5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Try Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing lets you earn money by promoting a product or service offered by another business. If you don’t have a blog, you can use social media to advertise.

To many marketers, affiliate marketing is a waste of time especially if your blog is in the infancy stage. Writer Vairo Kremanis of WPWarfare.com thinks this method, as well as embedding ads, are overly used forms of blog monetization.

But that does not mean you should not try affiliate marketing just because you are a beginner or you are not a fan of anything “overly used.” If you try to look at the brighter side, affiliate marketing is still one of the greatest ways to earn passive income. To help you get started, here are some questions to ask yourself:

1. Do you have epic content?

Building trust first is a golden rule in marketing and this applies to affiliate marketing, too. how can you build trust when your blog is like, five or six months old? Provide value for your audience. This is the most important thing to focus on before advertising other people’s product.

2. Does the product fit your content?

Let’s say you’ve already established a good relationship with your readers. They trust you and that means you could sell more products to them without any hassle. Now what?
This is where your niche plays an important role.

Don’t make the mistake of joining any affiliate program you see. It’s tempting to promote a product that offers up to 40% commission rate. But if it’s a product that does not fit your content, what are the odds that your readers will buy it?

If you have a weight-loss website, simply google the best weight-loss products. If you have a mommy blog, you could recommend books about parenting and earn a percentage out of it.

3. Can you write good reviews?

In case you haven’t started publishing reviews, you might want to start now because reviews are a big part of any affiliate marketing site.

It gives your readers the confidence that you tested your product before recommending it to them.

A review should contain the basic information about that product. But do not ever copy and paste the content from its sales page. Write your own stuff and do the research.

4. Do you have an email list?

One of the best affiliate marketing practices has something to do with email marketing. Unfortunately, many marketers do not see the importance of list building once they get into affiliate marketing.

Many of your visitors are casual readers. They might have stumbled on your blog after Googling something. Don’t expect them to remember you the next time. But if you want these casual readers to be your loyal readers, do something that will make them remember you. How about sending something for free, like an eBook, in exchange of their email address?

5. Did you conduct a proper market research?

This is a very crucial thing to consider before getting started with affiliate marketing. Just like in any business, you need to have a concrete plan. That includes doing the proper market research.

What makes a good market research, you ask? It should adhere to the affiliate marketing business model.

In general, here’s how it works: you got a product, you write something brilliant out of it, the customer clicks the link and made a purchase. Your affiliate then tracks it and pays you a commission.

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Ian Leishman

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