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Affiliate Marketing Opportunities - Where Do You Start?

Jun 2, 2008
If you are an aspiring affiliate marketer, it can be intimidating to select from the thousands of affiliate marketing opportunities you can find online. Name a niche, and you are more than likely to find at least a dozen different products from a dozen different merchants. How do you know which ones you should be promoting? While there's no right or wrong answer to this question, there are a few things that you need to consider when deciding which affiliate marketing opportunities are going to be right for you.

What Niche Do You Know The Most About?

Many successful affiliates find that starting out with a topic they know well is a great launching point for their business. If you pick a niche that you are already familiar with, you can be a better judge about which products have the highest value for your potential audience. Your familiarity with the niche will help you weed out products that just don't "feel right" (and probably wouldn't sell well to customers also familiar with the niche). Since you have some insight into that topic, you will find it easier to present the benefits of products in a compelling way that will drive more sales.

Which Products Do You Want To Write About?

One way to effectively promote the many affiliate marketing opportunities in your niche is to build a "content site," a website or blog where you write articles about topics those in your niche are interested in. These articles will help you pull in relevant search engine traffic and help position you as a trusted source of information. The articles can then be used as gateways to introduce the products that you are interested in promoting. Writing good content can take a little bit of work, but it's a lot easier when you start with a niche you're already familiar with.

Which Products Have The Most Attractive Payout?

Not all affiliate marketing opportunities are created equal - but it takes about an equal amount of work to do promoting for any one of them. It can be a wise move on your part to focus on products that have a higher payout for you, so you are not breaking your back just to make ends meet. Of course, you may not want to concentrate all your efforts on high end products, as there is a smaller market for them due to the higher price tag. As you look through all of the affiliate marketing opportunities in your niche, consider promoting a high-payout items along with a few smaller priced products so that you can have something for everybody.

So, if you are a beginner in this wide world of affiliate marketing, use these three questions to guide you as you determine which affiliate marketing opportunities are going to be the right fit for you. Start with what you know, draw prospects in with solid information, and lead them to quality products that will put more money into your pocket.
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