When you are new to affiliate marketing it can be hard to know what steps to take next. Once you have your website up or your method of promoting something running, then you may want to know what exactly you should be doing next.
Unless you're getting lots of traffic already one of the first things you may want to consider doing is building back links to your website or to the pages you are creating. You also may want to start exploring other ways to get traffic than just what the search engines send you.
Let's talk about how to get back links:
One of the very best ways to get back links is to create something known as linkbait. There are a couple of ways to do this. You can study pictures that go viral on Facebook and consider whether or not you could make your own.
If you think you could then you want to put the picture on your website and make sure you have social share buttons above and below the picture. Once you have this going then start sharing your picture and start recommending it to all your friends and do anything you can think of to get the ball rolling.
Make sure that you also are linking back to your main website from this picture so that your website gets the benefit of any social shares that are made. If you are using free websites, the process is the same.
Another way to create linkbait is to write an extremely informative article about something related to your topic. Make it almost like a Enquirer-style article but do not put any sales links in it. You wanted to be something amazing that people just have to share with their friends. Again, put social share buttons above and below the article and link back to your main site so that the search engines see that people really like this page that is associated with your site.
Other ways to get links into your site are to go out and create them. There are many free websites and blogs and revenue sharing websites that will let you go in and create pages about anything that you want and link back to your website within them. These websites do have authority and will count as links to your website. Here's some examples:
in forum signatures of forums that allow this
in dofollow blog comments
These will keep you busy in starting to create backlinks to your website. If you are already getting lots of traffic and you don't think you need to be creating backlinks than probably what you need to be doing is figuring out how to translate that traffic into sales.
There are many things that can affect how well your traffic converts, and this is the kind of thing that you will want to start looking into. Search in Google for how to increase conversion rates and start experimenting. In affiliate marketing you can always do better than what you are doing now.