How to build up your new businesses’ brand on Instagram

How to build up your new businesses’ brand on Instagram

Author bio – Lilach Bullock

Highly regarded on the world speaker circuit, Lilach has graced Forbes and Number 10 Downing Street. She’s a hugely connected and highly influential entrepreneur. She is listed in Forbes as one of the top 20 women social media power influencers, named one of 10 top digital marketers by Brand24 and was crowned the Social Influencer of Europe by Oracle. She is listed as the number one Influencer in the UK by Career Experts and is a recipient for a Global Women Champions Award for her outstanding contribution and leadership in business


 

So you’ve just bought a new business and started the rebranding process – now what?

How do you brand your new business online and promote it effectively?

Great branding is essential to building up a successful business and there are few platforms more effective than Instagram at showcasing your branding and aesthetic, your brand’s core values and your business, as a whole.

In this blog post, discover how to build up your new businesses’ brand on Instagram.

Why Instagram?

Instagram is a highly visual social network – and that’s a huge bonus from a branding perspective. There is so much potential for being creative, from the images, videos and Stories you post to the colours you use in your content and to how you arrange your Instagram grid.

But, of course, numbers are very important as well; as per Instagram’s own statistics, the platform has:

  • 1 billion+ accounts that are active on a monthly basis
  • Out of those, at least half of them (500 million+) are active Every. Single. Day.
  • Just as many people (500 million+) use the Instagram Stories feature every day
  • 80% of Instagrammers follow at least one business on the platform
  • 200 million Instagrammers visit at last one business profile daily
  • A staggering one third of the most viewed Stories on Instagram are from businesses
  • 60% of people say that they discover new products on Instagram

Not only is Instagram an incredibly popular platform – and still growing in popularity – but it’s also one of the few platforms where brands and consumers have a very close relationship. People will follow and interact with a food brand that regularly shares delicious-looking recipes. They will engage with clothing brands that showcase cool new outfits. And they will follow their favourite brands to be the one of the first to know about their latest products and releases.

So, where do you get started?

Get yourself an Instagram business account

Setting up a business account is essential as it will give you a bunch of extra features:

  • Real-time metrics on your Instagram analytics, such as the performance of your Stories and of your promoted posts, as well as insights into your followers and your engagement
  • You can add important contact information to your profile: business hours, location and phone number

To create a business account, you’ll first need to download the Instagram app and create a regular user account; once that’s sorted, you can set up your business account following the instructions here.

Put together an Instagram marketing strategy

Before you start posting anything to your Instagram account, you need a strategy. That involves:

  • Setting up your Instagram marketing objectives
  • Performing competitive research
  • Establishing your brand’s look and content theme for Instagram and develop your brand guidelines for Instagram
  • Establishing your social media calendar
  • Analysing and optimizing your strategy

Setting up your Instagram marketing objectives  

Since you’re here reading this article, it’s easy to assume that one of your main goals is to build up your brand and your brand awareness.

That said, there are other business goals you can achieve with Instagram, together with your branding goals; these are:

  • Drive traffic to your business website, business blog, landing pages and product/landing pages
  • Increase your engagement
  • Showcase your team and business, along with your company culture (which also helps with branding your business)
  • Generate more sales for your new business
  • Connect with relevant social influencers on Instagram

Once you’re very clear on what your objectives are, you can finally start putting together your strategy in terms of your approach to reaching those objectives and the content you’re going to post.

Perform competitive research

Understanding who your competitors are and how they’re using Instagram to brand themselves – and grow their businesses – is an important part of the process. It can help inform your strategy, particularly because it helps you understand:

  • What types of content would work best for your Instagram target audience
  • What your top performing competitors are doing that gets them results
  • Which hashtags you should use

If you already know who some of your competitors are, then start looking up their profiles to understand what their strategy is and how they’re performing.

