Easily one of the most common questions that I get is “How do I do affiliate marketing?”
People are naturally really curious about e-commerce and affiliate marketing. How about you?
OK, so in today’s blog post we will attempt to answer some of the questions around “how do I do affiliate marketing?”
So let’s start at the beginning for a moment and help out people that don’t know what affiliate marketing is.
Affiliate marketing is when you (the marketer) get paid a small commission for recommending a product / service that your website visitor ultimately goes on and buys.
Almost every niche is the world has an affiliate program with goods / services that you can promote.
Let’s Try It Together Shall We?
All you have to do is pick a topic (niche) that you would like to talk about and then type in plus affiliate program.
For example if my niche (topic) was coffee, then I would type in “coffee + affiliate program” and then take a look at some results that I get back.
As you can see there are over 5 million affiliate programs that have something to do with coffee.
With choice and variety this big, you are sure to find something that will suit your audience.
Why don’t you try it out with your niche?
Top 5 Reasons Why People Do Affiliate Marketing
1) Affiliate Marketing Is a VERY Popular Way To Make Money Online
Literally hundreds and thousands of people are making full time living doing affiliate marketing online.
2) You Do NOT Have To Purchase Any Of The Products
Easily one of the biggest problems in the real world is that the shop-keeper has to purchase hundreds and thousands of dollars worth of goods and services.
Have you heard the business saying “Cash Is King?” Lots and lots of businesses go bust because their hard-earned cash is tied up in inventory and they can’t release it to cash fast enough.
Perhaps this has even happened to you or a family friend that you really care about?
Affiliate markers don’t have any of these problems. The manufacture creates the product and they hold the inventory. All the affiliate marketer has to do is promote goods and services and then they get paid a commission when a website visitor purchases one of these products. The purchase is made directly from the customer to the manufacture. Affiliate marketers simply get paid a bit of “cream” for making the whole transaction work.
3) The Internet Never Sleeps
One of the highlights for an affiliate marketer is the fact that they make money while they sleep.
The internet never sleeps and your customers are from all corners of the globe. Because of this your shop is open 24 / 7.
Here is a great story about how good it feels to make $500 money while you are in bed sick.
This result was only possible because of all the work that this affiliate marketer put in earlier and then the fruits of that labor came back when he needed it most – when he was sick at home in bed with the flu. He could not work at all on his website – and he still made money.
You can do it too.
Four Simple Steps To Do Affiliate Marketing
1) Create A Website
The easiest way to create a vehicle where you can put your special affiliate links or “cookies” is in a website.
The best part about websites these days is that they are so, so, so easy to make.
WordPress websites in particular are now so easy and they come with thousands and thousands of pre-designed templates for people to choose from. This means that you can have a beautiful, professional looking website up and running in as little as 5 minutes.
Click here to take the 5 minute WordPress challenge (some people can do it in 30 seconds).
2) Create Content For Your Website
Now that your website exists, you will need to create some content for it.
The best part about internet marketing is that you get to create the articles and stories about any topic that you like.
Isn’t that great!
So think about your ideal website visitor and then start creating stories and articles that you think they would really like to read.
Don’t worry about affiliate links or product reviews at this stage. If this is your first website then it’s important to get some content on you website so that your website visitor has something to read.
No one wants to go and look at an “empty shop” right?
If you need help with choosing a niche, please click here.
If you need help with how to start blogging please click here.
If you need help with how to get royalty free images, please click here.
Once you have around 10-12 articles set up on your website, it’s now time to apply to your first affiliate program.
3) Apply to Join An Affiliate Marketing Program
The next step is to apply to affiliate marketing programs that offer products/services in your niche.
The easiest way to find companies to apply to is to write “niche + affiliate program”.
So if my niche was coffee, then I would write “coffee + affiliate program”.
As you can see from the results in the search we did earlier, there are over 5 million different sorts of programs in the coffee space.
Why Not Just Join The Big Affiliate Marketing Programs?
Another option for you is to join some larger industry players. Some well-known companies include.
A long term and very respected industry player. They started out specializing in digital products but now they have physical products as well.
CJ (Commission Junction)
Large well respected industry player. Great training for new people. Nice dashboard so you can navigate around and find things easily.
Share A Sale
Well respected affiliate program company. They have a lot of brand name international companies on their books. Has an auditing feature that could help you if there was every a dispute.
One of the best things that you could ever do is simply to invest in your own education. Learning the secrets to do affiliate marketing properly and turn affiliate marketing from a part-time casual hobby where you earn a few extra dollars into a full-time income can be as simple as learning a few extra tips and tricks that make all the difference to your results.
Click here to see how Wealthy Affiliate can help skyrocket your affiliate marketing results.
4) Get Website Traffic (Website Visitors)
The final piece of this puzzle of how you do affiliate marketing is about getting website visitors.
There are many ways to get website visitors to come to your site.
The Top 4 Ways Are
1) Search Engine Optimization or SEO
Everybody wants to be on Page #1, Position #1 for key keyword inquires on Google right?
I know I certainly do.
The ability to be ranked #1 by major search engines is your best way to get lots and lots of organic free website visitors to come to your website.
You will need help to get to Page #1, Position #1 on Google and staying there that’s for sure. The reason is that Google changes their key algorithm constantly.
Algorithms are confusing at the best of times, but having a whole community of like-minded bloggers sharing what works and what doesn’t work with SEO is one of the best ways to be ranked Page #1 of Google and stay there.
For an example of the type of help you can expect from members of Wealthy Affiliate, please click here.
2) Social Media Following
Another great idea is to set up social media accounts and then build up a following and ask your social media followers to click on your links and go and visit your website.
Now each social media platform has their own little quirks and special features. Staying up to day with all social media quirks is just to hard for any one person.
Let the community help grow your business faster.
If you need help with Social media please click here.
3) Pay Per Click (PPC) Advertising
Pay Per Click or PPC advertising is a wonderful way to attract new customers to your website. It is really great at attracting customers you would not have otherwise gotten.
The trouble with PPC advertising is that if you do not know what you are doing you could easily lose HEAPS of money very, very quickly. So it’s best to only do PPC advertising if you know what you are doing or if you have someone who is willing to help train you.
If you would like some great ideas and suggestions on PPC advertising, please click here.
4) E-mail Campaign
Building up your own email list and sending them thoughtful letters with greats offers is a great way to make extra money. In fact some people only make money off their “list”.
The key is to write around 4-5 articles offering quality advice and then one article offering a product/service with your affiliate links. Your list will know you and trust you more at this point and they are more likely to buy the products you are recommending to them.
Different niches have different price points but industry wide people estimate an email list can bring in around $1 per name per month. So it’s a great incentive to start building a list.
Was this article on do affiliate marketing helpful? Did it help you better understand what it takes to be successful in affiliate marketing? Were there any topics that you heard about for the first time? Is there anything you would like me to talk about in more detail or maybe even write a dedicated blog post on?
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