Affiliate marketers come and go with the seasons, sometimes they even change like the weather. Affiliate marketing is not a get rich quick scheme and it does not promise over night success. If this was the impression you were under then I suggest you for it right now. Affiliate marketing is a business, better yet it’s your business and you call the shots. Your success with affiliate marketing is solely up to you and it’s the amount of effort you put into achieving your goals that will determine how successful you are. The success rate with affiliate marketing is about 98% failure to about 2% success and I am sure you would rather be within that 2% success rate. That 2% may sound small but in the large scheme of things but 2% success rate is actually a large amount of people when compared to the 100′s of millions of persons using the internet to market their business online. So knowing that there are maybe 100′s of thousands people who have done it successfully before you, doesn’t it comfort you knowing that you can model your success from their blueprint.
Most of the people who fail at affiliate marketing never even took the time out to learn how to market their affiliate business properly. You must first be a student before you become a leader. Be a student of success and learn as much from person’s who were successful before you and model your success on what they did to be successful. The blueprint was laid out before you and its there for you to learn from and apply to your life so that you too can reap success. Effective internet marketers don’t just rely on their knowledge the utilize systems, systems that are proven to work.
Effective internet marketers utilize systems to execute their plans
To be effective with internet marketing it would be wise for you to utilize a system when executing your place. I learned that SYSTEM can actually be a very neat acronym and this has really stuck with me throughout this past year and it goes like this:
Systems are designed for you to save yourself, stress, time, energy and money. As an affiliate marketer there are already systems in place to help you with affiliate marketing and there are successful individuals who are willing to help you achieve that same success. When working within a tried and proven system, you cut out the useless work by just focusing on what actually works already. Somebody already tried it and tested it out and made note that this works and that doesn’t work. So it’s wise to go out there and do your research to figure out what has worked for affiliate marketers before you and if that same plan can work for you. I want to introduce you to one of the systems that the internet marketing guru’s use to their advantage all the time. This technique is called Niche Marketing.
Using Niche Marketing As Your Affiliate Marketing Success Tool
“Online niche marketing, an often used technique for affiliate marketers. By seeking out smaller segments of larger markets, a website can be developed and promoted quickly to uniquely serve a targeted and usually loyal customer base, giving the affiliate a small but regular income stream. This technique is then repeated across several other niche websites until a desired income level is achieved.” – defined by Wikipedia
So this really is a powerful tool you can use to help achieve your success with affiliate marketing. When deciding what market you want to focus on you want to take the time out to do the keyword research necessary to find what people are searching for in that respective market. You want to compare different markets you could be interested in trying to find the most in demand keywords and phrases for each niche. You are going to want to make a note of 5 main keywords and 25 sub-category keywords, all in high demand and low supply. You know a keyword is in high demand by how many times per month it is being searched and you know if it is low in supply by checking the search engine’s results for those keywords and seeing how competitive the websites in those results are. When checking how competitive these website really are you need to understand how well their site is optimized for the search engines, so that you can optimize yours better.
Optimizing Your Website For The Search Engines
Search engine optimization is a matter of setting up your website for optimal performance on the search engines. There are 3 major search engines Google, Yahoo and MSN. With Google being one of if not the biggest search engine there is I feel it would only be appropriate to use Google’s page rank system to model our search engine optimization campaign from and you can also download Google’s toolbar which tells you the Google’s page rank of every website you visit by displaying a green bar. With Google it seems their search spiders crawl their indexed pages and high rank pages first before anything else because it’s based on popularity, link popularity. They also rank pages on their relevancy based on keywords and overall content relevancy. So I believe we should focus on these two key things when optimizing our website for search engines; link popularity and content relevancy.
Content relevancy would refer to the content of your website and how relative it is to your niche market. Your content relativity is going to be determined based on how well you have placed your keyword and keyword phrases around your website. Since search engines display first the title of your website and then your website description it is wise to have your keywords in both your title and your description. After placing keywords in your title and description it is now time for you to focus on actual website content and placing the keywords you found from the research you did about your niche market. When writing content you want to write content with your keywords in mind so that you can place them within your content but allowing your content to still remain legible with correct grammar.
Link popularity refers to how many websites are linking back to your website. Links can be broken down into two groups; two-way links and one-way links. Two-way links are when you and another website exchange backlinks and they are often called reciprocal links. One-way links are when you don’t have to link back to the website that is linking to you. One-way links carry more weight than reciprocal links and are view as more important. The relevancy of the reciprocal links or the one way links also help search engines know how important your website is to your niche. Also getting links from websites with a high Google page rank are also important, especially for optimizing your website for Google. It would be a good idea to try and get one-way links from websites with a high Google page rank and that will help your website to get indexed in search engines quickly as their search spiders crawl higher ranked pages often. Building your link popularity is extremely important as it dictates to the search engines how important your website is to your niche but link popularity without content relevancy is pointless and vice versa. Both your content relevancy and your link popularity need to be done properly and I suggest starting with content relevancy first and work on your link popularity every day.
Successfully Build a Passive Residual Income Through Niche Marketing
The key to building a residual income through niche marketing online comes with learning how to monetize your website. Monetizing your website is essentially turning something that is non-profit into something profitable, in this case turning your website into a cash machine. Setting up your website and optimizing it for the search engines is the first step and now monetizing it will almost complete your online cash machine. You have a couple of choices when trying to monetize your website; choosing to sell advertising space, using pay-per-click ads and/or selling products through affiliates. Since our focus is on affiliate marketing then selling products through affiliation is essential but it isn’t necessarily the most lucrative way to go about utilizing your traffic from the search engines. I suggest using all three ways to earn money from your website. Sell about 3 advertising spaces from your webpage by joining ad networks that will sell your ad space for you. Place PPC ads within your content, articles or blog posts, they are more likely to be clicked if they are within your posts and you get paid for each click. Place affiliate products relative to your niche around your content or at the end of your posts.
Affiliate marketing is a tool that can aid you to becoming an internet marketing success but it is essential that you do it correctly. Utilizing PPC ads on your website as well as selling advertising space gives you leverage and a lot of leverage. PPC ads allow you to get paid for every single click to those ads and if spread correctly within your content they will get clicked all the time. When selling advertising space you have the opportunity to sell space ahead of time and get paid in full and that is cash in hand and you don’t have to rely on somebody clicking your ads to get paid. The beauty of affiliate marketing is that by placing your ads given to you by your affiliates around your content and throughout your page you will have an opportunity to earn more commission when you make a sale through your affiliates. Instead of earning a couple dollars here and there, you can earn up to 70% commission making sales through your affiliates. With the potential earning power of all three monetizing opportunities you can really earn a passive residual income through this method.
All that is left after setting up your website, optimizing it and monetizing it is simply continuously adding content to your website. Search engines love new content and taking advantage of your traffic from the search engines because you have optimized your website for the most searched relevant keywords to your niche and earning as much money as possible from that traffic can provide up to a couple thousand dollars a month. $3000 a month may not be something to retire on but when this process is repeated over and over in different niche’s it will add up and can really put money in your pocket every month. This is the success tool that niche marketing brings to affiliate marketing. Become an internet marketing success, any amount of income you desire can be achieved just keep building profitable websites and optimize them for search engines.