To find more of your competitors on Instagram, you can also use a tool like Combin; you can search for content in specific areas, using certain hashtags:

The tool will then pull any relevant posts from those areas, using the hashtags you specified – it’s a quick and effective way to find more local competitors for your business.

Next, to analyse their profiles in more detail and understand their insights and analytics, you can use a tool like Metricool, which allows you to monitor your competitors’ analytics:

Establishing your brand’s look and content theme for Instagram

The visual nature of Instagram means that each piece of content you post will showcase your branding and your brand’s personality. Each new image or video you add to your grid is part of a larger story: the story of your brand.

In order to properly brand your business on Instagram, you need to be very clear about your content theme and Instagram posting guidelines:

  • What is the mood/vibe that you want your profile to express? For example, if you look at Califia Farm’s Instagram profile, you immediately get a certain vibe from all the earthy colours they use in their content:
  • What types of visual content will you use? i.e. your products, people, beautiful sceneries and so on. Plus, will you be funny? Cute? Interesting and educational? Inspirational?
  • What will your Instagram grid layout look like? I.e. what will your profile look like? A great grid layout will not only help with branding, but it will also entice Instagrammers who visit your profile to scroll down and see more.

There are so many routes you can take here; for example:  

  • Use the same filter throughout all your Instagram content
  • Use the same colour scheme, like Canva does (and changes regularly, so they flow from one colour to another as you scroll down their feed):
  • The “line down the middle” feed is an easy, yet visually striking option; here’s how Bake Mixes does it:
  • The Puzzle feed: definitely the most difficult one to achieve, but the results can be absolutely stunning. The puzzle feed essentially means that all of the updates in your feed connect with each other and create a much bigger picture (literally); here’s an example from Simply Whyte Design:

Building up your Instagram social media calendar

Now you know who you want to be on Instagram. What vibe you want to express. What goals you absolutely have to reach. What next?

Putting together your social media calendar, of course. Because the only way to achieve your goals – and create quality content consistently – is to be very clear about what your approach is and what content you’re going to create and post in the future.

When you put together your calendar ahead of time, you have the possibility to ask yourself one important question (and answer it):

Will this post help me reach my objective?

And if the answer is NO, you’ll then have enough time to come up with alternative ideas. Plus, this gives you enough time to create your content in advance and ensure it’s not only the right approach but also that it looks great.

That’s not to say you can’t occasionally post something that wasn’t necessarily in your schedule – or constantly revise your calendar as you go along – but that, generally, it’s best to be prepared ahead of time, for the reasons I listed just before.

At this stage, you’ll need to decide:

  • How often you’re going to post new content on Instagram; ideally, you should post new content daily, but it’s up to you to decide how much more frequently than that. As you’ll start gaining metrics and insights from the content you post, you’ll be able to optimize your posting schedule for better reach (i.e. posting at the times when your audience is most active)
  • What your content mix will be like; ideally, post a number of different types of updates, not just in terms of content formats (images, short and long-form videos, Stories) but also in terms of the actual content of your updates (check out content ideas just below)

You should leverage all of these different types of content formats, not just images, as at least half of Instagrammers use Stories every day and video consumption is growing at a very fast rate, which is likely one of the main reasons why Instagram introduced IGTV, their own platform for long-form video content – video marketing is certainly booming right now.

To put together your social media calendar, you can use a tool like Agorapulse to fully manage your account, as well as schedule your updates directly (not just by sending notifications so you can post manually from your phone!).

You can use their social media calendar as a team to add your content ideas, as well as directly post and schedule your updates:

This is essential if you’re going to use Instagram consistently, as otherwise it would simply take up too much of your time. It’s not just about the ability to schedule content (which is certainly a great bonus) but also all the other extra features, such as geotagging for your posts, the ability to save groups of hashtags to use in your updates and the ability to monitor hashtags and keywords for more content ideas (and for discovering great user generated content, for that matter).   

