Affiliate Marketing step by step guide 2017
Before we continue with the guide, do not ever spam with your affiliate link in forums or social media or any other platform. Spamming is considered very dangerous for an online business maker.
You can earn some cash at the beginning but when your CPA network or every customer that pays notices this thing you will be banned,and may be you won’t get paid. Another thing, if you plan to build your own blog or website, do not spam mentioning you site every where.
Authority search engines (like google) doesn’t like this, and for sure your site rank will be low. Don’t forget, google is very strict with spammers and they notices every thing that is wrong in your business. Just be real, be human, write as you would read it by your self. Never lie to your customers or to your visitors. Content is the key.
Write good and quality content, original content and you will see the fruits of your hard work in the next months. Said that, let us continue to our guide:
Once you are registered with a CPA network, they will provide you an username and a password so you can login to their application.There you will find offers that are grouped in categories. Most common categories include:
Email or ZIP submit:You promote all types of offers, the offer converts when a visitor enter his ZIP or his email address.
BizOp: Business opportunity
Mobile:Do not confuse this with the mobile traffic. This are mobile offers, like ringtones, and users will be charged on their mobile contract.
Downloads: This type of offers convert when a user downloads a specific software (game,toolbar …) and install it on his pc.
Other popular niches are wight loss, healthcare, dating, insurance, education, finance, gaming etc. Before you select an offer, don’t waste your money and your time, check the offers demand. How to do that? It is simple, just find out some words that best describe the offer, search in google for that words and see the top results that show up.
Check with Google Website Trend to see if there is traffic in those sites. If there is traffic than you are ok, else don’t promote this type of offer because no one is interested and you will just be loosing money and time.
Patience is gold
I know you are looking forward to see some real and practice lesson, but wait, this terminology is very important.We will go in more details when we will build our first campaign, but for now you should study the terminology and the theory. It is very important that you understand how this thing works. Be patient and read carefully what i tell you, we will for sure come in the concrete and real thing.
I suggest you to remember this nice phrase : ” Study and learn a lot the theory, because the practice is fruit of this almighty theory ”.
Understanding offer restriction
It is in your interest to understand the restriction of the offers if you want to be paid your commissions.If you want to build a profitable campaign, you should know the type of users that the advertiser is looking for. Any offer has its own restriction, for ex you are allowed to target a specific country (US,UK etc), or in dating offers the advertiser is interested in 25+ age.
If you target different country or age, in the best case you won’t be paid, and the worst case you will be banned. If you are unclear with the offer restriction, please do not hesitate do ask your affiliate manager. It is important that you are very clear.
General restriction areas:
Country: You are allowed to target a specific country only. The most of offers has this restriction.
Traffic Source: You are allowed to use specific traffic sources, PPV, email or social media.
Targets and keywords: The offer restricts you to bid on specific keywords or targes.
Pre-Pop (pre-population): In your landing page you can pre-fill the form fields including the data in your offer. This is called pre pop or pre population. In the most of cases you are not allowed to do that.
Daily volume: Offers have a limit in generating leads. They allow a specific volume x leads per day
For this reason i advice you to signup in different networks. Do not limit with one so you can continuously send traffic to that offer.
Entry and exit pops: To increase the conversions mos affiliates use this technique, they display a pop up at the beginning and in the end when the user closes the offer. Generally you are not allowed to use Entry and Exit pops.