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
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.