The Evolution of Affiliate Marketing in 2013 and Beyond

“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work”

~ Thomas Edison, American inventor and business man.

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Today there are, with no doubt, more money making models (and affiliate opportunities) than they were a decade ago. That’s something not many people would have imagined.  Particularly, thanks to the sudden impact of social media and the proliferation of blogging and guest posting,  two of the most influential phenomena in the last 5 years have risen.

Anybody can now put up a website, apply for Google Adsense, write some articles, build a list and make some sales with affiliate programs. The plethora of tools and money-making methods out there has lowered the barrier entry into the online business world.

On the contrary, this does not mean things are simpler now than they were back in the old search engine days, where the Internet was considered a get rich quick scheme and back-links where the major Google ranking factor.

Still nowadays, people from all walks of life look at Google, Facebook, or YouTube as cash cows and dream one day, that they’ll milk them for everything they’re worth.

Things have changed! Yes, there are plenty of tools and opportunities to make money from, just as there are hungry crowds of buyers, waiting for you to feed them with the right product.

While opportunities grow, principles will remain the same though!

Online, money making works like this:

1. Find a specific audience (target market)

2. Write relevant content to satisfy their needs and wants.

3. Sell or promote helpful products which you believe in (and have previously tested or bought yourself).

4. Be honest and genuine. It shows, and it counts for long term success.

“It takes a lifetime to build a good reputation, but you can lose it in a minute.”

~ Will Rogers, American actor and comedian

If you don’t think online reputation counts, think again. Google is undergoing major operations teaching webmasters and bloggers to clean up their back-link profiles, and remove back links.

Yes, they’re against linking farms, and buying links on non relevant sites, just to increase your website page rank. They’ve made this guideline clear from day one, and now they’re just emphasizing it.

Make these 4 principles as fundamentals for your own Internet business, and start to think different. There’s no growth if you think and operate just like your competitors, right?

If someone has a “dog training” website and is looking to generate traffic in order to pull-in affiliate sales, then he or she could achieve their objective either by spending a fortune on links, ads and advertising, or taking the “content marketing” route.

Content drives online business. Everywhere you look, we see relevant blogs with indispensable information, as well as product reviews and comparisons. People (before they buy) want to know if the product (or the vendor) is the real deal, or just a scam, like most offers out there.

Want to strike it rich online with content marketing?

Then use one of the most efficient methods that both small and big companies, bloggers and affiliate marketers alike are taking advantage of: “guest posting”.

The strategy is as simple as it sounds, yet harder to practice it.

How to make guest posting work for you in 2013 and beyond?

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Target high traffic blogs in your industry (or niche)

This requires you to do your homework and inspect (in depth) the website you plan to write for… understand the type of content that gets the most traffic or social media votes… see which topics are most wanted… and propose (aka pitch) two or three similar ideas.

That means you’ll be emailing the owner or editor of the blog a relevant outline where you mention the title, intro and overall idea of your article. The more detailed your outline, the higher your chance to get accepted to write for that MAJOR blog you’re craving for.

You don’t just write first, and submit after. You’ll get rejected. Top blogs have strict rules in where they do not accept unsolicited submissions, but ask for pitch ideas.

Remember, these pro bloggers (regardless the industry) are not only busy with their own stuff, but also receiving a ton of emails from fellow bloggers and affiliate marketers.

You have to be careful, and different. Propose to write something their audience will love; a different subject or something that comes from your personal experience with your topic. Something from your perspective will always win the day. Theory based articles or general content will not be accepted with big blogs, that’s for sure.

What do to if your content gets rejected?

You could always take your article and post it on other (smaller) blogs, considering they’re relevant. The advantage with smaller blogs is that they usually accept your content (much) faster.

After writing and pitching about a hundred articles myself, I learned that big blogs take 2 or 3 months until they get to review and schedule your article to go out onto their site, while smaller blogs can get you published within days.

What does that mean for you?

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Have patience with big blogs, and the courage to accept a denial.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.”

~ Thomas Edison.

One thing is for sure: if you want to make 2013 a success with your affiliate marketing ventures, then you cannot afford to give up. Edison didn’t fail; he just found 10,000 ways that won’t work to make the light bulb.

What about you? How determined are you to make affiliate marketing work for you?

What about guest posting? Did you try the method before?

What’s your take on these insights?

How do you plan to enhance your content and writing style?

What particular methods will you undergo to make that happen?

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