Article 8: How to Create Affiliate Marketing Websites that Run on Autopilot
“Autopilot” sounds incredibly enticing, and it’s true your affiliate marketing websites can earn tremendous income without your assistance. But you must first invest the time, effort and money to successfully establish these profit-making powerhouses.
Step 1: Affiliate Marketing Basics
Affiliate marketing involves promoting a product and earning a commission for every sale made through your recommendation. This practice can be incredibly lucrative because you can create multiple websites, each recommending a different niche of products, and reap the profits after they’re established.
Step 2: Research Your Niche
Next, research content for your website. Browse forums in your niche, check Google and Yahoo for common search terms, and review sales copy for related products. Identify what problems in your niche need solving and what questions people are asking. Create a list of potential keywords for your website, and use keyword analysis resources, such as AffiloTools, to compare search volumes and competition toward identifying the most profitable keywords.
Step 3: Set Up Your Website
Developing a website can sound daunting, but thanks to the many resources available, websites can be created without any coding knowledge or experience.
Step 4: Write Quality Content
Without quality content, customers will have no reason to visit your website or buy the products you recommend. Through informative, interesting content, you build trust with your audience, increase conversions, establish yourself as an authority in your niche, and enhance the probability of earning back-links, which will help your SEO.
Writing your own articles may be cheapest, but it might not be the fastest or easiest, depending on your writing skills. You can always outsource your articles to freelance writers on Freelancer.com or iWriter. You can even purchase private label rights (PLR) content, which has already been written and you simply reword to make it unique. Rewriting is important to your SEO because Google penalizes duplicate content.
Step 5: Apply SEO
SEO is all about getting people to your website by making it visible in the search engines. If people can’t find your website, you can’t make money. There are two main types of SEO.
Step 6: Promote Your Website
In addition to SEO, you should drive traffic to your website through marketing. Some methods, such as social media, cost nothing. Content marketing, which refers to planning, researching, delivering and managing your online content, can also be done for free (unless you pay a freelancer). Email marketing, the process of collecting the names and email addresses of visitors to your website and then marketing to them with regular emails, can be accomplished with minimal funding.
With Kindle marketing, you drive readers to your website by publishing an e-book with links to your website. You can also offer the e-book on your website in exchange for signing up for your email newsletter.
Ad swaps happen when someone else sends your promotional offer to their subscribers in exchange for you sending their offer to your email list. Solo ads are a one-way version of ad swaps, but you pay for the privilege.
Pay-per-click (PPC) marketing is a way of posting advertisements that you only pay for when someone clicks on the ads. Although more costly than organic traffic, PPC tends to be more successful at earning purchases. Of course, other marketing tactics exist, but the tactics explained here are especially suited to affiliate marketing.
Step 7: Track Your Efforts
Google Analytics is a free tracking and statistics tool for monitoring and analyzing your website’s performance in terms of traffic and your visitors’ activity on your website. AffiloTools is ideal for analyzing website performance and monitoring your search rankings, checking your page load speed and analyzing key SEO stats. Tracking your efforts is essential for identifying areas of improvement and evaluating what strategies are most successful.
Creating your first affiliate marketing website is the hardest, but the process becomes easier with each addition. Plus, affiliate marketing teaches you indispensable lessons about marketing, website creation, SEO and more. After mastering these skills, many affiliate marketers provide these services on a freelance basis. But before you get there, check out Affilorama’s free video lessons to make affiliate marketing your most profitable profession.