Here's some spot on advice from Allan Gardyne in his latest newsletter. I'm sure Allan won't mind me sharing it here.
(Basic affiliate marketing involves building a niche website and earning revenue from affiliate links and AdSense. I'll assume you own or have started building such a niche content site.)
You can be successful in affiliate marketing by concentrating nearly all your energy on just TWO things.
Judging by the questions asked on our affiliate forum, many affiliates feel horribly overwhelmed. They're suffocated by too much information and too many choices.
As a result, they're paralysed and fritter away hours, days, weeks and even months.
It's possible to become so involved in endless studying, thinking and planning - including checking emails and reading newsletters and blogs - that you achieve very little.
If that sounds like you, read on...
In the 10 years I've been marketing online I've learned that you can boil basic affiliate marketing down to two things which really matter.
That's right. Just TWO things.
The key is that you need to do at least one of these things EVERY day. That's the big secret of success.
The secret is NOT to be found in forever hunting for one more marketing tip. The secret is always taking action, doing something useful every day, day after day so that your affiliate business is always improving.
Think about it. Picture a business which is ALWAYS improving.
That's what your affiliate business must do.
At first, these little tasks don't seem to get you anywhere. But eventually, all these little improvements add up beautifully. If you keep improving your business every day, success is inevitable.
Here's the list. Do one of these every day...
1. Add an article to your website.
2. Get a link to your site.
That's it! Focus. Keep doing these two things over and over again.
This really works. It does. Do it.
I know what you're thinking. It's too simple. OK. Let's tart it up a bit.
Here's the new modified list...
1. Add a unique, useful, keyword-rich article to your site.
Always keep the reader's needs in mind as you write the
2. Get a link from an on-topic site, preferably with related
keywords in the link.
3. Optional: Collect email addresses for a newsletter or
updates advice list.
You're probably itching to tell me that this is too simple, that there are all sorts of other factors to consider, such as the niche you choose, the products you choose, keyword research, website design, your skills at preselling...
Yes, of course these things are important, but many affiliates spend so much time thinking about them that they lose sight of what's most important in basic affiliate marketing:
Write articles. Get links. Write articles. Get links.
If you're not sure how to write a useful article, imagine you're explaining something to one person. Picture a friend who needs this information. Keep the friend in mind as you write.
For ideas on how to get links, re-read my free report, 77 Ways to Get Traffic - http://www.AssociatePrograms.com/pages77ways.html
Nearly all the ways described are free.
Believe me, it's possible to build a revenue-generating affiliate site - or a bunch of such sites - without over-complicating things.
If you concentrate on these two things you can make LOTS of mistakes and still succeed. Just do it. Get it done. You can always go back and review your articles some time later. You'll probably be surprised at how many sentences you can improve.
Don't be scared of owning a site which looks as though it was created by a hobbyist. In many markets, this works nicely. Let your visitors know there's a real person behind the site with strong opinions. They'll welcome a site which isn't bland.
When I built my first niche website back in 1996, I didn't do anything special. I just wrote useful articles on one topic, aiming to answer questions my visitors would have. The most important keywords naturally went into the heading on the page and appeared naturally throughout the article.
I had a simple site structure which enabled visitors and search engines to find the articles. I linked naturally between articles whenever it seemed appropriate. I provided prominent links to the most important articles.
In other words, I did everything based on commonsense, not on any special search engine optimization rules. At that time, I'd never read any marketing books. I created the site in raw HTML after reading a two-page article in a magazine.
Because the pages were very simple, when I added AdSense ads, they stood out prominently and attracted clicks.
Ten years after it was built, with very few changes, that old niche site is earning about $400 a month. I spend only about two hours a month updating it. I've never bothered collecting email addresses. You don't have to if you don't want to.
If you're stuck on affiliate marketing 101, burn this into your
Write articles. Get links. Write articles. Get links.
When you start work for the day, do one of these two things - FIRST. This is essential. Emails and everything else can wait.
Always do the most important thing first, and the most important thing you can do is something which improves your business.
I acknowledge that you can generate more revenue by studying 1001 other things and doing some of them, too, but don't try to run before you can walk. Master the basics first.
A friend once commented that I'd succeeded online by mastering the basics. I think he meant it as a compliment!
Mastering the basics has given my wife, Joanna, and I a lifestyle we never dreamed possible when we started.
Make this your mantra..
Write articles. Get links.
Write good articles. Get good links.
You can do it.