My path to success with affiliate marketing was a long one. It has taken me six years to be able to earn enough money to support myself off of affiliate commission checks. When I stared, the only help available were Internet forums and those silly gurus who claim to be millionaires.
It took me six years to wade through all the false promise and to learn what truly works. There are some hard and fast rules to affiliate market that everyone should know. Every Internet marketer should have a bread and butter traffic source and should have profitable campaigns running in at least the verticals. We will explain these concepts in this article.
Traffic Is King!
In internet marketing traffic is king. Every time you sign up with a new CPA network or affiliate marketing program the account manager will ask how much traffic do you have. What exactly is traffic? Traffic is just an industry jargon term for how many people visit your websites or click your advertisement links.
There are multiple ways to get traffic on the Internet. You can pay for clicks and adds via Google AdWords or from banner placements. You can get organic traffic via having people find your site from search engines. Facebook even has it's own paid advertisement platform that you can use. Many people get traffic from youtube videos and article writing. These are all great choices of driving people to your website. It is always a good idea to test them all out to see which is the most profitable.
The cool thing about Internet marketing is that it is cheap to test out different methods of driving traffic to your site. You can run as many tests until you are sure which is the best.
Once you have an idea of how you will get traffic, you now need to decide what type of affiliate program you want to run. In the industry, we call something such as health a vertical. Under the health vertical their are many niches such as, weight loss, skin care, supplements and products that are designed to keep people healthy.
It is always wise to promote more than one niche and to use different affiliate programs because affiliate offers do not last forever. They get discontinued and stopped. You need to have another affiliate offer ready to run when this happens.
You also want to market more than one niche or product so if traffic slows in that one niche, you will have other ways to continue making income. I know many marketers who were making a killing under one specific vertical and when the methods used to market that vertical stopped producing traffic they saw a major decline in their income.
There's a ton of money to be made with affiliate marketing but you have to put in the time to study this industry. You have to roll up your sleeves and get dirty, trying different methods and ideas. Once you learn the basics, you will be able to make a living off of affiliate marketing.
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