Hello everyone and welcome to my post on how to start affiliate marketing for beginners. I have tried to make this article as simple as possible for all the newbies that are interested in wanting to start up their own online business.
Whether you want to learn more about Affiliate Marketing or you are already in the stage of wanting to start up your own part-time or full-time venture, this article will certainly help you out.
I cover the important aspects of Affiliate Marketing. Things like what affiliate marketing is all about, why it is so popular these days, how to get started and what the future holds for you if you decide to take this learning route.
So are you ready to learn more?
Great! Buckle up here we go!
What is Affiliate Marketing all about?
Very simply put Affiliate Marketing is the process whereby you(the affiliate) earns a commission for recommending a product or a service to a customer. The commission is paid to you by an affiliate company(or merchant) whom you sign up with.
So, let’s say you have a website based on dogs toys. If someone visits your site, who is interested in buying a particular type of dog toy, they would click on your affiliate product link embedded on your website. This link would direct the customer to the merchant(or affiliate company, let’s say its Amazon in this case) to conclude the transaction.
Once they complete the transaction and purchase the item, Amazon pays you a commission.
The process repeats itself and you can earn commission after commission
This is the basic idea on how Affiliate Marketing works and for today’s purpose there is no need to make matters complicated. If you want to read more, then please check out my detailed post on Affiliate Marketing here.
Why is Affiliate Marketing so Popular these days?
Here are a couple of reasons as to why so many folks start up an online business doing Affiliate Marketing:
- Anybody can start Affiliate Marketing from Home
- Cheaper to start up compared to franchises, or a physical store
- No need to stock any physical product
- Flexibility– can be part-time or full-time
- Can be a lucrative source of passive income potential
- Joining affiliate programs is FREE!
- Upscale your business to a global audience
Facts about Affiliate Marketing
- In 2011, Affiliate Marketers increased by 35%
- 73% of Affiliate Marketers are Male
- In 1996, Amazon launched its “associates program,” which brought Affiliate Marketing into effect.
- Affiliate Marketing is NOT A GET RICH QUICK thing!
How Exactly do I start with Affiliate Marketing?
Glad you asked. Let’s get into the meat of this discussion.
1. Its all about Your PASSION
First thing that you will need to do is decide what you would like to build your business upon.
It can be collecting action figures, toy models, video games, camping, standing desk chairs, health devices, electronic appliances or gadgets. You can make money selling music or comics, the list is literally endless.
The key is to choose a niche that you are passionate about or something that you would like to learn more about as time goes on. The reason why I say this, is because you don’t want to come to a point whereby you are stuck and have nothing left to talk about, as you are building your website.
2. You Need a Website
This is an absolute necessity if you want to do affiliate marketing. I know what you’re thinking right now, “I don’t know anything about building a website, I am doomed before I even start!”
Relax, it’s not as bad. I knew nothing about websites when I first started out. Just over a year now, I can say with confidence that I have built TWO websites. And it is not stopping there.
I started off at an online training university called Wealthy Affiliate. Registration is FREE and you get two FREE websites.
You can try it out below and register for your first free sub-domain below.( *A sub-domain is simply the name(or URL) of your website.)
These guys are the real deal, but more about that later. Should you want to get started right away with your FREE websites and start building your affiliate marketing campaign, click on the link below.
Now, That I got a website, what do I do?
Since this is a blog on how to start affiliate marketing for beginners, it would be very unfair for me to just leave you hanging with a free website with no clue on what direction to take next.
Once you got your Free websites, with your very own sub-domain name, it’s time to start building it up. You will need to
- Set up your Website(Lesson 5)
- Getting your Site Ready for SEO(Lesson 6)
- Finding Content Ideas for Keywords(Lesson 7)
- Understanding Website Pages and Creating your first 3 Pages(Lesson 8)
- Creating Quality Website Content(Lesson 9)
As you can see in the image above, all of these lessons are broken down for you within Wealthy Affiliate. Everything takes place in easy step by step tutorials allowing you to work on your business more efficiently and to do things the right way from the word go!
When you signup for your TWO FREE websites, you automatically get access to these lessons at no charge at all!
How cool is that? I told you things are not so bad.
Now it is just a matter of building and adding Content
Remember when I mentioned earlier on, that affiliate marketing is not A GET RICH SCHEME, now you can see why.
Because here you are building an honest online business. And we all know that to build a business takes time and some hard work.
Having said that, a successful affiliate marketing needs the right ingredients to make it work. You could say its kind of like making a killer tiramisu (Boy ! Am I salivating right now!)
If you want to be a successful affiliate marketer and believe me every single one of you can, then you need to learn about
- SEO(SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION) – this is a very high term which simply means to employ effective strategies to get into good books with Google and other search engines so that your website gets good rankings and ultimately visibility and sales
- Keyword research and the use of an effective keyword tool
- Blog and content writing Skills
- PPC and other stuff
Trust me, it’s NOT half as bad when you got a great training platform to learn all of this stuff from. Plus, you will never ever feel alone as there are 300 000 other active members within Wealthy Affiliate working towards the same goal.
Need I mention that the support , training, and education is top notch so you know that you are in the right place to start up affiliate marketing. There is no need at all to look anywhere else.
What if Affiliate Marketing is not for me?
Affiliate marketing is meant for anyone, but may NOT necessarily be for everyone. This is why choosing Wealthy Affiliate is the right choice.
Well, you know yourself the best and after doing the first 10 lessons at Wealthy Affiliate, if you find that it’s not for you, then you simply stop and walk away. The best part is that you have not lost a single dime in the process.
Does affiliate marketing really work?
For me it does and I can show you proof if you would like to see it. Nothing beats earning your first online payment. My one came after 8 months of working on my website. Will I carry on? Absolutely.
Did you know?
There are 2 Billion Searches on Facebook and 3 Billion Searches on Google a Day! Can you just imagine getting a tiny share, like .001% of this to your site.
You get the point. Affiliate Marketing is here to stay.
Now that you know what Affiliate Marketing is all about, the choice is yours.
Thanks for joining me today on this article on how to start affiliate marketing for beginners. I hope that it has helped you.
It’s the first site that will be a challenge, as was my experience. I had to learn lots of technical stuff along with research for my niche article.
It was a fun process, it had its hair pulling moments but I have good support and made many good friends.
Thereafter its just a process of duplicating the process and within time, things become so easy and straightforward.
Wealthy Affiliate teaches other money making ways as well. Things like adsense, local marketing etc..There is so much to do and try out.
The first step is always the hardest one. Take it and enjoy the ride…
“Do one thing that makes you scared every day.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
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