Newbie Affiliate Marketer? Read This!
Let’s face it; there are plenty of ways to make a passive income in 2017. One of the leading strategies chosen by many people is affiliate marketing. It’s likely that you are reading this blog post because you have embarked on an affiliate marketing campaign for your website. The only thing is, you want to make sure you don’t waste any time doing the wrong things.
Your skeptics might tell you that affiliate marketing isn’t a way to make money while you sleep. On the contrary, millions of people have been doing just that! So, how can you ensure that your campaign isn’t a waste of time, effort, and money? And how can you keep the things you promote fresh in the minds of your target audience? Here are some things to check:
Is your hosting solution up to scratch?
When you’re paying for advertising to promote your website, it goes without saying that it needs to be working 24/7! Make sure you aren’t using a host that isn’t offering a fast and reliable service. Otherwise, you could lose lucrative commission because of downtime. Plus, you’d be paying for hosting that isn’t delivering what was promised to you.
Does your content grab people’s attention?
Websites are like books. They need to hook a user in so that you can start “selling them” your idea. Have you ever seen those spammy websites that have thousands of words, videos, and clipart images on them? They are affiliate sites, but they seldom convert because they aren’t appealing to visitors!
Don’t have a website like that. Make sure yours looks good, is easy to navigate, and gets the message across clearly. If you suck at SEO, the good news is firms like Elementive can help you improve your content. It pays to get things right from day one; otherwise, it’s just a waste of time.
Does your site work on smartphones and tablets?
It’s critical that your affiliate website has a responsive design. In a nutshell, that means your content resizes automatically and is easy to read on handheld devices. Most people these days own a smartphone and use it to go online. Ensure your pages show up well on them without the need to zoom in on the content!
It’s also worth pointing out that search engines like Google discourage webmasters from creating desktop-only websites. In other words, they could penalize your site by giving it a lower ranking if it’s not mobile-friendly.
Are you educating your visitors?
One of the things that attract us to buying something is knowing that it offers value for money. As a newbie affiliate marketer, like the older ones, you need to provide a freebie to sweeten the deal, as it were. For example, let’s say your website is about electronic goods like TVs and Hi-Fi systems. You could maintain a blog that shows people how to set up the models you are promoting on your site.
As you can appreciate, doing such things will help to show off the benefits of the things you want them to buy. It helps persuade them that they are making the right buying decision.