Affiliate Business: Ten Checkpoints
for Your Success
While it can be quite easy to start an online business, not
all people make a success. How then successful business
man/woman could make it? Every successful business has its
own story, however, there are some common factors that make
a business hard to fell down.
Here is ten checklist that help you to be successful.
1. Set a goal
Without a goal, a success is driven just by chance and it's
very low. Your ultimate goal is generating substantial
income from your site. But how much? If you're an affiliate
business starter, don't set too much: otherwise you'll be
depressed. For each site I built and going to build, my firs
goal is to earn about $500 a month. For some people, this
may sound too small or may not. But in reality to reach $500
within 2 month is a success.
Build more than one content site. This is what most of
affiliates do. Let's say you build 10 niche web sites. This
will make you $5,000 a month.
2. Make a plan
A plan makes your work be organized. Building an affiliate
site within two month is a descent plan. Within the first
month, do a research to find profitable keywords, affiliate
programs, and some resources to which you can refer when you
write content pages. And within the second month write one
article every day. At the end of second month you will have
keyword rich contents armored with affiliate program. And
publish it by obtaining domain name and web hosting company.
3. Set a budget
While you can start an affiliate business even without
investing any penny, it is recommended to make a descent
investment. We all know that something for nothing mentality
eventually doesn't work.
Inevitable investment is for the domain name and web
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package. It includes everything you need so that it will
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It costs you $299 per year. If you have a choice other than
the "Site Build It!", it is ok but consider that you still
need invest at least $300 for registering domain name,
contract with hosting company, etc.. If you want to earn
money, you have got to use your money first.
4. Check your lifeblood
What is lifeblood for affiliate, by the way? Many affiliates
agree on the following things.
good affiliate programs and
Your web page should be focused on keywords, which bring you
traffic. And then you want convert it to the affiliate
program link or to sale your own products. What the good
informative contents is doing is to keep the traffic flowing
to your site (even to increase it) and to make the
conversion rate high.
Side note: If you are not familiar with the words,
profitable keyword and contents, and don't know how to
choose a good affiliate program, please download
Affiliate Masters Course" (Free E-book) and read it through.
5. Prepare what to say before you write content page
If you don't know what you're going to tell, how about your
You know the content should be informative because people
look for information. But what kind of information are you
providing? Eventually, all the information boils down to ask
an action, to buy your product or to go to your merchant
So, organize your information to conclude the action. Here
again the keyword and affiliate program comes into
Determine what keyword you're going to use and what
affiliate program you're going to suggest and then start
6. Don't forget PRE-selling
One of most frequent mistakes is to write a content to sell
something. This is so to speak 'Buy me!' slogan. But what
you have to do is to use 'Love me!' slogan. People tend to
skeptical when they see 'Buy me!' slogan. Give them the
information what they were looking for, and guide them by
providing suggestions and recommendations to the affiliated
product. This so called PRE-selling strategy and it will make
your visitors love your site, maybe you as well. : )
7. Build targeted traffic
After 2 months hard working, finally you published an
affiliate site. Do the people know about your site? Afraid
Though you made a step to the online world, you actually are
in isolated island. Let your potential visitors come to your
site by promoting your site.
You can promote your site either paying money or without
paying any dime. I prefer and suggest not to pay any penny
for this matter except buying an e-book to learn how to
increase targeted traffic.
The aforementioned free e-book "Affiliate Masters Course" can
be a good starting point for you.
8. Make yourself determined
Let's say, for 2 months you had built an affiliate site and
submitted to the open directory and major search engines.
You hoped a substantial traffic. But sadly, just tens of
visitors a day. What are you going to do? Announce a failure
and depress yourself? You know successful people won't do
Most of affiliates say it takes at least 4 months to build a
substantial targeted traffic. So be patient. And instead
being frustrated, check your site whether something can be
9. Time management
As an affiliate, you're a web master, content writer,
copywriter, and top manager. Moreover, you'll own several
sites. Thus you're a web master of several sites, etc..
Sounds good? There is a problem, though.
How can you manage your time?
It would be nice for you to set aside tedious job and to
focus on managing your sites. One way to do that is hiring
your assistant. The other way is to purchase Ken Evoy's Site
Build It!. It helps you spend your precious time
10. Stay yourself up to date
The most important aspect of online marketing is that it is
ever changing. Search engine listing policy is changing, new
affiliate program is emerging, etc....
To make yourself up to date:
Subscribe to some of newsletter to obtain news, tips,
strategy and ideas.
Read search engine optimization news. I recommend Search
Engine Watch site.
Participate affiliate forum. Read thread, ask questions and
publish your opinion.
This helps you not only be up to date but be listed in
Buy some e-books and read them whenever you have time.