Tuesday, February 12, 2008

An Affiliate Success Formula

Some people aren't going to like this affiliate success formula. That's because it requires work, and it's not a get-rich-quick scheme. But this is the simplest formula for affiliate website success that I know of.

Content + Links = Affiliate Success

First, find a big niche. Lots of get rich quick guys tell you that you should tackle a small niche that you can dominate. That's nonsense. You can be an average player in a huge niche pretty easily still. (Big niches include stuff like dating, travel, credit cards, mortgages, etc.)

Then buy a domain name and build a website. Fill it with hundreds of pages of brilliant, useful, keyword-rich content. Update the site often. Add content constantly. Some of your pages will rank as long as you do basic search engine optimization stuff like:
  • making sure your keyword phrases are in your pages' title tags
  • using your keyword phrases in your pages' body copy
  • emphasizing your keyword phrases by repeating them in the copy, header
  • emphasizing your keyword phrases with bold text, italics, quotation marks
  • using your keyword phrase in the URL string of each page
The big SEO secret is that there are no secrets. Just make it clear to the search engine what your page is about.

Then get links from appropriate websites. This will keep the search engines visiting your website. As a general rule, the more links you have pointing at your website, the more important it is. And important sites rank higher.

Don't do stupid stuff like exchanging links with 1500 websites, none of which have useful information. Or spam blogs. You don't need thousands of links to compete; you need some good links.

Then add advertisements for appropriate affiliate programs.

It really is that easy, but it takes work. Most people launch lame content and get lame links and wonder why they fail. Write good content, or hire a good writer. Then get good links. Don't worry if you don't have hundreds and hundreds of links right away.

Do the work and make money. Don't be lazy. Don't take shortcuts.


At 5:06 AM , Blogger LaPrentiss Sampson said...

Awesome Blog post! It allows beginners to understand whats truly needed! Dont forget to use social media sites as a source for getting you content out there!

Keep up the good work!

At 9:34 PM , Blogger Joseph said...

Hi Randy,

I like your style. Short and precise and very informative. Well done. It's funny that I found your blog which is about affiliate marketing because I just launched a product with Michael that talks about exactly that. Affiliate Marketing! Can you believe it?

Anyway, I'll visit your blog again soon.

Warm Regards,
Joseph Park
Affiliate Marketing

At 7:41 PM , Blogger ThaĆ­s said...

Loved this blog, great content!
I'm still wondering, though, how to get those quality links back for a starter website with good content but no rank?
And how to choose keywords that will rank?

At 9:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very informative post, especially for new affiliate marketers or those who are thinking about affiliate marketing.

At 11:06 AM , Blogger workhardnie said...

Thanks for the info, I am new to this and trying to keep my head above the water.


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