Do you know who your target-audience is?
The more specific you are, the better. Define exactly what kind of person may be interested in the product/service you’re trying to promote. Think about it: what type of problem does the product/service solve? Who needs to solve (or avoid) such problems?
Then think about the places where you can find potential these customers, i. E., sites where these people gather: forums, groups, communities, blogs. Start visiting these places, share helpful information, make relevant comments (or ask appropriate questions) be nice, don’t be pushy, never spam anyone. Never ever break any rules.
Drop your aff. Link only when allowed, that is, in forum signatures (check the forum’s rules before), email signatures and blog comments (there’s usually a “website” field on comment forms).
Open an account at Twitter and fill in your bio with interesting information that shows you’re an actual human being, not with a sales pitch. And start adding/following other users. But never add too many people at once, otherwise you’ll be flagged as spammer. Don’t advertise anything at first (use the URL field for this); just be nice, answer questions, share cool links and useful bits of information.
For finding Twitter members that you may want to follow and conversations you may want to take part in, use http://search.twitter.com and/or http://twellow.com.
After some weeks building your Twitter network and showing that you’re a nice person, you can start mentioning your aff. Link from time to time.
Start a blog (you can even use a free service like Blogspot/Blogger) about topics related to your target-audience’s interests and to the problems that can be solved by the product/service you’re promoting.
Be very specific; don’t try to write about too many subjects. This can never be stressed enough: your blog posts should deal only with topics that are relevant to your readers and related to your aff. Program.
Never copy content from other places; use your own knowledge, experience and ideas to write your own blog posts. When in doubt, use Google, Yahoo! And Wikipedia to research the topics you need to write about.
These things may help you achieve better results. No, I’m not promising you’ll get rich. I can’t even promise you’ll succeed in any way. I’m just offering some ideas that you may want to consider and that are known to work for many people. They can work for you too.
To learn more about:
– Affiliate Marketing -> visit Zac Johnson’s blog: http://zacjohnson.com/
– Building a successful blog -> visit Problogger: http://problogger.net
– Twitter -> visit TwiTip: http://www.twitip.com/
A friendly warning: since you seem to be a beginner, I advise you not to buy anything from anyone at this point. Use the blogs listed above to educate yourself for free; they all contain useful content. When you’re more experienced, you’ll be better equipped to make informed decisions should you invest in books or courses.
The reason why I say this is that many marketers, seeing that you are inexperienced, will try to sell you eBooks, courses, mentoring, webinars, CDs and whatnot. Most of those are useless.
Yes, there are good products out there. But right now you can’t tell the difference between the gems and the garbage available in the Internet marketing industry. So, be careful and don’t trust people too easily.
One more thing: don’t spend too much time overanalysing anything. Learn what you can and apply the lessons right away. You will make mistakes. Learn with them and move on. Sometimes, all we need is to study less and act more.