How to Start Affiliate Marketing: The Do’s and Don’ts.

 Affiliate marketing is one of the oldest methods of making money for online marketers. Today, affiliate marketing has expanded into a multi-billion dollar industry on which marketers all over the world capitalize every day.  Affiliate marketing is one of the oldest methods of making money for online marketers. Your job, as an affiliate marketer, is to set yourself up as an authority on some sort of topic / niche.

In this article I want to focus on the Do’s and Don’ts of affiliate marketing.

 Do: Make sure to conduct research. Although it’s easier to start a business now, it doesn’t change the fact that you are, in fact, starting a business.

Don’t: Sign Up for The First Program You Come Across. In our excitement to secure a role in affiliate marketing, it can be easy to be persuaded with the first offer that comes our way. However, research is vital to be deemed a success in affiliate marketing.

Do: Focus on your niche.  Don’t promote too many products.  Promote products that are relevant to your audience. 

Don’t: Advertise Products That Aren’t related to Your Niche. All products or services you advertise on your site should be relevant to your promotions and to your readers. 

DO: Join an affiliate platform or program. Joining an affiliate network will give you credibility with top affiliates because the network acts as the escrow agent, providing consolidated reporting and payments to affiliates. They also take care of tax forms and complacence testing.

Don’t: Violate the Affiliate Terms of Service. Before signing up for an affiliate program, you’ll probably be required to agree to an affiliate terms of service document. This agreement will lay the ground rules for what you can and can’t do when promoting a company or product.

Do: Be honest with the content you put out.   Raving about the products and services you’re sharing comes off as spamming. Consumers really want  to read honest reviews and get truthful information about things before they purchase.

Don’t: Overdue Banner Ads and Pop-Ups! Nothing is more annoying to your readers than suddenly having a bunch of adds pop in when they are trying to read your posts. Keep your banners and pop-up ads to a minimum.

DO: Be patient.  It can take months to develop meaningful traction through your affiliate program, so don’t be discouraged. A lot of the legwork is upfront. However, the rewards come as passive income.

Don’t: Rush. Affiliate Marketing is not a way to get rich quick. It can take months before you start to see any money trickling in, and people who do get paid early on aren’t simply lucky; They likely put in a load of hard work in the beginning to make it happen.

Do: Disclose the Arrangement.  It is considered a best practice to disclose your affiliate arrangements. The easiest way to do that is to have a little disclaimer on your website.  Often the statement mentions that “blog posts may include affiliate links.”

Don’t: Create fake content.  Your reader needs to trust that you have helpful information and that you are suggesting a particular product because you actually care about his or her needs.

Do: Track the Results. Make sure that you periodically check your results. Just like anything else in business, it’s not enough to do it once and forget about it. You need to analyze what’s working and what’s not so you can adjust your approach for greater success.

Don’t: Focus Solely On Sales. It might be tempting to simply promote, promote, promote, also keep in mind the kind of content that will get your readers coming back to you. Share things with them that they’ll find helpful, like how-to guides, insider tips, or freebies.

This article does not contain affiliate links. I hope you’ve found valuable information that you can begin to implement in your affiliate marketing endeavours .

Blessings T (TQ Xclusives)

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