How to Get More Traffic

When you are new to affiliate marketing it may seem like a daunting task to get more traffic. That is probably because when you are new to affiliate marketing it seems like the only way to get traffic is to get organic search engine traffic from Google. And it takes time to move your site up in the ranks in Google in most cases.

So let’s talk about other ways that you can get more traffic and hopefully more sales. One way that you can probably easily get more organic search engine traffic very quickly is to write on a trending topic. Pick a topic that is in the news right now and related to your subject matter somehow.

Write a blog post or a website on this topic and get some visitors to it – either by sending out a mailing to your list or utilizing some sort of a mastermind group to get people to come and check out your post. There are a lot of these on Facebook – you just need to find one that you fit in with.  Search for mastermind group or check out the Empowered Tribe (search in Facebook for empowered tribe).  Once some people go to your new page and maybe leave a comment or share it on Facebook Google will take notice and come over to see it and see if they want to index it.

Write on a truly trending topic – Google probably will not have a lot of pages in the index about this subject already and therefore it will send traffic to just about anyone who puts a page up.  If you pick a good topic then it may have a lot of searches for it already and Google could feasibly start sending you hundreds of visits a day within a few hours.

Another way to get more traffic is to do some article marketing. A great way to use article marketing is to write a fantastic resource on a subject that is related to your website, put it up on your website, and then put it up on ease ezinearticles and any other article directories that you like to use. When people choose your article and put it on their website then you automatically get easy links and possibly traffic via your resource box.

This becomes even more powerful if you can find online magazines that need a lot of content and have a lot of readers. Find them and contact them directly and tell them you have articles for syndication. They just need to keep your resource box intact. Once you have a list of online magazines or online content creators who are willing to publish your articles and who have traffic to send you then you have a source of traffic that can become even more powerful than Google.

Continue to look for new people to publish your syndicated content and continue to send your list out new content that they can use. People who publish syndicated content really like it to be long and excellent. Long means between 1000 and 1500 words.  If you are having a hard time finding people to publish your content, maybe ask some people exactly what they’re looking for and tweak your content accordingly.

Use these two methods to get more traffic to your website soon and do more of what works. More traffic doesn’t always mean more sales, but it frequently does. And sales are what we are looking for.

Using Email Marketing to Make More Money

Many people rely solely on organic search engine traffic to operate their business. This is the easiest way in the beginning but it is definitely not the smartest. As soon as you can you should be looking into creating an e-mail list.

You want a list of people who are interested in the market that you are in. You want to send them great information periodically, like once a week so they don’t forget who you are and so they like and appreciate you.

Then, when you have something amazing to recommend to them many of them will buy it – and you did very little work. An e-mail list is an asset that can grow and evolve and make you a lot of money. I heard someone say recently that it only takes a list of 500 people to send you $8.36 a month and you will make $50,000 a year.

Obviously that is a simplified version of how an e-mail list really works, but it should open your eyes to the potential of e-mail marketing. A list of 500 people is very simple to get. $8.36 is nothing to most people. If you have a list of people who really want to know the information that you have and you create or recommend stellar products to them you have to make money – and no one can ever take your e-mail list away from you. Even Google.

So how do you start an e-mail marketing list? One way to do it is to create a product to give away in exchange for people signing up for your list. The product should be relevant to what your list will be about. For example, if you are promoting cameras, you might want to give away a short report that you have created or have had created for you that gives digital photography tips.

Anyone who signed up for this list will be interested in digital photography and perhaps will be interested in buying any other reports you create or will possibly be in the market to buy a new digital camera when you recommend one in one of your e-mail messages.

If you want to get started with an e-mail list a great way to do this is to sign up for some e-mail lists that already exist on the Internet. Find a website or a blogger that you want to follow and sign up for their e-mail marketing list.

Pay attention to their messages. How often do they send messages? What do their messages say? Do any of them make you want to buy anything? Do you think you want to do things the same way that they do them or do their methods turn you off and you want to do things completely different? No matter what you will learn something about what you want your list to be like.

Aweber is a trusted e-mail marketing service provider. They charge one dollar for your first month and then you will have to pay based on the number of subscribers that you have after that.

There are some free e-mail marketing service providers but normally they send out their own ads with your e-mail messages and sometimes they only free up to a certain amount of subscribers.

However you decide to do it, getting started with e-mail marketing earlier rather than later is a good idea. If you can learn how to make money with e-mail marketing then you are set on the Internet.  There is a good reason why people say “the money is in the list”.

Top 10 Ways to Make Money Online

These top 10 ways to make money online that I will be describing do not all qualify as affiliate marketing, but that’s okay. Chances are anyone looking to learn about affiliate marketing would actually be okay with any of these ways to make money online.

10. Coaching
There are many coaches online charging for their services. There are many life coaches and business coaches and then there are other professional performance coaches in other fields. What do you do now? What are you successful at? What could you successfully coach someone else to do by e-mail or by Skype or by phone?
These are the questions to ask yourself to determine if you can offer coaching online. Even if no one else is doing it, that doesn’t mean you can’t be the first. The way he would offer coaching is he would create a website that tells what you offer, and pick out a payment processor like PayPal, and then advertise or market your services.

9. Selling Services
Many people get their online start by selling services. There are lots of things that people who market online need done. Website owners need links to be created and content to be written and articles to be distributed.

Head over to and check out some of the services that people are offering. Is there anything that you can do? You may also want to look at and see what people are offering there. People are doing things as simple as making small stuffed animals and selling them for the five dollars.

If you are a good writer you are almost guaranteed to be able to make very quick money by writing articles for people. Everybody on the Internet needs content created in some way.

