Bangladeshi Affiliate Marketer Learns Through His Mistakes

Posted In: Affiliate Marketing, News, Reources & Freebies on Apr, 17 2013 | 5 Comments

As you may know there are not too many affiliate marketers or internet marketers in Bangladesh. So as a young internet marketer I did not have the opportunity to learn directly from the best or seasoned affiliate marketers. On the other hand, there are thousands of blogs & forums where “experts” talk about their success stories (only a few of them actually reveal what really worked for them) which sometimes get confusing. In this post I will write about some key points that I learnt in my brief 2 years of experience as an affiliate marketer. I hope this post will help you to understand what you should or should not do!

What is affiliate marketing? Simply, you help other people sell their products and as a reward you get a commission for each product sold. In this post though, I will mainly concentrate on Amazon Affiliate Program.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • You need a blog. Most affiliate platforms require you to have a blog of your own. Though you can use free wordpress or blogspot blogs I would not recommend that as it lacks a lot of very important functionality. I would recommend that you build your blog in wordpress as it is extremely flexible. Plus, I will set up your wordpress blog for free, so that you can get started immediately.
  • You must learn to do keyword research. This is the most important thing when it comes to affiliate marketing. You should pick a niche that you want to promote and you should do a thorough keyword research on Google Adwords to find out a competitive keyword. To give you just a hint, “Freelancing” is a broad category and the competition for this keyword will be very high. So instead you should do a little research and try to find out which alternative is better for your cause, like “Easy freelancing tips” or “freelancing tips for beginners”. These two keywords will have a lot less competition than the first one.
  • While choosing keywords keep these things in mind: find out the keyword which has the minimum number of competitors, with 1,000-10,000 search requests in a month. Actually these should depend on your confidence level. If you feel confident that you can go against highly competitive keywords, go ahead.
  • You should have 1 blog for a particular product or a particular product category. I find it best to build a blog around 1 main keyword and 3-5 secondary keywords. This helps a lot in terms of SEO.
  • A good affiliate marketer should have 100s of blogs. You should set up a blog, upload a few articles in it and forget about it! You should not linger much on a single blog. Personally I am a little behind on this matter. So far I have less than 10 affiliate blogs and I would like to increase this number soon.
  • Keep in mind that while the expensive products will get you a higher profit margin, they are harder to sell. On the other hand, inexpensive smaller products are easier to sell. So you should promote both expensive and inexpensive products. Personally, I feel more comfortable promoting smaller items. I have just one blog which promotes product worth or $400+ and honestly, that blog has made me next to nothing. On the other hand, in blogs where I promote $10 or less worth of products, I make hundreds $ promoting them.
  • In your blogs, the articles should be about the benefits of the products or product reviews. But you should also add a few limitations of the product too just to keep things neutral. But the positives of the product should be greater than the negatives.
  • Never copy-paste the articles. Plagiarism will be the cause of your doom as an affiliate marketer.
  • Another very common question regarding affiliate marketing is, “how do I choose the product that I want to promote?”. You can do this in two ways. You can go to Amazon, find out the best selling products and then find a suitable keyword for those products or you can find out less competitive keywords and find products that match those keywords. I follow the first rule.

I will write more about affiliate marketing in future. You can write to me about your questions and I will try to answer them as soon as I can. I didn’t have any guide who can help me through the way, so I had to learn the hard way. But you have me and I will show you the way for free! I may not be an expert but I can certainly show you the right way.

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  • TamalAnwar

    Hi Asif, good overview. I am dumb when it comes to niche site building. I have tried it over and over again and failed. But I hope I will get to learn from you this personally. Let’s talk soon!

    • irtiza104

      TamalAnwar Will be honored! Thanks for reading the article!

    • irtiza104

      TamalAnwar, Bhai, I have written a brief article about niche blog creation. Maybe you can check that out. Will love to hear your feedback on:

  • Shuvel

    Brother, This article is really helpful for the beginner who have just started or will start soon affiliate marketing. I got some query regarding this topic. May I get your email address or contact number here please? Or you can also email me here

    please feedback me as soon as possible.

    Take Care

  • ariful islam

    I am also as same as you.thank you so much. but you have become succeed but I am not yet.Plz pray for me so that i can be succeed