How to Get Started in Affiliate Marketing

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You have read that you can earn an extra income from affiliate marketing, the proven profitable internet business. But, you have no idea on how to get a start. Don’t worry, you are not alone because there are many newbie on the internet looking for a starter guide to enter into affiliate business and earn extra income online. Here are some internet business tips on how to get stared and work your way up to achieve the success in affiliate marketing.

Step 1: Get start by learning the basic first

Many affiliates try to learn how to run before you know how to walk by implementing marketing tactics and strategies without really understand how to make them success. That’s why many of them failed. If you really interested to earn extra income online through affiliate marketing; then get yourself understand first on how affiliate marketing works. Since affiliate marketing is a business of promoting other people product, you need to learn the how to advertise effectively so you can drive the targeted traffic to the destination page(destination page can be at your website or merchant’s landing page). There are many ways to advertise your affiliate business, learn up the pros and cons on each type of advertising program. Pay special attention to pay-per-click advertising program such as Google AdWords because you may want to drive instant traffic using the competitive but effective marketing channel.

Step 2: Find Niche Market You Are Interest In

Once you have learned the basics knowledge of affiliate marketing. Your next step should be finding a niche market to focus on. You can choose to start with the market where you interest is or you can choose the market with high demand. But, if you really want to earn extra income online with affiliate marketing or you are planning to quit you day job once your affiliate revenue beat your day job income, then you should always choose the niche market with huge money circulating around. Such markets may include finance, mortgage, make money online, gambling or education. The markets with huge money circulation will normally very competitive, you should prepare to face the challenge if you want to make a success.

Step 3: Find Targeted Keywords

Most affiliates tend to register a domain name for their website before they do keyword analysis to find the targeted keywords for their niche market. In fact, you should conduct the keyword analysis and find a list of keywords that targeted to your selected market. The key reason to analyze keywords before domain name registration is identify the main keywords that you can included into your domain name; this help in search engine optimization to get better position in search results on the main keywords.

Step 4: Set Up A Website

Although you can choose to do affiliate marketing with direct-linking method which you do not need to have a website, you diverse the traffic generated from your marketing activities directly to the merchant website. This direct-linking method may work find in the past day, but with today’s competitive market, you need to have very good strategies if you want to success using this method. Hence, it is advisable for a new affiliate to do affiliate marketing with a website to pre-sell your visitors before you link them to merchant’s website. At the same time, you need to learn up the search engine optimization techniques so that you can optimize your website to be search engine friendly for your targeted keywords in order to get the free and highly targeted traffic from search engines.

Step 5: Setup, Run, Test & Refine Marketing Campaign
Finally, you are ready for business. You should put your efforts to drive free traffic from a few proven traffic-build methods such article and web directory submission. Although it takes some times to see the results, it’s worth in the long run.¬†At the mean time, you may start to drive traffic to your website using paid search marketing such as pay-per-click or Google AdWords advertising to drive instant drive to your website. No all campaigns will deliver equal results. You should setup, run, test and then refine your ad campaigns until you get profitable campaigns that generate revenue for your affiliate business. Be ready to face some losses during the marketing campaign testing phase.