This article is about affiliate marketing. We’re going to study the 8 important things that you need to know before you start affiliate marketing. You must know these 8 things before you start because it is going to save your so much time and frustration. So, here’re the 8 important things:
1. How long does it take for your content to show up on google.
The first one is one of the most common questions and that is how long it takes for your content that you post on your site to show up on Google and start getting full traffic.
The short answer is, for a new website that you’ve just created, it’s going to take roughly 35 weeks on average for each piece of content to reach 90% of their peak traffic.
Now, keeping that in mind, you just write these blog posts and forget about it, move on writing the next blog post.
Affiliate marketing on a niche site has never been, and likely will never be something where you write the post, and then it’s immediately out there, and getting you affiliate sales. That’s just not how the system works. And if it did, everyone would be doing it.
2. How many blog posts do you need to put on your website?
So, number two is asked all the time as well and this is, how many blog posts do you need to put on your website? And my answer to this is 30 blog posts. 30 is when Google starts to see your website as a full website, not a new website anymore. You’ve to use that as your benchmark, and your goal must be to write 30 blog posts per niche site.
Once you’ve reached that, move on to the next one. There are many sites with a hundred and more blog posts. That’s fine, but I recommend getting to 30 blog posts, and then moving on to the next niche website. That way, Google will see you as a full website. So, try to hit 30 blog posts on each niche site, and then move on to the next one.
3. Delayed Gratification
This is some personal advice. This is what I wish you understood it and this is delayed gratification. We’re so used to instant gratification.
As I slightly mentioned before, that affiliate marketing has never really been and likely won’t be something where you just publish something and then you start collecting affiliate sales right off the bat. It’s delayed gratification.
So, this kind of works to your advantage if you see it the right way. Your goal is to hit 30 blog posts per niche website. Now, if you keep that delayed gratification in mind, You can write a post, publish it, start working on the next one.
Write the next post, publish it, start working on the next one, and not following that and seeing how many sales it’s gotten, how much traffic it’s getting.
It’s nice to know the analytics, and see how it’s performing, but you can’t expect to be making money on that post right away. Like I said, it’s going to take weeks, or months for that to start getting full traffic. So, just write it, forget about it, but if you have that instant gratification, and you look for the results right when you publish it. You’re not going to stay motivated.
4. How many products or niches do you put on one site?
This one’s asked all the time as well and that is, how many products or niches do you put on one site? The answer to this is simple. Each website is for one niche, but you can have as many products as you want.
So, for example, on men’s formal shoes, you can have the whole about men’s formal shoes. That’s your niche, but you can have multiple posts. You can have a post about cheap men’s formal shoes. Then you can link to a product on Amazon.
You can have best men’s formal shoes linked to a different product that’s more expensive. You can compare two different types of men’s formal shoes. So, as you can see, you can link as many products as you want in that niche, on a single niche site. So, stay in one niche.
5. Find a good niche
This goes right off the last tip, and that is, if you’re doing affiliate marketing you need to find a good niche. Use a keyword explorer tool like SEMrush or kwfinder or any other tool you like to find a good niche. You can also use Ubersuggest.
You type in your niche and look for the keywords with high search volume and low competition. So, you have to find a good niche before you start spending time on this.
6. Great content always wins
It’s not about how many posts you have. Like I said, only aim for 30. You don’t have to aim for 100 or 150, but you have to write good content and great content will win every time.
If you’re legitimately spending time on an article, and it’s something that you would sit down and read, and it has good content, not just fluffy or copy pasting things, that’s great content.
Now, if someone else comes along, and just puts a quick fluffy article together that really doesn’t give you any good information, Google will rank yours over theirs.
Now, you’re going to get that traffic. But this can work the other way too. If you don’t have great content, and someone comes into your niche, and makes great content, they will outrank you. You’ll still get traffic, but they’re going to be getting the majority of it.
So, just remember if you’re writing the articles yourself, or if you’re getting them done on Fiverr, aim for great content.
You want to make sure that each post has images, it has links, it has paragraphs with headings on them, and make sure that you’re putting valuable content in these posts.
7. Don't spend money on ads until you know how to use them
You should not spend money on ads until you know how to use them, and the second part to this is, if you don’t have money to spend on ads, don’t be spending money on ads. Because if you don’t really know what you’re doing, that can be a great way to just burn a ton of money, and you’re not going to get that back.
So, my advice here is, in the beginning if you don’t have money to spend on ads, Just create good content, focus on that. That’s all completely free to do, and then in time when you have money to spend on ads, first go to YouTube, learn as much as you can.
And then if you’re able to and have the luxury too, you can buy a course that’ll walk you through everything on paid ads, but just be sure to keep it lean, especially in the beginning. And don’t spend money on ads if you don’t know how to use them, or don’t have the money to spend on them.
8. Sprint towards your goal
The last important tip here is to sprint towards your goal. So, set your goal. For example, the goal for the whole year could be to create five niche sites with 30 posts on each site.
Now, once you have that goal in mind and you have it set, start to sprint towards that goal. If you’re currently creating one post per week, and you’re just being optimistic that you’re gonna start creating more, start creating one per day.
You need to start doing as much as you physically can, and getting that out, and getting it published. So, if you guys start doing this in the beginning, that can be huge for you. Figure out what you want your goal to be, and then start aggressively working towards it. That’s what works best.
So guys, that’s all I’ve got for you and I really hope this would help you guys. Keep those things in mind, then you guys will get good results in affiliate marketing. It’s a huge opportunity, but remember you can’t win if you’re not in the game.
Just on a personal note to talk about affiliate marketing. If you’re not already in it, I really do suggest that you start getting into affiliate marketing. You don’t have to be a tech whiz. You don’t have to be a marketing guru. It really doesn’t take a lot of complicated skills to start getting affiliate sales.
So, with that being said, even if you don’t have a big background in internet marketing or writing for blog posts, you can still do it. You can make so much money online in affiliate marketing, but you can’t profit from it if you’re not actually doing affiliate marketing yourself. So, I hope this pushes you to get started.