Back to Instagram content, here are the different types of content that you can create for your profile that will help you achieve the results you want:

  • Behind the scenes: showcase your brand, your team and your company culture by sharing photos, videos and Stories of your business and team (anything from “a day at the office” to behind-the-scenes at industry or company events)
  • Brand photos, videos and Stories: highlight your brand and branding in different types of content to showcase your business, what type of business it is and what you can do for your customers
  • Your product: showcase your products and their uses in images, videos and Stories
  • User generated content: leverage content created by other Instagrammers, especially using your products or interacting with your brand in any way

These types of updates are great for branding your business on Instagram; some other types of content that you can create are:

  • Educational/how-to content, to help provide value to your audience and keep them coming back for more
  • Quotes: just add text overlay over beautiful visual content to help engage your audience
  • Useful tips: as with educational content, this type of content provides a lot of value to your target audience

Conclusion: analyse and optimize your Instagram strategy

A great social media strategy – as this is true of all social networks, not just Instagram – requires constant monitoring, analysis and optimization.

As you leverage Instagram to grow and brand your new business, make sure to keep a close eye on your insights to understand how you’re performing – and why. This isn’t so you can pride yourself in how many likes an image received or how many views a Story had; rather, it’s about understanding what works and what doesn’t so that you can improve your Instagram strategy, time and time again.

Win $2,500 and a job as our Head Writer

Win $2,500 and a job as our Head Writer

Do you know someone who can write about small businesses? Or, do you have a flair for creative writing and technology? Here at Flippa, we are hosting a creative writing competition and there is a cash prize and a job up for grabs.  Applicants need to submit a written article that is between 700-1000 words before April 15. You must choose from one of the five topics below.

The topics

eBay is about to go bust and Elon Musk has just been hired as CEO, how should he transform the marketplace?

Your grandfather bequeathed you his mom and pop’s shoe repair store. You want to bring it into the 21st century and then make a profit. What steps do you take to get there? When do you know it’s the right time to sell your business

What advice would Steve Jobs give to a busy mum who has just bought an eCommerce store on Flippa?

You can buy or start an online business. How do you decide which is the right path for you? And, what are your next steps?

Choose a small business topic of your choice.

Want to know more?

Head over here to read more about the competition, guidelines and FAQ’s. All entries can be submitted here via the Submittable platform

 

 

SOLD on Flippa: A SaaS dog business for trainers & professionals

SOLD on Flippa: A SaaS dog business for trainers & professionals

Platform: Website

Business Model: SaaS

Business Age: 7 years

Sell Price: $210,000

Terms: Seller Financing

 

Dogbizpro was designed by a dog lover, owner and most importantly a dog trainer. Stephanie (the previous owner) noticed a gap in the market when looking for software to manage her dog training business. Coming from a web design background, she decided to build her own.

 

What is the product?

DogBizPro is a fantastic online software application for dog trainers and other dog business professionals. The full feature online software application helps trainers and dog professionals manage all aspects of their dog business. It enables users to look up and store any information needed on the client or their dog.

 

What makes it such a good product?

The software offers modules for training, therapy, daycare & boarding. All modules allow users to manage their client and dog information, client and dog history, client waivers, all transactions, balances, invoices vaccine records etc. It also features class scheduling, document management and location and instructor availability. It’s a one-stop shop for dog professionals.

The software is easy to integrate into any website and enjoys excellent reviews from its customers, many of whom claim the software has cut their computer admin time in half.

 

Who is the DogBizPro customer?

Any person with a dog training, dog walking or dog daycare business that needs help with onboarding, scheduling and managing appointments.

 

Why was it so appealing?

The business was designed by a part-time dog trainer who also happens to be a web designer, thus all the user’s needs were identified and catered for early on. The business was founded in 2011, it’s profitable, well established and has a high google ranking. It was also generating on average $10,450 in profit per week.

 

How did Flippa assist?

