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Affiliate marketing is a marketing channel that uses the efforts of affiliates (people like you) to promote their products and services in exchange for a reward. It is performance based in that you only get paid if your efforts result in a sale.
You are generally able to pursue whatever advertising methods you prefer as long as you don’t spam or conduct yourself in an unethical or illegal way when promoting their line.
Learn Affiliate Marketing Basics
To break it down into its most basic steps:
- Pick a product you want to promote.
- Pick a channel through which you want to promote that product.
- Create a piece of content appropriate to the channel you pick.
- Drive traffic to that piece of content.
- Cash your checks.
The Best Way To Learn Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate Marketing Training
Affiliate marketing schools of thought cover a wide territory because there have been a lot of approaches to it that have worked for the people trying them.
When they enter the arena of teaching others, they tend, quite logically, to teach what they did and do because it works for them. The problem is, that approach does not take into account the changing algorithms of Google and other search engines.
To learn affiliate marketing free up your mind from preconceived notions of what works. Concentrate on answering the question of what is working now.
What Is Working Now?
You cannot just throw up a page that says, “This is so wonderful; you should buy it through me.” If it were that easy you would not have the potential to make big bucks and live a fine lifestyle working from home.
Traffic generation techniques are what are working. If that sounds completely Foggy in the FOG factor theme of writing, it is meant to be so for a reason.
You can create the most scintillatingly interesting article ever written but if no one comes to it you are still dead in the water with no sales.
You have to effectively drive traffic, eyeballs, to your page if you want to succeed.
Without traffic you are like a man in the desert yelling for water.
How To Drive Traffic; Traffic Driving Methods That Work
Solo Ads – Someone with an audience with interests aligned with your target audience allows you to send an ad to his email list. That list is composed of people who have agreed to receive ads because they want information. Solo ads do cost money, but generally not much. If they do not produce, use a different solo ad provider.
Facebook Ads – Pick a budget that you can live with, something like $5 or $10 a day. I am currently using $6 a day, myself. That way you don’t spend a lot of money on an ad that does not perform well because you can tweak it every day. There is an art to it; you do not want to sound desperate.
Blogging – Blogs are awesome, mainly because Google loves them. Google especially loves the ones running on WordPress that provide original, engaging content. One of the main reasons is WordPress blogs are easily and efficiently indexed by their search engine spiders.
YouTube Videos – Hmmm, now, why in the world would Google love YouTube videos over other video sources? They do, but why would that be? It is because Google owns YouTube?
Moving people from your blog to a YouTube video you created to link to your blog post means Google is going to have advertising and revenue opportunities. They reward you by driving traffic to your video by ranking your page when folks look for what you are writing about.
SEO means search engine optimization. Most know the phrase; few know the science. SEO means you structure your blog post so that Google knows it is relevant, informative, and most importantly, unique.
Quickie Course On Blogging
“What do I blog about?”
“I don’t know what to write about.”
These are easily answered questions and you will never run out of ideas if you note the following ideas.
- Things you have learned
- Courses you yourself have taken and your experience with them
Books related to your business or product. Write a review and whether you recommend it or not. If you do recommend it, grab an affiliate link.1 You can also write a Top Ten Things I Learned kind of thing about the book.
Things you have learned along the way about what you are marketing is always helpful. People appreciate it and when it helps them in their lives they begin to trust you. Remember, you are marketing you as a trusted resource first. People buy from those they trust.
Courses you have taken are powerful sources of blogging material. Remember this short acronym: ILT.
ILT can make you rich. What does ILT stand for? Invest, Learn, Teach.
Invest, Learn, Teach
Invest in courses that teach you needed skills. Learn the material in the courses and apply it in your own marketing and business efforts. Teach others what you have learned through blog posts and YouTube videos.
By doing this ILT method repeatedly, you will begin to develop a corp of folks who trust you and watch and read your material on a regular basis. When they are ready to buy courses and move forward with either using the product and service you are recommending as an affiliate or building a business of their own you will be their go to guy or girl.
Here are some resources for you to check out. Most have free videos that will provide you some effective basic education on their respective channels so make sure to have a notebook handy when you watch.
Follow the links and you will soon have a good basic foundation in affiliate and Internet marketing. I want to be clear here in what I am offering. There will be an opportunity to buy a complete, advanced course in these areas, created by folks who have proven their methods work. The introductory videos themselves and by themselves have tremendous value so, as I say, take notes when you watch them.
1. Always make a note if you are to be compensated for a purchase. It is the right thing to do. I am an affiliate for the products linked to here. It is my goal to help 1,000 folks be able to quit their jobs and I only recommend products I believe will be helpful in that goal.