You hear it all the time. “Starting Affiliate Marketing is easy. All you need to do is start a blog, market some products, and let the money roll in!” Sounds easy right?
If it were only that easy. This is the time where we could truly say the worn-out saying “if it were that easy everyone would be doing it.” While starting a blog is easy, getting traffic to your site is another thing. You can’t just post to your sites and think you will show up in Google where everyone can see you.
In this first part, I am going to get you pointed in the right direction to get a site up and running! It is not meant to be a full walkthrough or full step-by-step set-up of a site. The research and knowledge is going to have to be learned through research.
Step One: Coming up with a Niche
You hear a lot or read a lot of posts that say “you need to come up with a niche!” What exactly is a niche? According to Webster’s dictionary, a niche is a specialized market. Well, what does that mean you ask? Let’s look at it like this. Sports is a niche. So is arts and crafts, and automobiles. There is a boatload of niches.
The question is “What are you interested in?” Let’s say I am interested in doing outdoor activities. I could look at the outdoors niche as my choice. But, there are many categories of outdoor activities, i.e hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, etc.
Let’s say I was very interested in fishing (I actually am). I could look into the fishing sub-niche of the outdoor niche. Ahh, but I am not interested in all things fishing. There are many different categories for fishing such as bass fishing, freshwater, saltwater, fly fishing, etc. I really like bass fishing, so my niche that I would be working on would be bass fishing.
See how that worked? Find out what you are interested in and drill down to what you could write about for many years and not get bored.
Step Two: Buy a website
You see the commercials all the time for Wix.com or godaddy.com. There are many others out there that you can buy websites that are as easy as drag and drop.
I am here to tell you to NOT go to those sites! You may ask why as these are super easy to get a site up and running, and that is true, but you are limited to what these sites will ALLOW you to do. Not many option for customization. You want your site to be unique, not like everyone else.
The best option would be a site that allows you to install WordPress. WordPress is the most widely used blogging platform around. It takes a little getting used to, but there are so many themes that have been developed that chances are you will find one that suits you.
There are also many different ways to customize your theme to make it look how you want it. There are free themes and there are paid themes, but in my opinion, stick to the free ones.
Once you find a site, such as Hostgator.com, you need to come up with a name for your site. It should reflect what your sites are about, just as riseandshineaffiliate.com deals with Affiliate Marketing.
Step 3: Post Content
What exactly is meant by content? Content is anything that you are presenting to your readers. This could be blog posts, emails, photos, etc. Anything of value that your readers would want to see is content. As a matter of fact, this very post you are reading is content!
But the key is to make sure the posts reflect what your current audience is searching for. For example, let’s say in the fishing example, I was going to do a post on Top Water Frogs. I would want to research what topwater frogs are and what they are used for. The post would be informative, answers questions or addresses problems the reader may be facing, and leaves the reader feeling like you know what you are talking about. You could also link a Youtube video to your post to provide visual as well.
Content needs to be well thought out and provides value to your readers. Posting for the sake of posting may get you a lot of content, but if it provides no value, its useless and visitors to your site will leave.
To be continued…
That’s it for now! Make sure to stop back by and catch my second part of How to do affiliate marketing with a blog.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment or question below and I will definitely get back to you!
We will be going into great detail in later posts about these steps, and this is just to give you an overview of the process. There is a way that I will describe later on getting access to everything you need to get started blogging and marketing products all in one place.
Until next time,