Do affiliate websites really make money? Absolutely!
However, there are two common setbacks that keep a lot of people from earning their fair share (if anything at all!)
1. Building the site itself, and… 2. Driving targeted traffic to the offers…
To help you avoid these two problems, below I’ve included a few ideas you can use to get started as quickly as possible.
But, first thing’s first!
How To Quickly Get An Affiliate Website Up-and-Running
One of the most popular platforms for developing many different kinds of websites, which we’ve mentioned before, is WordPress.
However, there is still the need to either build everything yourself, or pay someone to do it for you.
For that reason, I really like my Empower Network blog.
Everything came setup for me with my membership, so I didn’t have to worry about spending hours to figure things out on my own.
(Click here to see how to get your own blog done for you…)
If you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, WordPress could be for you, but the tools from The Empower Network are easiest for me.
There are several other things I’ve loved about the program, which you can check out at your leisure on my Empower Network review post…
For now, let’s get to the good stuff!
“How Do You Actually Make Money With Affiliate Websites?”
The “secret” ingredient?
Traffic, traffic, and traffic…
For the rest of this post, let’s look at a few ways you can generate traffic and make money with affiliate sites you’ve created:
Traffic Source #1 – Search Engine Optimization (SEO) For Organic Traffic
It might not be the fastest method, but proper SEO will the the foundation for your affiliate website to start making money.
Doing your keyword research and building quality links back to your site are the two basic things to consider for SEO. By getting yourself ranked naturally in the search engines, you will be able to generate organic (free) traffic to your sites.
Traffic Source #2 – Article Marketing
Another solid way to generate traffic and interest in your sites, is to write quality content and submit articles to major article directories.
In fact, speaking of SEO and backlinks (tip 1), article directories get a lot of “respect” from search engines, due to the constant supply of new content.
Therefore, article directories are also great places to create backlinks.
(Constant, fresh content generated by users is also why blogs on The Empower Network get a lot of love from the search engines, too…)
At the end of each article, you can place resource links in what’s known as a “bio box” or “author box”. Naturally, those will link back to your site!
The biggest thing to make this method successful, is to write QUALITY content…
Traffic Source #3 – Link Exchanges
Can affiliate websites make money on their own? Sure…
But partnering up with others within your niche is an ideal way to kick-start your traffic.
Link exchanges are a “reciprocal” form of traffic generation.
As the name implies, you’re exchanging links with each other and hosting them on your own respective sites.
The main thing about link exchanges, is to make sure that you’re partnering with people whose sites are related to yours.
That’s pretty obvious, but some people have assumed in the past that they can just build a whole bunch of links wherever they can.
But, building links is more about QUALITY than it is QUANTITY.
Keep that in mind, too!
One Final Thought About Making Money With Affiliate Websites
We just touched on this above, but it deserves it’s own spot.
At the end of the day, if the traffic you’re sending to your site isn’t targeted, it’s going to produce very poor results.
While planning your traffic-generation strategy, be sure you know who you’re ultimately trying to reach.
Knowing your target market will help to also give you some specific resources to tap for traffic.
For more great content about affiliate marketing and blogging, be sure to check out my other related posts.
Also check out this Empower Network video to see how you can get access to your own proven training materials and affiliate resources.
If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!