What are the factors I need to consider for affiliate markeeting?

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I am extremely interested to affiliate marketing but I am very confused about some factors.

Is it essential to rank 1-5 in the first page?

How can I know the number of competing sites?

.edu or .gov are tough competitors?

And what are the other factors I need to consider? Any link please share.

Thanks in advance
#affiliate #factors #markeeting
  • Profile picture of the author HBurner
    Most important factor is the choice of a product that can convert easily and will be bought like hot cakes.
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  • Profile picture of the author powerofschool
    Hi mate,

    The page you are going to make is really important for any sales.
    You need to be a writer for preparing an article about the product you are promoting.
    Or you can hire writer for that.
    And advertise your website in relevant websites to get more targeted traffic.
    Don't see how much traffic you are getting.
    You need to see how many conversions you are getting through that traffic.
    All the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author imfusa
    Agree with HBurner and to answer your questions:
    1. Yes. It is essential to rank 1-5 in the first page, most of the visitors don't even bother go below the 5th position, I believe that 70%.
    2. You can use the google keyword tool to give you an estimation of your competition
    3. A factor that you should consider is a well designed and optimized website.
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  • Profile picture of the author O0o0O
    Sounds like you're talking about Search Engine Optimization.

    Is it essential to rank 1-5 in the first page?
    Yes, it's essential because that's where you'll get most of your clicks.

    How can I know the number of competing sites?
    You can use the number listed at the top of Google search results.(Example: About 24,400,000 results)

    .edu or .gov are tough competitors?
    Yes because they hold more authority and trust rank.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by FaisalKhan View Post

    Is it essential to rank 1-5 in the first page?
    No - definitely not.

    It isn't even essential to rank in the first 100 pages at all, to make a living from affiliate marketing.

    Some of the highest-earning affiliate marketers in this forum have no sites ranking on the first few pages at all.

    However, if you're using Google as your primary traffic-source (which has many disadvantages), then it's highly advisable to be able to rank in the top 4/5 for as wide a range of keywords as possible, yes.

    Originally Posted by FaisalKhan View Post

    How can I know the number of competing sites?
    The number of competing sites, effectively, is about 5.

    Nearly always.

    It makes no difference if they're the top five out of 5,000 other sites, or the top five out of 5,000,000 other sites. They're the only ones you're competing with.

    For which would you rather compete: a keyword with 100,000 other sites of which the top few are nothing special and have thousands of irrelevant, crappy article directory/forum profile type backlinks (you can overtake them all in a couple of weeks or less), or a keyword with only 20,000 other sites for which the whole of the front page is filled by age-old authority sites each with 50 backlinks from relevant, quality sites (it might take many months or even years to make it to the first page at all)?

    Do you see what I mean? It isn't about numbers of competitors. It's about the SEO quality and relevance of the top 5-ish competitors, and that number doesn't really change.

    Originally Posted by FaisalKhan View Post

    .edu or .gov are tough competitors?
    No, not necessarily.

    It's very widely misunderstood. Many people imagine (entirely wrongly) that it's the domain extensions themselves which affect the value of the backlinks. It isn't.

    This post explains the detail: http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...ml#post5310746

    Originally Posted by FaisalKhan View Post

    And what are the other factors I need to consider?
    "The big one" is whether you want a business which depends on Google for its primary traffic. Everything else is secondary to that. Many Warriors discovered, during 2011, some of them to their great cost, that such businesses are only ever one algorithm-change away from an accident. In other words, how much traffic you get doesn't depend only on what you do: it's ultimately in the lap of Google's algorithm designers. Perhaps not the most secure and reliable way to set up a business?
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  • Profile picture of the author Garish Wasil
    Agreed to what Alexa Smith said. You should not entirely depend on Google as your traffic source.

    And yes, the first page results of google is all that you are competing with. Never worry about number of sites in SERP for that keyword.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dann Vicker
    Well I posted this reply in a thread earlier and maybe it will help you

    NEWBIES: WHERE DO I START
    I’d say start with affiliate marketing but keep in mind that the real money is made with your own products. Don't let the stiff competition in affiliate marketing scare you away. There are some strategies you can use to effectively find your feet in this.
    1. Choose a good product to promote
    Do not make the common mistake of selling the popular products everyone else is selling. Do a simple research first to know if the product is in demand in the market. Also, make sure that the product you'll choose is of good quality.
    2. Do some pre-selling
    Most affiliates conduct pre-selling to qualify the leads they will be referring to the merchant's page. This will increase conversion rates because only interested individuals will see the sales page. One thing you can do here is to buy the product you are promoting, and write an honest review about it.
    3. Be capable enough of driving traffic to the merchant's sales page
    This is basically the most difficult task you’ll face. In doing this, you should decide first how you will attract traffic towards your affiliate website. You can go for paid advertising or you can spend time creating authority sites that are content rich and with affiliate advertising placed within them. It is good if you can use both strategies.
    The nature of the traffic you drive to your affiliate site also matters. You should be able to send highly-targeted traffic, or else, your conversion rates will not be sufficient to cover the cost of advertising.
    When you find your feet wet, you should then move up higher the food chain, and start recruiting affiliates for your own products.
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