Affiliate Marketing Action Plan Quick Start Guide
Step 1: Get into the Right Mindset
You will never be successful at affiliate marketing (or any type of online
marketing) if you are just thinking about how many sales you will make.
The Product and offers you promote must align with your target
market wants to get sales that result in commissions.
• You must be committed to making this business work.
• You must also be able to handle outside distractions well.
Step 2: Pick A Niche That You Like
Most Internet marketers succeed at promoting something they are
interested in and/or have knowledge in. Most customers can tell when you
are just going through the motions in promoting something, but not really
being interested in it.
This lack of interest will hurt your commissions severely.
• Picking a niche, you like will also make it easier to do research on the
topic in question to improve your knowledge of the target market and
the product offers.
• Evaluate what gets you excited, what you talk about often with others,
This is the niche you should be focused on and products in this niche are
what you should be promoting if you plan to succeed at affiliate marketing.
Create A Site Around Your Niche
Choose a domain name that relates to the niche you’ve chosen for SEO
efforts and for consumers to remember the name of your site more easily.
• Use search tools at domain name registrars GoDaddy.com and/or
Namecheap.com to find out what domain names are available and to
register your preferred name.
Select a quality Web host, such as HostGator.com or BlueHost.com, to host
your site. A quality Web host is one with good uptime of your site, good
customer support, and good reviews.
Decide on how you will build your site – HTML (Hypertext Markup
Language), WordPress, your Web hosting provider’s Web building software,
etc. Learn how to use it proficiently and create your site.
Step 3: Research Different Affiliate Platforms
Research several affiliate platforms to find the one(s) you will use in your
affiliate marketing efforts and to find the products you will promote.
Three main affiliate platforms are:
All three platforms offer various products from different categories: JVZoo
offers digital products, Click Bank offers digital and physical products,
ShareASale offers physical products.
All three platforms require registration before use and promotion:
• JVZoo and Click Bank only require one registration to be both a product
vendor and an affiliate
• ShareASale has two separate registrations for product vendors and
Step 4: Find Quality Products That Match Your Niche
Use the drop-down menus in each platform to narrow down the category
and subcategory that matches or closely matches your preferred niche.
Consider various stats such as commission amount or percentage,
popularity, avg $/sale, initial $/sale, avg %/sale, avg rebill total, avg
%/rebill, and gravity to find the best product or products for you to promote
and profit from.
Apply the various filters available to find the perfect offer(s) on each
platform to promote.
Step 5: Only Add Useful Content to Your Site
There are three main types of content to provide on your site/blog to
convince people that an offer is worth their purchase through your link:
• Product reviews
Use a combination of text, audio, and photos/videos to show people what a
product offer is like and why they should purchase it.
The Best Places to Put Your Affiliate Links
Placing your affiliate link inside of your product review is an effective way to get people to use your link to purchase.
Depending on the size of the review, you can use your affiliate link between
1-3 times, with it going at the end of the review at least.
Utilize banner ads and sidebars on your blog to promote relevant affiliates
offers, as this will get your visitors’ attention and entice them to click on
them, activating your affiliate links.
Step 6: Add Extra Bonuses to Increase Your Sales
Providing extra bonuses differentiates your offer from other affiliates
promoting the same product.
Here are a few ideas of bonuses you can offer:
• WordPress Plugins
• Software programs
Either create the bonuses yourself, use outsourcers to create them, or use
quality PLR to create them.
Try to make the bonuses relevant to the main product offer and to add extra
value that people will notice and be more enticed to click onto your link and
purchase from you.
Step 7: Build Your List Along the Way
Always strive to build your email list, even in affiliate marketing.
It takes an average of seven interactions for most people to buy anything
from you online. This makes it vital to add these visitors to your opt-in list
so, you can follow up with them, build a relationship so they purchase
products from your affiliate links.
Use opt-in boxes on your site/blog, including review pages, etc., to get
people to subscribe to your list.
If you provide quality bonuses during affiliate commissions, people will be
more eager to join your list and watch out for your affiliate promotions (i.e.
purchase the offer via your link).
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