This is the part that all of you are waiting for. I received lots of emails from you guys that all of you ask me how to start affiliate marketing, need suggestions and guideline and so on.
Today I will share the basics on how to start Amazon affiliate marketing and what will be your first step. You can do Amazon Affiliate Marketing in three different ways.
- Niche Site
- Amazon Store
Among These three I will do an in depth discussion on niche site. The rest two will be discussed like a brief.
As an affiliate marketer, I always recommend people to work on niche site, as a newbie. It is easier to work with and the chances of earning revenue is higher than YouTube and Amazon Store. If you are experienced enough you should go for them.
But this article is basically for the beginners, so I will dive deep to the niche site part. I am also giving you a brief on the other two and I will write in depth content later on. I promise.
I always recommend people to do affiliate marketing with a niche site. This is the most popular way for Affiliate marketing and this way the possibility of earning money is better than the others.
In this process, you need to select a niche and create a website of your own. As we are discussing about niche site, I would say you need a good and faster domain and hosting for your website. Because if your website will take time to load, visitors will leave your website.
I prefer to buy domain and hosting service from GoDaddy.
I personally use GoDaddy domain and hosting and I am super satisfied. Let’s back to the point. Before creating a website a niche selection is a must.
Now you might ask, what is a niche site?
I will answer it with an example. If we talk about Sports and outdoor, then it would be a category. But if we talk about Cricket, then it is a niche.
So, if your niche is cricket, then go and buy a domain and hosting, create a website and start posting cricket related products reviews and informative posts. In your website you can sell anything related to cricket.
Cricket is a niche but is it called a single niche. If you are new to Amazon Affiliate program then I would prefer to go for single niche. As soon as you are experienced enough you can go for multi niche.
Multi niche is a combination of some single niche like Summer sports might be a multi niche. Here, you can sell any kind of products that is related to summer sports.
One mistake that every new marketer does is that, they want to buy a ready website at the very beginning of your career. I prefer to learn and experiment with your website first. Then go for the ready and established website.
At the first stage your knowledge level is zero. So, if you run for money in that stage, all your investments will be in vain.
As I have mentioned about investment, I want to tell you guys, if you want to do Amazon affiliate marketing, it is necessary to do some investments. You have to treat this as your own business. The investment might be more or less and it is absolutely based on your qualities and how you manage it.
As you have done with your niche selection, website creation and investment issues, now you have to think for SEO, keyword research, content marketing to engage traffic on your website. I won’t discuss these issues here. I will post separate contents for each of them.
Here, I will help you to find a suitable niche site, what things you should keep in mind, what to do and not to do, finding product ideas and lots more.
Find a suitable niche
This is actually the most important part of the whole pre production process. I can explain the importance in words because this is the only thing on which it depends whether your website will rank or not.
If you choose a wrong niche, everything will be in vain. When you are going to choose a niche you have to keep in mind that there are three kind of niche available.
High Competitive Niche
It is the most competitive niche in the market. I mean to say that everybody is looking towards it and you will find lots of informations and website are available on this niche. Say for example a laptop niche. If you search with the keyword laptop, you will find thousands of websites have reviews and informations on this topic.
If you are new and don’t have enough money to invest, I would recommend you to avoid them. Because you have to invest lots of money to compete with them and rank your website.
If you already started working on a high competitive niche site as a beginner, it is better to sell it and start according to the guidelines given in this article.
Medium Competitive Niche
These niches are dominated by the medium high level affiliate marketers. If you are a newbie, it is advised not to go for it as well. Because it actually needs lots of hard work and upfront investment.
As a newbie, if you don’t have enough knowledge, you will not be able to utilize the money properly.
Besides, if you search with your mid range keyword see some popular websites on the top page of Google, it will be impossible to compete with them as a beginner.
Low Competitive Niche
This would be the best choice for a newbie. Everybody likes low competitive niches because you can rank it easily. But you have to be careful because the number of low competitive niches are fixed.
Make sure you have done a proper research while choosing a low competitive niche for your project.
If you ask me why the big marketers do not look for these niches, my answer would be very simple. I personally think there might be two reasons for that.
First of all, they are not explored by them yet or else the amount of revenue will not be sufficient for their time and effort. Say for example if you are a millionaire and $1000 might be nothing for you.
But if you have nothing and you are earning $1000 a month, you can maintain a good life.
So, if you can do proper planning and implementation with low competitive niche, you can easily rank your website and earn money from it.
While you are choosing a niche for your website, make sure to keep in mind the following things.
- It is easy to rank your website with a suitable niche.
- You will be earn a decent amount of incentives.
- Each and every niche has huge amount of product categories and subcategories for your websites.
- Don’t choose any trendy products as your niche. As soon as the trend falls down, you will not be able to earn anymore.
- Don’t try to choose any seasonal product niche. So, the sales will be on that particular season.
- The most important part for choosing a niche is your interest on that particular niche or category. If you are not interested, you won’t be able to promote it properly.
How to get a product idea
Well, I hope got an idea about the high medium and low competitive niches. Now if you want to predict a good niche more accurately then you need to go through this step.
If you have done a good research on Amazon products, it will be easier for you to select a niche that will be profitable for you and will help you to earn more.
Research on Amazon Product Categories
I always prefer to browse amazon categories and subcategories manually. It will take a lot of time and effort but this is the most effective way for a good research.
I will share some of my tips from my experience for product ideas
- Your average price of the product should be equal to $50 or more than that.
- Customer rating is an important thing. Make sure it is at least above 3.5
- Local U.S. monthly searches should be more than 500 for best[product category] reviews or best[product category].
