Anyway, I'm going to try and stay focused just on affiliate marketing and building an email list for a couple of months. I think I've learned the best way to get started but I have a few questions.
I'm planning on starting a niche authority blog to build an audience and an email list. I'll include a squeeze page to gather email addresses. I'll have to create an enticing freebie to gather these leads.
Right off the bat, I'm stumbling because I'm having trouble coming up with the right niche. It would have to be something I'm interested in and could stand to write about regularly, but it would also have to be something where there are a lot of products I could promote.
I guess I'm wondering whether there are any tips to niche research if I'm planning on focusing more on digital products (like JVZoo or Clickbank)? Again, it's got to be a topic that I'm able to write a lot of good content about.
What percentage of the time should I be selling something versus just providing valuable free content in my blog posts? Of course I can have affiliate link ads on my site even if the articles I'm writing aren't just promoting a product. I'm just trying to figure out where, and how often, I'm supposed to be selling stuff through my blog?
Or maybe I just use my blog to build up a following, or collect email addresses, then focus on selling products later?
As far as my email list is concerned, should I have a lengthy email sequence ready in my autoresponder from the very beginning? How many emails should I have sequenced ahead of time?
Regarding sending affiliate offers to my list, how often should I be selling products versus just providing valuable content? I was thinking it should be about 50-50.
How important is it to precisely divide your email lists into narrow niches? Are there more generalized email lists where I could try to sell a variety of products to, or do I have to keep my audiences laser-focused on a particular niche?