When it comes to starting out as an affiliate marketer, the most common hindrance is a website. Many new to affiliate marketing stumbles from the fact that unlike well-known super affiliates they do not own a website to start selling in the first place. It can be quite intimidating, but it really is an easy task to overcome. Yes, you can sell from scratch.
There are affiliate marketer’s whose primary selling point is through PPC advertising, that is, placing and paying for ads on the search engines and having a website for several landing pages for those ads. If you don’t have the means to reach to this medium, you can start small by focusing on your organic efforts.
First, the product: Almost all affiliate products can be targeted from what the current trend is to what is familiar. It is mostly free to join affiliate programs in networks like Clickbank and KeywordSpy. If you’re just getting started, choose a product that’s already known to you and thus would be easier to market. For more tips on this, check out this article on falling for the right affiliate program.
Second, the website: There are lots of mediums to start promoting affiliate sites. Blogs are the most common. Wordpress and Blogspot are the commonly used blogs for affiliate marketing and they are easy to use. For webpages there are also Squidoo, Yahoo! Geocites, and Hubpages. Start by registering (for free), then creating your blog or webpage is as easy as following a step by step procedure, and in a few minutes, voila! You are ready.
Do not be intimidated in posting your affiliate links or graphic ads when HTML codes are not really your forte. Blogspot, for example, offers an easy enough process in adding elements into your blog. Go to Layout, add a gadget to the sidebar section of your blog, add an HTML box, and paste your HTML code and save.
Templates and free designs online are there to help you set up the overall look of your website. After that, it is all about keeping your blog/website updated with relevant information about your products. Other techniques you can invest your time on to start organic traffic is submitting to directory listings as well as participating in related forums and blogs to link back to your site. Write a informative articles and submit them to article directories to reach out to more audiences and inform them about your blog or website. And absolutely no careless linking to other websites for the sake of backlinks, spamming may give you, and your site, a reputation that would not help your affiliate sales.
Nowadays, you can create and learn almost anything online for free. And I mean ANYTHING. Take this advantage to download ebooks and read about website promotion and affiliate marketing for beginners to get familiar with tools and techniques. Start small but keep learning to master your skills.
Article Written by Kara Ochoa