Flippa now has over 120,000 registered buyers representing purchase intent of just under $1.2bn.. There’s huge demand.. Once they pop up, sellers like DogPizpro benefit from the self-service platform, an easy way to connect and negotiate with buyers, flexible sale terms and a safe, easy to manage funding process.

 

Seller interview – Romperjack

Seller interview – Romperjack

They followed a Kickstarter campaign and beat the competition at their own game.

Every now and then we come across something truly unique. It’s the uniqueness that captures the hearts and wallets of consumers making what was a clever idea into something highly successful. Below we interview Justin the founder of Romperjack which was founded in 2017 and since then has experienced incredible growth. They’ve tapped into a fashion niche and from their strong beginnings as a men’s only fashion line they’ve successfully expanded their footprint. 

The business sells romper suits and was established after seeing a Kickstarter campaign. They hustled and have exceeded all expectations, with annual revenues of $594,000.  

Interview with the Founder

You’ve built an impressive eCommerce business. How did it all start?

We came across a campaign trying to raise money to launch male rompers.  The Kickstarter campaign had a goal to raise $10,000 in 30 days. They surpassed this goal instantly and were able to raise $350,000 in just 3 days.  We instantly realized this was going to be very successful. So, we quickly went to work to launch our own brand with an aim of beating them to market. Romperjack was born. 

Your business is built on creative genius and quality manufacturing. Tell us about how it all comes together?

The creativity of our brand really comes from our customers.  Every style we design and decide to launch is voted on by our customers.  It’s the perfect product-market fit for us! We have found some really great manufacturers overseas that are extremely patient with our focus on quality.  They always go above and beyond for us and make everything just right before going to full production with new styles. 

The audience response is something most companies would dream of. Why do they engage / what is your ‘secret sauce’?

Our audience really engages well (with Romperjack) because the products we design and sell are something they have never seen before.  80% of our buyers are LGBTQ and they are the kindest and most supportive audience. We really care about our followers and we always make sure to share quality content and respond to all of their comments.

A company like this is reliant on a team of fantastic marketers, designers etc. How is the team structured?

Actually, this company only has 2 people that actually do the marketing and designing.  We found a way to make marketing and designing simple and make it run like an efficient well-oiled machine.  A lot of the time, designs are sent to us from our customers or influencers and we kind of just roll with them. It makes it super easy for us.

You are moving on to a new passion project. Why are you leaving such a great business and what are the opportunities for accelerated growth?

Yes,  we are moving on and we are sad to let our baby go, but we have a brand new exciting company that needs a little jumpstart.  We started a company called Whiz Tutor. Whiz Tutor is a mobile app and web app that allows students and parents to book on demand local in-person tutors anywhere, anytime. We need funds to boost this company and to take it to the next step.

The good news for the new owner is that Romperjack has so much potential and there are so many ways you can take this company to the next level.  First, is to offer our products to customers in other countries like Brazil. We have more Brazilians visiting our website than anyone else. Second, Romperjack has had offers to go into retail stores but we didn’t have the money readily available to get a large enough inventory order at the time. Third, is to market our products to other interested markets, we have really only focused on the LGBTQ market to date.

It would seem you are dependent on social media to advertise. What kind of risk is there in such a dependency?

Actually,  social only makes up 45% of our sales.  We have a lot of organic and direct customers.  Meaning they search for the rompers or jumpsuits on google and we pop up.  Not only do we show up on PAGE 1 of Google, we show up on PAGE 1 SPOT #2. Which many companies never make it to this level, Romperjack has amazing SEO power.

What does the competitive arena look like? Who do you worry about at night?

We really only have one 2 competitors: one is RompHim “they are the original company that launched on Kickstarter”  and the second is Zesties. Zesties is a bargain low-quality brand that is sold on Amazon.

Romperjack is focused on selling premium rompers and jumpsuits that are actually stylish.  If you actually look at these companies style you wouldn’t even catch yourself dead in one. So many of our customers have said they returned their Romphim and bought a Romperjack instead. Plus, competition is good!! It keeps us striving to do better and to continue to give our customers an amazing product. 

