Affiliate Marketing Made Easy

Affiliate Marketing made easy is really about knowing what to focus on so that you can get on with the business of making money on the net.

There is, and will always be a lot of advice out there, the tricky part is to recognise and ignore the time wasting advice, and instead focus on what really works.

The main affiliate marketing made easy points below will help pinpoint the areas where your focus should probably be in the early stages of your journey.

Affiliate marketing does not have to be complicated.

However it is easy for a beginner to be lured by the dazzling array of online tools available on the internet, and to confuse ease with simplicity.

I call this The Rabbit Hole!

Once you go down one it is like navigating a maze trying to get back out!

I know, I have done this myself chasing the next best product that is going to shortcut my efforts and make me successful overnight.

Don’t do it, stick with the plan and don’t deviate from it until you are ready to move on.

Affiliate Marketing Made Easy Involves Having a Basic Strategy

Strategy will be your friend – stick with it.

When you set up your business, you looked at what you wanted to specialise in (your niche), how to host your website or blog, and which affiliate programs you wanted to work with.

Once you knew this, you learned that writing good content and understanding keywords was important, that you need to make the time to do the work required and to ask for help if it was needed.

Knowing what you want to do and how you want to do it is your strategy, and it is important not get distracted and lose sight of what you are working toward.

It’s important that you have a plan of action and some key objectives in place so that you track your progress.

Finish each task before you move on or you will find that you are drifting into less important areas, which ends in a lot of time wasting.

Keep It Simple

Affiliate marketing is made easy by keeping it simple.

Like any business, you will build confidence and experience, and you will come across tools, programs, strategies of the trade that may make life easier for you, but this needs to come at the right time.

Every time your eye is caught by an attractive new way of doing something, you will want to look at it, read about it and possibly buy it, before realising that it is not what you thought it was or that it has not added any value to what you want to achieve.

The cost of this diversion will be twofold – the money you have spent on it but even more importantly the valuable time you have wasted on it. So please be wise!

Research is needed for any business, and affiliate marketing is no different, but don’t confuse this with getting side-tracked.

When researching the many tools of the trade such as SEO software, affiliate link managers, website statistic and software focus on one area at a time and don’t overload yourself with information that is not necessary at the time.

It is easy to forget that a lot of the write ups on these products are from affiliate marketers themselves with links to those products; these reviews are not objective, so step back from them.

Tap into the knowledge and experience of the forum users – they will have tried and tested all of these products, and be able to provide you with balanced, objective advice on what works and what doesn’t.

They can also advise you on whether you are ready for these products.

Affiliate Marketing Made Easy:
The Conclusion

The simpler your system for affiliate marketing, the easier you will find it. Include research in your calendar, as this will help to stop you from getting side-tracked by unwanted distractions.

As you continue to research your product, and network on forums, you will find out about the right tools of the trade for you, and when will be the right time to invest in them.

In a nutshell, stay focused on where you are going and not by the flowers at the side of the road, which is very easy to do when spending a lot of time on the computer.

I hope you found the advice on affiliate marketing made easy helpful, if you need more help please feel free to contact me.

Are PLR (Private Label Rights) Articles Worth Using?

I will give a non-committal answer. It depends. Private Label Rights come in two varieties, exclusive rights and non-exclusive rights.

Non-Exclusive Rights

The most common are the non-exclusive rights. These articles are sold in packages and you can do whatever you want with them. You can resell them. You can publish them “as is” or you can rewrite them and add your own voice to the content.

If you decide to use them “as is” and publish them, you run the risk of almost certain duplicate content labeling by search engines. That is not the best use for PLR articles. Most PLR packages contain a wide variety of niches. The articles vary in length. They can be anywhere from 300 to 600 words long. Some packages include a list of keywords.

Packages can be sold individually as a one-time purchase or you can buy into a monthly membership. Individual packages sell for as little as $5 and up. Monthly memberships run under $50 per month and on up.

There is an old saying I know that you are familiar with, “You get what you pay for.” That is most certainly true of the PLR market. Much of it is garbage. Unfortunately, you don’t know it until after you buy the package and review the contents. So, be very careful who you buy from and check around the internet forums for any comments or references before you buy.

Please remember that many of these packages are sold. They are all floating around the internet.

Exclusive Rights

Exclusive rights are those rights that give you ownership of the contents. That includes the claim of authorship and the copyright to the material.

PLR packages with exclusive rights are rare. Maybe even non-existent. If you search the web for ‘exclusive rights PLR’ you get a myriad of hits. If you look closely, you will find that they are not truly exclusive. Most give you the right to claim authorship but hold back the copyright. Without the copyright, you do not have ownership. Depending on the conditions of PLR package you can resell it, give it away, or put your name on it. They are no different than the non-exclusive PLR packages mentioned before.

So, what are exclusive right PLRs? If you hire a writer to write articles for you, upon acceptance and payment, you own the article. You have the copyright. You paid for it. It is yours. There are reputable companies that provide this service. Elance is the most popular. You have to scour through the internet and search since there are many to choose from.

Using PLRs

On occasion I use PLRs. I always rewrite them. I use them when I know very little about the subject I am writing about. It educates me and gives me ideas on what to write. I use them if I have writer’s block. They jump start my creative juices and I am off again.

I use them for fillers on my blog, but I always rewrite them. You can use them to create a PDF file for an eBook. You can use them to make comments on blogs and forums.  PLRs have their place and should not be discounted. Just remember, it is not original content and act accordingly.

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.