One of the first things most experienced online business owners learn, when we learned how to make money online, was how to make money with affiliate marketing. This is a great way to start because you don’t need to come up with your own product or pay for and then test a sales page–it’s all done for you!
The absolute cheapest way to begin affiliate marketing is what is known as “bum marketing.” All you really need is the ability to write a basic article–or rewrite inexpensive private label rights material–and work with an easy content management system like Word Press.
First, you need a website or at least a blog in your chosen niche. You can buy a domain name at Namecheap.com for less than $10 a year, and hosting at Hostgator.com for under $10 a month.
Make sure your domain name is keyword rich. If you can’t find YourKeyPhrase.com, try separating the words with hyphens. If that doesn’t work, see if you can get a .net or .org name. You can also get .info names for considerably cheaper costs per year.
Now, write about 10 pages worth of content for that site. Focus each page on a specific long-tail keyphrase within your niche.
What’s a long-tail keyphrase? It’s one of the ultra-specific but less searched for keyword phrases within each niche market. These phrases have less competition, yet are more highly targeted toward buyers–just what you need as a beginner. (Don’t worry. You can also focus on higher-traffic keywords once your site has really been up and running. Right now, though, it’s best to go for the long-tail traffic.)
At the top and bottom of each web page put an affiliate link to a niche product. You don’t have to even mention the name of the product in your content–in fact, it’s often best if you don’t. You’re not trying to sell with your content. Sales writing is a time-consuming process that you don’t need to worry about. The product owners have likely paid thousands of dollars for someone to write their products’ sales pages.
Instead, you want to hit on emotional hot-buttons for you keyphrases. This will help pre-sell your affiliate products (you should have at least three of them) by getting your readers revved up about their niche problems or concerns.
Now, you’ll want to write and submit one or two articles a day, every day, to Ezinearticles.com. Target both your long-tail and high-traffic niche keyword phrases for these articles. This is where the bulk of your traffic will come from.
Finally, make sure you have an appropriate author bio-box at the end of each article. You’ll want to tell a little about yourself (or your pseudonym) and your website. Link various boxes back to various pages on your website, using link-text that matches the targeted phrase for each page.
And that’s it! Pretty soon you’ll be making affiliate sales without ever spending an advertising dollar!