Affiliate marketing is one of the fastest growing ways to make money online. Because it’s so popular many people want to know how to start affiliate marketing.
Easily the #1 reason why people start affiliate marketing is so they can make money from home.
In this article we will attempt to explore how to start affiliate marketing.
So let’s start at the beginning.
What is affiliate marketing anyway?
Affiliate marketing is when you (the marketer) promote a product/service from a company and if a website visitor clicks on your special affiliate links (unique ID or ‘cookie’) and then goes on to purchase the product based on your recommendation then you get paid a commission for all your hard work.
Top 3 Reasons To Start Affiliate Marketing
The reason affiliate marketing is so popular is because of all the great benefits you get.
1) Little / No Start Up Costs
This is a REALLY BIG reason why many people choose to start affiliate marketing.
The don’t want to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars starting a “real world” business, so they experiment to see if they can be successful in that industry online for little / no money and see how they go.
2) You Don’t Have To Purchase Any Stock (Inventory)
This is probably one of the greatest problems with “real world” businesses.
When you own a store you have to have tens of thousands of dollars tied up in inventory for your shop…. and then wait patiently for customers to slowly come in and buy the products.
With affiliate marketing you don’t have any of these problems. You never have to purchase any stock and you are never out-of-pocket any of your hard-earned money.
3) You Get To Pick and Choose The Products You Want To Talk About
As the website owner, you get to pick all the topics that you want to talk about and you get to pick which products to promote to your website visitors.
4) No Store Returns or Customer Complaints!!
As the website owner you only promote the products for sale. The company that makes the products talks to the customer and they do the shipment of goods. So you don’t get involved with any store returns or customer complaints or loss packaging or any of that.
You just get to spend your time doing what you want to do – finding customers and talking about great products and services.
5) Be Your Own Boss And Work From Home
More and more people want to be their own boss and work from home.
We are all busy people and it’s really hard to be stuck in traffic all day, every day. It’s much easier to just turn on your laptop and do a few hours work over the breakfast table instead right?
No one wants to be stuck in traffic if they don’t have to. The freedom to be your own boss 24 /7 is a very attractive reason to start affiliate marketing for lots of people.
Which ones on this list of reasons do you like? Which reasons are important to you? Which ones don’t really matter?
Are there any important reasons here that I have left off?
What about children and family? Are they important to you?
Are they an important enough reason to want to start affiliate marketing from home?
OK, So What Do You Have To Do?
With affiliate marketing you have to recommend products and services for your website visitors to buy.
So there are a few things you have to do. To make it really simple, all you have to do is…..
1) Create A Website to Promote Goods / Services On
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2) Pick a Niche That You Want To Focus On
A niche is just a topic that focuses on a specific area. If you need help to find your niche, please click here for some advice.
3) Do An Internet Search On Niche Name Plus Affiliate Program
Let me explain. Just say my niche was “coffee”, then all I would do would be to type in “coffee + affiliate program” to get a list of coffee based affiliate programs.
Now I can just go through the list of results and select companies with an affiliate program that I want to work with.
4) Apply To Join The Affiliate Programs
When you have picked the companies that you want to work with, simply apply to join there affiliate program. Apply to join at least x4 programs when you first start out. The reason is that some of them will reject you. This way hopefully one will accept you and you can start working with the first company straight away.
For some helpful hints and advice on getting a YES! from every affiliate program that you apply to, please click here.
5) Put Your Unique ID or “Special Cookies” on your site so that when a visitor clicks on the link you get a commission.
There are actually lots of different wants to earn money by doing affiliate marketing. The most popular four (4) ways are;
Here you receive a small commission every time someone clicks a link.
This is the most common form of affiliate marketing and you get paid a commission every time someone clicks on a link and goes on to buy something. You usually get paid a small commission on the sale.
Here your website visitor fill in a form and agrees to be contacted by a company. An example would be the local real estate agent or local Accountant who will pay you a commission for every client contact you send there way.
Selling Advertising On Your Site
This is one of the most popular ways to earn money online. It was made famous by large companies such as Google Adwords and Bing Adverting. Here you get a few “pennies” for everyone who visits your website. It is very popular method of advertising because you don’t have to do anything. It’s enough that a website visitor came to your website.
6) Get Training On Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is internet based marketing.
The internet moves at a RAPID rate and noooo one wants to be up at 2am stumbling around in the dark trying to figure out how to make things work right?
The fastest and easiest way to be successful in affiliate marketing is to get some basic training.
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What Types of Affiliate Programs Should I Join?
Here are some well-known industry programs to help get you started.
ClickBank has been around for a very long time and are a trusted name in this space. The built there reputation by having a HUGE range of digital products. They have now moved into physical products as well.
CJ (Commission Junction)
Commission Junction have a large name of brand name companies on board. They also have a great dashboard and great support. You could have a look around and see if they have products in your niche.
Amazon is a VERY well-known brand and claims to have the largest range available anywhere on earth. They accept people just starting out in affiliate marketing (not everyone does). The commissions are small, so you will need to sell lots of products.
This is the market leader for affiliate marketing worldwide. They have over 1 million community members. The community is active 24 /7 so you can ask any affiliate marketing question at anyone at any time – even the company owners!
You will get access to step by step video tutorials on almost every topic to do with affiliate marketing.
If someone joins the program based on your recommendation, you will get commission. Click here for affiliate program details.
Was this article on how to start affiliate marketing helpful? What parts did you already know, which parts did you forget? Did any parts have a light bulb go off and think Ah-ha I can do that?
I really like talking about all things affiliate marketing, so please feel free to leave any comments or helpful hints in the comments field below and I will be sure to get back to you.
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