|Affiliate newbie. Little help?|
Hello! I am a longtime SEO, PPC marketer, etc.. and I'm starting to look into doing some affiliate marketing as a little side gig.
I am going to put together a nice little site, full of some great content, sign up with one of the major affiliate companies, maybe even buy some AdWords, and try my hand at it just to get the basics down before undertaking a serious effort at one particular market..
Question is, can someone suggest a product, group of products, service, etc. that would be a good type of thing to take a first swing at? (doesn't have to be high dollar, I'm trying to learn, remember?)
If you are not concern with income right now pick something
you are interested in (I hate the phrase that "you are
passionate about" save that for love affairs!)that would have ample appeal to the general public. Then take your
best shot at it. You will learn on the fly and gradually
become proficient. Good Luck
Since you already have experience in some area for ppc and seo why not give a go at one of those? You must be familiar with the conversion data and the level of competition. Seems like a head start for a beginner.
What's your site going to be about? Soemthing you know, or something that you think can make money? Personally for affiliate marketing, I don't make sites I'm passionate about, but make sites from which I know products are in demand.
If you can find some programs where the merchant allows direct linking to their form, you don't even need to put up a site to test if the product/site/lead converts. Once you've weeded out dud products/services/leads, then you can think about making some sites.
Find a leads-based program. It's far easier to get someone to enter some information than it is to get them to use their credit card. One program I promote only pays $2.50 per lead, but with the right keywords I've been able to create a lot of volume.
Also, I suggest finding something simple that doesn't require you to create a lot of content. Just emphasize the important points about the merchant's product or service, add a relevant picture or two, include a great headline and a well-designed call to action button, and send the customer on to the merchant. No need to keep them on your site longer than you have to. Once they click through to the merchant, you've done your job.
Thanks for the advice folks!
Actually, I do lead generation for a living (on a ridiculously large scale (3K/day)) through PPC advertising. It makes me drool to think that I could apply this knowledge to make money for myself, rather than others, for a change...
Pursuant to this, what company would you suggest to become an affiliate with (i.e. which company do you think offers the most lead gen opportunities?)
You can have a glimpse at this thread too:
There the guys are talking about how to avoid some traps when joining an affiliate program, I hope it will come handy to you.
I thought I was doing okay with 300-400 leads per day. Nice work chornbeck! I'd also be drooling at the prospect of 3k/day :)
[edited by: Greenboy at 2:43 am (utc) on April 24, 2007]