What’s the secret of affiliate marketing? How can I get into it and make a lot of money? What are the gurus not telling me? These are questions I hear often. Well, I can tell you that there really isn’t any big secret. More than likely, if you’ve done your research, you already know everything you need to be successful with affiliate marketing. But just in case you don’t know, I’m going to tell you the basic things you need to do to be successful at affiliate marketing in this article.

One of the things you have to do is to concentrate on just one niche and one product. Don’t try to be a jack of all trades when you first start out. There’s plenty of time to branch out into other niches and products after you have mastered the first one.

As for finding a niche and product, that’s where some research comes in. You may want to sell flag poles, but if there is no market for it online, you’re not going to make many sales. So, you go and see what people are already buying online. This is easy to do.

A good place to start would be the Clickbank marketplace as they have many different categories of products there. Simply pick a category and see what the top selling products are. Clickbank lists products in order or popularity by default. Now, personally, I don’t like to pick the top selling product because that one will have the most competition. I like to pick a product that sells well, but doesn’t have too much competition. This is something you’ll get a feel for as you do it.

After you have chosen a product to sell, the next thing to do is decide how and where to promote this product. Different types of products sell well at different places using different means. For example, if want to sell an Internet marketing product, like a “how to” ebook, these are best sold using methods that target other marketers, such as safelists, traffic exchanges and so on. But if you want to sell something like a natural acne cure, you want to stay away from safelists and traffic exchanges because the people using these are looking for income opportunities. For promoting an acne cure, you could to use pay per click advertising, E-zines for health related products and message boards and forums for health related topics.

One of the easiest ways to be successful at selling products as an affiliate is simply to write articles on the niche you’re targeting, submit them to directories with a link to your site in the bio and if the article is written well enough and the bio has a strong call to action, you’ll make a few sales. Just make sure you don’t link directly to the product as many article sites don’t allow this. It’s best to set up your own website and have a link there going to the product.

That’s really all there is to it. It’s no secret, but it is a lot of hard work.