A smart businessman once told me “if you don’t have competition you are either a complete idiot and no one will ever buy what you are selling or you are a complete genius!”

The highlights from Startup Grind’s conference

The highlights from Startup Grind’s conference

This week Flippa was at Startup Grind as a sponsor, speaker and also to showcase our offering to small business owners. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire and connect 2,000,000 entrepreneurs across 500 cities around the world. There were over 70  speakers and presentations across two days, from some of the most recent and exciting innovators. Here were my highlights from the two-day event.

Photo credits Alya Tau Photography

Ruud Hendriks (Startupbootcamp) interviewed by Simon Hudson (Privy)

To put it mildly, Ruud is something of a legend in the entrepreneurial world. The co-founder of Startup Boot Camps, a renowned accelerator program, Rudd started his career as a Dj on board pirate station Radio Caroline. From the beginning, Rudd’s interview was about determination, hard work and above all else ‘hustling’. He was so eager to become a DJ when he was 18, that in 1979 he spent 2 years on a pirate radio ship in the high seas. He later transitioned to a legal radio station and forged a career in TV broadcasting, rubbing shoulders with Rupert Murdoch.

From ‘deep despair to Youtube euphoria’ Ruud understands how hard it is to build a startup.  Startup Boot Camp is now considered one of the top accelerator programs in the world and has helped over 100,000 startups.

Guy Kawasaki (Canva) interviewed by Jules Lund (TRIBE)

The next highlight was marketing specialist and Cheif Evangelist at Canva, Guy Kawasaki. Guy opened his interview with Jules Lund of Tribe by explaining how he got his title for his role at Canva. When asked why more companies don’t have evangelists, Guy replied “well there was Jesus before me”, much to the amusement of the audience. Guy went on to explain that the term ‘evangelist’ means “to bring good news”. Canva as an enterprise is ‘good news’. It allows non-designers (its user) to easily create beautiful designs, graphics and photographs. Guy started working at Canva after they reached out directly via Twitter and his VA vouched for the company.

When asked about his career and how his ‘hunger’ has evolved, Guy replied that it had actually decreased. An understandable response after such a successful career and three kids between the ages of 3 and 17. Guy followed up by saying, “No one will say at the end of their life, I wish I’d worked more”.

Guy then went on to talk a little bit about his time at Apple and how fear is a healthy thing. Fear “makes you train harder and it’s not about whether you have doubt, it’s whether you can push back against it”. Guy explains that doubt is “not a sign of weakness but a sign of intelligence”.When it comes to startups, Guy stressed the simple things that lots of us often forget. Startups don’t take off due to a lack of sales and “sales fix everything.” Do whatever you can to increase your sales in the early days and worry about everything else later.

Wild Wild West – Marketplace dynamics and learnings

Towards the end of day 2 Flippa’s CEO Blake Hutchison shared lessons from his first two months running a 9-year-old marketplace.  Blake spoke about data, speed and humans in his presentation. Starting with data, he encouraged the audience not to “fly blind”. It’s important in businesses of all levels to understand where your revenue is being derived from and what segments of your audience to really focus on at any given time. He then spoke about speed – “don’t let yourself be affected by decision-making paralysis” because it’s important to make decisions swiftly in business. 8 weeks into becoming the CEO at Flippa, Blake introduced ID verification, targeted email lists, an improved escrow service and a post-sales offboarding team. The third thing that Blake spoke about which really resonated with the crowd was that “you do not work for a tech company, you work for a human company.” Blake discussed the emotional layer to tech companies and reminded the audience that “you can iterate quicker with people than you can with humans”.

 

Layne Beachley (8 x World Champion Surfer)

Champion surfer Layne’s conversation touched on how we as humans are hardwired to be negative. It’s a genetic pre-disposition within all of us. She also talked about fear, a hot topic throughout the conference and something relatable to all the entrepreneurs in the audience. Layne said that fear is something that is learned in today’s world and she spoke about a constant running commentary that goes on in our mind. It’s important that we “stop, take a deep breath and re-calibrate our mind”.