- At least 3 products within the 1000 best seller list.
Research on Popular website’s sitemap
Another way of getting proper idea on products is browsing XML sitemaps of popular websites where you will find product reviews. If you do a proper research, you will be able to get hundreds of ideas of different niches. It is not a big deal if you can’t be their competitors, but you will get a vast idea on different products that you never think of.
SEMRush is an amazing website. It is one of the best things that I have ever used for finding product ideas.
What you need to do it go to SEMRush, add some keywords, apply some filters and it will show you keyword ideas, ranks, search volume and lots more.
As you have done your research on product ideas, it is high time to do competition analysis. It means you have to search your competitors on Google search engine results.
As a result you will be able to find out how much competitive your keyword is. Besides, if you check google search results manually, you will be able to get an overview about other competitors who are dominating in Google search engine’s first page.
I always mention that it is a time consuming and effective method of getting hundreds of keywords manually.
Earning potential of a niche
People always ask me how much money I can earn from a niche? Is my niche is profitable or not. Well, I would say, nothing will give you accurate information about anything. If you do hard work, it will show you the result.
Say for example, If you didn’t study hard and you submit a blank exam script and asked for a good result. Will it be happen? Never. You have to spend time on your studies and then you can expect a good result.
What I want to say is, it is not possible to say how much you will earn from a niche, because it actually depends on your research, experiment and implementation.
But, I would suggest you a web tool that will tell you an estimation on how much you can potentially earn from a particular niche. That web tool is called AmaProfits and it is a simple and free web tool that you can use.
Choosing a Domain name for your Website
So, I hope now you will be able to select a good niche for you. Now this is a crucial part. Domain name is the identity of your website.
If your niche is good and your domain name is not up to the mark, it will not worth it. You need to choose such a domain name that will target your audience and people can easily remind them.
When you are going to choose a domain name, you have to keep in mind that it should be brandable and keyword enriched.
Brandable is a sense that people can memorize it and pronounce it. Always try to avoid number or symbols in your domain name.
It will make your visitors confused. Recently the idea of keyword based domain name has been reduced. So, choose your domain name wisely.
I always prefer GoDaddy for domain registration.
They are one of the giants in the market. If you need to know more about choosing a domain name for your website you can read the article on : How to Choose a Domain Name.
Choosing a Hosting for your Website
For a website, A hosting is like the heart. If your hosting service is not good enough, it will make your website slow.
If your website is slow and takes too much time to load, visitors will leave your website. No matter what how much good content you have posted on your website.
I always prefer GoDaddy for domain and hosting, because I personally use it for a long period of time and I am highly satisfied with their service. Their product price is cheaper than many other providers and the quality of service is amazing.
You can check out the article on :GoDaddy Web Hosting to get more clear idea on why I always recommend them and why should you choose GoDaddy as your hosting
Your Niche Website Setup
Now, you have your niche research information, domain and hosting. I hope you are done with your pre production tasks. It’s time for the production.
Yes, Now you will get an idea on how to setup your niche site.
I would recommend you to use WordPress for your website. Because it is flexible and easy-to-use. Many popular websites at this time are created with wordpress. It will take hardly 10 minutes to set up.
WordPress is a popular and authentic CMS platform and they are constantly upgrading their service. I prefer you to go for it. As soon as you are done with the basic setup, go for some optimization for fast framework. Then you can go for theme selection, plugins etc.
If anybody asks me which theme I should use for my niche site, I will tell you to use Thrive Themes. It has a default content builder.
This combo will help you to create an amazing website, which will look similar to a authority site. Generic themes will create a negative impact on your site. I always prefer to avoid generic themes.
After installation of the theme, I always prefer to use some basic plugins that you should use on your website as well.
- Yoast SEO
- Thrive Content Builder
- WP Super Cache
- EasyAzon Pro
- Content Aware Sidebars
- Shortcode ultimate
- Contact Form 7
- Ultimate Nofollow
Setting up Template Pages of your niche site
As you are doing affiliate marketing, so you have to create some pages before start posting your contents. These pages are mandatory for niche sites. They are
- Contact us
- Amazon Affiliate Marketing Disclosure (Set it to no index)
- Terms and Conditions (It is optional)
Finally you are done with creating your own niche site. When I am writing it and you are reading it, it seems very simple but the story happens when you will start working on it.
If you don’t have knowledge and if you don’t setup and designed a website before, it’s better to take help from a expert designer who will help you to create an amazing site for you. If you read the article and want to do with yourself then it is completely ok.
But a newbie it will consume a lot of time. That’s all for a niche site. I will write
You can do affiliate marketing with YouTube as well. It is not that much popular and Many people on US, Canada are doing affiliate marketing on YouTube. If you can’t ensure quality videos then it is recommended not to do it.
Because when you will apply for affiliate account from Amazon, they will review your channel. If your videos are not upto the mark, they will not approve you as an affiliate marketer and you won’t be able to work on Amazon affiliate program.
But if you can create quality videos, with your own voice over, I would love to appreciate you for that.
In this process, your website will look like an ecommerce website. It will look similar to amazon websites, when people wants to buy any product, it will redirect to the Amazon payment page. As soon as they buy it, you will earn the commission.
If you want to work in this process, you must have to be expert in paid traffic. If you are not expert enough, it is better to avoid it.
Finally, we have come to an end of our today’s article. This article is about the basics of Affiliate marketing. I have shared my experience with you, so that you can make your dreams come true.
Always, keep in mind that research, Planning and implementation are your best friends forever. They can keep the failures away from you. Keep Studying, work hard and have patience. Success will definitely knock your door tomorrow.