How To Succeed as a Part-Time Affiliate: Enlisting the Help of Others
In our previous article we discussed the importance of part-time gaming affiliates planning ahead and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Typically, part-time gaming affiliates work on their websites by themselves. This can be a daunting task, considering just how much work there is to do. This doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that part-timers can’t get help. In this article we’ll talk about how crowdsourcing and learning from other affiliates in the industry can be used to the part-time gaming affiliate’s advantage.
Every webmaster has their forte. For some it may be keyword research. For others it may be graphic design talents, or you may perhaps be great at producing content. Running your affiliate site requires a whole host of skills, many of which you simply may not have the time or ability to develop on your own. Part-time gaming affiliates need not despair, as they can turn to crowdsourcing to fill in the gaps.
- If you don’t know the first thing about website design, find a professional to assist you. You can either pay for their services or broker an exchange whereby you’d give the designer something in return (e.g., a free banner ad on your site).
- If you’re not capable of producing original high-quality content on your own, utilize guest bloggers, most of whom would happily contribute free content to your site in exchange for a link back to their site.
- If you know how to write well but have no time to think of topics, just produce original articles about trending news in your niche and add your own unique take. I just did this on my site last week with some major online poker news.
- If you don’t have the time to dedicate to maintaining a social media presence, ask a friend who shares your interests if they’d be interested in being an administrator of your Facebook page and Tweeting for you.
Get Help from Other Affiliates in the Industry
Your friends and acquaintances may be able to help you out with certain tasks, but some things are likely beyond their scope of expertise. Link building and SEO, for example, are two skills that take a long time to become proficient in. Thus, in addition to crowdsourcing, it would do part-time gaming affiliates well to learn other webmastering skills on their own. Luckily, there’s a huge community of gaming affiliates you can join and learn from right here in the CAP Forums.
An excellent place to start out is the Website Reviews section. Here you can ask longtime affiliates their thoughts on your site and what sorts of improvements you should make. You can then visit the extensive Affiliate Tips, How To’s, and Training section and find ways to integrate all the feedback you’ve gotten to improve your website.
Our next article will be the final one in this series, in which we’ll offer our top 10 tips for part-time gaming affiliates.
About The Author
Robbie Strazynski is the Founder of Cardplayer Lifestyle, the go-to news and information source for recreational poker players and fans. He has worked full-time in the gaming industry for two years and is currently the Content Editor for the Euro Partners family of online casinos. Robbie has been a part-time gaming affiliate for three years.