One of the most common questions I get asked by my ever-growing, tribe members is “How do I get started with internet marketing?”
I always tell you “pick a proven business model, select a niche you’ve evaluated for profitability, and monetize through affiliate marketing because you don’t have your own products yet”
That’s it in the simplest of terms but it’s slightly more complex than that.
(This THREAD even shows you how you can profit with just one page of content)
In this post, I’ll go one step further and show you 5 different ways to create a profitable affiliate site and include several examples of sites using this model so that you can learn from them and copy their success.
I’ve split the post into easy to digest chapters to make it quicker and easier for you to read.
So read on if you’d like to find out how to get started with affiliate marketing…
5 Main Site Types Suitable For Affiliate Marketing
This isn’t a definitive list there are other ways to be successful with affiliate marketing but these 5 main site types are the most common and successful, in my experience.
Each of these is its own chapter so you can skip to one that appeals to you most but I’d recommend working your way through from chapter 1 to 5 in order…
Chapter 1: Create Your Own Product Review Sites
Product review sites are simply sites that feature product reviews. They can work in any niche that has products and it’s quite easy to find these products to review. While you do not have to own the product, it’s best to get as familiar as possible with the product, whether with the help of the reviews people leave or through video sites like YouTube.
You can either build a review site using one of two types of business models: the big authority site or mini-review sites.
Chapter 2: Create Your Own Affiliate Blog
Most successful blogs utilize this in one form or another. Generating affiliate sales through blogs are a very common way for blogs to make money. There are two ways to make money here and it’s either through affiliate marketing on the blog or through emails, or both.
They may feature product reviews but are not limited to them as they also have case studies, in-depth content as well as actionable content that their visitors can take action with.
Chapter 3: Create Your Own Price Comparison Sites
You’ve likely run into this type of site at one point, or many if you’re a big shopper. Comparing prices are the purpose of price comparison sites and they help find the best price for a service or a product. Every visitor is most likely a buying customer as their intentions are clear when they are on this website.
Price comparison sites are very popular but yet have plenty of room for more sites as there are many niches to apply this business model with.
Chapter 4: Create Your Own Coupon & Discount Sites
Like comparison sites, coupon and discount sites are made for one purpose and that’s for helping visitors find the best deals and savings. Visitors here are likely to have to buy intentions as this business model is to help find coupons and discounts for their purchase.
This business model has potential as people are always looking for discounts and coupons, and there are always niches to apply this model with.
Chapter 5: Create Your Own Unusual Product Site
New and fresh products are being released on a regular basis, and some of these products can be weird and unusual. There are many people who would find these types of products very interesting.
Take the affiliate site that makes 20k per month, Thisiswhyimbroke, they feature all kinds of weird and unusual products and are consistently popular because of this.
These are the 5 main profitable affiliate site types in my experience. There are definitely other models out there that work too but these are the most common. And of course, there are models such as paid ads direct to affiliates offer and sending traffic to squeeze pages for free reports then marketing affiliate products.
However in my opinion even though they seem like simpler methods they are actually much harder, especially for a beginner. There’s one thing that ALL these different affiliate models and all the example sites featured do well. They deliver VALUE to their visitor in order to help them make a purchasing decision and that’s how you’ll see success with affiliate marketing.
Whether it’s through discounted prices, helpful reviews, price comparisons to get them the cheapest deal or through educating or entertaining with their content. Every model gives the end user something extra they couldn’t find by simply going to the retailer directly.
It’s NOT just about pushing your traffic down affiliate links of whoever pays the most commission but going above and beyond for your visitor (Jawad recommends branding you and your site is super important) so they trust you enough to follow your recommendation. If you master providing the top value to your visitors you’ll see success with affiliate marketing and potentially make a lot of money. Ignore it and your success will be limited if you have any at all.
As always I’d love to know your thoughts and feedback on this guide so please let me know below…. Which of these models are you currently involved with? If you’re not yet involved in any of them which appeals to your most?
Know any other interesting sites that fit into these categories?