Please review these affiliate marketing requirements and recommendations before joining Rakuten Advertising and getting started with your affiliate marketing efforts.
On our road map to success for publishers, there are several phases. Ideally, the first few steps in Phase I below should be completed before you join Rakuten Advertising. Preparing your business plan and your website in advance will help ensure your success in affiliate marketing. You should develop a regular, daily following or consistent monthly traffic to your website first. This is an exciting, fast-growing and changing area of e-commerce that will require your time and attention. Detailed guidance about how to complete these steps is outside the scope of the service we currently provide. However, we realize these initial steps are critical to your success. Below are some of the many resources available to help you.
Phase I: Build your site, your business model, branding, following, and website traffic
- Choose your market niche and focus
- Determine your business model and plan
- Build your website, blog, or custom social media site with original, quality content and add to it frequently
- Generate traffic to your site and build your audience
- Understand basic affiliate marketing monetization and how it fits your site
Phase II - Become a Rakuten Advertising Publisher
- Review the requirements and recommendations for new publishers
- Join Rakuten Advertising and set up your account
- Decide which advertiser products to promote
- Build partnerships with advertisers
- Get affiliate links for your site
- Promote affiliate products on your website
- Provide transparency and compliance to terms
- Track earnings and manage your affiliate program
Phase III - Grow your program and your revenue
- Identify additional revenue opportunities such as flat fee offers and paid placements
- Consider email marketing, such as sending a newsletter to your audience
Once you have registered (it is free) and have been accepted, you will find more resources in the Help Center to help you with the rest of the steps in the road map. In addition, there are some resources you can use immediately, including our Customer Support team for technical support, and Publisher Newsletters.