Affiliates can be goofey. They may have great aspirations but then fail to execute with conviction. They want everything but don't really want to do anything. The ones who do the least complain the most. Why because that is easy to do. Work on the other hand coupled with failure can be hard to face.
So the first question is; do you really want to make money as an affiliate? If you answer yes to that question, then what are you prepared to do to make it happen?
Next question, are you prepared to handle failure? Most folks are very happy when things are going well, then when it turns bad they run for the hills and cry bloody murder. Doers do and talkers talk. So if you do run for the hills think about this; nothing worthwhile comes easy.
So the first step to take if you really want to make money as an affiliate is the step of understanding yourself, ask yourself these questions. What are my interests? What are my strengths? Are you prepared to commit to this?
You are going to be building a business so its time to start being serious and as consequence you will need to put together a plan. I want you to put this plan together as if you were approaching a business finance agent for a loan.
So to put a plan together we are going to have to start researching. Being that you will start you online business as an affiliate your main task is to write down what you are interested in. For this example let's use health.
Within the health industry, say you are interested in diet. You for example love learning about healthy food that makes you feel better and looking younger. Begin to look for forums on these topics. Examine what people are asking. See what they are looking for?
This brings me to the next point. You must become a student of your business and a student of yourself. You are a human being with needs and wants and since you are interested in health you will be searching for answers as well.
When you do this make note of how you yourself search for health related subjects or products. Being a student of your business you are never going to stop learning and observing what is taking place on a day to day basis. Then you will make strategic changes as necessary.
Now that we have established that we are a student of our business and have chosen a topic of interest we are going to find what people are looking for. Extensive research is required here. Note down ideas as they pop into your head.
After we have researched the forums and see common themes that interest people we are then for the sake of this example going to go to Clickbank which is an online network that specializes mainly in selling e-books.
When there select the market place link and search under health. You will get back a list of e-books beginning with the most popular Start with these, granted a lot of affiliates may be promoting this product but we are not concerned about that right now.
Pick a product that you like - One that you yourself would be interested in buying. Read the sales letter see if it gets your juices flowing - If it does right click on the page and view source.
Most web pages have keywords on it. Look at the top of the page for the tag called “meta keywords". Then start to structure your articles and PPC campaigns around the research data you are gathering. Be persistent and stubborn, do not give up and take little steps everyday to make it happen.
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