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November 23, 2016

Affiliate Marketing For A Beginner

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This affiliate marketing success story is about Stu, who joined Wealthy Affiliate back in 2014. Stu's success was enough for him to quit his part-time job on the weekends. While his money results were just getting started, he had some excellent advice on affiliate marketing for a beginner.

Stu's resources are valuable because as an affiliate marketer, there are specific issues that arise not included in the initial training. That's what the weekly seminars by Jay and the countless other people in the community who publish training add to the membership value.

These are the things that Stu feels beginner marketers should focus on for success:

  • Organization: Create a process for yourself so that each time you write an article, you're not searching for the image, how to resize them, and how to take care of SEO. If you know exactly where everything is, then it's that much easier to work like you're on autopilot.
  • Have A Plan: Don't randomly write articles without any structure. Use article templates if needed. SteContent makes this easy to do. Also, make out a 3-month content plan, so you know what you need to do.
  • Passion: You need to enjoy what you do. If you don't, then you've chosen the wrong niche.
  • Be Consistent: Follow your content schedule. Review old posts to see if there are any mistakes or spelling errors you missed. Verify all images are still working and fix them if needed. Review your search engine consoles and fix any crawl errors.
  • Keyword Research Correctly: The low hanging fruit or the long-tail keywords are what you are after. Analyze your competitors' sites.
  • Fix Your CTA's: Your article content may be fantastic but if you blow it when you go to make the sale you've lost a deal. Stu had several different training resources he used to solve this problem.
  • Make Sure Your SEO is Immaculate: This includes getting the right things like meta description, keyword in the title, and the first paragraph, internal links, good images, keywords in alt tags, etc..
  • Help People, Don't Sell To Them: Don't be like a used car sales on the internet. Your reads have a problem, help them to solve it.
  • Create a Brand: Create a simple logo for your website ad put it in the header. Use a favicon. Build site trust with your readers. Don't make them want to leave.
  • Evergreen Content: Create article content on your website that will last. These should include helpful posts, how to's, etc. Think of the Who, What, Where, When and Why? People are looking for solutions to their problems.
  • A/B Split Test: Test your call-to-action and other conversion-focused parts of your website. Find out what is working and what is not.
  • Be Social: Interact with your readers in your comments section. Use social media to get different traffic sources.
  • User Conversion Funnels: Work up to the sale. Give them something free to get the process started. Much of the conversion funnel process can be automated.
  • Provide A Good UX: Give your users an excellent user experience. This experience includes things like creating clarity with internal navigation, don't have too much visual clutter in the way of your CTA's, how to properly place your call-to-action and where it should be on your page.

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” - Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Stu nearly gave up after seven months. But he was encouraged by other community members to stick with it. Affiliate marking is not a get rich quick scheme.

All of these things are good advice for a beginner affiliate marketer.

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