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Why Content is Important For Affiliate Marketers

To become a successful affiliate marketer it is imperative that you have a content strategy and implementation plan. Content is what makes your blog or website attract visitors. It works in two ways. First, the keywords within the content help the search engines know where to find your article. Secondly, once the reader finds your blog or article via the search engines the content engages the reader.
Without dynamic content your blog or website is no better than a paper brochure which no one sees unless someone puts it in their hands.  There is no doubt that brochures are useful, but if no one sees it, then it’s worthless. This is what makes blogs and websites so exciting. Due to search engines, people can actually find you and your information as long as you regularly add quality, relevant, original, keyword-rich content to your blog and website. The problem is, without a plan, you can get overwhelmed.
Create a plan for your content. Consider what products you want to promote, as well as what type of information you want to provide to your readers. With each product you promote you can create several pieces of content. First, inform your readers about a problem they have. Then educate them about the solution to their problem. Next, give them a way learn more about the product or a way to purchase the product.
Ideas for content:
A discussion about a problem
A product review that solves the problem
A product overview that solves the problem
Case studies that show how the product solves the problem
The content can be in the form of print, audio, video or a combination of all three. Organize your publication calendar so that you update your blog and website with this content on a regular basis. Shoot for updating your website or blog three to five times a week with your original content.
Next, work on putting your content on other sites, blogs, and article marketing websites. You can do this via a blog tour, offering to blog on other people’s blogs in exchange for your byline. Another way is to send out press releases to online press release sites, and to put general articles on article marketing websites such as Ezine Articles. This strategy will provide relevant backlinks to your website and hopefully lead people to sign up for your email list, where you can market your affiliate products to them.

Succeeding as an Affiliate Marketer

If you’re new to affiliate marketing you might be wondering if it’s really possible for a normal person like yourself to succeed. If you’re willing to do the work necessary to succeed, you absolutely can succeed at affiliate marketing.  There are some good points to think about when getting involved in affiliate marketing such as:
Know the rules and laws — Keep yourself informed about the laws in your country, state or province so that you can always make sure you are following the law. This is a relatively  new form of business in terms of laws being made therefore it’s important to keep up to date with the news of the day regarding the laws being created.
Is the niche profitable? — Just because you have a passion for something doesn’t make it automatically a good niche. Do your due diligence and study the niche that you want to become involved in so that you can determine if it is profitable or not.  Learn about how to research a niche for profitability before moving forward.
Know your niche — Study your niche, which is the market segment you will market products to. Know what they like, know their ages, their sex, how many children they have. Know what they like to do during their free time. If you know your niche inside and out you will also know what types of products to market to them because you’ll know what problems they have and what solutions they need.
Less is more — Don’t allow “shiny object syndrome” to affect you and ruin your business. Promote one or two products at a time and don’t go crazy buying domain after domain. Get one domain up and profitable before moving on to another one. The rule less is more applies so well to the business of affiliate marketing because if you look at who is successful they usually have one or two products they actively  promote strenuously and the niche is very well defined
Would you buy it? — If you’re trying to promote a product that you won’t buy, why do you think anyone else will want to buy it. It’s really important to get a review copy, or at buy products and try them out before you promote them to others. Skipping this step can make your job really hard because your cluelessness will come through when you’re trying to promote a product you’ve never used and would never use.

Should You Be An Affiliate Marketer?

You’ve heard of this business idea, Affiliate Marketing, and you want to try it, but you’re not sure it’s for you. You’ve heard you can make thousands of dollars a month, even earn your yearly J.O.B. salary in only a month! But you know it’s not that easy, so give this some serious consideration before you start.
Overnight success is not realistic and is in fact, a myth. It can take weeks, months and even years to perfect your affiliate marketing process to create the type of sales you desire. In order to be a successful affiliate marketer you will need to learn a lot about Internet marketing, Internet technology, and business in general. It takes time to become an overnight success! You’ll work hard to become successful but it will be worth it.
You need a profitable niche to be successful. Profitable does not mean it has to be a large niche. There are plenty examples of small niches that are under served and making someone a great deal of money. You will need to do research on possible niches that you can promote products for, and then stick to it and don’t get side tracked.
Be willing to stick to your efforts consistently and for the long haul. It’s also important not to reinvent the wheel. Find someone who is successful that shares your ethics, and model your actions after them. Doing this will help you reach success faster than trying to go it alone, not knowing up from down. It can take years to figure out what works, but there are experts who have already invented not only the wheel, but the entire car, all you need to do use their map and drive.
Educate yourself on the various methods of marketing other people’s products before you get started. Seriously research the different methods of marketing online, and once you start commit to stick to it for the long haul. In all honesty, if you’re only going to give it a try for a few months, you will fail. If you are willing to do what it takes for the next year, you’ll have a chance at success in affiliate marketing.
So, if you can be realistic, create a plan and stick to it over the long haul you can be very successful at affiliate marketing. It is a viable business to be involved in for most people who are interested in having a work from home business. You will not earn income over night, but with dedication, and knowing how to follow the road map that experts can provide, you will be successful.

Affiliate Marketing – How to do it Right

Affiliate Marketing – How to do it Right

When embarking on affiliate marketing to bring more money into your business, or to create an entire business based on the affiliate marketing, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Right, is very subjective, by doing it right, I mean, making money in an ethical and legal way, in the most straight forward way possible.
Relevant Products — Product choice is the most important aspect of affiliate marketing. Make sure that your product choices are relevant to your niche. Product choice is as important in affiliate marketing as song choice is for contestants on American Idol.
Awesome Products — In addition to matching your niche and being relevant to your market, the product should be awesome. The product should under promise and over deliver to your readers. Don’t fill up your blog or website with tons of mediocre products in hopes your readers will click on something. Instead, choose really amazing products in order to educate your readers to trust your recommendations.
Marketing Mix — Don’t rely on only one method of marketing your great affiliate products. Instead, mix it up with reviews, blog posts, emails, article marketing and pay per click advertisements. Use every channel you have open to you in order to promote each new affiliate product. Your efforts will pay off long beyond the main campaign.
Honest Reviews — When giving reviews on a product, make sure that your review is honest and based on your real experience, or the experience of your review writer, if you hire someone to write reviews for you. You don’t want to be caught off guard by an angry reader who believed your review. If your review is based on reality, it will mean a lot to your readers and it will show through.
No Spam — Even well known affiliate marketers promotions boarder on spam sometimes. I’m sure you’ve received many emails in one day to the point it almost felt like harassment. Spam is thought to be when someone does not opt in to a list and receives unsolicited emails anyway. But it can be very spamish to send too many emails too whether people opted in or not. Also, there is much more to spam than opting in or out. Look up the CAN-SPAM act.
Remember your goals — Don’t get side tracked from your main goals, and your main products and services that you wish to promote from your website and blog. There are so many different products and solutions out there, that it can be difficult to avoid distraction by all the shiny objects out there. However, it’s imperative to keep your goals for your niche in mind and do not stray outside it in order to have a cohesive business that works.
Julianne Alvarez-Wish is a military wife, mother, business owner, professional writer, blogger and legislative advocate. She is the Director of Communications for Our Milk Money, the Colorado State Leader for the National Association for Moms in Business and the owner of Buy By Mom and Buy By Mom Blog. She is the Colorado Springs Stay-at-Home Mom Examiner for Examiner.com. She also blogs at A Wishful Thought. Her passion, purpose and goal is to help parents work from home so they can be home with their children.