Affiliate marketing for The Beginners is your guide to success online. Learn why the No 1 tip is so important before you start as an affiliate marketer.
Please note this article has been updated to reflect current trends and changes.
Before we get into the No 1 Tip all affiliate marketers need to know let’s summarise quickly two parts.
What is Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is a means where an affiliate (you, also known as a publisher) promotes a product or service on behalf of the company that holds the products or service.
When a sale is made the affiliate earns a commission as a result.
How do they know who promoted the product or service?
When you become an affiliate for that company or merchant (more on merchant below) you receive your own personal coded ID that becomes part of your affiliate link.
This way the company or merchant can then see who sent the customer via this unique link.
As a result, they send the commission to that particular person.
Please note: the article contains affiliate links and as such should you purchase a product or service I may receive a commission as a result at no cost to you. For full disclosure, you can read it here.
How does affiliate marketing work
The chart below explains further what was just stated above.
The simple version
As you can see from the above image there are generally 4 simple steps to the process.
Typically there are four parties involved in affiliate marketing:
• Affiliates (Publisher): This is you who are promoting the product or service.
• Merchant: The original supplier of the product or service.
• Networks: Networks manage affiliates along with managing the many merchants they support.
• Customers: Your visitor who then become the customer or consumer when they purchase the product or service.
Normally there are four parties involved as shown in the chart.
However, at times some companies made have their own affiliate process and may prefer to do this themselves rather than using a network.
The benefits of having a network for a company.
Networks have many companies that they look after and are organized to be able to provide specific links for the affiliate along with the association the affiliate is part of.
The major benefit of having a network involved for the company with the product is that they can handle all the links and services for the company’s behalf.
This saves the company from a lot of backend work when there can be thousands of affiliates promoting many products or services they have.
This is a great cost-effective measure for the company.
It can also save the need to employ added staff that will need to find who promoted what and who should get paid correctly.
The benefit of a network for you as an affiliate.
For you, the advantage is that at times some companies may change the rules of the game and you can lose out of your commission or they may change the commission structure at short notice.
There are other technical issues but this can create problems for the affiliates.
By becoming an affiliate for a company via the network you ensure your receive the right commission as set out in the terms of the agreement between the network, company, and what is stated for you.
Getting involved via a network is safer and more reassuring.
Should you feel there may be an issue with the company’s products or service you are promoting?
They can be banners, widgets, links, etc. you can contact the network who can resolve the issue quickly as they will look deeper into this and let you know the solution.
So now you know what is affiliate marketing and what is the structure let’s get into the most important part of this article.
There are other parts to become a successful affiliate and are covered in other articles within this website.
You can find more in-depth lessons with my No1 recommended Program that will teach all the right steps to take.
So before you start thinking of becoming an affiliate there is one stage that is vital to know.
This is where many beginners get confused and one that is vital to your success online.
Still, thinking about how to make money online as an affiliate marketer?
Well, before you think about that, learn the No 1 tip, all beginners need in Affiliate marketing if you want to grow as a successful affiliate.
Even before you get your own domain name this will save a lot of headaches later and save you the hassle of getting another domain.
What is this No 1 tip that is so crucial when starting out with affiliate marketing?
Finding Your Niche.
But not any niche you need to be specific, as explained below.
Too broad and you will face stiff competition, and you will struggle; this is one of the main reasons people give up and fail with any form of affiliate marketing online.
So you need to look at it differently.
What is a Niche, you ask?
A niche is a group of people looking for something specific to their needs?
For beginners wishing to commence in affiliate marketing, this will be your first focus before you think about creating that beautiful website of yours.
Just clarifying regarding your niche, did you notice part of what I said on what a niche is?
A group of people looking for something specific to their need, are the two vital parts of selecting a niche.
When you are creating a website, you will be creating certain pages, and lots of content posts relating to that specific niche in one way, shape, or form.
You will be writing to your audience (a group of people) that relates to what they are looking for (something specific to their need) and not just for the search engines when thinking of ranking your content with search engines such as Google, Yahoo/Bing.
Remember the old saying the customer always comes first?
The same goes for your website; the customer should be the first one you should be thinking of when creating your content.
Ok, so let us break it down as this will give you an idea of how to select your niche.
All this should be thought of before you grab a domain name and before you create a website.
It’s called planning ahead of time this is vital to your future website success online.
Pen and Paper
So the best way to start is to sit down somewhere quiet and use the old pen and paper.
The reason I prefer writing ideas down on paper compared to sitting in front of the computer is that you can easily get distracted.
You see, an email message pop up, or someone just posted something on your social media page like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.
Before you know it, you are reading someone’s messages then replying to that person.
You then look at something while you are there that grabbed your attention.
Next thing you know, you have lost hours in what you should have done before.
A common term for this is known as procrastination; if you are not sure of what this relates too then you can read further on What is procrastination after you complete what you are supposed to do now.
So with your pen and paper, find a quiet place where you won’t be distracted; the library is a great example.
You can also be in your bedroom, sitting not lying down, and listen to some music while working on what I am about to say.
Ok, all set? Are phones off or on silent?
Firstly it’s best to have an interest in that niche that way; you will tend to have more authority when you create that great content required for your website. (More on content material later)
Before we look at ideas for a niche, one thing you will need to think about is how broad of a niche it is as when it’s too broad, the competition you are facing online will be huge and unless you are already a well seasoned expect you will struggle.
Then again, if you are an experienced expert, I would question your skills if you are reading this.
Here you will find many not all types of Niches you can write about.
Let’s say you have an interest in health
As you know, health covers a plethora of ideas and forms far too many to mention in one post on your website.
