I’ve had my Online Guide to Affiliate Marketing [for Merchants] up for a while, and to this date it has been one of the most popular (read: most frequently viewed, and linked-to) blog posts of mine.
Today I’ve decided to go through all of my previous blog posts and pick those immediately relevant for affiliates — to start a “How To” guide for affiliates. At the time of initial posting the Guide contains answers to 47 questions [edit: 51 as of 11/03/2011], but, just as it is the case with the guide for merchants, I will be expanding and deepening this one further as time goes.
“How To” Guide to Affiliate Marketing
- Definition of Affiliate Marketing
- Definition of Affiliate
- Payment Options Across Different Affiliate Networks
- Types of Affiliates or How to Get Into Affiliate Marketing
- Affiliate Websites — Types and Examples
- Affiliate Marketing and Fundraising
- AdSense & Affiliate Marketing: Conflicting or Complimentary?
- What are the Most Profitable Niches?
- Most Effective Affiliate Marketing Strategy
- Turn-Key Solutions for Affiliates
- Why You Must Learn to Play Without the Ball
- Top 30 Affiliate Marketing Acronyms and Abbreviations
Getting Started & Day-to-Day Work
- Types of Affiliate Websites: Problem-Solving, Entertaining, or Both
- It’s All About Creating Value
- To Hyphenate or Not to Hyphenate a Domain Name?
- 15 Factors to Consider While Choosing an Affiliate Program
- Affiliate Mistakes, Choosing Affiliate Programs, and more
- Don’t Be Like 38% – Read that Program Agreement [see also this example]
- How to Project Your Affiliate Earnings? [5 metrics & formula]
- Affiliate Application – Crucial Components and What Managers Want to See [read also this]
- How to Word Your Affiliate Disclosure [you must have one]
- Affiliate Idea – Homemade Gifts
- Affiliate Idea – Holiday-Centered Marketing [see also this post]
- Affiliate Idea – Peal Merchant’s Inventory
- Affiliate Tip – Don’t Ignore Post-Holiday Opportunities [and this post too]
- Affiliate Tip – Diversification as a Way of Life
- Paid Search Advice
- On the Importance of Online Coupons [they help increase conversion]
- Coupons: Growth Forecast & Top Players
- 7 Things a Coupon Affiliate Can Do to Stand Out
- On Loyalty Programs & Affiliate Marketing
- How to Use Mashups for Increased Engagement
Blogging & Blog-Based Websites
- Blog — Best Friend of Affiliate
- Best Platform for Affiliate Blogging
- Top 20 Affiliate Plugins for WordPress
- Effectiveness (or Ineffectiveness?) of Blog Reviews
- 5 Types of Popular Blog Posts (with Examples)
- Complimenting Blogs with Forums
Advanced Topics (analytics, optimization, and more)
- Affiliate Link Performance Metrics are Misleading
- How Not to Interpret EPC …Especially When Doing PPC
- RSS Feeds or New Level of Customer Engagement & Ownership
- Why Content is King of Social Media (Twitter included)?
- 3 Questions You’ve Never Thought of Asking an Affiliate Manager
- Affiliate Link Cloaking: Definition, Reasons & How To’s [see also this post]
- Rockefeller’s Advice for Affiliate Marketers
- The 3 P’s of Affiliate Success
- 30 Practical Tips for Affiliates
- Mediocre Affiliate Marketing & the Secret to Winning Big
If there are topics/questions I haven’t yet covered that you want to see here, just post about them in the “Comments” area below or email me your questions, and I will make sure they are added to the Guide.