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Top Resources for Affiliate Marketing Beginners
If you’re new to affiliate marketing, you may be overwhelmed by everything you have to do. The good news is, you don’t have to do it on your own. There are so many resources available for new affiliate marketers to make things easier.
We’ve broken the project of launching an affiliate site into manageable tasks. There is a lot to do, but we hope this helps you manage your project more easily. Additionally, you’ll see links to various resources throughout the post. Feel free to check them out, or suggest other ones you find that work best for you.
Website Hosting / CMS
Before you start joining affiliate programs, you’ll need to create a website and get some content up there. You’ll also want an easy way to manage your content — including updating your homepage, adding blog posts, and more. WordPress is an easy, very popular content management system, but there are other popular options such as Drupal as well.
Content & SEO
Once you’ve created a site, start putting up content! Whatever niche you’ve decided to focus on, start building content around it. While creating your content, This will help your site show up in search engines. Tools such as SEMRush or Moz are available to help you craft content about trending topics, common search terms, and more.
Join New Affiliate Programs & Get Monetized Links
Now that your site is up and running, start applying to affiliate programs in your niche. If you have a gardening blog, you can try applying to programs in that related field (no pun intended.) FMTC’s Publisher Toolkit gives you access to a directory of thousands of merchant programs. tracks your relationships, provides logos, and much more.
If you don’t want the hassle of applying for affiliate programs or are having trouble getting accepted, FreshReach may be a good option for you. FreshReach is a brand-new, transparent sub-affiliate network created by FMTC. Click here to learn more about FreshReach and contact us if you’d like to get started.
Schedule Social Media Content
Are you using social media to promote deals? Posting deals around the clock can get very tedious and exhausting if you don’t have extra help. Resources such as Buffer or HootSuite allow you to create a post and schedule it in advance so you don’t have to be online 24/7 trying to keep up.
Track Your Traffic
Find out where your audience is coming from. Use the source/medium report in Google Analytics to find out what websites or search terms give you traffic. You can also find out what location most of your visitors hail from and see other demographics that you can target more in the future.
Bonus: Keep Your Content Fresh
Letting your content go stale is a recipe for disaster. Stay on top of fresh, new content! Make sure you keep your deals updated (you can use FMTC’s pods for this.) Create an editorial calendar (such as Coschedule) to add future topics to the calendar. This will help people see your site is still active and relevant.