8. Creating Membership Sites
there are membership sites for everything that you can imagine. People will pay five dollars a month to $37 a month to hundreds of dollars a month to be able to get recurring, great information on the subject of their choice.
Are you an expert at a popular game like World of Warcraft? A membership site can be as simple as people paying you for tips tricks and help on something like this.
Membership sites can be a lot like coaching, except you would coach many people at a time by e-mail or forums instead of just one person a time. These people would pay less money but have less access to you also.

7. Selling on ebay or amazon
There are people making many full-time incomes selling on eBay or Amazon.  Some buy from wholesalers or drop shippers, and some buy from thrift stores and yard sales. Some start with thrift stores and yard sales and move up to wholesalers or drop shippers. Some people buy full pallets of merchandise and then sell them off piece by piece. Some people even buy a LOT of something on eBay and then resell it in smaller pieces on eBay.

6. Creating Software or Addons or Plugins for Webmasters
If this is a talent that you have, you can create software or plug-ins for websites and then market them to webmasters.  Or, if you think of a good idea that will help webmasters you could pay to have the software or plug-in created and then market it.

5. Creating Videos
Videos are a very popular way to share content. There are ways to create videos and use them in your affiliate marketing efforts. Some people create viral videos that everyone links to and then there is a affiliate link underneath the video.

Other people use videos as a way to create a following and then market their product to their following, or put Google AdSense ads on their videos.

4. Creating Content / Revenue Share Websites
There are many revenue share websites where you go to the website and create content or write articles or promote products and the website lets you use their platform and splits any AdSense revenue with you.

Some examples of these are squidoo, hubpages, redgage, shetoldme, and webnuggetz.

3. Blogging

Blogging is very popular although a lot less people actually make a living at it and think they are going to make a living at it when they start. Blogging takes a lot of consistent action and writing and marketing and not everybody is up for the task.

Bloggers that really make it big normally post new blog posts on a very consistent schedule like one each day. These bloggers also write on a subject that appeals to a wide variety of people, like mothers, or people looking to save money, or people looking to improve their lives.

So how do bloggers make money? Many do it with affiliate marketing – they recommend products that they use and like. Others do it with direct advertising. Companies want to advertise on their website and will pay for the privilege. Others do it with Google AdSense. Others write their own books, print books and e-books. And many bloggers use all of the above.

2. Writing and or Promoting e-books
if you have writing skills and knowledge or the ability to research or hire someone with knowledge to write an e-book then this can be a very lucrative path. Once the book is written though, or if you are just planning on promoting someone else’s e-book, you will have to figure out how to market the book.

Many people like to create a whole website about a topic and create an e-mail list too that people sign up for to get more information on the topic. They then recommend the book on the website and the e-mail list.

1. Content Websites
And the number one way to make money online is definitely content websites. Is a content website different than a blog? Yes, it is. A blog is more of an ongoing commentary, where a person shares bits of life and knowledge on a very regular posting schedule.

A content website is a website where the pages are more static, meaning they all could be put up at once and then the site may not ever get any bigger. It can get bigger, but the main purpose of the website is to give static information about something – not to be constantly updating.

A content website on a particular topic that has lots of buying opportunities related to it is a great way to get started in affiliate marketing. For example, let’s say you were to create a content website about a certain place that lots of people travel to.

You could create pages that give tips on how to travel to this place and what to do once someone gets there and you could recommend that they buy certain products like guidebooks or coupon books or even use a specific airline or booking service so that you can get a commission.

There you have it – the top 10 ways to make money online. Don’t worry about picking the wrong one, just pick one and get started. Most of these can evolve into any of the others and many of them can be combined.

Decide What to Sell or Promote

If you are an absolute beginner at affiliate marketing one of the biggest and earliest and most important questions you will ask yourself is “what am I going to promote?”

Since you are a beginner, I would strongly advise against promoting anything in the make money online niche. If you are making any money yet – you can’t very well tell others how to make money. Also, the make money online niche is one of the hardest to break into and do well and the competition is very fierce.

So what else is there? Many people advise start with what you love, but this is not always the smartest advice if there is no money in the niche. For example, I have a friend who started a gluten-free recipes blog. She is struggling. There is really nothing to sell in this niche except recipe books. Some people do great with recipe books but it might be easier if the only options of things that people buy in the niche cost more than $14.

Maybe examine your current living situation – do you live in an area that people visit? Maybe Hawaii, or Las Vegas, or New York City? You could consider a travel website or blog.

Are you single and really into the dating scene? You could consider becoming an affiliate for the dating websites. Dating websites pull in a lot of money.

Do you know a lot about a certain medical topic? Is there stuff to buy that will help people get better from this medical topic? Are there books and medical equipment and maybe even e-books on how to cure this thing naturally? Then that’s something to consider.

What have you bought recently? Is your kitchen full of a certain kind of appliance? Do you love a certain color and your whole house is decked out in it? Maybe these are the kinds of things you can write on.

Although I wouldn’t go as far as to say that your first affiliate marketing subjects should be something that you love, I certainly would say it should be something that you know a bit about. That will just make things easier.

Especially if you are going to be doing all of the early writing yourself, instead of having someone do it for you, if you don’t have to do incredible amounts of research just to get your first page written things are going to be much easier.

Plus, if you have some pictures or can take some pictures of the items you want to promote, that will help fill your blog or website out too.

Let me give you some ideas of things to promote:

Digital books on clickbank, toys, coupon books to certain tourist areas, home decor, strollers, cribs, tools, exercise machines, teeth whitening pens, printer ink, anything on Amazon – if it’s on there that means that people are buying it online – , home saunas, protein powder and protein bars, Cindy Crawford’s beauty lotion, computers, computer batteries, and jewelry.

Have any ideas yet? Think on them for a bit – is there an angle that you can take to make your information in your store unique? How can you stand out promoting this particular product?

Once you can figure that out then you can take it to the next level.