OK, forget everything you know about affiliate marketing. The simple truth is that the old rules no longer apply. And if you don't change your tactics, you cannot survive.
You've been told it's easy to get started as an affiliate. This is partially true. It is the easiest business you can possibly start. But starting your own business is really hard, so it's all relative.
Here's the ugly truth
The worst part is that the information you've received is all wrong. You've been told to find quality products. Next to look for easy keywords to target. Then to use these keywords to buy ads promoting the product. And sit back and collect the profits. But this just won't work!
Don't bother with keywords
There was a time when this worked. But the competition has shot the price of keywords through the roof. It's time for a paradigm shift.
A brand new formula
All is not lost. Here's a new method that works!
- Get into CPA marketing
- Instead of researching keywords, research demographics
- Do image ad marketing
Start using CPA marketing
CPA stands for Cost Per Action. It's so much easier than promoting products. Because it doesn't involve payment. Your commission is generated when they complete an "action". Like completing a survey. And it's much easier to get them to do that.
Instead of researching keywords, research demographics
Don't waste time researching keywords (see below). Invest your research time into demographics. First you select your CPA offer. Next, you go to Quantcast.com. And research what kinds of people will be interested.
Market on display networks
So far, you've got your CPA offer and your target demographics. You can advertise directly to them on display networks. And use images as your ads. And there was no keyword research required. Plus you're going to save a ton of money. Keyword ads are expensive, but image ads are still cheap.
This is powerful method to make money online. Because you can start CPA marketing for free. You can buy image ad clicks for a fraction of keyword ad clicks. Display networks let you do demographics targeting. And your commission is much easier to earn.