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5 Steps to Affiliate Marketing Success

Written by Trent Brownrigg  · May 23, 2011

To be successful in affiliate marketing requires the willingness to put in the time and the effort necessary to operate your business properly. It is a business, not a hobby, and you must treat it that way. There are certain steps that you need to follow in order to be successful and bring in those big commission checks that you have been dreaming about. If you leave out any of the steps then ultimately your efforts will fail. No matter what niche or specific product within that niche you have chosen to affiliate yourself with, the process to promote it successfully is the same.

That process consists of these five steps:

1. Build your own site. It is possible to get started in affiliate marketing and make money online without your own site, but to bring in the big checks and truly be successful you need to have your own site. And not just one site. You should have a separate site for each affiliate offer that you want to promote. If an offer is not worth the few dollars that it costs to get a domain name and the few minutes it takes to add the site to your hosting account then that offer is not worth promoting. You must build it before they can come.

2. Start your own newsletter. You want to brand yourself as the expert within your niche. There is no better way to do that than to publish your own newsletter on a regular basis. Promote it at least as heavily as you do any of your offers. Give something away to get people to sign up to your mailing list to get your newsletter. Go easy on the affiliate offers with your newsletter, keep it mostly content and provide good information. You will be getting affiliate offers in front of your subscribers with the autoresponder series you will set up in the next step.

3. Get an autoresponder. You should already have one for your newsletter, if not then get one now. You want to be able to use it for your newsletter and for a series of preloaded messages that your new subscribers will be getting over time. You can write the messages, stick them in your autoresponder, and set it to send them out to every new subscriber that you get over a specific period of time. You can have your autoresponder loaded up and ready to send out your affiliate offers for months or even years. Just make sure that any affiliate offers are evergreen so that you don’t have to go back and change them.

4. Start article marketing. You want to get your name and your articles out there in front of as many people as you possibly can. If you don’t like to write then you can outsource the articles. Articles that you have submitted to article directories will make you look like an expert in your niche, bring in traffic, and provide you with much needed back links.

5. Expand your linking campaigns. Back links are one of the most important aspects of getting your sites to rank highly in the search engine results. Set up a reciprocal link program on your site where you exchange links with other webmasters. One way links are even better. Get busy and start posting in forums, commenting on blogs, and writing more articles.

Follow these five steps and your affiliate marketing business will be off to a good start. A good foundation is the key to your affiliate marketing success. Get ready to start cashing in those commission checks.

This is a guest post written by Thomas Alling from

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One Response to “5 Steps to Affiliate Marketing Success”

  1. Dominic on August 24th, 2011 6:27 pm

    Clear 5 steps listed out and i got to agree that backlinks are very important when you are trying to list for a certain keyword. But even before you start doing that, make sure you do some proper keyword research to ensure that the keyword that you are trying to rank for is not too competitive, has a high enough search volume and high commercial intent .