I have noticed how people run into rocks when it comes to affiliate marketing. As a matter of fact, nothing good comes easy but whatever is worth doing is worth doing good. Let's help out each other with valid affiliate marketing practices today.
Here's the perfect checklist that worked for me in 2015 and 2016 before I took a break.
Awesome Niche (For yourself and the outside world): Here's the most important of it all if you really don't want to struggle with running a successful niche site. Spend more time (if possible, weeks) researching a niche you love or hate so you never get tired or bored of writing for it. Also, you want to choose a niche that appeals to people - in the sense that, something thousands of people are searching for or are in dire need of. Make sure there are enough buyer keywords for the niche you choose.
Great content. Greatest of all!: Are there sites ranking for this niche already? The lesser the better. Here's where you can outsmart these sites. Read through all of them and come up with an excellent content strategy that would trump them. Google wants the best for their users hence, best content has higher chances of winning the #1-position race. Add relevant images, videos and infographics to your content so as to make them sweetened. Be careful to not stuff your content with too much keywords. The longer your content, the better!
Backlinks. Juicy Backlinks: This is the order of the day but unfortunately, it has gone wrong. The idea of backlinks to many has churned out so much spam in the system that Google had to tighten their fists towards shady backlink strategies. Well, here's what I do and it's totally good for someone who wants a long-lasting website as well as quality backlinks. It is called the outreach method.
Make a list of relevant sites to your niche and get their contacts first (they'll most likely have a contact form on their website anyway).
Now make sure you have supercharged your niche site with awesome content. Go ahead to reach out to these sites in a friendly mail telling them how you have buttressed one of their posts and if they could quote your site's content (with a link back of course). Be friendly, don't sound desperate! A good rule of thumb is to mention one or two of their posts and suggest additional points which you have covered on your own site . This way, you'd make them rest assured that their site offers you some value. They would definitely be happy to hand you a free link. Works 60% of the time for me. Great link is all that matters!
Additionally, I visit forums and blogs to add value with my comments while leaving a backlink for myself, naturally!
If these things still work (I can tell they still do), then I'd advise you do extensive research about them. And if you have more, kindly share so we all can learn.