Many people want to make money online and one of the most popular methods is to start affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is when you (the marketer) get to earn a commission on any products / services that are sold and can be traced back to your unique ID or “cookie”.
EASILY the #1 reason why people start affiliate marketing is to make extra money.
The other really great thing about affiliate marketing is that you DO NOT have to purchase any products (inventory) and you do NOT have to deal with any customer complaints or store returns!
Another REALLY great thing about affiliate marketing is that lots and lots of brands NAME companies have affiliate programs and welcome people who are new to affiliate marketing.
Sounds like a great business doesn’t it? Yes it is, so let’s take a closer look at what’s involved.
Hot Tips To Start Affiliate Marketing
1) Pick a topic that you really like or a topic that you know really well.
The reason for this is that you will have to write about products/ services in this niche. There is nothing worse than struggling along trying to understand a product or industry that you know nothing about.
It’s best to pick topics (niches) that interest you and that you are willing to talk about.
An example would be me talking about how to pick a great hotel to stay at rather than how to buy agricultural tractors and heavy machinery.
Go with the topics that YOU like first and worry about the type of products to focus on later.
2) Create your own website
The easiest way to promote your products is to create a website on the internet. It used to be really hard to create your own website, but now thanks to CMS tools like WordPress and Joomla, it’s now really easy to create your own professional looking website for little / no money.
You have two choices here.
1) You can either purchase a private domain and domain hosting package and create your own website from scratch.
* This is the best way to make sure that you can get a private email that matches your company website name.
If you would like some great tips on how to pick the perfect domain name for your business, please click here.
2) You can create a free WordPress website on a sub-domain from a service such as SiteRubix and then choose from over thousands of free themes to make your site look really professional.
Click here to create your own WordPress website (SiteRubix domain) with a name that you choose.
3) Create Content For Your Website
The next thing to do is to start creating content for your website.
You will need to do this BEFORE you apply to a company to join their affiliate program. The reason is that most companies are happy to accept new members into their affiliate programs, but some companies like to review your website content to make sure that it is a good match for their brands.
If you need help with how to create content on a WordPress website, please click here.
4) Pick Some Companies or Affiliate Programs That You Want To Join
The easiest way to do this is to simply refine the focus of your website down to one word and then enter that work in your search engine query box and hit plus affiliate marketing.
So if my example website is focused on coffee, then I would type in “coffee + affiliate program”.
As you can see there are over 5 million different sorts of affiliate programs I can join.
Now you simply work your way through the programs and pick the one that you want to work with the best.
If you would like help with my top 7 questions to ask before joining an affiliate program, please click here.
5) Getting Website Visitors
Just like in the “real world” you will need to figure out a way to get new customers to come and visit your website.
There are three main ways to do this…
1) SEO or FREE Search Engine traffic
This is when you open up your search engine and type in something that you want to do a search on.
The results come back on your screen and you simply start clicking on a few hyperlinks to get access to new information. These clicks are your free or organic SEO traffic.
EVERYONE wants to be on Page #1, Position #1 of Google.
For tips on how to improve your on-page SEO please click here.
2) Guest Blogging
Here an established website invites you to submit content that they will publish on their sites. Sometimes you can do this for free, sometimes you have to pay a small fee and sometimes they even pay you to write the article.
It all depends on the niche and how strong your following is in that niche.
3) Pay Per Click or PPC
Pay per click is where you pay a major search engine (usually Google or Bing) a small fee to advertise under specific words. This is best saved for people who already have some experience in affiliate marketing, because you can lose a lot of money very quickly if you don’t know what you are doing.
If you would like some great tips on PPC, please click here.
6) External Affiliate Programs V In-house Affiliate Programs
Some companies have outsourced their programs to large external organizations.
I like outsourced programs where possible. The main advantages are that the external organization only gets paid if they manage your record keeping accurately.
Some in-house programs could be a problem in the case of a dispute. You will be relying on the one company and the one source of data to make sure that you get paid accurately. You need confidence that you will get paid for all the hard work that you do. I got ripped off thousands and thousands of dollars once simply by this poor record keeping.
Some external companies with a great reputation include:
Click Bank has been in the affiliate marketing industry for a very long time. They started out specializing in digital products. The now have some physical products as well.
Digital products have some of the highest commissions around. Typically, anything from 25-75% depending on the author and the niche. So it pays to look around.
CJ (Commission Junction)
CJ is another very large worldwide industry player. They specialize in affiliate programs with big brand name companies. They have a dashboard that is really helpful to affiliate marketers looking to grow there business.
Share A Sale
They specialize in brand name providers and have a wonderful reputation. Their range of companies and products to choose from makes them very popular indeed.
They are a digital services business specializing in affiliate marketing training. Their payout is around 40% and they pay out on the first of the month via PayPal. Please click here for more information.
7) Add Your Unique ID or “Cookies” To Your Site
The next thing to do is to create a new post on your site and then add the special URL links or “cookies” to your site.
Now if a website visitor comes to your site and clicks on your special link and then goes off to and purchasing the product based on your recommendation, you will get a commission.
This is called Pay Per Sale (or PPS) and is the most popular way to make money in affiliate marketing online.
8) Create New Content And Add New Links
As a “blogger” or content marketer, after you have successfully created one post with affiliate links, it’s only natural that you will want to move onto creating more articles and talking about more great products.
OK so there you have it. That is the basics to start affiliate marketing.
Was this article helpful at all. Did you learn anything new? Was it mainly talking about things that you already know? Have you tried affiliate marketing before? What worked well. What did not work well? What would you do differently if you had your time over again?
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