If you had just entered the amazing world of affiliate marketing, you are probably eager to make your first earnings. However, sooner or later you will find out that this is not a hard task at all. If your website is not well known, you are not likely to get a lot of traffic to it and thus generate any earnings at all.
Although, when most of the people talk about SEO and affiliate marketing, they often discuss shady practices, which are in complete violation with the search engine guidelines. Some of the examples include article spinning, comment and social media spam.
As an SEO manager, with a lot of experience in many different niches, I do not advise you to use any of those techniques since they are more likely to cause your website to either get demoted in its rankings or be excluded from the search engine index. Since you will be using it to generate income, this is something you should definitely avoid. However, there is a way to use SEO as your main traffic generation tool and here are some ideas to get you started:
Article Marketing – Since search engines love content, this is one of the most efficient ways to increase your website's rankings. However, to ensure best results, you have to use unique and well written articles. Since I understand that you probably don't have a lot of time to write articles, you can use websites such as Freelancer and Elance to get this done. A personal tip is to require sample for your particular keywords before awarding the project. That way you will make sure you had selected the best writer possible.
Social Bookmarking – Such websites are the most popular in terms of link sharing and you can use them to generate traffic to your website. However, in order to get the maximum of this practice, you should find what are the most popular users of the particular website. If you manage to get their attention with your content, I can assure you that you will increase the traffic to your website with more than 10 times (I am referring mainly to Digg.com). Another great way to use those websites is to create some kind of viral content, related with your niche.
Video Creation – With YouTube.com being one of the largest search engines it seems logical to use it as a mean to drive traffic. If you spend 30 minutes and make a decent video related with your niche, you can get the attention of people, who have similar interests to yours. All this ensures quality, targeted traffic to your website and also higher conversion rates.
Social Media Marketing – Using social media is the best way to get in touch with a lot of people in your area or with similar interests to yours. Furthermore, you can easily engage with them and create useful contacts, which on the other hand can help you to increase your sales. I strongly recommend creating a Facebook fan page for your website and engage with your fans.
With those tips, you are ready to start making good income online. However, remember that if you start using techniques that violate the terms of the search engines, you are likely to cause serious harm to your website.
George Peterson is a search marketing advisor for a developer of online CRM in Europe - WebCRM. For more information about the company and the product features, you can visit the WebCRM Blog.