I hope you are feeling happy about your future fame as a “hamSTAR”. This post in our series How to Start Affiliate Marketing covers what I like to call the library.
WHAT IS THE LIBRARY?
In a year’s time, and maybe a lot sooner, your own website will be a veritable repository of knowledge about your chosen niche. Right now, your website doesn’t have much at all. Maybe you don’t even have a domain name. (Don’t worry, we’ll cover that in the next episode.)
We all know that libraries have masses of information and the best library in the world is the internet. Not that we entirely trust all that appears on the web, but we cannot ignore the masses of information available, literally at our fingertips.
Soon your own website is going to be a mini-web of its own, with all the important aspects of your niche there for all interested readers and (hopefully) customers dropping by to find out what you have to say and what you have to sell.
There are many steps to follow before that happens, and we have touched on a few already. But let’s concentrate today on pulling books from the library shelves and putting them in your website shelves.
RESEARCH TO WRITE
You have already made the commitment to write lots about your niche. Let’s return to our example niche of hamsters, because now it’s time to put that commitment to the test. You might have number of thoughts about topics for your posts, but let’s access a few more.
First up, let’s employ a tactic they recommend over at Wealthy Affiliate. They call it Alphabet Soup. This exercise won’t take you long, but it will have you putting ideas to paper. OK, let’s cross live to Google headquarters, where the big search engine is awaiting our call.
Go to the search box and type in hamster (or your own niche) followed by a space and then the letter a.
Here’s what I found:
Then hamster and b
And then c
Then add another letter after c and see what you find. I typed in hamster ce
As you can see, many ideas for post topics jump off the electronic page. Figuratively, of course. Write them down.
This is an excellent start. Using this method, you might find not only good topics, but also some good websites from which you can learn more. Bookmark these.
If you have an eye on the future, you might also want to do some product searches in another part of the library. Click your way over to Amazon and match up some of those topic ideas with products. One great feature feature of Amazon is that the ads you place on your site can be product specific or they can be tailored to the content of your post.
In other words, you can drop in some code for the Acme Hamster cage or you can let Amazon suggest a range of hamster cages to your readership.
These are just two simple ideas to will get your creative juices flowing. Can you find 100 ideas? You will probably need that many and even more, but after you begin the all-important task of populating your web pages, others will spring to mind.
Depending on your niche, world or local events might provide excellent grist for your mill. Subscribing to Google Alerts is also a great way to keep the ideas coming. Here is an excellent lesson from HalinPhilly that shows how you can benefit from using alerts in conjunction with a tool called Press This.
I hope this How to Start Affiliate Marketing series is slowly making things clearer for you. With some research done already on your niche, the competition, the potential customers and some ways of finding the topics you will write about, you might be ready to go.
Next time, armed with that information, we’ll look at a number of choices you will need to make in order for you to set up your own website.
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