Now that you have gotten your head around the idea of what affiliate marketing is, it is time to learn the basic how-to in getting your first affiliate sale.
While it is true that there are a myriad of ways to secure your first sale, it would be best to consider some fundamental steps that are proven to build your affiliate marketing business.
Also, bear in mind that although it is true that one of the strengths of affiliate marketing is bringing in the bucks, it is NOT all about money. In building your affiliate marketing business, you should consider how you can create impact and provide value to your customers—and only then can you make your very first affiliate sale.
How exactly do you do that? Read along to find out!
1. Identify your niche market.
This is the most important (and challenging) part of making your first sale. Defining your niche is a challenging task because you would have to be really enjoying and relating to it, and that you should be willing to continuously learn about such subject. Doing this entails studying your competition and researching intensively.
Here’s a helpful tip to get you properly started:
Think about what it is that you are passionate about.
To help you even more, you can jot down 5-10 things that you enjoy or find interesting. These could be hobbies, activities, or any other areas of interest that you’re already pursuing, or something that’s totally new to you.
It is ideal that you already have knowledge about these subjects, as it would be easier for you to create and share content that you understand by heart. But worry not if you have interests which you do not know much about—all it takes is some research (and patience)!
So what exactly do you have to research for?
Now that you have a list of your areas of interest, the next thing to do is find a gap in the market that is aligned to these personal interest of yours. The more specific you get, the better it is for you—since you would be more likely to find an original idea that you can relate to, and if it specific enough, it means that there wouldn’t be a lot of competition to worry about too.
After you have decided what your niche is going to be, now it’s time to think about how you would be sharing content to your target audience.
2. Selecting The Right Kind of Platform
Choosing which platform to use in sharing your content is not as simple as just identifying which platform converts well, or which one is the most popular. Just because YouTube has massive reach and following, doesn’t mean that it would work well for you also! And if you are not good at writing, don’t push yourself too far by making a blog as your platform.
Bottomline is that you should choose a platform that is aligned to your strengths.
However, it is worth knowing that it is recommended for beginner affiliate marketers to use ONE of the following top four platforms: a blog, a YouTube channel, social media or a podcast.
All four platforms can drive visitors to your content through search engines, and offers highly-targeted traffic at that.
This can then translate into higher conversion rates, which means more sales! (Granted that you remain consistent with providing worthwhile content, of course.)
3. Create Content That Matters
With the amount of online clutter out there, it is highly important that you come up with relevant content that would not be drowned out from the crowd.
It has to be helpful in solving a need, or a problem!
If you observe this in crafting your content, you would be successful in building an audience.
This audience can trust you and relate to your content—because they are part of the niche you have identified earlier on. Growing your audience base can take years though, but you can always start with methods such as keyword research.
4. Build An Email List
This step is often overlooked, but we can’t stress it enough: an email list is a must when it comes to promoting your content and affiliate offers.
When do you have to set up one?
On average, an affiliate marketer can start an email list after about 30 or so videos or blog posts (or depending on how well your content is being received by its target audience).
Email lists are very important as they lend a personal touch to all your online efforts. Not only do these email messages warm up your audience, they can also serve as platforms through which the recipients can send back to your content and affiliate offers…all through setting ip automations which run on autopilot. Quite convenient, really.
To start with your email automatons, one of the recommended autoresponders would be ActiveCampaign, to cite an example.
5. Do Some Website Testing and Optimization
Once you have set up everything, from product to audience to platform all the way down to content, it is now time to wait and see how much traffic rolls into the platform you have been promoting on.
And give it some time…soon enough you would see some sales rolling in from your affiliate offers, and you finally get that first sweet affiliate sale!
What do you have to do though? You should optimize your content for conversions.
Optimizing your content in order to convert your audience into either affiliates or email subscribers would be a good thing, because at the end of the day, such optimization will pay direct dividends.
6. Time To Scale Up Your Affiliate Marketing Business
Now that you have laid out the foundation for your affiliate marketing business, you can now concentrate on creating content that would constantly be up on the system that you have built.
Such content would be made available in search engines for many, many years to come, and would require minimal effort to maintain. Now you just have to ensure that your content remains relevant and you can easily explore tapping other platforms too!
So what are you waiting for?
You’ve got a great product in Sunytizer, and a rewarding affiliate marketing program at that (Remember: You will get 15% commission on total referral sales every time a customer makes a purchase through your affiliate link or uses your coupon code! How cool is that?) —now it’s completely doable for you to earn your first affiliate sale.
And the best thing about it? These 6 fundamental steps are not only meant to guide you getting your first sale—when done correctly, these steps would be your ticket to establishing a profitable affiliate marketing business that is set out for a long-term run.
Hello, passive income!