Any affiliate marketing business goes through various steps to be able to get your affiliate website started and ready to make sales.
In this mini affiliate marketing course I am going to show you how to:
- Find a Niche
- Find an Affiliate Product
- Write Product Reviews
- Get Traffic to your Affiliate Offers
We will be promoting Clickbank products in this mini-course, so let’s get started.
Create Your Affiliate Account
Since we will promote Clickbank products, you need to head over to Clickbank.com and create your affiliate account there, its free and straightforward process.
If you are promoting products on other affiliate networks, then you need to create an account there. Usually, all affiliate accounts are free to create no matter which network you sign up for.
Find a Money Niche
The most important step in this affiliate marketing course is finding a money niche, a niche you are familiar with.
To get ideas to select from, you can head over to Clickbank Marketplace and rifle through the list of categories.
As you can see, there are main categories and subcategories. Select a niche from the subcategories, for example, let’s say we select the “Web Site Design” subcategory.
Now our next step is to find out if this is a money niche or free niche.
One way to detect a money niche is to see if there are advertisers in this niche, because the more advertisers in the niche the more likely there will be buyers.
Search Google for your niche keyword, in our example we Google “Website design”:
You can see that there are many ads in our niche, an indication of a large client base. So we can now move on to the next step in our affiliate marketing course.
Find Profitable Products
Since we are promoting Clickbank products, we need to browse their marketplace for products and pick the ones that convert well and have a high reputation. Because high reputation products will ensure that our refund rates are low.
Clickbank uses something called Gravity score as an indication of how well a product sell, they consider affiliate sales in this score.
Low gravity score means a weaker product in comparison to high gravity score which means the product sells well.
I picked out the highlighted product in the above screenshots because it has a decent gravity score of 5 and offers a generous $21.48 commission per sale.
A product will create its own sub-niche, because each product will address a different problem within the niche.
So you need to make sure that you are knowledgeable about what your product offers because this is the only way you can convince your website visitors that you are an expert on the topic and that your recommendations are well founded.
Write Converting Product Reviews
Your product review will play a major rule in your conversion rates. And it involves two main things:
- Writing Converting Copy
- Designing your Review Page
Writing is an important skill that is beyond the scope of our affiliate marketing course, but there are a few guidelines you can follow:
- Use correct grammar and spelling
- Use Bold, Italics, Underline and text background highlighting on your keywords (but not excessively)
- Use heading to summarize the point of multiple paragraphs.
When you designing your review page you need to use a good website theme.
If you are using a blog as your affiliate website, you need to avoid using the default WordPress theme so your website can look unique.
Next, after you designed your affiliate website, you need to collect all the images and videos related to your product.
In our example, we visited our affiliate product’s homepage and downloaded all his screenshots and copied all the video URLs we found there (if there is any).
We also collected all the benefits of the product to be able to use them in our review page:
And then you need to combine all the materials you collected so far in your review copy.
Get Traffic to your Affiliate Website
Many affiliates especially the beginners struggle with generating enough traffic to their affiliate website, with many of them end up with no sales to show for.
That’s why we decided in this affiliate marketing course to shed the light on many traffic sources you can use.
Your traffic options are:
- SEO Traffic
- Social Media Traffic
- Paid Traffic
SEO is the best traffic option for beginners and advanced affiliates alike, giving how it is a long-term traffic that once you master it you end up ranking your pages at will.
Backlinks are the backbone of SEO, not any backlinks though; your backlinks should be highly relevant to your niche and diverse.
One source of quality backlinks is blog commenting, it offers newbie affiliates a good source of quality backlinks that are free as well.
Finding a blog that will accept your link is easy, Google “YOUR NICHE “5 comments”” replacing “5” with “4,3..etc”
Your comments should add value to the post, which means you need to carefully read the post and add a nongeneric comment. Comments like “what a great post, thanks!” will not get approved.
Also, you need to leave your real name and never use your keyword in the “Name” field.
Another source of backlinks is Guest posting. It offers you a chance to contribute to other blogs in your niche, which itself can drive traffic directly to your affiliate website.
Social Media Traffic is also good, you need to regularly post on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites.
This will gain you, followers, that you later can send to your affiliate website. I prefer that you don’t promote your affiliate offers directly on social media, instead, you need your links to direct them to the informational blog post. And once they are on your website you can promote your affiliate products from there.
Paid Traffic includes ad campaigns on Twitter and Facebook or a banner on a website relevant to your niche.
If you have a budget, even $100 you can test different ad campaigns across multiple websites (Facebook, Twitter..etc) and see if how well they perform.
If you managed to make at least 1 sale, you will need to invest more on the website that generated this sale for you and adjust your campaign to even increase this conversion rate.
What we outlined here in this article are the basic steps any beginner affiliate needs to launch his website from scratch.
A more in-depth affiliate marketing course will go into details for each of the above points we discussed.
But you need to get familiar with the basics first, and once you get familiar with affiliate marketing and all its aspects; you can then go ahead and commit to a more advanced training.