Layne shared her “3 C’s” which she lived by – courage, conviction and consistency. A champion for the belief that “choice not chance determines your destiny”, Layne’s talk was filled with self-affirming and motivating quotes and anecdotes. She finished up talking about how comparison leads to a sense of inadequacy, something we can all relate to.

Andi Chatterton (Ingenious.AI) – Bots for Enterprise

The final presentation that I found fascinating was Andi Chatterton’s, the founder of Ingenious.Ai. Ingenious.Ai helps businesses to build chat bot experiences so they can respond to their customers at any time. Chatbots live within channels people use every day and provide frictionless interactions. By 2020, “over 80% of customer interactions will be held without customer involvement”.

Andy spoke about the direction that chatbots are moving towards. They no longer need to learn an interface when reacting to human contact. In fact, in order for chatbots to evolve, a “new style of the broadcast is needed, where users can ask questions”. Conversational designers can now ensure that chatbots identify the tone of the user appropriately and accomplish goals efficiently. But while we’re looking to service AI, customers are also beginning to use AI on businesses. Andi spoke about how Google has developed AI that allows your phone to call a salon, interact with a receptionist and book you an appointment. Pretty amazing stuff!

In summary, Startup Grind was an awesome event with some really engaging speakers, fun panels and even a holiday to Bali up for grabs.

 

There’s no such thing as money for nothing – but this one comes close!

There’s no such thing as money for nothing – but this one comes close!

If like me you’re interested in creating a rewarding website-based business, then this particular pathway can generate a lucrative income for relatively little investment of money or time, with the potential for eventual sale at a substantial profit.

Why this opportunity is so different

In a traditional commission arrangement, you sell something which isn’t yours and receive a commission from the owner of the goods or service. We all understand that. It goes without saying that you are actually working at some kind of job which provides the platform for this incentive-based remuneration.

But imagine if you had a set-up which produced automated online referrals to a seller, who then paid you a commission on anything that was sold as a result of your referral. You have no real costs entailed. You don’t own the inventory or pay the cost of the storage and delivery systems and you don’t have any accounting to manage. You just get paid for doing almost nothing.

The basic requirement is that you need to set up, or buy, an effectively functioning website that draws regular traffic. Once that’s been achieved, you’re well on your way to owning a potentially highly profitable ‘Affiliate Business’.

What is an Affiliate Business?

So what is an Affiliate (Advertising/Marketing) Business and how does it work? Well, Amazon Affiliate is only one of the many enterprises now operating in this space, but as it was one of the first and remains the largest let’s look at Amazon primarily.

Becoming an Amazon Affiliate business is as simple as registering with Amazon at no cost and then you begin promoting literally any of the products Amazon handles and you get paid a commission on all sales which emanate from your promotion.

How does it work?

The infrastructure for this is amazingly simple. You have a website which features products relevant to your audience. When a website visitor clicks on a product profile, created by Amazon with no work involved for you, this creates a 24-hour duration cookie. Now here’s the exciting part. You get a commission on anything at all that the visitor buys from Amazon in the next 24 hours, not only the items you were actually featuring.

Simply to illustrate, let’s say you have created or acquired a website that features boating and fishing tips, news and stories. On a current post, you have an engaging and informative article on how to choose the best fishing reel, having regard to the fact that these vary in price from around $40 to well over $1000.

Using an extremely simple process you embed Amazon’s own seller descriptions for some of these items, enabling your visitors to click through the links. That’s all there is to it. Tracked by the 24-hour cookie if they then buy anything at all on Amazon over the next 24 hours, including download services, you get the commission. This includes expensive high-end items totally unrelated to the direct content of your website.

