How to Get Started in Affiliate Marketing

Written by Zac Johnson
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I’m continually getting emails from people looking to break into affiliate marketing or trying to figure out how to make some money online. Over the years I’ve tried a lot of things, and many of them have worked quite well. As times change, you’ll find yourself jumping from niche to niche, or a completely different method of advertising. This many seem annoying or confusing, but it’s just another day in the life of an online marketing.

If you are trying to find your way in the online marketing world, here’s a breakdown on some of the most successful ways to run ad campaigns, along with relevant posts and guides for you to learn from.

Social Network Advertising
If you are familiar with Facebook and MySpace, you should also have an idea how ads are running across these sites. They may seem annoying or even spammy to the users of these social networks, but to a marketer, it’s a dream come true. Once Facebook and MySpace opened their own advertising platform, advertisers were able to instantly setup their own ad campaigns and target exactly to the demographics they are looking for. Many advertisers / affiliates have found great success in the dating niche, as you can easily target by marital status, gender, age and location.
Setting Up Your First Facebook Ads Campaign
View Facebook & Twitter related Posts

Email / Newsletter Advertising
I used to be very big on email several years ago. I would have newsletter forms on my content sites, buy co-registration spots on large contest and free stuff sites, and eventually had a few million members on my mailing list. Email was great back then, then CAN SPAM came along and freaked a lot of the mailers out. Today mailing is just as strong, if not much stronger. Instead of dealing with ad copy and traffic, you can simply put up some money and buy co-registration signups to your mailing lists, or even buy data from companies. You will also need to find a list hosting company, or do your own hosting to send out the mailings.

Running a Blog
If you are completely new to online marketing, and don’t want to spend any money, blogging is a great way to get started and will also allow you to test the waters. Don’t expect to make a lot of money with blogging in the beginning, as it takes a  lot of time to build up content and a reader base. The main revenue sources for large blogs are on site advertising, coming out with their own products and membership services.
Download Six Figure Affiliate Blogging Guide Free

Creating a Content Site
Content sites are great. Millions of people are searching for information every day on search engines, and the majority of sites they come across are content sites. Years ago I created a MySpace resource sites that generated a lot of money (article 1, article 2), and it was all content driven. There was a massive audience looking for MySpace related tools and images, and my site was ranking awesome in the engines and getting pushed all over MySpace with backlinks. If you can create a quality site or service that people want to use, there is no need to spend money on advertising, as your visitors will spread the word for you. You will find a lot of content sites generate revenue off on site advertising, cpm ad networks and the use of Google Adsense.
Creating Your Own Video Entertainment Site

Search Engine Marketing
Many internet marketers have started out in search marketing. It’s one of the original and more pure forms of affiliate marketing. You are simply advertising on search engines for specific search phrases, and when a visitor clicks on your link, you pay for it. Advancements over the years have made pay per click a massive viable business and the backbone of Google, Yahoo and Bing’s success. Just like social networking advertising, Google has recently been more selective of who they allow to advertise on their search engine and are a lot less affiliate friendly than in previous years. Google has the volume, but Bing and Yahoo will usually cost you less and bring a higher return on your investment.
Google PPC Guide, MSN Guide & Dating Campaign Guide

Pay Per View Advertising
One of the most recent trends is getting into Pay Per View or PPV advertising. Using specific PPV ad networks, you can have your web site or offer “pop under” as a new browser screen when the user is visiting specific web sites. By targeting specific sites with your offers, you are already grabbing the same niche type of customer and hoping they are in a “buying mode”. The perks of PPV advertising is you can get ad views very cheap (.004 to pennies), and you can get a lot of traffic quick.
– PPV Playbook Learning Course
How to Leverage PPV Traffic

As a new internet marketer, you have a lot to choose from. It’s a good idea to try a few different options and see where you find success. Don’t expect to make a lot money in the beginning as you will be spending test money to find what works and converts.

Whether you are looking to blog, get into social network advertising or even start your own search campaigns, downloading a free copy of Six Figure Affiliate Blogging will give you the basic knowledge of how affiliate marketing works, and what options are available for you.

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10 Replies to “How to Get Started in Affiliate Marketing”

  1. Nice post Zac. Something to remember is that trying to accomplish ALL of those things at once while running a solo operation, is an absolute ton of work!

  2. Fantastic overview of affiliate marketing, sometimes less is more and you nailed it.

    Once you begin one of these, you can compound the next to build great momentum. For example, if you have your blog up and running, begin working on your Facebook pages. From there, start advertising and building a list. They all work so great together.

    Thanks for the resources as well.

  3. Thank you very much for sharing, I've found myself wondering how to get started in Affiliate Marketing. The big key seems to be developing a site that people want to visit.

    Thanks again!

  4. Affiliate marketing in its simplest definition, is promoting another person's product or service in return for a commission percentage. The truth is that Affiliate marketing can be a really profitable venture that can make you huge profits when you master the tricks very well. It is really one of the best gems of the internet. Super Affiliates can earn 6 figure months relatively easy. Affiliate marketing is more about doing most of the work yourself, at least initially.

  5. Its hard enough trying to keep up with rankings and SEO. Affiliate marketing is something I have wanted to jump into for a long time now. The long term benefits are better than any other business out there.. never having to do customer service would be nice 😉

    Thanks Zac!

  6. From there, start advertising and building a list. They all work so great together.

  7. Hi, thx for the idea u have sharing. it good for expanding my knowledge. Affiliate marketing is something i want to know more.

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