So if someone like Brian Dean did a blog post on Backlinko that breaks down, “How I Increased My Search Traffic by 110% in 14 Days,” I’m going to read that. Why? Because you can tell just by the headline that it’s an actionable post, you can learn something from it, take all that knowledge, implement it on your website, and hopefully, you’ll see similar results.
STEP 1 - Understand the whole spectrum first - Digital Marketing is an extremely broad vertical ranging from graphic design to web/app development to content experience and everything in between. At this stage, you’ll understand the objective of using one channel over the other or the combination of multiple channels based on the online behaviour of your target audience.
Everything about the business should begin from the customer or the end user. In marketing, understanding the needs, wants, motivations and problems of your customers is an absolutely critical first step. We call this research as building user persona or buyer persona. There are a lot of good resources online to learn this. One of them is listed here:
I had to get out. I actually had this random Facebook ad come up in my news feed (go figure) and it eventually led me to a webinar that taught on how to start an email marketing business (which is, by the way, the most profitable form of affiliate marketing – or ANY marketing for that matter). I listened through the whole 2 hours, completely mesmerized. By the end of it, I knew what I was going to be focusing on to help my family out of the pit of debt we were in and into a world free of financial stress. I didn’t know if it would actually work, but eventually it lead to EXCESS income!
Web analytics is the part of marketing devoted to the analysis of your goals and methods used for promotion of your website, and how those should be adapted in order to refine the approach and eventually produce better results. This segment of the course will show you what web analytics is, why you should use it and which metrics should be tracked to get the relevant data for the analysis. You will also learn about conversion optimization, elements of web usability and conversion optimization and how to calculate conversion rate optimization.
How established is your site/blog/social media following? Do you already have an audience of 1 million or are you just getting started? Early on in your affiliate marketing journey you will probably want to have multiple options to make sure you can cover a broad field. You might want to become an Amazon Associate as well as joining one of the networks so you will have a product link to drop into any posts you do. An easy place to start is to promote the services you are using if you are enjoying their product - web hosting or email management systems like Aweber.
I would honestly just start with Amazon if you’re looking to sell toys. As your website gets more traffic, you can start looking into other retailers. Once you have traffic and some conversion data from Amazon, you will likely be able to broker private affiliate retails with a few toy retailers. You may even be able to help them set up better funnels in general that lead to better conversions. Once you have the traffic and conversion data, you’re in a much better place to negotiate
Once you are familiar with all the types of internet marketing and how you can benefit from each of them, it is time to develop your internet marketing strategy, and this chapter contains steps that will guide you through this process, including building your marketing framework, taking advantage of SEM, launching social strategy, building community, increasing traffic, increasing the number of conversion, analyzing feedback, etc.
Ebooks, which can be published through sites like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, are an increasingly popular option. Because these books are self-published, the process is quicker, allowing you to build residual income faster than the traditional publishing route. Whether it’s a romance novel or a how-to book on fly fishing, you can create a book and have it available for purchase in a matter of weeks.
Deposit Photos is another photo stock service. Its affiliate program allows earnings from 30% to 90% of a purchase made by a new customer who came from your website. In addition, you will receive from 15% to 20% for the purchases that the customer you generated made within a one-year period. You will have access to banners, text links and widgets that you can use for promotions.
My goal with this site is really only to write about 25-30 pages with information as I learn about boats and do customizations to my boat. I’m also adding a forum. Forums seem to be very popular with boat owners so I’m anxious to have others generate content for me. I don’t have huge plans for this site, but I’m sure it will bring in a few thousand a month if I don’t fizzle out. This is going to be my fun project for the next little while.
Once you’ve found your sandbox, you can narrow down the stack you want to apply to it. As I mentioned in my Wiki Strategy article, it helps to be very focused in your growth channels, so if you said “social media” before, try picking just one social media channel to put most of your focus on. For ads, pick one platform (Facebook or Google) and focus on that. You can always expand your channels later, but if you try to do everything at once in the beginning, you’ll burn yourself out.
Obviously with such a hugely valuable niche where people will be spending on average around $30,000 to $60,000 on a boat, there will be tons of information and reviews available, right? Wrong! In fact, MOST of the boats that I was interested in had zero reviews to be found anywhere on the internet. Zero. And all the manufacturers showed was a few pictures, sometimes a sales video, and an abbreviated spec sheet. That’s it. I scoured the internet for unbiased reviews of boats and did not find anything helpful at all.