You have to treat any kind of online business as a business – not a hobby, if you truly want to make some money quickly, although hobby sites do make money. If working from home at internet marketing is going to be your only source of income, or you hope it to be a large part of your earnings, you are going to have to work long and hard and do a lot of research.
Affiliate marketing is by far one of the easiest methods of earning income online. It requires no financial outlay, you don’t have to ship or pack anything and the money goes directly into an account for you.
The very first thing you must decide on is what niche you are going to get into. Niche means a tiny part of an overall subject. You would get nowhere building a website about shoes, you would have to research and find out what kinds of shoes are getting searched for, how many people are searching and whether there are any affiliate programs that have those particular shoes, which you then sell and earn a commission from.
Let’s say you find that thousands of people a month are searching for blue shoes. Look at your competition in Google results by putting “Blue Shoes” (in quotes) into a search box. If you think you can do better than the websites and blogs that come up, build a better site or blog than those folks on page one of the results.
Next you need a domain name, and Google looks kindly on domain names that contain the keywords of your site, in this case it would be blueshoes.com, although that has probably been taken. You should then try 2blueshoes.com or something like that until you come up with a relevant name.
The first thing you must decide is if you want a stand-alone website, or if you would be happy using WordPress. There are advantages to both and it’s up to you to make the decision, then buy hosting with a reputable host and start building!
After you have constructed a number of well-optimized pages about blue shoes, it will be time to add your affiliate ads. This is not the time to sit back and wait. Now you have work to do. The more traffic you can drive to your site, the more money you will make. Remember not everyone that visits your fantastic website or WordPress blog will click on your affiliate banner and buy those blue shoes; sadly the conversion rate may only be one person out of one hundred visitors who buys, so you can see you need to start getting visitors to your site fast.
By adding an opt in box to your site, you can have people sign up and you can build a list. When you find some really cool blue shoes, you can either email your list or send out a periodical newsletter. Keep your visitors engaged and they may eventually buy their blue shoes through your site.
Keep posting awesome, quality information about blue shoes on your site and on article directory marketing sites and your followers will grow. It takes time. Leave relevant and helpful comments on any forums and blogs related to blue shoes that allow you to leave a link to your site, and you will get more visitors.
Join a Facebook Group or make your own Facebook Group about blue shoes and you will get even more followers. You are now the expert on blue shoes!
Work every day on posting articles, writing comments on blog posts – the more backlinks you get from these sites, the higher you will rise in the ranking. Your aim is to be on page one of Google, those are the sites that make the big bucks, and many pay for various methods to be there, so you have a lot of work still to do.
The real secret to successful affiliate marketing is driving qualified traffic to your site or blog and adding quality articles regularly – Google loves that, and so will the people who love blue shoes.
Affiliate marketing can be fun and hard work. Most folks into affiliate marketing have more than one site – how many can you handle at once without going crazy?