5 Affiliate Marketing Tips To Help You Get Started

Here, to help you along I’ve included five affiliate marketing tips that have helped many people including myself, in getting the very best results in their own affiliate marketing campaigns.

I’d advise you all to put these five basic marketing tips into practice in your own campaigns for a smooth start.

Tip #1 – Know Your Audience

One of my favorite affiliate marketing tips is to do with really knowing your audience.

When choosing any type of product/service to promote you must know your target audience.

Consider your website or your blog.

What topic does it focus on?

What type of content do you generally provide your readers?

If you want to be successful when running an affiliate campaign then you must only make use of affiliate marketing product that actually target your audience.

If you choose a campaign that does not relate to your websites current topic then you are not going to produce very good results.

Tip #2 – Be Transparent

Website visitors have great respect for content creators who are honest. If you are promoting a product or service as part of an affiliate campaign be honest about it.

Simply tell your readers that this is what you are doing.

This will let them see that you are not hiding anything.

Additionally, your frequent visitors will see what you are doing and will more than likely consider clicking on your affiliate links in order to reward you for all the hard work you have put into your website that they regularly enjoy.

Tip #3 – Don’t Overload Your Visitors

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they start in affiliate marketing is bombarding their website or blog with affiliate links, banners and images.

This is the worst thing you can do and shows that you are a real amateur.

If visitors to your website feel as if they are seeing nothing but thinly veiled advertising on your website in place of brilliant content they may consider your site to be spam related and will most likely not come back.

Consider only running one or two non-obtrusive affiliate campaigns a month, test and then see what works.

Personally, I prefer embedded links into text rather than banners as banners scream marketing and this is not the image you want to project.

But that said the odd one placed here and there is acceptable to most people as long as you do not overdo it and make your site or blog look like a Christmas tree!

Tip #4 – Test Programs For Legitimacy

When dealing with any type of affiliate campaign you should determine if the products or services that you are working to advertise are legitimate.

Conduct online research about those campaigns you are starting.

Make sure that no campaign is known for phishing or for spamming people who submit information or complete surveys.

When I research I always use Youtube.

Put the search into Google of the product you are researching and then hit the video tab in the results, you are then presented with a number of videos that either promote or criticise the product, choose one or two of the most viewed and listen to what they have to say.

Stay away from video that has scam in the description as most of the time this is just a reverse psychology trick that actually ends up promoting the product so is not impartial in any way.

Tip# 5 – Affiliate Marketing Tips – Don’t Over-Market Your Campaign

Many first time affiliate marketers will over market their campaign.

They will spam their Twitter accounts, Facebook accounts and post their links on multiple forums that don’t even relate to their website or to the campaign they are launching.

People consider this type of marketing to be obtrusive and to be spam. You are not likely to produce results when you over-market.

I know it can be tempting, but be careful and give consideration to your audience.

Will they truly find what you have to offer relevant or something that is totally irrelevant to them at this time.

We will show you the correct way to use social media and also when and the reasons why on another page about this subject

These are the 5 basic affiliate marketing tips I wanted to share with you.

As you get more experienced,  you will naturally discover you own affiliate marketing tips that work for you.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or need further advice, please contact me – it would be great to hear from you!

How I Made My First $1 With Affiliate Marketing

That elusive first affiliate dollar was sometime in early 2008, maybe 2007 I’m not quite sure and was a bit of a shock.

For the first time – theory turned to reality and it feels even better when you get your first check.

Unfortunately the physical payment took sometime.

Anyone familiar with Clickbank will know that you have to have 5 sales from different credit cards to receive payment.

The 5th payment was from someone’s PayPal account which didn’t count so I had to wait for sale 6 to get my money.

So the day the check from Clickbank finally arrived was a very good day.

What my first check taught me…

The best thing about my first sale wasn’t so much the monetary aspect, it was the proof that:

My first attempts were through article or bum marketing.

Reluctant to part with any money I’d find a hot market in Clickbank, write an article and post it on a Blogger blog and generate traffic using Ezine Articles.

A sound and well publicized method but I made no money.

Actually I did – I actually made roughly $90 from one of my earliest attempts last week but that’s nearly 2 years too late!

What I changed…

I managed to part with some money and nope I didn’t buy hosting, I didn’t buy a domain name – I bought an eBook or Blueprint called the Conduit Method by Chris Rempel.

Now the strange this is that this blueprint on affiliate marketing has nothing to do with Bum or Article Marketing but the principles in it worked a treat.

They changed my outlook and approach to my entire ‘business’ (if you could call it a business back then) and I started to do things differently.

Now I had blogger review pages I was proud of.

They had quality information with genuine recommendations and I though they looked quite good (compared to the rubbish I was creating before that leaked traffic).

The final piece of the affiliate marketing jig-saw…

There was one last thing that made a massive difference – this was probably the biggest and most significant change I made.

As documented in the Conduit Method I targeted buyers and choose the keywords that were most likely used by the people who had the credit card in their hands and were ready to part with some money.

Having targeted lots of different ‘buying’ keywords I found that one in particular worked best – it’s generated 90% of my affiliate commissions, gets the best article click through rates and is repeatable.

Want to know what it is?  Get ready….

“Best”

That’s the keyword that got and still gets me most of my sales from those old blogger blogs in more than one market.

Articles that start or include “Best XYZ ebook” or “Learn XYZ in 10 minutes or less with the best XYZ course“.

Like I said – in more than one market – not only did it make me money, it was repeatable.

And now what…

I got some money, grew in confidence and achieved some results.

So now I finally committed and bought some hosting, bought a domain name and started to apply the Conduit Method properly.

The money I made was re-invested, I had some belief in affiliate email marketing and myself and built on the momentum to earn more money, faster.

The moral of the story?

Find something that works and push it to it’s limit – milk that baby for all it’s worth and now you have money, experience and results.

Re-invest your money into better (or at least some) resources that build your business and boost your assets.

And if I was to do something different it would have been built a list and done the work faster.

I spent too much time thinking because I was too afraid of failure.

As a famous fighter once said – ‘Even monkey’s fall out of trees‘.

If you’d like to find out how you can use the Conduit Method for your own affiliate marketing you can check it out HERE.

It’s one of the best products I’ve ever bought – it’s what I’d call… wicked.