If you are looking to learn affiliate marketing and get started making some money online, then the following guide will be able to give you the steps to get you started on your journey to freedom through making money online.
First what is affiliate marketing?
The best defenition is Pat Flynns; Smart Passive Income:
“Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.”
To get started you will first want to find a network or individual offer if you know of one, though Affiliate networks, such as Clickbank is a great place to get started or even Amazon Affiliate Programme. Depending on what you ant to promote, though we always recommend that you get started with something that you have knowledge of or enjoy. Even things like going to the gym, cooking, whatever your interest you can find an offer related to it and then promote it, even if you are a member of a club and want to promote something for cooking, it’s easy to start by sending the link to your club mates who share the interest.
Just to note the bonus of the Amazon Affiliate programme is that you are able to generate a link for anything that is sold on Amazon, so basically everything. This is why many people find it easy to create an Amazon review blog and promote the products through the blog.
Once you have an idea of what you would like to do, you can then look at the 10 steps below to get you started and then if you are feeling confident, we have some free training for you to sign up for, which will go a bit more in depth, give you some great tips and tricks and get you started on the path to making money while you sleep.
5 Steps to get started Affiliate Marketing:
1. Choose your Niche
Chose yourself a niche / offer / affiliate type that you would like to get started with.
This will consist of selecting whether you would like to create a review blog or YT channel, will it be Amazon products you review and link to?
Will you select programmes from click bank and base it on a niche that you are interested in, then find offers in that niche and promote them via a blog that you start based on that topic or some other outlet, even social media.
Although bear in mind that with Social media you will need to have a landing page, something like click funnels or even just a free page with Wix or some other website builder.
2. Choose your traffic source (to start with)
You will then need to select how you intend to market the product to people. No matter the traffic source we recommend having a website, as this then means you can always drive traffic to your site first, where you can do other things with the customers before driving them to the offer and collecting the affiliate commissions.
You will need to decide though if you would rather create a YouTube channel that will then drive the traffic to the affiliate offer directly and include links to your website, this will assist your website growth.
Or you can create a blog, learn SEO while you are at it and rank organically for the right search terms, this takes time but will eventually create a passive income for you, where if ranked for the right terms and the blogs are delivering value, then you will be receiving your commissions on a continuous basis from the blogs that were written previously and still rank and give you payouts. This is the best in our opinion as it offers real passive income.
There are numerous other options such as through Social Media, like Pinterest, Instagram, where you can post content that links back to your blog or landing page, leading to the affiliate website. Please note though that most social media sites do not like or allow direct affiliate links and some will penalise your account when doing this. Saying that Facebook groups are a good way to do this, though you need to create and grow your own group as many would ban you for “spamming” links on their group.
Finally there is paid advertising, now some of you may think “why pay to advertise an affiliate link”? However if you learn to do this the right way, this is the fastest and easiest way to make money through affiliate marketing for beginners.
Paid advertising may scare you however if you are keen to get started and make some money through affiliate commissions, then this is a fast way to get commissions. All you need to do it set up a landing page, as for most affiliate offers and then create an ad, leading to your page. There is some free training below, which will give you the basics needed to get started with paid advertising.
This is a webinar, which will run through the tactics to get started.
3. Find an offer
Once you have found your offer, make sure that you sign up for the affiliate link and get it (don’t want to do the work and not be approved for the links / programme).
Approval for many things doesn’t take too long, os you should be sorted with this step within 24 hours. Then you can carry onto the next step.
4. Build a Landing Page / Website
As mentioned above, the quickest and cheapest way to do this is to get a website and create your own WordPress site.
It’s ok, there is a full video on how to do this quickly here:
So the simplest way is to go to Bluehost and sign up for the cheapest WordPress hosting they have, which comes with a free domain.
So you can chose a domain, (one that matches your niche is better, as SEO counts links for ranking). Then get your hosting and create a simple WordPress blog using the video shown.
If you are not sure about this you can always go to Wix and sign up for a simple website there, which is really easy and something for those of you who do not feel confident to build a WordPress site.
If you are not sure about having your own website and just want to have landing pages, then you can opt for a landing page builder such as Click Funnels or Leadpages. Check out their websites for more information.
A landing page is simply a single page that you can build easily (similar to Wix) using a landing page builder and then you just put all the information for that product together on one simple page and direct people there. This way is for people who do not want to host their own website and will use the builder to create pages with relevant URLs to the product (again helps with SEO ranking).
Any of the above are easy to do and can be done with a bit of time and effort put into it. Once you have done this you are pretty much ready to go.
5. Get Started with your offer
The final step is to put it all together.
Now this may sound simple however whether you are using advertising or whatever niche you are using you want to do some simple steps to assist your ranking and build your own name in your niche and therefore gain the trust factor, which will allow people to trust you and therefore they will then choose your offers.
First you can always go to Fiverr and purchase some web 2.0 backlinks.
This will just give your blog a small boost, though is not something that we recommend doing all the time as this will result in being down ranked by Google, if they see lots of backlinks coming from nowhere constantly, however a small boost at the start can help to get you ranking.
Then we recommend setting up Social Media pages for your website / landing pages, so that you can build a social following and also share all of your content there and even if this doesn’t happen straight away, this is something that will grow and assist with the growth of your website and affiliate marketing income over time.
It also again helps to build trust with people, FB groups are a great way of interacting with people in your niche.
Finally once you have some on page SEO completed, some backlinks and social media pages to share your content, you can then start creating valuable content and you need to remember that you will have to give out helpful tips and create great content that engages and helps the reader, as this will make them want to keep coming back to you.
Finally you then need to share your knowledge and posts, now this is where you can go to site like Quora and then answer questions about your niche and then direct the reader back to your blog post about the subject (make sure the question, answer and blog are relevant).
That’s it follow these 5 simple steps and you will be making money with Affiliate Marketing in no time and again if you found this helpful, share it with your friends and start working towards your goals of financial freedom together.
Remember there is always more to learn with affiliate marketing and improve upon but if you follow these steps and stay consistent, then you will be successful.
The key is to be consistent, set yourself a goal of one offer / blog post per week to start with and go from there.
Again if you are interested in getting started with affiliate marketing quickly, then sign up for this FREE webinar below, which will fast track your success and set you up for running successful ads for your affiliate offers and making your first affiliate commissions much sooner than you think.