In this article, I shall discuss very important affiliate marketing tips for beginners. I am speaking from experience of more than 5 years. There were many mistakes I made and I learned a lot of lessons from them. If you follow and hold on strongly to these tips you can eliminate a lot of struggle and frustration.
These tips can prove beneficial to you for many years to come even when you have become quite experienced. It is so much better to start your affiliate career on the right track. So, keep reading these affiliate marketing tips and take notes wherever needed.
Start With a Low Competition Niche:
There is a big mistake which many newbie affiliate makes. They go after the popular niches like weight loss, skin care etc. The problem is that these niches are too much crowded, mostly by people who are way more experienced than you and who have tons of resources which you don’t.
It is not impossible to make money in these niches for beginners, however the difficulty level is huge. Why not make things easier for yourself in the beginning? For this reason, it is important to go after slightly less competitive niches.
Another thing you need to keep in mind is that the niche should interest you a little. If that is the case, you will find it easy to research and create lots of content for your website in that niche. As you are starting out, you probably have little cash and you cannot outsource much of your work. So, you have to create all the initial content yourself. If the niche is of interest to you, you may find it a little easier as opposed to some niche which is totally alien to you.
Take the Slow and Steady Approach:
Most affiliate marketing products promise quick riches. The reason why so many ‘Gurus’ create such products is that many people want to see quick results. So, the gurus are merely creating products which the market wants.
However, like any business, affiliate marketing takes time and effort. So, you have to show patience. It is far better to take the slow and steady approach. Try to create lots of content on your website targeting various long-tail keywords which are easier to rank for. If you are consistent and productive, you will make things easier for yourself.
It is amazing how many people who keep trying one strategy after another in quest of quick money, waste many months and even years. Many of them are likely to be still in the struggling stage even after many years. If they had taken the slow and steady approach, they might have been in a much better position and achieved better results more quickly than they do now.
First Build Content On Your Site, Then Aim For Rankings:
A mistake many people will do which can put brakes on their progress in affiliate marketing game is trying to rank their site without much content on it.
Some people will just put up one article or two and try to get these ranked for their respective keywords. They will spend time in building backlinks and doing SEO activities rather than spending most of their time in creating more and more content targeting more related long-term keywords.
Maybe after they have around 30-50 pages of content targeting various low-competition keywords related to the affiliate product, they can start doing SEO activities for the site. This is a much better approach with better results than putting up a couple of articles and then trying to get them ranked, then putting another 2 articles and so on.
Don’t Stop Learning But Balance Your Time:
You need to keep learning new strategies and keep yourself updated with industry news as well as latest tips and techniques. But don’t waste too much time in these activities.
There are thousands of people who spend countless hours browsing forums and reading other people’s blogs rather than building content for their own websites. It can become quite addictive later on. You will spend hours in front of your computer, but get very little work done because you were not doing any productive work.
I suggest dedicating just 30-45 minutes per day for learning and reading forums or top blogs in your industry. You might need to spend more time in initial stages as you are learning the business. Always keep in mind that money will come to you if you utilise most of your time by engaging yourself in productive work.
Don’t Buy Product After Product – Stick To One Proven Model:
Another very bad habit which many people fall into is buying one product after another. This can get you distracted from productive work.
You should buy one or two quality products which teach you solid principles related to affiliate and niche marketing, then stick to those proven business models and plans as much as possible. A couple of good affiliate products are – Rank and Pillage Program, Unstoppable Affiliate and Conduit Affiliate Method.
Rinse and Repeat What Is Working:
If something is working nicely for you then don’t be a fool by leaving it and going after something new. I am not saying you shouldn’t try new things. Of course you should. I always try to experiment and find new ways to make money online but there should be a balance.
You should never ignore and leave off the things which have worked pretty well for you in the past. You may think that this is obvious advice but it is surprising how many people forget and leave off the very strategies which were helpful in earning them lot of money. Even I have been guilty of such a grave mistake in my IM career. But later on when I realized my mistake, I have tried to get back to doing those things again.
Finally, I come to the end of this long article. I have laid down some of the most important affiliate marketing tips for beginners as well as for advanced marketers. I hope this article will serve as a reference for many people and guide them in the right direction.