Health is far too broad of a niche to use, so what you need to work on is to brainstorm and break it down further.
What type of health do you think about writing?
- Is health about weight loss?
- Is health about fitness?
- Is health about eating healthy foods?
Even this has broken down some aspects relating to health, but wait; there’s more!!
Still too broad of a niche to use. You need to break it down further.
What type of weight loss do you want to write about with your audience?
- Do you want to lose the fat around your body?
- Do you want to lose weight because you have diabetes or have a particular health issue that requires you to lose weight?
- Do you want to lose weight? (without going on a diet).
- Is the weight loss for a particular age group?
Now we are starting to get more specific to the needs of those groups of specific people you will be focusing on your content.
You will be working on selecting your niche, so by breaking it down to a particular need, that group of people has an interest in what you have to offer.
The same would go for fitness.
What kind of fitness are you thinking of?
- Do you want to use weight to tone your body?
- Using weights for gaining strength and body mass?
- Are you thinking of using weight for bodybuilding?
You see how this is getting more specific with fitness.
The other one I mention is about eating healthy foods.
Here you would work on some of the following.
- Are you talking about vegan foods and dishes?
- Are healthy foods relating to specific issues such as Diabetics or topics relating to the liver?
- Are you talking about healthy foods that are not processed and are organic?
- Again this is being specific when selecting a niche.
As you see, all these ideas are still relating to health in one way, shape, or form.
Again, not everyone is interested in gaining body mass for bodybuilding, a meat-eating person won’t most likely visit your site if you are talking about vegetarian or vegan-type foods and vice versa.
In fact. you will find more people looking at ways to lose weight than gaining weight.
Something to think about when choosing this Niche area.
Remember, you are focusing on that particular group of people that are looking for something specific to THEIR needs.
These people will be who you will be thinking of as your audience when writing your content on that specific topic later on once you have chosen your niche and domain name.
You can read more on domain names here, but briefly, your domain name should be related to the niche you have selected.
It can be slightly broader than your niche as it allows for some expansion later down the track as your website develops but not the other way around.
Let’s look at some ideas on how you can find and select your niche.
As I said with pen and paper in hand, write down all the interests you have.
Regardless of how trivial you may think, you will be surprised by how pleasing your niche would be.
Here are some more ideas for you.
Remember, with these ideas; you can break them down further as I just did with using health which is too broad.
Is there a particular form of gardening you like for example growing various types of roses?
- Perhaps you want to help people in how to maintain a garden
- Best ways to grow fruit
- Best organic ways to grow your garden
- Best plants to grow in the house
- What plant help to keep insects at bay
Are you focusing on a particular lifestyle relating to the various forms: This is a large and very popular Niche but one that needs to be broken down.
Here are some niche ideas to start off with.
- Various forms of healing.
- What are Chakras
- How to use Crystals which can later also be including with Chakras and healing
- Various forms of meditation
- How to meditate
Again you can break this down into specific areas such as
- Yoga for pregnant mothers
- Yoga for the women over 50
- Yoga for men over 50
- Yoga for children
Getting the idea?
Don’t forget about Self-Help
Here are some areas you can focus on if you have the interest and passions for.
- This can be self-help on spirituality, there are many areas within this topic alone such as the Law of Attraction and many other areas be it religious or otherwise.
- Anger Management
- Stress Management
- Organic Products such as skin and beauty care, and so on.
- If you have a passion for biking this can be a great Niche to help your readers and not just on bikes but also on various gears you may need for biking.
- This can be local biking or even cross-country biking and can easily include the following:
- What gear is best to wear for biking both for various reasons.
- Patch kits for bikes
- First-aid kits
- Wet Wealthy Gear and equipment
- Hydration packs
- Best Cameras to use while biking such as the Go-Pro Hero Black that is just one of many you can write about.
- Best helmets
Do you repair bikes perhaps you could create a website and have people in your local area know about your business?
Just on this alone can cover many specific niches you can write about.
- Beach fishing
- Fly fishing
- Deep-sea fishing
- Rock fishing
- Freshwater fishing
These are all specific niches compared to the broad term of fishing.
That is just fishing I haven’t even mentioned types of fish to catch, rods, and reels, along with best baits to use or hooks, lines, and sinkers, Boats, so you have heaps to choose from fishing alone with that specific group of people would be interested in.
Selecting your specific Niche
So these are just a small fraction of what you can write content about with your chosen niche.
One of the best ways to select your niche is to write down all your interests, it could be 15, or it could be 50, no matter what it is, write it down regardless of how irrelevant it may seem to you.
Once you have created your list, then you start to break it down using some of the sample ideas mentioned above.
That way you are selecting that specific niche for that specific group of people that are truly interested in that product or service.
These are the people you want to focus on not a general group.
This is where you will become successful online but focusing on the specific and not promoting everything under the sun.
Breaking it down
Now you need to select say five of the most compelling interests you have.
More so if you have good knowledge or experience in (don’t forget your work experience for a particular job).
For example, you may have accounting experience perhaps you wish to create a business, and your niche could be on Tax preparation or giving financial advice provided you are qualified) this could become your own business.
Your website will enhance and attract those people wanting financial information or have their tax returns completed.
That can be a huge niche to have if you have that form of experience.
From those five niches, bring it down to three and then select the best of the three and work out how this niche will relate to my future prospective audience that will come to my website.
Once done, congratulation, you have found your niche.
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I do hope this has given you some further insights on the No 1 tip for Affiliate Marketing for the Beginners in selecting your Niche.
Please leave a comment if you have any further questions regarding selecting a niche and I will be only too willing to help you out.
I will see you on the other side of success.