Affiliate marketing is a common but powerful business opportunity for people who would like to work from home. Due to the ease of getting into an affiliate program, many people are seizing the opportunity to be an affiliate marketer. With the explosive growth of affiliate marketing, due to the advent of broadband internet connection, competition is getting intense. How do you compete and be successful in affiliate marketing? Below are 3 simple yet powerful tools to help you in your affiliate marketing business.
1. Your Own Website
Your website is the most important, if not most indispensable tool for affiliate marketing. Why? This is because your website is the first point of reference to your customers. You use your website as a marketing platform. Therefore, building a credible and professional looking website is as important as renovating a retail shop.
In a supermarket, it is important that the walkway is easy for customers to walk around to browse the goods on the shelves. This is the same with your website. The interface should be easy for customers to navigate. The design of the website should encourage the customers to click on links to the products or service you are promoting. It’s like a discreet sale person prompting customers to look at an item more closely or to buy it.
It is a fact that most people surf the internet primarily to look for information on something which they are interested in, or are looking for answers. So they are not surfing the internet to buy something. To draw people to visit your website, it has to be filled with information that people are looking for. Information which are original and relevant are the ones that stand out and these are what people are searching for.
People love reading articles that help them learn something that they are searching. So supply as much relevant content as possible. This way, readers will regard you as an expert in your field. Reputation is important in building a loyal customer base. Your reputation enables your customers to trust your word, hence, your endorsements on the products or services you are promoting. This makes selling your affiliate product easier. So build up your reputation by being a provider of original and quality information on your website for your customers.
2. Incentives and Bonuses
Since affiliate marketing is an easy way to start a home business, many people will be involved in it. So, competition is going to be intense. How do you differentiate yourself from other affiliate marketers? How do you encourage people to visit your webpage? You need to attract customers by giving away presents. Reward your visitors when they visit your site. Give them more incentive to stay with you eg, giving away free ebooks, reports or softwares or free subscriptions to your newsletters that are useful to them. The perceive value of these bonuses is up to you to decide. However, if it is useful and relevant to the customer, then the value of the free gift is high, even though you may have bought it as a private label right item.
The thing is, to stay ahead of your competitors, you must become a generous provider of information. Everybody loves gifts and presents, more so when the gifts or presents are relevant. So give away information that is useful and original, build your reputation as a generous person who only have the benefit of the customers in mind. This will build your reputation and trust very fast.
3. Link Popularity
Finally we come to traffic to your website. When you set up a retail shop, you need visibility. Without visibility, nobody knows you exist. To help your affiliate marketing, your website need to be visible as well. Ranking well on search engine is one of the ways to draw traffic to your website.
Building your link popularity is one way of improving your search engine rankings. Search engine look at links towards your website. The more related links to your site may indicate that your site is popular, thus contain lots of important info.
One of the tried and proven free method of building your links is to write articles and submitting the articles to various article directories and e-zines. Each article has an author resource box that you can write about yourself and your website. It is through the author’s resource box that links are pointed back to your website. So, the more articles you submit, the more links are build back to your website. If your articles are original, unique and relevant, more people will copy it and put it up in their own site, thus increasing your exposure to other readers and drawing more potential customers to your site.
The above 3 tools are what you need to have to succeed in affiliate marketing. Study all the affiliate marketers who are successful and you can see the common characteristics among them. They will own their websites, they will have a big list of loyal customers whom they have good relations. Their websites also attracts a lot of traffic. There are many ways to build up your 3 affiliate marketing tools, so explore with different ideas and strategies that works for you.