5 of the Best Infographics on Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a rapidly growing niche. The ease with which people can set up their own blogs and websites means that more and more people are joining affiliate programs in the hopes of making some extra money out of their hobbies.  Affiliate marketing is good for business owners, bloggers, and internet marketers alike.  Here are a few of our favourite infographics that explain the subject of affiliate marketing.

1.    What is Affiliate Marketing

This easy to understand infographic by Pepperjam explains how affiliate programs work for both website owners, and the businesses that they are promoting.

What is Affiliate marketing

2.    Affiliate Marketing 101

This infographic is aimed at publishers that want to take part in affiliate programs.  It explains the process from starting a website to adding content, joining programs, and adding links to your content in order to monetize your traffic.  The advice is simple, but the mantra of “repeat what works” is definitely a good one to remember.

affiliate marketing 101

3.    18 Affiliate Marketing Tips to Promote Affiliate Products

This information-dense infographic offers eighteen tips for affiliate marketers.  The tips range from using seasonal content to attract visitor’s interest, to producing special reports, writing product reviews, and running webinars.  If you are already involved in affiliate programs, and want to push your efforts beyond banners and in-text links, then the suggestions included in this infographic could be incredibly useful.

18 affiliate marketing tips infographic

4.    Google’s Love/Hate Relationship With Affiliates

If there’s one group of webmasters that struggles with SEO, it’s affiliates.  Google seems to have something of a love/hate relationship with affiliate websites. On the one hand, it’s affiliates that grew AdWords into the successful business that it is today, but on the other hand affiliates are trying to both buy and monetize traffic, meaning that their content may not always be the most relevant to searchers.  Google heavily penalizes doorway pages and feed-driven sites that have a lot of duplicate content.  This infographic looks at the ways that Google perceives affiliate websites.

5.    Affiliate Marketing Goes Mobile

Mobile internet usage has skyrocketed over the last few years, and a growing number of people are permanently glued to their smartphones, using them for social media, price comparison, and to find places to eat and shop when they’re out and about.  If you’re not trying to monetize smartphone users, you’re missing out on some incredible opportunities.

This infographic explains exactly how important the mobile segment is, and explains the opportunities that are out there for publishers.

Getting started as an affiliate is easy, but achieving success can take a long time.  If you’re trying to break in to the world of affiliate marketing, then don’t expect overnight success.  Take your time, do plenty of research, and work on your site or your network consistently.  It takes time to build up a steady stream of traffic, and competition is fierce – especially in niches such as entertainment and travel.  Success is possible for people that are willing to put in the work, however.

 

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How to Choose the Best Affiliate Network

While signing up for an affiliate network can be easy, choosing the best one can be tricky. It can be tempting to sign with the first network you find, but doing your research now can save you time and aggravation later. Here are some factors to be considered when choosing an affiliate network.

All networks aren’t created equal. Like everything else in life, there are benefits and drawbacks to each affiliate network. The best way to find out about them is to visit some of the affiliate forum sites; there’s nothing like advice from people who’ve already worked with some of the networks. Some key factors to look into are how many programs each network offers, how well they convert, the reliability of payments, the analytics they offer, and the type of promotional tools they provide. These factors can vary from one network to another- some networks are great in some areas but not in others.

Begin your search with yourself. It might sound counter-intuitive, but starting with an assessment of your goals and the kinds of sites you want to run will help. If you’re going to target your marketing efforts to certain regions, you’ll want to choose programs that work in that area. A good way to find networks is to visit the sites of products you’re going to feature, and check for their affiliate links. Many of the most successful affiliate marketers let their sites guide them in choosing networks because they want to promote certain products and must be a member of a certain network in order to do it.

Don’t pin all your hopes on one network. All the major networks offer free signup, so you shouldn’t limit yourself to just one network. By the same token, you shouldn’t spread yourself too thin and sign up with all of them, either! You’ll have more success as an affiliate marketer if you stick to one or two good networks, because it will be easier to get links and banners, or to check stats. If you work with at least two networks, your entire business isn’t riding on one company.

Ensure that their offers are compatible. For instance, if you have a blog about stained glass, you’re catering to a pretty narrow niche, right? Running ads for cell phones wouldn’t be a good fit. You’ll need to step back and find offers that mesh well with the subjects you’re covering. Many times, smaller affiliate networks will carry more unique offers.

These are just some of the things you’ll need to consider when choosing an affiliate network. Rather than just picking one at random, you should look into each carefully, assess your goals, diversify your program selection, and look for networks with compatible offers. Taking your time now means more money in your pocket!