make camping products, hiking boots, backpacks, or outdoor gear.