Affiliate marketing is one of the fastest growing ways to make money online, but the secret to success is to learn affiliate marketing first.
Let’s start with what affiliate marketing is.
Affiliate marketing is when you (the marketer) recommend products/ services that help out people in your niche and then you get paid a commission if they click on your special affiliate links and then go on to buy a product.
Sounds perfect doesn’t it!
The Top 5 Reasons why People Become Affiliate Marketers
1) Affiliate Marketing is a GREAT way to make money online.
2) You DO NOT have to purchase hundred’s and thousands of dollars in inventory.
In the “real-world” shopkeepers have to purchase HEAPS and HEAPS of products (inventory) to stock their shelves. This amount of money can add up into the tens of thousands and even hundreds and thousands of dollars worth.
there is a saying in business that “cash is kind” and many businesses have gone bankrupt because they have too much money tied up in inventory and not enough cash to pay their bills.
This NEVER happens in affiliate marketing.
3) You Get To Pick The Products That You Want To Talk About
In affiliate marketing you get to pick and choose what topics and products you think will interest your website visitors the most. You are in control of ALL content that goes on your website.
4) You Get To Choose From The Best In The Industry
As a standard shopkeeper in the real world often you are locked into selling Brand A and you have to exclude Brand B.
An example of this is if you own a local retail store often you can only stock Coca-Cola products and you are not allowed to sell Pepsi products.
But consumers want choice right? I mean it’s not the 1980s anymore.
In affiliate marketing, if your niche was soft drinks, then you would get to chose if you would like to promote Coco-cola AND Pepsi AND all their competitors products.
Sound great right.
5) No Customer Returns
This is a BIG one for many people who are exhausted with the standard shopkeeper sales model. The customer buys the product directly from the manufacturer, so any store returns etc go to the manufacturer.
The main benefit of this is that it then frees you up to focus more on what you want to do – promote quality products and attract website visitors.
Easy 4 Steps To Being An Affiliate Marketer
1) Create your very own website on topics that you like to write about.
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2) Then write some articles on a topic (niche) that you really like.
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3) Apply to join some affiliate programs in your topic niche.
These companies are easy to find for example, if your topic was coffee then you would simply type into your search engine “coffee + affiliate program”.
As you can see there are over 5 million different sorts of affiliate programs in the coffee niche to choose from.
If you would like help with how to get a yes from every affiliate marketing company that you apply to, please click here.
4) Pick Some Affiliates Program Companies That You Like
Different companies will suit different people for different reasons.
Some affiliate marketers only pick the really big affiliate marketing companies.
Some affiliate marketers only pick specialists in their niche to work with.
What works for one person may not work for someone else.
Here are some well respected companies to take a look at and see if they suit you.
They have been around for a very long time and they are trusted name in the internet marketing space. They used to specialize in digital products but they have branched out now.
CJ (Commission Junction)
Is a well-established industry player. They have a HUGE selection of merchants to choose from. You will probably find something here to cover every niche.
Share A Sale
Sale A Sale is an affiliate program member site that has nearly 3,000 different merchants offering products to different affiliate marketers to promote. Share A Sale provides the software to manage any sales that the affiliate marketer helps creates.
Rakuten is an affiliate program that is one of the largest in the world. They specialize in attracting many brand name companies. The commissions on Rakuten are often higher than other affiliate marketing programs.
Wealthy Affiliates is an industry leading training course and online support forum for affiliate marketers.
If you want to get ahead in affiliate marketing in the fastest time possible, you will need some help to get there. Wealthy affiliate is an excellent place to start out in the affiliate marketing world.
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Amazon is the largest retailer in the world. They offer an affiliate program. The commission is usually anywhere from 0-10%.
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5) Add Your Unique ID (“cookies”) to your Content
The next step is just to add your unique ID (“cookies”) to your content.
Now when your website visitor comes along and reads your content and then clicks on your links, you will receive a commission for every sale.
If you would like help with how to add unique ID’s or cookies to your website, please click here.
6) Focus on Getting Website Visitors
People who do affiliate marketing full-time spend a lot of their time creating content and then promoting their website to attract new website visitors.
The more website traffic that you can attract then the greater the chance is that one of them will click your links and then go on and purchase something.
There are many different ways to attract website visitors.
Top 4 Ways To Get Website Visitors
1) Using SEO Techniques
This is also called “organic and FREE” search engine traffic. This is when your website visitor types something into the search engine and then your website comes back as Page #1, Position #1 on Google or Bing (or any other major search engine).
This is the best possible result and one that everyone wants to have happened.
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2) Writing Guest Blog Posts
When you get really good at affiliate marketing, you will be invited to write a guest post on someone’s website. This is a very flattering invitation to receive. If it is a high traffic website, then you could get lots of free website traffic visitors coming over to your website.
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3) Pay Per Click or PPC
This is where you use Google Adwords or Bing Adwords and you pay money to have your website appear in the paid section of the search results. Be careful using this method. If you are not sure how to do this properly it can cost you a lot of money very quickly.
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4) Social Media
Social media would probably be most affiliate marketers second favorite method of getting traffic. It seems that almost everyone has at least one social media account these days.
Setting up your business account and then adding links to your main website and waiting for visitors to click on the links is a great way to get fresh traffic.
Social media is constantly changing. What worked really well on one platform 12 months ago doesn’t work anymore.
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Knowing Where Your Traffic Is Coming From
As a website owner, one of the best things you can do is know where your website visitors (traffic) is coming from.
Luckily we have access to one of the most sophisticated website tracking tools around – and its FREE.
Google analytics will provide you with a free tracking code that you can add to your website in order to track your website visitors.
Google analytics is sophisticated enough to break down your website traffic sources and they will tell you if a website visitor has come via a Search Engine Query, Social Media campaign or directly to your website.
LOTS of people get stuck with how to set up this tracking code properly. Don’t worry we are here to help you. If you need help with how to set up Google Analytics on your website, please click here.
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