Think of it as being paid by a business for your online version of a ‘word of mouth’ recommendation. The actual commission structure is quite complex and strongly rewards higher volume sales, with a peak commission of 8.5%. But even a single sale will earn you 4%.

Is Amazon Affiliate the only option?

No, not at all. There are numerous providers of Affiliate Marketing programs. It’s important to do the research and decide which will work best for you and your website niche. Whether you decide to hook up as an Amazon Affiliate or commit yourself to an alternative targeted ads partner like Google’s AdSense, it is obviously important to understand the commission structures and to do the due diligence so you don’t get caught not understanding the Terms of Service (ToS) arrangements.

For a beginner in this space, Amazon is a very safe place to start because it has massive inventory in virtually every market niche and has a very high level of customer trust when it comes to making an online purchase. You can always migrate to an alternative program later.

Some things to consider

Always carefully check and observe the Terms of Service provisions. While Amazon, for example, makes the setting up of the Affiliate Business arrangement pretty simple, they don’t hesitate to embargo you if you breach a condition, such as making sure to never state a product price or specification within your own website content. And once embargoed, it is close to impossible to be reinstated!

Setting up the relationship and commission payment arrangements is fairly straightforward, but because of stringent identity checking requirements, it takes a bit of effort – more than setting up an Airbnb host account, for example.

The real challenge is to have a website which will attract traffic of the right kind and in sufficient volumes. Amazon will require the details of your website/s as part of the initial registration, but there is no stringent website quality checking on their part. At the end of the day if your website doesn’t attract sufficient traffic to re-direct to Amazon products or services in any great numbers, then all that means for them is that they won’t be paying out much commission.

Naturally, you want your website to be of the highest possible quality anyway and to feature regular posts of interest to engage your target audience. The more clearly you can define this niche and then concentrate on developing quality content for that audience, the better.

Personally, I like this Affiliate Business model because it genuinely rewards the creation of high-quality websites, including blog/vlog sites, and provides monetisation rewarding the level of audience traction gained. All of this at no additional cost to you and with the potential for very substantial commission payments.

Initially, you may be covering only your website hosting costs, but once you create and sustain good quality content with precisely targeted affiliate ‘advertising’ you may be earning enough to pay freelance writers for a great range of engaging content. Eventually, there’s a real potential to earn more than a good salary and start paying off the mortgage at a stellar rate!

Producing high traffic to make your affiliate advertising take off

It’s essential to have a website in an area of genuine interest for you. Authenticity of interest will enable you to work effectively with commitment and enthusiasm and will provide sustainable motivation for the long-term, or until you sell your website at a good profit!

High traffic can be produced if your website is in an area of interest to a large number of people, for example, a site on pet welfare and nutrition. Think of the enormous range of relevant products you could be ‘advertising’ in this context. While more narrow interest areas may produce lower traffic, there may still be a very high level of potential buyer interest in higher-cost products that you have sourced and can promote.

If you have your website up and running already, then linking it in as an Affiliate Business with Amazon or another partner is a prospect really worth considering. Alternatively, you can plan and create a website in an area of authentic interest for you but intended from the outset to be pitched as an Affiliate Business.

Would I consider buying an existing website and turning it into an Affiliate Business?

Yes, this is an intriguing and genuinely exciting opportunity which I’m currently exploring for myself right now. It’s also worth considering the acquisition of an already existing Affiliate Business which is up for sale, if it’s currently operating profitably or better still if you can see it’s got high potential yet to be realised.

It’s true, there’s never money to be made without any effort at all. The trickiest part of the Affiliate Business model is choosing a website niche that genuinely suits your interests and developing it as an affiliate advertising platform. Generating high-quality content and managing your SEO is the key to high visitor traffic and conversion to the click-based commission revenue. Ultimately the yield will make the website profitable and self-sufficient enough to support paid content writing. That will free you up to start your next website in a different niche, working towards your ultimate goal of building an Affiliate Businesses portfolio.